Enfusion 23 e1419044631574 Fight Network Presents Enfusion 23 LIVE this Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3 pm. ET
Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, presents the final 2014 edition of Enfusion Live this Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. ET, as Enfusion 23 emanates from Antwerp, Belgium, headlined by a -67kg world championship clash between Morocco’s Ilias Bulaid and Uzbekistan’s Zahid Zairov.

Fight Network’s live broadcast will air on Cablevision’s Optimum TV, Grande Communications, Shentel Cable and Armstrong Cable in the U.S., nationwide in Canada, Roku devices across North America, and in Turkey on D-Smart.

In other action, Belgian Nordin Ben Moh meets Spaniard Antonio Gomez in 70kg action, Moroccan Ismael Benali battles Turkey’s Tayfun Ozcan at 70kg, England’s Iman Barlow faces Indonesian standout Soraya Haurissa in a 54kg bout, plus Estonia’s Edvin Kibus vs. Morocco’s Yassin Baitar at 75kg and an 85kg showdown pitting Morocco’s Hicham El Gaoui against Ivory Coast export Laurent Attrifi.
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m1 challenge 54 M 1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12 results & pictures from Russia/Puetz & Divnich win

M-1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12
OFFICIAL RESULTS
Puetz defends M-1 Challenge light heavyweight title with KO of Myasnikov
Divnich stops Kurbanov for M-1 Challenge lightweight championship

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M-1 Global promoter Vadem Finkelchtein raises the hand of
M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Stephan Puetz

M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Stephan “T-800″ Puetz (12-1-0, 5 KO/TKO, 4 SUB) retained his title and undefeated Russian Maxim Divnich (10-0-0, 5 KO/TKO, 1 SUB) captured the vacant M-1 Challenge lightweight championship in tonight’s main event and co-feature, respectively, on the M-1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12 event, co-promoted byM-1 Global and ACB, at Palais des Sports Ice in St. Petersburg, Russia

M-1 Global, which grew out of the League MMA M-1, traces its history back to 1997. It has promoted 180 events including nearly 10,000 fights. Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) burst on the Russian MMA scene earlier this year, highlighted by its Grand Prix that featured more than 100 fighters.

Puetz, fighting out of Munich, Germany, stopped previously unbeaten Russian challenger Valery “The Russian Hammer” Myasnikov (8-1-0, 5 KO/TKO, 1 SUB) to successfully defend his crown for the second time since defeating Viktor Nemkov by five-round decision for the vacant title this past March 14 at M-1 Challenge 46. Puetz’ other title defense victory was last August 15 at M-1 Challenge 50, in which he Brazilian Luis Fernando “Hulk” Miranda tapped out due to a rear naked choke.

M 1 Challenge lightweight champion Maxim Divnich 200x300 M 1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12 results & pictures from Russia/Puetz & Divnich winDivnich remained undefeated by beating previously unbeaten Djhambulat Kurbanov (6-1-1, 0 KO/TKO. 3 SUB), of Russia, with a third-round technical knockout by punches.

In a welterweight showdown, Russian veteran Beslan Isaev (31-7-0, 15 KO/TKO, 12 SUB) won his seventh consecutive fight, knocking out American welterweight Cody “AK Kid” McKenzie (15-56-0, 1 KO/TKO, 13 SUB) with a knee in the opening round.

Rising Russian star Anatoly Tokov (19-1-0, 10 KO/TKO, 4 SUB) punched out Enoc Solves Torres (15-8-0), of Spain, in the third round of their middleweight fight, extending his three-year win streak to 11.

American middleweight Luigi “The Italian Tank” Fioravanti (25-12-0, 9 KO/TKO, 5 SUB) blasted out Ruslan Khaskhanov (16-9-0, 3 KO/TKO, 11 SUB) midway through the first round with a series of punches.

In preliminary bouts, Russian light heavyweight Artur Astakhov (10-2-0, 6 KO/TKO, 4 SUB) used an arm bar to force Evgeniy Guryanov (8-5-0, 4 KO/TKO. 3 SUB), of Ukraine, into submission in the third round, American lightweight Daniel “Agent Orange” Swain (12-4-1, 4 KO/TKO, 5 SUB) and Russian Zalimbeg Omarov (2-1-1, 2 SUB) fought to a three-round majority draw, and Alexei Kunchenko (8-0-0, 5 KO/TKO, 2 SUB) remained undefeated with a first-round knockout by punches over fellow Russian welterweight Grigoriy “Crusader” Kichigin (5-3-0, 1 KO/TKO. 3 SUB).

Also fighting on the undercard, Russian lightweight Zaur Kasumov (4-1-0, 1 KO/TKO, 3 SUB) defeated pro debuting Kazakh Arkhat Mynbaev (0-1-0) by way of first-round submission (rear naked choke), Russian lightweight Muslim Makhmudov (4-3-0, 0 KO/TKO, 3 SUB) won a two-round decision over his Ukrainian opponent Evgeniy Boldyrev (0-1-0), and Russian bantamweight Rasul Albaskhanov (2-1-0, 2 SUB) used a rear naked choke to force Ondrej Skalnik (6-4-0, 2 KO/TKO, 1 SUB) to submit in the opening round.

Complete results and picture gallery below:

MAIN CARD

MAIN EVENT – LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS
Stephen Puetz (12-1-0), Germany WTKO2 (3:13 – Punches) Valery Myasnikov (8-1-0), Russia
(Puetz M-1 Challenge light heavyweight title)

CO-FEATURE — LIGHTWEIGHTS
Maxim Divnich (10-0-0), Russia WTKO3 (1:20 – Punches) Djhambulat Kurbanov (6-0-1), Russia
(Divnich won vacant M-1 Challenge lightweight title)

MIDDLEWEIGHTS
Anatoly Tokov (19-1-0), Russia WTKO3 (0:54 – Punches) Enoc Solves Torres (15-8-0), Spain

Luigi Fioravanti (25-12-0), United States WTKO1 (3:06 – Punches) Ruslan Khaskhanov (16-9-0), Russia

WELTERWEIGHTS
Beslan Isaev (31-7-0), Russia WKO1 (2:20 – Knee) Cody McKenzie (15-6-0), United States

PRELIMINARY CARD

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS
Artur Astakhov (10-2-0), Russia WSUB1 (3:30 – Arm Bar) Evgeniy Gurynov (8-5-0), Ukraine
Muslim Makhmudov (4-3-0), Russia WDEC2 Evgeniy Boldyrev (0-1-0), Russia

WELTERWEIGHTS
Alexei Kunchenko (8-0-0), Russia WKO1 – 2:33 – Punches) Grigoriy Kichigin (5-3-0), Russia

LIGHTWEIGHTS
Zalimbeg Omarov (2-1-0), Russia MDraw3 Daniel Swain (12-4-1), United States

Yusup Raisov (4-0-0), Russia WSUB1 (1:48 – Rear Naked Choke) Mikhail Kuznetsov (2-1-0), Russia

Zaur Kasumov (4-1-0), Russia WSUB1 (1:54 – Rear Naked Choke) Arkhat Mynbaev (0-1-0), Kazakhstan

BANTAMWEIGHTS
Rasul Albaskhanov (2-1-0), Russia WSUB1 (0:23 – Rear Naked Choke) Ondrej Skalnik (6-4-0), Czech Republic
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Fight Network Presents M 1 Challenge 54 e1418779825817 Fight Network Presents M 1 Challenge 54 LIVE Tomorrow, Dec. 17 at 1:30 p.m. ET

Fight Network Presents M-1 Challenge 54
LIVE Tomorrow, Dec. 17 at 1:30 p.m. ET

Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, presents a live broadcast of M-1 Challenge 54 from Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Fight Network’s live broadcast will air on Cablevision’s Optimum TV, Grande Communications, Shentel Cable and Armstrong Cable in the U.S., nationwide in Canada, Roku devices across North America, and globally in over 30 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

In the main event, M-1 light heavyweight champion Stephan “T-800″ Puetz (11-1) will make his second title defense against unbeaten challenger Valery “The Russian Hammer’ Myasnikov (8-0).

M-1 Global and ACB are co-promoting M-1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12. M-1 Global, which grew out of the League MMA M-1, traces its history back to 1997. It has promoted 180 events including nearly 10,000 fights. Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) burst on the Russian MMA scene earlier this year, highlighted by its Grand Prix that featured more than 100 fighters.

Two unbeaten fighters, Ukrainian Maxim Divnich (9-0) and Russian Djambulat Kurbanov (6-0-1), will clash for the vacant M-1 lightweight title in the co-featured attraction.

Also on the main card, Anatoly Tokov (18-1), of Russia, meets Enoc Solves Torres (15-7), fighting out of Spain, in a middleweight fight, plus American UFC veteran Cody “AK Kid” McKenzie (15-5) takes on Russian welterweight Breslan Isaev (30-7), while Daniel “Agent Orange” Swain (12-4) faces three-time Wushu-Sanda world champion Aliyar Sarkerov (10-4). Finally, Russian welterweights will collide when Ilya Doderkin (4-1) battles Alexey Kunchenko (7-0).

Puetz, fighting out of Munich, Germany, is recognized as one of the top light heavyweight fighters in Europe. He captured the M-1 Challenge title this past March 14 at M-1 Challenge 46, taking a five-round decision from Viktor Nemkov (9-1-0). Puetz’ first title defense was at M-1 Challenge 50 this past August, in which he defeated Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Luis Fernando Miranda (10-1-0) by way of a second-round submission (choke).

The 23-year-old Myasnikov, fighting out of Moscow, will be making his M-1 Challenge debut against Puetz. Myasnikov has been a professional mixed-martial-arts fighter for three years and seven of his eight fights have ended in the opening round, six times by knockout. He was a multiple MMA and boxing champion as an amateur and holds the title of Master of Sports in both disciplines.

Divnich is one of the most exciting and promising fighters in Russia. He made his M-1 Challenge debut last year. He has twice been awarded KO of the Night as well as Fight of the Night once. His most impressive performance to date was this past May at M-1 Challenge 48: Battle of Nomads, in which he knocked previously unbeaten Max Coga (7-0-0) in the first-round with a devastating kick that earned him KO of the Night honors.

Kurbanov has had four M-1 fights, winning three with a draw. He is known for his ground attack having forced three of his opponents into submitting. Kurbanov has fully recovered from an eye injury that forced him to withdraw from his scheduled fights against Alexander Butenko on the eve of M-1 Challenge 51: Fightspirit this past September 7.

McKenzie started his professional MMA career with 12 wins in a row with 10 of his opponents defeated in the opening round by a slightly modified version of the guillotine, which McKenzie calls, “The McKenzietine.” In 2010, McKenzie fought in The Ultimate Fighter 12 for Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck. He advanced to the quarterfinals where he lost to Nam Phan. McKenzie earned a spot in the UFC, posting a 3-4 record, and his last UFC fight was a loss by decision to Sam Stout.

Ten-year MMA veteran Isaev has an entertaining, aggressive fighting styles attributed to the top Russians. He has 15 stoppages and 12 submissions, testimony to his ability of winning on his feet or on the mat.

The 23-year-old Swain, who will be making his M-1 Challenge debut Dec. 17, was a standout college wrestler at Canadian University and Douglas College. As a professional fighter, he is a King of the Cage and Pancrase veteran.

St. Petersburg hometown favorite Doderkin is gifted wrestler whose choke-holds have resulted in his four M-1 Challenge victories to date. In his last fight, however, his more experienced opponent, Spaniard Daniel Tabera, emerged with a hard fought win by split decision. Doderkin plans to bounce back strong against another more experienced foe, Kunchenko.

Fight Network’s live broadcast of M-1 Challenge 54 kicks off on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 1:30 p.m. ET with the first encore scheduled on Thursday, Dec. 18 in primetime at 9 p.m. ET.

For a full listing of Fight Network’s broadcast schedule, please visit tv.fightnetwork.com and follow on Twitter @fightnet, become a fan on Facebook and visit us on Instagram @fightnet.

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M-1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12 Weigh-in Results and Video

by Contributor on December 16, 2014

m1 challenge 54 M 1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12 Weigh in Results and Video

STEPHAN PUETZ vs. VALERY MYASNIKOV
M-1 Challenge Light Heavyweight Championship
MAXIM DIVNICH vs. DJAMBULAT KURBANOV
Vacant M-1 Challenge Lightweight Championship

December 17, 2014 * St. Petersburg, Russia
WATCH LIVE ON M1GLOBAL.TV

Stephan Puetz Valery Myasnikov e1418777953562 M 1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12 Weigh in Results and Video

(L) Stephan Puetz & Valery Myasnikov

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Stephan Puetz

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Valery Myasnikov

M-1 CHALLENGE LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 5 X 5
STEPHAN “T-800″ PUETZ (11-1-0), Champion, Germany 203 ½ lbs. (92.4 kg)
VALERY “The Russian Hammer” MYASNIKOV (8-0-0), Challenger, Russia, 204 ½ lbs. (92.9 kg)

Maxim Divnich Djhambulat Kurbanov e1418778097545 M 1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12 Weigh in Results and Video

(L) Maxim Divnich & Djhambulat Kurbanov

VACANT M-1 CHALLENGE LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 5 X 5
MAXIM DIVNICH (9-0-0), Russia 154 ½ lbs. (70.2 kg)
DJHAMBULAT KURBANOV (6-0-1), Russia 154 ½ lbs. (70.2 kg)

Cody McKenzie Beslan Isaev e1418778263333 M 1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12 Weigh in Results and Video

(L) Cody McKenzie & Beslan Isaev

WELTERWEIGHTS – 3 X 5
BESLAN ISAEV (30-7-0), Russia 169 ½ lbs. (77.0 kg)
CODY “AK Kid” McKENZIE (15-5-0), United States 169 ½ lbs. (77.0 kg)

Enoc Solves Torres Anatoly Tokov e1418778390372 M 1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12 Weigh in Results and Video

(L) Enoc Solves Torres & Anatoly Tokov

MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 3 X 5
ANATOLY TOKOV (18-1-0), Russia 184 ½ lbs. (83.8 kg)
ENOC SOLVES TORRES (15-7-0), Spain 184 ½ lbs. (83.9 kg)

Luigi Fioravanti Ruslan Khaskhanov e1418778518331 M 1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12 Weigh in Results and Video

(L) Luigi Fioravanti & Ruslan Khaskhanov

MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 3 X 5
RUSLAN KHASKHANOV (16-8-0), Russia 186 lbs. (84.6 kg)
LUIGI “The Italian Tank” FIORAVANTI (24-12-0), United States 183 ½ lbs. (83.4 kg)

vgeniy Guryanov Artur Astakhov e1418778591135 M 1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12 Weigh in Results and Video

(L) Evgeniy Guryanov & Artur Astakhov

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS – 3 X 5
ARTUR ASTAKHOV (9-2-0), Russia 204 ½ lbs. (92.9 kg)
EVGENIY GURYANOV (8-4-0), Ukraine 204 lbs. (92.6 kg)

Zalimbek Omarov e1418778840231 M 1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12 Weigh in Results and Video

Zalimbek Omarov

LIGHTWEIGHTS – 3 X 5
ZALIMBEK OMAROV (2-1-0), Russia 145 lbs (65.8 kg)
DANIEL “Agent Orange” SWAIN (12-4-0), United States 145 lbs. (65.8 kg)

Grigoriy Kichigin Alexei Kunchenko e1418778919789 M 1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12 Weigh in Results and Video

(L) Grigoriy Kichigin & Alexei Kunchenko


WELTERWEIGHTS – 3 X 5
GREGORIY “Crusader” KICHIGIN (5-2-0), Russia 170 lbs. (77.3 kg)
ALEXEI KUNCHENKO (7-0-0), Russia 169 lbs. (76.9 kg)

WHAT: M-1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12

WHEN: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 1:30
11:30 a.m. (New York City), 7:30 p.m. (Moscow)

WHERE: Palais des Sports Ice in St. Petersburg, Russia

CO-PROMOTERS: M-1 Global & ACB

M-1 Global and ACB are co-promoting M-1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12. M-1 Global, which grew out of the League MMA M-1, traces its history back to 1997. It has promoted 180 events including nearly 10,000 fights. Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) burst on the Russian MMA scene earlier this year, highlighted by its Grand Prix that featured more than 100 fighters.

LIVE STREAM: WWW.M1GLOBAL.TV

M-1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12 will be streamed in high definition on www.M1Global.TV, live from Russia. Viewers will be able to watch the fights by logging on to register at www.M1Global.TV. The main card will also be broadcast live, starting at 1:30 p.m. ET, on Fight Network via Cablevision’s Optimum TV, Grande Communications, Shentel Cable and Armstrong Cable in the U.S., nationwide in Canada, and on Roku devices across North America, and globally in more than 30 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

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Fight Network to air all M-1 Global live events

by Contributor on December 15, 2014

m1global e1418692178208 Fight Network to air all M 1 Global live eventsM-1 Global has announced the recent signing of a live broadcast rights agreement with Fight Network to air the Russian promotional company’s MMA events. Fights Network is a North American-based 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports

fight network 24 e1418692206930 Fight Network to air all M 1 Global live eventsFight Network will air M-1 Global live events on Cablevision’s Optimum TV, Grande Communications, Shentel Cable and Armstrong Cable in the U.S., as well as nationwide in Canada, and also on Roku devices across North America and globally in more 30 countries throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Fight Network will air this Wednesday’s M-1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12 main card, starting at 1:30 p.m. ET, live from St. Petersburg, Russia.

Information

www.M-1Global.com

www.mixfight.ru

www.WMMAA.org

www.M1Global.TV

Twitter & Instagram:

@M1Global

@VadimFinkelchteinM1

@M1GlobalNews

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/pages/M-1-Global/145250878842244

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Fight Network 24 hours 300x161 Fight Network weekly MMA & kickboxing programming (Dec. 15 21)Fight Network, a 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports. It airs programs focused on the entire scope of the combat sports genre, including live fights and up-to-the-minute news and analysis for mixed martial arts, kickboxing, professional wrestling, traditional martial arts, boxing, fight news, as well as fight-themed drama series, documentaries and feature films.

Below find highlights of this week’s programming:

Monday, Dec. 15

6:00 p.m. ET – Elite Muay Thai: Thailand vs. Challenger – The biggest Muay Thai series in the world featuring premium international stand-up fighters taking on the renowned Thai National Team.

7 p.m. ET – 5 Rounds – Hosts John Ramdeen and Robin Black invite special guests to break down the weekend of MMA action.

7:30 p.m. ET – Fight News Now Extra – The top combat sports news of the day, plus interviews, features and more.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

7:00 p.m. ET – Xtreme Fighting Championships – Florida-based professional MMA featuring top Americans prospects, international stars and UFC veterans.

8:30 p.m. ET – Fight News Now Extra – The top combat sports news of the day, plus interviews, features and more.

9:00 p.m. ET – Havoc Fighting Championship 6 – Featuring Luis Huete vs. Wolfgang Janssen from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

2:00 a.m. ET – Fighting Spirit MMA Season 4 – Compilation of international fights from SFL, FFC, M-1 and more.

3:00 a.m. ET – Texas Fight Night – MMA action from Texas featuring the Lone Star State’s top prospects in the cage.

4:00 a.m. ET – Rocktagon MMA – Professional and amateur MMA from the Buckeye State featuring the next generation of stars.

11:30 a.m. ET – M-1 Challenge 54 LIVE from St. Petersburg, Russia – Featuring Stephan Puetz vs. Valery Myasnikov and Maxim Divnich vs. Dzhambulat Kurbanov.

6 p.m. ET – Best of Cage Rage – Classic matches from the world-renowned U.K. promotion featuring Anderson Silva, Antonio Silva, Vitor Belfort, Paul Daley and others.

7 p.m. ET – Fight News Now: MMA Edition – Fight Network’s staple news program covering all the big stories in the combat sports world.

7:30 p.m. ET — Fight News Now Extra – The top combat sports news of the day, plus interviews, features and more.

8:00 p.m. ET — Fighting Spirit MMA – Compilation of fights from across the globe, including One FC, USMMA, KSW, WFC, FFC, BAMMA, EFC Africa and more

9:00 p.m. ET – Cage Warriors Fight Night – Cage Warriors 60 — Featuring Bola Omoyele vs. Aaron Wilkinson, plus the opening round of the vacant lightweight tournament, from Oct. 5, 2013 in London, England.

11 p.m. ET – MMA Meltdown with Morency – Gabriel Morency reports on all the latest odds, news and rumors from the MMA world, plus exclusive interviews.

11:30 p.m. ET – TakeDown Wrestling – Coverage of amateur wrestling events with exclusive footage, interviews, analysis and behind-the-scenes action.

Thursday, Dec. 18

2:00 a.m. ET – Ultimate Challenge MMA Fight Night – UCMMA 26: The Real Deal – Featuring Linton Vassell vs. Aurelijus Kerpe and Stav Economou vs. Tomasz Czerwinski from Feb. 4, 2012 in London, England.

6:00 p.m. ET – Championship Fighting Alliance – Professional MMA from Florida featuring the likes of Josh Sampo, Mike Kyle, John Howard, Sean McCorkle, Luis Palomino and others.

9:00 p.m. ET – Encore of M-1 Challenge 54 LIVE from St. Petersburg, Russia – Featuring Stephan Puetz vs. Valery Myasnikov and Maxim Divnich vs. Dzhambulat Kurbanov.

Friday, Dec. 19

12:00 a.m. ET – It’s Showtime Special – Chronicling classic kickboxing battles from Europe featuring Badr Hari, Melvin Manhoef and Giorgio Petrosyan.

2:00 a.m. ET — Pancrase Fight Night – Classic pioneering MMA battles featuring Ken Shamrock, Frank Shamrock, Bas Rutten, Nate Marquardt, Chael Sonnen and others.

4:00 a.m. ET – Best of DEEP: Featuring classic fights from Japanese DEEP promotion including Shinya Aoki, Hayato Sakurai and Gegard Mousasi.

5:00 a.m. ET –Best of Jewels – Fights from the all-female Japanese mixed martial arts league.

1:30 p.m. ET – Tuff Girls – Reality series featuring female Muay Thai fighters on their journey to win a championship in Thailand under renowned trainer Master Toddy.

3:00 p.m. ET – M-1 Challenge – Professional MMA from Europe featuring top rising prospects and international stars.

9:00 p.m. ET – KSW 23 – Featuring Mamed Khalidov vs. Melvin Manhoef, Sean McCorkle vs. Mariusz Pudzianowski and Kendall Grove vs. Michal Materia from June 8, 2013 in Gdansk, Poland.

Saturday, Dec. 20

6:00 a.m. ET – Best of TKO – Featuring Mark Hominick vs. Samuel Guillet from TKO 27, plus Krzysztof Soszynski and Jonathan Goulet.

7:00 a.m. ET – Best of Gladiator Challenge – Featuring Keith Jardine vs. Amir Rahnavardi from Gladiator Challenge 5.

10:00 a.m. ET – Best of SportFight – Top quality MMA from the Pacific Northwest, hosted by UFC veterans Matt Lindland and Chael Sonnen.

5:00 p.m. ET – Hip Show: Arena Combat – Tag-team mixed martial arts inside a 12m X 12m arena with three-level obstacle structures.

6:00 p.m. ET – Toe 2 Toe with Firas Zahabi – Host John Ramdeen interviews Tristar Gym head coach Firas Zahabi, trainer to the likes of Georges St-Pierre and Rory MacDonald.

6:30 p.m. ET – USA Wrestling Weekly – Scott Casber gives weekly news and analysis centering around USA Wrestling, the sport’s national governing body, including interviews, features and look back at the past.

7:00 p.m. ET –Fighting Spirit MMA Season 4 – Compilation of fights from across the globe, including Legend FC, SFL, BAMMA, Cage Warriors, KSW, UCMMA and WFC.

9:00 p.m. ET – BattleGrounds MMA: O.N.E. -Single-night elimination tournament featuring Jesse Taylor, Brock Larson, Roan Carneiro and others from Oct. 3, 2014 in Tulsa, OK.

Sunday, Dec. 21

11:00 a.m. ET — Best of ADCC Submission Fighting – Featuring compilations of the greatest grappling matches ever held, Tito Ortiz, Matt Hughes, Eddie Bravo, Fabricio Werdum, Marcelo Garcia, Ronald Souza and Royler Gracie.

12:00 p.m. ET — Elite Muay Thai: Thailand vs. Challenger – The biggest Muay Thai series in the world featuring premium international stand-up fighters taking on the renowned Thai National Team.

1:00 p.m. ET – K-1 World MAX 2014 Final – Professional kickboxing featuring Buakaw Banchamek vs. Enriko Kehl in the tournament final, plus Andre Dida vs. Li Yankun and Maximo Suarez vs. Tural Bayramov, from Oct. 11, 2014 in Pattaya, Thailand.

3:00 p.m. ET – Enfusion Live 23- Ilias Bulaid vs. Zahid Zairov for the Enfusion – 67kg world title LIVE from Gennep, Netherlands.

11:00 p.m. ET – Enfusion Fight Night – Professional kickboxing featuring Hafid El Boustati vs. Robbie Hageman and Ilona Wijmans vs. Nathalie Visschers, from Nov. 3, 2013 in The Hague, Netherlands.
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XFCi 8 defines female GP and establishes Fernando Vieira

by Contributor on December 14, 2014

XFCi 8 300x199 XFCi 8 defines female GP and establishes Fernando VieiraIn the XFC women’s division, the Season II Flyweight tournament now has its finals confirmed, while the men’s Lightweight & Featherweight tournament sees contenders advance to the semifinals; Brazil reigns supreme of the U.S. competitors.

Saturday Night, December 13th, was the setting for three tournaments in the second season of XFC International competition. Inside Club Concordia, in Campinas, São Paulo, a strong audience enjoyed 12 fights as part of the XFCi 8 card. In the women’s Flyweight (up to 56,7kg) Semifinals, Antonia Silvaneide defeated Debora Ferreira and is now set to face Poliana Botelho in the grand finale tournament championship. The winner will earn a gold medal, then enter the XFC Superfighter Series for their opportunity to become ranked and earn their shot to become a contender for the XFC World Championship Title.

Bantamweight Superfighter Fernando Vieira shines in XFCi 8 Main Event

In the men’s Bantamweight Superfight division, Fernando Vieira secured a Brazilian triumph in the main event of the show, surpassing U.S.A.’s Tyson Nam in a unanimous decision from the judges.

A specialist in jiu-jitsu, Vieira faced a veteran’d kickboxer in the main event of the show. However, the clash of styles was only on paper. The Brazilian did the majority of the striking, connecting solid shots to Nam, through the first and second round. Many attempts at takedowns were made, but only a handful were successful, as Nam showed a well planned and executed defense. Fernando remained composed, even though his world champion level jiu-jitsu could not weaken his opponent. The victory came after three rounds by unanimous decision and moves Vieira higher in the XFC rankings, towards title contention.

“I fought hard, both standing and on the ground, and that makes me very happy. It served to prove that I am always evolving, perfecting myself every day; more in the stand up. I have huge plans for my future in XFC, which hosts an excellent event. Today I got a big win, but I want to go much further inside the organization,” warned Fernando Vieira in his post fight interview live on Rede TV!

In other Superfights, the night included two XFC veterans who left the HeXagon with victories.

In the co-main event, the Women’s Flyweight Tournament Champion of the Season I, Silvana “La Wicked” Gomez, maintained control over Vanessa Melo in all three rounds, but not without a fight. Gomez & Melo was an all out war, with highlight reel threaded punches, a lot of trade off and non-stop pressure from both corners. La Wicked lived up to the hype, stirring up a war in the HeXagon, dominating the fight against Brazilian Vanessa Melo. Using hard combinations, the Argentine showed the talent that qualifies her as one of the stars of the XFC franchise. Even still, Miss Simpatia, as she is known, Vanessa Melo endured the onslaught of her opponent until the end, but the two knockdowns suffered during the fight were decisive for the Silvana’s victory in the unanimous decision. That is Gomez fifth straight victory (3rd in the HeXagon).

In the Lightweight Superfight Feature Bout, Gláucio Eliziário, starred in an intense duel with England’s Jay Furness and secured his fifth career victory; third inside the organization. After the first round with free striking from both sides, the Salvamar leaned heavily on his jiu-jitsu to try to end the duel in the final rounds. The finish did not come as hope, but the Rio de Janeiro native got the nod from the judges with a unanimous decision.

Antonia Silvaneide da Silva guarantees her place in the Season II Women’s International Flyweight Tournament finale

The second season of the XFC now has its first tournament finale set. Antonia Silvaneide da Silva stamped her pass to the tournament championship with a defeat over Debora Ferreira in the opening fight of the main card of XFCi 8.

To ensure her victory, “Marretinha” opted for the strategy of not giving any space to her opponents favored standup game, instead banking on her own takedowns and ground game. Dictating the pace of the fight on the ground, the Kimura Nova União athlete won every round and waited for confirmation of triumph in the count of the side judges, which was unanimous. The Mossoro, RN native will now face Poliana Botelho, for Tournament Gold and the opportunity to then enter the XFC Superfight Series. This comes after Botelho’s match was cancelled on Friday the 12th, after her opponent Taila Santos failed to make weight; giving Botelho an automatic advancement.

Ready to battle, four XFC Featherweights advance to the Semifinals

In clashes that ended the preliminary card of XFCi 8, four fighters ensured their places in the race for the Featherweight Tournament Gold. The Venezuelan, Ranfi Rivas is the only fighter from outside Brazil to advance in the tournament, after the night of fights. Guilherme Faria, Pedro Falcao and Missael Silva all represent Brazil inside the tournament.

With massive support of his crowd inside the arena, Guilherme Faria put on a show and imposed a beautiful knockout over Mexican Carlos Torres, in the first round. Now, the São Paulo native faces Ranfi Rivas, who dispatched the Ecuadorian Giovanni Arroyo from duty with a unanimous decision from the judges.

In what was viewed by many as the best fight of the tournament, Brazil’s Missael Silva and Georgian Paata Robakidze put on a spectacle. High intensity from start to finish, they exchanged blows and forced fans to their feet. Heading into round three, with blood streaming from the broken nose of Paata, the action did not stop until the final bell. In the end, the count of the side judges, awarded the Brazilian a unanimous decision.

Pedro Falcao will be the opponent of Missael in the semifinals. The Rondônia athlete ended the fight in an overwhelming way over his US counterpart Michael Stevens. 66 seconds into the fight was all it took for Pedro to adjust an armbar into place and lead to a celebration of triumph.

With completion and knockout, the Lightweight semifinals are set

With four exciting fights, the audience met the XFC International Lightweight tournament semifinalists of the second season. Brazilian’s Willian Cilli, Rubenilton Pereira and Fernando dos Santos all victorious, as was Egyptian Mohamed Hassan Badawy.

Relying on good number of fans in the arena for support, Willian Cilli finished fellow Brazilian Luiz Henrique Barbosa with a beautiful armbar in the third round of combat. Now, the Chute Boxe athlete will face Egypt’s Mohamed Hassan who debuted at XFCi 8 with a TKO of Alex Franco in the third round.

Rio de Janeiro native Fernando dos Santos secured his place, after dominating all three rounds of his clash against Michel Silva. A win by unanimous decision of the judges advances him to the semi’s. Similarly, Rubenilton Pereira surpassed Wilson dos Santos Fonseca for the right to advance towards tournament gold.

“We had a great night of fights in Campinas. The athletes gave their all to attain victory, never surrendered to the pressures of performing on the Worlds largest stage, and gave the fans what they wanted; which is a great show inside the HeXagon. Vieira looked very good, dominated the entire fight. The tournaments are increasingly attractive with the advancements in our men’s Lightweight and Featherweight Semifinals. The finals are now set for the women’s International Flyweight tournament, featuring Antonia vs Poliana. That fight is between two teammates from one of the best MMA schools in the World, so it’s going to be a war. What an incredible night for the organization and our fans! We promise the next XFC event is going to be even more incredible, I can’t wait until we announce the full card! Happy Holidays Everyone!” said XFC President Myron Molotky, after the big night of XFCi 8.

For more information on the Season II International Tournament & Superfight Series and all the fighters of the XFC, visit www.XFCMMA.com and follow them throughout training camp on all XFC social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, G+.

RESULTS:

MAIN EVENT SUPERFIGHT: Bantamweight Division
Fernando Vieira 11-2 (BR) def. Tyson Nam 12-8 (USA) via 30-27 Unanimous Decision

CO-MAIN EVENT SUPERFIGHT: W. Flyweight Division
Silvana Gomez 5-0 (ARG) def. Vanessa Melo 3-4 (BR) via 30-27 Unanimous Decision

FEATURE BOUT SUPERFIGHT: Lightweight Division
Glaucio Eliziario 10-2 (BR) def. Jay Furness 10-4 (ENG) via 30-27 via Unanimous Decision; advances to the Semifinals

Women’s Flyweight Semi-finals:
Antonia Silvaneide da Silva 4-1 (BR) def. Debora Ferreira 4-1 (BR) via Unanimous Decision 30-27; advances to Finals

Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal:
Guilherme Faria 13-5 (BR) def. Carlos Torres 13-6 (MEX) via TKO due to strikes at 3:03 of RD 1; advances to Semifinals

Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal:
Willian Cilli 8-3 (BR) def. Luiz Henrique 5-2-1 (BR) via Tapout due to Armbar at 4:49 of RD 2; advances to Semifinals

Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal:
Pedro Falcao 6-0 (BR) def. Michael Stevens 4-3 (USA) via Tapout due to Armbar at 1:06 of RD 1; advances to Semifinals

Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal:
Ranfi Rivas 3-1 (VEN) def. Geovanny Arroyo 3-3 (ECU) via 30-27 Unanimous Decision; advances to Semifinals

Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal:
Missael Silva 10-2 (BR) def. Paata Robakidze 16-4 (GEO) via 30-27 Unanimous Decision; advances to Semifinals

Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal:
Fernando dos Santos 8-0 (BR) def. Michel Silva 10-3-1 (BR) via 30-27 Unanimous decision; advances to Semifinals

Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal:
Rubenilton Pereira 16-1 (BR) def. Wilson dos Santos Fonseca 3-1 (BR) via Unanimous decision to advance to Semifinals

Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal:
Mohamed Hassan Badawy 9-2 (EGY) def. Alex Franco 2-2 (BR) via Tapout due to strikes at 3:23 in RD 3 to advance to Semifinals

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