'Storm' Storley fine being called Brock Lesnar's protege
Undefeated Logan 'Storm' Storley doesn’t mind being called of Brock Lesnar's protege because he is. Logan seeks to push his record to 9-0 vs. A.J. Matthews at Bellator 204 on Friday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. But when Storm was between the ages of 15 and 17 through his connection to Lesnar he got to spar with Tony Ferguson, watch Randy Coutre up close in the gym, and work with Lesnar. “I got to see a lot of things as a kid spending time with Brock,” said Storley. "It’s probably helped push me here.” H/T MMAjunkie
Holtzman vs. Patrick added to UFC 229
According to Brazilian news outlet Combate, a lightweight bout between Scott Holtzman and Alan Patrick has been added to UFC 229. The event takes place Oct. 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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
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.
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."
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
Golden Boy Promotions applies for debut MMA event, on 11/24 in Cali
Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions has applied with the California State Athletic Commission to promote an MMA show November 24 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz 3 is listed as the main event, although the fight is not official. “I’m looking forward to getting into the MMA world and making sure these fighters are being compensated well,” said De La Hoya this week. “We risk our lives in the ring, so fighter should be compensated extremely well.” Liddell won both previous fights via T/KO, but Ortiz appears the less cageworn at this time. H/T MMA Fighting
UFC 227 PPV buys exceed expecations
UFC 227 on August 4, headlined by 135 champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Cody Garbrandt and 125 champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo, is estimated at doing 300,000 buys, well above most expectations for the show. It put it 3rd for the year, behind shows in Jan and July with heavyweight title main events. The reason for the unexpected good news is not certain. Searches indicate the bantamweight rematch was the primary draw. The Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor announcement the day before may have helped bump interest in MMA. H/T MMA Fighting
Gleison Tibau released by the UFC after 28 fights
Tibau leaves the UFC on a four-fight losing streak, one of which was a win changed to a loss following a failed anti-doping test; former a lightweight, he will fight at 170 going forward. “There are many offers coming, but nothing is set yet. Rizin offered me a fight with Takanori Gomi on two weeks’ notice, but I was in Brazil, I was taking care of my cookie business and wasn’t even training, so I couldn’t take it. ACB also sent me an offer, but then they canceled some cards, so I turned it down. Bellator asked me to wait a little bit, but they are interested. There’s also a promotion from Abu Dhabi, another one in Russia as well. I will sign one-fight deals only so I remain free. ... With the weight cut I have no explosion, no strength, no resistance, so I will move up a weight class." H/T MMA Fighting
Coach: T.J. Dillashaw is the greatest mixed martial artist ever
Coach Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig: “The overall goal is to pull out TJ’s potential and get him as good as we can get him as a martial artist. In my opinion, he’s the best martial artist ever. So, we’re continually adding and discovering layers within TJ’s soul, or whatever it is. That’s our goal. Everyone is watching us. Fight week, back stage warming up hitting pads, everyone is watching us. We’re literally leading the evolution of martial arts.” H/T BJPenn.com
Coach calls for Aldo vs. McGregor 2
Andre Pederneairas: "We can try to angle for a rematch, because I really did think it was unfair and I think most people thought it was unfair that there wasn’t a rematch. But, as far as Conor goes, he isn’t to blame. He may have turned it down, but the UFC had the power to tell him to fight. And they didn’t." H/T MMAjunkie
GSP's proudest moment
Georges St-Pierre has set numerous records and won UFC belts in two weight divisions. During a recent appearance on Submission Radio he was asked to name the moment in his fight career of which he was most proud. GSP said it was when he stood up after being knocked down by a Carlos Condit head kick at UFC 154 on November 17, 2012, in front a hometown crowd in Montreal, Quebec. GSP ended up winning via unanimous decision in a fight of the night winning successful title defense. It was particularly meaningful for GSP as he had been knocked down by Matt Serra at UFC 69 on April 7, 2007, and didn't make it up. H/T Submission Radio
Reebok, Adidas face fines over use of word McGregor in apparel sold in Europe
A Dutch court ruled that Conor McGregor apparel with the name 'McGregor' on it violates EU-wide trademark regulations protecting the Dutch McGregor men’s fashion label, which is apparently defunct, and never used the name McGregor in large text on their apparel. The line, founded in 1921, used to have 150 shops in Holland, and now apparently has none shops, presumably because the clothes make the wearer look like a nitwit. However, the District Court of the Hague said Conor McGregor apparel has to be removed within seven days, or there will be fines of €1,000 a day, up to a maximum of €250,000. Pay the fine and keep selling the real thing.
Yamauchi out, Huerta in, vs. Freire at Bellator 205 on 9/21
Goiti Yamauchi has withdrawn from his fight at Bellator 206 vs. former lightweight title challenger Patricky Freire due to injury, and has been replaced by Roger 'El Matador' Huerta. Herta, 35, entered Bellator on a two-fight win streak, but was tapped by Benson Henderson in his promotional debut in April. Freire is on a three-fight win streak, including a Split Decision win over Henderson. The card also recently saw Pat Curran withdraw from a fight vs. A.J. McKee due to injury; a replacement is expected to be named shortly.
10-time IBJJF world champion returns to Brave CF
10-time IBJJF world champion Bruno Malfacine will fight at Brave 16 on September 21, at the Mubadala Arena in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Malfacine made his promotional debut at Brave 11 where he won a first-round submission victory against Rafael Vinicius Pereira Costa. The IBJJF record holder is among the latest talent acquired by the Bahrain-based promotion to strengthen the flyweight division, which includes veteran Sean Santella, World Combat Sambo champion Velimurad Alkhasov, and IMMAF medalist, Hussain Ayyad. Malfacine is currently undergoing training at the American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Aldo: It's possible I'm the biggest MMA star in Brazil
Inaugural UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo: "In Brazilian MMA, it’s possible. I think I can be considered the biggest today because everybody is stopping and others are coming up. Today I think Aldo has the strongest name. Like I always said, I respect everybody, but this is the moment. Man, I’m happy for the love I receive, the millions of messages of love I receive. That motivates me to train hard and keep winning and going for the top." H/T MMA Fighting
Covington first UFC champion to visit The White House
UFC interim welterweight champ Colby Covington: “When they walked me in to go see Trump, I’d seen him and was like, ‘Whoa, man. Is this really happening?’ I got the butterflies like I’ve never had before a fight. But when I saw Trump, I was so nervous, man. And then I shook his hand. He’s huge, man. He’s a big guy. He was towering over me. And he was just so cool, man. He didn’t have to spend as much time as he did with us, and he legitimately gave us 30 minutes – just (expletive), told us some funny stories, he likes chicks, he likes wrestling, he likes MMA. And he was just telling us stories and just being a regular guy. He’s down to earth. He’s just a regular guy.” H/T MMAjunkie
White: Gustafsson injury serious, could keep him out beyond rest of year
Top UFC light heavyweight Alexander Gustaffson received criticism for dropping out of UFC 227 with what was called a minor injury after his opponent Volkan Oezdemir dropped out. However, UFC president Dana White says there was a misinterpretation: “It wasn’t a minor injury. He had a serious injury to his hamstring. He doesn’t have to do surgery, he’s doing physical therapy, and we’re then hoping he can come back before the end of the year. He was hurt, legitimate injury, and he’s working on it.”