M-1 Challenge: Jose Figueroa, Magomed Sultanakhmedov New Champs

Saturday, March 26, 2011

By FCF Staff

M-1 Global’s Showtime debut saw two new champions crowned, as Jose Figueroa and Magomed Sultanakhmedov (pictured) took home the lightweight and middleweight championships respectively, with second round stoppages.

Figueroa overwhelmed Artiom Damkovsky on the mat for much of their main event tilt, and punished the Belarus fighter from above with strikes. With a bloodied Damkovsky unable to escape Figueroa’s assault from a full mount in round two, the referee intervened to hand Figueroa the M-1 Global lightweight title.

Figueroa pounding Damkovsky
In a bout that was largely contested on its feet, Sultanakhmedov blasted a game Tyson Jeffries with hard kicks to his legs and midsection throughout the bout, before finishing the Team Quest fighter off with a series of strikes in round two.

Former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor Vinny Magalhaes made short work of light-heavyweight Jake Doerr; after flooring the previously undefeated fighter with a right hand just seconds in, Magalhaes quickly took Doerr’s back and finished the fight with a series of punches from above.

Sultanakhmedov kicking Jeffries
Here are the results from last night’s M-1 Challenge card in Norfolk, Virginia.

M-1 Challenge Lightweight Championship
Jose Figueroa def. Artiom Damkovsky by TKO 2:28 of R2

M-1 Challenge Middleweight Championship
Magomed Sultanakhmedov def. Tyson Jeffries by TKO 3:07 of R2

Vinny Magalhaes def. Jake Doerr by TKO 1:47 of R1

Jason Norwood def. Mojo Horne byUnanimous Decision

Alexander Sarnavskiy def. Beau Baker by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 2:32 of R2

Non-televised Undercard

Jesse Riggleman def.Jason Hilliker by Submission (Guilotine Choke) 3:13 of R1

Geroge Sheppard def. David Derby by KO 1:50 of R1

Johnny Curtis def. Bobby Gurley by Verbal Submission 36 Seconds of R1

Colton Smith def. Brian Nielson by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 4:19 of R1

Bethany Marshall def. Stacy Grant by Submission (Heel Hook) 1:39 of R2

Bryan Lashomb def. Marcus Daniels by TKO 57 seconds of R1


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UFC Fight Night 24 Weigh-In Results

Friday, March 25, 2011

By FCF Staff

All of the competitors for tomorrow’s UFC Fight Night 24 in Seattle made weight this afternoon. The card, which will be broadcast live on Spike, will be headlined by a light-heavyweight tilt between renowned vet Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and rising prospect Phil Davis.

Here are the official weigh-in results.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (206) vs. Phil Davis (206)
Dan Hardy (171) vs. Anthony Johnson (171)
DeMarques Johnson (171) vs. Amir Sadollah (170)
Chan Sung Jung (146) vs. Leonard Garcia (145)
Mike Russow (256) vs. Jon Madsen (261)
Mackens Semerzier (146) vs. Alex Caceres (146)
Kris McCray (170) vs. John Hathaway (171)
Edwin Figueroa (136) vs. Michael McDonald (135)
Sean McCorkle (266) vs. Christian Morecraft (265)
TJ Waldburger (170) vs. Johny Hendricks (170)
Aaron Simpson (185) vs. Mario Miranda (185)
Nik Lentz (155) vs. Waylon Lowe (156)
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Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann Debate Fight on Twitter

By FCF Staff, photo courtesy MMA Agents

Not only was the March 3rd fight  between Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann one of the year’s best to date, the unanimous decision which was awarded to Sanchez afterwards, was a topic of discussion and debate throughout the MMA world for some time. Kampmann (pictured) was quick to voice his displeasure with the decision following the UFC on Versus event, and now he and Sanchez have been exchanging somewhat heated comments via their official Twitter accounts.

Here are some of the statements that Sanchez and Kampmann have directed at each other recently, regarding their first encounter and a possible rematch.

DiegoSanchez505 Diego Sanchez
@MartinKampmann you really want a direct rematch? I trained no boxing! zero! I just wrestled my ass off I underestimated your td defense.

DiegoSanchez505 Diego Sanchez
@MartinKampmann and had to resort to my streetfighting loco skills and almost droped you I seen your legs. i was not in my best shape

DiegoSanchez505 Diego Sanchez
@MartinKampmann plus you just lost two in a row u need to #earnit get a W then we can talk rematch.Your punches had snap to cut but no power

MartinKampmann Martin Kampmann
@ @DiegoSanchez505 almost dropped me??? Nah, as far as I remember you where the only one that got dropped. Wise up

DiegoSanchez505 Diego Sanchez
@MartinKampmann if we fight again it will be a even better fight. If it happens it happens your always a fun fight.

MartinKampmann Martin Kampmann
@ @DiegoSanchez505 let's make it happen then

DiegoSanchez505 Diego Sanchez
@ @MartinKampmann if I can't get a better fight that a win would move me up the ladder, I would love to fight you again! #Realtalk

Sanchez (23-4) has won back-to-back bouts via UD since he lost by decision to John Hathaway at UFC 114 last May. Prior to his tightly contested loss to Sanchez earlier this month, Kampmann (17-5) lost by split decision to Jake Shields at UFC 121 last November, in another bout which saw the judge’s scoring closely scrutinized.

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M-1 Challenge: “Damkovsky vs. Figueroa” Weigh-In Results

By FCF Staff

M-1 Global held the official weigh-ins yesterday for the promotion’s latest event tonight in Norfolk, Virginia. The card will feature two title fights, as lightweight champion Artiom Damkovsky will face challenger Jose Figueroa, and Tyson Jeffries will battle Magomed Sultanakhmedov for the vacant middleweight title. The card will be broadcast on Showtime. (Pictured: Damkovsky (left) and Figueroa)

Here are the official weigh in results for M-1 Global’s “Damkovsky vs. Figueroa”.

M-1 Challenge Lightweight Championship          
Artiom Damkovsky - 155.0 lbs. vs.  Jose Figueroa - 155.0
M-1 Challenge Middleweight Championship       
Tyson Jeffries - 184.0 vs. Magomed Sultanakhmedov - 183 1/4

Vinny Magalhaes - 204 1/2 vs. Jake Doerr - 204 1/4
Jason Norwood - 184.0 vs. Mojo Horne - 185.0
Alexander Sarnavskiy - 155 1/2 vs. Beau Baker - 154 1/2

Sultanakhmedov (left) and Jeffries
Non-televised Undercard           
Jason Hilliker - 135.0 vs. Jessie Riggleman - 135 1/2
David Derby - 155 1/4 vs. George Sheppard - 155 1/2
Bobby Gurley - 230.0 vs. Johnny Curtis - 233.0
Colton Smith - 170.0 vs. Brian Nielson - 169 1/2
Bethany Marshall - 133 1/2 vs. Stacy Grant - 138.0*
* Bethany Marshall accepts fight.
Marcus Daniels - 135.0 vs. Bryan Lashomb - 134 1/2 

Doerr and Magalhaes (right) face off

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Fedor Emelianenko in Talks Regarding Summer Return

Thursday, March 24, 2011

By FCF Staff

Amidst reports that Fedor Emelianenko could return to action sometime this coming July or August, Strikeforce official Michael Afromowitz has confirmed with FCF, that indeed the promotion and Fedor's management are in negotiations regarding a summer fight. The news comes just days after it was announced that Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC, has purchased Strikeforce.

Following Emelianenko’s (31-3) stoppage loss to Antonio Silva in February, which was the former Pride champion’s second in a row, speculation was rampant as to whether the legendary fighter would fight again. After Fedor hinted immediately after the bout that his retirement may be imminent, reports surfaced just days after, that the Russian star would fight again.

CEO Scott Coker has stated publicly that the 34 year-old Fedor could compete for an alternate position in the promotion’s ongoing heavyweight grand-prix.
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Video: The Ultimate Fighter 14 Tryouts

By FCF Staff

The Ultimate Fighting Championship recently held open tryouts for the promotion’s upcoming, fourteenth season of TUF, which will feature competitors in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions. Kahl One Film Productions was on hand in Newark, New Jersey, to capture some of the highlights.

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Jon Jones Appearing on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”

By FCF Staff

Jon “Bones” Jones will take another step in his emerging stardom tonight, as the newly crowned UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion is scheduled to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” this evening. The appearance comes just days removed from Jones’ championship winning, third round stoppage of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on Saturday, which extended the Jackson MMA fighter’s record to 13-1.

The show airs on NBC beginning at 11:35PM ET/ PT.
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