RIP William Joplin (born 9/18/78, passed 10/8/2019)
Bellator, Victory FC, RFA, Titan FC and LFA vet William 'The Armadillo' Joplin died Tuesday morning of Pancreatic cancer; he was just 41 years old. The Missouri-based fighter was diagnosed with cancer just six months after making his Bellator debut in March of 2018. His beloved mother, Janet Darnell, died of the same disease less than two years ago. The bantamweight was an integral part of Glory MMA & Fitness, where he trained with Megan Anderson, Zak Cummings, Tim Elliott, James Krause, and many other top professionals. Shamrock FC: "William Joplin is a fighter in every sense of the word. He was also our dear friend and a larger-than-life figure in our MMA community. He is missed greatly already and we send our sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans." h/t The Sun • Donate HERE to help cover cremation and memorial expenses
Fedor vs. Rampage to headline Bellator Japan on 12/29
Bellator president Scott Coker announced at a press conference in Japan on Wednesday that the promotion's debut show in Japan will be headlined by Fedor Emelianenko vs. Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, at the Saitama Super Arena: “This is something we’ve debated internally within our staff. We thought of taking it to Los Angeles in January, and we said we had to take it to Japan. ... This will, unquestionably, be a monumental event for Bellator, and I am looking forward to the moment that Fedor and ‘Rampage’ walk out to a crowd that has known them since their careers began." This will be Fedor's 26th fight in Japan, and Rampage's 20th. #PRIDENEVERDIE h/t MMA Junkie
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The Prelim Primer: UFC Tampa
The Prelim Primer is the one and only podcast dedicated to the curtain jerkers. Catch host Daniel "Gumby" Vreeland, who is joined this week by Drake Riggs from The Body Lock and Fan Sided, as they break down all of the prelims of UFC Tampa.
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Fabio Maldonado, Josh Copeland apply for BRAVE openweight event on 11/15
In an effort to put the P4P debate to rest, BRAVE Combat Federation is holding a 4 man openweight tournament, with a $100k cash prize, and a MONSTER belt adorned with 14 pounds of gold. It will be held as part of Brave International Combat Week, which includes the IMMAF World Championships. All fighters worldwide with at least one pro bout can apply. 10 will be selected by a committee, and the final four will chosen by lottery. The latest two fighters putting their name up for consideration include UFC vets Fabio Maldonado, and Josh Copeland. h/t MMA Junkie
Joshua Pacio defends ONE SW belt vs. fellow Filipino Rene Catalan on 11/8
ONE Championship returns to the Philippines on November 8, with an all Filipino main event, as strawweight champion Joshua Pacio defends vs. countryman Rene Catalan. ONE Championship: Masters of Fate will take place at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, and streams on B/R Live and the ONE SuperApp. Former lightweight champ Eduard Folayang fights Tsogookhuu Amarsanaa at welterweight in the co-main. h/t MMA Junkie
Hector Lombard signs with BKFC
Bellator + Rizin FF to co-promote on 12/29 in Japan
Zhang Weili denied visa to do US media tour next week
BRAVE CF 28 on 11/4 moves from the Philippines to Romania
BRAVE Combat Federation will host yet another show in Europe this year. The fastest-growing MMA organization in the world will move its 28th edition from the Philippines to make a much-anticipated debut in Romania. The show will be a co-promotion with top local organization Real Xtreme Fighting (RXF) and will take place on November 4th, in Bucharest. BRAVE CF decided to postpone its Philippines’ return due to unforeseen circumstances, but the organization reiterates its commitment to the Filipino MMA scene and will come back soon to the home of Bantamweight world champion Stephen Loman. This will be the first time that BRAVE CF holds an event in Eastern Europe.
Tim Elliott: Why The Cringe is good for the sport
“I think it’s kind of silly, but I’m glad that he’s doing it. I’d prefer that he does do it. This is the entertainment game, it’s not just about fighting. It doesn’t matter if people love you or hate you, the tickets sell the same. ... I think he’s doing a good job of going ahead and biting the bullet - being the cringy guy. It’s going to make him money and it’s going to make all of us more money. He’s bringing interest to the little guys right now. As silly as it is, I love it. I think it’s probably good for the sport.” h/t MMA Junkie
Mike Tyson's life advice for Conor McGregor (3:31)
Does anyone know what this means?
Goth adult film star to make Bellator debut on 10/25
Khabib Nurmagomedov ready to shake McGregor's hand, if ...
I'm not ready to shake his hand right now. Everyone makes mistakes. There are no perfect people, everyone has flaws. I have flaws and so does he. When a person continues to behave this way, it means that it's his nature. We saw that he recently hit a 70-year-old man. It shows a lack of morality and manners. So I'm not ready to shake his hand until he realizes something. Apologies always have to be accepted, no matter what he said. If a person apologizes and accepts his mistakes, we have to excuse him. From a fighter's point of view, [the McGregor rivalry] is a thing of the past. I have nothing to prove. But he has something to prove. We know he does. There's a lot of businessmen here and I think most of them will tell me to fight him because it'll bring money. I'd fight all the main contenders first, and I could fight him to benefit my agricultural projects. I have to say that Tony Ferguson deserves it more. You have to give him credit. He is on a 12-fight win streak and he deserves it more than Conor. Conor has to come back, stop hitting old people. He is a professional fighter. He should come back, win, earn his place and get in line." h/t RT • Watch RT interview (2:32)
Tito Ortiz vs. Alberto Del Rio at Combate Americas on 12/7
DC: What Israel Adesanya needs to do to fight Jon Jones
“He is fantastic. He does everything right in order to draw people in. He’s the guy that makes people get together. Like, ‘Hey, come to my house. Israel Adesanya is fighting tonight.’ ... From the entrance to the fight, to the exit, Israel just did everything right. ... He’s just small for Jones. Jones is a big guy and I think people underestimate how big he is. When he grabs you, because he’s so big up top, right — they make fun of how small his legs are — but he’s 225lbs, a lot of the weight is up top. He’s so long that he almost hangs on you. It’s like a towel when you’re in the clinch, and I think Izzy may struggle with that because Jones is so big. I would not mind watching them fight because if Jones has to stand with this guy, he’s in trouble. Jones is very hittable but Izzy needs to get a lot bigger if he’s gonna fight this guy.” h/t MMA Fighting • Watch ESPN post-fight wrap up (7:39)