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James McSweeney Turns Promoter for LEGENDS MMA – January 28

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The in-cage mixed martial arts career of James McSweeney might have come to an end, but the 36-year-old is not stepping away from the sport any time soon. Having spent more than nine years fighting in promotions such as the UFC, KSW and ONE Championship, McSweeney is now set to promote his first MMA event next month.

On January 28, 2017, McSweeney’s Sledgehammer Promotions will bring LEGENDS MMA to the Gold Coast of Australia. The event takes place at the Jupiter’s Hotel and Casino in Queensland and features a host of notable names both in and out of the cage.

McSweeney is perhaps best known for his stint on The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights back in 2009, however he also fought for titles in BAMMA and KSW, as well as AFC in Australia. While the disappointment of defeat to Tai Tuivasa in Melbourne in October bought McSweeney’s in-cage career to an end, that was only the conclusion of one chapter in the fighter’s story. The next begins right where the previous one left off, with McSweeney looking to bring the same brand of exciting MMA to Australia that he did every time he stepped into the cage himself.

LEGENDS MMA – January 28, 2017 – Jupiter’s Hotel & Casino, Queensland, Australia

LEGENDS is headlined by a welterweight bout between two-time UFC vet Steven Kennedy (23-8) and Brazilian Jose de Ribamar (38-13-1).

Kennedy rebounded impressively after being released by the UFC in 2015, defeating Brian Ebersole over five rounds in June 2016 to win the Hex Fight Series welterweight title. The unanimous decision victory was Kennedy’s eighth win in his previous 10 outings.

Opposing him is a well-travelled Brazilian veteran who has an impressive 28 wins inside the distance on his resume. De Ribamar — often fighting under the name Jose Gomes — has graced the cages of Bellator and ACB, and has faced the likes of Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Erick Silva in his 12-year career.

In the co-main event Australia’s top featherweight, and former world boxing champion, Arlene Blencowe (7-6) faces undefeated Brazilian Amanda Oliveira de Lemos (6-0-1).

Blencowe has impressed as part of Bellator’s growing featherweight division with wins over Adrienna Jenkins and Gabby Holloway. Last time out, Blencowe came up short against world number three Julia Budd, but proved that she could mix it with the best in the world, pushing Budd all the way through three gruelling rounds.

Oliveira will be stepping into hostile territory in Australia, but will take great confidence from her impressive undefeated record. All six of Oliveira’s wins have come inside the distance, with the only blemish being a majority draw against Mayra Cantuaria Rodrigues in January. Oliveira went on to win the rematch in June by third round knockout.

Elsewhere on the card another Australian hero will be looking to pick up the 20th win of his pro career as Corey Nelson (19-6-1) faces top South African welterweight Dricus Du Plessis (8-1).

The event will broadcast on FOX Sports in Australia, and there is another familiar face filling a spot on the announce team. Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, whose insightful commentary has been a highlight of shows such as WEC and ACB, will be on hand to call the action.

On top of that, former PRIDE and ONE Championship ring announcer Lenne Hardt will be at LEGENDS MMA to introduce the fighters in a way only she can.

With more fights to come, tickets are available now via Ticketek for the January 28 event. For more information check out the video below.

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*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results

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The UFC hosted their second event in the country of Poland, as UFC Gdsank took place at the Ergo Arena. The card was headlined by a welterweight fight between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till.

Cerrone (32-9) was coming off a close unanimous decision loss to former 170-pound champion Robbie Lawler in July. It was the only time in “Cowboy’s” MMA career that he had suffered consecutive losses.

Till (15-0-1) improved his undefeated record in September, defeating Bojan Veličković by unanimous decision. It was a case of old school vs. new school in this headliner, as the up and comer Till hoped to secure the biggest win of his career over Cerrone.


MAIN CARD – UFC Fight Pass – 8PM BST

  • Donald Cerrone (32-9) vs. Darren Till (15-0-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Darren Till def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) Round 1 – 4:20
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (6-3) – Women’s strawweight bout
    • Result: Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Jodie Esquibel via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jan Blachowicz (20-7) vs. Devin Clark (8-2) – Light heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Błachowicz def. Devin Clark via SUB (rear-naked choke) Round 2 – 3:02
  • Oskar Piechota (10-0) vs. Jonathan Wilson (7-3) – Middleweight bout
    • ResultOskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card

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Bellator is once again heading to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville Connecticut, and this time they are bringing with them one of the most anticipated former UFC fighter turned Bellator stars’ debut. Gegard Mousasi will be making his first appearance in the Bellator cage against a former Bellator champion in Alexander Shlemenko. Although this event has lost some of its star power over the last several weeks, it is still stacked and you can bet that the main event will bring some fireworks.

Earlier in the month, it was announced that King Mo had suffered an injury that had forced him out of his co-main event fight with former middleweight champion Liam McGeary. Bellator worked quickly to secure a replacement opponent for McGeary in Bubba McDaniels. Unfortunately for McDaniels and the fans alike, McGeary had later suffered an injury of his own and the fight was removed from the card.

This left a spot open in the co-main event slot, which would be filled by a welterweight matchup between Brennan Ward and David Rickels. Just four days out from the fight, Bellator announced that Ward had also become injured and the fight has been removed from the card as well. The main card has been shuffled around and the welterweight bout between Neiman Gracie and Zak Bucia will now serve as the co-main event.

Main Card- Spike TV (US/Canada) Spike UK (UK)- 9 pm EDT, 6 pm PDT, 2 pm UK

  • Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)
  • Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)
  • Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)
  • Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)
  • Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card- Live Stream (MMA Latest New)- 7 pm EDT, 4 pm PDT, 12 pm UK

  • 195 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)
  • Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)
  • Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)
  • Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)
  • Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)
  • 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)
  • 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)
  • Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)
  • Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez (6-4) vs. Billy Giovanella (9-5)
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