Gallagher-Medvedovsky, Kavanagh-Razafiarison Set for Bellator 173 in Belfast

A pair of SGB Ireland prospects will be in action at Bellator 173 in Belfast on Feb. 24.

Bellator 170 Peaks at 1.85 Million Viewers for Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen Headliner

The Bellator 170 headliner between UFC veterans Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen averaged 1.85 million viewers, making the most viewed fight on Spike TV in nearly a year.

Arnold Allen, Makwan Amirkhani to Clash at UFC Fight Night 107 in London

Arnold Allen will face Makwan Amirkhani in a featherweight tilt at UFC Fight Night 107, promotion officials announced Tuesday.

UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston Gets Two New Matchups Due to Injuries

Injuries have led to a pair of new bouts at UFC Fight Night 104.

UFC Fight Night 106 Update: Rony ‘Jason’ to Face Jeremy Kennedy in Brazil

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Kyra Batara to Face Vanessa Rico Fernandez in Combate Americas Main Event Feb. 16

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UFC Stars Weigh-in On What Makes Donald Cerrone “The Cowboy” (video)

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UFC stars discuss what makes Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone such an unforgettable fighter and personality. Cerrone fights Jorge Masvidal in the co-main event at UFC on FOX 23 in Denver this Saturday on FOX.

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Rampage Jackson and King Mo Squabble Over Rematch (video)

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After Bellator announced that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson would rematch Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal at an upcoming event, the two held a press conference following Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen, where the two went back and forth about their first match-up and why they wanted the rematch.

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Shannon Knapp Recaps Invicta FC 21, Reveals New Invicta Ventures for 2017

For its first show of 2017, Invicta FC crowned a new interim 145-pound champion, saw the continued success of company veterans, and saw the emergence of new talent into the promotion.

Looking back on Invicta FC 21, as well as to the future of the promotion, Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp spoke to about what 2017 holds for the company, as well as its planned expansion. Firstly, Shannon, tell us your overall thoughts on Invicta 21, which took place on January 14 in Kansas City and was broadcast live on UFC Fight Pass.

Shannon Knapp: It was an amazing event, to be honest with you. There were a lot of struggles (with bout cancellations) on the front end of it, but when everything came together, I think it turned out to be one of our best yet.

We didn’t have any idea until Thursday that it was a free weekend for UFC Fight Pass, so that was an added surprise that was very much surprise. Let’s talk about the main event, and Megan Anderson becoming the company’s interim 145-pound champion. How important was it to have that on this show?

Shannon Knapp: With the UFC opening a 145-pound division and with our champion Cris (Cyborg Justino) being a UFC athlete, it was very important for us to go ahead with the interim title and wait to see how things end up and shake out with Cris.

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Megan is an amazing athlete. She’s been here for five fights and we’ve been able to watch Megan transform and become a very complete athlete. I think that honing her skills daily and is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the 145-pound division.

Megan Anderson vs Charmaine Tweet - Invicta FC What were some of the other standout moments to you from Invicta 21?

Shannon Knapp: I think Leah Letson with her knockout made quite an impression. Andrea Lee looked very sharp coming off her year suspension. Christine Ferea looked great. Sajara (Eubanks) and Aspen (Ladd’s) fight was very good. I think it was a great fight card. There was some controversy and craziness, of course, but each of the athletes came and fought hard, and that’s always impressive. What’s coming up show-wise in the rest of 2017 for Invicta?

Shannon Knapp: We’ve got our schedule for the year. We could add some additional shows, but right now we’re scheduled for March 25, May 20, July 15, September 30, and November 18. We can have some additional shows, but those are our scheduled dates for 2017 MMA-wise.

March 25 we’ll be back in Kansas City, headlined by the rematch between Tonya Evinger and Yana Kunitskaya. I’d love to see that fight on that card. I think we’ll be able to get the fight between Jodie Esquibel and DeAnna Bennett back on that card, as well. We’re still building it, but I think will be another stellar card, just like the last one. Thanks for taking time out for us Shannon. Tell us what the overall goal for Invicta is in 2017.

Shannon Knapp: To keep doing what we do; to keep building these divisions and providing opportunity. Building strength in these divisions and giving athletes the opportunity they need to continue to evolve this sport.

We’re going to launch in 2017 the Invicta Boxing Championships and Invicta Submission Championships. They’ll be their own separate events. We’ll package them a little different. It’s still a work in progress, so we’ll see how that turns out.

I think the big deal is to provide these platforms across the board to help grow the sport out for women and help them hone their skills. That’s what we are keeping in mind, and hopefully we’d eventually love to add kickboxing, as well.

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Mike Goldberg Was ‘Speechless’ When Let Go by the UFC

Mike Goldberg began working for the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1997. On Dec. 28 at UFC 207, Goldberg did play-by-play for his final UFC event. The fight promotion opted to not to renew the commentator’s contract in a move that left the Goldberg in a state of shock and disbelief.

“I got the news that my contract would not be renewed, and so I was given about a months notice,” Goldberg said during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “I was a shock. I was speechless. I didn’t know what type of emotion to have, because I was just in a state of shock and disbelief.”

Goldberg found out on Dec. 1 that he would no longer be an employee of the UFC. After receiving the news, the Ohio native still had events to work and decided to be the professional that he’s always been.

“Characters are revealed in times of adversity. That’s what drove me. The most important thing to me as a professional was to continue to do the best I could do on every single broadcast. To not alter my studies in anyway possible. To not change anything. To not have any on air effect, to go out as a professional,” he said.

Goldberg had been employed by the fight promotion for 19 years. When handed his walking papers, he was not given a reason for his termination.

“Not at all. Not at all,” he said when asked if he was giving an explanation for his firing.

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In May 2016, the UFC was sold from Zuffa LLC to WME-IMG for $4.2 billion. The new owners immediately began cutting costs and several longtime employees were released. Goldberg was just one of many.

“Here’s the real situation,” Goldberg said. “I’m no different from the guy in merchandise, or the fifteen vice presidents who got let go, or the entire team in Canada that was shut down. I’m not the only guy who got let go by the new ownership.

“I was one of a lot of people, and a lot of good people from the Zuffa era who got cut[…]I watched everything around me be shattered. It took fifteen years to build this wonderful family, and it felt like fifteen minutes to destroy it.

“What reason were they going to give me and would that make me feel any better or any worse? No, not at all. Honestly, I just felt respect for the other members of the family who got released, and I’m not better than any of these guys. It’s extremely disappointing don’t get me wrong, but mostly disappointing because of what happened to our family.”

Since his termination, Goldberg hasn’t been in contact with anyone at the UFC. He described that as ‘disappointing.’

“No conversations, no contact, nothing,” Goldberg said. “Nothing. Which was surprising, disappointing certainly, but nothing was said. I got to live with that, and at the end of the day what matters to me is my family, my children.. But there was no conversation, no nothing at all.”

The UFC chapter of his career has closed, but Goldberg plans to continue a career in the sport.

“MMA is part of my life,” he said. “I’m probably going to continue being a part of MMA, I sure would like to be.”

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