MMA legend Wanderlei Silva, best known for his day as the fearsome knockout artist in PRIDE has called it a career. Silva released a Youtube video to announce his retirement and air out is grievances with his current employer the UFC. Silva was never able to reach the same level of success that he enjoyed in Japan and his last few months have saw him mired in controversy surrounding his lack of cooperation with a drug test for the NSAC.
Never the less Silva was one of the most exciting fighters to ever enter the ring or cage and still remained one of the most popular fighters on the UFC roster. He was one of the men who helped pave the way for the sport from his bare knuckle brawls in Brazil to its current mainstream success.
Silva retires with a 35-12-1 record.
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BETHLEHEM, Pa. (Sept. 13, 2014) – Reigning bantamweight (135 pounds) champion Marlon Moraes (14-4-1) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. continued his tear, notching his eighth consecutive victory with a second round submission (rear-naked choke) of fellow superstar Cody Bollinger (16-3-1) of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. in the 147-pound catchweight main event and non-title affair at the World Series of Fighting Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event at Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pa. on Saturday, Sept. 13, live on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).
The 26-year-old Moraes nearly finished Bollinger in the first round with a storm of punches after sending Bollinger to the canvas. Bollinger made it back to his feet, only to be tagged with a Moraes head kick as the round came to a close. In the outset of the second frame, Moraes began unloading kicks and, then dropped Bollinger with a shot to the temple. Moraes followed his opponent to the canvas and slapped on a rear-naked choke, forcing Bollinger to tap out at the 1:35 mark of the round.
In the lightweight (155 pounds) co-main event, Ozzy Dugulubgov (6-2) of Clifton, N.J. scored a stunning third round KO (punch) on Keon “The Black Assassin” Caldwell (10-3) of Moultrie, Ga. Following a competitive first round of battle, Dugulubgov began to open up, securing two takedowns and executing a throw on Caldwell. In the third stanza, Dugulubgov unleashed a spinning back kick to Caldwell’s body, then suddenly exploded with a punch that immediately knocked Caldwell out and brought about a stoppage at the 1:38 mark of the round.
In another bantamweight tilt, Timur “Lucky” Valiev (8-1) of Albuquerque, N.M. notched his eighth consecutive win, a dominant performance that led to a unanimous decision over Isaiah “The Beast” Chapman (6-2) of Akron, O.H.
In a lightweight attraction that served as the opening fight on the four-bout NBCSN card, a game Frankie Perez (9-1) of Howell, N.J. made his debut for World Series of Fighting in spectacular fashion, winning all three rounds on all three judges’ scorecards against fellow Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Tom Marcellino (7-3) of Amsterdam, N.Y. to walk away with a unanimous decision victory.
Complete World Series of Fighting 13: “Moraes vs. Bollinger” Results:
Main Card: Marlon Moraes def. Cody Bollinger via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:35
Ozzy Dugulubgov def. Keon Caldwell via KO (punch) – Round 3, 1:38
Timur Valiev def. Isaiah Chapman via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Frankie Perez def. Tom Marcellino via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Preliminary Card: Sidemar Honorio def. Matthew Lozano via TKO (arm injury) – Round 3, :28
Matt Secor def. Brett Shoenfelt via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:38
Katlyn Chookagian def. Brigitte Narcise via KO (knee) – Round 3, :38
Nick Browne def. Sidney Outlaw via KO (punches) – Round 1, :25
Tenyeh DIxon def. Emmanuel Walo via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Luciano Cristovam def. Francisco Isata via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
With undefeated Canadian contender Josh Hill forced to withdraw from a planned title fight with reigning World Series of Fighting bantamweight (135 pounds) champion Marlon Moraes (13-4-1) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. via Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, submission ace Cody Bollinger (16-2) of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. has agreed to step up on short notice and face Moraes in the headlining bout of the World Series of Fighting 13 event at Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Penn. on Saturday, Sept. 13, live on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).
Moraes and Bollinger will meet in a 140-pound catchweight contest, and while World Series of Fighting officials initially expected the contest to be a non-title affair, Moraes is so confident in his chances, he's promised to send Bollinger the bantamweight title belt should "The Cali Cowboy" prove victorious.
"I don't know how we can make it official, but as far as I'm concerned, this is a title fight," said a fired up Moraes. "Anytime I'm fighting, I'm fighting as a champion and I'm defending my belt. I don't know how everybody else will see it but, to me, this is my next title fight and, if Cody wins, I'll send him my belt. If I'm going to be a champion, I have to beat everybody I fight."
"This is an amazing opportunity that came my way from a first-rate fight promotion, and I plan on making my fans proud," said Bollinger. "I will be ready to go at it full force come fight time, shock the world and put an end to Marlon's win streak."
"World Series of Fighting 13: Moraes vs. Bollinger" takes place Saturday, Sept. 13, at Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Penn. Tickets for the event, which include cageside seats for just $129, are currently on sale at Ticketmaster.com.
Doors to the venue open at 5 p.m. ET, with a full preliminary card getting underway at 6 p.m. ET. The live, NBCSN-broadcast main card kicks off at 9 p.m. ET.
"I thought Moraes vs. Hill was going to be an incredible championship fight, but this new pairing might better," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "Marlon isn't exactly Cody's biggest fan, and Marlon guaranteed me he was going to knock Cody out. Meanwhile, Cody didn't hesitate for one moment when he was given the opportunity to step in on just 10 days' notice, proving what a warrior he really is at heart.
"Now with Marlon promising to put his belt on the line despite fighting at 140 pounds, I think this fight just got even more interesting."
Brazilian striking specialist Moraes has staked his claim as one of the biggest superstars of World Series of Fighting, a process that started nearly two years ago when he upset former WEC champion Miguel Torres by split decision. He then registered additional wins against Tyson Nam, Brandon Hempleman and Carson Beebe before claiming the inaugural World Series of Fighting bantamweight title fight against Josh Rettinghouse earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Bollinger fought most recently in July, earning a first-round submission win over Pablo Alfonso. While the 23-year-old impressed with his performance, he struggled to make weight for the bantamweight matchup and was planning a move to 145 pounds. However, the opportunity to take on Moraes was too enticing to pass up, and Bollinger believes he'll prove his worth by defeating World Series of Fighting's bantamweight title holder.
World Series of Fighting matchmaker Ali Abdelaziz said didn't expect the belt to be on the line for the contest but is happy to honor the wishes of his two athletes in what's quickly shaping up to be an epic grudge match.
"Cody simply can't make 135 pounds in a little more than a week, but he's confident he can beat Marlon, and that's why he took this fight," Abdelaziz said. "And honestly, I think Marlon offering to put his title on the line anyway shows what an incredible champion he is. I've been telling everyone for a while now, I think Marlon Moraes is the best bantamweight fighter in the world. I think he can beat anybody in the world at 135 pounds – anybody. Now he's proving that he has the true heart of a champion, as well, willingly moving up in weight for this challenge and promising to put his belt on the line, anyway. It's incredible."
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WCFL - World Class Fight League X took placeTampa Fl live from Double Tree Hotel Resort. Some great fights on hand as well as a few exhibition matches to ring in their two year anniversary putting together some of the best amateur fights in the Sunshine State. Headlined by Nick Recchia of D'Angelo MMA taking on Chicago fighter Vik Dikit. Notable matches were Ryan Donnellyof Grady MMA earning a brutal KO over Jeremey Christensen. A hard fought match with Aaron Foster of Omega MMA edging out Roderick Stevenson of Tiger Schulmann. Mike Miller of Gracie Tampa South sing some slick jiu jitsu to get the tap from Chris Simpkins of Frontline Fitness. And an all out BRAWL between Sarah Kleczka of WCMA and Angel Keihl of Team Trauma. The entire crowd was on their feet for the this one as Kleczka got the decision victory. Great card from top to bottom and we look forward to the next one.
Join us after the jump for pics and results.