Bellator 131 Full Card Finalized From San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center LIVE and FREE on Spike TV Saturday, November 15
Tito vs. Bonnar; Chandler vs. Brooks Meet For Lightweight Title


Bellator MMA Bellator 131 full fight card finalized; LIVE and FREE on Spike TV Saturday, November 15
The full card for Bellator 131 has been finalized for one of the biggest events in Bellator history from San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center on Saturday, November 15th live and free on Spike TV. The night will feature one of the biggest grudge matches in the sport as MMA icons clash when Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz returns to the Bellator cage to face “The American Psycho” Stephan Bonnar in a light heavyweight affair, while Will Brooks and Michael Chandler will battle for the vacant Bellator Lightweight Title.

Tickets are on sale now and are available at the Valley View Casino Center Box Office, axs.com or Bellator.com. The main card will also feature an explosive middleweight fight between Melvin Manhoef and Joe Schilling, a light heavyweight affair between King Mo and Tom DeBlass, a bantamweight showdown between Mike Richman and Nam Phan; along with a full preliminary card of Southern California’s top talent.

Kicking off the Spike.com portion of the night will be a battle of California natives as AJ Matthews faces Kyle Bolt. A four-time Bellator veteran, Matthews has grabbed four of his six professional wins by knockout and is looking for the finish against Bolt, who has won four of his last five fights all by KO or submission.

Hailing from San Diego, Bubba Pugh will face fellow Californian Andy Murad. Pugh has tallied all of his professional victories by first round finish, but will have to hold off Murad who enters the cage riding a two-fight win streak and has recorded three knockout victories.

Coming off of a 42-second submission victory at Bellator 125, Matt Ramirez will fight Nick Garcia who has won five-consecutive fights and posted six of his seven professional wins by KO or submission, while Ian Butler will look to improve his undefeated professional record in a lightweight battle against Joao Faria.

Both making their professional MMA debuts, Jonathan Santa Maria will face Ron Henderson in a flyweight fight and Alex Higley will look to make his mark in front of his home state against Jordan Bailey who only has one professional loss.

A battle of San Diego’s best will round out the preliminary card as Rolando Perez faces Mark Vorgeas. Known for this strong ground game, Vorgeas has won four victories by submission and is looking for the finish against Perez who has won three-straight fights.

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA

MAIN CARD:
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Tito Ortiz (17-11) vs. Stephan Bonnar (15-8)
Lightweight Title Fight: Michael Chandler (12-2) vs. Will Brooks (14-1)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: King Mo (13-4) vs. Tom DeBlass (9-2)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Melvin Manhoef (29-11 MMA, 37-12 Kickboxing) vs. Joe Schilling (1-3 MMA, 17-7 Kickboxing)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Mike Richman (17-5) vs. Nan Phan (20-13)

PRELIMINARY CARD:
Middleweight Feature Fight: AJ Matthews (6-3) vs. Kyle Bolt (8-3)
Flyweight Feature Fight: Ron Henderson (debut) vs. Jonathan Santa Maria (debut)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Jordan Bailey (2-1) vs. Alex Higley (debut)
Flyweight Feature Fight: Matt Ramirez (1-0) vs. Nick Garcia (1-1)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Andy Murad (8-2) vs. Bubba Pugh (3-1)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Rolando Perez (7-4-1) vs. Mark Vorgeas (5-2)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Ian Butler (1-0) vs. Joao Faria (1-1)

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Fight Network Cage Warriors 73 e1414715831909 Fight Network Presents Cage Warriors 73 LIVE this Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. ETFight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, presents the return of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship action with a bang this Saturday, Nov. 1, with two Cage Warriors 73 main cards headlined by world championship fights set to begin at 2 p.m. ET, emanating from Newcastle, England’s Metro Radio Arena.

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.

Headlining the first main card set for 2 p.m. ET, Alex Enlund battles Nad Narimani for the vacant Cage Warriors featherweight title. In other featured bouts, Moktar Benkaci meets Ronnie Mann, Leeroy Barnes takes on Kyle Redfearn, Liam James throws down with Dean Trueman, Ellis Hampson squares off with Lewis Monarch, plus Mark Connor and Ian Malone kick off the televised festivities.

The action heats up with the second main card set for 5 p.m. ET, as Stevie Ray defends the Cage Warriors lightweight strap against Curt Warburton. The co-feature pits Juan Manuel Suarez against Jim Wallhead, while other contests include Shaj Haque vs. Damien Rooney, Matt Inman vs. Lewis Long, Brett Caswell vs. Marcin Lasota and Stephen Martin vs. Paddy Pimblett.

Enlund (10-2-0-1nc), who’ll have the benefit of vocal home support as a native of the north-east of England, has accumulated a 4-1 record since joining CWFC.

After a move to bantamweight in March 2013 was aborted following a difficult weight-cut and subsequent loss to Martin McDonough, Enlund has looked extremely impressive, embarking on a three-fight win-streak.

The 27-year-old jiu-jitsu specialist rebounded with wins over Sebastian Romanowski and Danny Lawson, before disposing of Artem Lobov at CWFC 65 in Dublin earlier this year.

Nine of his ten wins have come by way of submission, and Enlund has been taken out of the first round just once in his professional career.

“Fighting for the CWFC world title is an absolutely massive opportunity for me,” Enlund said. “Winning this belt, especially in front of a home crowd at the Metro Radio Arena, would be a huge achievement. Nad Narimani is a good opponent and someone I’ve seen a lot of, so I’m looking forward to testing my skills against a well-rounded competitor and bringing the belt home.”

Narimani (7-1) has risen rapidly through the rankings having made his professional debut just over three years ago, starting with a 5-0 run that included notable victories against Marcin Wrzosek and Karsten Lenjoint.

The 27-year-old Englishman then kicked off his CWFC career against future title challenger Graham Turner in July 2013, but was edged out via split decision, tasting defeat for the only time in his career so far.

But Narimani, who has taken five of his seven wins by stoppage, returned to winning ways courtesy of first-round submissions of previously-undefeated pair Theo Michailidis and Benjamin Brander.

Narimani, who hails from Bristol, said: “This is a huge event and opportunity for me, and I’m proud to be getting this chance to show what I can really do against a very highly-ranked opponent. I’ve been working extremely hard so you can expect me to showcase some new skills and come away with another big win in Newcastle on November 1.”

Enlund and Narimani will be vying for a title that was most recently held by Jim Alers, who vacated the belt earlier this year after two successful defenses prior to his move to the UFC.

Ray (15-5) is currently in his second stint as CWFC lightweight world champion, having first clinched the belt courtesy of wins over Jason Ball and Sean Carter in CWFC’s four-man, one-night lightweight title tournament at CWFC 60 in October 2013.

The 24-year-old relinquished the strap following a fourth-round submission defeat to Ivan Buchinger last New Year’s Eve at CWFC 63 in Dublin, but the title returned to Scotland in June after Ray exacted revenge against Warburton.

“I’m looking forward to defending my belt, particularly in Curt’s hometown,” said Ray. “It’s not too far from home for me either, so you can expect an invasion of Scottish fans and a crazy atmosphere.”

Warburton (13-5) signed to compete exclusively for Cage Warriors Fighting Championship last year, and made a successful debut for the promotion at CWFC 62 with of a first-round submission of Wesley Murch.

A three-fight veteran of the UFC, 33-year-old Warburton has put together a 6-2 record since his departure from the UFC following a defeat to Joe Lauzon in June 2011.

Warburton said: “The judges won’t save Stevie Ray this time. I’m going to put things right in Newcastle on November 1.”

The full fight card for Cage Warriors 73 live on Fight Network includes:

Part 1 (2 p.m. ET)

-Alex Enlund vs. Nad Narimani – vacant CWFC featherweight world title bout
-Moktar Benkaci vs. Ronnie Mann
-Leeroy Barnes vs. Kyle Redfearn
-Liam James vs. Dean Trueman
-Ellis Hampson vs. Lewis Monarch
-Mark Connor vs. Ian Malone

Part 2 (5 p.m. ET)

-Stevie Ray (c) vs. Curt Warburton – CWFC lightweight world title bout
-Juan Manuel Suarez vs. Jimmy Wallhead
-Shaj Haque vs. Damien Rooney
-Matt Inman vs. Lewis Long
-Brett Caswell vs. Marcin Lasota
-Stephen Martin vs. Paddy Pimblett
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FIGMMA formally elected as IMMAF member

by Staff on October 29, 2014

Logo FIGMMA e1414623241933 FIGMMA formally elected as IMMAF member
Following a period of FIGMMA representatives shouldering the majority of operations in the Italian Federation ITMMAF, the IMMAF has decided to formally move the representation of Italy to FIGMMA. Founded in 2013 by 18 different groups within the Italian MMA Community, ITMMAF served an important purpose as a catalyst for joining MMA organizations together, and has now handed over to FIGMMA for the continued governance of MMA in Italy.

Federazione Italiana Grappling Mixed Martial Arts (FIGMMA) is a non-profit association founded in 2009 with the purpose of representing the sports of Grappling and MMA in Italy. Since 2012 FIGMMA has enjoyed formal approval of the Italian Olympic Committee. FIGMMA contributed to the birth and development of ITMMAF, the Italian MMA federation originally recognized by IMMAF consisting of representatives from various MMA organizations and associations all over the country.

With the practical and financial backing of FIGMMA, former ITMMAF President Emiliano Lanci and ITMMAF board members Fabio Ciolli and Patrizio Maggiori formed the driving force of sport regulation in Italy. Among other things they took on the task of financing and organizing the national team for the first IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA earlier this year. Over time the operations and activities of ITMMAF have centralized around FIGMMA and their representatives, with it now becoming natural for the membership to move from ITMMAF to FIGMMA.

Moving forward FIGMMA has created an organizational structure that will ensure an equal voice is given to both its sports – Grappling and MMA. MMA will be managed by the Amateur MMA/IMMAF Commission headed by FIGMMA Vice President, Vito Paolillo and commission members Emiliano Lanci, Fabio Ciolli and Patrizio Maggiori. The group will work to sustain and increase the support and collaboration of other Italian organizations that operate in the field of MMA.

“The IMMAF acknowledges the hard work and commitment of Emiliano Lanci, Fabio Ciolli and Patrizio Maggiori who, with the support of FIGMMA, never waned in their belief in the IMMAF vision. We are proud of the ITMMAF initiative, that it got us this far, and now we look forward to working with FIGMMA and support their development of sport regulation and amateur competition within Italy. This is the first time we have established a permanent solution with a member federation that governs another sport besides. This is something we in general are very hesitant to do as MMA needs focused representation from within the MMA community. FIGMMA has however beyond doubt shown that they are the premier proponent of MMA in Italy and I am confident that they will manage their dual responsibilities with great professionalism as well as true passion,” said IMMAF Secretary General, Erika Mattsson.

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Satoshi Ishii out with injury; new opponent needed to fight Sergei Kharitonov
M-1 Challenge 53 pushed back two weeks
‘Battle of Celestial Kingdom’ streaming live Nov. 25 from China on M1Global.TV

forum e1414542725511 Ishii out with injury, M 1 Challenge 53 in China pushed back to Nov. 25An injury has forced 2008 Olympic gold medalist Satoshi Ishii (12-3-1, 1 KO/TKO, 4 SUB) to withdraw from his much anticipated showdown next month with Russian heavyweight Sergei “The Paratrooper” Kharitonov (21-5-0, 11 KO/TKO, 9 SUB) in M-1 Challenge 53: Battle in the Celestial Empire, airing on www.M1Global.TV, live from Wukesong Arena in Beijing, China.
Sergei Kharitonev e1414542782867 Ishii out with injury, M 1 Challenge 53 in China pushed back to Nov. 25
Also announced at yesterday’s press conference was that the date for M-1 Challenge 53, the first mixed martial arts tournament in modern China history, has been pushed back two weeks to Tuesday, Nov. 25.

The inaugural International Investment forum, “Karat-Global,” was initially scheduled to be held Nov. 10-12, in conjunction with “M-1 Challenge 53,” which was originally scheduled for Nov. 11.

Vadim Finkelchtein 2 150x150 Ishii out with injury, M 1 Challenge 53 in China pushed back to Nov. 25 M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein announced that Ishii was injured and unable to fight Kharitonov next month. “We are honored to promote this level of high competition in China,” he said. “Many thanks to the company, ‘Karat’, which got permission for the M-1 Global event from the Chinese government. China is a fairly closed country and without the agreement of the party we simply would not have been able to promote this event. We set our sights on a big arena and rented a large Olympic Stadium. We have tried to put together the best collection of M-1 fighters. Unfortunately, the planned fight between Satoshi Ishii and Sergei Kharitonov is off. Ishii sent us medical confirmation of his injury. We are looking for a worthy replacement to fight Sergei.

“We will have a title fight between M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Marcin Tybura (11-0-0, 4 KO/TKO, 5 SUB) and Denis Smoldarev (8-0-0, 3 KO/TKO, 3 SUB), top heavyweights Konstantin Gluhov (28-14-0, 21 KO/TKO, 4 SUB) and Damian “Polish Pitbull” Grabowski (19-2-0, 6 KO/TKO, 6 SUB will be fighting each other, and (featherweight) Pavel Vitruk (11-0-0. 2 KO/TKO, 2 SUB) is also fighting on ‘M-1 Challenge: 52′ against Jungle Fight champion Rafael Miranda (9-4-0, 2 KO/TKO, 5 SUB). The favorite fighter for Chinese fans will be triple Wushu Sanda champion Muslim Salikhov (3-1-0, 1 KO/TKO, 0 SUB)), who is called ‘King of Wushu Sanda.’ Salikhov is a promising fighter for China, where he already enjoys great popularity, and M-1 Global. His opponent will soon be selected.

“MMA in China is beginning to develop but it already has a strong fan-base. We’re putting together good fights for them to watch. I believe this event will be a major success. We signed a contract to promote M-1 Challenge events on an annual basis in China. Right now, we’re concentrating on one event each year. Russian TV channel, Russia 2, will broadcast live.”

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Konstantine Bunin 150x150 Ishii out with injury, M 1 Challenge 53 in China pushed back to Nov. 25Konstantine Bunin, President of the international consulting company, “Karat-Beijing,” spoke about the goals and objectives of the aforementioned forum, as well as its postponement and the M-1 Challenge 53 event because of the prohibition of mass events in Beijing during the APEC summit to be held Nov. 5-11 in Beijing.

“Last year,” Bunin explained, “Karat participated in an international jewelry exhibition. We got the idea for an international economic forum in Beijing. The Communist Party invited us to organize this event. This idea has caused a great resonance among Chinese because many want to reenter the Russian market.

“On the basis of the forum, we decided to hold a mixed martial arts event. Due to the APEC summit, which will take place Nov. 5 to 11, anti-terror actions will be taken during those five days that have been declared holidays. We were hoping to still be allowed to hold a forum and fights, but today it was announced that it has been postponed until Nov. 24-26 with the fights on Nov. 25.”

M-1 Challenge 53 will be streamed in high definition on www.M1Global.TV, live from China. Viewers will be able to watch the preliminary fights and main card by logging on to register at www.M1Global.TV. Fans may watch all of the action on their computers, as well as on Andriod and Apple smart phones and tablets.

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Undefeated featherweight Pavel Vitruk
Added to ‘Battle in the Celestial Empire’
M-1 Challenge 53 streaming live Nov. 11 from China on M1Global.TV


Pavel Vitruk e1413938879118 Undefeated featherweight Pavel Vitruk added to M 1 Challenge 53 in China on Nov. 11Undefeated featherweight Pavel Vitruk (11-0-0. 2 KO/TKO, 2 SUB) has been added to the already star-studded M-1 Challenge 53: Battle in the Celestial Empire, airing November 11 on www.M1Global.TV, live from Wukesong Arena in Beijing, China.

Russian heavyweight Sergei “The Paratrooper” Kharitonov (21-5-0, 11 KO/TKO, 9 SUB) takes on 2008 Olympic gold medalist Satoshi Ishii (12-3-1, 1 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), while M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Marcin “Tybur” Tybura (11-0-0, 4 KO/TKO, 5 SUB), of Poland, will make his first title defense against undefeated challenger Denis Smoldarev (8-0-0, 3 KO/TKO, 3 SUB).

M-1 Challenge 53 will be streamed in high definition on www.M1Global.TV, live from China. Viewers will be able to watch the preliminary fights and main card by logging on to register at www.M1Global.TV.

Fans may watch all of the action on their computers, as well as on Andriod and Apple smart phones and tablets.

Vitruk 150x150 Undefeated featherweight Pavel Vitruk added to M 1 Challenge 53 in China on Nov. 11

Vitruk, of Ukraine, is a fan favorite who with a victory may possibly get a title shot.

Vitruk’s opponent Nov. 11 will be Rafael “Gogo” Miranda (9-4-0, 2 KO/TKO, 5 SUB), the strongest fighter from Brazilian group, Jungle Fight. Miranda has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Also fighting on this loaded card is former M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Damian “Polish Pitbull” Grabowski (19-2-0, 6 KO/TKO, 6 SUB), who is matched against always dangerous striker Konstantin “Lacplesis” Gluhov (28-14-0, 21 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), of Latvia.

Russian welterweight Muslim “King of Wushu Sanda” Salikhov (5-1-0, 1 KO/TKO, 0 SUB) is also scheduled to fight on M-1 Challenge 53.

Additional fights and opponents will soon be announced. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
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XFC logo e1403041496365 Nascimento Abiltarov, Werner Shaparenko Superfights Headline XFCi 7, Nov. 1st on REDE TV!Four rising stars will collide in XFC Superfights at XFCi 7 when the show airs from the Sao Paulo Futebol Clube Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on November 1st. Red hot Brazilian prospect Allan Nascimento (12-3 MMA, 2-0 XFC) is set to face Ukrainian Ruslan Abiltarov (6-1 MMA) in the main event, while fellow Ukrainian, 19-year-old rising star Iryna Shaparenko will challenge Brazilian Juliana Werner in a female Strawweight Superfight co-main event at XFC’s second event of Season II. Thirteen fights stack the card, including the women’s Strawweight & Men’s Welterweight tournament quarterfinals. Ticket details will be unveiled soon.

XFC President, Myron Molotky expects a thrilling night in Sao Paulo. “XFC is putting together a world-class fight card for the fans. Allan Nascimento is one of world’s top prospects. He is hungry for the belt, but will find a very tough opponent in his way on November 1st. Abiltarov has impressed our matchmaker Eduardo Duarte and our organization at his fights in Europe. We are also equally as excited to see the Werner-Shaparenko bout and our tournament fights. This is a great card for our XFC fans.”

Both main event fighters are world-level rising stars. The 23-year old Chute Boxe representative, Allan Nascimento will enter the hexagon with gold on his mind. Seeking his third straight victory under the XFC banner, he’ll look to claim an opportunity to fight for the XFC World Championship Flyweight title. Nascimento has submitted two opponents in a row, forcing the tap of Andre Lourenco at XFCi 5 last June and Matias Vasquez two months before that. His opponent, Ukrainian Ruslan “The Predator” Abiltarov, is one year younger. Abiltarov isn’t nicknamed Predator by mistake; he makes his XFC debut carrying a 16-4-1 professional record and an 8-0 amateur record, with only one fight coming by way of a judge’s decision.

As usual at XFC, women will also have their opportunity to shine. On the main card, Santa Catarina born Juliana Werner, a 33-year old knockout veteran, will make her debut in the XFC against Ukrainian Iryna Shaparenko. Shaparenko, 14 years younger than Werner is a submission specialist, finishing five of her seven fights by forcing opponents to tap. Also on the card is a Brazil vs. Colombia duel featuring 21 year old undefeated muay thai specialists Liana Ferreira Pirosin (2-0 MMA) and Marcela Yineris (5-1 MMA) as part of the Women’s International Strawweight tournament. Rounding out the tournament will be Brazilian undefeated prospect Viviane “Sucuri” Pereira (6-0 MMA) vs Fernanda Pinheiro (2-0 MMA), then Ukraine’s Marina Moroz (4-0 MMA) vs Brazil’s Karine Silva (5-0 MMA) & Hungrary’s Dora Perjes (6-0 MMA) vs Brazilian Luana Santos Medeiros (2-0 MMA); all must-watch fights in the 115lbs female grand prix.

The Men’s Season II International Welterweight Tournament will also be showcased live on Rede TV! on November 1st , where the versatile XFC veteran Cairo Rocha (11-4 MMA, 3-1 XFC) will try to reach gold once again. Rocha’s first obstacle will be the formidable Russian, Sergei Bal (15-8-1 MMA). Guyana born Carlston Harris (5-2 MMA) and Paulo Cesar dos Santos (1-1 MMA) are also two young rising fighters named to be part of the grand prix. They are set to fight, respectively, Brazil’s Ariel Jaeger (4-1 MMA) and Venezuela’s Anthony Suarez (7-3 MMA). Opening the 170lb. tournament will be fellow Brazilians Geraldo Coelho (7-1 MMA) vs. Michel Pereira (10-4 MMA).

Before the Rede TV! broadcast goes live, the XFCi 7 night will begin with a highly anticipated Lightweight Tournament Reserves fight between Willian Vitori Cilli (7-3 MMA) vs. Reinaldo Ekson (2-0 MMA). Followed up with a Featherweight Tournament Reserves battle between Romeiro Santana dos Santos (1-0 MMA) and Islan Reis (3-1 MMA). All four fighters vying for their place in the tournament, if/when a fighter from their weight class happens to become injured.

XFCi 7 will feature 13 fights from multiple divisions, as the promotion showcases The Next Generation of MMA fighters. Airing live on Rede TV! November 1st at 11:30pm ET / 0h30BT from the Sao Paulo Futebol Clube in Sao Paulo, Brazil, this second event of Season II is aligned to once again top network ratings as one of the most watched programs on television. Fans outside of Brazil can watch the action on the free live stream via Rede TV! on the XFC website. Fans can also follow the fighters throughout training camp on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. For more information visit www.XFCMMA.com.

fight network header e1413229651499 Fight Network Presents GFC 4: Hari vs. Quarteron  LIVE Oct. 16 at 12 p.m. ETFight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, presents a live international broadcast of the Global Fighting Championship 4: Hari vs. Quarteron kickboxing megashow from Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 12 p.m. ET, featuring “The Bad Boy” Badr Hari against reigning IKF Muay Thai champion Patrice Quarteron, plus a one night four-man single elimination heavyweight tournament featuring Melvin Manhoef, Ismael Lazaar, Tai Tuivasa and Mohamed Karim with a million dirham cash prize up for grabs.

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.

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.