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Docklands Stadium in Melbourne confirmed for Whittaker vs Adesanya showdown
The venue accommodating the upcoming UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya has been confirmed. Scheduled for October 6, MMA event takes place at the 53,359-seating capacity Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday.
Top of the fight-bill is a highly anticipated showdown between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya. The contest features the reigning middleweight champion up against the interim titleholder. The pair squares off in the championship unification with undisputed title on the line. The bout is scheduled for five rounds.
New Zealand-born, fighting out of Sydney, Australia, Robert Whittaker (20-4) was last seen inside the Octagon in June 2018 when he retained the belt by split decision against Yoel Romero in their second battle. He was expected to defend the belt against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 234 in February but was forced to withdraw on the fight day due to injury, (abdominal hernia) which required an emergency surgery.
Nigerian-born residing in Auckland, New Zealand, Israel Adesanya (17-0) debuted in the UFC in February 2018. To date he has recorded six victorious bouts. In his previous outing in April he scored a unanimous decision against Gastelum and earned the interim belt. Before that he earned a unanimous decision against Anderson Silva in a bout that served as a new main event of UFC 234 following a withdrawal of Whittaker.
Among other bouts expected on the UFC 243 fight card, Yorgan De Castro and Justin Tafa do battle at heavyweight. Both fighters makes their promotional debut.
Other matchups are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
UFC 234 Robert Whittaker & Jim Crute Open Training - Dailymotion
UFC 243 fight card
Middleweight Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya
Heavyweight Yorgan De Castro vs. Justin Tafa
On the WLC: King of Nine Limbs’s nine-fight card, seven athletes will enter the ring with the experience that no training can ever teach. That is the experience of coming from the renowned fighting families. The event takes place at at Mandalar Thiri Indoor Stadium in Mandalay, Myanmar on August 2 on Canal+ and UFC Fight Pass.
The only fight on the preliminary card will feature two young men from Karen State in Myanmar. Saw El Kaluu is the nephew of 1996 Golden Belt Champion Saw Thae Aung, one of the great fighters from that decade who was even invited to Germany to compete, which was unheard of during that time. His opponent, Saw Lin Lin, also has a legend in his family as his uncle is Yoe Yoe Lay, a famous fighter in the 1980s.
The other Myanmar vs Myanmar fight on the card renews a storied fighting rivalry with Htet Naing Aung taking on Sai Maung Maung. Their fathers faced off twice in the past in the 1990s, with Sai Maung Maung’s father having the upper hand having won one fight while the other was a draw.
Vietnamese fighter Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat is arguably the most popular martial artist to ever come out of Vietnam. A multiple-time SEA Games Gold Medalist, his popularity in his home country is unrivaled and it is understandable considering his lineage. His mother is a former mixed martial artist Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh (more commonly known as Minh Anh Ngoc) and in an era where females competing in martial arts was not as socially accepted, revolutionised the sport and became a sensation. She took on all comers till eventually legend of her prowess spread and no one wanted to face her.
Cambodia’s Eh Yanut, who is making her world lethwei championship debut in the women’s division, has the longest line of fighting history. She is the fourth generation of combats sports in her family and her father, Eh Phouthong, is widely considered by many to be the “Muhammad Ali” of khmer boxing.
Another fighter on the card, Hein Tun Aung’s father was also a popular fighter on the lethwei circuit twenty years ago. At WLC: King of Nine Limbs, these young upstarts have the opportunity to continue their fighting families’ legacy at the biggest lethwei event in history.
Bellator MMA returns to Ireland on September 28 (AEST). The event takes place at 3Arena in Dublin.
A lightweight battle between 12-fight UFC veteran Myles Jury (18-4) and former multi-time world champion Benson Henderson (27-8) headlines the lineup billed as Bellator 227, the promotion announced on Tuesday. This portion of the card is scheduled for a delayed broadcast on Paramount Network and simulcast on DAZN in the US, and airs live on Sky Sports in Ireland and the UK.
The co-main event is a lightweight encounter between Brandon Girtz (16-8) and Paul Redmond (15-8). In addition, Leah McCourt (2-1) meets Kerry Hughes (3-4) at women’s featherweight.
The three-fight Bellator Dublin part of the program is scheduled on Bellator app, BST on Channel 5 in the UK and Virgin Media Television in Ireland. Among the bouts James Gallagher (9-1) takes on Cal Ellenor (8-2) at bantamweight, Michael “Venom” Page (14-1) faces Richard Kiely (3-1) in a grudge match at welterweight, and Ryan Scope (10-2) squares off against Peter Queally (11-5-1) at lightweight.
The preliminary card is scheduled on Bellator app. Additional bouts for the event are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The current lineup can be found below.
Bellator Dublin card
Bantamweight James Gallagher vs. Cal Ellenor
Welterweight Michael “Venom” Page vs. Richard Kiely
Lightweight Ryan Scope vs. Peter Queally
Bellator 227 card
Lightweight Benson Henderson vs. Myles Jury
Lightweight Brandon Girtz vs. Paul Redmond
Women’s Featherweight Leah McCourt vs. Kerry Hughes
Bantamweight Brian Moore vs. Toby Misech
Light Heavyweight Lee Chadwick vs. Karl Moore
Bantamweight Frans Mlambo vs. Dominique Wooding
Welterweight Philip Mulpeter vs. Keith McCabe
Featherweight Richie Smullen vs. Sean Tobin
Featherweight Dylan Logan vs. Adam Gustab
Welterweight Ian Coughlan vs. Constantin Gnusariev
Women’s Strawweight Camila Rivarola vs. Danni Neilan
MMA event UFC 240 is held at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on July 28 (AEST). Top of the pay-per-view fight card features the defending featherweight champion Max Holloway up against the challenger Frankie Edgar. The championship bout is scheduled for five rounds.
The co-main event is a women’s featherweight encounter between Cris Cyborg and Felicia Spencer. The contest is scheduled for three rounds.
Also on the main card Geoff Neal takes on Niko Price at welterweight, and Olivier Aubin-Mercier faces Arman Tsarukyan at lightweight. Marc-Andre Barriault and Krzysztof Jotko square off at middleweight, kicking off the main card.
The five-fight main card follows the preliminary card comprising four bouts. Women’s flyweight encounter between Alexis Davis and Viviane Araujo tops the bill. It follows a pair of featherweight matchups featuring Hakeem Dawodu up against Yoshinori Horie, and Gavin Tucker face off Seung Woo Choi. In addition, Alexandre Pantoja meets Deiveson Figueiredo at flyweight.
MMA action begins on the early preliminary card. Among the bouts, Gillian Robertson takes on Sarah Frota at women’s flyweight, Erik Koch goes up against Kyle Stewart at welterweight, and Tanner Boser and Giacomo Lemos do battle at heavyweight.
The complete lineup for UFC 240 can be found below.
UFC 240: Holloway vs. Edgar
Featherweight Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar
Women’s Featherweight Cris Cyborg vs. Felicia Spencer
Welterweight Geoff Neal vs. Niko Price
Lightweight Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Arman Tsarukyan
Middleweight Marc-Andre Barriault vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Women’s Flyweight Alexis Davis vs. Viviane Araujo
Featherweight Hakeem Dawodu vs. Yoshinori Horie
Featherweight Gavin Tucker vs. Seung Woo Choi
Flyweight Alexandre Pantoja vs. Deiveson Figueiredo
Early preliminary card
Women’s Flyweight Gillian Robertson vs. Sarah Frota
Welterweight Erik Koch vs. Kyle Stewart
Heavyweight Tanner Boser vs. Giacomo Lemos
Basically, any action film features some sort of fighting. It can be a sports drama covering the real aspects of this or that martial art, or a fast-paced adventure or crime, which includes combat. In a way or another the scenes are directed, which involves fight choreography. The featured video is an example of stage combat, with Belgian actor Emilien de Falco taking on French mixed martial artist Mehdi Baghdad and bodybuilder Morgan Aste at Dubai Fight mid 2017.
The list below includes five actors, who have really competed inside the square circle*. The order is not based on popularity on the big screen or achievements in sport.
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Jonny Lee Miller
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Prior becoming the Hollywood super star, Belgian Jean-Claude Van Damme, 58, has earned the 18-1-0 record in Full Contact. “Kickboxer” competed in the original style of kickboxing, which evolved from Karate. Although there is no much video footage of his bouts, the 1979 fight of JCVD has been caught on tape.
Jean-Claude Van Damme 1979 Fight Caught On Tape - YouTube
Another Hollywood celebrity who has thrown punches inside the ring for quite some time is American Mickey Rourke, 66. As an amateur boxer he won 27 out of 30 bouts in total. As a pro he recorded 6-0-2, 5 KO. Furthermore, he has competed internationally, in such countries as Germany, Spain and Japan.
Jonny Lee Miller
English actor Jonny Lee Miller made his Muay Thai debut this past February in New York City. At the age of 46 he went through the ropes for the second time following an exhibition matchup last year. He won the fight by knockout in the third round.
46-year-old Idris Elba, also from England, has become a fighter in 2016 under the patronage of former light-welterweight world champion Kieran Keddle. The Discovery Channel produced documentary covering the actor completing a 12-month training prior he entered the ring and won kickboxing fight by TKO at the York Hall in London.
The third English actor on the list is Warren Brown, 41. He has become world light welterweight champion at the age of 21, a few years after he was already acting. Brown won the title against the defending champion Carlo Barbuto (today promoter of Thai Boxe Mania in Turin, Italy).
*If you know any prominent actors who has as well become (or was) a fighter, feel free to drop a comment below.
Australian Middleweight John Wayne Parr (10-3 boxing, 99-33 kickboxing) indeed faces his countryman Anthony Mundine (48-9) in a boxing encounter. The 75 kg catchweight bout has been scheduled for November 29 at the yet to be determined venue, (likely) on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
Mundine, 44, makes his comeback after a year of lay off. In his previous outing he was stopped in 96 seconds by Jeff Horn. Before that he TKO’d Tommy Browne in the second round and lost by majority decision against Danny Green.
Ahead of the big payday on Australian soil, Parr is also scheduled for his next kickboxing bout overseas. “The Gunslinger” returns to Japan on August 18 battling it out at the “Rizin 18” event held at Dolphins Arena in Nagoya. His opponent in a three-round 75 kg catchweight matchup is Danilo Zanolini of Brazil.
Parr’s previous appearance inside the ring was in April 2018, when he lost by unanimous decision against Eder Lopes at Bellator Kickboxing 9. The defeat snapped his six-win streak. The upcoming bout against Zanolini is the second attempt to record the 100th career victory in the resume, which already includes a series of notable wins against Yodsanklai Fairtex, Dzhabar Askerov, Mike Zambidis, among others.
Zanolini reportedly owns a chain of kickboxing academies in Japan (via Asian MMA). He has also held RISE Welterweight title.
In addition, post-fight in Japan, the 43-year-old Australian fighter travels to the UK to corner his daughter Jasmine Parr in a bout against Ellie Barker. The event takes place at the Doncaster Dome in Doncaster, England on August 24.
Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman squared off at MGM Grand in Paradise, NV on July 21 (AEST). The encounter headlined FOX pay-per-view card with WBA (Super) welterweight title on the line.
The defending champion Keith Thurman of the US faced boxing great from the Philippines Manny Pacquiao the scheduled for 12 rounds championship bout. The contest went the distance and ended in split decision.
One judge scored the bout 114-113 for Thurman. The other two judges scored it 115-112 for Paquiao.
As a result Pacquiao became a new WBA (Super) Welterweight champion and updated his record to 63-7-2, 40 KO. Thurman suffered the first defeat in his professional boxing career and dropped to 29-1-0, 22 KO, 1 NC.
Among other bouts featured on the card Yordenis Ugas came out victorious by unanimous decision against Omar Figueroa from their 12-round welterweight encounter. As well, Luis Nery knocked Juan Carlos Payano out in the ninth round of their bantamweight matchup. In addition, Sergey Lipinets stopped Jayar Inson in the second round of their welterweight bout.
Manny Pacquiao def. Keith Thurman by split decision
Yordenis Ugas def. Omar Figueroa by unanimous decision
Luis Nery def. Juan Carlos Payano by KO (R9 at 1:43)
Sergey Lipinets def. Jayar Inson by TKO (R2)
UFC on ESPN 4 took place at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas on July 21 (AEST). MMA fight-bill featured 13 bouts with welterweights Rafael Dos Anjos and Leon Edwards battling it out in the main event. The contest went the distance and ended in favor of the latter, who scored a unanimous decision.
In the co-main event Aleksei Oleinik faced Walt Harris at heavyweight. The bout ended 12 seconds in the first round with Harris claiming the win by knockout.
Also on the main card Greg Hardy stopped Juan Adams in the first round at heavyweight, and Dan Hooker knocked out James Vick also in the first round at lightweight. In addition, Alexander Hernandez came out victorious by unanimous decision against Francisco Trinaldo at lightweight, and Andrei Arlovski defeated Ben Rothwell also by unanimous decision at heavyweight.
The six-fight main card followed the preliminary lineup comprising seven matchusp. The complete fight results from UFC on ESPN: dos Anjos vs. Edwards can be found below.
UFC on ESPN 4 results
Leon Edwards def. Rafael dos Anjos by unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46 x2)
Walt Harris def. Aleksei Oleinik by KO (punch, R1 at 0:12)
Greg Hardy def. Juan Adams by TKO (punches, R1 at 0:45)
Dan Hooker def. James Vick by KO (punches, R1 at 2:33)
Alexander Hernandez def. Francisco Trinaldo by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Andrei Arlovski def. Ben Rothwell by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Alex Caceres def. Steven Peterson by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Raquel Pennington def. Irene Aldana by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Klidson Abreu def. Sam Alvey by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Jennifer Maia def. Roxanne Modafferi by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Ray Borg def. Gabriel Silva by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Mario Bautista def. Jin Soo Son by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Felipe Colares def. Domingo Pilarte by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
LNK Fight Night 12 presented a mixed-card at SemaraH Hotel Lielupe in Jurmala, Latvia on July 20 (July 21 AEST). The 10-bout lineup included six boxing encounters, three MMA outings and one kickboxing matchup.
In the main event Ismail Iliev of Russia took on Twaha Kiduku of Tanzania. The pair squared off in the scheduled for ten rounds boxing battle at super welterweight. The encounter went the distance and ended in favor of Iliev, who scored a unanimous decision (via Gazeta Ingush). In addition he updated his record to 12-1-1, 3 KO and rebounced from the unanimous decision defeat suffered against Patrick Day in February in Dallas, TX. Kiduku dropped to 14-5-1, 7 KO.
Ismail Iliev defeats Twaha Kiduku by UD at LNK Fight Night in Jurmala#LNKBoxing
In the co-main event Ralfs Vilcans of Latvia faced Maurizio Lovaglio of Italy. The pair of cruiserweights went a six-round distance. The verdict heard a unanimous decision in favor of the representative of the country-host. Vilcans remained undefeated recording 9-0, 5 KO, while Lovaglio dropped to 22-18-0, 13 KO.
Also on the night Latvian mixed martial artist Aleksandrs Cizovs earned WKN European title in the lightweight bout against Spanish Sergio Hidalgo.
Latvian mixed martial artist Aleksandrs Cizovs defeats Spanish lightweight Sergio Hidalgo to take WKN European title at LNK Fight Night 12 in Jurmala ? pic.twitter.com/huNokMOVcB
Among other bouts, Artjoms Ramlavs of Latvia defeated Yesner Talavera of Nicaragua in super featherweight boxing battle, and Zaur Dzhavadov of Latvia defeat Giorgi Kankava of Georgia in 76 kg kickboxing bout. The quick results can be found below.
LNK Fight Night 12 was presented by Vadim Milov and Eugene Sapronenko. President of World Kickboxing Network Stephane Cabrera attended the event.
Ismail Iliev def. Twaha Kiduku by unanimous decision (boxing)
Ralfs Vilcans def. Maurizio Lovaglio by unanimous decision (boxing)
Artjoms Ramlavs def. Yesner Talavera (boxing)
Zaur Dzhavadov def. Giorgi Kankava (kickboxing)
Francis Rozentals def. Sandro Jajanidze (boxing)
Oskars Grosmanis vs. Miroslav Juna – TBD (boxing)
Nikita Smirnovs def. Tomasz Gargula (boxing)
Aleksandrs Cizovs def. Sergio Hidalgo (MMA)
Daniil Vesnenoks def. Wilbert Huaman by TKO (MMA)
Arturs Ozolins def. Abdelah Er Ramy by the first-round TKO (MMA)
LNK Fight Night 12 takes place at SemaraH Hotel Lielupe in Jurmala, Latvia on July 20 (July 21 AEST). The event features a mixed-bill comprising ten bouts in total. The lineup includes six boxing matchups, three MMA outings and one kickboxing encounter.
The main event is a ten-round encounter between Russian super welterweight Ismail Iliev and Tanzanian boxer Twaha Kiduku. The co-main event is a six-round cruiserweight boxing matchup between Latvian Ralfs Vilcans and Italian Maurizio Lovaglio.
10-round boxing battle between Ismail Iliev and Twaha Kiduku headlines LNK Fight Night 12 this Saturday in Jurmala, Latvia.
Also on the main card Latvian Artjoms Ramlavs meets Nicaraguan Yesner Talavera in a six-round super featherweight boxing bout battle. The contest follows a three-round 76 kg kickboxing clash between Latvian Zaur Dzhavadov and Georgian Giorgi Kankava.
Also on the night, Latvian mixed martial artist Aleksandrs Cizovs goes up against Spanish lightweight Sergio Hidalgo in WKN European title fight.
LNK Fight Night 12 is presented by Vadim Milov and Eugene Sapronenko. President of World Kickboxing Network Stephane Cabrera attends the event.
All tickets to the show have been sold out. The event is scheduled on Sportacentrs.
The official weigh-in ceremony was conducted on Friday. The complete lineup and order of the bouts can be found below.