Marvin Vettori calls out Darren Till after UFC 244

There is a new contender in the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight division and Marvin Vettori is not happy about it. During the UFC 500th show, Darren Till moved up for the first time under the limit of 185 pounds as he fought Kelvin Gastelum in the co-main event of UFC 244. The British fighter eventually got the nod against ‘KG’ and brought home the victory via split decision. After the fight, though, “The Gorilla” told MMA Junkie he was scared and was trying to find a way out of t

Ciryl Gane aims to headline first-ever UFC event in France

MMA will finally be legal in France on January 1 of the New Year. It’s going to be a huge step for France and for larger Europe, as a lot of young, talented fighters can finally pursue a professional career as an MMA fighter in their own backyards. That hasn’t been always the case though. French fighters have historically had to compete elsewhere, far from home, far from their local fans. That’s the story of Ciryl Gane (4-0, 1-0 UFC), a deadly French heavyweight who recently debuted in the UFC

Bellator lands on Italian soil, featuring return of Alessio Sakara

It’s going to be a crucial weekend for Bel Paese’s mixed martial arts. In between Mauro Cerilli’s bout against Arjan Bhullar in ONE Championship and Marvin Vettori’s match with Andrew Sanchez in the UFC, Italian fans will enjoy Bellator 230 in the beautiful city of Milan, Italy. It will be Bellator’s seventh event in Italian territory in what has been just a three-year span. It’s a sign that Scott Coker and his crew are committed to investing big in Italy and Europe as well. Bellator Milan’s c

Joanna Jedrzejczyk responds to her weight-cutting critics

The UFC Tampa madness is anything but over. After the news of former UFC strawweight queen Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s problem to make weight in time for her bout against Michelle Waterson broke, multiple versions of the story followed in these past days. The ex belt-holder informed the promotion’s officials with 10-day notice that she couldn’t cut as much weight to compete in the strawweight division and asked for a catch-weight. “Karate Hottie” and her team, though, refused Jedrzejczyk’s proposal a

Mauro Cerilli determined to spoil Arjan Bhullar’s ONE debut

2019 hasn’t been a great year for MMA in Italy, as most of the Italian fighters signed to the biggest international promotions haven’t been able to bring victories home. Of a total of 22 fights, Italian athletes have only won 6 of them. One of those winners was Mauro Cerilli (13-3; 1-1 ONE 1-1), former Cage Warriors heavyweight title-holder and current ONE Championship heavyweight contender. “The Hammer” is set to face Indian-Canadian wrestler Arjan Bhullar (9-1) on October 13 at the second pa

Galore Bofando vs. Stefano Paternò, Oliver Enkamp vs. Giorgio Pietrini added to Bellator Milan

WINNIPEG, CANADA - DECEMBER 15: Galore Bofando of Congo poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in on December 15, 2017 in Winnipeg, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Two more welterweight bouts have been added to Bellator 230 in Milan as Galore Bofando faces Stefano Paternò and Oliver Enkamp fights Giorgio Pietrini Bellator Milan is taking shape as a couple more of matches will take place in Lombardy, Italy, sources confirm FanSided following a re

Charlie Ward vs. Pietro Penini in the works for Bellator Dublin

Dublin , Ireland - 23 February 2019; Charlie Ward celebrates following his win against Jamie Stephenson in their Middleweight bout during Bellator 217 at the 3 Arena in Dublin. (Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images) Straight Blast Gym’s own Charlie Ward in the works to lock horns against Italian middleweight Pietro Penini on September 27 in Dublin. Another bout could soon be added to the already stacked Bellator 227’s card which will take place on Sept. 27 in Dublin, Ireland.

Carlo Pedersoli Jr. cut from the UFC, signs with Bellator

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEBRUARY 23: Carlo Pedersoli of Italy prepares to fight Dwight Grant in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on February 23, 2019 in the Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Italian, Carlo Pedersoli Jr. states on his social media that he isn’t fighting under the UFC banner anymore and has decided to sign with Bellator. Italian fighter, Carlo Pedersoli Jr., (11-3; 1-2 UFC) has announced that

Alessio Sakara vs. Canaan Grigsby to headline Bellator Milan

TORINO, ITALY - 2016/01/15: Alessio Sakara at "Oktagon Kickboxing 2016" press conference in Turin, Italy. Oktagon Kickboxing President Carlo Di Blasi was joined in Turin this afternoon by several of the word-class fighters slated to take part at Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy, on April 16, in the highly anticipated event including A. Sakara and B. Rogers. (Photo by Massimiliano Ferraro/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Washington Nationals get much-needed bullpen help in Daniel Hudson

Alessio Di Chirico vs. Peter Sobotta in the works for September card

WINNIPEG, CANADA - DECEMBER 16: Alessio Di Chirico of Italy prepares to enter the Octagon before facing Oluwale Bamgbose in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Bell MTS Place on December 16, 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) A fight is in the works between Alessio Di Chirico Peter Sobotta this fall for a September showdown, according to sources. It didn’t take much time for Alessio Di Chirico (12-3, 3-3 UFC)

Former UFC heavyweight Arjan Bhullar set to face Mauro Cerilli in ONE Championship

OTTAWA, ON - MAY 04: Arjan Singh Bhullar of Canada walks to the Octagon prior to his heavyweight bout against Juan Adams during the UFC Fight Night event at Canadian Tire Centre on May 4, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) UFC veteran Arjan Bhullar locks horns with former Cage Warriors heavyweight champion Mauro Cerilli at ONE Championship: Dawn Of Heroes on August 2. After his UFC contract’s expired, Canadian wrestler Arjan Bhullar (9

Marvin Vettori says he’s the ‘only hope of Italian mixed martial arts’

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 30: Marvin Vettori of Italy prepares to face Omari Akhmedov of Russia in their middleweight bout during the UFC 219 event inside T-Mobile Arena on December 30, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Marvin Vettori is coming back after a one-year hiatus, due to anti-doping issues, on July 13 at UFC Sacramento and he’s fighting Cezar Ferreira. Last time we saw Marvin Vettori in the Octagon was in April 2018, when he was

Italians we’d like to see fight at Bellator Milan: Walter Pugliesi vs. Andrea Fusi 2

The first match of Bellator Milan has been officially announced as welterweights Walter Pugliesi and Andrea Fusi clashes again in promotion’s return to Italy Italian fans, rejoice! One of the most anticipated rematches in Italy’s MMA has been finally booked as two home favorites, Andrea “The Barbarian” Fusi (8-4, 1-0 Bellator) and Walter “Kraken” Pugliesi (4-2, 0-1 Bellator) lock horns once again in the Bellator’s round cage. This rematch was a no-brainer since said fighters are two of the big

Why 2019 is a disastrous year for Italian mixed martial arts

GREENVILLE, SC - JUNE 22: (L-R) Kevin Holland celebrates his victory over Alessio Di Chirico of Italy in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on June 22, 2019 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) After a really good 2018 for Italian fighters, 2019 seems to be a much worse season for Italian MMA athletes signed to major promotions. Following Alessio Di Chirico‘s latest bout at UFC Greenville,

Alessio Di Chirico asks for a rematch following UFC Greenville decision loss

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 06: Alessio Di Chirico of Italy prepares to fight Julian Marquez in their middleweight bout during The Ultimate Fighter Finale event inside The Pearl concert theater at Palms Casino Resort on July 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Italian fighter Alessio Di Chirico says he wants to fight Kevin Holland again, this time in Europe at UFC Copenhagen, on September A controversial middleweight scrap went on Saturday night

UFC Prague: Italian Rising Star Carlo Pedersoli Jr. to Face Dwight Grant

UFC Prague continues to shape up, adding promising Italian welterweight Carlo Pedersoli against Contender Series alum Dwight Grant. Following a report from Sherdog’s own Tudor Leonte, sources confirm to Cagesidepress.com that Italian up-and-comer Carlo Pedersoli Jr. (11-2) will face Dwight “The Body Snatcher” Grant (8-2) at UFC Prague. Dwight Grant, a Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series winner will try to get back in track after a split decision loss against the more experienced Zak Ot

Italian Middleweight Alen Amedovski Signs with UFC

Undefeated Italian-Macedonian prospect Alen Amedovski announced today that he has joined the UFC. There was a time, not so long ago, when the UFC had no Italian athletes on its roster. That time seems gone though, as with the recent signing of Alen Amedovski, the number of fighters from Bel Paese move up to five. The two-time Bellator veteran just announced through his social media that he signed a deal with the top MMA promotion, writing a long post about chasing his dream and the importance
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