On May 7, 2016, a line will snake its way from the head of the McClellan Conference Center and slurp up every anxious MMA connoisseur like a wet noodle following an announcement that West Coast Fighting Championship (WFC) has scheduled their next event, WFC 17: Emmett vs. Aveles. Chatter swirled around WFC 16: Griffin vs. Mitchell drawing more attention to MMA in Northern California than in recent history, but the roster of mixed martial artists slated for WFC 17, especially those adorned in one of the three WFC titles up for grabs, may become the next wave of MMA kings to emerge from The Golden State.
Main Event: Josh Emmett (9-0) vs. Joshua “El Rey” Aveles (22-11-2) for the WFC lightweight championship
Closing out WFC 17, the WFC lightweight championship hangs in the balance, as well as the number one slot amongst 155 pounders within California’s border.
Emmett, the current owner of the WFC lightweight belt, will continue collecting accolades before being afforded, as his rabid fanfare would attest, a deserved opportunity to compete amongst those canopied by three universal letters in MMA: UFC. As a product of TAM, Emmett believed his training guided his efforts in WFC 16’s co-main event, implementing a strategy to stand-up against Christos Giagos, a former visitor of the UFC with a boxing pedigree. Whether by finish or judges’ scorecards, Emmett intends on reconnecting with the championship marker he’s grown rather fond of at the rendering of WFC 17’s decision.
Aveles may enter the main event as the outsider, maybe even the underdog, but he should not be counted out. Three years younger with three times the experience in the cage, Aveles boasts a weathered appearance in his arsenal, which perks the cautious ears of opponents who may be keen to rush in on him. According to tapology.com (link here), Aveles tops the charts of all California’s lightweights, but preservation of the ranking is based on busting the bubble circling Emmett’s loss record.
Co-Main Event: Benito “The Golden Boy” Lopez (5-0) vs. Albert “The Warrior” Morales (5-0) for the WFC bantamweight championship
The tale of the tape on Morales and Lopez reads nearly identical; both are: undefeated, young, and own an innateness to enact violence.
Branded with half blonde and half black hair, the savage demeanor in Lopez broadcasts one hundred percent clear. In his last outing, the fighting pride of Oroville, California, his own backyard, delivered an eight-second knockout at King of the Cage: Home Turf by way of flying-knee. Lopez, still feeling a bit of the hangover from such an emphatic win in mid-March, prepares himself at Team Alpha Male to the necessary temperature in order to step in the cage at WFC 17, turn up the heat, and simmer while wrapped in the WFC’s bantamweight belt.
Splashed in some war paint, “The Warrior” established his initiative as a go-getter in the southern hemisphere of California, and now, he enters into the north in search of a title to deed dual residency. At the conclusion of Morales’ last contest, he was forced to hear the drumming of the judges’ opinions for the first time in his career, and, it’s safe to assume; the undefeated prospect’s next hunt on the sacred Nor Cal MMA land of the McClellan Conference Center will sacrifice his opponent and return home with a belt for all to feast their eyes on.
Feature Bout: Josh “The Juggernaut” Appelt (12-5) vs. Lew “The Titan” Polley (12-7) for the WFC heavyweight championship
“The Juggernaut” and “The Titan” fill up the WFC playground in the feature bout, looking to move some weight, and add several precious metallic pounds around their waist with the heavyweight strap.
Appelt, the reigning WFC heavyweight champ, found a nice home for the vacant title after testing his will and endurance at WFC 16 with a win over Roy Boughton. Next up, his first defense at WFC 17. Confidence at an all time high, Appelt has grown particularly close to the idea of stretching his two-fight win streak and the length of time his MMA Gold teammates call him “champ” while he struts around in his WFC gold.
Standing in the blue corner awaits Polley, and after appearing in a variety of well-known MMA promotions, such a Bellator, RFA, or the IFL, his mettle will not bend, much like the alloy forming “The Titan”‘s fighting spirit. Lately, Polley’s record has been littered with cancelled contests and three consecutive losses, but, a win, along with a shiny souvenir, may quickly rewire a positive train of thought in Polley’s master plan.
Other Bouts Include:
Justin “Lazy Bones” Jones (7-2) vs. Drew Montgomery (14-7)
Scott “Hands of Stone” Smith (18-11) vs. Kito Andrews (9-5)
Mario “Dr.” Soto (6-2) vs. Danny “Realist” Ramirez (4-1)
Jason “The Gentleman” Powell (3-1) vs. Ryan “Cowboy” Reneau (4-1)
Michael “Berserker” Olson (2-1)vs. Brandon Frunk (1-1)
Kurt Weinrich (2-2) vs. Martin “The Spartan” Day (2-0)
Nico “Guerreiro” Lozada (2-1) vs. Brandon Bettencourt (0-0)
David Klingsheim (am 3-0) vs. Kyle “The Ghost” Gotham (am 5-3) for the amateur flyweight title
Andrew Chavez (am 3-0) vs. Camilo Mejia (am 1-1)
Blake Benson (am 2-0) vs. Jordan Mapa (am 1-0)
*Card subject to change
Missing out on three five-round championship fights at WFC 17 means you’ve struck out as a fan of MMA. Reserve your spot now because the mixed martial artists of today won’t pour their hearts onto the WFC canvas to paint a career with images of only the regional scene.
2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app
This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via MyNextMatch.com for all relevant info for the event.
The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:
*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results
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
- Result: Oskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
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)
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)
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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