Couple of weeks after the former boxer won his first MMA victory over Wesley Tiffer, Ricardo Mayorga at the Omega MMA: “Battle of the Americas,” may have to go back to the cage after the Nicaraguan MMA Commission overturned his victory to a no-contest.
The boxer weighed in 175.9 pounds as compared to Tiffer’s 153 pounds, but despite the weight discrepancy for the scheduled lightweight bout, the fight went on.
During the match, Tiffer repeatedly put Mayorga to the mat, but the boxer managed to hit a decisive blow to the MMA fighter with what appeared to be a knee to the spine, freeing himself from an armbar. The third man on the cage, Milton Rosales failed to call a foul at the time of the strike, but the MMA fighter was not able to continue, prompting cage physician to stop the fight.
However, Zack Asagary, chairman of the commission reviewed the fight, and eventually changed the result of the fight at the press conference. Furthermore, Mayorga was meted with a three months suspension.
After the UFC welterweight contender lost to the current UFC welterweight champion George St.Pierre, Nick Diaz has reportedly thought of hanging his gloves once again.
According to sources, Diaz’s may not be bluffing and his retirement vow will stick this time around. This is after an official at the California State Athletic Commission said that the MMA fighter has begun processing all necessary requirements needed to be a promoter in the state of California.
Allegedly, Diaz will put up a promotion called the WAR Mixed Martial Arts, but CSAC officials said that it would take time and a lot of requirements before Diaz could launch his own promotion. Aside from the license, Diaz needs to show financial statements and an article of incorporation, the commission added.
Joe Lauzon has eyed to face Michael Johnson at the UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 event in Boston this coming August.
Lauzon who hails from Boston has been granted his wish to fight in front of his hometown. He is coming off with a unanimous decision loss to Jim Miller at UFC 155 which despite his loss earned him the “Fight of the Night” Award, his second after he won over Jamie Varner last UFC on FOX 4 by a submission victory.
Johnson on the other hand is in a must win situation. His last bout ended in a third round submission loss to Rezza Madadi. Before that he also lost to Myles Jury at UFC 155, snapping his three fight run.
Holly Holm has recently closed her boxing career on high note, defeating Mary McGee by a resounding unanimous decision at Route 66 Casino Saturday.
As a female pro boxer, Holm has a 33-2-3 record and was a 14 time, three division world champion. Except for boxing purist, her promoter wants her to fully migrate to the world of Mixed martial arts.
At first the champ was still thinking things over and does not want to rush things, but after she won over McGee, she is going to transition into MMA, and this time for good.
Her promoter is looking for a showdown against top female MMA fighter Ronda Rousey. Rousey did not give any comment about this.
Holm made her MMA debut last March 2011 and defeated Christina Domke by a second round TKO. In her next bout, she finished Strikeforce Veteran Jan Finney and then Katie Merrill at Bellator 91 last February.
UFC heavyweight MMA fighter Roy Nelson is on the run and has already won three consecutive fights, and now he is looking for a shot at the heavyweight belt currently held by Cain Velasquez.
Recently, Nelson beat highly regarded MMA fighter Cheick Kongo in the very first round.
When asked whether he’d face Daniel Cormier, Nelson said that he thinks he doesn’t need to fight Cormier, but would really want a shot at the title against Velasquez. He added, “I just want to fight the guy that has the belt. If I lose, then I lose, but just give me that one chance and I bet you I can knock their block off.”
Nelson also said that UFC’s heavyweight pool is not shallow, and in fact he believes that the pool is rally competitive.
The Bellator FC champion Pat Curran is trying to make himself busy after he has successfully defended his Bellator MMA featherweight title twice. He recently defended it against Shahbulat Shamhalaev at Bellator 95 and before that, he won over Patricio “Pitbull” Freire by a split decision at Bellator 85 to retain his title.
Now, the champion is waiting for his next title defense this time against Daniel Straus which will probably happen by fall. In the meantime, Curran will try to his luck as a pro boxer, to which the Bellator has given him the green light.
In an interview, Curran said, “Bellator’s cool with it – they’re letting me step away from MMA and make my boxing debut, and that says a lot for them.”
While waiting for the green light to fight once again for Bellator FC, notable MMA fighter Paul Daley decided to keep himself busy.
Last Friday, he defeated Rodrigo Ribeiro with a second round TKO at the Dubai Fighting Championship 4 event. The event took place at the Madinat Arena in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
In the first round, Ribeiro worked extra hard to avoid Daley’s power. But in the second round, the Brazilian MMA fighter could not deny the attack of the British MMA fighter where Daley landed a stiff left hand flooring Ribeiro. Although the Brazilian MMA fighter managed to recover, Daley once again stunned him, and a barrage of hammer fists rained prompting the referee to stop the fight.
For allegedly refusing to fight top contender Scott Holtzman, XFC Lightweight champion Nick Newell was stripped of his title Friday.
XFC President John Prisco announced that the champion was stripped of his belt after he refused to sign to fight Holtzman at the main event of the upcoming XFC 24: Collision Course event which is slated this June 24, at the Sun Dome inside the University of Florida in Tampa.
Prisco said that Newell’s refusal to sign delivered a big blow to the event. In an interview, Prisco said that the congenital amputee’s team wants more money, and when the promotion managed to come up with the money, the champ still refuses to fight and instead say that he only wants to fight former UFC MMA fighters.
Currently, the opponent-less Holtzman is waiting who his new opponent will be or if the promotion will totally scrap the scheduled match.
The XFC 24 event will continue as planned despite the recent announcement that the title bout between champion Nick Newell and top contender Scott Holtzman was pulled after the champion allegedly refused to sign to fight Holtzman.
The middleweight battle between Reggie Pena and Ricky Rainey will serve as the event’s main event for the time being while the promotion is scouring the field to have a late replacement for Holtzman new opponent.
XFC 24: Collision Course was originally scheduled to have two headliners, but last Friday, the congenital amputee, reportedly refused to sign the contract, prompting XFC officials to warn him that he will stripped of his title if he refuses to fight Holtzman.
XFC 24: Collision Course will take place on June 24, 2013 at the Sun Dome of the University of South Florida in Tampa.
UFC MMA fighter Gegard Mousasi suffered from a torn ACL and is on his way to recovery.
The former Strikeforce and DREAM Champion happily announced that he is again on the road to recovery and anticipates a return to the octagon either by November or December.
In an interview Mousasi said “I’m planning on the recovery, but I’m planning to enjoy life a little bit.”
He added, “In the past, I’ve always been training, always about the sport. Once you have this injury, you discover other stuff. I plan on having a good time.”
This is the second time that Mousasi has injured his ACL, the first was during a fight with Mike Kyle in 2012. His recent injury was against Ilir Latifi at UFC on FUEL TV 9 wherein “The Dreamcatcher” won by decision.
Mousasi also said that he is mulling on moving up to 185 lbs on his return to the cage.