Ronda Rousey’s number one pick Shayna Baszler suffered a submission loss to Miesha Tate’s number one pick Julianna Pena on episode 2 of The Ultimate Fighter season 18 (TUF 18) last week. To put it very mildly, Ms. Rousey did not take the loss well. Baszler, with all her experience, seemed over-confident going up against the up-and-comer Pena — and she paid the price. Will Team Rousey be able to bounce back this week as Chris Beal takes on Team Tate’s Chris Holdsworth?
Thirty-six-year-old professional boxer Rafał Jackiewicz has signed a multi-fight contract with KSW Federation to compete in mixed martial arts. Born in Mińsk Mazowiecki, Jackiewicz originally began his fight career as a kickboxer but later switched to professional boxing. Beginning with his first fight in February 2001, Jackiewicz amassed a record of 42-11-2 in the welterweight division. In 2010 Jackiewicz contended for the IBF world title and is one of the few Poles to hold the EBU European championship.
Saturday night longtime ProMMAnow.com friend, documentarian and photographer Jacob Klensin attended World Series of Fighting 5 (WSOF 5) at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. The event saw former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski take home a hard fought unanimous decision over the heavy-handed Mike Kyle in the night’s headliner. Also, Dave Branch secured a unanimous decision over Danillo Villefort, Derrick Mehman knocked out Rolles Gracie, Jr. in round two, and Georgi Karakhanyan submitted Waylon Lowe in the opening frame. Now take a look at Jacob’s handiwork as he was cage side snapping these shots for your viewing pleasure…
Singapore: ONE Fighting Championship™, the largest mixed martial arts organization in Asia with a 90% market share, announced today the launch of the historic ONE ASIA AMATEUR MMA SERIES. The amateur MMA series is set to be the largest in Asia and will provide an unprecedented platform for mixed martial artists to develop their skills against other top amateurs.
Injuries over the last three weeks have forced Mark Scanlon and Matt Riddle out of Bellator’s Season 9 Welterweight Tournament. They have been replaced by Rick Hawn and Ron Keslar. Hawn will now face Herman Terrado, while Keslar will battle Sergio Junior on September 20th from Phoenix’s Grand Canyon University.
Heavyweight Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski (20-10) wanted to prove to his doubters that he can still take a punch. He took several of them from a bruising Mike “MAK” Kyle (20-10-1) but picked himself up off the canvas to score an impressive decision win on the main event of Saturday’s World Series of Fighting 5 fight card.
Floyd Mayweather (44-0) and Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1) put their undefeated records on the line this evening at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in a 152-pound catchweight bout for Canelo’s WBC and Ring Light Middleweight Titles. The WBA Super Light Middleweight Title is also on the line. Someone’s “0” has got to go and ProMMAnow.com will bring you the round-by-round, blow-by-blow commentary on all the action. Stick with us for what is sure to be one of THE biggest boxing matches of 2013.
Now this is a weigh-in. Fans began lining up at midnight Thursday to get in to watch Friday’s weigh-ins for Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez. The MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas was packed full of over 12,000 fans, not yet even for the fight — just for the weigh-ins. If it was this electric for the weigh-ins, just imagine what the fight is going to be like.
Bellator 99 took place Friday night at Temecula, California’s Pechanga Resort. The event featured the opening rounds of the Season 9 Bellator Featherweight Tournament with Patricio Pitbull, Fabricio Guerreiro, Justin Wilcox and Joe Taimanglo moving on to the semifinal rounds. Patricio Pitbull will face Fabricio Guerreiro and Justin Wilcox will fight Taimanglo in the semifinals.
Tonight’s the big night. But before the fight, get caught up on Showtime’s All Access show as Floyd Mayweather (44-0) and Saul Alvarez (42-0-1) aka “El Canelo” prepare to duke it out for Canelo’s WBC and Ring Light Middleweight Titles. Then join us tonight here on ProMMAnow.com as we provide LIVE round by round play by play updates on all the action.