Bellator Fighting Championships today confirmed that Angela Magana has suffered a stress fracture to her right big toe that has subsequently forced her out of her scheduled Bellator 24 match-up with Megumi Fujii (20-0). Magana’s injury has provided an opening for undefeated Two-Time All American wrestler Carla Esparza (3-0) to step up to the challenge and face the World’s #1 female fighter at Bellator 24 in the Season 3 Women’s Tournament kicking off on August 12th at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. read more…
Bellator Fighting Championships today announced the completion of the Local Feature Fights for Bellator 24 taking place in Hollywood, Fla. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on August 12th. Joining an exciting lightweight fight between the ever-entertaining Yves Edwards and colorful, highly-regarded South Florida fan favorite Luis Palomino slated as the local main event, the promotion today confirmed four additional talent-rich fights for the Fox Sports Net event.
Longtime rivals Jose Vega and Danny Tims will square off in a long overdue rubber match for an opening round Bellator Season 3 World Bantamweight Tournament fight as Bellator Fighting Championships returns to the Kansas City Power & Light District for the third time this year for Bellator 26 on August 26th.
Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that dynamic striker and Macon, GA native Bryan Goldsby has officially been added to the Bellator Season 3 World Bantamweight Tournament. <--more-->
Goldsby sent a direct message to Bellator officials during Bellator 14 when he out-classed MMA trailblazer and heavily favored WEC veteran Jeff Curran in Curran’s hometown of Chicago, IL. With the victory Goldsby staked his claim as one of the eight participants in Bellator’s upcoming 135 lb tournament. Goldsby is the sixth confirmed participant in the Bantamweight Tournament along with the explosive Jose Vega, young up-and-comer Danny Tims, Las Vegas-based Cobra-Kai Jiu-Jitsu instructor Ulysses Gomez, fast-rising Wyoming native Nick Mamalis and Minnesota-based powerhouse Travis “The Hurricane” Reddinger.“Bryan Goldsby is one of those guys, very much like Toby Imada, whose record does not reflect the tremendous skill and potential that he brings to the sport,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “He has very solid stand-up game mixed with speed and wrestling, which he displayed in his impressive victory over Jeff Curran, and that makes him an difficult match up for anyone in this tournament.”
Goldsby’s well-rounded ability comes from his diverse training background. He began wrestling in 7th grade before getting his start in Tae Kwon Do when he was just 12 years old. After finishing his military career in 2006 Goldsby began training jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai, to completely hone his game.
With a new level of confidence that stems directly from his recent victory over Curran, Goldsby fully intends to continue in his winning ways on his quest to become Bellator’s first ever bantamweight champion.
“When I get in there, I’m comfortable because I can hang wherever the fight goes,” said Goldsby. “I feel like I have the skills to beat anybody, I’m fine with whoever they decided to put in front of me. I’m just excited for the opportunity and itching to get this thing started.”
The Maximum Fighting Championship has added a hotly anticipated welterweight matchup to complete its co-main event for the upcoming MFC 26: Retribution card.
Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford, returning to the MFC after a year-and-a-half absence, will face the stiffest test of his career as he takes on American Top Team product Douglas “The Phenom” Lima. The Ford-Lima matchup shares main-event status and tops the card that will air live on HDNet Fights with the recently announced lightweight title fight between reigning belt-holder Antonio “Mandingo” McKee and Brazilian challenger Luciano Azevedo. <--more-->
“For the remainder of 2010 and into 2011, the Maximum Fighting Championship’s top priority will be making its own stars,” noted MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich.
“Ryan Ford and Douglas Lima have a great opportunity in the MFC to become internationally known hot commodities, and the same goes for guys like Luciano Azevedo, Tom Watson, and Ryan Jimmo. Even Antonio McKee, who has an incredible record and has not lost in seven years, can really step forward and make his name bigger than it has ever been before.”
Ford (12-2) is a former two-time challenger for the MFC welterweight title and is eagerly eyeing a return to the top of the organization’s 170-pound division. The Edmonton, Alberta, native is riding a four-fight winning streak coming into the matchup against Lima – the biggest of those victories being a first-round submission verdict over reality show competitor Tommy Speer back in March.
Ford began his mixed martial arts career under the MFC banner in 2007 and catapulted to the top of the ranks with his aggressive, crowd-pleasing style. A fan favorite, Ford worked his way into two title fights by taking out a list of tough opponents including C.J. Fernandes and Pete Spratt. Ford fell short in his two quests for the MFC belt, dropping a pair of hard-fought battles to rugged veteran Pat Healy.
Lima (14-4) has earned stoppage victories in 12 of his verdicts – four by knockout and eight by submission. The Goainia, Brazil, native, who has signed a three-fight contract with the MFC, trains under top-rated trainer Roan Carneiro at American Top Team’s Atlanta operation and is also an instructor at the camp.
A brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and a devastating Muay Thai practitioner, Lima is a decorated competitor, holding multiple titles in the North American Grappling Association, and for the past two years has been considered one of the top young prospects in mixed martial arts. Lima has had two long runs of success in his MMA career, with five- and six-fight winning streaks to his credit.
The Fight Club (TFC), one of the top fight promotions in Canada, recently announced that it will return to action with “TFC 11: Full Force” on Friday September 10th. “Full Force” will showcase a main event rematch between TFC Light Heavyweight Champion Martin “The Stress” Desilets and UFC veteran Victor “The Matrix” Valimaki. The belt will be on the line as these two lock horns once again, as TFC 11 will be held at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Doors will open at 7 PM, and the fights will begin at 8 PM. read more…