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Luke Rockhold vs. Lorenz Larkin Strikeforce title fight booked for Jan. 12 on Showtime


Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold appears to be all patched up and ready to put his 185-pound strap on the line against division number one contender Lorenz Larkin at the upcoming Strikeforce event scheduled for Jan. 12, 2013, at a location to be named.

That’s according to a report released earlier today from MMA Weekly.

Rockhold (10-1) is riding a nine-fight winning streak that dates back to early 2008, and he’s already defended his middleweight strap in back-to-back fights against former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) import Keith Jardine and Green Beret grappler Tim Kennedy.

What can “The Monsoon” offer on fight night?

Larkin (13-0) has yet to taste defeat inside the Hexagon — thanks to a “no contest” against Muhammed Lawal that saw “King Mo” get popped for banned substances. Still, the Kim Winslow-approved thrashing was enough to convince the Riverside native it was time to shed some skin and test his might in the lower weight class.

And a win over Robbie Lawler this summer was all he needed for a shot at the gold.

The upcoming Strikeforce event on Showtime is expected to be headlined by Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion Daniel Cormier taking on an opponent to be named while welterweight kingpin Nate Marquardt makes his first title defense against Tarec Saffiedine.

For more on the upcoming Strikeforce “mega card” click here.

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Mamed Khalidov-Melvin Manhoef Middleweight Headliner Booked for KSW 21

Middleweights Mamed Khalidov and Melvin Manhoef will collide Dec. 1 in the main event of KSW 21 “Final Resolution”, promotion officials this week announced.
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Six Fights Booked for Score Fighting Series 7 Main Draw on Nov. 23 in Ontario

Score Fighting Series officials recently added a bevy of new bouts to the
SFS 7 fight bill, including five new main card attractions.

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Melvin Guillard vs. Jamie Varner Booked For TUF 16 Finale

Melvin Guillard

Two fighters coming off “Fight of the Night” performances have been matched against one another as Melvin ‘The Young Assassin’ Guillard (30-11-2) and former WEC champ, Jamie Varner (20-7-1), have been booked in a lightweight bout for next months The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.

Officials with the promotion announced the bout at UFC.com on Thursday night.

A match between two fighters coming off of Fight of the Night performances has been verbally agreed to as former WEC champion Jamie Varner takes on the “Young Assassin” Melvin Guillard at the Ultimate Fighter Finale on FX.

The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale is expected to take place on December 15, 2012 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event features a heavyweight bout between opposing coaches Shane Carwin vs. Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson, as well as the final matches for the reality television series.

Guillard, once one of the top ranked lightweights in the division, is looking to improve on a 1-3 record over his last four and is coming off a knockout loss versus friend Donald Cerrone at UFC 150. Guillard and the ‘Cowboy’ battled for 76-seconds at the Colorado event, with ‘The Young Assassin’ looking as if he’d finish Cerrone but was caught with a headkick. Guillard earned his last win in July at UFC 148, defeating Fabricio Camoes.

Varner suffered a disappointing third round submission loss to Joe Lauzon last August at UFC on FOX 4, replacing a Terry Etim at the Los Angeles event. Varner looked to have the better striking, despite breaking his hand in the second, but was caught with a triangle choke submission in the third, forced to tap at 2:44 of the round. Varner made a successful Octagon return in his previous fight, finishing Edson Barboza at UFC 146 via second round TKO after replacing Evan Dunham.


Josh Barnett booked for 2013 title defense in Japan


Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight titleholder Josh Barnett is still champion somewhere.

“The Warmaster” is reportedly returning to Japan in 2013 to defend his open weight “King of Pancrase” championship belt, something he hasn’t done in over 10 years, according to the folks over at Asian MMA. Barnett is expected to compete at the Pancrase 20th anniversary tour against “any opponent the promotion wants to put in front him.”


The former PRIDE star and part-time pro wrestler won the title by defeating Yuki Kondo way back in 2003, before successful defenses against longtime Japanese mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Kazuo Takahashi and K-1 stud Semmy Schilt.

At least it’s work.

Barnett (31-6) hasn’t been seen since a five-round drubbing at the hands of Strikeforce Grand Prix Champion Daniel Cormier. With the demise of the San Jose-based promotion all but a foregone conclusion, it’s time for the grappling wizard to keep himself in the fight game elsewhere.

And it’s not like the UFC is calling (yet).

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Martinez-Fabiano, Shamhalaev-Richman Booked for Bellator 80 on Nov. 9

The Season 7 featherweight tournament semifinals have been booked for Bellator 80, as Rad Martinez faces Wagnney Fabiano and Shabulat Shamhalaev meets Mike Richman at the Nov. 9 event.
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Andre Arlovski-Devin Cole Booked for Inaugural World Series of Fighting Headliner in Las Vegas

Onetime UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will headline the debut event from World Series of Fighting opposite IFL vet Devin Cole, promotion officials revealed Tuesday.
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Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar Booked for New UFC 153 Headliner; Edgar Removed From Card, Maldonado and Big Nog Added

(“The Burger King Triple Stacker — I don’t jump up to light-heavyweight on short notice without it.”)

After UFC 153 lost its main event and co-main event in the same day, UFC matchmakers needed to get creative if they wanted to avoid another financially devastating event-cancellation. And by God, they’ve gotten creative. USA Today has just confirmed that Anderson Silva will now be headlining the October 13th event in Rio de Janeiro, in a light-heavyweight feature against…Stephan, freakin’, Bonnar. Allow that delicious insanity to sink in for just a moment. Alright, let’s continue.

The report follows an earlier story broken by MMAFighting, which confirmed that Frankie Edgar has been removed from the event altogether. So if you chose “other” in today’s poll, award yourself five PotatoBux.

This will be the third light-heavyweight UFC appearance for Silva, who previously scored brilliant knockouts against 205′ers James Irvin (in July 2008) and Forrest Griffin (in August 2009). Bonnar, who is currently riding a three-fight win streak, has been vocal in recent months about his desire to get at least one more big fight before he exits the sport — remember his campaign for a TUF coaching gig against Griffin? — and sort of retired in July due to his frustration that another marquee matchup wasn’t materializing. Well, Bonnar’s got his big fish, for better or for worse. And if he lasts more than one round against the Spider, he’ll do better than any UFC light-heavyweight before him.

USA Today also reports that Brazilian gut-puncher Fabio Maldonado will be replacing Quinton Jackson in the UFC 153 co-main event against light-heavyweight rising star Glover Teixeira. Maldonado, who has lost back-to-back decisions against Kyle Kingsbury and Igor Pokrajac, was originally scheduled to fight Jorgen Kruth at UFC on FX 5 later this month, until Kruth retired out of the blue.

Also thickening up the UFC 153 main card will be a heavyweight feature between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira — who’s coming back from his arm-shattering loss to Frank Mir in December — and Dave Herman, who has been knocked out in his last two fights against Stefan Struve and Roy Nelson.

As UFC president Dana White said about the new matchups:

We’re back on track. Anderson Silva wasn’t scheduled to fight at all. I called him today, and he’s shooting a commercial in Brazil. Anderson Silva steps up, and Stephan Bonnar wants to fight him. The Teixeira vs. Maldonado fight comes together, and then Nogueira was standing right there with Anderson shooting the commercial with him, and he said he wanted to fight, too.

This is old-school UFC. A card is in jeopardy, but guys that are world champions and superstars stepped up and jumped in and saved the card. This is why the fans love this sport and why we went on a 12-year run without canceling an event.”

So what do you guys think of the new UFC 153 main event? Awesome, or totally stupid but still kind of awesome?


Sara McMann vs Liz Carmouche reportedly booked for Strikeforce in Oklahoma on Nov. 3

Photo by Esther Lin.

When it was announced that Sara McMann had signed with Strikeforce to compete in the promotion’s 135-pound division the natural assumption was that she was coming over to provide a fresh challenger for women’s mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar and Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey.

And while that may still be true, she’ll have to do some work to get there.

That’s because she’s been booked to throw leather with Liz Carmouche at the Strikeforce: “Cormier vs. Mir” event scheduled for Sat., Nov. 3, 2012, Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

MMAFighting.com brought word of the bout, which is not yet official, earlier today.

McMann is 6-0 in her short but sweet professional career, already racking up wins against the likes of Jan Finney and Shayna Baszler, the latter of which she defeated in her most recent outing at Invicta FC 2 back in July.

Carmouche, meanwhile, has won consecutive bouts at the first two Invicta events after dropping her previous two under the Strikeforce banner, the first being a title bout. Would a victory here earn her another crack at the division crown? As long as Rousey’s on top, would she even want it?

Strikeforce: “Cormier vs. Mir” will take place on Nov. 3 in Oklahoma and feature a main event of Daniel Cormier taking on UFC import (for one night only) Frank Mir in a heavyweight showdown on Showtime. In the co-headlining bout, Luke Rockhold will defend his middleweight title against Lorenz Larkin.

Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more on this still-developing fight card. In the meantime, check out our extensive “Cormier vs. Mir” event archive right here.


UFC 155: Matt Mitrione vs Philip De Fries booked for Dec. 29 in Las Vegas


Meathead returns!

Former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 contestant Matt Mitrione, who vowed to improve after losing a unanimous decision to Cheick Kongo at UFC 137 last October, will finally get his chance when he slugs it out against Philip De Fries at the UFC 155 scheduled for Sat., Dec. 29, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Wait, what?

Mitrione was originally scheduled to face off against Rob Broughton, first at UFC on FOX 4 back on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles before Broughton was forced to put things on hold to clear up a few “personal issues,” then at UFC on FX 5 on Oct. 5 in Minneapolis.

But that’s not happening anymore, according to the UFC, for reasons that are still unclear.

Mitrione (4-1) saw his perfect record go up in smoke against the powerful Parisian, but prior to that, had amassed an impressive list of victims that included four devastating stoppages by way of knockout.

Can he get back into the win column against the British submission specialist?

For his part, De Fries (9-1) is coming off a second round rear-naked choke submission win over Oli Thompson at UFC on Fox 4 earlier this month, giving him two victories in three tries inside the Octagon.

Take care of business against Mitrione and who knows where things could go.

UFC 155 will be headlined by Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos defending his title in a rematch against the man he took the belt from, Cain Velasquez. In addition, Chael Sonnen returns to the 205-pound division to battle former champ Forrest Griffin.

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