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One…Two…Three Titles on the Line at WFC 17!



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

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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 (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

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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

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“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)

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Scott “Hands of Stone” Smith (18-11) vs. Kito Andrews (9-5)

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Mario “Dr.” Soto (6-2) vs. Danny “Realist” Ramirez (4-1)

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Jason “The Gentleman” Powell (3-1) vs. Ryan “Cowboy” Reneau (4-1)

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Michael “Berserker” Olson (2-1)vs. Brandon Frunk (1-1)

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Kurt Weinrich (2-2) vs. Martin “The Spartan” Day (2-0)

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Nico “Guerreiro” Lozada (2-1) vs. Brandon Bettencourt (0-0)

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David Klingsheim (am 3-0) vs. Kyle “The Ghost” Gotham (am 5-3) for the amateur flyweight title

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Andrew Chavez (am 3-0) vs. Camilo Mejia (am 1-1)

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Blake Benson (am 2-0) vs. Jordan Mapa (am 1-0)

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*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.


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Bellator 194, Nelson vs. Mitrione Pre-Fight Notes



Bellator takes over the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut later tonight. The promotion hosts, Bellator 194: Nelson vs. Mitrione from the venue, beginning at 6:30 pm (ET). Bellator 194 marks the 17th trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino. Their last trip, took place a little more than a few months ago in October of 2017, Bellator 185. The first trip to the Connecticut casino, occurred all the way back in April of 2009, and the second ever event held by the promotion, Bellator 2.

Twenty four fighters will make the walk later tonight, giving fans 12 bouts to watch from prelims to main event. Of the 24 athletes set to compete, five make their professional debuts. Peter Nascimento, Mike Kimbel, Pat Casey, Ross Richardson, and Ronnie Leon all fight for the first time, professionally. As amateurs, the group holds a combined record of 18-12. Only Ross Richardson maintained an undefeated amateur record (3-0).

In recent cards past, only some full broadcasts brought forward newly professional fighters. Events such as Bellator 191, 190, and 187, only broadcast short main card. While events like 193, 192, 189, 188, and 186 broadcast full fight cards. Since November of 2017, 15 fighters made their pro debuts with the Bellator promotion. Including Khonry Gracie in his unanimous decision loss to Devon Brock (Bellator 192), and Ty-wan Claxton, in his amazing KO finish of Johnny Bonilla-Bowman in the first round of Bellator 186. Claxton makes his second pro appearance tonight at Bellator 194 against Jose Antonio Perez, whom also fights for the second time professionally.

Upon completion of Bellator 194’s broadcast, 50% of the promotions first round matches in their Heavyweight Grand Prix will be decided. It is nearly impossible to choose, one match-up more interesting than the others. Yet, the Mitrione vs. Nelson match up is not only puzzling to fans and media alike. One half of the main event, at least, was once annoyed by the prospect of fighting his former TUF cast mate. Mitrione spoke to MMAJunkie about his reaction to the match-up, “Well, I asked them, how does that make sense? Roy is arguably the #2 guy in the division… Explain that to me, is there any seeding?…” He continued, “But the more I thought about, the less I really cared. Either I beat Roy when I have the strap, or I beat Roy to get the strap. What the hell difference does it make?”

In one bit of event news, fan favorite flyweight, Heather Hardy missed weight, in what turned out to be an odd set of circumstances. According to Hardy, she believed she made weight, without stripping down and using the towel. It was her understanding that the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation gave her a weight allowance for the bikini top and bottom she wore while on the scale. Hardy weighed in at 126.25 lbs. with the aforementioned bikini top and bottom.

This understanding was not shared by president of Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, Mike Mazzulli. The president made the decision to record Hardy’s weight without allowing her to disrobe, or take use the extra two hours allotted to make weight. It was his understanding upon examining and attempting to communicate with Hardy whilst she stood on the scale that brought him to the decision. After renegotiation of the bout agreement, Hardy was fined 20% of her purse which goes to her opponent Ana Julaton.


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Bellator 194 Weigh Ins Live Video



Bellator 194 takes place Friday, February 16th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The stacked main card features the second bout in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix matching Roy Nelson against Matt Mitrione. Both former members of the UFC roster, Mitrione and Nelson look to make a further impact in the Bellator Heavyweight division with a potential step towards the divisions championship crown. In the co-main event, MMA veteran Patricky Pitbull takes Derek Campos. The two will most likely battle for the next shot at the promotions Lightweight title, following the Brent Primus (c) vs. Michael Chandler rematch. Other notable bouts on the card include Liam McGeary vs. Vadim Nemkov, Heather Hardy vs. Ana Julaton, and Tywon Claxton against Jose Antonio Perez. Bellator 194 airs live on the Paramount network, main card beginning at 9 pm.

The official weigh-ins took place earlier today, the results are listed below.

Main Card (9 PM ET, Paramount Network)

Roy Nelson (23-14) vs. Matt Mitrione (12-5) Heavyweight bout.

RN: 265 lb.

MM: 255 lb.

Patricky Freire (18-8) vs. Derek Campos (19-6) Lightweight bout.

PF: 155 lb.

DC: 154 lb.

Heather Hardy (1-1) vs. Ana Julaton (2-3) Women’s Flyweight bout.

HH: 126.25 lb*

AJ: 125 lb.

Liam McGeary (12-2) vs. Vadim Nemkov (8-2) Light Heavyweight bout.

LM: 203.75 lb.

VN: 205 lb.

Tywan Claxton (1-0) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (0-1) Featherweight bout.

TW: 145 lb.

JS: 142.25 lb.

Preliminary Card (7 PM ET)

Ross Richardson (3-0, Amateur) vs. Ronie Arana Leon (2-5, Amateur) Lightweight bout.

RS: 155.5 lb.

RL: 156 lb.

Mike Kimbel (4-4, Amateur) vs. Geoffrey Then (0-1) Bantamweight bout. 

MK: 135.75 lb.

GT: 135 lb.

Regivaldo Carlvalho (4-2) vs. Thomas English (6-8) Featherweight bout.

RC: 145 lb.

TE: 146 lb.

Jarod Trice (2-0) vs. Walter Howard (3-4) Light Heavyweight bout.

JT: 205.5 lb.

WH: 203 lb.

Marcus Surin (4-1) vs. Dean Hancock (3-1) Lightweight bout.

MS: 156 lb.

DH: 155.25 lb.

Peter Nascimento (2-1, Amateur) vs. Kastriot Xhema (1-1) Catchweight (165 lb.) bout.

PN: 163.5 lb.

KX 164.5 lb.

Tyler Hamilton (1-0) vs. Pat Casey (7-2, Amateur) Lightweight bout.

TH: 154 lb.

PC: 155.5 lb.

*Heather Hardy missed weight by ¼ of a pound and subsequently fined 20% of her purse. The fine will go to her opponent Ana Julaton.

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UFC 221 Rockhold vs. Romero Live Results



UFC 221 marks the first event hosted by the promotion in Western Australia. UFC 221 takes place in Perth, Australia at the Perth Arena. The co-main event features Australian star, Mark Hunt against Curtis Blaydes. In the main event, Luke Rockhold looks to earn the Middleweight interim title when he takes on Yoel Romero. Romero is not eligible to earn the interim Middleweight title due to the fact that the Cuban missed weight. Yoel Romero replaced the original headliner of the card, Robert Whittaker. Whittaker, current Middleweight champion, withdrew from the event due to a serious case of mistreated staph infection.


Fight of the night: Li Jianliang vs. Jake Matthews

Performance of the night: Jussier Formiga, Israel Adesanya


  • Yoel Romero (12-2) vs. Luke Rockhold (13-3) – Catchweight (187.7) bout
    • Result: Yoel Romero def. Luke Rockhold via KO (punch) 1:48 round 3
  • Mark Hunt (13-11, 1 NC) vs. Curtis Blaydes (8-1, 1 NC) – Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Curtis Blaydes def. Mark Hunt via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
  • Tai Tuivasa (8-0) vs. Cyril Asker (9-3) – Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Tai Tuivasa def. Cyril Asker via TKO (punches and elbows) 2:18 round 1
  • Jake Matthews (12-3) vs. Li Jianliang (14-4) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jake Matthews def. Li Jianliang via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-26)
  • Tyson Pedro (6-1) vs Saparbek Safarov (8-1) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Tyson Pedro def. Saparbek Safarov via submission (kimura) 3:54 round 1


  • Damien Brown (17-11) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (15-8-3) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: Dong Hyun Kim def. Damien Brown via split decision (29-28, 29-28 Kim, 29-28 Brown)
  • Rob Wilkinson (11-1) vs. Israel Adesanya (11-0) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Israel Adesanya def. Rob Wilkinson via TKO (punches) 3:37 round 2
  • Jeremy Kennedy (11-0) vs Alexander Volkovski (16-1) – Featherweight bout
    • Result: Alexander Volkovski def. Jeremy Kennedy via TKO (punches) 4:57 round 2
  • Jussier Formiga (20-5) vs Ben Nguyen (17-6) – Flyweight bout
    • Result: Jussier Formiga def. Ben Nguyen via technical submission (RNC) 1:43 round 3


  • Ross Pearson (21-12, 1 NC) vs. Mizuto Hirota (19-8-2) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: Ross Pearson def. Mizuto Hirota via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Teruto Ishihara (10-4) vs. José Alberto Quiñónez (7-2) – Bantamweight bout
    • Result: José Alberto Quiñónez def. Teruto Ishihara via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Luke Jumeau (12-4) vs. Daichi Abe (6-0) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Luke Jumeau def. Daichi Abe via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-27)
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