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MMA in an Ancient Colosseum | FNC 12 This Saturday



The gladiators are set to return to the Pula Arena this Saturday, September 2, as Fight Night Championship (FNC) 12 takes place within the walls of this historic venue.

Built 2,000 years ago by the Romans, the Pula Arena played host to ancient gladiatorial battles and is one of few remaining amphitheatres still standing today. Rivalling the famous Colosseum in Rome for beauty, this arena is nestled in the Croatian coastal town of Pula.

Headlining FNC 12 is a heavyweight title fight between champion Ivan Vitasovic (11-5-1) and heavyweight destroyer Michal Andryszak (22-5).

Hailing from Pula, Vitasovic is trained by the legendary Pride & Dream veteran, Zelg Galesic. The 31-year-old is currently on a five-fight win-streak which includes notable stoppage victories over MMA veterans Geronimo dos Santos and Oli Thompson.

However, now he goes up against one of the most feared heavyweights in Europe. Andryszak possesses a 100% finishing ratio and is known for his devastating first round stoppages. The 31-year-old is also a former KSW heavyweight title contender and comes into this bout on a three-fight win-streak.

Two new FNC champions will also be crowned on this monumental evening. Croatia’s Matej Batinic (19-5) meets the undefeated Gadzhimurad Khebdeev (7-0) for the inaugural light heavyweight title in a potentially explosive affair while Serbia’s Nikola Joksovic (11-1) clashes with Austria’s Marko Kisic (9-3) for the inaugural welterweight crown.

The rest of the card is filled with prospects and veterans of the Balkan MMA scene along with fighters from around the world coming to do battle in the truly unique setting of the Pula Arena.

FNC 12 will be available to watch live around the world via online PPV on!

FNC 12 Fight Card

Main Event
FNC Heavyweight Title

Champion Ivan Vitasovic (11-5-1) vs. Michal Andryszak (25-10)

Co-Main Event
Inaugural FNC Light Heavyweight Title

Matej Batinic (19-5) vs. Gadzhimurad Khebdeev (7-0)

Inaugural FNC Welterweight Title
Nikola Joksovic (11-1) vs. Marko Kisic (9-3)

Daniel Bazant (7-5) vs. Itay Tratner (8-5-1)

Boan Zelva Kosednar (12-14) vs. Aleksandar Jankovic (15-12)

Rusi Minev (2-0) vs. David Travnicek (2-0)

Demahmet Sinani (2-0) vs. Alessandro Capone (3-5)

Light Heavyweight
Andres Ramos (1-0) vs. Roman Hulla (2-0)

Fran Luka Duric (2-2) vs. Akhmed Arsaev (1-1)


UFC Austin – Weigh-In Results



With UFC Austin just a day away, all fighters competing tomorrow night have taken to the scales.

Let’s see who weighed in!


Main card (12am GMT – TNT Sports)

(#4) Beneil Dariush (156lbs) vs (#8) Arman Tsarukyan (155.5lbs) – lightweight bout

(#12) Jalin Turner (156lbs) vs (#13) Bobby Green (155lbs) – lightweight bout

(#8) Rob Font (135lbs) vs (#2 – FLW) Deiveson Figueiredo (135lbs) – bantamweight bout

(#9) Sean Brady (170lbs) vs (#11 – MW) Kelvin Gastelum (170lbs) – welterweight bout

Joaquim Silva (156lbs) vs Clay Guida (156lbs) – lightweight bout

Punahele Soriano (185.5lbs) vs Dustin Stoltzfus (185.5lbs) – middleweight bout

Prelims (9pm GMT – TNT Sports/UFC Fight Pass)

(#12) Miesha Tate (135.5lbs) vs (#13) Julia Avila (135.5lbs) – bantamweight bout

Zach Reese (185lbs) vs Cody Brundage (185lbs) – middleweight bout

Drakkar Klose (155.5lbs) vs Joe Solecki (155lbs) – lightweight bout

Rodolfo Bellato (205.5lbs) vs Ihor Potieira (204lbs) – light-heavyweight bout

Wellington Turman (171lbs) vs Jared Gooden (171lbs) – welterweight bout

Veronica Hardy (125lbs) vs Jamey-Lyn Horth (125lbs) – flyweight bout


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ONE Championship To Spotlight MMA In 2024 With 60 Events Scheduled



ONE Championship’s goal for 2023 saw them place a spotlight on the greatest fighters in Muay Thai fighters on its roster through its weekly ONE Friday Fights series. But 2024 will see the organization adjust its focus back to MMA.

In an interview with South China Morning Post this week, ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong discussed the outcomes of the martial arts giant’s commitment to Muay Thai over the last 12 months, and he spoke of the exciting plans ONE has for 2024 & for MMA. 

“You’re going to see MMA back in full force. We have our US stadium shows, we have Qatar, Japan. In the Philippines, we have one or two shows,” Sityodtong announced to the South China Morning Post.

“ONE Friday Fights and the Muay Thai product are very much on a firm footing now. We’ve laid the groundwork and feel very comfortable it’s running on autopilot, and now we’re able to scale up. We’ve firmly established we have the No. 1 striking property on the planet. The focus will be sharply back onto mixed martial arts.”

Arguably, the most-anticipated date on ONE’s calendar next year is its debut event in the Middle East. 

The organization was scheduled to put on an event in Qatar in December 2023, but plans were rearranged when conflict broke out nearby. 

But with 2024 looming, Sityodtong has confirmed that the show will go on in mid-spring.

“First and foremost, it is the right decision, given the sensitive circumstances in the region. Also, the war broke out right in the middle of our execution,” the ONE co-founder said.

“The good news for fans and athletes is that March 1st is 100 percent happening in Doha. Thank you to all of the stakeholders in Qatar for making it possible.”

Along with confirming the news of ONE’s first-ever show in the Middle East, Sityodtong also hinted at an event in Europe in the coming 12 months. 

While the location is still under wraps, it would make sense for the promotion to bring its exciting live show to a European country, given the amount of talent from the continent that ONE has on its roster.

“Yeah, knock on wood, I think in the next couple of weeks I will be making a major announcement for Europe, our biggest for Europe in our history,” Sityodtong teased.

“It’s very exciting.”

Roberto Soldic, Stephen Irvine, and Nico Carrillo have all been introduced to the global fanbase this past year. And with Jonathan Haggerty’s rise to two-sport stardom in the bantamweight division, there is a seemingly endless amount of firepower from the region that could feature on ONE’s debut card there.

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Can Abdisalam Kubanychbek end the curse of BRAVE CF’s Lightweight world title?



One of the most devastating fighters to ever grace the BRAVE CF arena, Abdisalam Kubanychbek has finally earned the world title he worked hard for: he`s the undisputed BRAVE CF Lightweight champion of the world. But ahead of his first defense against Lucas ‘’Mineiro’’ Martins at BRAVE CF 77, on December 5, a curse rears its ugly head once again. In total, BRAVE CF has had seven titleholders, and none of them have been able to defend their belt.

The Lightweight world title has traveled the world, being contested in Bahrain (3 times), Brazil (2 times), Jordan, Poland, Uzbekistan, and Serbia. Each time, the champion failed to defend, losing the fight – and the belt- immediately after winning it. 

The belt has been in possession of Ottman Azaitar (Morocco), Lucas Martins (Brazil), Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady (Jordan), Luan Santiago (Brazil), Cleiton Silva (Brazil), Amin Ayoub (France), Ahmed Amir (Egypt), and is now with Kubanychbek, widely regarded as the number one fighter from Kyrgyzstan.

On December 5, he will have a golden opportunity to break one of the biggest curses in MMA today. In front of him, lies a former victim of the curse, who’s now eager to keep it alive – Lucas ‘’Mineiro’’ is more determined than ever to regain the belt, and make history as the first-ever BRAVE CF two-time Lightweight champion of the world, and only one of two men to hold the same belt twice, after Jarrah Al-Silawi at Super Welterweight. 

For Abdisalam Kubanychbek, this is a chance to stake his claim as the most feared man on the roster and keep his undefeated BRAVE CF record alive. A chance Omok is eager to take and has prepared his whole life to achieve – from the boogeyman of the Lightweight division to its king and destroyer of curses. On December 5, it’s all to play – and fight – for.

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