Two world Combat Sambo champs to fight at Brave CF 14 on Saturday
Brave 14 in Tangier, Morocco on Saturday will feature two former Combat Sambo World champions. 2016 world champ and 4-0 fighter Velimurad Alkhasov fights Jiu-Jitsu specialist and Ricardo Almeida protege Sean Santella. Ikram Aliskerov won gold in Combat Sambo in 2017 and fights Sweden's Diego Gonzalez. Both Velimurad and Ikram are cornered by the enormously respected Dagestani martial arts master Emiragaev Esedulla, who has been active in the career of the UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Brave 14 will stream live on Fite.tv at 12:00 p.m. ET
Teixeira believes he'll need shoulder surgery
Jon Jones injured Glover Teixeira's shoulder with an improvised overhook at UFC 172 in 2014, and the Brazilian had shoulder surgery. Now Teixeira has injured the other shoulder and is out vs. Jimi Manuwa and UFC Fight Night 137. He'll learn Thursday if he needs surgery. ”I visited [the doctor] before, but since I got injured again, I’ll see if something [got worse]. We’ll see if I need surgery or only physical therapy. I think I’ll need surgery because I wanted to have surgery before. The doctor had already told me that my rotator cuff was injured,” Teixeira said. “And I think it just got worse now.” H/T MMA Fighting
Search on for Teixeira replacement vs. Manuwa at UFC Fight Night 137 on 9/22
Roy Nelson vs. Sergei Kharitonov for Bellator 207 co-main
Roy Nelson vs. Sergei Kharitonov will serve as the co-main event of Bellator 207 on Friday, Oct. 12, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Nelson is coming off a controversial Majority Decision loss to Matt Mitrione in a Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal fight. 'The Russian Mercenary' Kharitonov was awareded a majority decision win, but saw it overturned due to an accidental eye poke. Prior to that he was 9-1 his last 10.
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Leites to retire following UFC Fight Night 137, after 12+year UFC career
Thales Leites started fighting in 2003 and by 2006 he was a perfect 9-0 and got a UFC contract. Now he plans to retire after fighting Hector Lombard at UFC Fight Night 137 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. on September 22.
“I’m going to be 37, I already have a pretty big number of fights,” Leites said. “I don’t want to stay at 37, 38, 39 doing this very intense training that also has a lot of impact to the head – the famous concussion. Like it or not, every training session, you’re taking impact to the head. Not to mention the abrupt weight cuts. Doing that two to three times a year, we know it’s not healthy. ... But how is the future of the athletes who started doing these weight cuts, their old age? I’ve had many fights, so I don’t have the same drive, that same hunger to keep training and competing that I did before. I think my time has come. Now, there are new generations coming in. I’m happy for everything I did, everything I went through. I really enjoyed the journey and I’ll keep enjoying it, in a different way. ... I leave it very satisfied and with my head held high. Like any athlete, I’ve had highs and lows in MMA. Fighting isn’t simple – you’re meeting someone who prepared just as much as you to be there. Two will go in there to fight and one will leave as the winner. This is an obvious conclusion and you can’t escape that."
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Glover Teixeira out of UFC Fight Night 137 main event vs. Jimi Manuwa due to injury
Derrick Lewis provides update on back
UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis fights Alexander Volkov at UFC 229 on October 6. Lewis is coming off a fight vs. Francis Ngannou that promised fireworks and delivered almost exactly one punch per minute, per fighter. A factor was Lewis's back, which has hampered his performance in multiple fights. “Right now it’s going pretty good,” said Lewis to Luke Thomas on The MMA Hour. “The shots that I took, they said it should last like 10 to 12 months. It wasn’t stem cells or nothing like that. It was something -- they shot me like 20 times in one spot, it was some type of steroids. ... I feel good. I feel real mobile right now. All of my fights, especially all of my UFC fights my whole career, I’ve never been in there without any kind of impingement and pain wrong with my back. It just amazes me that I made it this far with all the pain that I have to endure during all of my fights. We’re taking it step-by-step, day-by-day. We’re taking it real slow, because ain’t no way I’m going to pull out of this fight again.” H/T Sherdog
Henderson vs. Awad at Bellator 208 on 10/13
Two-time Bellator title challenger Benson Henderson fights a surging, ambitious Saad Awad at Bellator 208 on October 13 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. Henderson is coming off a win over Roger Huerta, and before that dropped Split Decisions to Patricky 'Pitbull' Freire in a title fight, and to Michael Chandler. Awad will be taking a big step up in competition, but is riding a four-fight win streak, most recently over Randy Couture. The Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen heavyweight grand prix semifinal fight serves as the card's main event. H/T MMAjunkie