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Sarah Kaufman Signs with Armageddon Fighting Championships

MMA Junkie Reports:

Sarah Kaufman

– 12-1-0 MMA Record

– 9 TKO, 3 Decision Victories

– Notable Wins: Takayo Hashi, Miesha Tate, Roxanne Modafferi


Former Strikeforce 135-pound women’s champion Sarah Kaufman signs with the Canadian-based promotion, Armageddon Fighting Championships. She is scheduled to make her debut on April 2nd in her hometown of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada at Armageddon Fighting Championships 5, against an opponent to be named at a later date.

Kaufman is still under contract with Strikeforce, but the promotion is allowing her to compete elsewhere as they build up competitors for her in her weight class.

Sarah Kaufman began her career a perfect 12-0, and was considered to be one of the world’s top pound-for-pound female fighters in all of mixed martial arts. She became Strikeforce’s first ever women’s 135-pound champion following her unanimous decision victory over Takayo Hashi back in February of last year. In her next fight, Kaufman put women’s MMA on the map with her vicious knockout slam victory over Roxanne Modafferi on the Strikeforce Challengers 9 card. Unfortunately in her big show debut, she was upset by Marloes Coenen with a third round armbar last October.

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Posted by on March 1, 2011 in Local Shows, News, Strikeforce


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Quick Hits for Stories Over the Past Week


Sorry everyone for the lack of updates over the past week….. My dog got tangled up in my laptop cord pulling it off my desk, breaking the hard drive. Alas, I have bought a new one and am back in business. Sorry again!


UFC News

  • Kenny Florian  (14-5-0 MMA/ 11-4 UFC Record) vs Diego Nunes (16-1-0 MMA/ 1-0 UFC Record) Set for UFC 131 on June 11th in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Tito Ortiz Out; Phil Davis (8-0-0 MMA/ 4-0 UFC) in versus Antonio Rogerio Nogueira ( 19-4-0 MMA/ 2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 24 on March 26th in Seattle, Washington
  • Dustin Poirier (9-1-0 MMA/ 1-0 UFC) vs Rani Yahya (16-6-0 MMA/ 1-0 UFC) Added to UFC 131
  • Tim Credeur (12-3-0 MMA/ 3-1 UFC) vs Ed Herman (19-7-0 MMA/ 4-5 UFC) Targeted for TUF 13 Finale on June 4th in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jason Brilz (18-3-1 MMA/ 3-2 UFC) vs Vladimir Matyushenko (25-5-0 MMA/ 6-3 UFC Record) Set to meet at UFC 129 on April 29th in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Darren Elkins (12-2-0 MMA/ 1-1 UFC) vs Michihiro Omigawa (12-9-1 MMA/ 0-3 UFC) Targeted for UFC 131
  • Brandon Vera (11-6-0 MMA/ 7-6) returns to UFC roster with last loss against Thiago Silva likely being overturned to a “no contest”
  • Karlos Vemola Out; Eliot Marhall (9-2-0 MMA/ 3-1 UFC) Retruns to Meet Luiz Cane (10-3-0 MMA/ 3-3 UFC Record) at UFC 128 on March 19th in Newark, New Jersey
  • Renan Barao (25-1-0 MMA/ UFC Debut) vs Demetrious Johnson (9-1-0 MMA/ 1-0 UFC) Likely for TUF 13 Finale
  • Cub Swanson Injured; Fight with Erik Koch Scratched from UFC on Versus 3


  • Meisha Tate Out; Liz Carmouche (5-0-0 MMA/ 2-0 Strikeforce) now meets champion Marloes Coenen (18-4-0 MMA/ 2-1 Strikeforce) for women’s 135-pound title at Strikeforce: Columbus on March 5th in Columbus, Ohio



  • DJ Linderman (8-1-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut) joins season 4’s light heavyweight tournament
  • Middleweight Champ Hector Lombard (27-2-1 MMA/ 6-0 Bellator) meets Falaniko Vitale ( 28-9-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut) in Non-Title Fight at Bellator 44 on May 14th
  • Tim Carpenter (6-0-0 MMA/ 1-0 Bellator) joins season 4’s light heavyweight tournament
  • Bellator signs Marlon Sandro (17-2-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut) to Multi-Fight Deal
  • Patricio Freire (14-1 MMA/ 2-1 Bellator) vs Georgi Karakhanyan (14-2-1 MMA/ 2-1 Bellator) Set for Bellator 37 on March 19th in Concho, Oklahoma
  • Zac George (20-3-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut) vs Wilson Reis (11-2-0 MMA/ 3-2 Bellator) Set for Bellator 37
  • Kenny Foster  (8-2-0 MMA/ 1-0 Bellator) vs Eric Larkin (3-0-0 MMA/ 1-0 Bellat0r) Set for Bellator 37
  • Nazareno Malegarie (19-0-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut) vs Daniel Straus (14-3-0 MMA/ 1-0 Bellator) Set for Bellator 37
  • Richard Hale (15-3-1 MMA/ Bellator Debut) Added to season 4’s light heavyweight tournament
  • Christian M’Pumbu (15-3-1 MMA/ Bellator Debut) Joins season 4’s light heavyweight tournament


Local Shows

  • Bobby Lashley (5-1-0) vs James Jack (5-4-1) to headline Titan Fighting Championshps 17 in Kansas City, Kansas on March 25th.
  • Efrain Escudero (15-2-0 MMA) vs Fabricio Camoes (11-5-1) Set for Tachi Palace Fights 9 on May 5th in Lemoore, California
  • Abe Wagner (8-3-0 MMA) vs Aaron Rosa ( 15-3-0 MMA) Added to Titan Fighting Championships 17
  • Houston Alexander (11-6-0 MMA) vs James Irvin (15-8-0) II Added to Shark Fights 14 on March 11th in Lubbock, Texas
  • Vinny Magalhaes (6-5-0 MMA) vs Jake Doerr (6-0-0 MMA) Added to M-1 Challenge on March 25th in Virginia
  • Alan Jouban (1-0-0 MMA) vs Jamie Yager (3-2-0 MMA) Set for Tachi Palace Fights 9

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Posted by on February 25, 2011 in Bellator, Blog News, Local Shows, News, Strikeforce, UFC


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Matt Horwich vs Danillo Villefort Headlines Shark Fights 14

MMA Junkie Reports:

Matt Horwich

– 26-17-1 MMA Record

– Won 2 of Last 3 Fights

– Notable Wins: Jake Rosholt, Thales Leties, Jason Lambert

Danillo Villefort

– 12-3-0 MMA Record

– 3 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Mike Campbell, Mike Massenzio, Joey Villasenor


A middleweight match-up between Matt Horwich and Danillo Villefort has been booked to headline Shark Fight’s first card of the year. Shark Fights 14 is expected to take place on March 11th at the Fair Park City Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas. Shark Fight officials also hinted at the possibility for a network TV deal for the event.

Former IFL middleweight champion, Matt Horwich has been the poster-child of inconsistency his entire fighting career. He’s won two of his last three fights, including  victories over former UFC title contender Thales Leites and NCAA Division I National Champion wrestler, Jake Rosholt. Horowich dropped a split decision to Eric Shambari last September for Bellator Fighting Championships.

Danillo Villefort is still considered one of the top prospects in the 185-pound division. Since losing to Jesse Lennox due to a doctor’s stoppage in his only UFC fight, Villefort has since gone on a three-fight winning streak. Villefort most recenty defeated former Strikeforce contender, Joey Villasenor by unanimous decision on just a week’s notice.

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Posted by on February 18, 2011 in Local Shows, News


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Phil Collins Out; Jorge Lopez in versus Waachiim Spiritwolf at Tachi Palace Fights 9

MMA Junkie Reports:

Jorge Lopez

8-1-0 MMA Record

– 8 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Dave Terrel, Chidi Njokuani, Jamie Fletcher

Waachiim Spiritwolf

– 8-7-1 MMA Record

– 2 Fight Losing Streak

– Notable Wins: Crafton Wallace, Brett Cooper, Rick Legere


Former Tachi Palace Fights welterweight champion, Phil Collins has withdrawn from his fight with Waachiim Spiritwolf at TPF 9 due to “personal reasons”. Wand Fight Team member, Jorge Lopez has been chosen to replace Collins at the event. Tachi Palace Fights 9 takes place on May 5th at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.

Since dropping a split decision to Nick Rossborough in his MMA debut, Jorge Lopez has won his last eight fights. Three of his eight victories have come by way of TKO stoppages.

Waachiim Spiritwolf will make his Tachi Palace Fights debut after fighting for Strikeforce in his last two fights. He most recently fought DREAM welterweight champion Mariusz Zaromskis, but the bout was called a no contest after just six seconds when Spiritwolf was poked in the eye and was unable to continue.

Spiritwolf is also booked to face Jaime Jara at Bellator 35 on March 5th at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino.

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Posted by on February 9, 2011 in Local Shows, News


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Phil Baroni vs Nick Nolte Official for Titan Fighting Championships 17

MMA Junkie Reports:

Phil Baroni

– 13-13-0 MMA Record

– 3 Fight Losing Streak

– Notable Wins: Ryo Chonan, Ikuhisa Minowa, Dave Menne

Nick Nolte

– 3-2-0 MMA Record

– Won 2 out of last 3 Fights

– Notable Wins:


UFC and Strikeforce veteran, Phil Baroni will meet Nick Nolte at Titan Fighting Championships 17. The event takes place on March 25th at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Missouri.

Phil Baroni signed with Titan FC last month after being released from the UFC, following back-to-back losses in the promotion. He returned to the UFC in November of 2009, but lost a one-sided division to former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ winner Amir Sadollah. Baroni got a second chance to get a win, but was TKO’d by up-and-coming prospect Brad Tavares in the first round.

Nick Nolte is a Kansas City local, competing for both Strikeforce and Bellator in his young MMA career. In just his second professional fight, Nolte earned a first round submission victory over Andy Waters at Strikeforce Challengers 5. He then met Drew Dober at Bellator 16, losing by an arm-triangle choke in the opening round. Nolte recently scored a submission victory over Lee Werr at a regional event in Kansas.


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Posted by on February 8, 2011 in Local Shows, News


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John Phillips vs Frank Trigg in the Works for BAMMA 5 Reports:

John Phillips

– 13-3-0 MMA Record

– 5 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: James Zikic, Jake Bostwick

Frank Trigg

– 20-8-0 MMA Record

– Loss 2 of Last 3 Fights

– Notable Wins: Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Kazuo Misaki, Dennis Hallman (x2)


Another UFC veteran has been added to BAMMA 5. Frank Trigg will meet the United Kingdom’s hard-hitting, John Phillips. BAMMA 5 takes place on February 26th at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England. Another lethal striker, Paul Daley meets current DEEP welterweight champion Yuya Shirai in the evening’s main event.

John Phillips is known for being one of the most feared strikers across the Atlantic. All thirteen of his career victories have come by way of TKO stoppages, most recently against Cage Rage veteran James Zikic. Phillips’ last defeat came against Denniston Sutherland back at BAMMA 1 in June of 2009.

Frank Trigg was released from the UFC in February following back-to-back losses against Josh Koscheck and Matt Serra. He recently righted the ship last November against Roy Neeman with a first round TKO stoppage in Israel.

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Posted by on February 1, 2011 in Local Shows, News


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Mamed Khalidov vs Matt Lindland Set for KSW 15

MMA Rocks! Reports:

Mamed Khalidov

– 21-4-2 MMA

– 1 Win, 1 Loss, 1 Draw in Last 3 Fights

– Notable Wins: Jorge Santiago, Igor Pokrajac, Yuki Sasaki

Matt Lindland

– 22-8-0 MMA

– Lost 3 of last 4 Fights

– Notable Wins: Carlos Newton, Jeremy Horn, Kevin Casey


Middleweights Mamed Khalidov and Matt Lindland have signed to face off against each other at KSW 15. The event takes place March 19th at the Towar Hall in Warsaw, Poland.

Mamed Khalidov has been the model of inconsistency since defeating Sengoku middleweight champion Jorge Santiago in a non-title fight in November of 2009. He would drop a unanimous decision in the return fight against Santiago for the title at SRC 12, then fight to a draw against Ryuta Sakurai. Most recently, Khalidov got back on the win column at Sengoku’s year-end “Soul of Fight” card with a first round TKO victory over Yuki Sasaki.

Matt Lindland is obviously not listening to many observers who suggested he should retire after suffering another vicious knockout loss. Famed-striker Robbie Lawler sent Lindland face first in to the canvas last December at Strikeforce: Henderson vs Babalu. The loss was his third out his last four fights, only defeating Kevin Casey with a third round TKO stoppage in May of last year.



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Posted by on January 29, 2011 in Local Shows, News


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Jan Blachowicz vs Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Added to KSW 15

MMA Rocks! Reports:

Jan Blachowicz

– 12-2-0 MMA Record

– 9 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Daniel Tabera, Maro Perak, Christian M’Pumbu

Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou

– 10-8-0 MMA Record

– 2 Fight Winning Streak

– Notable Wins: Ricardo Arona, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Dave Herman


A light heavyweight tilt between Polish prospect Jan Blachowicz and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou has been added to KSW 15. The event takes place on March 19th at the Towar Hall in Warsaw, Poland.

Jan Blachowicz is considerded one of the top European prospects in all of mixed martial arts. He currently carries a nine-fight win streak, including victories over Daniel Tabera, Christian M’Pumbu, and Maro Perak. His last defeat was in 2oo7, when he was submitted by Andre Fyeet at KSW 8.

Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou just hasn’t lived up to the hype since stunning upset victories over Ricardo Arona and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira back in the Pride days. He’s currently lost two out of his last three fights, both TKO stoppages against Houston Alexander and Shamil Abdurahimov. Sokoudjou most recently defeated Valdas Pocevicius by unanimous decision in Israel last November.


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Posted by on January 29, 2011 in Local Shows, News


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Titan Fighting Championship 16 Quick Results


  • Abe Wagner def. Tim Sylvia via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:32
  • Jason High def. Rudy Bears via technical submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:51
  • Aaron Derrow def. Rich Clementi via technical submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 3:35
  • Drew McFedries def. Gary Tapusoa via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 4:42
  • Drew Dober def. Bobby Cooper via unanimous decision
  • Anthony Gutierrez def. Jacob Akin via TKO (elbows) – Round 1, 3:28
  • Alonzo Martinez def. Deryck Ripley via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:19
  • John Hollis def. Brian Phillips via KO (Knee) – Round 3
  • Tony Cardello def. Billy Thomas via TKO – Round 1
  • Mirsad Bektic def. Mac Bailey via TKO – Round 3


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Posted by on January 29, 2011 in Local Shows, Quick Results


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Alexis Vila Out; Mamoru Yamaguchi in versus John Dodson at Tachi Palace Fights 9

MMA Junkie Reports:

Mamoru Yamaguchi

– 25-5-3 MMA Record

– 5 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Kiyotaka Shimizu, Greg Guzman, Furnihiro Kitahara

John Dodson

– 11-5-0 MMA Record

– 2 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: John Moraga, Jesse Riggleman, Clint Godfrey


After the withdrawal of Olympic bronze medalist, Alexis Vila, Tachi Palace Fights sign current King of the Cage flyweight champion Mamoru Yamaguchi to fight John Dodson at TPF 9. The event is expected to take place on May 5th at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California.

Mamoru Yamaguchi earned the King of the Cage flyweight title after beating Frank Baca with a second round rear naked choke back in January of last year. He then defended the title against young prospect, Greg Guzman with a TKO stoppage in August. Yamaguchi returned to Japan to face Furnihiro Kitahara, in which he earned a stunning first round head-kick KO.

John Dodson makes his Tachi Palace debut following a victory over previously undefeated John Moraga at Nemesis Fighting down in the Dominican Republic. The victory marked Dodson’s fourth win in five fights, only being defeated by current Palace Fighting and Ultimate Warrior Challenge champion, Pat Runez.

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Posted by on January 29, 2011 in Local Shows, News


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