The days of old are returning in Oklahoma, as BattleGrounds MMA is hosting a one-night, eight-fighter tournament. The event takes place June 27 from the BOK Center in Tulsa.
Six of the eight have already been signed for the welterweight tournament, which will see the winner pocket $50,000.
The bracket includes Dennis Hallman, Cody McKenzie, Chris Honeycutt, Luigi Fioravanti, David Mitchell and Josh Bryant.
Kenny Monday, a former Olympic wrestler, is in charge of BattleGrounds MMA. He stated plans to hold a lottery drawing after weigh-ins to determine the bracket.
“We’re excited to have assembled a group of incredibly talented and accomplished athletes for this landmark tournament,” he said. “The one-night tournament is truly the toughest test physically and mentally in all of combative sports.
Hallman is a veteran of the MMA world, compiling a 53-14-2 record over his career with two wins over Matt Hughes, while McKenzie (15-4) is an alum of The Ultimate Fighter and recently competed for the UFC. Honeycutt (4-0) is a former NCAA wrestling runner-up, while Mitchell (14-4) is a protege of Urijah Faber. Fiorvanti (24-11) is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Bryant (14-4) is an alum of TUF.
Josh Barnett, Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler are showing their allegiances to pro wrestling run deep, helping train current WWE superstar Nattie Neidhart.
Neidhart comes from the great Hart family, which has produced countless stars in pro wrestling. Neidhart is a former WWE Divas champion.
Barnett has competed in numerous pro wrestling matches during his career, while Duke and Baszler are part of the “Four Horsewomen” stable with UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Marina Shafir.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz didn’t have the same luck this time with his visit to the courthouse. Ortiz, who received custody of his children in a battle with Jenna Jameson, was given probation and fined for a January DUI.
Ortiz crashed his car into the freeway after attending a party. According to TMZ, the current Bellator fighter was fined an undisclosed amount and put on 36 months probation.
He will return to action next month at Bellator 120 against middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko in a non-title bout. Ortiz is returning after years away and another neck surgery.
Officers Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz – yes, Nick Diaz – have arrested Alistair Overeem and are in the process of interrogating him on his obsession with exotic animals.
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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones fired off two more parting shots to conclude his UFC 172 run, taking aim at Chuck Liddell and Phil Davis.
You might remember that last week, both Liddell and Davis came after “Bones,” insisting that he wasn’t the champion he makes himself out to be.
Liddell believed that Glover Teixeira would defeat Jones, and even stated that he could knock him out if they fought while both were in their primes.
Here’s what Jones posted on Instagram in regards to Liddell, a former UFC champion and Hall of Fame fighter:
And Davis, he challenged Jones and claimed to be coming after him once he finished off Anthony Johnson. However, Davis fell to Johnson and dropped down the list of contenders.