Sakakibara has just announced the name of his new promotion that will take debut on NYE with Fedor on the card. The new promotion will be called “Rizin fighting federation” and will have huge promotional partners in KSW, Jungle Fight, Bellator and BAMMA bringing some of the world’s best fighters from some of the best promotions together in one massive night of fights. During the press conference Sakakibara admitted he regretted selling PRIDE and is going to make efforts for ten years to bring MMA to the top in Japan, however, could not promise exceeding the UFC.
Speaking at the press conference Jon Slusser of SPIKE TV confirmed that there will be two nights of fights both of which will be aired on SPIKE TV, the events will also be aired in on Fuji TV in Asia as well. The event will also hold a Grand Prix with the winner receiving $500,000. Following all of the announcements Sakakibara then confirmed Sakuraba will be meet Shinya Aoki at the event which will be officially titled as “RIZIN FIGHTING WORLD GRAND-PRIX 2015”. Some of the other competitors on the night will be Rena Kubota and Gabi Garcia. Unfortunately they did not announce an opponent for Fedor ,however, it is official that the show will be held under PRIDE rules.
Sakakibara announces the name of his new promotion which will feature a Grand Prix, Fedor, Aoki and PRIDE rules | MMA Latest
You’re going to have to wait a little longer to see the Bellator bantamweight title up for grabs.
Eduardo Dantas (17-4 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) has suffered an injury, and his rematch with reigning champion Marcos Galvao (17-6-1 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) at Bellator 144 has been postponed.
Bellator officials today confirmed the delay with MMAjunkie following an initial report from Globo. A new date hasn’t been set for the rescheduling, nor has a possible replacement been identified.
Bellator 144 takes place Oct. 23 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
LINK: Bellator 144’s Marcos Galvao vs. Eduardo Dantas 2 title fight postponed | MMAjunkie
Going against strong college football competition, the prelims for Saturday'sUFC 192 show, drew the fourth-lowest audience of the 11 shows of its kind so far in 2015.
Leading up to the show, headlined by Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson's light heavyweight title match, the prelim show FS 1, averaged 749,000 viewers. The show aired from 8-10 p.m. Eastern time.
The main event of the prelims was a featherweight fight with Yair Rodriguez vs. Daniel Hooker. The best known name on the prelims was likely Rose Namajunas, who opened the show against Angela Hill, although both Sage Northcutt and Albert Tumenov put on star-making performances and Northcutt may have made himself into a star with his 57-second win over Francisco Trevino..
The number was 22 percent below the 2015 average of 964,000 viewers. This year's numbers are well up from last year because of more interest in the pay-per-view shows overall. While there is no exact correlation between prelims and pay-per-view numbers, more often than not here is some indication.
LINK: UFC 192 prelims average 749,000 viewers against heavy football competition - MMA Fighting
Fedor Emelianenko's opponent for his Dec. 31 return fight is expected to be announced at a press conference in Japan on Thursday, however, sources with knowledge of the fight say the new Japanese promotion is targeting Indian-Japanese heavyweight kickboxer Singh Jaideep as his foe.
The 28-year-old Jaideep is 40-10 (1 NC) in kickboxing but just 1-0 in MMA. His lone MMA fight was in June 2013 when he defeated Alireza Tavak at Super Fight League 19. The 2009 K-1 World Grand Prix in Seoul champion hasn't won a kickboxing match since 2011.
The 39-year-old Emelianenko (34-14, 1 NC) recently ended his retirement to sign with former Pride boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara's new promotion, whose name has yet to be announced. One name that has been discussed is Samurai FC, but that has yet to be finalized. That announcement is also expected to come Thursday, along with several more details about the organization.
LINK: New Japanese promotion targeting Fedor Emelianenko vs. Singh Jaideep on New Year's Eve - MMA Fighting
During an appearance on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour, longtime Pride, UFC and Bellator veteran Quinton Jackson said we might have seen the last of him in the cage.
The 37-year old "Rampage" Jackson alluded to his retirement throughout the interview, and said his decision to potentially hang up the gloves would come down to how the lawsuit played out between him and Viacom.
"I really do think that I fought my last fight," he told Ariel Helwani. "Because, you guys weren't in the mediation with me when Viacom said what they want for me to settle. I felt like it was lopsided and my attorney felt like it was lopsided. I don't think I can tell you [what it was], but I could sue them for a lot of money. Because I lost a lot of money. And they want to settle, I was like wow.
"I don't think I can tell you guys, but if I ever find out I can tell you, I'll put it out there. But I don't think I can."
LINK: Quinton Jackson: 'I really do think that I fought my last fight' - MMA Fighting
Michael “Venom” Page (8-0) looks to remain undefeated to begin his exciting career, when he faces Charlie Ontiveros (6-3) in a welterweight contest at “Bellator 144: Galvao vs. Dantas 2” at the...
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