Harrison gets third fight in PFL, on New Years Eve at MSG
Two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo Kayla Harrison is the PFL women’s lightweight tournament in 2019, but will fight before then at PFL 11 on December 31 at the Hulu Theatre in Madison Square Garden, New York. Her opponent has yet to be named. The event will determine the $1 million winners of each weight division, and provide Harrison a springboard to further fame in the fight space.
Alvarez: UFC did their best to keep me but ONE offer too good
Eddie Alvarez signed with ONE Championship, and explained why on a recent media con call: “We got offers from just about everyone you guys can think of. ... I won the Bellator title twice during my career. I won the UFC title during my career, and as far as I’m concerned, ONE is the only major organization that I haven’t got to touch that world title belt. For myself, for my family, for my fans and everyone, this would mean that I would have a chance at making history. Possibly history that could never be made again. It would take a fighter 20 years in the fight game to be able to fight for these major organizations, and it’s almost like a lottery ticket to be able to win one world title. So to be able to go to every major organization, fight their best guys in the world, to fight the best guys in that organization and then beat them all one-by-one and win that world title, means the world to me. I believe the offer from ONE was too good to turn down. The UFC did their best. Considering what the average pay of an athlete is, I believe the UFC did a great job. They did their best to keep me, but they have a business model. They pay a certain amount to certain fighters for different reasons. Everybody is a different case. It is what it is. There’s no harm, no foul. But it’s a business first with these promotions, and ONE looked out for me, looked out for my family. They understood my wants and my needs, and I think it’s important at this point to return the favor.” H/T MMAjunkie
'Mighty' Johnson earns a new belt
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Amateur world champion Ben Bennett returns at Brave 18
The USA's 2017 IMMAF welterweight world champion Ben Bennett will fight Khamzat Girikhanov from Allstars Training Center, in Sweden, at Brave 18, on November 16th, during the Brave International Combat Week 2018. After his IMMAF gold medal, the Alaska representative was headhunted by a host of promotions but chose to sign with Brave. He is undefeated in his last twelve fights, including 11 amateur victories. Khamzat makes his debut in Bahrain, after going 2-0 as a pro.
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Bisping: Mayweather could not knock Nurmagomedov out
Floyd Mayweather made over $250 million vs. Conor McGregor, without risking his perfect record. Now Khabib Nurmagomedov has beaten McGregor, with a wrestling-heavy game, likely making him an easier target in Mayweather's eyes. And Khabib knocked Conor down, something Floyd didn't manage. On his latest 'Believe You Me' podcast, former middleweight champ Michael Bisping offered his thoughts: “I swear to god, Khabib would go the distance with Mayweather. He’d go the distance with Mayweather. I’m not saying Khabib is a better boxer than McGregor, he’s not a better striker, he’s not as elusive, he’s not as slick but he’s got a f***ing chin and he’s got cardio for days. And Mayweather at his age, he was never a knockout guy even though he did have some knockouts. ... Mayweather would probably embarrass him and light him up and pick him apart all night long but Khabib would probably go 12 rounds. Conor wasn’t far away from going 12 rounds.”
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Court ruling creates concern around Ali Act expansion to MMA
A Federal Court in Puerto Rico dismissed a boxer’s lawsuit against the WBO for claims of violating the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, as the boxer had signed a contract mandating arbitration. This does not bode well for the possibility of the Ali Act Expansion to combat sports, as if the party drafting the contract (e.g., ZUFFA) includes a provision that all disputes under the contract shall be resolved via arbitration, it might mute the effectiveness of the Ali Act. One might foresee an MMA promotion including in its contract its ability to choose an arbitrator. We have already seen that the UFC Anti-Doping Policy has chosen its own vendor and arbitrator. It would likely do the same for any case claiming a violation of the Ali Act. H/T MMA Payout
Canelo Alvarez signs $365 million dollar deal with DAZN
Canelo Alvarez has signed an 11-fight deal with DAZN, the Netflix of sports, that his promotional company says is the richest athlete contract in sports history. In his next bout Alvarez will move up in weight to challenge WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden on December 15. DAZN executive chairman John Skipper: "We have No. 1 and No. 2. They're the two most important fighters in the world ... we believe that that will help us attract some of the other fighters, some of the other premier fighters." The OTT service is also the home of Bellator MMA and Combate Americas.
Rojo vs. Strader at Combate Americas: La Batalla de Guadalajara on 10/26
Bantamweight Marcelo "Pitbull" Rojo (14-5) vs. undefeated rising star Jesse Strader (3-0) will fight at Combate Americas: La Batalla de Guadalajara, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The event will stream live in English in the U.S. and Canada on DAZN (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) on Friday, October 26. The event is headlined by Marco Antonio "La Roca" Elpidio (7-2-1) vs. Spanish MMA pioneer Enrique "Wasabi" Marin. Fighting out of Cordoba, Argentina, Rojo, so has collected an astounding 12 of 14 career victories by way of (T)KO or submission.
Mayweather tells TMZ he is 'definitely'boxing Nurmagomedov, for $100 million more than MayMac
Fedor vs. Bader finals set
Ryan Bader and Fedor Emelianenko reached the finals of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix at back to back events last weekend, and now will meet for the promotion's new heavyweight championship at an as yet unnumbered event on January 26, 2019 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The event will stream live on DAZN, start you FREE trial.
Alexey Kunchenko vs. Yushin Okami at UFC Fight Night 142 in Adelaide on 12/2
19-0 former M-1 Challenge welterweight champion Alexey Kunchenko debuted at UFC Moscow with a decision win over Thiago Alves, and now fights Yushin Okami at UFC Fight Night 142 on December 2, at Adelaide Entertainment Center in Adelaide, Australia. Okami is coming off a decision win over Dhiego Lima at UFC on FOX 29 on April 14. Prior to that he was tapped by OSP, at light heavyweight. UFC Fight Night 142 is headlined by former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos vs. Tai Tuivasa.
Jerry Jones: Nothing preventing UFC and Conor McGregor from coming to Cowboy's Stadium
Dallas Cowboy's owner Jerry Jones' AT&T Stadium needs 60,000 asses in seats to justify opening the doors. That's a step up from the 18-20,000 seats the UFC can typically fill for a big card. Cowboy's stadium would require a card with five top-tier fights which means ten fighters or more with no injuries. The league doesn't believe that it's worth it. But Jones' door is open: "Nothing is preventing it. ... They have a lot of nuances. A lot of things have to come together. It's huge economics involved all the way around. They are not quite as easy as saying, 'Let's get in here and we'll hold up the flag and let everybody know you're out here and we'll get a crowd.' It takes a lot of work. I do think [Conor McGregor] is the kind of guy with interest that might be really special here in North Texas." H/T MSN
Jedrzejczyk reveals why she wouldn’t take Shevchenko fight at UFC 230
UFC 230 on 11/3 needed a main event so the UFC offered former strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk a fight vs. Valentina Shevchenko for the vacant flyweight belt. The Pole declined and Sijara Eubanks got the offer. Then DC vs. Lewis was secured for 230 and now Jedrzejczyk vs. Shevchenko is back on for 231 on 12/8. On Ariel Helwani's MMA Show, Jedrzejczyk why she said no: “I couldn’t do that because it was too soon and I know how tough is Valentina Shevchenko and the other point is there is not an easy way. It’s impossible to step into the Octagon without the proper camp. It’s all about the time. … I believe in myself, I will get this title but I need the time to prepare. ... They told me that they might (go with Eubanks), but I didn’t know it was going to happen. I couldn’t believe that, but it happened. Of course I was a little bit confused, I was sad and it was something new for me. But I understand the other side. They had to do this and it happened. It wasn’t fair 100 percent, but they had to do this. It’s a business.” H/T MMA News