UFC® RETURNS TO CHARLOTTE WITH PIVOTAL MIDDLEWEIGHT REMATCH BETWEEN JACARE SOUZA AND DEREK BRUNSON

UFC CHARLOTTE MIDDLEWEIGHT REMATCH JACARE SOUZA DEREK BRUNSON

PLUS:
(#5) OVINCE SAINT PREUX vs (#9) ILIR LATIFI
(#14) RANDA MARKOS vs. JULIANA LIMA

TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT
®: JACARE vs. BRUNSON 2
AT SPECTRUM CENTER GO ON SALE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15

Las Vegas – UFC® will return to Charlotte, N.C. with an action-packed event, headlined by a pivotal middleweight bout that will see No.4-ranked contender Jacare Souza rematch No.8-ranked and North Carolina native Derek BrunsonUFC FIGHT NIGHT®: JACARE vs. BRUNSON 2 takes place Saturday, January 27 at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center and will air live on FOX.

A former Strikeforce middleweight champion, Souza (24-5 1NC, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) became the first fighter to finish Brunson (18-5, fighting out of Wilmington, N.C.), delivering a spectacular knockout against the relative newcomer in 2012. Since then, the two have firmly established themselves amongst the UFC middleweight elite.

Though he most recently came up short against now interim champ Robert Whittaker, Souza has proven to be one of the top finishers in the stacked 185-pound division. During his time in the UFC, he’s impressively dispatched Tim Boetsch, Vitor Belfort, Gegard Mousasi and Yushin Okami. The decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt is hoping for a repeat performance against Brunson to thrust himself back into the title mix.

As for Brunson, the NCAA Division II wrestler recently cracked a two-fight skid with consecutive knockout victories against Dan Kelly and former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. Aiming for a measure of revenge, Brunson looks to continue his momentum by putting Souza to sleep with his trademark left hand.

In a showdown of light heavyweight contenders, No. 5-ranked Ovince Saint Preux aims for his fourth consecutive victory in the span of one year when he battles gritty No.9 Ilir Latifi.

Earning finishes in each of his last three tilts, Saint Preux’s (22-10, fighting out of Knoxville, Tenn.) two latest outings have seen him take home Performance of the Night honors—slapping his now-patented ‘Von Preux’ choke on Yushin Okami, before putting away Corey Anderson with a spectacular head kick. Standing in his way is tough grinder Latifi (14-5 1NC, fighting out of Malmo, Sweden), who recently handed Aussie standout Tyson Pedro the first loss of his career. A strong grappler with knockout power, The Sledgehammer plans to use Saint Preux as a stepping stone up the light heavyweight rankings.

Additional bouts on the card include:

· No.14-ranked strawweight contender Randa Markos (7-6, fighting out of Windsor, Ont., Canada) looks to return to the win column against tough striker Juliana Lima (9-4, fighting out of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil)
· In a clash of flyweight prospects, Katlyn Chookagian (9-1, fighting out of Kenilworth, N.J.) takes on Mara Romero Borella (12-4 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Ponte dell’Olio, Italy)
· Justine Kish (6-1, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.) aims to rebound from her first career loss when she faces Ji Yeon Kim (6-1-2, fighting out of Incheon, South Korea)

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live are subject to change.

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: JACARE vs. BRUNSON 2 
will air live on FOX at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Saturday, January 27, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FS1 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: JACARE vs. BRUNSON 2 go on sale Friday, December 15 at 10 a.m. ET and are priced at $180, $125, $100, $85, $70, $60 and $50 USD (prices do not include applicable service charges or fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.spectrumcentercharlotte.comwww.ticketmaster.com , the Spectrum Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, December 13 at 10 a.m. ET via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, December 14 starting at 10 a.m. ET. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:04+00:00 December 12th, 2017|News|Comments Off on UFC® RETURNS TO CHARLOTTE WITH PIVOTAL MIDDLEWEIGHT REMATCH BETWEEN JACARE SOUZA AND DEREK BRUNSON

“The Immortal” Regian Eersel Returns as New Headliner for Lion Fight 38

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Lion Fight Promotions, the worldwide leader in Muay Thai combat, returns to Foxwoods Resort Casino on Friday, September 29th with a roster of international stars and new talent.

Destructive knockout artist and reigning Lion Fight super middleweight champion Regian “The Immortal” Eersel (46-4) will put his belt on the line against the last man to beat him – Czech star Matous Kahout (39-9).

Eersel has blasted through his opposition inside the Lion Fight ring, including a fourth-round head-kick knockout of two-division champion Jo Nattawut, a second-round demolition of Jake Purdy to claim the title, and then a vicious first-round finish of D.C. Pratt in his first title defense. The Amsterdam, Holland, product, who has posted nine consecutive knockout victories, will be out to avenge his last defeat when Kahout notched a unanimous decision verdict over Eersel in March of last year in Prague, Czech Republic.

“We are immensely excited to have Regian Eersel returning in an outstanding main event against the only man in over two years to beat him Matous Kohout, our first-ever fighter to come from Eastern Europe. I have no doubt this will be the best super middleweight title fight in our history and a fight that fans around the world will be watching.”

—Scott Kent, Lion Fight President & CEO

A top contender in the light heavyweight division will come out of the clash between Seattle’s Juan Jackson (9-1) and New York City’s Elijah Clarke (6-1) – both newcomers to the Lion Fight roster.

Lion Fight has quickly established a strong cruiserweight division, now headed by newly crowned champion Chip Moraza-Pollard. His next challenger may come out of a matchup that will see long-time contender Brett Hlavacek (18-6), who fights out of New York City, take on promotional newcomer Timothy Woods (8-1) of Fairfax, Virginia.

Lion Fight is ushering in a new women’s division as well. The light flyweight ranks will open up with Italy’s Silvia La Notte (61-13-4) taking on England’s Dani Fall (12-1).

Lion Fight 38 will also mark the return of two of the organization’s hottest prospects. Lightweight Jafar “The Cookie” Monster” Toshev and heavyweight Steve “Put ’Em To Sleep” Walker, who both scored highlight-reel knockouts in their respective debuts, will be part of action. Also slated to be part of the action will be fan favorite Brian “Magoo” Bogue, who will make his long-awaited professional debut.

Lion Fight 38 will air live on AXS TV Fights in the United States as well as on Fight Network throughout Canada, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Main Card:

Regian Eersel (46-4) vs. Matous Kahout (39-9) – Super Middleweight Title

Juan Jackson (9-1) vs. Elijah Clarke (6-1) – Light Heavyweight

Silvia La Notte (61-13-4) vs. Dani Fall (12-1) – Women’s Light Flyweight

Timothy Woods (8-1) vs. Brett Hlavacek (17-5) – Cruiserweight

Jonathan George (2-1-1) vs. Jafar Toshev (1-0) – Lightweight

Robert Morrow (Pro Debut) vs. Steve Walker (1-0) – Super Cruiserweight

Pro Prelims:

Cris Mims (Pro Debut) vs. Brian Bogue (Pro Debut) – Super Middleweight

Jessi Hackett (Pro Debut) vs. Yeison Berdugo (1-3) – Super Lightweight

Amateur Prelims:

Hector Andres Acosta vs. J. Lucky Henry – Light Heavyweight

Nalton McLaughlin vs. Shawn Ellis – Middleweight

Shaun Shubert vs. Miguel Cadiz – Middleweight

David Chun vs. Rob Gonzalez – Super Lightweight

Malcom Hill vs. James MacDonald – Super Lightweight

Card subject to change.

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:08+00:00 September 26th, 2017|News|Comments Off on “The Immortal” Regian Eersel Returns as New Headliner for Lion Fight 38

UFC 217: BISPING vs ST-PIERRE — #GSP Returns to the Octagon

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Las Vegas – Three world titles will be at stake and a legend returns when the Octagon®lands in New York City for UFC 217®: BISPING vs ST-PIERRE on Saturday, Nov. 4. Middleweight champion Michael Bisping looks to defend his crown for the second time against one of the greatest mixed martial artists in history, Georges St-Pierre who makes his comeback after four years away from the sport in the main event. In the co-main event, former training partners turned bitter rivals will settle the score when bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt clashes with No. 2 TJ Dillashaw and strawweight powerhouse Joanna Jedrzejczyk chases Ronda Rousey’s record for most successful title defenses in the women’s divisions when she meets No. 3 Rose Namajunas .

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:09+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|News|Comments Off on UFC 217: BISPING vs ST-PIERRE — #GSP Returns to the Octagon

BELLATOR MMA SIGNS TOP-RANKED MIDDLEWEIGHT GEGARD MOUSASI TO EXCLUSIVE MULTI-FIGHT CONTRACT

BELLATOR MMA SIGNS TOP-RANKED MIDDLEWEIGHT GEGARD MOUSASI TO EXCLUSIVE MULTI-FIGHT CONTRACT

PROMOTIONAL DEBUT TO BE ANNOUNCED IN COMING DAYS

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LOS ANGELES — Bellator MMA is proud to announce the signing of perennial top contender Gegard Mousasi to an exclusive, multi-fight contract.

Long-considered to be one of the elite two-division threats in MMA, Mousasi joins Bellator currently riding a five-fight win streak that includes recent knockout victories over two former world champions in Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort. Prior to his UFC tenure, Mousasi captured the STRIKEFORCE light heavyweight title, as well as the DREAM light heavyweight and middleweight titles in Japan. The signing sees Mousasi rejoin Bellator President Scott Coker following his successful run with STRIKEFORCE from 2009-2013.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Gegard to the growing Bellator family,” said Bellator President Scott Coker. “He’s one of the most well-rounded fighters in all of MMA and can compete in multiple divisions, so that really opens up some exciting matchmaking opportunities for us and for the fans. We’re looking forward to having him compete on Spike very soon.”

“I am looking forward to fighting in Bellator,” added Mousasi. “I have a long-standing relationship with Scott Coker that goes back many years. Be ready, I am coming after the Bellator middleweight championship.”

The Iranian-born Mousasi, who currently trains out of The Netherlands, has amassed an overall career record of 42-6-2 and has earned victories over some of the sports’ biggest names, including Dan Henderson, “Jacare” Souza, Mark Hunt, Ovince Saint-Preux, Melvin Manhoef, Hector Lombard and “Babalu” Sobral. The addition of Mousasi adds depth to an ever-growing Bellator roster, which has recently seen free agents Rory MacDonaldLorenz LarkinMichael McDonald and current Bellator light heavyweight champ Ryan Baderjoin the Viacom-owned promotion.

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:13+00:00 July 11th, 2017|News|Comments Off on BELLATOR MMA SIGNS TOP-RANKED MIDDLEWEIGHT GEGARD MOUSASI TO EXCLUSIVE MULTI-FIGHT CONTRACT