Happy New Year from MMA Freak and may this be a good one for both readers and writers. Here’s the recent events:

Reviews:

Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix -IZA no mai-

Rizin Fighting Federation’s debut events was a success, especially their New Years event at the Saitama Super Arena:

Heavyweight Muhammed Lawal def. Jiri Prochazka KO (punch) 1 5:09
Heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko def. Singh Jaideep Submission (punches) 1 3:02
Featherweight Kron Gracie def. Asen Yamamoto Submission (triangle choke) 1 4:58
Lightweight Andy Souwer def. Yuichiro Nagashima TKO (punches) 1 5:28
Openweight Baruto Kaito def. Peter Aerts Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00
Openweight (Shoot boxing rules) Bob Sapp def. Akebono Tarō Technical Decision (unanimous) 2 0:49
Women’s Heavyweight Gabrielle Garcia def. Seini Draughn TKO (punches) 1 2:36
Flyweight (K-1 rules) Takeru Segawa def. Yang Ming TKO (punches) 2 3:00
Bantamweight Soo Chul Kim def. Maike Linhares Galvao Amorim Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Middleweight Brennan Ward def. Ken Hasegawa Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 1:52
Heavyweight Jiri Prochazka def. Vadim Nemkov TKO (retirement) 1 10:00
Heavyweight Muhammed Lawal def. Teodoras Aukstuolis Decision (unanimous) 2 5:00
Women’s Strawweight Rena Kubota def. Jleana Valentino Submission (flying armbar) 2 3:31

UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit

The UFC hosted their first event of 2016 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 2nd:

Welterweight Robbie Lawler (c) def. Carlos Condit Decision (split) (47-48, 48-47, 48-47) 5 5:00
Heavyweight Stipe Miocic def. Andrei Arlovski TKO (punches) 1 0:54
Welterweight Albert Tumenov def. Lorenz Larkin Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) 3 5:00
Featherweight Brian Ortega def. Diego Brandão Submission (triangle choke) 3 1:37
Lightweight Abel Trujillo def. Tony Sims Submission (guillotine choke) 1 3:18
Bantamweight Michael McDonald def. Masanori Kanehara Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 2:09
Welterweight Alex Morono def. Kyle Noke Decision (split) (29-28, 27-30, 29-28) 3 5:00
Women’s Strawweight Justine Kish def. Nina Ansaroff Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Drew Dober def. Scott Holtzman Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Dustin Poirier def. Joseph Duffy Decision (unanimous) (30-26, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Michinori Tanaka def. Joe Soto Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Sheldon Westcott def. Edgar García TKO (punches) 1 3:12

Previews:

KOTC: 2016

King of the Cage opens 2016 at the Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, Minnesota on January 8th on MAVTV:

Women’s Strawweight Title Match Jamie Colleen vs. Calie Cutle
145 lb. Featherweight Division Charles Bennett vs. Jimmy Zidek
Frank Schuman
Eric Johnson
Jon Walker
Marvin Blumer
Joe Pearson
Ben Pierre Saint
Derrick Mandell
Elane Santiago
Jake Wyman
Chase Rueger
Roman Cruz
Tameka Zwilling
Tiffany Masters
Tristen Stewart
Troy Roggenbuck
Jimmy Vilendrer
Dave Vang
Sandra Thomas
Jeremiah Stamper
Pheng Yang
Tony Ankeny
Patrick Briseno
Brian Miller

CFFC 54 – NEXT GENERATION

CFFC host an event at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Jan 8th broadcast on AXS TV:

Brad Boulton vs Vinnie Archer
Aga Klecha vs Bridget McEliece
Shain Gallo vs Jahnell Parkinson
Justin Marcial vs Jackson Fajardo
Reece Ward vs Dominic Deblasi
William Elliot vs Tony Hayward
BJ Young vs Zed Montanez
Jess Pew vs Jesse Stokes
Tyler Randall vs Ivan Gonzalez
Andre Petroski vs Darian Jehle
Imhotep Muhammed vs Alex Torres
Nick Mauriello vs Stephen Elsenbeck
Frank Wells vs Bobby Malcolm
Robert Hoskins vs Carlos Meza
Dan Maira vs Nick Ascolese
Brian Mayer vs Jorge Garcia

CFFC 55 – ALL PRO EVENT

CFFC switches to pro fighter the next night on Saturday, January 8th at the same venue also broadcast on AXS TV:

Featherweight Title Fight Champion Jeff Lentz vs Bill Algeo
Women’s Flyweight Title Fight Katlyn Chookagian vs Isabelly Varela
Plinio Cruz vs Joe Stripling
Anthony Terrell vs Alvin Mercer
James “Binky” Jones vs Trevor Suter
Shedrick Goodridge vs Alec Hooben
Claudio Ledesma vs Jordan Morales
Johnson Jajoute vs Jimmy Jordan
Dwayne Holman vs Kenny Richmond
Andrew Salas vs Eric Mendiola
Kendrick Mendez vs Bassill Hafez

Stay tuned for the 4th Annual MMA Freak Awards announcements.