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Bec Hyatt Chosen Chosen to Participate in The Ultimate Fighter 20

»Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Company News, Featured Fighter, Fighter | Comments Off on Bec Hyatt Chosen Chosen to Participate in The Ultimate Fighter 20

Bec Hyatt Chosen Chosen to Participate in The Ultimate Fighter 20

 

One month after signaling an interest to open a new UFC women’s division, the promotion has gone all in on strawweights.

UFC President Dana White today announced the promotion has acquired the contracts of 11 Invicta FC fighters, who will compete on the first all-women season of “The Ultimate Fighter” for the inaugural UFC strawweight title.

Filming for the show kicks off May 18 and features Carla Esparza (9-2), Alex Chambers(4-1), Claudia Gadelha (11-0), Felice Herrig (9-5), Bec Hyatt (5-3), Emily Kagan (3-1), Juliana Lima (6-1), Rose Namajunas (2-1),Tecia Torres (4-0), Paige VanZant (3-1) and Joanne Calderwood (8-0). A debut date for the first episode wasn’t immediately announced.

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Hector Lombard vs. Jake Shields Targeted for UFC 171 on March 15 in Dallas

»Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Company News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hector Lombard vs. Jake Shields Targeted for UFC 171 on March 15 in Dallas

Hector Lombard vs. Jake Shields Targeted for UFC 171 on March 15 in Dallas

 

After telling MMAjunkie he wanted a fight with fellow welterweight Jake Shields (29-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC), Hector Lombard (33-4-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) received his wish.

UFC officials recently announced the bout, via ESPN.com, for UFC 171.

UFC 171 takes place March 15 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The main card, featuring a light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and MMAjunkie. Lombard vs. Shields likely will be part of the main card.

This past week, Lombard said he might be able to force the “boring” Shields into a good bout.

“I think he’s been so boring and me always trying for the KO, it’s going to be exciting,” Lombard said. “He’ll make it boring, or I’m going to end up knocking him out. It’s going to be one or another.”

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Demain Maia & Rory MacDonald to Face Off at UFC 170 in Las Vegas

»Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Company News | Comments Off on Demain Maia & Rory MacDonald to Face Off at UFC 170 in Las Vegas

Demain Maia & Rory MacDonald to Face Off at UFC 170 in Las Vegas

 

An important welterweight fight has been added to UFC 170.

Rory MacDonald vs. Demian Maia will take place on the Feb. 22 card in Las Vegas, the promotion announced Friday. News of the fight being in the works was first reported on FOX Sports 1’s “UFC Tonight.”

Both MacDonald (15-2) and Maia (18-5) are coming off loses. MacDonald dropped a unanimous decision to Robbie Lawler at UFC 167 in November, while Maia lost a split decision to Jake Shields at UFC Fight Night 29 in October. MacDonald’s loss snapped a fight-fight winning streak, while Maia’s streak ended at three wins in a row.

UFC 170, which will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, will be headlined byRashad Evans vs. Daniel Cormier.

Thanks to MMA Fighting for the story.

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Virgil Zwicker Scores 1st Round Knockout Over Mike Hayes at KSW 25 (Video)

»Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Company News, Fighter | Comments Off on Virgil Zwicker Scores 1st Round Knockout Over Mike Hayes at KSW 25 (Video)

Virgil Zwicker Scores 1st Round Knockout Over Mike Hayes at KSW 25 (Video)

 

Virgil Zwicker may have had to travel a long way to fight Mike Hayes, but it took him just 1:12 to knock him out in the first round at KSW 25 in Poland this weekend.

Zwicker improved his record to 12-3 with 9 KO/TKO’s and 2 submissions. Check out the fight in its entirety below.

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Danny Castillo Battles Edson Barboza at UFC on Fox 9 This Weekend in Sacramento

»Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Company News, Fighter | Comments Off on Danny Castillo Battles Edson Barboza at UFC on Fox 9 This Weekend in Sacramento

Danny Castillo Battles Edson Barboza at UFC on Fox 9 This Weekend in Sacramento

 

UFC on FOX 9 could also be known as UFC: Team Alpha Male.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) continues to stack its return to California’s state capital with hometown fan favorites. The latest addition is a lightweight bout between Edson Barboza vs. Danny Castillo and is set to go down on Dec. 14, 2013 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.

Castillo, who trains nearby at Team Alpha Male, joins team founder Urijah Faber, who meets Michael McDonald, and Chad Mendes, who fights Nik Lentz, as the plethora of local gym fighters on the card.

UFC officials announced the fight on Wednesday.

“Last Call” has won back-to-back fights since suffering a knockout loss to Michael Johnson (who found out his next fight today, too) nearly a year ago. He went on to beat Paul Sass at UFC on FUEL TV 7 by way of unanimous decision and then in July, at UFC on FOX 8, he outpointed Tim Means for his fifth win in six fights.

He won’t have it easy.

The Brazilian-born Barboza also has won two straight fights since an upset loss to Jamie Varner, who knocked him out in the first round at UFC 146 back in May 2012. Since that setback, the first of his MMA career, Barboza has stopped Lucas Martins at UFC on FX 7 in January, then finished Rafaello Oliveira with leg kicks at UFC 162 in July, which I saw in person and it was nasty.

Thanks to MMA Mania for the story.

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Virgil Zwicker Looking Forward to Fresh Start with Bellator

»Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Company News, Fighter, Virgil Zwicker | Comments Off on Virgil Zwicker Looking Forward to Fresh Start with Bellator

Virgil Zwicker Looking Forward to Fresh Start with Bellator

Courtesy of Bleacher Report

Like many fighters under contract to Strikeforce in the last year, Virgil Zwicker sat waiting for months just hoping his phone would ring.

Zwicker wasn’t a high-profile fighter in the promotion, nor was he a champion at any point, but he was still sitting with fights on his contract with no idea of when he might compete next.

His last fight was in May 2012, and while he enjoyed working with Strikeforce, the inconsistencies of his schedule led to long periods of inactivity, and his training and preparation suffered because of all of the time off.

Why train five times a week with no bout on the horizon and no idea when the next call might come?

After only fighting two times in the past two years, Zwicker is finally happy to have a new contract in hand after signing a multi-fight deal with Bellator Fighting Championships that will allow him to stay very busy for the rest of 2013.

“I’m excited. The last couple of years it’s been inconsistent with Strikeforce and that whole deal with like two fights a year. So I’m pumped up,” Zwicker told Bleacher Report on Tuesday. “They’re going to give me an opportunity to fight four or five times this year.”

Zwicker’s last few fights have been painfully inconsistent, which he attributes largely due to his inactivity. He also finally made the move down to light heavyweight, where he will be competing against fighters his own size.

The plan is for Zwicker to debut in Bellator in the fall and hopefully land a spot in the next light heavyweight tournament that will air on Spike TV.

“There’s a lot of guys I’d love to get in the ring with,” Zwicker said about Bellator’s light heavyweight roster. “I’ve trained with a couple of them; I know they just recently signed my partner and friend Vladimir (Matyushenko). There’s a couple of those Russian guys, I would love to get my hands on them. I fit right in the mix with all of them. The tournament style motivates me to keep on, and you never know what’s going to happen.”

While he has no regrets about his time with Strikeforce, Zwicker is reinvigorated now that he’s signed with Bellator and starting a new life with a new promotion.

Bellator is still growing and finding their way in the MMA market, and Zwicker is excited to join a company that showcases hungry competitors still trying to claw their way to the top.

“Everybody’s hungry,” Zwicker stated when asked why he likes Bellator. “It’s like comparing college to the NFL, everybody’s hungry and everybody still wants to grow. I want to get in that tournament and make it happen.”

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