Latest News Zach Makovsky to make debut against Scott Jorgensen on late notice
The UFC has signed former Bellator champion Zach Makovsky to fill in for the injury John Dodson at UFC on Fox 9. The TUF winner had been set to face Scott Jorgensen at the event, which takes place Dec. 14 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, now that duty falls to Makovsky.
News broke that Dodson would be unable to compete earlier this week. The UFC confirmed the widely reported news, but the extent of the injury is currently unknown.
Makovsky defeated Nick Mamalis, Bryan Goldsby and Ed West to win the first Bellator bantamweight tournament and take the inaugural belt. After winning the title, he picked up a pair of back-to-back non-title wins over Chad Robichaux and UFC veteran Ryan Roberts. In 2012, Eduardo Dantas tapped “Fun Size” in the second round and took his title. A follow-up defeat at the hands of Anthony Leone left Makovsky out of the promotion. Since then, he has picked up back-to-back wins over Claudio Ledesma and Matt Manzanares to get back on track.
Jorgensen will drop down to flyweight after an extensive Zuffa career at bantamweight. “Young Guns” went 7-3 in the WEC and even fought for the bantamweight title before Zuffa merged the promotion with the UFC. During that run, he scored victories over Brad Pickett, Antonio Banuelos and Takeya Mizugaki. In 2011, he transitioned into the UFC and picked up wins in his two fights over Ken Stone and Jeff Curran. However, since then he has gone only 1-3. In his last fight, he fell to former WEC champion Urijah Faber at the TUF 17 Finale.
In the main event of UFC on Fox 9, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will defend his title against Joseph Benavidez.
559 Fights is set to close out the year with a bang with four title fights at 559 Fights
The Fresno Convention center, one of the premier venues in the Central Valley will host the event Friday December 6th, 2013. Four titles will be on the line in this stacked card full of the Central Valley's top amateur MMA fighters. In the main event Madera's (6-6) Chris Huerta representing Torres MMA defends his 559 Fights welterweight championship in a rematch versus Fresno's (7-3) Art Hernandez out of Team Live Wire. This match up got the most votes in a Facebook poll that asked fans to vote for the fight they wanted to see in the main event.
Farmersville's Team KO has eight fighters on the card. Leading the way for the Team KO Army will be current 559 Fights flyweight champion (5-0-1) Manny "The Beast" Ruiz out of Visalia. Ruiz defeated Rafael Hernandez in August to win the title, and now looks to defend it in the co main event. Ruiz will take on Kerman's (2-2) Christopher Gonzales out of The Cave, who is coming off a submission win in October.
The first ever 559 Fights lightweight champion will be crowned. When Visalia's undefeated (3-0) Armando Perez out Elite Team takes on Fresno's (4-2) Evan Solorio representing Thrive MMA. Perez racked up his three wins inside a 2 month time span and looks to bring that title home to Elite Team Visalia. Solorio looks to win his second title after stopping one of the top amateur's in the valley, Sandor Escobar by tko in his last outing.
Newly crowned 559 Fights cruiser weight Champion (4-2) Wilbert Rogers out of Hanford representing Team Ochoa looks to defend his title for the first time in a rematch. Rogers will face Kerman's (7-2) Leo Cantu out of The Pit. The two met late last year in a heavyweight bout, where Cantu was able to get the decision win.
Also on the card:
Team KO's (2-2) Carlos Hernandez vs (2-0) Josh Sudbeck out of Central Valley Combat Academy
Thrive MMA's (1-0) Julio Lopez vs (2-1) Josh Davey
Fresno Fight Club's (1-1) Chou Vang vs Dethrone Base Camp's (0-0) Eugene Cancino
Team KO's (2-0) Jeffrey Lewis vs Thrive MMA's (2-0) Mason Fowler
Team Ochoa's (2-3) Stephen Sandoval vs Team KO's Edgar Loza
Thrive MMA's (2-0) Andrew Johnson vs Nor Cal Viper MMA's (0-0) Garrett Marks
Thrive MMA's (1-3) Paul Porter vs Slaughter Hut MMA's John Mathison
Team Live Wire's (0-0) Anthony Martinez vs (1-0) Adrian Flores
Team KO's (1-0) Jesse Ledezma vs Selma BJJ's (1-0) Arcides Tovar
Team KO's (0-0) Jeremy Garibay vs (0-1) Roger Gonzales
Elite Team's (1-0) Juan Villarreal vs Team KO's (0-0) Julio Garcia
Tickets start at $20 and are available at the Fresno Convention Center Box Office, Visalia's MMA Gear, or online at www.ticketmaster.com
Three titles on the line at Invicta FC 7, Esparza and Honchak to defend belts
Three title fights headline Invicta FC's final event of 2013 with the flyweight, strawweight, and inaugural bantamweight titles all on the line. Invicta FC 7 takes place December 7th at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, MO with a live webcast on the promotion's website.
Barn Honchak won the Invicta flyweight title in her most recent fight, a unanimous decision over Vanessa Porto in April leaving the Miletich Fighting Systems fighter 8-2 with seven wins in a row. Now making her first defense of the belt she takes on Bellator vet Leslie Smith. Smith has fought on the main card of Invicta four times in the past five events and winning “Fight of the Night” in that promotion three times. Most recently Smith defeated Jennifer Maia by unanimous decision in July.
Carla Esparza's only two losses in her nine-fight career were to legends Jessica Aguilar and Megumi Fujii while her capture of the vacant strawweight title in her most recent fight stretched her win streak to four in a row. Now for her first title defense the Team Oyama representative faces undefeated Claudia Gadelha. Gadelha's record seems impressive but her 11 wins haven't been the same level as Esparza, her most recent being a TKO of Akaya Hamasaki in her Invicta FC debut. This is more than a battle of striker vs. grappler but the fight will likely unfold as such.
For the inaugural bantamweight title 7-0 Lauren Murphy fights 2-0 Miriam Nakamoto. Murphy earned the shot with unanimous decisions over both Kaitlin Young and Sarah D'Alelio in Invicta 5 and 6 respectively. Nakamoto's Invicta debut was a draw to now-UFC fighter Jessamyn Duke while her follow-up in July was a TKO of Duda Yankovich.
Flyweight: Munah Holland vs. Nina Ansaroff
BW: Sarah D'Alelio vs. Tonya Evinger
Flyweight: Vanessa Porto vs. Zoila Frausto Gurgel
FW: Julia Budd vs. Charmaine Tweet
Strawweight: Joanne Calderwood vs. Katja Kankaanpaa
Strawweight: Felice Herrig vs. Tecia Torres
BW title: Lauren Murphy vs. Miriam Nakamoto
Strawweight title: Carla Esparza vs. Claudia Gadelha