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Cantu, James headline 559 Fights return to The Big Fresno Fair

FRESNO, Calif. – 559 Fights will once again drop it’s cage on the infield of The Big Fresno Fair Horse Track for one of the largest amateur mixed martial arts event of the year on Sunday, October 5.

Kerman’s Leo Cantu faces Fresno’s Jesse James in one of the biggest amateur showdowns of the season.

Cantu (10-3-1) is the No. 1 ranked Light Heavyweight in the state and has been one of the veteran’s of the amateur circuit and faces the No. 2 ranked Middleweight in the state in James (5-1), who moves up a weight class to test himself.

“As 559 Fights has grown, so has the talent pool within Central California,” said 559 Fights President Jeremy Luchau. “This is our 30th event in less than three years and for us to be able to host the quality of fighters that we are now is a blessing.”

559 Fights will be live and free as one of The Big Fresno Fair’s top attractions for the 2014 fair. Fight tickets are free with paid admission into the fair.

“We have anywhere between 3,500 to 5,000 people walk through the gates and watch 559 Fights last year,” Luchau said. “We had an amazing event and exposed a lot of people to the sport and our athletes that might not have been able to see them under different circumstances. I really appreciate and respect the fair for believing in our product and sharing it within the fair community.”

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the first fight is at 8.

In the co-main event, 559 Fights Lightweight champion Luis Vargas (7-2) defends his title for the first time against Tulare’s Eric Diaz (4-3).

“Vargas came in and shocked the Valley when he won the title. He proved that he is one of the top athletes in the state and is now a finalist in the state tournament along with defending his title at 559 Fights,” Luchau said. “Diaz is a guy who has always fought tough fights and the best we had to offer. It will be interesting to see which fighter can impose their will.”

13 other bouts are also scheduled on the fight card, which includes some of the Central Valley’s top amateur talent.

Reserve seating, front-row seating and VIP tables are available. Call 559-813-0307 for more information.

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 UFC 181: Chris Weidman-Vitor Belfort Postponed, Johny Hendricks-Robbie Lawler New Headliner

The headliner for UFC 181 has undergone a significant change, as the promotion has announced that Vitor Belfort will no longer fight middleweight champ Chris Weidman at the December 6th event. Result a bout between welterweight champion Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler has been moved into the card’s main event slot.

According to the official announcement from the UFC, Weidman has been forced to withdraw from the card due to a hand injury. The fight with Belfort will be rescheduled at a later date.

Lawler locked up a rematch with Hendricks at UFC on FOX 12 in July, by decisioning Matt Brown. The championship rematch wasn’t expected to take place until next year, however, as Hendricks has been recovering from bicep surgery.

Hendricks worked his way to a UD win over Lawler at UFC 171 in March to become welterweight champ.

UFC 181 will be hosted by the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, and will also feature a lightweight fight between champion Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez.

UFC FN 52: Mark Hunt Knocks Out Roy Nelson

Here are the results from today’s UFC Fight Night card in Saitama, Japan, which saw Mark Hunt add another knockout to his resume, as the heavyweight took out Roy Nelson in round two.

The card, which also saw Myles Jury stop Takanori Gomi, was hosted by the Saitama Super Arena.


Mark Hunt def. Roy Nelson via KO (punch) R2, 3:00

Myles Jury def. Takanori Gomi via TKO (punches) R1, 1:32

Yoshihiro Akiyama def. Amir Sadollah via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Miesha Tate def. Rin Nakai via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Kiichi Kunimoto def. Richard Walsh via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Kyoji Horiguchi def. Jon Delos Reyes via TKO (punches) R1, 3:48

Masanori Kanehara def. Alex Caceres via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Katsunori Kikuno def. Sam Sicilia via submission (rear-naked choke) R2, 1:38

Hyun Gyu Lim def. Takenori Sato via TKO (elbows) R1, 1:18

Kyung Ho Kang def. Michinori Tanaka via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Johnny Case def. Kazuki Tokudome via technical submission (guillotine choke) R2, 2:34

Maximo Blanco def. Daniel Hooker via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Bellator 125: Manhoef vs. Marshall” Results 

Bellator MMA was in Fresno, California at the Save Mart Center for “Bellator 125: Manhoef vs. Marshall”! 

The main card aired on Spike TV and not a single fight left the first round.
Main Card on Spike TV
Melvin Manhoef def. Doug Marshall by way of KO (Punches) 1:45 of Round 1
Rafael Carvalho def. Brian Rogers by way of TKO 3:06 of Round 1
Javy Ayala def. Raphael Butler by way of Submission (RNC) 1:03 of Round 1
Goiti Yamauchi def. Martin Stapleton by way of Submission (RNC) 4:37 of Round 1
Joe Neal def. Paul Ruiz by way of Unanimous Decision
Matt Ramirez def. Oscar Ramirez by way of Submission (Armbar) :42 of Round 1 Chris Honeycutt def, Aaron Wilkinson by way of TKO 4:45 of Round 2
Julio Cesar def. Poppie Martinez by way of TKO (Strikes) 2:16 of Round 1 Jonny Bonilla-Bowman def. Art Becerra by way of Split Decision
Jesse Juarez def. Ron Keslar by way of Unanimous Decision
George Zuniga def. Granson Clark by way of TKO :34 of Round 1




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