MMA Odds and Ends for Friday: ONE Championship fighter dies, Werdum vs. Velasquez rematch booked

ONE Championship’s Yang Jian Bing dies after weight cut Horrible news out of the Philippines that 21-year old flyweight fighter Yang Jian Bing has died after his weight cut for today’s ONE Championship: Spirit of Champions event. ONE Championship confirmed the news this morning in an official statement but didn’t make mention of his weight cut. “The ONE Championship (ONE) family suffered a tragic loss when Chinese flyweight Yang Jian Bing passed away on 11 December 2015 at 12.06 PM due to cardiopulmonary failure. The formal hospital medical reports and procedures are still being carried out. He was 21 years old. Yang, a native of China was hospitalized at the San Juan De Dios Hospital in Pasay, Philippines, after a sudden collapse on the morning of 10 December 2015. At the hospital, Yang received the best medical care possible while ONE officials continuously updated his family directly from his hospital bedside. CEO of ONE Championship, Victor Cui said, “There is nothing more profoundly tragic and sad than when a member of the ONE Championship family, current or past, passes away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of Yang Jian Bing. We will work closely with the family and offer all the support they need in any way we can during this very difficult time.” Cui added, “I want to thank all sports fans around the world for their concern, thoughts and prayers. At this time, we appreciate everyone respecting the Yang family’s privacy as they mourn the loss of their beloved son and brother.”   Bing (5-1), was coming off the first defeat of his career – a split-decision loss to Ze Wu in a ONE Championship tournament in June – and was scheduled to fight Geje Eustaquio (6-4) at today’s “Spirit of Champions” event in the Philippines.  He never officially weighed in for the event as officials cancelled the bout when Yang struggled to make weight prior to Thursday’s weigh-ins. We here at MMAOddsBreaker want to send our condolences to Bing’s family.     Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez championship rematch confirmed for UFC 196  UFC Total spoke with UFC President Dana White who confirmed that the rematch between Werdum vs. Velasquez will take place at UFC 196. Werdum (20-5-1) defeated the former champion Velasquez back in June at UFC 188 by a third round submission victory. Velasquez (13-2) suffered just second loss of his career and some felt that his extended layoff due to injury was a factor in that matchup. UFC 196 takes place Feb. 6 in Las Vegas and so far this is the only matchup confirmed for the card. Also no word on what facility will host this event.   Lobov faces Hall, not Rogers at TUF 22 Finale tonight Despite defeating Marcin Wrzosek in the semifinals, Saul Rogers will not be fighting in the TUF 22 tournament final. Rogers (10-1) gave inaccurate information on his U.S. visa application, and is now unable to enter the country. Instead Ryan Hall – the man Rogers defeated in the quarter-finals was tabbed as the replacement fighter against Artem Lobov in the tournament championship this evening. Hall (4-1) is currently riding a four-fight win streak since losing his professional debut back in 2006. Lobov (11-10- 1) meanwhile knocked out Julian Erosa on the show to earn his spot in the finals. Prior to the show, Lobov was 2-2-1 NC in his last five fights. The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale emanates from  The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. tonight and airs live on FOX Sports 1. Here are where the odds opened up on Several Bookmakers and below is a list of the full event. MAIN CARD Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes Ryan Hall vs. Artem Lobov – “TUF 22” lightweight tournament final Edson Barboza vs. Tony Ferguson Evan Dunham vs. Joe Lauzon Ryan LaFlare vs. Mike Pierce Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Jason Knight PRELIMINARY CARD Konstantin Erokhin vs. Gabriel Gonzaga Geane Herrera vs. Joby Sanchez Julian Erosa vs. Marcin Wrzosek Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Abner Lloveras   Invicta FC 15 full card announced  Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp announced the full line-up for the Invicta FC 15 event on the debut episode of Invicta FC Radio. You can listen below One of the key matchups in the strawweight division takes place when Mizuki Inoue will face Lacey Schuckman. Inoue (9-3, 1 NC) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Emi Fujino at DEEP Jewels 9 in August. Schuckman (11-8) earned an impressive finish at Invicta FC 12 in April, earning a first-round TKO over Jenny Liou Shriver. The card is headlined with featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg”Justino taking on Daria Ibragimova. Here’s a look at the full card. Cristiane Justino (c)  vs. Daria Ibragimova (featherweight title) Livia Renata Souza (c) vs. DeAnna Bennett (strawweight title) Raquel Pa’aluhi vs. Colleen Schneider Amber Brown vs. Lisa Ellis Jodie Esquibel vs. Angela Hill Mizuki Inoue vs. Lacey Schuckman Amanda Bell vs. Ediane Gomes Christine Stanley vs. Shannon Sinn Megan Anderson vs. Amber Leibrock Invicta FC 15: Cyborg vs. Ibragimova takes place Jan. 16th at The Hangar at the Orange County Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, CA. It will also be broadcast live on UFC Fight Pass.   Two more fights added to RIZIN 1  RIZIN has announced two more matchups per their press release. Kazuyuki Miyata will face Hinata Watanabe in a mixed rules matchup, while heavyweight Carlos Toyoto takes on Kirill Sidelnikov. Miyata (14-6) hasn’t competed since a Dec. 2014 victory over Askar Umbetov at REAL 1 but is riding a three fight win streak. Hinata (33-15-1 Kickboxing, 0-0 MMA) is coming off a kickboxing victory over Andy Souwer. Toyota (6-7-1) is coming off a second round TKO loss to Jaideep Singh at DEEP 73 back in October, but prior to that earned victories over Hong Man Choi and Daiju Takase. Sidelnikov (7-4) is coming off a five-year hiatus from the sport and was once dubbed “Baby Fedor” in reference to former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko. Most pundits will remember his loss to Paul Buentello at Affliction 2 in 2009 and ended up going 2-1 after that. Here’s a look at the event so far. Kazushi Sakuraba (26-16-2 ) vs. Shinya Aoki (38-6-0) Tsuyoshi Kosaka (26-18-2) vs. James Thompson (20-15-0) AJ Matthews (8-3-0) vs. Anatoly Tokov (21-2-0) Goran Reljić (15-5-0) vs. Vadim Nemkov (3-0-0) Satoshi Ishii (14-4-1) vs. Jiří Procházka (14-2-1) Teodoras Aukštuolis (7-2-0) vs. Bruno Cappelozza (7-3-0) Valentin Moldavsky (2-0-0) vs. Yuta Uchida (0-0-0) Yuki Motoya (15-4-0) vs. Felipe Efrain (9-2-0) Hiroyuki Takaya (20-11-2) vs. Daiki Hata (17-9-7) Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (16-4-0) vs. Brett McDermott (5-2-0)

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