Cage Warriors add seven new fighters to their roster

Seven more fighters have today been added to Cage Warriors Fighting Championship’s roster of talent. Five-fight contracts have each been signed by Steven Ray, Shaj Haque, Mick Sinclair, Carl Noon, Lawrence Fitzpatrick, Bryan Creighton and John Redmond. The deals will commit all seven fighters exclusively to Cage Warriors over a minimum period of 18 months.

Kevin Randleman signs with Strikeforce – for real

Kevin “The Monster” Randleman has signed a contract to fight for the San Jose based professional mixed martial arts promotion, STRIKEFORCE (for real this time). The announcement that Randleman had been added to the STRIKEFORCE roster was made Saturday night, April 11th, at the “Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz” post-fight press conference in which PRO MMA ( was in attendance.

STRIKEFORCE CEO, Scott Coker, announced plans to put Randleman in the cage to fight “right away” which most likely means “The Monster” would appear on STRIKEFORCE’S June 6th card in St. Louis, although that is only speculation at this point and no opponents were named.

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The UFC signs Yoshihiro Akiyama

For months now rumors have been circulating that former K-1 HERO’S and DREAM star, Yoshihiro Akiyama, was going to sign with the UFC. Today, according to a release on, the Japanese fighter with South Korean heritage has finally come to terms with the promotion.

Akiyama’s international athletic career started in judo. During his career he accomplished a rare feat of winning the Asian games as both a competitor for South Korea and Japan in consecutive years, 2001-2002.

After the completion of his judo career, Akiyama moved to MMA. He made his debut against boxer Fracois Botha at K-1 Premium Dynamite 2004 card and submitted his opponent with a first round armbar.

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