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EMC 10 | Fabiano Silva defends featherweight title against Bekhruz Zukhurov, Ilbay and Dyrschka set to feature

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Elite MMA Championship (EMC) have announced their biggest show to date and it will be the most stacked card in their history. EMC 10 is confirmed for Saturday 24th September and takes place at Castello Düsseldorf in Germany. The blockbuster event will celebrate the European promotion’s milestone tenth outing and will feature established stars alongside rising prospects from around the continent.

One title fight has already been scheduled and sees the only featherweight champion in EMC history, Fabiano Silva, defend his belt against dangerous striker, Bekhruz Zukhurov. Other names slated to compete at EMC 10 include Konrad Dyrschka, Deniz Ilbay, Vlado Sikic and Ahmed Abdulkadirov. Their opponents will be revealed over the coming weeks.

Silva (32-14-1) is a 17-year Brazilian veteran of the sport who has fought all around the globe. He never backs down from a challenge which was on full display when he stepped in on only one week’s notice against Konrad Dyrschka last December, outside of his natural weight class. The 34-year-old is a well-rounded competitor and wants to hold on to his featherweight belt for many years to come. However, in order to do so, he will need to halt the charge of an oncoming wrecking ball.

Zukhurov (16-5) had a stunning promotional debut at EMC 9 in April when he delivered a violent one-punch knockout against Paulo Bananada, winning KO of the night honours. ‘Ong Bak’ has a frightening 88% finishing rate and the Tajikistani hasn’t gone the distance in the last four and a half years. He is intent on extending this streak in September and claiming gold in the process.

Dyrschka (14-2, 1NC) is undefeated in EMC and is a well-known competitor across Europe. The 30-year-old is currently on a three-fight winning run and wants to further establish himself as one of the best lightweights in the territory. The German has won eight of his professional bouts by TKO/KO and will be hoping to bring the partisan crowd to its feet inside Castello Düsseldorf.

Ilbay (2-0) is a five-time boxing world youth champion and has held titles with the IBF, WBO and IBO. He also owns multiple national championships in Thai boxing, demonstrating his high-level striking abilities, and is certainly a talent to track closely. Ilbay only made the transition to MMA less than a year ago but he has already finished two opponents inside the cage, taking him less than four minutes combined.

After a considerable length of time away from competition, Sikic (12-1-1) had a victorious return at EMC 8 when he defeated Nico Cocuccio by submission. He will be hoping to pick up his thirteenth professional win and build a new run of momentum when he performs in front of an expectant crowd. Also on the card is Ahmed Abdulkadirov (8-1), who’s riding a five-fight winning streak and has finished his last two bouts, including his promotional debut, by first round knockout.

More fighters scheduled to compete at EMC 10 will be announced over the coming weeks.

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Magomed Umalatov & Denis Golstov OUT, Dilano Taylor & Juan Adams IN | PFL 8

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Magomed Umalatov & Denis Golstov have unfortunately been ruled out of their PFL semi-final playoff this weekend against Rory MacDonald & Matheus Scheffel as they were unable to secure a visa to enter the United Kingdom. The news was announced by PFL just moments ago.

Magomed Umalatov will now be replaced by welterweight alternate Dilano Taylor, whilst Golstov will now be replaced by former UFC heavyweight Juan Adams.

PFL 8 will take place at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena this Saturday, August 13th. You can find the updated fight card for the event below.

PFL 8 Full Card

Post Main Card European Qualifiers:

Will Fleury vs Anthony Salamone

Nathan Kelly vs Ben Ellis

Vojto Barborík vs Maxim Radu

Francesco Nuzzi vs Moktar Benkaci

Main card

Dilano Taylor vs Magomed Umalatov

Ante Delija vs Renan Ferreira

Juan Adams vs Matheus Scheffel

Sadibou Sy vs Carlos Leal

Preliminary Card

Josh O’Connor vs Emran Sakhizaada

Mohammad Fakhreddine vs Marcin Wójcik

Chris Mixan vs Christian Stigenberg

Szymon Bajor vs Hatef Moeil

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PFL Offers To Host Kayla Harrison vs Cris Cyborg

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After both women were featured on yesterday’s episode of the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Kayla Harrison and Cris Cyborg now have a serious offer on the table for their super fight. The founder and co-owner of the PFL Donn Davis tweeted saying that the PFL will host the fight and “handle all matters”. Offering up $1 million for each fighter’s purse and a $2 million winners bonus, the fight now has some serious money behind it.

Whilst on the MMA Hour, both women had something to say about the fight, Kayla Harrison actually called into the show when it was about to end to tell her side of the story. She said that the last she heard from the PFL was that Cyborg was a free agent and they had reached out. Harrison also said that she would be happy to negotiate on behalf of Cyborg to get her whatever she wants, whether the fight is winner takes all or not, whether Harrison has to go through a full USADA drug testing program etc. Her only request was that they allow elbows so she can “put one through her skull”.

Cyborg, on the other hand, said that if the PFL wants to make the fight happen, they should contact Scott Coker and Bellator to make the fight a co-promotion. Despite now being a free agent, Cyborg referred to the fact that she loves working with them and considers Coker to be family and would want them to be involved. Whilst co-promotion isn’t out of the question as it’s something Bellator have done before, it does make the deal more complicated.

Also on the MMA Hour, Cyborg announced that she will be making her professional debut in boxing on September 25th. She will face Simone Silva in Curitiba, Brazil and signed her contract live on air. Harrison’s next outing in the PFL comes in less than two weeks when she faces Martina Jindrová on the 20th August at PFL 9 in London as one half of the semi-finals.

Is this a super-fight you’d like to see made in the near future? Let us know your thoughts on the situation in the comments.

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Jesse Arnett vs Ali AlQaisi 2 | The Biggest Rematch in UAE Warriors History is Official!

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The biggest rematch in UAE Warriors history is confirmed as Jesse Arnett (20-8) is set to defend his UAE Warriors featherweight title against rival Ali AlQaisi (12-6) in the main event of ‘UAE Warriors 33’ on Saturday, September 17 live from the Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Arnett won the title from AlQaisi in an exciting and heated affair at ‘UAE Warriors 30’ this past July ending ‘The Royal Fighter’s’ triple championship reign. The bout was ended via doctor stoppage due to a cut sustained by AlQaisi in the second round. Emotions ran high and tempers flared in the aftermath, however officials quickly handled the situation and both fighters immediately agreed to a rematch.

Will Arnett retain and establish himself as the UAE Warriors featherweight champion or can AlQaisi regain his status as triple champion!? The score will officially be settled on September 17, live around the world on UFC Fight Pass.

If that wasn’t enough excitement, we will see the anticipated return of the Africa series as ‘UAE Warriors 32: Africa’ takes place the night prior on Friday, September 16.

History will be made as Kevin Oumar (8-3) and Emilio Quissua (3-0) compete become the first ever UAE Warriors Africa light heavyweight champion.

Hailing from Comoros, Oumar is based out of France where has become both a sanda and kickboxing champion. The 29-year-old is on a five-fight win-streak which includes an impressive submission win over the previously undefeated Mohamed Amine in his last fight in UAE Warriors this past March.

Oumar will once again need to be on top of his game as he faces Angola’s Emilio Quissua. A former kickboxer himself, Quissua trains out of the renowned Planet Eater gym in Germany and has won all three of his professional MMA bouts since making his debut just over a year ago.

Stay tuned for more fight announcements.

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