Latest MMA News (Week 3 March 2019)

Bellator 218 main card changed due to injury and car accident

Calamity has struck the main event of bellator 218, not once but twice. The original main card was assigned to a middleweight bout between HrachoDarpinyan and mike Shipman, who has been unbeatable in his four Bellator appearances. However, Shipman’s injury forced him to withdraw from the match, making way in the lineup for a heavyweight contest between Rudy Schafforth and Jeremy Hardy, which was initially assigned to the preliminaries section. As a second blow to the main card, officials confirmed on Tuesday that Hardy had sustained injuries in a car accident, leading to the cancellation of the Hardy-Schafforth match.

The two cancellations have led to two relatively unknown middleweights, Will Lavine and Norbert Novenyi Jr. being put under the limelight of the main event. Novenyi defeated Mehmet Yueksel by a first round submission, making a successful Bellator debut in Hungary last April. This bout will mark the first fight for 36-year-old Lavine since June, 2017. His sole Bellator fight resulted in a second round submission to Dominic Garcia in January, 2017. The Lavine-Novenyi is scheduled to take place on Friday at the WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma.

 

Senzo Ikeda to fight Danny Kingad in ONE World Grand Prix quarterfinals

Celebrated champion of Japanese promotion Pancrase, Senzo Ikeda has stepped in for injured Andrew Leone to face Danny Kingad in the quarterfinals fight of ONE Championship: A New Era. This is ONE’s newest eight-man tournament to find a top contender at 125 pounds. Ikeda has had four straight wins recently, his latest victory being over Yuya Wakamatsu in a thrilling match of five rounds last February. This bout against Kingad will be a ONE debut for the 36-year-old, who currently fights out of Tokyo. Danny Kingad is a one-time challenger of the ONE flyweight title and also holds a four fight win streak as of now. He improved to 7-1 in the ONE cage in his last outing, when he secured a unanimous decision win against Tatsumitsu Wada. The quarterfinal bout is to take place on 31st March at RyogokuKokugikan, Tokyo.

 

Namajunas vs. Andrade to be UFC 237 main event

Sources have confirmed that the main event of UFC 237 will be a strawwight title bout between challenger Jessica Andrade and champion Rose Namajunas. Before the release of the event poster by the promotion on Monday, no other bout on the roster had been announced and the Namajunas-Andrade had not been officially declared as the main event. Featured on the poster were two more main card bouts: a featherweight contest between two-time UFC title-holder Jose Aldo and contender Alexander Volkanovski, and a middleweight bout between Jared Cannonier and Anderson Silva.