Released from the UFC after losses Quinton Jackson and Corey Anderson in 2015, Brazilian brawler Fabio Maldonado has signed a deal with XFC International and is scheduled to make his promotional debut on March 19 against Andrew Smith.
Smith (15-9), who moved up to heavyweight on short notice to face Pedro Rizzo in his retirement bout in 2015, got himself back in the win column 18 days later with a victory over Daniel Marquez. The Hawaiian fighter finished his opponent in 11 of his 15 wins, including 10 knockouts.
Former WEC lightweight champion Hermes Franca (23-15, 1 NC) also makes his XFC debut that night, facing Bellator veteran Ricardo Tirloni (21-6).
XFC International 14 takes place at the XFC International Center in Sao Paulo, and also features Daniel Virginio (4-1) vs. Fernando Vieira (12-2) for the bantamweight title.
Full XFC International 14 fight card:
Daniel Virginio vs. Fernando Vieira Fabio Maldonado vs. Andrew Smith Guilherme Faria vs. Genair da Silva Fernando Rodrigues vs. Tiago Cardoso Ricardo Tirloni vs. Hermes Franca Silvana Juarez vs. Julie Werner Cleiton Pereira vs. Jefferson Rodrigues Luciano Palhano vs. Ary Santos Jady Menezes vs. Liana Pirosin Carol Correia vs. Amanda Torres Pedro Junior vs. Luiz Cado Naiara Pereira vs. Priscila Souza
(Well, at least Miller’s training for what awaits him in prison.)
If you ever find yourself in a heated discussion about the American justice system, look no further than the case of Jason “Mayhem” Miller as proof that it might be in need of some retooling. The former Strikeforce/UFC fighter has been arrested no less than half a dozen times in the past couple of years for various degrees of assault (some on women, others on police officers) and yet continue to roam free from the only cage he actually belongs in: a jail cell or padded room. It’s a statistical anomaly, really.
But because MMA promoters do not care one bit about the wellbeing of their fighters, it was announced a couple days back that Miller would be returning from his self-imposed retirement/exile/whatever to take on Luke Barnatt at Venator FC III in Milan, Italy on May 21st. It was, in a word, saddening.
Even more saddening, as it turns out, is what Miller did immediately after booking the fight…(via MMAFighting):
The troubled Miller was arrested the morning of Feb. 7 in Irvine, Calif. for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to Orange County public arrest records. He was released later that day and is due to appear in a local court on March 7.
According to a report published on TMZ.com, because of Miller’s past history of violence toward law enforcement, approximately 15 police officers and a K9 unit were on hand for his arrest in Irvine, although there was no physical confrontation this time.
The cherry on top of this shit sundae? The video below, wherein a drunken Miller fails to recall the name of the man he is supposed to being facing while announcing the damn fight.
“I have to announce, I’m gonna fight again,” says a visibly inebriated Miller, whose voice sounds like he’s been huffing inhalants non-stop from the moment he finished taping his segment for Real Sports.
“I’m fighting Josh Barnett…for the the title of…Venator FC or PC of LMNOP. Catch wrestling is nothing compared to monkey Jiu-Jitsu.” It only gets worse from there.
Come to think of it, this video was more than likely shot directly before Miller was arrested, which gives you a little insight as to the kind of people he has allowed to drag him from the bright lights of the UFC into the deepest, darkest cesspool of humanity (looking at you, guy in Superman shirt).
The recent arrest and mental state of his opponent aside, Barnatt seems to be under the influence that this is a fight we should care about, and has already taken to Instagram for a little preemptive trash talk.
Honestly, we don’t even know who to be more disappointed in, Venator for booking this fight or Barnatt or accepting it. We get that a paycheck is a paycheck, but shouldn’t the line be drawn when it comes to fighting the mentally unstable? Miller has been spending more time in a jail cell than anywhere else since his last fight — which was in 2012, for what it’s worth — and if the video above is any indication, we’re going to assume that he’s all but completely withdrawn from training. The likelihood of “Mayhem” making it to this fight or even making weight for it are slim-to-none, so what can Barnatt possibly expect to gain from this fight (except maybe Hep C)?
Bellator 150: ”Galvao vs. Dantas 2″ comes to the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kan., on Feb. 26, 2016. The main event that night will be the long-awaited rematch between Bantamweight champion Marcos Galvao against Eduardo Dantas.
The Spike TV-televised event has been bit by the injury bug, with the mixed martial arts (MMA) league confirming what Vinicius Queiroz had already told the press — he will fill in for Augusto Sakai against Cheick Kongo in a Heavyweight showdown.
Kongo (23-10-2) and Quieroz (8-3) were originally scheduled to meet at Bellator 106 in Nov. 2013, but injuries also derailed that fight from ever taking place. That bout would have been the Heavyweight tournament finals, but Kongo wound up facing — and defeating – Peter Graham at Bellator 107 instead.
Bellator MMA also recently announced that the main card will feature the debut of newly-signed women’s Flyweight fighter Lena Ovchynnikova (10-3) and rising star Rebecca Ruth (5-1).
The Ukraine-born Ovchynnikova holds the nickname “Hunter” and has previously fought Invicta FC and UFC star Joanne Calderwood. Ruth won all of her bouts in 2015, holding only one split decision loss to UFC 194 fighter Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger.
Check out the the updated Bellator 150 card below:
Bellator 150 Main Card (Spike TV):
Bantamweight Title Main Event: Marcos Galvao (17-6-1) vs. Eduardo Dantas (17-4) Heavyweight Co-Main Event: Cheick Kongo (23-10-2) vs. Vinicius Queiroz (8-3) Lightweight: Dave Rickels (16-4, 1 NC) vs. Bobby Cooper (12-5) Flyweight: Lena Ovchynnikova (10-3) vs. Rebecca Ruth (5-1)
“Prelims” Undercard (Spike.com):
Middleweight: Gregory Babene (16-11) vs. Trey Houston (11-3) Featherweight: Gaston Reyno (5-0) vs. Chuka Willis (6-2) Heavyweight: Daniel Gallemore (4-3) vs. Frederick Brown (3-2) Middleweight: Chris Harris (4-0) vs. Julian Marquez (2-0) Lightweight: Marcio Navarro (14-11) vs. Henry Lindsay (4-5) Featherweight: Thai Clark (5-0) vs. Deron Carlis (4-1) Welterweight: Manny Meraz (7-1) vs. Andre Fialho (5-0) Lightweight: Jason Witt (7-2) vs. Jonathan Gary (11-6)
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