UFC 244 press conference with Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz set for September 19

Las Vegas: The UFC® returns to New York City with a spectacular welterweight contenders’ bout guaranteed to deliver fireworks. Hot off delivering the fastest knockout in UFC history, No. 3 ranked Jorge Masvidal (34-13) fighting out of Miami, Fla. takes on perennial fan favorite and No. 6 Nate Diaz (21-11) fighting out of Stockton, Calif.

Ahead of UFC 244, UFC will host a press conference with both athletes on Thursday, September 19 at 7 p.m. ET at The Rooftop at Pier 17 in New York City. The press conference is free and open to the public and for those who can’t attend the conference will also be streamed live on ESPN+.

Scheduled to attend the conference are:

DANA WHITE, UFC president

JORGE MASVIDAL, No. 3 ranked UFC welterweight contender

NATE DIAZ, No. 6 ranked UFC welterweight contender

Combate Americas Signs Lucha Libre & Pro Wrestling Star ‘Thunder Rosa’

NEW YORK: Combate Americas announced today that it has signed professional  wrestling star Melissa “Thunder Rosa” Cervantes to an exclusive, multi-fight Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotional agreement.

Fighting out of San Antonio, Texas, the 28-year-old former Lucha Underground television series star who was born in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico will make her professional MMA debut in San Antonio on Friday, Nov. 8 against an opponent to be determined, on the Combate Americas live Univision and TUDN national television series.

“Melissa ‘Thunder Rosa’ Cervantes is an established star in the worlds of Lucha Libre and American professional wrestling, and represents another potentially exceptional, crossover star and expansion of the Combate Americas narrative of embracing and developing talent from the Hispanic sports universe outside of MMA,” said Combate Americas Senior Vice President, Operations and Communications, Mike Afromowitz.

Cervantes starred in seasons two and three of Lucha Underground in 2015 and 2016, respectively, under the name “Kobra Moon.”

She and teammates “Daga” and “Jeremiah Stake” went on to win the series’ “Trio Championship,” the six-person tag team formatted match that sees two teams of three face off against each other in the ring.

She won the 2016 Southern California Women’s Wrestler of the Year Award, and later enjoyed a stint with Ring of Honor before joining the ranks of Women of Wrestling last year.

Cervantes has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Brazilian Top Team in San Antonio, since 2016.

In February, Combate Americas inked another professional wrestling sensation, former Lucha Underground champion “Sexy” Dulce Garcia, formerly known as “Sexy Star,” to an exclusive, multi-fight agreement.

Garcia made her MMA debut for Combate Americas in her hometown of Monterrey, N.L., Mexico, on April 12, earning a unanimous decision over Mariana Ruiz Avila.

UFC will hold its 500th event at Madison Square Garden headlined by Jorge Masvidal vs Nate Diaz

Las Vegas – UFC® will hold its 500th event at the World’s Most Famous Arena, featuring a stacked card headlined by an East Coast-West Coast battle between No. 3 ranked welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal and No. 6 Nate Diaz. In a thrilling middleweight bout, No. 4 ranked contender and recent title challenger Kelvin Gastelum welcomes No. 8 welterweight Darren Till to the 185-pound division.

UFC® 244: MASVIDAL vs. DIAZ takes place Saturday, November 2 at Madison Square Garden and will stream live nationally on Pay-Per-View exclusively through ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT in both English and Spanish.

ESPN+ is the exclusive provider of all UFC Pay-Per-View events to fans in the U.S. as part of an agreement announced in March and continuing through 2025.

Fans will be able to purchase it online at ESPNPlus.com/PPV or on the ESPN App on mobile and connected-TV devices.  ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App on all major mobile and connected TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One and more. Preliminary fights will air nationally in English on ESPN2 and via streaming on the ESPN App (in Spanish) starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with the early prelims simulcast on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT.

A perennial fan favorite, Masvidal (34-13, fighting out of Miami, Fla.) etched his name in the UFC history books for fastest knockout after executing a stunning flying knee against previously undefeated Ben Askren. The 16-year veteran has also delivered unforgettable knockouts against Darren Till, Donald Cerrone, Jake Ellenberger and Cezar Ferreira. Masvidal now aims to deliver another sensational finish in the biggest fight of his career.

Among the most popular athletes on the UFC roster, Diaz (21-11, fighting out of Stockton, Calif.) returned from a three-year hiatus in August by securing a thrilling win over Anthony Pettis. Known for his submission win over Conor McGregor, Diaz has also picked up incredible victories against Michael Johnson, Gray Maynard, Jim Miller and Takanori Gomi. He now hopes to keep his momentum going and enter the welterweight top five.

Winner of The Ultimate Fighter season 17, Gastelum’s (16-4 1NC, fighting out of Yuma, Ariz.) last outing saw him put on a Fight of the Year-worthy performance against interim middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. Throughout his UFC stint, he has netted impressive wins against Jacare Souza, Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy. Gastelum now hopes to re-assert himself as a 185-pound title threat.

A former welterweight title challenger, Till (17-2-1, fighting out of Liverpool, England) will now test the waters in the ultra-competitive middleweight division. During his run at 170 pounds, he earned hard-fought wins over Stephen Thompson, Donald Cerrone and Jessin Ayari. Till now has his sights set on turning heads at 185 pounds by taking out one of the division’s top contenders.

Additional bouts on the card include former heavyweight title challenger and No. 5 ranked contender Derrick Lewis (21-7 1NC) fighting out of Houston, Tex. battles rising No. 9 Blagoy Ivanov (18-2 1NC) fighting out of Sofia, Bulgaria.

No. 7 ranked light heavyweight contender Corey Anderson (13-4) fighting out of Robbinsville, N.J. goes for his fourth consecutive win against surging No. 10 Johnny Walker (17-3) fighting out of Phuket, Thailand by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Former title challenger and No. 9 ranked welterweight contender Stephen Thompson (14-4-1) fighting out of Simpsonville, S.C. squares off with surging No. 14 Vicente Luque (17-6-1) fighting out of Westwood, N.J. by way of Brasilia, Brazil.

In a pivotal flyweight contenders’ bout, No. 1 ranked Katlyn Chookagian (12-2) fighting out of Kenilworth, N.J. takes on No. 5 Jennifer Maia (17-5-1) fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil. Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (28-18 2NC) fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Minsk, Belarus faces undefeated Jairzinho Rozenstruik (8-0) fighting out of Paramaribo, Suriname.

Julio Arce (16-3) fighting out of Bayside, N.Y. meets Hakeem Dawodu (10-1-1) fighting out of Calgary, Canada in an exciting featherweight bout. Krzysztof Jotko (21-4) fighting out of Orneta, Poland aims to be the first fighter to defeat unbeaten Edmen Shahbazyan (10-0) fighting out of Glendale, Calif. Lyman Good (20-5 1NC) fighting out of New York, N.Y. looks to defend his home turf against Chance Rencountre (14-3) fighting out of Pawhuska, Okla.

UFC vet Cain Carrizosa challenges Jai Herbert for title at CW109

Birmingham receives a huge main event title fight at Cage Warriors 109 on October 26th.

In a bid to prove he’s ready to take on the world rankings, reigning champion Jai Herbert called for former UFC competition for his first title defence.

Cain Carrizosa answered.

Herbert (9-1) rose to the top of the division by stopping Jack Grant via TKO at CW106: Night of Champions, and now takes on elite-level international competition in home territory at the Birmingham Resorts World Arena.


Carrizosa (11-3) is currently riding a 5-fight win streak, with a record that boasts appearances on UFC 177 and Fight Night 62 alongside Tony Ferguson, Amanda Nunes and TJ Dillashaw. The Californian is raring to add a Cage Warriors belt to his impressive resume.

The Birmingham Resorts World Arena will play host to the world title fight, in the home city where Herbert trains alongside UFC names Tom Breese and Leon Edwards.

The CW109 card will also feature a top-tier featherweight fight between former champion Dean Trueman and French contender Morgan Charrière, and appearances from Birmingham natives Michael Younis and Chris Miah.

Tickets are on sale HERE.

CW109 Fight Card

Jai Herbert vs Cain Carrizosa – Lightweight World Title Fight

Dean Trueman vs Morgan Charrière – Featherweight

Lewis Monarch vs Jordan Vucenic – Featherweight

Brian Bouland vs Chris Miah – Bantamweight

Michael Younis vs Mick Stanton – Middleweight

Many more TBA.

Robbie Lawler to face Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC 245

Welterweight battle between Robbie Lawler and Santiago Ponzinibbio is in the works for UFC 245, MMA Junkie reported citing “multiple people close to the situation”. The final pay-per-view fight card for 2019 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, USA on December 15 (AEST).

Robbie Lawler (28-14, 1 NC) is a former UFC Welterweight champion. The 37-year-old American mixed martial artist lost three of his previous bouts. Early August he suffered the defeat by unanimous decision against Colby Covington. Prior to that he faced a (controversial) defeat by submission against Ben Askren in the first-round and dropped a unanimous decision against Rafael dos Anjos. “Ruthless’s” most recent win dates back to July 2017 when he earned a unanimous decision against Donald Cerrone.

Santiago Ponzinibbio (27-7) is riding the seven-fight win streak. The 32-year-old Argentinian MMA fighter was last seen in action in November 2018 when he stopped Neil Magny in the fourth round. Prior to that he scored a unanimous decision against Nike Perry and KO’d Gunnar Nelson in Round 1.

The Lawler vs. Ponzinibbio bout is yet to be formally announced by the promotion.

Among the bouts confirmed for UFC 245, Amanda Nunes defends her bantamweight title against Germaine de Randamie. The pair meets in a rematch.

The headline-bout for UFC 245 is yet to be set. The announced to date list of matchups can be found below.

Women’s Bantamweight Amanda Nunes vs. Germaine de Randamie
Women’s Flyweight Jessica Eye vs. Viviane Araujo
Welterweight Robbie Lawler vs. face Santiago
Welterweight Matt Brown vs. Ben Saunders

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Complete Results for Legend FC 13

Macau: Legend Fighting Championship made a spectacular debut at the prestigious MGM Theater in Macau on Saturday, 14 September, with a stacked Legend FC 13 card.

In the main event, Yuan Chunbo put his stamp on the 66kg division with a decisive victory over top submission specialist Liu Lianjie.

Over three epic rounds, Yuan picked apart Liu with perfectly-timed oblique kicks and uppercuts that slowed the momentum of his opponent.

Liu, however, had his moments. In the opening round he was effective with his low kicks and takedowns, but Yuan remained laser focused and managed to grind out a unanimous decision win.

In the Grand Finals of the 80kg Sanda Tournament, Yang Zhanwang dominated kickboxer Yu Jianhong to win the one-night tournament in impressive style.

As the opening round started, both men were keen to keep the fight on the ground, despite the switch from Sanda to MMA rules for the Tournament Grand Final.

Yang was the first one to take advantage of the MMA rules and took his opponent to the canvass where he delivered some impressive ground and pound.

As the second round kicked in, Yang continued to dominate from the ground, using excellent side control to frustrate and shut down his opponent.

In one of the closest three round matches of Legend FC 13, striking specialist Chen Jie defeated Hong Kong’s Adrian Fok via a hard fought unanimous decision.

For three rounds both men traded heavy shots, with Chen punishing Fok with body blows and heavy ground and pound.

During Saturday’s broadcast, Legend Fighting Championship announced it will return to the MGM Theater in Macau on 28 December for Legend FC 14. Event details and the fight card will be announced at a later date.

Official results for Legend FC 13MMA Rules: 66kg
Yuan Chunbo def. Liu Lianjie
Unanimous Decision after 3 rounds80kg Sanda Tournament Grand Final (MMA Rules)
Yang Zhanwang def. Yu Jianhong
Unanimous Decision after 2 roundsMMA Rules: 71kg catch weight
Yi Zha def. Tenglige

MMA Rules: 61kg
Chen Jie def. Adrian Fok
Unanimous Decision after 3 rounds

MMA Rules: 68kg
Zhong Qingya def. Gao Haicang
Unanimous Decision after 3 rounds

80kg Sanda Tournament Semi-Final 2 (Sanda Rules)
Yu Jianhong def. Chang Juncheng
Split Decision after 2 rounds

80kg Sanda Tournament Semi-Final 1 (Sanda Rules)
Yang Zhanwang def. Aerdake Apaer

80kg Sanda Tournament Reserve Match (Sanda Rules)

Wang Xuan defeats Zhang Chaoyang
Unanimous Decision after 2 rounds

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