Wanderlei Silva’s Son Wins Muay Thai Debut With Nasty Body Kick (Video)

Former PRIDE and UFC veteran Wanderlei Silva was known for winning his fights in violent fashion. And it looks like his son is following suit. Thor Silva made his amateur Muay Thai debut in Brazil over the weekend and needed just 30 seconds to pick up the TKO victory with a brutal body kick. Silva […]

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Former PRIDE and UFC veteran Wanderlei Silva was known for winning his fights in violent fashion. And it looks like his son is following suit.

Thor Silva made his amateur Muay Thai debut in Brazil over the weekend and needed just 30 seconds to pick up the TKO victory with a brutal body kick.

Silva posted the footage of his son’s win on Instagram. You can watch it below:

“I’m always training, and then one day I thought to myself, ‘Why am I training? Oh, I want to fight, I want to be like my father,’” the younger Silva told MMA Fighting in October. “My dad inspired me to fight.”

It’s still early days but Thor looks well on his way to emulating his father. And being trained by Wanderlei’s longtime coach, Andre Dida, Thor has also expressed an interest in venturing into the world of mixed martial arts in the future.

Maybe we will see him compete in the UFC one day.

What did you think of Thor Silva’s Muay Thai debut?

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Benson Henderson Injured, Out Of Michael Chandler Rematch At Bellator Japan

Benson Henderson is out of his scheduled rematch with Michael Chandler at Bellator Japan. Bellator MMA made the news official, as Henderson has pulled out with an injury, Chandler will now be facing off against Sidney Outlaw. Henderson and Chandler first met at Bellator 165 in 2016, with Chandler taking home the victory after five […]

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Benson Henderson is out of his scheduled rematch with Michael Chandler at Bellator Japan.

Bellator MMA made the news official, as Henderson has pulled out with an injury, Chandler will now be facing off against Sidney Outlaw.

Henderson and Chandler first met at Bellator 165 in 2016, with Chandler taking home the victory after five rounds inside the cage, via split decision. Chandler, then the Bellator lightweight champion, successfully retained his title. Since, Chandler has dropped the 155-pound title, winning only two of his last three fights.

After the announcement of his pull from Bellator Japan, Henderson released the following statement. (H/T BJPenn.com)

“Hey guys, ‘Smooth’ Benson Henderson here,” Henderson said. “I just wanted to take the time to apologize and say that I got an injury, and I will not be able to participate in the December 29 festivities in Japan. I won’t make it out there, I got hurt, I got an injury. I can’t fight, so I’m sorry.

“I’m hoping that Bellator reschedules it for later on, Chandler and I, and we’ll be able to settle some things. I just want to say sorry to all of the Japanese fans. I was stoked to make it back out to Japan and perform for you guys once again, but I’m gonna miss it this time. I’ll make it up to you guys.”

What do you think about Chandler now facing Outlaw after Henderson’s pull?

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Tito Ortiz Reveals Why He Stopped Managing Cris Cyborg

Tito Ortiz no longer helps manage Bellator MMA star and former UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg. Speaking to The Score MMA in a recent interview, Ortiz revealed he stopped working with Cyborg shortly before her 2018 matchup with Amanda Nunes in the UFC, which she lost via first-round knockout. Ortiz notes Cyborg’s boyfriend, also […]

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Tito Ortiz no longer helps manage Bellator MMA star and former UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg.

Speaking to The Score MMA in a recent interview, Ortiz revealed he stopped working with Cyborg shortly before her 2018 matchup with Amanda Nunes in the UFC, which she lost via first-round knockout. Ortiz notes Cyborg’s boyfriend, also her manager, made some decisions he didn’t quite agree with. (H/T The Body Lock)

“I haven’t worked with Cris Cyborg since before the Amanda fight,” Ortiz said. “Her boyfriend, I guess you can say manager also, made some bad decisions for her and I kind of had to step away. I made a lot of mistakes with the UFC, and I tried to keep her from doing (sic) the same mistakes.

“She’s a big girl, and she can make her decisions, but she was making the wrong decisions. Or I could say her boyfriend was making the wrong decisions for her. But that was just my opinion and I wish all the luck to her. I tried to give as much as I possibly could to her, but she just was willing to listen to someone else who hasn’t been in the same shoes that I have been in.

“I guess everyone learns from mistakes, and hopefully, she’ll learn from the mistakes that she’s made and make a positive reinforcement for the future for her.”

Ortiz, in the meantime, continues his own fighting career. He’ll take on Alberto El Patron this weekend in Texas for the Combate Americas promotion. Cyborg, who recently inked a large contract with Bellator MMA, will challenge Julia Budd for the women’s featherweight title in January.

What do you think about Ortiz deciding to stop managing Cyborg?

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Aaron Chalmers Return Bout Announced For Bellator Dublin

Former reality star turned MMA fighter Aaron Chalmers is set to return to action on Feb 22 at the 3 Arena in Dublin. ‘The Joker’ will face Austin Clem in a main card fight at Bellator Dublin, which will be headlined by a bantamweight bout between James Gallagher and Cal Ellenor. The return of Chalmers […]

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Former reality star turned MMA fighter Aaron Chalmers is set to return to action on Feb 22 at the 3 Arena in Dublin. ‘The Joker’ will face Austin Clem in a main card fight at Bellator Dublin, which will be headlined by a bantamweight bout between James Gallagher and Cal Ellenor.

The return of Chalmers was one of several bouts released for the card via press release this morning.

Chalmers (4-1) got back in the win column last time out, submitting Fred Freeman in round two of their fight at Bellator 223. Previously he had picked up his first career defeat against Corey Browning at Bellator Newcastle.

The 32-year-old
former Geordie Shore star will look to make it two in a row against Bellator
debutant Austin Clem (3-1). An American fighter who turned pro late last year
and is currently riding a two-fight win streak. All three of his wins have come
by choke and he could represent a problem on the mat.

Bellator Europe announced several more bouts for February’s Dublin show and its preliminary card. It will feature a high-profile clash between popular Welshman Lewis Long (17-5) and UFC veteran Oliver Enkamp.

Irish middleweight Will Fleury (6-2), who fights out of SBG will look to get back in the win column. He’ll face Englishman Justin Moore (9-4) who is ridning a two-fight win streak since losing in his first and only Bellator appearance against Charlie Ward.

Bellator have also announced that Blaine O’Driscoll (7-3-0) will face Ezzoubair Bouarsa (7-1). Danni Neilan (1-0) will look to add to her debut win when she faces Chiara Penco (4-1-0).

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Kyoji Horiguchi Relinquishes Bellator Bantamweight Title Due To Injury

Kyoji Horiguchi has been forced to relinquish another championship due to injury. Earlier this month it was announced that Horiguchi was forced to withdraw from the main event of one of the Bellator MMA and RIZIN FF’s New Year’s Eve cards in December due to an injury. Horiguchi apparently suffered a torn ACL, as well […]

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Kyoji Horiguchi has been forced to relinquish another championship due to injury.

Earlier this month it was announced that Horiguchi was forced to withdraw from the main event of one of the Bellator MMA and RIZIN FF’s New Year’s Eve cards in December due to an injury. Horiguchi apparently suffered a torn ACL, as well as damaged his meniscus in his right knee. He underwent successful surgery to repair the issue. However, he was also forced to relinquish the RIZIN bantamweight championship as a result.

Now, Bellator officials have confirmed that Horiguchi has also dropped their bantamweight title as well in the wake of the injury. Bellator MMA president Scott Coker commented on the news, promising Horiguchi a title shot once he’s healthy enough to return.

“I feel terrible for Kyoji [Horiguchi] about the injury he suffered to his knee, but in the true spirit of martial arts and being a true champion, he has elected to vacate his title and allow the division to move forward in his absence,” Bellator President Scott Coker said. “After fully healing, we plan to give Kyoji an immediate title shot.”

Bellator has also noted they’re working on booking a fight for the vacant bantamweight title in the coming months.

What do you make of Horiguchi opting to relinquish the bantamweight title?

 

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Quinton Jackson Interested In Taking Boxing Fight, Just Not Against Deontay Wilder

Mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is nearing the end of his combat sports career, and wants to get in a boxing match before riding off into the sunset. Jackson is currently slated to meet fellow heavyweight MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko in a New Year’s Eve clash in Japan. After that, however, as […]

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Mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is nearing the end of his combat sports career, and wants to get in a boxing match before riding off into the sunset.

Jackson is currently slated to meet fellow heavyweight MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko in a New Year’s Eve clash in Japan. After that, however, as Jackson tells TMZ Sports, he’s interested in boxing. Jackson notes that he asked UFC president Dana White, during his days with the Las Vegas-based MMA promotion, about allowing him to box. Unfortunately, there was nobody for him to fight.

Now, however, Jackson wants to give it one more shot, and is ready to step into the squared circle. (H/T BJPenn.com)

“I asked Dana White a long time ago, way before Conor McGregor even was around, let me do some boxing. It wasn’t my time, there was nobody for me to fight. I still want to fight a boxing match before I retire,” Jackson said.

Of course, there are some opponents Jackson would rather not box. One being WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Jackson said he doesn’t like fighting tall opponents with a long reach. Jackson finds matchups like these extremely difficult, most notably his submission loss to Jon Jones in 2011.

“I’ll fight anybody but Deontay Wilder. He’s too tall. Unless they give me like $100 mil, then I’d fight him. I’m keeping it real. I don’t like to fight tall guys with a long reach. I’ll tell you what. I’ll fight him if they give me $100 mil and we do me one boxing match and one MMA match, then I’ll fight him. $100 mil. I’m keeping it real. I don’t like fighting them long, tall dudes,” Jackson said.

What do you think about Jackson potentially pursuing a career in professional boxing before he retires?

 

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