Kelvin Gastelum-Tim Kennedy Cleared For UFC 206

Tim-Kennedy

Tim Kennedy once again has a fight set up. According to a report by MMA Fighting, Kelvin Gastelum has been cleared to face Kennedy next month at UFC 206. The hold up was that the Ontario Athletic Commission planned to fulfill the suspension handed down by the New York Athletic Commission to Gastelum for missing his weigh-in earlier this month. Gastelum, though, settled on a $2,000 fine with the New York Athletic Commission and will be allowed to compete on December 10 vs. Kennedy. Kennedy has gone through two cancelled fights with Rashad Evans in recent weeks, but was always hopeful of remaining on the Canada card.

Bellator 166 Flashback With Joe Warren (Video)

Joe Warren

Before he takes on Eduardo Dantas for the bantamweight title at Bellator 166 Friday night, relive the first meeting between Joe Warren and Dantas in this Bellator: Flashback. Warren picked up a decision win over Dantas back at Bellator 128 in 2014. He has gone 2-2 since, including a September finish of Sirwan Kakai. Dantas, meanwhile, is 2-0 since that loss to Warren, topping Mike Richman and Marcos Galvao for the title in June.

UFC 206 Media Call with Anthony Pettis, Max Holloway (6 p.m. ET)

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Legacy Fighting Alliance Debuts with Bantamweight Title Bout on Jan. 13

A matchup of champions Legacy Fighting Championship and Resurrection Fighting Alliance titlists will highlight the inaugural Legacy Fighting Alliance card on Jan. 13.

After Sterling Injury, Raphael Assuncao Removed from UFC Fight Night 102 in Albany

Raphael Assuncao will not remain on the UFC Fight Night Albany card in Albany, N.Y., after proposed opponent Aljamain Sterling withdrew from the contest last week due to injury.

Coach Says UFC ‘Very Shortsighted in Stripping McGregor of Featherweight Crown

On Nov. 12, Conor McGregor become the first simultaneous two-division champion in UFC history when he defeated Eddie Alvarez at Madison Square Garden to capture lightweight gold. Two weeks later, the 155-pound belt officially became the only UFC championship hardware in McGregor’s possession.

Anthony Pettis Focused on Max Holloway, Not Aldo or McGregor

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Holloway Says ‘Murky’ Featherweight Division Now Clear Heading Into UFC 206

Max Holloway isn’t too fond of current UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and he has no desire to speak about former king at 145 pounds, Conor McGregor.

Des Green: ‘I Can Overwhelm’ Martin Brown at Titan FC 42

While opponent changes made things a bit more difficult for lightweight Des Green at Titan FC 40 in August than he anticipated, he was still able to pull off a unanimous decision win over a much larger James Freeman and pick up his third victory in a row in the process.

“Considering the circumstances, things went pretty well,” Green told MMAWeekly.com. “I don’t know if people know this, but I had three opponents drop out on me within the last week. I didn’t know if I was going to be fighting.

“I didn’t know too much about (Freeman) and whatnot, but I have faith in my skills and I knew I wasn’t going to lose, so I just went out there and handled my business. I would have liked to have finished, but moving up from featherweight to welterweight isn’t easy, and I got the job done.”Desmond Green - Titan FC

Having fought much of his career before this year at 145-pounds, having an opportunity to fight heavier in 2016 has been paying off for Green. It’s a move he felt would allow him to impress enough to get him to the next stage of his career.

“I’m not killing myself on a weight cut, and showing the next day at like 60-70-percent,” said Green. “Really that’s just been the difference; me enjoying my camp, not depleting my muscle, and fighting at a much more comfortable weight.

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“I think they understood where I was going, but they wanted to see if I was as comfortable and as good as I said I am there. That’s understandable. I don’t want anything given to me. I just feel like this is a finishing touch for me proving that I belong in the UFC with the top guys.”

Green (18-5) will look to pick up his fourth win in a row when he takes on Martin Brown (10-2) in a main card 155-pound bout at Titan FC 42 on Friday in Coral Gables, Fla.

“I think he’s a good counter-striker, he has some experience, but all I’ve got to do is go out there and do I know what to do: Use my speed, use my athleticism and my wrestling,” Green said of facing Brown.

“I think if I can mix it up, I can overwhelm him and put a pressure and pace on him that he can’t keep. I feel like he likes to fight at a certain pace, so I want to up that pace and make him uncomfortable, and that will be my key to victory.”

Green believes with just a couple of key victories at lightweight, he can finally get his shot at the biggest stage of MMA.

“Realistically if I win this fight with a finish or exciting manner, and they want me to fight Freddy (Assuncao) in January, fight him and beat him in a deciding manner, with two good wins at 155lbs with a belt, it should be enough to push me into the UFC,” said Green. “I’ve seen guys get in with less.”

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RFA-Legacy FC Merger Launches with Champion vs. Champion at LFA 1

Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) CEO Ed Soares announced on Tuesday that the inaugural LFA event will kick off the new year in Texas. This will be the inaugural LFA event after the strategic merger between leading developmental organizations Legacy Fighting Championship (Legacy FC) and Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA). In the main event, Legacy FC bantamweight champion Steven “Ocho” Peterson will battle RFA bantamweight champion Leandro “Pitbull” Higo for the inaugural LFA bantamweight world title. LFA 1 – Peterson vs. Higo will take place Friday, January 13th at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

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LFA 1 Fight Poster“I’m excited to kick off 2017 with the inaugural LFA event in Texas,” stated Soares. “Legacy FC and RFA have helped launch the careers of over 100 fighters that have reached the UFC. On Friday, January 13th, the two promotions merge to form the leading developmental organization in MMA. In the main event of LFA 1, we will crown our first LFA champion with a bantamweight title unification bout between Legacy FC champion Steven ‘Ocho’ Peterson and RFA champion Leandro ‘Pitbull’ Higo.”

Former Legacy FC President Mick Maynard shared similar sentiments to those of RFA President Ed Soares about the merger of their two promotions heading into the debut event of the newly minted LFA.

“I am extremely excited to see this historic first event of the world’s largest and premiere developmental league for MMA,” stated Maynard. “Our very first LFA unification bout features two bantamweight title holders that haven’t lost in 4-5 years and they have very aggressive submission games. Both are young, exciting prospects, and a perfect representation of LFA.”

Tickets for LFA 1 – Peterson vs. Higo are available for purchase NOW through TheBombFactory.com. Tickets start at $40 for General Admission. Priority seating is also available at $60, $80, $100, and $150.

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In September, Legacy FC and RFA officials announced that they would be merging to form the premier developmental organization in MMA starting in January 2017. Legacy FC and RFA have launched the careers of over 100 athletes that have reached the pinnacle of MMA by competing in the UFC. The two promotions now officially join forces with the inaugural LFA event on Friday, January 13th.

The main event of LFA 1 will feature a highly-anticipated title unification bout. Legacy FC bantamweight champion Steven “Ocho” Peterson (14-4) and RFA bantamweight champion Leandro “Pitbull” Higo (16-2) have established themselves as the premier 135-pound prospects in the sport. The two proud champions will battle for the inaugural LFA bantamweight title and the undisputed claim of being the division’s top prospect.

Peterson is one of MMA’s top prospects to hail from the talent-rich state of Texas. “Ocho” is also one of the most popular fighters in the history of Legacy FC as he has competed for the promotion 10 times over the past five years. The dynamic Texan punisher put a stamp on the division with a jaw-dropping submission of the reigning bantamweight champion Manny Vazquez this past June. Peterson rendered the champion unconscious with a Rear Naked Choke in the main event of Legacy FC 56 to take his rightful place atop the division’s throne. He was then set to rule over his domain with his first title defense in October, but his challenger Mark De La Rosa decided not to test the fearsome Legacy FC kingpin and was a no-show on the day of the fight despite weighing-in the day before.

Higo is one of the sport’s most scintillating prospects to come from the country of Brazil, the birthplace of MMA. The Pitbull Brothers trained fighter has finished three highly-regarded prospects during his reign of terror over the RFA bantamweight division. This culminated in April, when he fought the surging powerhouse Joey Miolla for the vacant RFA bantamweight title with UFC President Dana White sitting cageside filming his hit television show Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight. Higo pulled off the comeback victory with a Rear Naked Choke in a title bout that saw him survive two brutal slams. Higo’s title winning performance at RFA 37 is in the running for “Fight of the Year” and rivals the Kentucky Derby claim of being “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”.

The full LFA 1 fight card and further information regarding this event will be announced soon. LFA 1 will be the first LFA event to take place since Legacy FC and RFA announced that they will merge into one promotion. Legacy FC and RFA hosted 110 combined MMA events, which includes the historic RFA vs. Legacy event that took place in May 2015. The entire main card of LFA 1 will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT on Friday, January 13th, 2017.

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