Well known MMA showman Bob Sapp (11-18) returns to business in July at Road FC 32 in Changsha, China, against local Aori Gele (1-2). The summery weight of both men will be ca 650 lbs (300 kg).
BJ Penn has had several issues on his journey to his Octagon comeback and this time "The Prodigy" has made a total fool of himself. Penn revealed to USADA IV usage for what he was immediately suspended and his fight against Cole Miller at UFC 199 in LA will of course not happen. The former Champion claimed that he wasn't aware that IV use was banned all year-round.
Another proof that girls can punch! Ariane Lipski and Juliana Werner met in the cage at Imortal FC 4 in Brazil giving the MMA fans what they wanted to see including the brutal one punch KO.
Venator FC has made a big step towards becoming a respected organization including a lot of known international MMA fighters to its third event in Milan, Italy. The show made some changes to the fight card right before the show because of some "unexpected" issues during the weigh-ins. In the headliner Emil Weber Meek met Rousimar Palhares. The Brazilian went for the takedown early and the Norwegian punished the dirty fighter with elbows and punches while Palhares tried to take him to the mat resulting in a technical knockout.
In the co-main event Luke Barnatt defeated Stefan Croitoru via technical knockout in the second round. The fighters were in the clinch early as Croitoru didn't want to fight Barnatt on the feet. The Italian scored a takedown and then another, but the English had kimura which he couldn't finish punishing his opponent with strikes instead. Next round, same picture as Croitoru wanted to grapple and after another takedown attempt Barnatt cut desperate and tired Croitoru with an uppercut defending his middleweight crown.
You can find Venator FC 3 results and video below.
At Bellator 155 in Boise, Idaho, Middleweight Titleholder Rafael Carvalho met Melvin Manhoef in the main event in a match which ended in a controversial decision. The challenger was as expected better on the feet than the Champion, but he wasn't quite himself in my opinion. The Brazlian couldn't fully utilize his grappling game in the match against the high caliber striker. However Carvalho was landing some shots including illegal strikes which he oddly wasn't punished for by the unprofessional referee. At the end it showed that not only the third man in the cage was helping the Champion but also the side judges gave a controversial split decision victory to him.
In the co-main event Pat Curran faced Georgi Karakhanyan in the featherweight division. Both were careful from the start throwing single strikes until Curran sent his opponent to knockdown with a counter punch, but couldn't finish him on the ground. The next round mostly was a grappling contest after Karakhanyan wanted a takedown and Curran countered his move. In the last fifth frame "Insane" managed to take Curran down scoring some points from the top, but this wasn't enough for a victory after the final bell.
Full Bellator 155 results and video:
Have you missed the 5th episode of Dana White: Lookin' for a Fight? In this episode UFC President with his two friends Matt Serra and Nick "The Tooth" are heading to Texas for some bull riding, to meet the legendary boxer George Foreman and of course to visit another MMA event.
Scandalous Jason Miller was supposed to fight Venator FC Middleweight Titleholder Luke Barnatt in Italy, but the American did not pass the weigh-ins going over limit with a staggering 24 pounds. The rumors say Venator FC proposed to the Champion additional money for the fight, but Barnatt refused. However Barnatt will still be on the card fighting Stefan Croitoru instead, but the co-main event at Venator FC 3 will now be headlined by dirty fighter Rousimar Palhares and Emil Meek.
Yesterday it was known that Chris Weidman (13-1) is out of the UFC 199 main event title match against Luke Rockhold (15-2) due to injury and as expected the UFC has found the worthy opposition Michael Bisping (28-7).
UFC star Conor McGregor trains with former IBO Champion Chris Van Heerden. Does "Notorious" prepare for Floyd Mayweather?
The rematch between former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman (13-1) and current titleholder Luke Rockhold (15-2) was scheduled to take place on June 4 at UFC 199 in L.A. However, Weidman is out due to an undisclosed injury, but Rockhold still wants to be on the fight card stating on the social media that he would fight anyone. The UFC is probably looking for a replacement as the Champion is still on the show at this moment.