Titan FC bantamweight champion Brett Johns looking to put on clinic next Saturday and get a call from UFC

Brett Johns made his United States MMA debut back in March and made an immediate impact as he submitted Walel Watson to win the vacant Titan FC bantamweight title.Titan FC 34

Johns (11-0) will return to the United States next week when he makes his first title defense as he is challenged by Ultimate Fighter alum Anthony Gutierrez at Titan FC 34.

Following the victory over Watson, it was evident that Gutierrez would be the next opponent for Johns. On the same night that Johns won the vacant Titan FC title, Gutierrez scored his sixth career victory as he defeated Austin Lyons by knockout. Johns recently told The MMA Report that he figured it was just a matter of time before the fight with Gutierrez would happen.

“I kind of knew it was going to be him. Titan brought him to the table,” Johns said. “My coach and I sat down and we were really happy with the matchup. He is very skilled and it’s going to be a fun fight for sure. He is completely opposite to Walel Watson. Watson’s strengths are on the ground while Gutierrez’s is on the feet. I enjoy having these challenges and this is why I do this sport. Gutierrez is just another challenge.”

While Johns will discuss the striking that Gutierrez brings to the table, he knows that everyone at this level is a complete fighter so he has to be concerned with all aspects of the game. He respects his opponents abilities, but he is not going to allow Gutierrez take something from him that is extremely valuable. The Titan FC title.

The main goal for Johns is to walk away with the victory at Titan FC 34, no matter how it comes. It does not matter to him if the fans in attendance boo or cheer his performance. It’s a bonus for him if he is able to put on a show and the fans appreciate his effort. A win over Gutierrez would be a big step for Johns, whose ultimate goal is to get to the UFC.

“This fight, I am looking to put a clinic on. I am looking for that UFC call up after this fight,” Johns stated. “Fingers crossed. I am looking to put on a good show. Not only that, I love Titan. They are for the fans so I am looking to put on a show.

Be sure to check out Johns complete interview on Friday’s edition of The MMA Report Live.

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Kevin McDonald assigned as referee for Douglas Lima vs. Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 140

The main event of next week’s Bellator 140 will be a welterweight title fight as champion Douglas Lima defends the title against Andrey Koreshkov and Kevin McDonald will the third man in the cage.Bellator 140 Poster

Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation Director Mike Mazzulli confirmed to The MMA Report on Tuesday that McDonald will be the referee for the title fight.

Along with assigning McDonald as the referee, Mazzulli has assigned Eric Colon, Daver Terilli, and Brian Miner to be the judges for the fight.

Bellator 140: Lima vs. Koreshkov will come from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut next Friday night and the current fight card lineup is below.

Main Card: (Spike TV – 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT)
Douglas Lima (26-5) vs. Andrey Koreshkov (17-1)
Chris Honeycutt (6-0) vs. Paul Bradley (22-6)
Michael Page (7-0) vs. Rudy Bears (16-13)
Brennan Ward (10-3) vs. Gavin Sterritt (6-1)
Paul Daley (36-13-2) vs. Dennis Olson (14-8)

Preliminary Card: (Spike.com – 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT)
Josh Neer (36-14) vs. Matt Secor (6-2)
Blair Tugman (7-5) vs. Rodrigo Almeida (12-2)
Ilya Kotau (0-0) vs. Nicolas Sergiacomi (1-0)
Parker Porter (5-4) vs. Eric Bedard (6-5)
Billy Giovanella (8-3) vs. Remo Cardarelli (4-2)
Dean Hancock (1-0) vs. Alex Dunworth (2-1,1 NC)
Kaline Medeiros (4-4) vs. Sarah Payant (1-0)
Waylon Lowe (15-6, 1 NC) vs. Ryan Quinn (10-5, 1 NC)

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Scott Jorgensen vs. Manny Gamburyan elevated to main card of next week’s UFC Fight Night 71

UFC Fight Night 71 will take place on July 15 from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California and the updated fight card lineup has been announced by the UFC.UFC Fight Night 71

The preliminary card will begin with two fights on Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and the final four preliminary bouts will be shown on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Following the conclusion of the preliminary card, the main card on Fox Sports 1 will start at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and will be headlined by a heavyweight bout as former champion Frank Mir meets Todd Duffee.

The current UFC Fight Night 71: Mir vs. Duffee fight card lineup is below.

Main Card: (Fox Sports 1 – 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
Frank Mir (17-9) vs. Todd Duffee (9-2)
Josh Thomson (20-7, 1NC) vs. Tony Ferguson (18-3)
Holly Holm (8-0) vs. Marion Reneau (6-1)
Scott Jorgensen (15-10) vs. Manny Gamburyan (14-8, 1NC)
Kevin Lee (10-1) vs. James Moontasri (8-2)
Alan Jouban (11-3) vs. Matt Dwyer (8-2)

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1 – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
Sam Sicilia (14-5) vs. Yaotzin Meza (21-9, 1NC)
Jessica Andrade (12-4) vs. Sarah Moras (4-1)
Rani Yahya (20-8, 1NC) vs. Masanori Kanehara (24-11-5)
Igor Araujo (25-7, 1NC) vs. Sean Strickland (15-1)

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass – 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT)
Kevin Casey (8-3, 1NC) vs. Ildemar Alcantara (21-7)
Andrew Craig (9-3) vs. Lyman Good (18-3, 1NC)

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2015 UFC Hall of Fame Inductee Bas Rutten: I want people to remember that I was just not a striker

The 2015 UFC Hall of Fame class will be inducted on Saturday in Las Vegas at the UFC Fan Expo and former UFC heavyweight champion Bas Rutten will be inducted into the Pioneer wing of the Hall of Fame.UFC 2015 Hall of Fame

Rutten (28-4-1) only had two fights in the UFC, which were wins against Tsuyoshi Kohsaka (UFC 18) and Kevin Randleman (UFC 20). He won the UFC heavyweight title with the victory over Randleman and later vacated the title when he planned to move down in weight.

Following the win over Randleman, Rutten would suffer multiple injuries and would only compete one more time in MMA. That fight came in 2006 when he defeated Ruben Villareal by TKO at WFA Kind of the Streets.

It was announced in May that Rutten would be going into the newly redesigned UFC Hall of Fame and he told The MMA Report during the 2015 UFC Hall of Fame Media Conference Call that going into the UFC Hall of Fame is “very cool.”

“I never expected it because I had a lot of people and my fans on Twitter and said ‘he is a Hall of Famer.’ My answer was always, ‘guys I had two fights.’ But maybe in like ten years because of the contribution I make to MMA in general, like bringing it out and being a commentator,” Rutten said. “Just helping to promote the sport and maybe eventually, that will help get me in. That was my hope and I did not expect it at all. I am weird for things. Whether they give me things or say things that my mind first has to wrap around it. A buddy of mine called me and said ‘you realize there are only nine guys/fighters in the UFC Hall of Fame. This is so cool and once you realize that people in the street say, ‘Hey HOF, how are you doing?’ This is really cool. Very cool.”

It has been nine years since Rutten had his last fight and many of today’s fans most likely know him for his commentary work in MMA or his roles in various movies. With that being said, Rutten explained how he would like the fans of MMA to remember him as a fighter.

“Just be an exciting fighter. I never liked to go to decisions and thankfully I only had three,” he explained. I really did not want that last one with Kevin Handleman because I do not like the number three for some reason. I always wanted to keep it at two and for the rest, I have all finishes. I want people to remember that I was just not a striker. I think I went in as a striker and actually became a much better grappler, even better than striking. I had fifteen submission wins and ten knockouts. But for some reason, they always say he is a great striker. Trust me, I enjoy it but I never get any credit for my ground work. I thought I was pretty ok as well.”

The 2015 UFC Hall of Fame Class will be inducted on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT at the UFC Fan Expo, which will come from the Sands Expo and Convention Center at the Venetian/Palazzo. The event will be streamed live by the UFC for the fans who are unable to attend.

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Misha Cirkunov vs. Sean O’Connell official UFC Fight Night 74

A light heavyweight bout that was recently reported is now official as Misha Cirkunov will make his UFC debut against Sean O’Connell at UFC Fight Night 74. UFC Fight Night 74

The UFC announced the fight booking on late Monday.

UFC Fight Night 74 will come from the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon on August 23 and will be headlined by a featherweight bout as Max Holloway meets Charles Oliveria.

Cirkunov (9-2) was recently signed by the UFC and is currently on a four fight winning streak. Seven of his nine career victories have come by stoppage and all of those victories have come in the first round. O’Connell (17-6) has won back to back fights after starting 0-2 in the UFC. His most recent win came in May as he defeated Anthony Perosh by TKO at UFC Fight Night 65.

The current UFC Fight Night 74: Holloway vs. Oliveira fight card is below.

Max Holloway (13-3) vs. Charles Oliveira (20-4)
Rick Story (18-8) vs. Erick Silva (18-5 1NC)
Patrick Cote (21-9) vs. Josh Burkman (28-12)
Maryna Moroz (6-0) vs. Valerie Letourneau (7-3)
Chris Kelades (8-2) vs. Chris Beal (10-1)
Chad Laprise (11-0) vs. TBD
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (6-1) vs. TBD
Sam Stout (21-11-1) vs. Frankie Perez (9-2)
Yves Jabouin (20-10) vs. Felipe Arantes (16-7-1, 2NC)
Shane Campbell (11-3) vs. Elias Silverio (11-1)
Nikita Krylov (18-4) vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima (13-2-1)
Misha Cirkunov (9-2) vs. Sean O’Connell (17-6)

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Geane Herrera signs with UFC, meets Ray Borg at UFC Fight Night 73

Flyweight Geane Herrera has signed with the UFC and he will make his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 73 when he meets Ray Borg.UFC Fight Night 73

The fight booking was announced by the UFC on Monday evening.

UFC Fight Night 73 will come from the Bridgestone Arena on August 8 and will be headlined by former title challenger Glover Teixeira meeting Ovince Saint Preux meeting in a battle of top ten UFC light heavyweights.

Herrera (8-0) is coming off a TKO win in April against Josh Rave at RFA 25 and six of his eight wins have come by stoppage i the first round. Five of his six stoppage wins have come by submission and all of those submissions have come in under three minutes. Borg (8-1) has won back to back fights after losing his UFC debut against Dustin Ortiz. Both of those wins have come by submission and his most recent win came against Chris Kelades at UFC Fight Night 60.

The current UFC Fight Night 73: St. Preux vs. Teixeira fight card is below.

Glover Teixeria (22-4) vs. Ovince Saint Preux (16-8)
Michael Johnson (16-8) vs. Beneil Dariush (11-1)
Sara McMann (8-2) vs. Amanda Nunes (10-4)
Scott Holtzman (7-0) vs. Anthony Christodoulou (12-5)
Marlon Vera (6-2-1) vs. Roman Salazar (9-2)
Jonathan Wilson (6-0) vs. Jared Cannonier (7-1)
Tim Johnson (9-1) vs. Jared Rosholt (12-2)
Tom Watson (17-8) vs. Chris Camozzi (21-10)
Dustin Ortiz (14-4) vs. Ian McCall (13-5-1)
Sam Alvey (26-6, 1NC) vs. Derek Brunson (13-3)
Sirwan Kakai (12-2) vs. Frankie Saenz (10-2)
Uriah Hall (10-5) vs. Joe Riggs (40-16, 1NC)
Geane Herrera (8-0) vs. Ray Borg (8-1)

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