Grappling Ace Garry Tonon to Make Featherweight Debut at One ‘Enter the Dragon’ on May 17

Garry Tonon will make a quick turnaround for his featherweight debut when he meets Yoshiki Nakahara at One Championship “Enter the Dragon” on May 17.

Walt Harris Accepts 4-Month USADA Suspension for Anti-Doping Violation

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Josh Burkman returns at LFA’s first trip to Utah in May

LFA CEO Ed Soares announced earlier this month that the promotion will make its first trip to Utah in May. He has now announced that a high-profile fight between two popular UFC veterans will serve as the penultimate bout of LFA 66.

The co-main event of LFA 66 will bring a welterweight showdown to the Salt Lake City metro area when Utah MMA pioneer Josh “The People’s Warrior” Burkman returns to his hometown to battle fellow UFC veteran William “Patolino” Macário.

LFA 66 – Diamond vs. Neal takes place Friday, May 10th at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV.

“I am excited to announce that Utah MMA pioneer and longtime UFC star Josh Burkman will return to action in the co-main event of LFA 66,” stated Soares. “Burkman made his pro debut in Utah over 16 years ago and has gone on to become one of the most successful and respected fighters in the state’s impressive combat sports history. He will face fellow UFC veteran William ‘Patolino’ Macário in the co-main event of LFA 66, which will be the first LFA event in the state of Utah.”

Burkman (28-17) is one of the longest tenured fighters in UFC welterweight history. 19 of his 45 career bouts have come inside the famed UFC Octagon and that is not including his win over Melvin Guillard on the second season of the UFC’s hit reality television show The Ultimate Fighter. Burkman will now return to his hometown on Friday, May 10th in the co-main event of LFA 66. This will be his first fight in his home state of Utah in nearly 7 years and his first fight in his hometown Salt Lake City area in more than 14 years. The man known as “The People’s Warrior” made his pro MMA debut all the way back in 2003 and is widely considered one of the most influential fighters in Utah’s long and storied MMA history.

Macário (9-4) will be the man tasked with fighting Burkman in his highly-anticipated return to Utah. The man known as “Patolino” (Daffy Duck in Brazilian-Portuguese) is 12 years younger with less than a third of the pro MMA experience than his veteran American opponent, but they still share some interesting similarities. While Burkman was a cast member on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter, Patolino was a cast member on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. Patolino picked up wins over Thiago Santos, Tiago Alves, and Viscardi Andrade on the show to reach The Finale. He would fight for the UFC four times. He then picked up a pair of wins in his native Brazil before signing with LFA last summer.

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The previously announced main event of LFA 66 will feature a high-stakes featherweight showdown when UFC veteran Tyler Diamond (9-1) squares off with top undefeated prospect Jon Neal (10-0). Diamond made his UFC debut last summer after reaching the semi-finals on the twenty-seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter. The Team Alpha Male standout will meet Utah’s top prospect in the marquee bout of LFA 66. Neal holds a flawless 10-0 record in MMA after competing against the top competition in his home state for more than a decade. The One Hit MMA product is a decorated multi-division champion who is eager to showcase his skills in front of a nationally televised audience for the first time.

LFA 66: Diamond vs. Neal Fight Card

Main Card (Televised on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT):

  • Main Event | Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
    – Tyler Diamond (9-1) vs. Jon Neal (10-0)
  • Co-Main Event | Welterweight Bout (170 lb)
    – Josh Burkman (28-17) vs. William “Patolino” Macário (9-4)
  • Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
    – Andrew Tenneson (7-1) vs. Westin Wilson (7-3)
  • Light-Heavyweight Bout (205 lb)
    – Emillio Trevino (4-0) vs. Joe Rodriguez (8-5)
  • Lightweight Bout (155 lb)
    – Bobby King (6-2) vs. Fabio Serrão (9-6)
  • Women’s Flyweight Bout (125 lb)
    – Kaytlin Neil (4-3) vs. Lisa Mauldin (2-0)
  • Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)
    – Hunter Azure (5-0) vs. L.J. Schulz (6-4)

Alistair Overeem still wants to fight Alexander Volkov

Alistair Overeem UFC 225 Media Day

Though Alistair Overeem is one of the most storied heavyweight fighters in mixed martial arts history, he still doesn’t feel his main event victory at UFC on ESPN+ 7 on Saturday in Saint Petersburg, Russia, should have him calling for a shot at current UFC champion Daniel Cormier.

Overeem has a record of 45-17, 1 NC and is 10-6 in the UFC, but his back-to-back victories over Sergey Pavlovich and Aleksei Oleinik aren’t enough for him just yet. He’s got plans on continuing a run at the title, but just not yet. Right now, he’s simply looking to get back in the cage in short order.

“I’m aiming for September. Fighting in September and then again later in the year. But after three wins we will start talking about the title,” Overeem said at the post fight press conference from Saint Petersburg, Russia on Saturday. “Not yet, it’s too soon.”

Overeem even has an opponent in mind, Alexander Volkov, the man he was originally supposed to have fought in Saint Petersburg instead of his longtime friend and former training partner Oleinik. 

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“Definitely, (Volkov) is a fight I would still like to have,” Overeem said in his UFC backstage interview. “I now have officially challenged him. That fight didn’t materialize tonight, but let’s go. I’m still very game for that fight.”

It’s also a fight that still makes sense for the UFC as well. While Overeem is currently ranked No. 7 in the division, Oleinik sat at No. 9. So it’s not likely that Overeem will move up the ranks. Volkov still currently sits at No. 6, so a fight between him and Overeem still makes sense to determine who will continue the climb into title contention.

Alistair Overeem’s UFC Saint Petersburg backstage interview

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Khabib Nurmagomedov eyes Dustin Poirier in September: How do they match up?

Khabib Nurmagomedov stern

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UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov talked about his countryman following UFC on ESPN+ 7 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday, but then shifted heavily to talking about his planned upcoming fight with interim titleholder Dustin Poirier.

All signs have indicated that September is the target for the match-up and Nurmagomedov talked specifically about that being the time he expected to fight Poirier.

But how do the two match up?

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Nurmagomedov has rolled through most of his competition, including former dual-division champion Conor McGregor, and is one of the few fighters in mixed martial arts that is competing at the UFC championship level without a blemish on his record.

Poirier, however, has been transforming his skillset over the years, so is he going to be the man to beat Nurmagomedov or just another contender taking a shot at the champ?

Jordan Williams says Bellator 220 bout with Diego Herzog will end how he wants it to

For middleweight Jordan Williams, 2018 is a year told in two halves.

Following back-to-back wins to kick off his 2018 for Dragon House and Bellator, Williams spent the second half of the year on suspension due to a positive test for marijuana following his June victory over Tim Caron at Dana White’s Contender Series.

“Last year I had my first fight coming off of a two year layoff, and in that fight before the layoff I was knocked out, so I basically spent two years trying to get back into the cage physically and mentally,” Williams told MMAWeekly.com. “(In my first fight back) I ended up knocking that guy out in the first round. (Then) I fought an undefeated fighter and knocked him out in the second round.

“Then I got a call for a five days’ notice to fight in The Contender Series, and I ended up winning that fight with a third round TKO. I ended up having a suspension from the State Athletic Commission for the use of marijuana. My suspension is up, and that’s where we are at here right now.”

Rather than sit back during his suspension, Williams continued to push himself and develop his game.

“I always had the drive to get back in there no matter what,” said Williams. “I’m always training to stay ready. Even though I had time out, I was still training pretty religiously throughout that whole time period.”

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On April 27 in San Jose, Calif., Williams (7-2) will look to kick off his 2019 in strong fashion when he faces Diego Herzog (4-2-1) in a Bellator 220 middleweight preliminary bout.

“I feel like I have better striking and better wrestling and jiu-jitsu background,” Williams said. “In a fight anything can happen, but I feel like if I wanted to force the knockout and keep it standing, I could. I feel like that could be an option for me, even if I forced it. But I can take the fight where I want it and it’s going to end how I want it to end.”

When it comes to the remainder of 2019, Williams just wants to focus on fighting and leave the rest of the rest up to the team around him.

“I like to take it fight by fight,” said Williams. “Management has already given me the heads up that if this fight goes my way they already have other fights lined up. So I just need to keep going how I’m going and get this W.”

LFA 64 Park vs. Jackson Preview: Lightweight title on tap

LFA 64 Park vs Jackson fight poster

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The main event of LFA 64 will feature a lightweight title fight between Sheriff’s Deputy Harvey “Fightbot” Park and fellow top prospect Demarques “Scrap Iron” Jackson. The top contenders were originally vying for the interim lightweight title, but the fight was elevated to undisputed status when champion Austin Hubbard was signed by the UFC.

LFA 64: Park vs. Jackson takes place Friday, April 26 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

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“Harvey Park and Demarques Jackson will now fight for the undisputed LFA lightweight title at LFA 64,” stated promotion president Ed Soares. “They were originally going to fight for the interim lightweight title, but our champion Austin Hubbard was just signed by the UFC. We will now return to South Dakota with the undisputed LFA lightweight championship on the line.”

Rizin 15 Results: Prochazka Wins Gold, Horiguchi & Nasukawa Victorious (Highlights)

Rizin 15 is in the books and the promotion’s inaugural light heavyweight champion is Jiri Prochazka. Earlier today (April 21), Rizin 15 took place inside Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. Prochazka went one-on-one with former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. The bout was contested for the inaugural Rizin 205-pound gold. Prochazka won […]

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Ben Askren Says Jorge Masvidal Is Insecure About His Masculinity

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