Following the announcement last week of Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd being signed by Bellator, the promotion has added another women’s featherweight to the roster as it was officially announced that Talita Nogueira has been signed.
The signing was officially announced by Bellator in a press release on Thursday.
“We are always excited when we can bring in a talent like Talita to the organization,” Coker said. “This is just the beginning for women’s MMA here at Bellator. We want to make a very serious commitment to this division, and this is just the start.”
Nogueira (6-0) is a multiple-time jiu-jitsu champion and is currently ranked in the top ten in the women’s featherweight division. Four of her six career victories in mixed martial arts have come by submission and her last two wins have come by submission in the first round.
“Joining Bellator is like a dream come true,” Nogueira said. “Since I began my MMA career I wanted to compete in a promotion like Bellator so I want to thank Scott and Rich for bringing back women’s MMA to Bellator and I promise I will train harder than anyone to put on entertaining fights for Bellator.”
She is expected to make her debut in Bellator later this year.
Wanderlei Silva was scheduled to have his disciplinary hearing with the Nevada State Commission today, but that hearing was tabled by the commission at the beginning of today’s meeting.
Commissioner Pat Lundvall announced at the beginning of the call that the disciplinary hearing of Silva needed to be tabled due to Silva’s attorney, Ross Goodman filing a motion to have the hearing dismissed.
“Mr. Silva has filed a motion to dismiss that particular disciplinary matter and until resolution from that procedural motion is resolved, we can not move forward with the disciplinary complaint,” Lundvall said.
Prior to today, Silva was expected to appear in front of the commission concerning a drug test that was ordered by the commission in June. However, Silva did not take the drug test and admitted to the commission in June that he took diuretics before the test was required due to an injury he suffered earlier in the year.
Following the announcement that the disciplinary hearing was tabled, details came out on the motion that Goodman has filed to get this issue dismissed. According to MMAFighting.com, Goodman believes the commission lacks jurisdiction to take action against his client since he did not have a license when the drug test was ordered.
UFC 178 will take place next month at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be headlined by Demetrious Johnson defending the UFC flyweight title against Chris Cariaso.
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During Thursday’s Nevada Athletic Commission meeting, the commission booking Herb Dean as the referee for the fight, along with appointing Sal D’Amoto, Marcos Rosales, and Glenn Trowbridge as the judges for the fight.
The September 27th event in Las Vegas will mark the fourth UFC pay-per-view in 2014 that is being held in Las Vegas and Dean was the referee for the main event in the three other shows this year in Las Vegas.
The current UFC 178: Johnson vs. Cariaso fight card is below.
Main Card: (PPV – 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
Demetrious Johnson (20-2-1) vs. Chris Cariaso (17-5)
Donald Cerrone (24-6, 1NC) vs. Eddie Alvarez (25-3)
Conor McGregor (15-2) vs. Dustin Poirier (16-3)
Tim Kennedy (18-4) vs. Yoel Romero (8-1)
Cat Zingano (8-0) vs. Amanda Nunes (9-3)
Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1 – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
Dominick Cruz (19-1) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (20-7-2)
Jorge Masvidal (27-8) vs. James Krause (21-5)
Patrick Cote (20-8) vs. Stephen Thompson (9-1)
John Howard (22-9) vs. Brian Ebersole (50-16, 1NC)
Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass – 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT)
Kevin Lee (8-1) vs. Jon Tuck (8-1)
Manny Gamburyan (13-8, 1NC) vs. Cody Gibson (12-4)
The next World Series of Fighting event will take place on September 13th in Pennsylvania and two new fights have been officially added to the main card as Timur Valiev meets Isaiah Chapman and Frankie Perez faces Tom Marcellino.
Both fight bookings were recently announced by the promotion.
World Series of Fighting 13 will come from the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and will be headlined by Marlon Moraes defending the bantamweight title for the first time against Josh Hill.
Valiev (7-1) has won seven fights in a row after losing his pro debut in 2010 and he won his World Series of Fighting debut in June against Adam Acquaviva. Four of his seven wins have come by stoppage and three of those wins are by TKO/KO. Chapman (6-1) will be making his World Series of Fighting debut in this bout and all of his professional bouts have come in the regional promotion, NAAFS. He has won back to back fights and both of those wins have come by decision.
Perez (8-1) trains out of Ricardo Almeida Jiu-Jitsu and he comes to the promotion from Ring of Combat. After going undefeated in his first eight fights, he was defeated in May by split decision against now UFC fighter Chris Wade. Marcellino (7-2) is returning to the promotion for the first time since March of last year, which was a knockout defeat to Brenson Hansen. Since that defeat, he has won three in a row and two of those wins have come by submission.
Tickets for World Series of Fighting 13: Moraes vs. Hill are currently on sale and are available on Ticketmaster and the current fight card is below.
Marlon Moraes (13-4-1) vs. Josh Hill (10-0)
Ozzy Dugulubgov (5-2) vs. Keon Caldwell (9-2)
Timur Valiev (7-1) vs. Isaiah Chapman (6-1)
Frankie Perez (8-1) vs. Tom Marcellino (7-2)
Mike Pyle is the oldest fighter in the UFC welterweight division and he will look for his tenth UFC win when he takes on Jordan Mein in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 49 on Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During last night’s episode of UFC Tonight on Fox Sports 1, Pyle talked about the fight and how he keeps improving as a fighter.
UFC Fight Night 48 and 49 will take place on Saturday and TheMMAReport.com reporters Jason Floyd and Daniel Galvan preview both of the fight cards in the latest edition of “The MMA Report Preview Show.”
Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson will headline a UFC fight card for the eighth straight time on Saturday when he meets Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 48 and he talked about the fight during last night’s edition of UFC Tonight on Fox Sports 1.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission held its monthly meeting today in Las Vegas and the full audio of the meeting is now available on TheMMAReport.com.
The meeting came from the Grant Sawyer State Office Building in Las Vegas and one of the major items on the agenda was the disciplinary hearing of Wanderlei Silva.
However, the commission tabled the hearing due to Silva’s lawyer filing a motion with the state to have this hearing dismissed.
Today’s Nevada Athletic Commission is below.
The UFC held a Q&A session with UFC President Dana White and women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in China yesterday and the complete video is now available.
During the Q&A, White and Rousey took questions from the media in attendance including both of them talking about a potential fight with former Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino.
The complete Q&A with White and Rousey is below.
Strikeforce and UFC alum Roger Gracie has signed a multi-fight deal with ONE FC to compete in the light heavyweight division and the promotion has also announced the signing of six other fighters to exclusive contracts.
The signings were announced by ONE FC on Thursday and the other signings were Rafael Atilho, Warren De Reuck, Michal Pasternack, Timofey Nastyukhin, Igor Svirid, and Anatpong Bunrad.
Gracie (6-2) is a ten-time jiu-jitsu world champion and has not competed in mixed martial arts since losing to Tim Kennedy at UFC 162 last year. Prior to the defeat to Kennedy, he had won back to back fights including a submission win against Anthony Smith at the final Strikeforce event.
“I am proud to add 7 very talented international athletes to our world class ONE FC roster, said ONE FC VP of Operations Matt Hume. “These recent additions include undefeated fighters, Rafael Atilho of Brazil, Warren De Reuck of South Africa, and Michal Pasternack of Poland. Also world class champions Timofey Nastyukhin of the famed Russian Top Team, Igor Svirid of Kazakhstan, and the exciting up and comer from Thailand, Anatpong Bunrad.”
“I’m also very excited to add one of the greatest grapplers in the game, from MMA’s royal family, Roger Gracie. I anticipate major excitement in the ONE FC cage as these fresh international stars and seasoned veterans mix it up in the shark infested waters of the ONE FC cage!”
The next ONE FC event will be next Friday in Dubai and will feature three title fights including Ben Askren challenging Nobutatsu Suzuki for the ONE FC welterweight title.