Silva: GSP fight still a possibility
When Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre were both at the highest level of UFC stardom, a superfight between the two was one of the biggest hopes for fans. Years later, with Silva on suspension and St-Pierre's future unclear, it seems unlikely the two will ever meet in the Octagon. However, recently Anderson Silva told MMAFighting that he believes the superfight of superfights could still happen.
Fedor vs. Chael semi-final GP fight set
The Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinals between Fedor Emelianenko and Chael Sonnen will take place on October 13 at NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, in Uniondale, New York. The previously announced Matt Mitrione vs. Ryan Bader semi-final fight takes place the day before at Mohegan Sun, Connecticut.
Karate Combat will now livestream on UFC Fight Pass
The first event will stream on on Saturday, July 28, live from Athens, Greece. Bas Rutten and Sean Wheelock will do the commentary. The promotion total on Fight Pass is now 17: InvictaFC, TitanFC, Pancrase, VictoryFC, Eddie Bravo Invitational, GLORY World Series Kickboxing, CageWarriorsFC, TKO MMA, AlaskaFC, Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, Polaris Professional Jiu-Jitsu Invitational, IslandFights MMA+Boxing, FridayNightFights Muay Thai, Sakuraba’s QUINTET, Bangkok Night’s Muay Thai, and Karate Combat! H/T MMASucka
Happy Birthday Jon Jones (31) and Lizzie Borden (RIP)!
Jason's wife has cancer, GoFundMe established
Jason Palmquist is a retired Marine, Systems Software Programmer for Minnesota's Hennepin County, volunteer firefighter, early participant in the Massachusetts MMA scene, and head mod of The UnderGround. Jason is a man who has ever given, to his country, his community, and his family, to an inspiring degree. His wife, with whom he has two sons, was recently diagnosed with adrenal cortical carcinoma, a rare and virulent form of cancer, which has left her unable to work. A GoFundMe has been established to help cover medical costs not covered by insurance; donations are extraordinarily appreciated. https://www.gofundme.com/wife-has-rare-cancer
Daley comes to terms with Bellator, is entering Welterweight GP
Paul 'Semtex' Daley has had a sometimes contentious relationship with management during his three years with Bellator MMA, but ESPN's Ariel Helwani reports that he has re-signed with the promotion, and is is the 10th and final fighter in the 2018 Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix. It's believed that he will fight the undefeated Michael 'Venom' Page, but president Scott Coker said no final decision as to opponent has been made. The GP kicks begins on Sept. 29 in San Jose, Calif with former champs Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov.
'Hapa' long lost Wyatt? Browne tells TMZ he wouldn't say no to working with wife Ronda Rousey in WWE
Nicco Montano to defend flyweight title vs. Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 228
ESPN's Ariel Helwani is reporting that UFC flyweight champion Nicco Montano will make her first title defense vs. monster striker Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 228 on September 8, 2018 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Montano improbably became the inaugural women's 125 champ defeating Roxanne Modafferi in the fight of the night at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale on December 1, 2017. Montano entered TUF coming off a loss, with a 3-2 record.
A.J. McKee vs. Pat Curran to headline Bellator 205 on Sept. 21
A.J. McKee fights Pat Curran in the main event of Bellator 205 Bellator 205 on Sept. 21 at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. McKee, son of the highly-respected coach and retired fighter Antonio McKee, holds the Bellator record for consecutive victories, is 11-0. Former champ Curran in on a three-fight win streak. Undefeated BJJ monster Rafael Lovato Jr. fights John Salter in the co-main.
M-1 Global announces partnership with UFC in Russia
Bellator 202 draws 405,000 viewers
ShowBuzz Daily reports that Friday's Bellator 202 Nielsen ratings were 405,000 viewers, with 0.12 in the 18-49 demographic, below the 2018 average of 463,000 viewers. It's the third consecutive event with < 500,000 viewers, and part of general downward trend in mixed martial arts ratings in North America. In the main event, Julia Budd TKOed Talita Nogueira to retain her Bellator featherweight belt. H/T MMAPayout.com