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British MMA promotion BAMMA yesterday confirmed the signings of Orestes Betran, Warren Kee and Mark Godbeer.

“I'm very happy with the latest acquisitions, who will all add a different dynamic to their respective divisions," said BAMMA matchmaker Jude Samuel. "It's a new and exciting era for the BAMMA featherweight and lightweight divisions especially, and the added acquisition of Betran will add a bit more South American spice to the already hot featherweight division."

Orestes 'Furacao' Betran fights out of HJJT & Iron Gymnasium in Londrina, Brazil.  The 31-year-old featherweight's current pro record stands at 16-4.  

Englishman Warren Kee has a pro record of 7-3 and was last seen in the BAMMA cage at BAMMA 11 where he faced Tom Breese for the Lonsdale British title, losing via submission. Kee, who trains out of Tsunami Gym, Elite TC and KVT, has recently dropped to 155lb.  

Heavyweight Mark 'The Hand Of' Godbeer makes his return to BAMMA after a one-fight stint on Bellator. Godbeer fights out of the Trojan Freefighters and is the first name signed to the new-look BAMMA 265lb weight class. He last fought under the BAMMA banner at BAMMA 9 in March 2012, where he was victorious against Catalin Zmarandescu.

"Really pleased to be signing with a promotion like BAMMA, one of Europe’s leading fight promotions based on home soil," said Godbeer. "Looking forward to working may way through the newly developed heavyweight division, getting into title contention and reaching my goal of getting that belt. I'm really pleased for the opportunity BAMMA has given me and I plan on making the most of it."

Leading sports equipment brand Reebok, who recently a partnership with the UFC, announced yesterday that they have signed exclusive deals with UFC champions Jon Jones and Ronda Rousey.

"From the very beginning, it was clear to me that Reebok is passionately invested in our sport and its athletes," said Rousey. "The team is committed to helping push our sport forward and I am proud to be part of it. Reebok understands what tough fitness means for women and what women need for their fitness lifestyle. Together we're going to inspire even more people to train like fighters."

"Reebok is working with UFC to take the sport to the next level," Jones said. "It's going to be an amazing journey and I'm incredibly proud to be a part of it. The brand has a great history in fitness and training, and that comes through in everything they do. What I'm particularly excited about is that the input of the fighters is going to drive the product innovation, which will ensure all athletes, whether they are fighting for a world championship or just to be fit, will have the very best gear."

 

 

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Rousey and Jones join former UFC welterweight champ Johny Hendricks and current lightweight champ Anthony Pettis as part of the UFC fighter-Reebok family.

In the main event at the first ever co-promoted M-1 Challenge and ACB event, M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Stephan Puetz will make his second title defense against unbeaten challenger Valery Myasnikov, headlining M-1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12. Also, Dzhambulat Kurbanov and Maxim Divnich will compete for the vacant lightweight title.

M-1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12 will be streamed live in high definition from www.M1Global.tv on December 17th.

Full weigh-in results:

  • Light heavyweight title bout: Valery 'Russian Hummer' Myasnikov (92.9 kg) vs Stephan 'T-800' Puetz (92.4 kg)
  • Lightweight title bout: Dzhambulat Kurbanov (70.3 kg) vs Maxim Divnich (70.2 kg)
  • Cody McKenzie (77.0 kg) vs Beslan Isaev (77.0 kg)
  • Enoc Solves Torres (83.9 kg) vs Anatoly Tokov (83.8 kg)
  • Luigi Fioravanti (83.4 kg) vs Ruslan Khaskhanov (84.6 kg)*
  • Evgeniy Guryanov (92.6 kg) vs Artur Astakhov (92.9 kg)
  • Daniel Swain (65.8 kg) vs Zalimbeg Omarov (65.8 kg)
  • Grigoriy Kichigin (77.3 kg) vs Alexei Kunchenko (76.9 kg)
  • Yusup Raisov (65.8 kg) vs Mikhail Kuznetsov (65.7 kg)
  • Arkhat Mynbaev (70.1 kg) vs Zaur Kasumov (70.1 kg)
  • Evgeniy Boldyrev (111.5 kg) vs Muslim Makhmudov (100.8 kg)
  • Ondrej Skalnik (61.4 kg) vs Rasul Albaskhanov (61.8 kg)

*Ruslan Khaskhanov given yellow card for missing weight

Watch the full video preview below.

Antonio Inoki is a legend in the world of Japanese pro wrestling and MMA. As well as being the founder of New Japan Pro Wrestling and having once faced boxing legend Muhammad Ali in a modified-rules fight, Antonio was also one of the driving forces behind the promotional practices of Japanese MMA promotion Pride FC.

In Fighters Only magazine's 'Pride Icon Issue', Inoki reflects on the enduring popularity and impact of Pride on the sport of MMA in a special guest column. Read below for an exclusive preview.


Pride Fighting Championships is still special to MMA fans around the world because it created a big movement, almost a revolution, in the fight sports industry. Not just the Japanese fight industry, but the entire world. Pride wasn't just a simple sports competition, it was a fighting event with great production and exciting bouts.

My role in the promotion was to come up with inspirational initiatives to help attract fans to the fight cards. I helped Pride with this by coming up with ideas that would gain them more publicity and help them promote their events. Sometimes in life things can't be ordinary, they needed to surprise fans.

People still ask me what were my best memories of Pride or who was my favourite fighter, but I don't have an honest answer. I don't have a specific favourite memory because all my memories are great and there were simply too many great fighters in the promotion over the years. It's impossible to decide which one was my favourite.

One of the most important things about Pride was the matchmaking because the fans knew who the professional wrestlers were and so the matchmaking needed to be easy to understand. The fights caught the attention of fans which is what made it popular.

Fans would be asking the question, 'What will happen when this wrestler and this fighter face each other?' And it was the curiosity of the matchmaking that made it more exciting and popular. Then it was the differing styles and backgrounds of the martial artists and fighters involved that excited people.


For the full interview with Antonio Inoki, get the 'Pride Icon Issue' of Fighters Only magazine - on sale now!

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier will finally meet to settle their long-running feud in the main event at UFC 182 on January 3rd, with Jones' UFC light heavyweight championship on the line.

Also, in the co-main event, rising talent Myles Jury will look to keep his undefeated record intact as he takes on the biggest challenge of his career in Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone.

Watch the full UFC 182: Extended Preview video below.

At a press conference held yesterday it was announced that MMA veterans Nate Quarry, Jon Fitch and Cung Le have filed a class action antitrust lawsuit against the UFC and its parent company, Zuffa. All three athletes have fought under the UFC banner, with Le being the only one still under contract with the promotion.

"The news today is this," said Joseph Saveri of the Joseph Saveri Law Firm, "at approximately 12:45 this afternoon, these fighters filed a class action antitrust lawsuit in federal court in San Jose. The complaint alleges a claim under the federal antitrust laws for monopolization against Zuffa, LLC, which does business as Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC." 

"Today, there is only one real promotional option for elite professional MMA fighters - the UFC," he added. "The reason there is only one option is that the UFC has systematically shut down its competitors over the years and essentially prevented any real competitive alternative promotion from coming into the market. The consequence of that has been very serious and severe to MMA athletes. Not only have the MMA athletes been unable to obtain what they're worth in this sport, but they've also lost control of their likenesses and their ability to profit from their own ability. The purpose of the lawsuit we've filed is to basically to right these wrongs, to change the status quo and to restore healthy competition in this industry."

Cung Le recently requested to be released from his UFC contract after he was suspended by the promotion for supposedly testing positive for elevated levels of human growth hormone. His suspension was later lifted after it became clear the test results were not conclusive. However, he stated that his decision to get involved with this lawsuit was not motivated by his recent issues with his employers.

"It's been definitely a tough road," Le said. "I'm just honored to be part of this lawsuit against UFC for all the past UFC fighters, like Carlos Newton, and Nate [Quarry] and so many names I'd need a list here. For all the future fighters and potentially one day, if my kids want to pursue the same path as I do, they would have a better situation to be in. I'm just very excited to get this going."  

"I just want everyone to know that the sport of mixed martial arts is the most restrained sport in the world," said former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton, who is not an official part of the lawsuit but was present at the press conference to show his support. "It's restrained by the UFC, and the UFC is the fastest growing monopoly in the world. I'm here to fix that.

“I'm here to stand in with my fellow fighters and we're here to remove the anti-competitive restraints, address the antitrust violations, gain compensation for our sweat, blood, our years of dedication and hard work. And I'm here, like Cung, for my future generations of fighters, which includes my own children.

‚ÄúA big thing I'd like to say is, for me, I want to be able to fight for what I'm worth and not rely on someone else's generosity. I want to fight in a democracy, not under a dictatorship.‚ÄĚ

Full details of the lawsuit can be read below. 

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In response to the lawsuit, Zuffa released the following statement: "The UFC is aware of the action filed today but has not been served, nor has it had the opportunity to review the document. The UFC will vigorously defend itself and its business practices."

Alistair Overeem ended his year on a high at UFC on FOX 13 with a KO win over Stefan Struve. But before he got back on track in the heavyweight division, the former K-1 champ hit a bump in the road in the form of Ben Rothwell at UFC Fight Night 50 in September.

In the new episode of Alistair's long-running online documentary series 'The Reem', we follow Overeem as he spends time with his father in Jamaica and go behind-the-scenes at UFC Fight Night 50 for pre- and post-fight scenes.

Watch the full video below.

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