Phil Davis (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)The MMA Corner’s Weekly Fight Announcements | 11/30/14 – 12/6/14 José Youngs December 7, 2014 AXS TV FIGHTS, Bellator, News, Spotlight, WSOF WSOF 16 – December 13, 2014 WSOF 16 is scheduled to take place at the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento, CA. A welterweight title fight between reigning champion Rousimar Palhares and former UFC title contender Jon Fitch will serve as the main event while featherweight champion Rick Glenn defends his belt against Lance Palmer in the co-main event. The main card will air on NBC Sports Network. Sheymon Moraes vs. Gabriel Solorio Moraes (6-0), who will be making his promotional debut, was last seen walking away with a violent first round knockout victory over Felipe Alves in August. This marked his first appearance inside the cage since his split decision win over Eliel dos Santos e Santos back in December 2012. He will enter this bout with four career knockout victories. Solorio (11-7) will enter this is bout having picked up wins in three of his last four bouts. In his most recent performance, ‘Solo scored a first round TKO victory over Scott Heckman in October. In last bout under the WSOF banner, Solorio earned a decision win over Shawn Albrecht at WSOF 7. The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale – December 19, 2014 The Ultimate Fighter 20 is currently scheduled to take place at the Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas. The main event will serve as the finale of the TUF 20 women’s strawweight tournament. Angela Hill vs. Emily Kagan Hill (1-0), a Muy Thai specialist, suffered a first-round submission loss to former Invicta FC straight champion Carla Esparza in the first round of the TUF 20 tournament. She earned a second round TKO victory over Stephanie Skinner in her lone professional fight. Kagan (3-1) suffered a decision loss to Joanne Calderwood in the first round of the TUF 20 tournament. In her most recent professional fight, she earned a split decision over Ashley Cummins at Invicta FC 6. Prior to this win, Kagan saw her two-fight streak snapped at the hands of her eventual TUF teammate Rose Namajunas at Invicta FC 4. All three of her professional wins have gone to a decision. Alex Chambers vs. Aisling Daly Chambers (4-1) suffered a first round submission to Namajunas in the first round of the TUF 20 tournament. Prior to entering the tournament, ‘Astro Girl’ picked up back-to-back first-round stoppage wins over Jodie Esquibel and Mika Nagano. Daly (14-5), the former Cage Warriors FC strawweight champion, suffered a decision loss to former Invicta FC atomweight champion Jessica Penne in the quarterfinals of the TUF 20 tournament. She previously earned a second round TKO over Angela Magana in the first round of the tournament. She will enter this bout with 12 career stoppage victories, including seven by way of submission. Angela Magana vs. Tecia Torres Magana (11-6), who has risen to prominence through a series of bizarre tweets over the past few weeks, has competed against some of the most prominent female fighters in the business, including current UFC bantamweight Jessica Eye, Invicta FC flyweight champion Barb Honhack and current WSOF strawweight champion Jessica Aguilar. In her most recent bout, she suffered a second-round submission loss to Stephanie Eggink in September 2013. She will enter this bout with eight career stoppage victories, including six by way of submission. Torres (4-0), an American Top Team product, suffered a decision loss to Ronda Markos in the first round of the TUF 20 tournament. She would eventually re-enter the tournament as a replacement for the injured Justine Kish where she picked up a decision win over Bec Rawlings. She would eventually suffer a decision loss to Esparza in the quarterfinals. Prior to entering the tournament, ‘The Tiny Tornado’ earned decision wins over Namajunas, Felice Herring, and Paige Van Zant. Joanne Calderwood vs. Seo Hee Ham Calderwood (8-0) suffered a second-round submission loss to Namajunes in the quarter-finals of the TUF 20 tournament. Prior to entering the tournament, fans saw the Glasgow, Scotland native walk away with victories in her first eight career professional fights, which includes three wins under the Invicta FC banner. She will enter this contest with four career knockout victories. Ham (15-5), the former Deep Jewels featherweight champion, will be making her promotional debut. She will enter this bout having picked up wins in nine of her last 10 bouts, including six straight. She most recently defended her belt against Saori Ishioka in November. She has earned a total of 13 decision victories in her career. Heather Clark vs. Bec Rawlings Clark (6-4) suffered a decision loss to longtime rival Felice Herrig in the first round of the TUF 20 tournament. This marked her second career loss to Herring, with the first ending in a split decision at Bellator 94. Before to entering the tournament, fans saw the woman known as the ‘Hurricane’ snap her two fight losing streak with a unanimous decision over Hannah Cifers at XFC 26 in October 2013. She will enter this bout five career stoppage victories. Rawlings (5-3), a former Invicta FC title contender, suffered a unanimous decision to Torres in the first round of the TUF 20 tournament. Prior to entering the TUF house, ‘Rowdy’ alternated wins and losses for four fights, which included a unanimous-decision loss to Esparza in their main event title fight at Invicta FC 4. She has earned three submission victories in her career. Lisa Ellis vs. Felice Herrig Herrig (9-5) earned a decision win over Clark before suffering a first-round submission loss to Markos in the quarter-finals of the TUF 20 tournament. Prior to entering the tournament she was last seen on the receiving end of a decision loss to eventual TUF teammate Torres at Invicta FC 7 last December. Prior to this setback, ‘The Lil’ Bulldog’ strung together four straight decision wins. She has earned a total of three stoppage victories in her career. Ellis (15-8), who’s earned multiple belts in various smaller promotions, suffered a lopsided first round submission loss to Penne in the first round of the TUF 20 tournament. This marked Ellis’ second career loss to Penne after dropping a third round TKO to her at the inaugural Invicta FC card in April 2012. She currently holds 11 career submission wins. Titan FC 32 – December 19, 2014 Titan FC 32 is currently scheduled to take place in Lowell, MA. A featherweight title fight between Desmond Green and Steven Siler will serve as the co-main event. The event’s main card will air live on the CBS Sports Network. Dave Herman out, Jack May vs. Jon Madsen – For Titan FC Heavyweight Championship May (7-2), a UFC veteran, has not competed since suffering violent third TKO loss to Shawn Jordan at UFC Fight Night 47 in August This marked the second straight TKO loss for May with the first coming against Derrick Lewis at UFC on FOX 11 in April. Prior to these two setbacks, May put together a seven fight win streak, with six of these victories ending in first-round knockout. Madsen (7-1), another UFC veteran, was last seen walking away with a first round knockout over Matt Foster in March. This marked Madsen’s first appearance inside the cage since suffering a second round TKO loss to Mike Russow at UFC Fight Night 24 back in March 2011. He will enter this bout with four career knockouts. Rick Hawn vs. TBD Hawn (18-4), a former Bellator lightweight and welterweight tournament winner, will be looking to put an end to his two fight losing streak, which includes a second round TKO and the hands of current Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima in their main event title fight at Bellator 117 in April. Prior to these setbacks, the man known as ‘Ghengis’ strung together four straight wins, which includes a second round knockout over UFC veteran Karo Parisyan at Bellator 95. His opponent has not been named. Here is a look at some of the other fights announced for this event: Wayne Ahlquist vs. Nate Oses Ryan Quinn vs. Milan Zerjal Nick Drummond vs. John Ortolani Andre Harrison vs. Aaron Neveu Bellator 132 – January 16, 2014 Bellator 132 is currently scheduled to take place at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Southern California. A featherweight title fight between Patricio Pitbull and former champion Daniel Straus will serve as the main event. Bubba Jenkins vs. Georgi Karakhanyan Jenkins (8-1), the 2011 NCAA National Wrestling Champion out of Arizona State University, will be looking to extend his already impressive win streak to five straight. In his most recent performance, fans witness “The Highlight Kid” earn just his second career decision win when he outpointed Thiago Meller at Bellator 126 in September. This victory also marked his second straight win at 145-pounds since making the drop down in weight earlier this year. He will enter this bout with six career stoppage victories and a Bellator MMA record of 5-1. Karakhanyan (23-4-1), a former WSOF and Taichi Palace Fight featherweight champion, will be competing under the Bellator banner for the first time since suffering a third-round TKO loss to reigning Bellator champion Patricio ‘Pitbull’ at Bellator 37 in March 2011. Since then, the man known as ‘Insane’ has put together a record of 9-1 under various other promotions. In his most recent performance, fans saw Karakhanyan drop WSOF belt to current to champion Rick Glenn in the form of a second round TKO at WSOF 10 in June. He will enter this bout with 17 career stoppage victories, including 13 by way of submission. UFC Fight Night 59 – January 18, 2015 UFC Fight Night 59 is currently scheduled to take place at the TD Garden in Boston. A featherweight matchup between Irish superstar Conor McGregor and German powerhouse Dennis Siver will serve as the main event. The event will air on Fox Sports 1. Jorge Masvidal out with injury, Gleison Tibau vs. Norman Parke Tibau (30-10), who debuted with the UFC back in 2006, will enter this bout rounding a two fight win streak with decision victories wins over Pat Healy and Piotr Hallman. Prior to this win streak, the hulking Brazilian suffered a knockout loss to the surging Michael Johnson at UFC 168 last December. Tibau will enter this bout with 15 career stoppage victories, including 13 by way of submission, and a UFC record of 15-8. Parke (20-2-1), the TUF: Smashes lightweight champion, was last seen earning a second round TKO victory over Naoyuki Kotani at UFC Fight Night 46 in July. ‘Stormin’ was originally scheduled to face former title contender Diego Sanchez on the main card of UFC 180 in Mexico before an injured knee forced the Northern Ireland native off the card. He will enter this bout with a UFC record of 4-0-1. Here is a look at some of the other fights announced for this event: Johnny Case vs. Frank Trevino UFC on FOX 14 – January 24, 2015 UFC on FOX 14 is currently set to take place at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm. A light heavyweight number one contenders’ bout between hometown hero Alexander Gustafsson and knockout artist Anthony Johnson will serve as the night’s main event. The event will be broadcast live on FOX. Ryan Bader vs. Phil Davis Bader (18-4), winner of season eight of The Ultimate Fighter, will be looking to improve on his already impressive three-fight win streak. In his most recent outing, the former Arizona State University product dominated Ovince Saint Preux en route to a unanimous decision in their main event matchup at UFC Fight Night 47 in August. He will enter this bout with a 10 career stoppage victories and a UFC record of 12-4. Davis (13-2), who earned the 2008 NCAA National Wrestling Champion during his senior year at Penn State, was last seen earning a unanimous decision over former title contender Glover Teixeira in the co-main event of UFC 1 79 in October. Prior to this win, ‘Mr. Wonderful’ saw his four fight unbeaten streak snapped when he dropped a decision to the red-hot Anthony Johnson at UFC 172 in April. He will enter this bout with six career stoppage victories and a UFC record of 9-2. Akira Corassani vs. Sam Sicilia at UFC on FOX 14 Mirsad Bektic vs. Alan Omer at UFC on FOX 14 Neil Seery vs. Chris Beal Mirsad vs. Alan Omer Andy Ogle vs. Makwan Amirkhani Legacy FC 38 – February 13, 2014 Legacy FC 38 is currently scheduled to take pace at Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas. The main card airs on AXS TV. Anthony Njokuani vs. Thomas Gifford Njokuani (16-8), a former UFC and WEC veteran, will enter this bout riding a career worst two fight loss streak. In his most recent setback, ‘The Assassin’ suffered a decision loss to TUF 15 veteran Daren Cruickshank at UFC Fight Night 54 in October. Following this defeat, the UFC released Nigerian after more than five years of employment. During his run under the Zuffa-owned promotions, Njokuani earned four post-fight bonuses, including three straight Knockout of the Night performances back in 2009. Gifford (8-6) was last seen walking away with a second round knockout win over Wade Johnson in August. This victory not only snapped Gifford’s three fight losing streak but also marked his first career knockout victory as all seven of his prior victories came by way of submission. Here is a look at some of the other fights announced for this event: Jason Sampson vs. Joseph Sandoval Caio Machado vs. Steven Peterson Evan Martinez vs. Augusto Mendes Charles Byrd vs. Evan Thompson Saul Elizondo vs. Eli Tamez Andrew Parker vs. Victor Reyna Mark Delarosa vs. Keeton Gorton Tristan Grimsley vs. George Pacurariu Miles Johns vs. Levi Mowles Bellator 133 – February 13, 2014 Bellator 133 is currently scheduled will take place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA. The main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on MMAjunkie.com. Melvin Manhoef vs. Alexander Shlemenko Manhoef (29-12-1), a former Strikeforce, K-1 and Dream fan favorite, was last seen on the receiving end of incredibly violent second round knockout at the hands of kickboxing standout Joe Schilling at Bellator 131 in November, snapping his two-fight win streak in the process. Prior to this loss, the man known as ‘No Mercy’ scored a first round knockout win in his Bellator debut against Doug Marshal at Bellator 125 in September. Manhoef will enter this bout with an astounding 27 career knockout victories, including first round stoppages over MMA icons Mark Hunt and Kazushi Sakuraba. Schlemenko, a former Bellator middleweight champion, will also be looking to get back into the win column after dropping back-to-back first round submission losses to UFC Hall of Famer turned Bellator light heavyweight Tito Ortiz and current Bellator 185-pound Brandon Halsey. Prior to these stoppage losses, the 30-year-old Russian put together a 13-fight win streak, including three Bellator title defenses Bellator 134 – February 27, 2014 Bellator 134 is currently scheduled to take place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The night will feature what Bellator calls a full “British Invasion”, as Bellator Welterweight Champion Douglas Lima puts his title on the line against Nottingham native Paul Daley, while Emanuel Newton defends his strap against rising light heavyweight star and Daley’s fellow Englishmen Liam McGeary. The entire main card will air on Spike TV. Michael Page vs. Curtis Millender Page (7-0), a multiple-time world kickboxing champion, is coming off a decision victory over UFC veteran Nah-Shon Burrell at Bellator 128 in October. Prior to that win, the man known as ‘Venom’ rattled off six straight first-round stoppages, including a 10-second knockout in his Bellator debut over Ryan Sanders at Bellator 93. Millender (7-0), who will be making Bellator MMA debut, was last seen walking away with a first round TKO victory over James Chaney just 48 seconds into their fight in October. This marked just his second career stoppage victory. Eduardo Dantas vs. Mike Richman UFC 184 – February 28, 2014 UFC 184 is currently scheduled to take place on Feb. 28 at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. A middleweight title fight between champion Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort will serve as headlining act while a women’s bantamweight title fight Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano take place in the co-main event. Josh Koscheck vs. Jake Ellenberger Kosehck (17-8), a veteran of the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter, has not been seen inside the Octagon since suffering a first round TKO to Tyron Woodley at UFC 167 last November. This loss not only marked the second straight fight ‘Kos’ was finished in the first round but also his third straight defeat and fourth in his last six fights. To date, the former two-time title contender’s last victory is a split decision over Mike Pierce at 143 in February 2012. He will enter this bout with 10 career stoppage victories and UFC record of 15-8. Ellenberger (29-9), will also be looking to snap his three-fight skid, with his most recent being a first round submission loss to red-hot Kelvin Gastelum in the co-main event of UFC 180 in November. Prior to this loss, ‘The Juggernaut’ dropped a third round TKO to current number one contender Robbie Lawler at UFC 173. He will enter this bout with 23 stoppage victories, including 18 knockouts and a UFC record of 8-5.