Rizin 30 Weigh-in Results: All Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals Official

The Rizin Fighting Federation bantamweight grand prix will proceed as planned, as all eight competitors in the bracket made weight without issue ahead of their bouts at Rizin 30. The matchups for 135-pound quarterfinals are as follows: Kai Asakura (134.2) vs. Alan Yamaniha (133.9); Naoki Inoue (134.1) vs. Yuto Hokamura...
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UFC adds Raphael Assuncao vs. Ricky Simon to December event

Two guy headed in very different directions in the bantamweight division are set to meet in December, according to MMA DNA. Former top contender Raphael Assuncao, who has lost three in a row, will meet rising Ricky Simon, who has won three in a row. Assuncao (27-8, 11-5 UFC) is...

And new: Eoghan Chelmiah claims Karate Combat world bantamweight title

Be the first with the latest news and podcasts, delivered weekly to your inbox, at no charge. While the manner of victory may not have been as decisive as he would have liked, Eoghan Chelmiah is the new Karate Combat world bantamweight champion. The Arles native, a multiple-time European and...

Raphael Assuncao returns to the Octagon against rising bantamweight Ricky Simon

Veteran fighter Raphael Assuncao is set to return to the Octagon later this year against rising bantamweight contender Ricky Simon. MMA DNL’s Marcel Dorff was the first to report the Assuncao vs. Simon fight, which is set to take place on December 18. This card does not yet have a location or a venue announced for it yet, but in addition to Assuncao vs. Simon, other fights set to take place on the December 18 card include Amanda Lemos vs. Nina Nunes at women’s 115lbs, Anthony Hernandez vs. Dustin Stoltzfus, and Don’Tale Mayes vs. Josh Parisian.

Pannie Kianzad Is Done Lurking In The Dark

Pannie Kianzad sat in the halls of T-Mobile Arena battered, but not discouraged. She had just lost her second UFC fight, a unanimous decision defeat to Julia Avila, dropping Kianzad’s UFC record to 0-2. She arrived in Las Vegas earlier that week eager and hopeful to make good on a second shot after losing The Ultimate Fighter 29 finale to Macy Chiasson a few months prior, but, ultimately, it wasn’t to be.
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Sean O’Malley on UFC talks: ‘I don’t think I should be main-eventing for the money I’m making right now’

Sean O’Malley isn’t avoiding big fights, but he’s not exactly pursuing them either — at least not until he signs his next UFC deal. In an appearance Monday on The MMA Hour, O’Malley revealed that he’s targeting December 11 at UFC 269 for his next bout. His opponent has yet to be decided, but one name it won’t be is Frankie Edgar after a proposed matchup between the two failed to come together for November 6 at UFC 268. O’Malley has voiced his philosophy in recent months about the relationship between his level of opposition and his UFC pay, but said that had nothing to do with the Edgar fight ultimately going to Marlon Vera.

Bantamweight Nezzar Dimes wants to be an ambassador for Palestinian MMA

The MMA career of New Jersey bantamweight Nezzar Dimes may just be getting started, but the former JUCO wrestling standout has set high goals for himself — one of which is becoming an ambassador for Palestinian mixed martial arts. In this interview with the up-and-coming 23-year-old, we delve into why...

‘Can’t Wait To See Him Compete’: Kyoji Horiguchi Signs With Bellator

Bellator promotion’s president announced signing a new fighter in their line — Kyoji Horiguchi. Horiguchi, a Japanese fighter, has fought in Bellator and UFC and is Rizin’s current champion. On Thursday, he signed a contract with Bellator. “We have signed former Bellator MMA Bantamweight World Champion Kyoji Horiguchi and I...

Kyoji Horiguchi signs with Bellator MMA after vacating RIZIN bantamweight title

Just a few days after vacating the RIZIN Bantamweight title and announcing his free agency, Kyoji Horoguchi has found a new home. Well, it’s return of sorts as the dominate 135-pound fighter has re-signed a deal to compete for Bellator MMA. Horiguchi won the RIZIN title in December 2018 only...

Kyoji Horiguchi signs with Bellator, remains RIZIN bantamweight champion

One of the best bantamweight fighters in the world has signed with Bellator. Kyoji Horiguchi appeared on an episode of the American Top Team podcast Punchin’ In earlier this week and revealed he completed his contract with RIZIN FF and entered free agency. Horiguchi expressed interest in signing with Bellator to compete in its bantamweight division and set his sights on a potential fight with current reigning champion, Sergio Pettis.