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Titan Fighting Championship will host Titan FC 55 from Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, June 28, headlined by a flyweight title bout between defending champion Juan Puerta (16-6) and challenger, Claudio Ledesma (16-7).
Puerta recently served a suspension handed down by the Florida State Boxing Commission after the fighter admitted guilt and test results showed greater than 300 nanograms of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) prior to his scheduled Titan FC 53 title defense against Gustavo Balart in March.
The fight never happened as it was canceled just minutes before it was scheduled to take place. Puerta’s suspension ended on June 15. He was also fined $500, plus costs, and is required to engage in community service which entails speaking with the Stoneman Douglas wrestling team about the mistakes he made and lessons learned. He will also volunteer as a wrestling coach this summer.
“He is a good man and champion who made a mistake and will grow from it by helping others learn the lessons he learned the hard way,” Titan FC COO Lex McMahon said of Puerta.
Puerta enters the fight on a four fight win streak, three with the Titan FC promotion, to include claiming the then vacant title over Kazybek Ashimov in December.
His opponent, Claudio Ledesma is coming into the flyweight title fight with five consecutive decision victories in promotions such as PA Cage Fight, MMA Pro League, and Cage Fury Fighting Championships.
Undefeated Chase Hooper enters the Titan cage for the very first time as the exciting up and coming featherweight meets former Titan FC 145-pound champion Luis Gomez in the night’s co-main event.
Irwin Rivera who is coming off an impressive first round finish of Lazar Stojadinovic at Titan FC 53 in March, will meet Matt Wagy for the promotion’s interim bantamweight title. Wagy is riding a three-fight win streak, most recently a split decision victory over Edir Terry at Titan FC 54.
Also, Jared “Nite Train” Gooden returns to the promotion to square up with Bruno Olivera at middleweight.
The first fight of the night, an amateur bout, will mark the MMA debut of Josh Silveira, son of American Top Team coach and former fighter Conan Silveira.
Titan FC 55 fight card thus far:
Juan Puerta (16-6) v Claudio Ledesma (16-7) – Flyweight title – main event
Chase Hooper (7-0-1) v. Luis Gomez (7-3) – Featherweight – co-main event
Matt Wagy (13-5) v. Irwin Rivera (7-4) – Bantamweight title – feature bout
Jared Gooden (14-3) v. Bruno Olivera (7-1) – Middleweight
Marc Stevens (23-11) vs. Jeremie Holloway (9-3) – Lightweight
Caio Uruquai (7-2) vs. Timothy Teves (4-1) – 150-pound Catchweight
Dean Barry (1-1) vs. Corey Samuels (1-1) – Lightweight
Erin Harpe (1-0) vs. TBD – WMMA Bantamweight
Geroge Frangie (2-0) vs. Italo Da Silva Goncalves (3-3) – Welterweight
Just six months after the pair of heavyweight sluggers first met, the rematch will take place just 75 miles south of Uncasville’s Mohegan Sun at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. The card will be overseen by the Connecticut Boxing Commission.
“Mohegan Sun, who has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Bellator, is pleased to present for the first time in Bridgeport, a world-class event of this caliber, and we look forward to hosting A-list entertainers in the coming months as well,” said Thomas Cantone, Sr. Corporate Vice President, Sports & Entertainment for Mohegan Sun.
Hailing from Indianapolis, Matt Mitrione will once again lace up the gloves in a main event against Kharitonov after an inadvertent shot put an abrupt end to their first matchup at Bellator 215 this past February. The former Purdue University and New York Giant football standout is fresh off a strong run in Bellator’s Heavyweight World Grand Prix, where the knockout artist advanced all the way to the semifinal round after defeating Roy Nelson. With victories in four of his last five contests, including a highlight-reel first round knockout of Fedor Emelianenko, Mitrione will now focus on writing the second chapter of his story with Kharitonov.
Riding a seven-fight unbeaten streak, including four first-round finishes and three knockouts, Sergei “The Paratrooper” Kharitonov returns to the U.S. after an unfortunate end to the pair’s first meeting. Now, the Moscow-native will seek to add another name to his list of victories amassed in well-known promotions around the globe, such as Pride and Strikeforce, and against equally dominant fighters, including Roy Nelson, Fabricio Werdum, Andrei Arlovski, Murilo “Ninja” Rua and Alistair Overeem.
If you were anything like me, you were getting ready to head out on your own for the first time to college and unsure about what being on your own for the first time really meant. But if your name is Chase Hooper, you were 18 years old and fighting for an opportunity to compete in the UFC.
At just a couple months shy of his 19th birthday, Hooper was undefeated in his amateur and pro MMA career and appeared on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on UFC Fight Pass. He won his fight against fellow undefeated fighter Canaan Kawaihae, but did not receive a full-time UFC contract as a result.
However, the still-undefeated Hooper did receive a developmental contract from the UFC for his win, but didn’t really have the opportunity to fully soak in his experience on the show.
“I took a short notice fight against a tough veteran when I only had three fights, and it was a title fight that I took on three hours’ notice,” said Hooper, who holds a record of 7-0-1. He added that after his victory, he checked his email and saw a message from UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby inviting him to appear on DWTNCS.
“I was mainly focused on chugging water and cutting weight for the fight and everything was kind of a blur,” Hooper said. “But it was cool to walk in the gym and see all the jerseys from previous seasons of The Ultimate Fighter.”
Hooper’s developmental contract includes the opportunity to train at the UFC’s Performance Institute in Las Vegas and to appear on regional MMA fight cards that air on UFC Fight Pass, including Hooper’s upcoming fight for Titan Fighting Championships on Friday, June 28.
Much like his early start in mixed martial arts, Hooper was introduced to combat sports at an early age by his father. He started training in kickboxing and jiu-jitsu when he was 9 years old and when he started to seriously consider pursuing MMA as a full-time career around the age of 15, Hooper wanted to model himself after some of the fighters he grew up watching.
“I have a strong jiu-jitsu game, so I enjoyed watching guys like Demian Maia and the Diaz brothers,” Hooper said. “But I also like guys like Donald Cerrone who just go out there and fight.”
A brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Hooper was training six days a week and won his specific division and placed second in an open weight division in an International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Foundation Pan-American competition.
After graduating high school in his native Washington in 2017 with a 3.9 GPA, Hooper devoted himself full-time to MMA and made the sacrifices that came with that decision.
“I sacrificed everything,” he said. “I didn’t hang out with my friends, but it was definitely a dream come true, and I never had the chance to travel before. It was cool to fly across the country and fight in places like Las Vegas and Pensacola. New Jersey was cool too, but it was in December and it was cold.”
Hooper is excited about his opportunity with Titan FC, and described the organization as “super professional – probably the most professional promotion I’ve ever met.”
As far as Hooper’s first fight with Titan against Luis Gomez (7-3) – who previously faced UFC veterans like Sodiq Yusuff and Dan Ige – he is treating it the same as every fight in his young career.
“There’s always a lot on the line in my mind,” Hooper said. “I put pressure on myself and just work on my game. [Gomez’s] style works well against my style – I expect him to keep coming forward in this fight.”
Although Hooper has already accomplished a lot in his career despite not even being 20 years old, his goal of getting back to the big stage remains the same.
“I want to get in the UFC and stay there for a while,” Hooper said. “I don’t want just one or two fights then leave. I want to have a career, but I also want to know when to walk away and not turn into one of those guys who stick around for too long.”
Hooper would like to thank his teammates, training partners and sponsors. Follow Hooper on Twitter and Instagram.
Bellator is proud to announce that Russian MMA great Fedor Emelianenko (38-6, 1 NC) has signed an exclusive multi-fight contract extension to finish his career inside the Bellator cage.
Emelianenko’s farewell tour continues in Bellator’s stacked heavyweight division on the heels of a finals run during the promotion’s eight-man Heavyweight World Grand Prix. Fighting out of Stary Oskol, Belgorod Oblast, Russia, “The Last Emperor” recently earned first-round knockouts over Chael Sonnen and Frank Mir in the tourney’s semifinals and opening round, respectively.
“I am pleased that we were able to sign Fedor, the greatest heavyweight of all time, to a new contract extension,” Bellator President Scott Coker said. “He is someone that I consider a friend in this business and am even more pleased that he has decided to finish his storied career with Bellator. There are exciting matchups for him here in Bellator that I know will appeal to his fans from the past, as well as new fans from his recent run in the tournament. As his time in the sport winds down, I am happy to see him close out his career on his own terms.”
“My strong friendship and respect for Scott Coker made reaching a contract extension a simple process,” said Fedor Emelianenko. “Bellator is my home – I look forward to helping Bellator continue to grow and reach its full potential as the world’s top MMA promotion.”
A former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion and PRIDE 2004 Heavyweight World Grand Prix Champion, Emelianenko is often referred to as “The GOAT” by fans around the world. With a career resume that stands as one of the most impressive in the history of the sport that includes victories over Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mirko Cro Cop, Mark Hunt, Mark Coleman and Andrei Arlovski, to name a few. With 29 career victories ending via finish, the punching power and world-class Sambo of the stoic Russian can always result in yet another accolade in his illustrious career.
Emelianenko’s return to the Bellator cage is yet to be determined, but he is expected to return to action later this year.
Bellator is a leading global mixed martial arts and kickboxing promotion featuring many of the best athletes in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator events take place in major cities worldwide and can be seen on television in over 160 countries to an available audience of over one billion people. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on both Paramount Network and DAZN, the world’s first truly dedicated LIVE sports streaming service. Bellator is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Hollywood, Calif. and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.
About Paramount Network:
Paramount Network is a premium entertainment destination that pushes the limits of story-telling with bold original scripted and non-scripted series. Inspired by over a century of cinema, Paramount Network is where today’s brightest stars bring the experience of the big screen to every screen with stories that are immersive, inclusive, and deeply personal.
UFC 238 will be held on Saturday June 8th, 2019 at the United Center in Chicago, IIlinois where the main event is a battle for the Bantamweight championship of the world. To many however, the third fight on the main card is the real main event. As Former Interim Lightweight Champion of the world and Ultimate Fighter season 13 winner Tony Ferguson (24-3) 14-1 in UFC will square off against former two time Lightweight title challenger Donald Cerrone (36-11-1) 23-8 in UFC in what will be a very important matchup at 155 pounds.
After a couple of years at Welterweight (2016-2018) going 6-4, Cerrone returned to the 155 pound division this year with and impressive TKO win over an undefeated rising contender. Then last month he took a dominant decision victory over the then #4 ranked contender in the world. He holds notable victories over Eddie Alvarez, Jim Miller and Benson Henderson. With his ever improving striking game and always dangerous ground came “Cowboy” has for a long time been a top ranked fighter in the 155 pound division. His last fight for the title was in 2015 where he came up short. This Saturday if he can get a victory and make it 3-0 after returning to Lightweight he will definitely be in discussion for another championship opportunity.
His opponent is also no stranger to main events. After his only UFC defeat in 2012. Ferguson has been on an 11 fight win streak and looks better every time we see him. His last victory was a win over a former Lightweight Champion in a fight of the night performance. He holds notable victories over Anthony Pettis, Rafael Dos Anjos and Josh Thomson. In 2017 he won the Lightweight Interim title but was stripped of it due to injury a short time later. With constant pressure, unorthodox striking and a very impressive submission game, “EL CUCUY ” has been at the top at the 155 division for many years. With a victory this Saturday against another top 5 contender. Ferguson will be looking to challenge for the championship belt later this year.
Which top 5 ranked fighter will come out on top and possibly the next in line for a title shot? Find out this Saturday at UFC 238 in Chicago.
FULL MAIN CARD
Bantamweight Title: Henry Cejudo vs. Marlon Moraes
Women Flyweight Title: Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Eye
COMBATE AMERICAS ANNOUNCES SIX NEW BOUTS FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT LIVE ON UNIVISION, UDN AND DAZN FROM RIO RANCHO, NEW MEXICO ON FRIDAY, JUNE 28Bantamweight Co-Main Event: Brenda “Boom Boom” Gonzales vs. Marilia “Tigress” Fanta
Featured Flyweight Bout: Jaime Alvarez vs. Joby Sanchez
World Featherweight Championship Main Event and Rematch:
Andres “The Bullet” Quintana vs. Bruno “Aquiles” Cannetti
Tickets on sale now
NEW YORK – June 4, 2019 –Combate Americas today announced six new bouts for its first-ever featherweight (145 pounds) world championship event that will headline the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise’s debut in the state of New Mexico, live on television in Spanish in the U.S. on both Univision (12 a.m. ET/PT) and UDN (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT), and in English in the U.S. and Canada on DAZN (11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT) from Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho on Friday, June 28.
In the previously announced world championship main event and much-anticipated rematch, 2018 “COPA COMBATE” tournament winner Andres “The Bullet” Quintana (18-2) of Roswell, N.M. will square off with Bruno “Aquiles” Cannetti (8-6) of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Among the new matchups announced today for the show was a women’s bantamweight (135 pounds) co-main event contest between Brenda “Boom Boom” Gonzales (9-4) and Marilia “Tigress” Fanta(3-0).
The world-ranked Gonzales of Moriarty, N.M. will compete for the first time this year, and will look to earn her second consecutive victory after scoring a first round (3:55) TKO (punches) on Tamikka Brentslast October 5.
Fighting out of Miami, Fla. via Fortaleza, Brazil, Morais is a decorated, two-time Muay Thai champion who crossed over to MMA in 2017, and has since secured all three of her professional MMA victories by (T)KO or submission.
King of the Cage returns to Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on Saturday, June 22, 2019 with a nationally broadcast event headlined by three World Title bouts. The main event for the Flyweight belt will be headlined by Drako Rodriguez vs. undefeated Johnny Munoz. The co-main events will feature Matt Lagler vs. David Gomez for the Middleweight title and Travis Williams vs. Edson Gomez for the Welterweight belt.
Main Event – KOTC Flyweight World Title (135 lbs.)
Drako “The Great Drakolini” Rodriguez (5-1), Sioux City, Iowa (One Combat Academy) vs. Johnny “Kid Kvenbo” Munoz (8-0), Norco, California (C-Quence MMA). Rodriguez is one of top fighters in the division and is coming off and impressive first-round victory. He was also the former amateur World Champion. Munoz has never lost in both his professional and amateur career and six of his eight pro fights have been won is the first round.
Co-Main Event – KOTC Middleweight World Title (185 lbs.)
Matt “Berzerk” Lagler, San Diego, California (San Diego Combat Academy) vs. David Gomez, Rancho Cucamonga, California (Body Shop). Lagler is a veteran fighter who has 12 wins and has tremendous knockout power. Gomez has 17 wins in his professional career and is top ranked.
Co-Main Event – KOTC Welterweight World Title (170 lbs.)
Travis Williams (2-2), San Pedro, CA. (Elite Training Center) vs. Edson Gomez (4-1), Upland, CA. (Combined Martial Science). Williams, who has had a successful professional and amateur career, won his last out with a first-round knockout. Gomez has only one loss and is top ranked in the welterweight division.
Featured Event – Bantamweight (145 lbs.)
Anthony Jimenez (3-0), San Bernardino, CA. (Adrenaline MMA) vs. Albert Veloz (2-1), Victorville, CA. (Cage Combat). Both fighters are top ranked.
Other Fights Include:
• Carlos Ochoa vs. Rick James
• Andrew Lazo vs. Aaron Williams
• Jay Pinto vs. Richie Palomino
• Kevin Villarreal vs. Roberto Hernandez
• Gibran Alvarez vs. Johnathan Noriega
***Fight Card Subject to Change***
This event will be broadcast in over 50 million U.S. households on MAVTV. MAVTV is currently available on DIRECTV (channel 214), Verizon Fios (channel 810), Comcast, Google Fiber, Time Warner Cable, Charter and hundreds of regional distributors.
Doors open at 5:00 pm. and fights start at 6:00 pm. Reserve seating and Ringside tickets are on sale now. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Ticketmaster.com. All ages. Event card subject to change. Official Hashtag: #GoldenEra
Welterweight fighter Neil Magny is the most recent fighter to test positive under USADA this year.
The Welterweight contender was quick to post his reasoning for an unexplained removal from this Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 10 bout against Vicente Luque. He took to social media shortly after to give his explanation.
A post shared by Neil Magny (@neil_magny170) on May 14, 2019 at 3:23pm PDT
As many of you know, I had to withdraw from my sceduled bout against Vicente Luque on Saturday, May 18th. I want to apologize to him, as I know how difficult it is to lose an opponent days out from a fight. Throughout my MMA career I have been very transparent. I am not afraid to admit when I am in the wrong. On Saturday, May 11, 2019, I recieved an email from USADA stating that I have been flagged due to an “out of competition drug test”. The flag was due to a metabolite of the substance “Di-Hydroxy-LGD-4033”. I have fully cooperated with USADA thus far to determine how this substance was found in the sample I provided them on May 5, 2019. I have always been an advocate for the strict drug testing in the UFC, even to the extent of opting for my collected samples to be used for research purposes by USADA. I know without a doubt that I have done everything according to the standards set by USADA. I have faith in USADA that this situation will resolved in a timely manner and that I will be cleared of any wrong doing. To all of my fans and supporters, thank you. I assure you that I have not let you down.
Former Flyweight champion Nicco Montaño will be making the move back up to Bantamweight.
In her divisional debut with the promotion, she will face former Bantamweight title challenger Sara Mcmann.
McMann (11-5, 5-5 in UFC) will be looking to snap a two-fight losing streak after recently falling to both Ketlen Viera and Marion Reneau. McMann will be looking to break over even after amassing a 5-5 record thus far in the UFC. The former Olympic silver medalist holds wins over fellow former title challenger Alexis Davis and current Flyweight contender Jessica Eye.
Montaño (4-2) has not competed since winning the inaugural women’s Flyweight title back in December of 2017. She eventually was stripped of the belt from the UFC after a string of injuries and illnesses kept her from competing. Montaño will now be moving up to Bantamweight, a division she had competed in twice before joining the Ultimate Fighter.
UFC on ESPN+ 13 takes place at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California on July 13 and will stream live on ESPN+.
Darren “The Damage” Elkins vs. Ryan Hall has been added to UFC on ESPN+ 13 in July.
The Featherweight bout was announced by the UFC on Tuesday.
Elkins (24-7, 14-6 in UFC) will be looking to snap a two-fight losing streak. He most recently dropped a bout via KO to Ricardo Lamas back in November of last year. Prior to these back-to-back losses, Elkins had garnered a seven-fight winning streak. Elkins currently ranks No. 14 at Featherweight in the UFC and of his 24 career wins, six have come by way of knockout or TKO with another six coming by way of submission.
Hall (7-1, 3-0 in UFC) is coming off a heel hook submission victory over former Lightweight and Welterweight champion B.J. Penn at UFC 232. It was Hall’s first win after a near two-year hiatus following a decision victory over former title challenger Gray Maynard. Hall is a decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor and has won multiple accolades in submission grappling competition.
UFC on ESPN+ 13 takes place at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California on July 13 and will stream live on ESPN+.