RFA 5 card set with Downing-Rinaldi featherweight title fight, Krause vs. Jordan

Resurrection Fighting Alliance puts its featherweight title up for grabs when it returns this week.

The show is set for Friday’s RFA 5 event in Nebraska with a seven-bout main card, including Jared Downing vs. Jordan Rinaldi for the 145-pound title and WEC vet James Krause vs. Joe Jordan.

RFA 5 takes place Friday at Viaero Event Center in Kearney, Neb. The main card airs live on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET.

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Vision FC Grappling League Details: Dec 8th Gi & No Gi Categories


If you?re a UK MMA fan, especially if you?re Scottish you?ll not have failed to notice the strides Vision FC has made of late as the former SFC merged with its Swedish Vision counterparts to create the Vision Fighting championships and put on some of the best cards we?ve seen in the UK and Sweden. Further to that aspect they?ve branched out into their new ?Fight Night? cards to give up and coming fighters a chance to show what they can do and after their successful grappling competition at the Scotfit Expo they?re now giving all levels of grapplers a major competition of their own.


With this competition adding a Gi category to the already established No Gi category it promises to be a huge event for Scotlands grapplers and with Cage Warriors being in town the same weekend it promises to draw competitors from all around. Top get the low down on how to enter, what category to enter, rules and whether the competition is open to all forms of grappler we caught up with Vision FC co owner Chris Crowe and the competition organisers Rob McCrum and Kieran Malone.


Thanks for taking the time to talk to us guys, this competition is shaping up to be brilliant event so could you tell us when it is and where is it being held?


Hi Craig, is on December 8th – KelvinHall Sports Arena – The main arena in Glasgow for MMA, both Vision and On Top have both had shows there. Also it is at the same venue and day as the Cagewarriors show coming to Glasgow.


Exciting stuff and a world renowned arena with a lot of history for all combat sports, where should those wanting to compete go to enter and will entries be allowed on the day?


There?s a direct link here! http://vision_grappling-eorg.eventbrite.com/

Entries will be allowed on the day – however – if people sign up in advance they are getting much better value, it allows us to gauge the numbers, do the brackets – and get things in order before the event day! Unlike some other events however we will allow people to sign up on the day.( It will cost you a little extra premium however-  so sign up in advance!)


Presumably non competing  spectators will be welcome at the event to add to and enjoy  the atmosphere that comes with all Vision events, how much will it cost them?


Yeah spectators are more than welcome, it will be £5 entry for them, there will be some great grappling on display so it’s well worth heading down


Now down to the nitty gritty, what will be the weight categories for the event and what will be the weigh in rules? Will they be on the same day as the competition or the night before?


All weight categories are as follows, weigh ins will be first thing in th morning without the GI. This covers both GI and NoGi divisions (you only weigh in once)


Weight Classes;











Beginner (under 1 year exp) Intermediate (1-3 years exp) Advanced (3 year + exp)

Vision NoGi Rules

5 min rounds.

In the event of a draw the referee will decide the winner, finals will have 2 mins overtime. If still a draw, first person to score wins.


Points are awarded as follows;

2 – Takedown

2 – Passing the Guard

2 – Sweep

4 – Mount

4 – Back Take (2 hooks in)

1 – Advantage point for close sweeps, passes and sub attempts.


All positions must be established for a minimum of 3 seconds for points to be awarded.


When Changing positions points will be given in accending order.*

ie, no points will be given if moving to side control from mount.


Reversals are NOT considered sweeps. Sweeps must start from a guard position.


GI Rules;

IBJJF rules, belts, times etc for the GI with a slight variation on the weights as we will only weigh people in on the morning using the NoGi weights.


As we?ve seen with Vision expanding all the time how important do you see these grappling competitions being to the growth of your organisation?


Definitely – very important, we are always looking for the talent of the future – plus it gives guys an opportunity to feel out future opponents and identify weakness, or skills they possibly never recognised! Adds to the buildup for matching fights, especially with Rob being so close to the comps to oversee them, it means he can keep a beady eye on all levels, and for future matches!


As we all know grappling is an integral part of MMA, especially BJJ and we can be sure the huge BJJ community in Scotland and beyond will be well represented, should grapplers from other disciplines, Judo, Sambo etc. consider entering?


Definitely – NO GI and GI grappling, encompass and crosses over into many aspects of Wrestling, Sambo, and Judo – so we would actively encourage competitors from all different disciplines to come down and show their skill sets. Furthermore it may lead to people actually appreciating their skillsets, and looking to cross these over to other disciplines. Even for people who may not think they want to compete they should come down and see for themselves! We normally have guys from all kinds of martial arts entering.


With there being Gi and No Gi categories this time around what will the categories be within them? Will it be belts for the Gi’s and novice intermediate etc for the No Gi guys or something different?


Standard GI Divisions will be separated according to IBJJF rules, and NO GI will be the same as all VISION NO GI comps to date – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced divisions! -


If there are people who enter from a Judo or Sambo background what categories should they enter were they to have black belts, brown belts, blue, green, orange, yellow and white belts? As a Judoka myself it’s something I’ve often wondered and I know it confuses a lot of us.


A Judo Black Belt would require to enter at the Blue Belt division as per IBJJF rules. If you are not ranked in BJJ then you are generally a white belt

For the NO GI,  its years spent training in ANY grappling art, we want the divisions to be as fair as possible and not have anyone out of their depth or in too easy a division for them!


Interestingly there has been mention of a league format which is a great idea, can you explain the format?

This is for the Vision NoGi, points will be given to winners, and second and third places. At the end of the year the guys with the most points will be crowned the winner and be awarded prizes as well as being crowned Champion. We hope this will give the comp an added edge and something for the guys to keep returning to the comps for.

The last Vision expo and grappling event was a huge success, how big are you expecting this one to be?

We hope it will be the biggest yet, guys are getting the opportunity to compete in 2 comps in one day. With the option to attend a top level MMA show in the evening, if you’re into combat sports you can’t get much better than that!

Putting on something like this must be a lot of hard work, what makes it all worthwhile for you?

Starting off doing small comps in a local judo hall and taking it to another level is very satisfying, its great to help the sport evolve in Scotland and hopefully we will be able to take the comps further afield in the future. Its also a great promotional tool for the Vision brand at a grassroots level.


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Instant Replay to return to New Jersey MMA this Saturday

Instant replay review capabilities will return to MMA competition this Saturday in Atlantic City, NJ during the Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) 43 card.  Head of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board Larry Hazzard instituted instant replay review capabilities during fights, years ago.

After his departure in 2007, however, New Jersey ceased with the practice. Now that Hazzard is back in the saddle in New Jersey, he?s brought back instant replay review with him for boxing and MMA contests.

?These are sports that are certainly subject from time to time, to errors, mainly by referees,? Hazzard told Cagewriter.

?These types of errors can have an impact on a bout. I think that unless necessary corrections are made, at the time, it?s just unfair to the fighters. These are individual sports, and the fighters don?t often get a second chance at big opportunities. After a kid works his or her butt off for several years, to finally reach that upper echelon where he or she are making good pay days, it?s unfair to them not to have the ability to correct costly official mistakes.

?I think that with instant replay, we will be able to make these corrections, if necessary, on the spot?It?s the fairest way to go in the 21st century.?

The first MMA card to have those capabilities under the re-institution will be the CFFC in Atlantic City, at the Borgata. The card will air live via pay per view on Go Fight Live, cable through InDemand, and through the promotion?s website.

The presence of television cameras is crucial to the use of instant replay review, because Hazzard says that the cost of the tool will be paid for by promotions, like the CFFC.

?This will mainly be used in pro fights, fights that are big enough to be televised,? Hazzard explained.

?Or, it?s going to happen if a promoter requests and pays for the cameras and monitors. The cost of this is going to be on the promoter. This is in it?s infant stages, and we?ll see how it goes as time goes on, but right now it will be in the events that want it.?

The decision to apply instant replay review capabilities once more on this Saturday?s particular Atlantic City event came just weeks ago. CFFC CEO Rob Haydak says the topic came up in conversation between he and New Jersey Athletic Control Board Counsel Nick Lembo a couple weeks ago, and the state made its decision soon after.

Welterweight champion Jonavin Webb (7-0) will defend his title in the main event of CFFC 43 against Lyman Good (16-3), this Saturday, and was told of the development only this week. ?I think I found out this week,? he told Yahoo! Sports.

?I think it?s a good thing, for certain.?

Webb, however, said that he was not sure when, exactly, instant replay review could occur during fights, or how the whole process is supposed to occur. ?I don?t really know, to be honest,? he said. 

?I?m more concerned with getting punched in the head than that, though. I?m not too worried.?

How, exactly, instant replay review would or will work during fights seems to be a relative unknown to state regulators as well. Hazzard admitted that the program is still in development.

?It?s an additional tool for me, or a designate of mine to use during fights,? he said.

?I?m sure that there are certain fouls, or certain situations where it could help. Like, whether a fighter tapped out or did not tap out. These are things where, if a ref makes a mistake, we can correct it.?

Hazard says that he, or a designee will be watching fights on monitors and if they believe ?conclusively? that a referee has made a mistake through the use of instant replay, they will have the ability to change or reverse a call. ?It will have to be done in between rounds,? he detailed.

Hazard says that instant replay review will not be used for decisions that fighters may appeal and get a hearing on. ?It has to be done right there, in the moment,? he explained.

?If there?s anything that has the capability to impact a final decision, we can review and change upon review. It has to be conclusive, though. We are not going to be nit-picking referee calls. We are not going to have debates on issues. It has to be something we?re sure of. And, it?s not something we?re looking forward to using. We hope we never have to. But, it is a safe guard for the fighters? sake.?

With a loosely-defined set of circumstances where decisions can be reversed, and a very small window of time to not just review but put in effect a referee decision reversal (in between rounds, according to Hazzard), it would seem that New Jersey has a great deal of planning and process-construction yet to do with regards to instant replay review capabilities. However, the decision to even re-open the door to correcting perceived mistakes made during fights is encouraging, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out, and if other major states follow New Jersey?s lead.

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Manny Pacquiao watched by 48 million homes in China; May 2 should be for Canelo-Cotto not Pacman-Mayweather, says Bob Arum

Bob Arum reveals that  48 million homes watched Manny Pacquiao in China event, and that the boxing legend will judge Miss Universe in January 2015. But Arum believes May 2, 2015, in Las Vegas should feature Mexican fighters. Manny Pacquiao’s defence of the World Boxing Organisation welterweight crown in Macau, China, in November was watched [...]

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UFC 150: Henderson vs Edgar II Preview

Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar

This Saturday night, UFC 150 from the Pepsi Centre in Denver sees ?Smooth? Benson Henderson defend his UFC lightweight championship belt against Frankie Edgar, the former title holder and the man he defeated to take the title some six months ago in Japan at UFC 144.

Frankie Edgar is the proverbial ?fighter with a lot of heart?. The ?lil? guy? from New Jersey doesn?t know when to quit and if fights were judged on guts and bravery alone he would still hold the title.

He?s like the son Tony Soprano never had, (and yes I know Tony did actually have a son, but let?s be honest A.J. was a pussy and would never have gotten off the canvas following a Gray Maynard uppercut!) but if their first bout is anything to go by he may have come across a fighter in Henderson too big and too good for him to overcome.

In their previous bout Edgar took everything that Ben Henderson had to throw at him and kept coming.

The first two rounds were pretty even and Edgar caught many of Henderson?s kicks and replied by showering his opponent with counter punches.

Yet over time Henderson was able to use his size to his advantage to essentially beat the smaller man down.  Fightmetric.com shows that Henderson out landed the New Jerseyite in total strikes by 100 to 81 and in significant strikes 87 to 68.

Edgar was the more successful fighter in the ground game, converting 5 of 12 takedown attempts with “Bendo” converting his only attempt.

The significant strikes were the difference and looking at the fighter?s faces at the end of the bout there was clearly one winner.

?Smooth? Benson Henderson was still looking just so with hardly a mark on him and ready to go another round; Edgar not so much.

For all his bravado and determination Edgar?s face was busted up, his right eye nearly welded shut, his mouth a bloody mess.

Watching a re-run of the first fight this week it was interesting to hear Goldie and Rogan comment on the weight and size disparity between the two fighters with Goldberg suggesting that: ?we might be watching a fight between a future welterweight and a future featherweight.?

A conservative estimate would suggest that Henderson outweighed Edgar by 30-40 pounds when they stepped into the Octagon for the first time and while Edgar has beaten fighter?s physically bigger than him before, notably BJ Penn and Gray Maynard, in Henderson he may have meet his match.

Donald Cerrone vs. Melvin Guillard

In the co-main event we have two former team-mates coming to meet each other in a bout that has knowledgeable fight fans predicting ?Fight of the night? from the moment it was announced.

Cowboy Donald Cerrone meets his former Jackson?s camp teammate Melvin Guillard in another bout from the stacked UFC lightweight division.

Jackson fighter?s such as Carlos Conduit and Clay Guida have recently been criticised for supposedly negative tactics in big fights and for looking to win fights by point scoring. It is highly unlikely that either Cerrone or Guillard will be accused of that following this bout as both are known for their entertaining fights and both like to finish their opponents.

Cerrone was thought to be close to a title shot before his defeat to Nate Diaz at the turn of the year. He looked uncharacteristically tentative against Diaz although he did rebound with a unanimous three round victory against Jeremy Stephans in May.

The Cowboy will be looking to use this victory against his friend and former training partner to propel himself, as Dana White likes to say, ?back in the mix? for a title shot in the deepest, most talented division in the UFC.

He is fighting a highly experienced and highly unpredictable fighter in Guillard. The dude is 29 years old and has had 43 pro fights!

The issue with Guillard is that you never know which fighter is going to show up. He has the ubiquitous ?one-punch knockout power? so loved by fight commentators and fight fans alike.

This is evident by his ?two knock out of the night? awards but he can also come to fights with what would appear to be a lack of focus.

When he fought Joe Lauzon at UFC 136 he came in smiling and dancing, giving fans high fives, playing to the crowd as he swaggered his way to the Octagon; he opened the bout with an audacious flying knee which left him open.

He got caught by Lauzon who clipped him and took him to the ground, where the Boston fighter choked him out within 42 seconds.

This was an important fight for Melvin as previous impressive victories and a victory would have solidified his ranking at the top of the division and opened up the possibility of a title shot.

Guillard should certainly be aware of the ground game of his opponent on Saturday night. Cowboy Cerrone has lethal BJJ with 13 of his 18 victories coming by way of submission.

While he only has one victory by knockout people should certainly not sleep on his striking abilities.

He is after all the former S-1 May Thai United States Champion and compiled a 28-0-1 record as a kickboxer.

He has won two Fight of the Night awards, a knockout of the night and a submission of the night during his time in the UFC, coupled with 5 of his 9 fights in W.E.C. being awarded Fight of the Night it is safe to say that the Cowboy won?t be looking to eke out a result this Saturday night, he comes to fight like a regulator (Young Guns not Warren G btw!).

Best of the Rest

Scrap Pack member and professional Ryan Reynolds impersonator Jake Shields looks to improve his UFC record to 3-2 with a victory over Ed Herman in the middleweight division.

Two recent Ultimate Fighter alumni fight on Saturday. Dennis Bermudez who fought on the Bisping vs. Miller season and was defeated in the final by Diego Brandao (aka Jose Aldo Jr, Jr) , will face Tommy Hayden on the undercard in the featherweight division.

The highly touted Justin Lawrence, who recently fought as a lightweight in the most recent season, the Ultimate Fighter Live will drop down to the featherweight division to face off against Max Holloway.

UFC 150: Henderson vs Edgar II will be on ESPN live at 3am, Sunday 12th August.

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UFC World Podcast: Light heavy special ? Gareth A Davies with Alex Gustafsson, Anthony Johnson, Daniel Cormier

Anthony Rumble Johnson tells Gareth A Davies on this week’s UFC World Podcast: “Things changed the day I got cut from the UFC. The change came that day. Me and my trainer Henry Hooft were flying back from Brazil and drinking wine on the flight back. We just started talking about what we were going [...]

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Robbie Lawler upsets Johny Hendricks, takes UFC welterweight crown

LAS VEGAS ? Twelve years after he made his UFC debut amid great hype as a green but extremely talented 20-year-old, Robbie Lawler finally fulfilled all the experts’ predictions of greatness.

Lawler edged Johny Hendricks Saturday in a tight and, at times, odd fight, winning a split decision to upset Hendricks and claim the welterweight title in the main event of UFC 181 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Judges had it 49-46 and 48-47 for Lawler and 48-47 for Hendricks. Yahoo Sports scored the bout 48-47 for Lawler, giving Lawler Rounds 1, 2 and 5.

Hendricks took a similarly close decision on March 15 when they fought for the vacant title in Dallas. But this time, a big rally in the final round when Hendricks was surprisingly docile led Lawler to the title.

“This has been an amazing journey,” the now 32-year-old Lawler said as he basked in the glow of his newly won crown. “There have been a lot of guys behind me. … This wasn’t easy.”

Hendricks, who tore a biceps in the first fight, kept trying to keep the fight up against the cage and grapple with Lawler. Lawler fended off many takedown attempts, but wasn’t often able to open up with his strikes.

UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich, Lawler’s former coach, left his seat after the second round and urged Lawler to make Hendricks fight.

But he didn’t really open up until the fifth when the bout was hanging in the balance.

“I thought I needed to get in his face and force him to fight,” Lawler said. “That’s what my corner told me to do. That’s how we fight in UFC. It’s how you fight championship fights.”

When the final bell sounded, Hendricks walked away toward his corner with little emotion. Lawler, though, was charged up by a flurry of punches and kicks he’d landed in the last minute. He followed behind Hendricks and shouted at him.

It was clear Lawler thought he’d done enough, but he hadn’t had enough at that point.

“I wanted to fight,” Lawler said. “I wanted to keep fighting.”

He fought enough to get himself a championship, many years after he debuted in the UFC and great things were predicted for him. No. 1 contender Rory MacDonald was Octagon-side, but Hendricks is likely to demand a rematch so they can break the 1-1 tie between them.



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UFC’s Dan Hardy plans future training sessions with St-Pierre, targets spring return

After a four-fight skid that had him thinking about retirement, Dan Hardy’s evolution is continuing in the midst of a two-fight resurgence.

The former UFC welterweight title challenger is coming off a stint at Montreal’s Tristar Gym to help champion and former nemesis Georges St-Pierre prepare for common opponent Carlos Condit.

And recently, the Brit revealed he is planning to train in the future with St-Pierre and the Tristar crew.

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After successful surgery, mess in Macau, David Mitchell primed for UFC victory

More than two years after dropping his UFC debut, things haven’t exactly gone David Mitchell’s way.

Injuries, surgery and rehabilitation have left Mitchell out of action for more than 15 months – a streak he had hoped to end earlier this month.

Left without an opponent and some 7,000 miles from home, Mitchell admits it was a frustrating plight. Now he’s aiming for a January return, and he’s anxious to show the world what he can do when fighting at full strength.

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UFC rescinds doping suspension for Cung Le

The UFC’s performance-enhancing drug self-regulation looks more fraught, unreliable and inconsistent than ever in the face of the promotion rescinding a suspension of middleweight fighter Cung Le Tuesday. Le fought and lost to Michael Bisping Aug. 23 in Macau.

The UFC routinely effectively regulates itself in new international territory like Macau. In regulated territory, state athletic commissions like those of Nevada, New Jersey, California, and other U.S. states, are responsible for impartially testing fighters for banned drugs, both recreational and performance-enhancing.

For the show in Macau, the UFC tested Le themselves. Late last month, they announced that Le was to be suspended for nine months because his test supposedly showed evidence that he had used banned Human Growth Hormone (HGH) treatments. There is no way to directly test if an athlete has undergone HGH treatments, but the UFC said that the Le’s HGH (a naturally occurring hormone) level was outside of their “reference level,” so the assumption was that he cheated, and he was suspended.

After being criticized for being too lenient on Le, the UFC arbitrarily added three months to Le’s suspension. It was unclear what, if any, reasonable appeal process might be available to the fighter.

Le, 42, denied doping. Both the fighter and his manager cast aspersions on not just HGH testing, overall, but on what they said were the UFC’s substandard testing and sample-handling methods.

In the end, it would appear that the UFC couldn’t deny the legitimacy of Le and his manager’s doubts and concerns. In a statement, the UFC said Tuesday that they were provided with new medical information which led them to realize that their previous two suspensions of Le were not warranted.

“Following the announcement of Le?s suspension, UFC officials have been provided with medical advice regarding the elevated total HGH present in Le?s system,” the statement reads.

“In accordance with such medical advice, UFC has determined that Le?s elevated total HGH by itself does not prove that he took performance-enhancing drugs before the August 23rd bout.  As a result, UFC has informed Le that his suspension is rescinded.

“Le had requested an appeal of his suspension, and was entitled to arbitrate the drug test results and suspension.  However, based on the lack of conclusive laboratory results, UFC officials deemed it appropriate to immediately rescind the suspension without the need for further proceedings.”

We may not ever find out what, if any internal suspension appeals process fighters like Le are entitled to, with this back-track by the UFC. However, it is clear that the UFC has a problem reading their own drug test results, and making determinations based on those results.

If the idea of the UFC self-testing and regulating itself seemed dubious at the onset, it seems downright scary these days.


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