2019 MMA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: RESULTS – DAY 1

Manama: Below are the Official Results for Day 1 and Matches Schedule for Day 2 of the 2019 IMMAF | WMMAA World & Junior World Championships of Amateur MMA, taking place in Manama, Bahrain at the Khalifa Sports City Arena from 11 – 14, and 16 November.

Today’s schedule featured Round 32 of the Senior tournament and Round 16 of the Juniors. Tomorrow (Day 2) sees Round 16 of the Senior tournament and Round 8 of the Juniors, and the first women’s bouts of the competition.

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation’s flagship, nations championship showcases a total of 440 athletes from 50 nations across the two tournaments, in 16 weight divisions (male and female).

UFC FIGHT PASS® TO PRESENT QUINTET ULTRA

LAS VEGAS and TOKYO – UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports, and QUINTET, the innovative five-on-five grappling promotion, today announced details for QUINTET Ultra, an unprecedented event featuring the most iconic brands in MMA history competing against each other in a submission-grappling tournament for the first time ever. 

QUINTET Ultra will stream live from Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas on Thursday, December 12, exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

QUINTET Ultra will follow the traditional QUINTET ruleset in which four teams, each comprising five members, compete in a single-elimination, winner-stays-on grappling tournament for mat supremacy. Competitors are eliminated by a loss or draw, while the winner stays on the mat. A team loses when all five members are eliminated. Each team will be represented by the four most influential promotions in MMA history: UFC®PRIDE®, STRIKEFORCE®, and WEC®.  Athletes will be named to teams based on their individual historical connections to each promotion. 

Confirmed participants on the stacked card include: Takanori Gomi; Anthony Johnson; Gilbert Melendez; Chad Mendes; Sean O’Malley; Kazushi Sakuraba; Jake Shields; and Glover Teixeira.  Full team rosters will be announced in coming weeks.

In addition to team matchups, QUINTET Ultra will feature singles matches, highlighted by a “super fight” between Gordon Ryan and Aleksei Oleinik. Singles matches and the super fight will follow the traditional QUINTET ruleset.

The event is a collaboration between UFC FIGHT PASS and QUINTET founder and UFC Hall of Famer Kazushi Sakuraba.

“UFC FIGHT PASS is looking forward to working with QUINTET to celebrate the great influence that these four legendary promotions have had on the MMA landscape,” said Crowley Sullivan, Vice President and General Manager of UFC FIGHT PASS. “QUINTET is adding a twist by presenting the event within its unique team grappling format.  We are thrilled to be producing the event.”

Added UFC Hall of Famer and QUINTET Founder Kazushi Sakuraba:  “We’ve always been very grateful for UFC’s support from when we first approached them with the idea of QUINTET.  I am personally looking forward to the amazing things we will accomplish together as QUINTET continues to gain momentum around the world by being showcased to the hardcore fight fans on UFC FIGHT PASS.”

*Confirmed participants as of Monday, November 11:

TEAM UFC                                         TEAM PRIDE

  1. Anthony Johnson                       1.   Kazushi Sakuraba
  2. Sean O’Malley                             2.   Takanori Gomi
  3. TBA                                               3.   TBA
  4. TBA                                               4.   TBA
  5. TBA                                               5.   TBA

TEAM STRIKEFORCE                      TEAM WEC

  1. Gilbert Melendez                         1.   Chad Mendes
  2. Jake Shields                                2.   Glover Teixeira
  3. TBA                                               3.   TBA
  4. TBA                                               4.   TBA
  5. TBA                                               5.   TBA

*Participants subject to change

This will be QUINTET’s second event in the United States, the first of which was in October of 2018.

Information regarding ticket pricing and availability will be announced soon.

Combate Americas Announces Return To Stockton on December 13

LOS ANGELES: Combate Americas today announced that it will return to Stockton, Calif. with a stacked Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event at Stockton Arena on Friday, Dec. 13, live on television in the U.S. on both Univision (12 a.m. ET/PT) and TUDN (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m.PT).

Priced from $25, tickets for the Combate Americas live event in Stockton are on sale at Ticketmaster.com, as well as at the Stockton Arena box office.

In the main event, former world flyweight (125 pounds) champion Zoila “The Warrior Princess” Frausto (14-5) will meet an opponent to be announced soon.

“Mucha Más Acción is coming back to Stockton in full force with Zoila Frausto and a host of other world-class and up-and-coming stars before the end of 2019, and we intend to make a big mark there,” said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren.

Announced today were the first three, complete matchups for the event, including a featured, featherweight (145 pounds) battle between Javier “Blair” Reyes (8-3) and Joe “Nine Lives” Neal (6-4).

Reyes of Bogota, Colombia is a 26-year-old, two-time veteran of Combate Americas action, who will be looking for his first victory in La Jaula, the Combate Americas competition cage, and to bounce back from a third round (3:08) TKO (punches) defeat at the hands of Alex Velasco on February 8.

To date, Reyes has earned five of his eight career wins by (T)KO or submission, and has recently been training in Las Vegas, Nev. to take his career to the next level.

Neal is a 33-year-old protégé of former Strikeforce world champion Gilbert “El Niño” Melendez, and a resident of Hayward, Calif., who has never been finished in professional competition.

Neal’s start will be his first for Combate Americas.  He holds a unanimous decision win over five-time Combate Americas veteran Benji Gomez.

In preliminary card action announced today, Nate Diaz team member Jose Aguayo (3-2) of Stockton will face off with Michael Humphrey (0-3) of Sacramento, Calif. at featherweight, while Yajaira Cunningham (1-1) of Miami, Fla. and McKenna Mitchell (0-2) of Aptos, Calif. will meet at strawweight (115 pounds).

Additional matchups will be announced soon.

Nick Diaz Plans 2020 Octagon Return, Calls For Clash With Jorge Masvidal

 

Former Strikeforce and World Extreme Cagefighting welterweight champion, Nick Diaz, has outlined his intentions to return to active-competition in the next year, and has his eyes set on a meeting with newly minted BMF champion, Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal.

The Stockton fan-favorite spoke with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani for the first time in five years on Monday evening, where he announced his plans to make an Octagon walk for the first time since the beginning of 2015. American Top Team mainstay Masvidal, just two weeks ago, secured the BMF crown via a doctor’s stoppage over Nick’s younger brother, Nate Diaz at UFC 244 in Madison Sqaure Garden.

An extremely polished grappler and boxer, Nick Diaz has yet to return to the UFC since his UFC 183 ‘No Contest’ against former middleweight champion Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva, in the which the 36-year-old failed a post-fight drug test after a sample test showed the presence of marijuana metabolites. In a highly controversial and argued decision, the Nevada State Athletic Commission issued Diaz a five year suspension from active-competition and a $165,000 fine.

The suspension was later reduced to eighteen months after an appeals process. Diaz was issued a one year retroactive suspension from USADA for failure to report his whereabouts in both 2016 and 2017, and was officially eligible to return to mixed-martial-arts competition in April of 2018.

Both Nick Diaz and Jorge Masvidal were linked to a bout at UFC 235 in March, with promotion President, Dana White, telling at the UFC 231 post-fight press conference how as far as he was aware, the pairing was finalized. A few weeks later, the bout was scrapped as Masvidal went on to meet Darren Till in London, where he secured a brutal second round knockout.

Diaz holds some quite notable victories over his almost fifteen year career, securing wins over KJ Noons, Evangelista Santos, Paul Daley, B.J. Penn, Robbie Lawler, Frank Shamrock, and Marius Zaromskis.

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Two fans will win an all-expenses paid trip to GLORY: COLLISION 2

LOS ANGELES:  Nearly 30,000 fans will crowd into the Gelredome soccer stadium in the Netherlands for the long-awaited rematch between Rico Verhoeven and Badr Hari.

Two of them will be there courtesy of PowerDot, makers of the world’s first mobile and wearable smart muscle stimulation device.

PowerDot are partnering with GLORY to present GLORY: COLLISION 2 on Saturday, December 21.

Taking place three years on from their December 2016 encounter at the sold-out GLORY: COLLISION event, the rematch between Verhoeven and Hari is the biggest fight in the history of the sport and is set to shatter gate and attendance records.

PowerDot has also announced new deals with GLORY athletes Bekah Irwin, the 19-year-old Muay Thai prodigy, ‘American Ninja’ Asa Ten Pow and Troy ‘Trouble’ Jones.

To celebrate the new partnerships, PowerDot is offering fight fans the chance to win the trip of a lifetime.

The winner – and a friend – will receive round-trip plane travel to Amsterdam, plus premium floor seatsfor COLLISION 2, as well as a PowerDot unit each and a bag of exclusive GLORY merchandise.

“PowerDot is extremely excited to provide two fans with the experience of a lifetime. This is a fight we cannot wait for and being able to sit ringside while these two monsters make history is pretty special.” said Chase Novelich, PowerDot Marketing Director.

“This opportunity allows us to showcase our cutting-edge training and recovery technology on one of the biggest stages in combat sports history. We believe this will completely elevate the way athletes can push their bodies and prepare for battle,” said Eric Glader, PowerDot CEO.

“If you’re a fight fan, or even just a sports fan in general, this is the trip of a lifetime. This is a huge prize and I think it speaks volumes about PowerDot and their commitment to quality offerings,” said Jon Martone, GLORY Vice-President of Partnerships.

Every purchase of a PowerDot 2.0 Smart Muscle Stimulator™ (Uno, Duo, or Pro Bundle), before December 4, 2019 and using the code GLORY for a 25% discount, qualifies the buyer for one (1) entry into the sweepstakes.

To enter, all fans have to do is visit PowerDot.com/Glory and complete the required steps.

“Brazilian army” touches down in Bahrain ahead of BRAVE CF 29

BRAVE International Combat Week is the yearly, and much-anticipated, return of BRAVE Combat Federation to its home, the Kingdom of Bahrain. This time around, though, the event could also use the tagline “Brazilian Army”, given the strong presence of Brazil representatives. Four of the six Brazilians featured on BRAVE 29 got to the Bahrain International Airport together and ready to make history in just a few days.

Star of the main event of the evening, a Flyweight inaugural title bout against Jose “Shorty” Torres, Marcel Adur shared his thoughts on the upcoming challenge.
“Just landed here in Bahrain and got the typical warm welcome from everyone at BRAVE. I’m looking forward to the fight and expecting a win. I’m facing a very tough opponent in Jose Torres but I’ve faced fighters as tough, if not tougher than him. I’m sure this will be the most important step in my way to the top so all I want is for him to be ready. Ready for one, two, three, or five rounds because, regardless, I’m leaving with this belt!”, Adur said.

Adur’s arrival coincided with his former CM System teammates’ Luan “Miau” Santiago and Felipe Silva. The former Lightweight champion Miau returns to Bahrain, this time moving up to the Super Lightweight division, to face Russia’s Gadzhimusa Gaziev. On the other hand, Silva is making his Bahraini debut and will meet Georgia’s Guram Kutateladze, in a bout delayed from BRAVE Colombia earlier this year — after a Guram’s injury forced his withdrawal and changed Felipe’s opponent a week prior to the event.

Joining Adur, Silva, and Santiago, Luana Pinheiro also got the Kingdom of Bahrain, followed by her boyfriend, coach, and BRAVE CF fighter Matheus Nicolau. After two impressive wins in her first BRAVE appearances, Pinheiro comes to the biggest event of the year ready to take on England’s Helen Harper.

The “Brazilian Army” will be completed on November 12, with the arrivals of the remaining three members: Erick “Indio Brabo” da Silva, who is set to face Tae Kyun Kim in a Lightweight prelim bout; and Kleber “Orgulho” and Guto Inocente, that will take part in the prestigious one-night KHK World Title open weight tournament.

BRAVE CF 29 and the KHK World Title will take place on November 15th, at the Khalifa Sports City, in Isa Town, Bahrain. The events will headline the historical BRAVE International Combat Week 2019, which also features the IMMAF World Championship.

Gilbert Meléndez was released from the UFC

Gilbert Melendez run with the UFC have come to an end. The lightweight was released from the organization.

Sources confirmed his departure on Monday morning. “El Niño” received notification of his dismissal on Wednesday. Meléndez became known for his time at Strikeforce, where he was the lightweight champion of the organization. In 2012 he signed with UFC. In his time at the UFC he was not the same as in the Scott Coker organization. Where he obtained a record of 1-6. Gilbert’s last fight was at UFC 239, where he lost by unanimous decision against Arnold Allen.

You can read his post form his Instagram below:

 

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Huge thanks to my team and all my loyal followers . You guys will never know how much your support has meant to me over the years. Things didn’t go my way but when you have the opportunity to chase a great moment or take on a challenge I suggest you face it and go for it. Even in defeat I know this experience will help me grow as a martial artist and as a person. At the end of the day I am happy , I am blessed , I am healthy , I am loved , I leveled up and I had a dang great time out there competing!!! Arnold is a great competitor , is a difficult target to find in the cage and I wish him the best in his fighting future . As for me I’m looking forward to now investing more of my time into my team and of course I will continue my studies as a student of martial arts. The journey will continue for #teamElNiño and the #skrappack because we are deep. ♾ Special thanks to @kerimelendez415 #myDadSenior #Leylakay #sam #mifamilia #santaana #sanfrancisco @jakeshields @natediaz209 @joshclopton @escobar415 @this_man_dk @tlee133 @alexcoriano @jimslaz @phil.vita @baluvargas @jamesappleberry @randy.j.miranda @hurricane_415 @elninotrainingcenter @mo.jitsu @dannydamage @micky_baiano @ninjafelix @codyorrison @eljaguars @cesargraciebjj @teamsantosjiujitsu @philbaldacci and the rest of the pack for putting that time in with me.

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