Esther Lin, MMA Fighting A pair of U.K. lightweights will settle a score at UFC London as rivals Marc Diakiese and Stevie Ray have been pitted against each other for the annual show at The o2 in London, England on March 21. The UFC announced the fight between the former BAMMA champion and former CAge Warriors champion via social media on Tuesday. A meeting between the two has been earmarked ever since the two began taking shots at each other online, which can be traced back to 2017. Diakiese (14-3-0) was signed to the UFC as one of the most highly touted European prospects and as an undefeated BAMMA champion. “Bonecrusher” got off to a great start with the
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Manel Kape scored a shock win over Japanese frontrunner Kai Asakura in the main event of RIZIN 20 in Saitama, Japan on Tuesday, claiming the RIZIN bantamweight title that Asakura took from Kyoji Horiguchi in the process. Kape dropped Asakura twice in quick succession before he landed several grounded strikes that prompted the referee to stop the contest. Following the stoppage, Kape immediately left the ring and celebrated with former foe and champion Horiguchi. Kape did well to negate Asakura’s reach advantage in the first round. Just as Asakura seemed to grow in the exchanges, Kape finished the round out with a thudding spinning back fist that. The Angolan knockout artist’s pressure paid off early
Rising Japanese star Tenshin Nasukawa put on a show one more time at RIZIN. The undefeated 21-year-old striker took one arguably the toughest fight of his kickboxing career in Rui Ebata at RIZIN 20 in Saitama, Japan, on Dec. 31, but made short work of the fellow Japanese fighter with a first-round stoppage. Nasukawa started off strong with left hands and kicks to the body, dropping Ebata in the second half of the opening stanza. Ebata got back up, but was stunned and dropped a second time with punches to the head. With 30 seconds left in the clock, Nasukawa rushed forward for the third knockdown that would end the contest, and got it with a spinning kick followed by a combo of
Kai Asakura and Manel Kape will fight in the RIZIN 20 main event Tuesday. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting MMA Fighting has RIZIN 20 results for the Asakura vs. Kane fight card from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on Tuesday morning. In the main event, Kai Asakura will square off against Manel Kape for the Rizin bantamweight title. Check out RIZIN 20 results below. Main card Manel Kape def. Kai Asakura via TKO (strikes) at 0:38 of R2 Tenshin Nasukawa vs. Rui Ebata via TKO (three knockdowns) at 2:47 of R1 Seo Hee Ham def. Ayaka Hamasaki via split decision Mikura Asakura def. John Macapa via unanimous decision Rena def. Lindsey Vanzandt via TKO (corner stoppage) at 4:42 of R3 Undercard Tofiq Musaev def. Patricky Pitbull
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting It’s been nearly five years since Nick Diaz last set foot inside the octagon, and despite the rumors that the elder Diaz is interested in returning, UFC President Dana White isn’t optimistic about the chances of that happening. Nick Diaz has been the subject of constant speculation over if and when he’d return to fighting. But last February, Diaz made it clear he had no intention of coming back, barring a Godfather type offer. In November though, his tune changed. Following his younger brother Nate Diaz’s defeat to Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244, Nick Diaz gave an interview to ESPN where he said he was potentially interested in a return fight against Masvidal as he
Chan Sung Jung | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Chan Sung Jung wants another shot at the UFC featherweight title, and he’s convinced he’s capable of stopping the new champion’s reign. “The Korean Zombie” took care of business in his native South Korea, needing a little more than three minutes at UFC Busan to become just the second fighter to finish former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar with strikes. Edgar has been a staple in the top-5 rankings at 145 pounds, and Jung not only claimed his spot, he immediately called for a bout with Alexander Volkanovski afterwards. Volkanovski is fresh off of dethroning longtime featherweight king Max Holloway at UFC 245, which has made him a marked man heading into 2020.
Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting With 2019 almost over, all eyes in the MMA world are turning towards 2020 and what they year will bring. But before the year closes out, there’s still some 2019 business to attend to, namely, the year-end superlatives. Every year, a number of media outlets (including MMA Fighting) award honorary titles for Submission of the Year, Knockout of the Year, Fight of the Year, and Fighter of the Year (among other awards) and this year’s race is getting contentious among two of the top contenders for Fighter of the Year. In the coming days, Henry Cejudo and Jorge Masvidal will likely be among the top finishers in the Fighter of the Year race, and Sunday,
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting TOKYO — All fighters made weight for RIZIN’s New Years Eve special card Thursday in Japan. In the main event, Kai Asakura battles Manel Kape for the vacant bantamweight championship after Kyoji Horiguchi relinquished the belt due to injury. The fight card also includes the finals of the lightweight grand prix, featuring Johnny Case vs. Tofiq Musayev and Luiz Gustavo vs. Patricky Freire, and UFC veteran C.B. Dollaway challenging Jiri Prochazka for the light heavyweight belt in his promotional debut. Check out RIZIN 20 weigh-ins results below. Johnny Case (156.9) vs. Tofiq Musayev (156.9)Luiz Gustavo (155.8) vs. Patricky Freire (156.4)Miyuu Yamamoto (107.6) vs. Suwanan Boonsorn (103.6)Taiju Shiratori (136.2) vs. Taiga Kawabe (134.8)Yuki Motoya (134.5) vs. Patrick Mix (134.8)Jake Heun