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Damacio Page pulls out of fight at Legacy FC 55

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SSources close to the situation have said this morning that Damacio “The Angel of Death” Page has pulled out of his May 13th co-main event bantamweight bout at Legacy FC 55 versus Ryan “Riptide” Hollis. Legacy FC also confirmed the news Saturday afternoon in an email to Kevin Jones from MMALatestNews.com and The Main Event on Double T 97.3 FM in Lubbock, Texas.

In the email, Head of Legacy FC’s Fighter Relations, Richard Burmaster, stated:

“Damacio was sick and had to pull out. Ricardo Ramos was ready to step in but Hollis declined the replacement.”

It is hard to blame Hollis for not taking on an opponent like Brazil’s Ricardo Ramos with only a couple weeks notice. Ramos might be one of the most complete fighters at bantamweight outside of the UFC. The Brazilian’s record is 8-1, all of his wins have been finishes and his only loss was to current Legacy FC Bantamweight Champion Manny Vasquez (9-1) in a February fight for the vacant title. Ramos next fight is scheduled for May 27th against Roberto de Souza (8-1) at Aspera FC 38 in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil for the promotion’s bantamweight title.

Tapology.com has Ryan Hollis ranked at #9 out of 116 active US Southwest Pro Flyweights, as well as 16th at Bantamweight. The site also has him at #6 out of 75 active Texas Pro Flyweights and #4 out of 20 active Oklahoma Pro Flyweights. When we spoke to the 26-year-old from Cleveland, Texas he was understandably very disappointed that his opponent had pulled out of the fight.

Page, who is the current Legacy FC Flyweight Champion  is ranked at #51 on the list of “Current Best MMA Flyweight Fighters” on tapology.com. The site also has him ranked 4th out of 75 active Texas Pro Flyweights and 6th out of 116 active US Southwest Pro Flyweights. “The Angel of Death’s” last fight was a second-round submission loss to Alexandre Pantoja for the vacant RFA flyweight title in the main event of RFA vs. Legacy FC 1 in May of 2015. The 33-year old has a record of 19-10, with 11 KOs and 7 submissions and trains at the famed Jackson-Winklejohn MMA gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Damacio has fought for the UFC and WEC, but perhaps is more famous for his appearance on the Tapout television series.

Page also pulled out of his last scheduled flyweight title fight on March 25th at Legacy 52 against American Top Team’s Matt “Danger” Schnell citing an injured rib. At that event, Schnell, who is ranked 1st out of 100 active US Southeast Pro Flyweights according to tapology.com, submitted Klayton Mai in the first round to capture the promotion’s Interim Flyweight title. The fight was a rematch of their 2014 fight which Mai won by submission.

The news is very disappointing for fans of the promotion who were eager to see the winner of this fight face Schnell to decided the undisputed Legacy FC Flyweight Champion. Hopefully, Legacy can lure Jonathan Martinez which many believe was the served contender for the interim strap to compete for the promotion again and in the near future, we can then find out who is truly the best flyweight out of this fighters triangle. With all of the talented athletes who have fought in the lower weight divisions of Legacy FC a tournament of some kind would be sure to delight fans should the promotion be inclined to put one together.

Legacy FC 55 takes place on Friday, May 13th at 10:00 PM ET from the Houston Arena Theater in Houston, Texas and is aired live on AXS TV. The main event is a heavyweight showdown between Justin Ledet (6-0) and Brice Ritani-Coe (4-3).

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UFC looks for undefeated fighters for the next season of TUF

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As the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter comes to a close in a few weeks, UFC has set tryouts for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter on December 12th but there is a catch, participates must hold an undefeated record.

Titled The Ultimate Fighter 27: Battle of the Undefeated, the next installment of TUF will be looking for male fighters with an undefeated record with a minimum of 3-0 to apply for the show. The casting call asks for featherweights and welterweights but in the early stages of tryouts, a weight class will be decided later in the process.

Fighters must be aged between 21 – 34 and will grapple and light spar in front of UFC matchmakers and must be prepared to stay in Vegas until December 16th.

It is unknown what the future of TUF will be after the TV deal with FOX ends next year but the show has been a success for the company and many fighters to emerge from The Ultimate Fighter have become champion including current interim Lightweight champion Tony Ferguson, Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and Strawweight champion Rose Namajunas coming from past seasons of the show.

This will be the third time in a row that a gimmick will be added to the show that has been on the decline in the ratings in recent years but yet to use only undefeated fighters. An undefeated streak can be one of the most prestigious records to keep in mixed martial arts with the wins and losses being so vital in a fighters career.

Who will keep their zero? Who will be the next Ultimate Fighter? Who will be the coaches?

These questions will be answered when the new season of TUF begins shooting in January and the show premiering later in the year.

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Tom Gallicchio on UFC Release “It’s Been a Dream of Mine to Fight in KSW”

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MMA Latest spoke to TUF 22 and 25 season competitor Tom Gallicchio about being cut from the UFC, and potential promotions that he could sign for in the future.

Gallicchio (19-10) signed for the UFC after reaching the semi-finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Season 25. Losing to James Krause in his debut, “Da Tank” was informed earlier this month that the UFC had parted ways with him.


Q: Before we jump into the whole free agency stuff, talk me through how the UFC broke the news that they were going to release you?

I thought I was going to have another fight, this time at lightweight. I got a letter dated July 7th, saying they were going to keep me, I received it in September. I was getting emails to update my USADA, I never got a cut letter and I got tested by USADA on October 24th. I was hoping to fight sometime in January or February, then they broke the news to me that they need to make a room for new talent.

Q: You made your UFC debut against James Krause in July, then 4 months down the line, they cut you. How surprised were you at this somewhat out of the blue decision?

I’m thankful for my opportunity in the UFC and the fact that they gave me another shot, but it was definitely surprising how it happened.  They released a newsletter in September welcoming Jesse (Taylor) Dhiego (Lima) and myself into the UFC, all signs pointed towards another fight. Hearing that I was cut was just heartbreaking.

Q: Have any talks started with a new promotion. I saw you name a few on Twitter, the likes of  Bellator, BAMMA, KSW and ACB. Who do you see yourself signing for?

I would love to compete in any of those! A couple of them hit me up, one of which I am very happy to talk with. Since they came out, It’s been a dream of mine to fight in KSW. They’re taking care of their fighters, I would love to fight for them. I want to travel, I want to see the world, I want to fight. I’ve got a lot of fans overseas and I want to give them a show.

It’s been a dream of mine to fight in KSW.

Q: Your long time friend Jesse Taylor was victorious in the TUF 25 Finale, but he has since accepted a 1-year ban for failing a USADA test. What is your take on this given how close you two are?

I know Jesse is not a juicer, I’ve known him ever since I came down to (Team) Quest. It’s probably come from some supplement that he’s taking, it sucks for him. I think he went into a little bit of panic mode, he could have done a better job of handling it.

I don’t take supplements, if there was a way, I’d still keep myself in the USADA pool just because I believe in a clean sport. I think it’s important we keep the sport clean and if we’re cleaning up the supplement companies then good, because no one else is.

Where would you look to see Tom fight next? Let us know below!

 

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Darren Till vs Stephen Thompson set for February 24th in England

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Wow! Nobody could have expected this news this morning. Dana White has stated he is moving the UFC Fight Night card in Orlando, Florida to the UK so rising star Darren Till (16-0-1) can face Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson (14-2-1) in his backyard.

According to Lance Pugmire of the LA Times, Dana White revealed the news during a Q&A in Santa Monica, California.

Logistically this fight has its problems. White didn’t state that the fight was scheduled to take place in Liverpool, I assume that is plan A for the UFC though. However, on the 24th the Echo Arena in Liverpool is booked by the UK MMA promotion, Cage Warriors.

Although White may be able to throw some money at the promotion, it is unlikely they’ll budge. Another possibility is to co-promote an event with Cage Warriors, but that’s even more unlikely, even though the concept is a great one.

The fight would not make sense in another UK city like Glasgow, Birmingham or Newcastle. Making the fight is strange if it’s unable to be in Liverpool, or at the top of the UFC London card.

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The event would be three weeks before UFC London, which is unheard of for events over in Europe. Normally England would be lucky to get two events in a year, let alone a month. Which makes you think it will either be one or the other. European cards are never typically stacked and having two in the space of three weeks in one country would eat into the quality on show in each card.

Could this be another case of Dana White talking too soon, or are we set for two mega UFC fights in the space of three weeks in the UK. We’ll find out soon enough.

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