February 2012 Combat Sports (upcoming events, streams, results, and the daily mill)

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    This is still a work in progress, but I'd like to keep a log of goings on month to month in the world of MMA, boxing, and kickboxing for just about any meaningful announcement so we don't necessarily clog the forum with every trivial thing. Going to start with today but I might go back through February as I go. Will update as often as possible as free time comes and goes.

    MMA

    Announcements, Rumors, tidbit

    Eddie Alvarez and Bellator on the rocks?

    Zach Makovsky vs Eduardo Dantas happening Mid April for BW Bellator strap

    Donald Cerrone vs Yves Edwards on UFC on FX 3

    Dana wants BJ Penn to headline Hawaii event

    Ben Askren vs Douglas Lima happening April 6 for Bellator WW title

    Igor Pokrajac facing Thiago Silva UFC FX 3

    Cung Le says he wants another UFC fight

    Korean Zombie vs Dustin Poirier set to UFC on FX 3 Main Event

    Nick Diaz likely to receive one year suspension over pot test fail

    Lorenzo Fertitta stated Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz will be meeting for the third time

    Mayhem Miller lobbying for another chance

    Roger Gracie signs with UFC and Blackhouse (unconfirmed)

    Mir/Velasquez fight in the works

    Stephen Thompson set to meet Matt Brown at UFC 145

    Belcher-Palhares happening UFC Fox 3

    Hendricks-Koscheck UFC Fox 3

    Tiequan Zhang To Face Issei Tamura At UFC 144

    Michael Bisping cuts ties with Wolfslair

    Events

    February 10:

    XFC 16 High Stakes (on HDnet 9pm EST)
    Zuffa vets Jamie Varner vs Drew Fickett
    others

    Ring of Combat 39 (gfl.tv for 14.99 8:30 PM EST)
    Highly Touted Prospect and LHW Champ Tom DeBlass vs Randy Smith
    Ultimate fighter vet Jeff Lentz vs. Giovanni Moljo for FW Title
    UFC Vet Pete "Drago" Sell vs Mitch Whitesel
    Prospect Uriah Hall vs BET Iron Ring Vet Daniel Akinyemi

    February 11:

    OneFC 2 (stream up for prelims in forum)
    Bob Sapp vs Rolles Gracie
    Rustam Khabilov vs Rodrigo Ribeiro
    Ole Laursen vs Felipe Enomoto
    Honorio Banario vs Bae Young Kwon

    February 15:

    UFC on Fuel TV Ellenberger vs Sanchez
    Jake Ellenberger vs Diego Sanchez
    Stefan Struve vs Dave Herman
    Aaron Simpson vs Ronny Markes
    Philip De Fries vs Stipe Miocic
    T.J. Dillashaw vs Walel Watson
    Ivan Menjivar vs John Albert
    Jonathan Brookins vs Vagner Rocha
    Buddy Roberts vs Sean Loeffler
    Anton Kuivanen vs Justin Salas
    Bernardo Magalhaes vs Tim Means

    February 26:

    UFC 144 Edgar vs Henderson
    Frankie Edgar vs Ben Henderson
    Ryan Beider vs Rampage Jackson
    Cheick Kongo vs Mark Hunt
    Akiyama vs Jake Shields
    joe lauzon vs anthony pettis
    tim boetsch vs yushin okami
    riki fukuda vs steve cantwell
    kid yamamoto vs vaughn lee
    takeya mizugaki vs chris cariaso
    eiji mitsuoka vs takanori gomi
    hatsu hioki vs bart palaszewski
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    Boxing

    Announcements

    Mayweather vs Cotto Confirmed May 5th MGM Grand

    Khan-Peterson Rematch Confirmed May 19th

    Shane Mosley fighting Saul Canelo Alvarez

    Pacquiao fighting Timothy Bradley June

    Events

    Feb. 10

    At Uncasville, Conn. (ESPN2/ESPN3): Demetrius Andrade vs. Angel Hernandez, 10 rounds, junior middleweights; Ray Serrano vs. Kenny Abrill, 10 rounds, junior welterweights; Mike Arnaoutis vs. Shaka Moore, 6 rounds, welterweights; Emmanuel Gonzalez vs. Jesus Bayron, 6 rounds, junior lightweights; Joseph Perez vs. Jamell Tyson, 6 rounds, lightweights; Jair Ramos vs. Miguel Rodriguez, 4 rounds, junior welterweights; Charles Foster vs. Borngod Washington, 4 rounds, super middleweights

    At Palm Bay, Fla. (Telemundo): Orlando Cruz vs. Alejandro Delgado, 12 rounds, featherweights; Luis Ortiz vs. Epifanio Mendoza, 10 rounds, heavyweights; McJoe Arroyo vs. TBA, 6 rounds, junior bantamweights; William Pagan vs. John Wampash, 4 rounds, junior lightweights; Danny Pastrana vs. Fadoul Louis, 4 rounds, middleweights; Jonathan Robles vs. Isaac Holder, 4 rounds, middleweights; Amir Iman vs. Devarise Crayton, 4 rounds, junior welterweights; Trevor Bryan vs. Chris Barnett, 4 rounds, heavyweights

    At Mar del Plata, Argentina: Luis Lazarte vs. Johnriel Casimero, 12 rounds, for vacant IBF interim junior flyweight title

    At Chubut, Argentina: Lucas Matthysse vs. Ivan Valle, 12 rounds, junior welterweights

    At London: Kevin Mitchell vs. Felix Lora, 10 rounds, lightweights; Frank Buglioni vs. Ryan Clark, 4 rounds, super middleweights; Bradley Skeete vs. Laszlo Komjathi, 8 rounds, welterweights; Bradley Saunders vs. Jason Nesbitt, 6 rounds, junior welterweights; Ediz Hussein vs. Marc Callaghan, 4 rounds, lightweights; Billy Morgan vs. Dan Naylor, 6 rounds, lightweights; Gary Corcoran vs. Matt Seawright, 4 rounds, welterweights

    Feb. 11

    At Fairfax, Va.: Jimmy Lange vs. Ruben Galvan, 12 rounds, junior middleweights; Tori Nelson vs. Vashon Living, 10 rounds, female middleweights; Todd Wilson vs. Fernando Basora, junior welterweights; Michael Stewart vs. Joe Wyatt, 10 rounds, welterweights; Harry Joe Yorgey vs. Zain Shah, 6 rounds, junior middleweights; Duane Mobley vs. Dennis Benson, 4 rounds, heavyweights; Duane Mobley vs. Dennis Benson, 4 rounds, heavyweights; Richie Andrews vs. Juan Rodriguez, rematch, 4 rounds, welterweights

    At Los Mochis, Mexico: Rodrigo Guerrero vs. Juan Carlos Sanchez, 12 rounds, for Guerrero's IBF junior bantamweight title

    At Wolverhampton, England: "Prizefighter: Junior welterweights" (one-night tournament, all bouts 3 rounds, draw TBA): Tyrone Nurse, Adil Anwar, Dale Miles, Barry Morrison, Young Mutley, Dean Harrison, Mark Lloyd, John Watson

    At Mississauga, Ontario: Samuel Vargas vs. Manolis Plaitis, 10 rounds, welterweights; Brandon Cook vs. Chris Aucoin, 6 rounds, middleweights; Denton Daley vs. Benito Quiroz, 6 rounds, cruiserweights; Steve Wilcox vs. TBA, 4 rounds, lightweights; Phil Rose vs. Francis Lafreniere, super middleweights, 6 rounds; Ibrahim Kamal vs. Tommi Schmidt, 6 rounds, lightweights
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    Feb. 17

    At Arlington, Texas (ESPN2/ESPN3): Mike Dallas Jr. vs. Miguel Gonzalez, 10 rounds, junior welterweights; Shawn Estrada vs. Terrance Woods, 8 rounds, super middleweights; Luis Yanez vs. Jamal Parram, 4 or 6 rounds, bantamweights; Ray Ximenez vs. Lamar Charlton, 4 rounds, junior featherweights; Charles Hatley vs. Romaro Johnson, 6 rounds, junior middleweights; Jose Rodriguez vs. Alexander Lopez, 4 rounds, junior lightweights; Angel Sigala vs. Corey Washington, 4 rounds, middleweights; Matt Patton vs. Waylon Dumas, 4 rounds, junior lightweights;

    At Santa Ynez, Calif. (Showtime): Thomas Dulorme vs. Aris Ambriz, 10 rounds, welterweights; Johnathan Gonzalez vs. Billy Lyell, 10 rounds, junior middleweight; Rufino Serrano vs. Jose Morales, 6 rounds, featherweights; Roman Morales vs. Jonathan Alcantara, 6 or 8 rounds, featherweights; Roy Tapia vs. Brice Yoeneke, 4 rounds, featherweights; Cesar Torres vs. Cesar Garcia, 4 rounds, lightweights; Azat Hovhannesyan vs. Salvador Cifuentes, 4 or 6 rounds, junior featherweights

    At Nutley, N.J.: Thomas LaManna vs. Daniel Crabtree, 6 rounds, junior middleweights; John Lennox vs. TBA, 6 rounds, heavyweights; Richard Pierson vs. TBA, 6 rounds, middleweights; Andy Mejias vs. TBA, 6 rounds, super middleweights; Kamil Laszczyk vs. TBA, 4 rounds, junior lightweights; John Thompson vs. Laureno Laracuente, 4 rounds, middleweights; Alantez Fox vs. Fitzgerlad Johnson, 4 rounds, junior middleweights; Godson Noel vs. Satchell James, 4 rounds, middleweights; Aarin Kinch vs. Clyde Daniel, 4 rounds, heavyweights

    Feb. 18

    At Munich (Epix and EpixHD.com): Vitali Klitschko vs. Dereck Chisora, 12 rounds, for Klitschko's WBC heavyweight title; Johnathon Banks vs. Nicolai Firtha, 12 rounds, heavyweights; Sergey Fedchenko vs. Laszlo Fazekas, 8 rounds, junior welterweights; Stephen Smith vs. Arpad Vass, 8 rounds, featherweights; Timo Schwartzkopf vs. Andre Deobald, 6 rounds, welterweights; Gabor Veto vs. TBA, 6 rounds, welterweights

    At Corpus Christi, Texas (Showtime): Paul Williams vs. Nobuhiro Ishida, 12 rounds, junior middleweights; Tavoris Cloud vs. Gabriel Campillo, 12 rounds, for Cloud's IBF light heavyweight title; Cristobal Arreola vs. Eric Molina, 12 rounds, heavyweights; Malik Scott vs. Kendrick Releford, rematch, 8 rounds, heavyweights; Alfonso Lopez vs. Justin Williams, 6 rounds, super middleweights; Gregorio Gutierrez vs. Hector Garza, 4 rounds, lightweights; Julian Barboza vs. Arturo Lopez, 4 rounds, welterweights; Thomas Williams Jr. vs. Kentrell Clairborne, 4 rounds, light heavyweights

    At Caguas, Puerto Rico (Telefutura): Abner Cotto vs. Guillermo Sanchez, 10 rounds, lightweights; Miguel Robles vs. Juan Angel Cota, 8 rounds, junior bantamweights; Braulio Santos vs. Pedro Hernandez, 6 rounds, featherweights

    At Mexicali, Mexico: Jorge Arce vs. Lorenzo Parra, rematch, 10 rounds, junior featherweights

    At Cancun, Mexico: Pablo Cesar Cano vs. Francisco Contreras, 10 rounds, lightweights; Gilberto Keb Baas vs. Mario Rodriguez, 10 rounds, junior flyweights; Juan Pablo Sanchez vs. Sabin Dominguez, 8 rounds, lightweights; Roberto Manzanarez vs. TBA, 6 rounds, featherweights; Fidel Maldonado vs. Mario Padilla, 8 rounds, lightweights; Fernando Guerrero vs. Jason Naugler, 8 rounds, middleweights; Arely Valente vs. Kenie Bielma, 6 rounds, flyweights; Miguel Gonzalez vs. TBA, 4 rounds, featherweights; Jose Mex vs. Hugo Ricaldez, 4 rounds, junior welerweights; Jose Aguilar vs. Alexis Chi, 4 rounds, welterweights
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    At Montreal: Adonis Stevenson vs. Jesus Gonzales, IBF super middleweight title eliminator; Eleider Alvarez vs. Otis Griffin, 8 rounds, light heavyweights; Dierry Jean vs. Ryan Barrett, 8 rounds, junior welterweights; Arash Usmanee vs. Innocent Anyanwu, 8 rounds, junior lightweights; Oscar Rivas vs. Ivica Perkovic, 8 rounds, heavyweights; Tyler Asselstine vs. Andras Varga, 8 rounds, featherweights; Didier Bence vs. Stephane Tessier, 6 rounds, heavyweights; Ghislain Maduma vs. Jeremy Abbott, 6 rounds, junior welterweights; Baha Laham vs. Csaba Toth, 4 rounds, junior lightweights

    At Hammond, Ind.: Mike Jimenez vs. Bruce Rumbolz, 6 rounds, super middleweights; David Latoria vs. Edward Gutierrez, 6 rounds, heavyweights; Aslanbek Kozaev vs. TBA, 6 rounds, welterweights; Prenice Brewer vs. TBA, 6 rounds, junior welterweights; Chris Singleton vs. Eddie Corrona, 4 rounds, lightweights; Phillip Triantafillo vs. TBA, 4 rounds, heavyweights; Brian Houston vs. Felix Abner, 4 rounds, heavyweights; Genaro Mendez vs. Joshua Rodriguez, 4 rounds, welterweights; Russell Fiore vs. Elvis Gori, 4 rounds, lightweights

    At Copenhagen, Denmark: Brian Magee vs. Rudy Markussen, 12 rounds, for Magee's WBA interim super middleweight title

    At Rotherham, England: Kid Galahad vs. Jason Booth, 12 rounds, junior featherweights; Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Jason Ball, 6 rounds, middleweights; Phill Fury vs. Lee Noble, 10 rounds, middleweights; Lenny Daws vs. Chris Truman, 8 or 10 rounds, junior welterweights; Jason Cunningham vs. Delroy Spencer, 4 rounds, bantamweights; Leigh Wood vs. Pevels Senkovs, 4 rounds, junior featherweights; Karl Bell vs. TBA, 4 rounds, cruiserweights; Kash Ali vs. TBA, 4 rounds, heavyweights; Leo D'Erlanger vs. TBA, 4 rounds, lightweights

    Feb. 24

    At Dover, Del. (ESPN2/ESPN3): Juan Carlos Burgos vs. Cristobal Cruz, 12 rounds, junior lightweights

    At Las Vegas (Showtime): Jessie Vargas vs. TBA, 10 rounds, welterweights; Deandre Latimore vs. TBA, 10 rounds, junior middleweights

    At Ontario, Calif.: Artemio Reyes vs. Victor Hugo Correa, 10 rounds, welterweights; Aron Martinez vs. Dashon Johnson, 8 rounds, welterweights; Efrain Esquivias vs. TBA, 8 rounds, junior featherweights; Richard Contreras vs. Daniel Quevedo, 6 rounds, junior featherweights; Sindy Amador vs. Gloria Salas, 4 rounds, female junior flyweights; Rigoberto Flores vs. Alonso Loeza, 4 rounds, junior welterweights; Joshua Conley vs. Eduardo Herrera, 4 rounds, welterweights; Louis Rose vs. Erick Prado, 4 rounds, middleweights

    At Chester, Pa.: Tony Ferrante vs. Omar Sheika, 10 rounds, light heavyweights; Jamie Campbell vs. Lonnie Kornegay, 6 rounds, heavyweights; Julio DeJesus vs. TBA, 6 rounds, junior welterweights; Dennis Hasson vs. TBA, 6 rounds, cruiserweights; Teneal Goyco vs. Reuel Williams, 4 rounds, light heavyweights; Miguel Cartagena vs. TBA, 4 rounds, bantamweights; Dan Biddle vs. TBA, 4 rounds, cruiserweights; Naim Nelson vs. Linwood Hurd, 4 rounds, junior welterweights; Tyrone Crawley Jr. vs. Hamid Robinson, 4 rounds, welterweights; Danny Mills vs. Mike Haynes, 4 rounds, welterweights

    At Chicago: Edner Cherry vs. Guillermo Sanchez, 8 rounds, junior lightweights; Adrian Granados vs. Jaime Herrera, 8 rounds, welterweights; Luis Santiago vs. Sheldon Moore, 6 rounds, welterweights; Paul Littleton vs. Cesar Martinez, 4 rounds, super middleweights; Dimar Ortuz vs. TBA, 4 rounds, cruiserweights; Juan Bustamante vs. Ryan Strickland, 4 rounds, junior lightweights; Junior Wright vs. TBA, 4 rounds, light heavyweights; Curtis Tate vs. TBA, 4 rounds, heavyweights

    Feb. 25

    At St. Louis (HBO): Marcos Maidana vs. Devon Alexander, 10 rounds, welterweights; Adrien Broner vs. Eloy Perez, 12 rounds, for Broner's WBO junior lightweight title; Sharif Bogere vs. Sergio Rivera, 10 rounds, junior welterweights; Eddie Gomez vs. Jose Ortiz, 6 rounds, junior middleweights; Deontay Wilder vs. TBA, 8 rounds, heavyweights; Keith Thurman vs. Chris Fernandez, 8 rounds, junior middleweights; Christopher Pearson vs. TBA, 4 rounds, middleweights; Brandon Baue vs. Robbie Cannon, 6 rounds, welterweights; Tyrone Chatman vs. TBA, 4 rounds, junior welterweights; Jose Ponce vs. Jonathan Brown, 4 rounds, cruiserweights

    At Stuttgart, Germany (Epix and EpixHD.com): Alexander Povetkin vs. Marco Huck, 12 rounds, for Povetkin's WBA "regular" heavyweight title

    At Atlantic City, N.J. (gofightlive.tv): Ronald Cruz vs. Allen Conyers, 10 rounds, welterweights; Garrett Wilson vs. Pedro Martinez, 8 rounds, cruiserweights; Fred Jenkins Jr. vs. Alando Swain, 6 rounds, middleweights; DeCarlo Perez vs. Rafael Montalvo, 6 rounds, welterweights; Latwon Halsey vs. Miguel Corcino, 4 rounds, welterweights; David Navarro vs. Anthony Gangemi, 4 rounds, welterweights; Antowyan Aikens vs. Charles Kirby, 4 rounds, super middleweights; Korey Sloane vs. Korey Pritchett, 4 rounds, junior welterweights

    At Cardiff, Wales: Nathan Cleverly vs. Tom Karpency, 12 rounds, for Cleverly's WBO light heavyweight title

    At Allentown, Pa.: Keenan Collins vs. Julio Cesar Lanza, 6 rounds, junior middleweights; Grayson Blake vs. Corey Preston, 4 rounds, welterweights; Eric Newell vs. Randy Easton, 4 rounds, heavyweights; Frank Santos De Alba vs. Corey White, 4 rounds, junior lightweights; Cesar Gonzalez vs. Osahon Omo-Osagie, rematch, 4 rounds, junior welterweight

    At Savigliano, Italy: Ermanno Fegatelli vs. Antonio DeVitas, 12 rounds, for Fegatelli's European junior lightweight title

    At Aberdeen, Scotland: Denis Shafikov vs. Lee McAllister, 12 rounds, for Shafikov's European cruiserweight title; John Lewis Dickinson vs. Chris Burton, 10 rounds, cruiserweights

    Feb. 27

    At Cicero, Ill.: Amanda Serrano vs. TBA, 10 rounds, female junior lightweights; Joel Diaz Jr. vs. TBA, 8 rounds, lightweights; Joey Dawejko vs. TBA, 4 rounds, heavyweights; Bryan Acaba vs. TBA, 4 rounds, lightweights; Ramon Valenzuela vs. TBA, 4 rounds, middleweights; Mike Gavronski vs. TBA, 4 rounds, super middleweights; Ninos Abraham vs. TBA, 4 rounds, light heavyweights; Sergio Montes de Oca vs. TBA, 4 rounds, junior featherweights; Ricardo Chavez vs. TBA, 4 rounds, heavyweights
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    Five Fantastic Fights in February

    The month of February has already started and a substantial event in Thai Boxe Mania has already taken place, but that doesn't mean there isn't some other great action this month. The big boys don't have any shows this month but there's a bunch of smaller shows in terms of recognition, most notably SuperKombat and FighterZone that have some great fights happening. The five fights selected for this month are all over the world, from the USA to Singapore and from the Netherlands to Thailand. Not all in the same place, they also won't all be the under the same rules.

    Joe Schilling vs. Simon Marcus - Lion Fight Promotions "Battle in the Desert 5", February 25, Las Vegas

    This is really a great fight, especially for Muay Thai in North America. They're the two top fighters in North America around their weight range, where Schilling is the interim WMC World Champion at 175lbs/79.379kg. Artem Levin is the WMC World Champion and Schilling would love to get his hands on him but first, Simon Marcus is standing in his way. Marcus defeated Artem Vakhitov at the MPL's inaugural event and picked up a win in China at the end of last year while Schilling's last win was a first round stoppage of Kaoklai Kaennorsing. What makes the fight even better is that it's a winner takes all fight, meaning the winner walks away with all the money while the loser walks away with nothing. Schilling's aggressive style always makes for action packed fights so there's no doubt that this should be a good one.

    Andy Souwer vs. Naruepol Fairtex - Fightzone Kickboxing World Series MAX, February 25, Singapore

    Andy Souwer isn't waiting around for the big boys to give him fights so he's taken a fight in a brand new fight promotion against the long time stablemate of Yodsanklai Fairtex, Naruepol Fairtex. Naruepol isn't too familiar with K-1 rules. He last fought and won on June 18 in China against Jonay Risco and a welcome back after a long layoff by Andy Souwer is a very tough test for anyone. Naruepol is always a game fighter though and if he ignores the K-1 rules a bit and uses the clinches, he could give Souwer some trouble like Pajonsuk did at the end of 2010. Seeing Souwer fight is always a treat and with an opponent that won't be a pushover, it should be a very interesting fight, though Souwer will probably win.

    Faldir Chahbari vs. Harut Grigorian - Vuisten Van Vuur, February 26, Den Bosch, Netherlands

    Harut Grigorian is coming off a dominating win over Chris Ngimbi and a month after he'll be facing a formidable opponent in Faldir Chahbari. Harut is very aggressive and Chahbari will throw right back with counter combinations so this has the potential to be one of those great Dutch-style combination battles. Chahbari has been rather quiet for the past few years but he's a very game opponent with tons of experience that can still hang with good fighters. Grigorian is on the come up and a win over Chahbari would keep his momentum going. Expect combinations to be traded back and forth in a tactical manner that will provide excellent action.

    Robin van Roosmalen vs. Rachid Belaini - Vuisten Van Vuur, February 26, Den Bosch, Netherlands

    Chahbari vs. Grigorian isn't the only good fight on this card. If you like brawls and guys trying to take each other's head off, then this is the fight for you. Belaini is older but he always comes to fight aggressively throwing power shots and he can take a shot too. Robin van Roosmalen relentlessly comes forward and also throws power shots that have seen him knock out Artur Kyshenko. This has all the makings of an action packed fight, even if Belaini is getting beat down. Robin will probably win but it should definitely be fun.

    Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee vs. Youssef Boughanem - Europe vs. Thailand, February 27, Pattaya, Thailand

    Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee returns quickly after a win over Marco Pique at Yokkao Extreme to fight in Pattaya, where he's based out of. He'll take on Youssef Boughanem, who had a solid showing in the 2010 Thai Fight tournament. He's no stranger to tough competition, as he's faced Buakaw Por. Pramuk and Fabio Pinca. He's been fighting in Thailand recently and with the fight being in Thailand, we finally get to see Sudsakorn in a 5 round fight which he hasn't fought in since just over a year ago. Sudsakorn had conditioning issues against Yury Bessmertny and there's a chance he'll take Boughanem lightly like he seemed to do at the Fight Code tournament final. We'll get to see Sudsakorn's full game for 5 rounds.

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    my mma coverage will definitely be better than the rest, at least for right now.

    there's usually boxing and some form of kickboxing going on everyday, but i'll try to get the biggest events for sure.
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    10 February Tussles Worth Watching MMA
    from sherdog:

    More than a year has passed since Gunnar Nelson tested his wares on the mixed martial arts scene. His sabbatical did nothing to dim the hype surrounding him.

    The 23-year-old Icelandic export makes his presence felt in our monthly “10 Tussles” series, as we take you around the globe in an effort to broaden your MMA horizons, showcasing the best fights and fighters that might not get much attention otherwise.

    As always, the list does not focus on the well-promoted main event bouts from major organizations you already know to watch but rather on fights from all over the planet that are worth seeing. The UFC, Strikeforce, Dream and Bellator Fighting Championships shows are excluded by design.

    Gunnar Nelson vs. Alexander Butenko
    Cage Contender XII | Feb. 25 -- Dublin, Ireland

    Lauded by the grappling community, Iceland’s Nelson has distinct ideas about the direction of his MMA career. Taking sabbaticals from cage fighting in 2009 and 2011 to focus solely on his Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills, the 23-year-old wunderkind has delivered on the tatami, where he medaled in both the Mundials and the Pan-American Championships. Standing in the way of a successful Nelson MMA comeback is Butenko, an Alexey Oleinik student. The 26-year-old is no slouch on the ground himself, boasting 10 submission wins.

    Bae Young Kwon vs. Honorio Banario
    One FC 2 “Battle of Heroes” | Feb. 11 -- Jakarta, Indonesia

    In a featherweight clash, top Korean 145-pounder Kwon will take on undefeated Filipino submission specialist Banario. The 30-year-old Team Posse fighter was originally supposed to face Banario’s countryman, Eric Kelly, but “The Natural” had to pull out of the fight due to personal issues. The bout will featured as the co-headliner in One Fighting Championships’ sophomore event in Jakarta, Indonesia. “Battle of Heroes” will serve as a prelude to One FC 3, the promotion’s next major show. It will once again take place at the 12,000-seat Singapore Indoor Stadium.

    Marcin Rozalski vs. Jerome Le Banner
    KSW 18 “Unfinished Sympathy” | Feb. 25 -- Plock, Poland

    One can see the power balance in the world of mixed martial arts shifting when two-time K-1 World Grand Prix finalist Jerome Le Banner -- who took home six-figure purses in his prime in Japan -- accepts bookings in Poland. Needing to give its top stars, Mariusz Pudzianowski and Mamed Khalidov, a break, KSW called the charismatic Frenchman into an MMA bout against domestic kickboxer-turned-mixed martial artist Rozalski. The 33-year-old heavyweight made his MMA debut in 2011, stopping Marcin Bartkiewicz and Sergey Shemetov in back-to-back bouts.

    Dominique Robinson vs. Paulo Goncalves Silva
    SCC 4 “Grove vs. Silva” | Feb. 16 -- Las Vegas

    The road to the UFC can be long and rocky, especially if the nationality one’s passport reads “Brazilian.” With so much talent from the Sugar Loaf trying to make it into the Promised Land -- i.e. the Octagon -- a fighter can win 10 fights in a row against quality opposition and still not get the call. Such is the case for Team Nogueira member Paulo “Bananada.” He will look to make it 11 straight against another gentlemen of interest. Robinson has managed and trained himself to wins over UFC veterans David Kaplan and John Gunderson.

    Andreas Kraniotakes File Photo

    Kraniotakes will try to bounce back.
    Andreas Kraniotakes vs. Dmitry Poberezhets
    Cage Warriors FC 46 | Feb. 23 -- Kiev, Ukraine

    Cage Warriors Fighting Championship was proclaimed dead after a single event in 2009, but new director Graham Boylan has done a marvelous job of changing the direction of the British promotion. Cage Warriors has eight events scheduled for the first half of 2012.

    The marquee matchup for its Ukrainian debut will put Greek-German heavyweight Kraniotakes, who fought former UFC champion Tim Sylvia at ProElite 2, against hard-hitting local product Poberezhets. The 26-year-old all-around talent raised more than a few eyebrows when he came close to submitting M-1 Global golden boy Guram Gugenishvili in only his fourth professional fight.

    Rafael Silva vs. Diego D'Avila
    Nitrix “Champion Fight 10” | Feb. 11 -- Camboriu, Brazil

    Southern Brazil promotion Nitrix has successfully established its presence in and around Balneario Camboriu, featuring outstanding fighters such as Nazareno Malegarie, Maiquel Falcao and Genair da Silva. Headlining its 10th numbered event will be Rafael “Morcego” and CM System’s D’Avila. Morcego is currently enjoying a six-fight winning streak, with his last defeat coming against D’Avila. A Cristiano Marcello protégé, D’Avila has been on fire the last two years, winning six of his past seven fights.

    Konstantin Gluhov vs. Peter Graham
    Draka “Governor’s Cup 2012” | Feb. 11 -- Khabarovsk, Russia

    Two highly specialized heavyweight kickboxers will collide at Draka “Governor’s Cup 2012.” Latvia’s Gluhov possesses some of the nastiest liver shots in all of MMA, but six- and eight-fight winning streaks have not yet yielded a UFC berth. Australian chief Graham plans on countering with his unique use of elbow strikes. The 36-year-old K-1 and Sengoku Raiden Championship veteran knocked out American Carter Williams and former Deep champion Yusuke Kawaguchi with elbows in back-to-back fights in 2010.

    Josh Burkman vs. Koffi Adzitso
    Showdown Fights “Breakout” | Feb. 24 -- Orem, Utah

    “The Ultimate Fighter 2” alumnus Burkman had a successful start to his UFC career, as he won five of his first seven fights between 2005 and 2007. However, a trio of 2008 losses saw him axed from the promotion. Ever since, the 31-year-old wrestler has tried to climb his way back onto center stage. Coming off his first loss outside of the Octagon since his UFC stint, “The People’s Warrior” will take on knockout artist Adzitso. The Togolese fighter came to the United States at age 15 and enters the match on the strength of back-to-back knockouts over UFC veterans Kevin Burns and Brandon Melendez.

    Kazunori Yokota vs. Doo Ho Choi
    Deep 57 Impact | Feb. 18 -- Tokyo

    Korean prodigy Choi has been one of the few positive discoveries in Japanese MMA in the last year. The 20-year-old shook up the establishment with ear-splitting knockouts against former Deep lightweight champion Nobuhiro Obiya and former Shooto Pacific Rim welterweight champion Mitsuhiro Ishida. Deep boss Shigeru Saeki again ups the difficulty level for the young fighter by matching him with another former Deep titleholder -- longtime Sengoku stalwart Yokota. The 33-year-old judo black belt erased a disastrous 2010 campaign with a pair of wins over ex-King of Pancrase Shoji Maruyama and Shooto mainstay Katsuya Toida.

    Jessica Aguilar vs. Patricia Vidonic
    Fight Time 8 | Feb. 17 -- Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    American Top Team’s Aguilar could have challenged Megumi Fujii for female flyweight supremacy, if not for her razor-thin defeat to Zoila Gurgel in September 2010. The 29-year-old submission specialist has put together a new three-fight winning streak and will put it on the line against Oregon grappler Vidonic. Aguilar will be a major step up in competition for “Little Patricia,” who had a stellar 2011 campaign, as she went 4-0. One streak will have to end, as the ladies throw down in Florida.
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    format will be switched

    starting now

    this will be a place where i drop headlines, results, vids etc

    will be less organized but oh well
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    SCC4 Results

    UFC veteran Jay Silva became the first man to ever submit Ultimate Fighter winner Kendall Grove last night at Superior Cage Combat 4 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the co-main event (also featuring two UFC vets) lightweight John Gunderson submitted Justin Buchholz to take the SCC LW title.

    Sherdog was at the scene:

    Silva didn't just walk right through his much taller opponent; he had some difficulty in dealing with Grove's long reach and quick hands. Grove landed several thudding kicks to Silva's leg and his jab and hooks were causing his opponent some grief. Still, the Huntington Beach, Calif.-based fighter was resilient and wanted to stand and bang with Grove whenever he could.

    He got his wish in the second, and it paid dividends as an errant right hand landed on Grove's temple, buckling his legs. "Da Spyder" tried to regroup and hide the fact that he was hurt, but his rubbery legs betrayed him and he eventually crumbled to the canvas. Silva (8-5) pounced and doled out a vicious attack, but Grove (14-10) was able to survive and pull guard. However, Silva scrambled out and latched on the choke, ending the fight when Grove was rendered unconscious.

    Complete results:

    Jay Silva def. Kendall Grove via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 1:52 of Round 2.
    John Gunderson def. Justin Buchholz via submission (Kimura)at 2:34 of Round 3.
    Jamie Yager def. Danny Davis Jr. via unanimous decision.
    Paulo Goncalves Silva def. Dominique Robinson via unanimous decision.
    Brandon Bender def. Marlin Weikel via submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:30 of Round 3.
    Walter Harris def. Anthony Hamilton via KO at 1:15 of Round 1.
    Jimmy Jones def. Joao Victor via submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:49 of Round 3.
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    Brandon Rios will face Gamboa April 14

    The rumor winds were correct: Brandon Rios will face Yuriorkis Gamboa on April 14 on HBO, from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. This is from Rios' official Facebook page:

    Boxing fans I would like to officially announce my next fight! April 14, 2012, Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa at 135lb. Team Rios thanks for always showing me love and support. I love this sport and all the support is what drives me to train harder! Here we go Team Rios! Countdown to April 14th has begun!

    As we said earlier, this is the ultimate style clash of skilled boxer vs determined brawler, both exceptional at what they do, and both in their primes and still rising as star fighters. This is a fight fan's dream matchup.

    Star-divide

    Rios (29-0-1, 22 KO) had a big 2011, winning fights over Miguel Acosta, Urbano Antillon, and John Murray. Each fight featured spectacular, brutal action, and Rios stopped every one of his foes.

    Gamboa (21-0, 16 KO) won a pair of fights last year, decimating Jorge Solis in March, and pretty easily beating Daniel Ponce De Leon in September. He made a lot of challenges -- including one to Manny Pacquiao -- and is now putting his money where his mouth is, moving up two weight classes for a big-time fight against Rios.

    Rios says that this will be his final fight at 135 pounds, after which he'll move up to 140. He missed weight despite a desperate attempt in December against Murray, and though they've brought in a nutritionist to help him work on his training and his habits, the move was inevitable.

    Katy, bar the door. Rios vs Gamboa is real.
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    Nick Denis Vs. Johnny Bedford, Pablo Garza Vs. Dennis Bermudez Booked For UFC On Fox 3

    Two bouts featuring competitors from the 14th season of The Ultimate Fighter have been added to the May 5th UFC on Fox 3 card at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Featherweight runner-up Dennis Bermudez will square off against another TUF alum, Pablo Garza, while bantamweight semfinalist Johnny Bedford will face Canadian, Nick Denis, according to UFC.com:

    Nick Denis put the rest of the bantamweight division on notice with a devastating 22-second KO of The Night debut in his first UFC outing, while TUF 14's Johnny Bedford won a landslide victory in his last fight at the series finale. Now, these two have verbally agreed to clash at the UFC on FOX event May 5.
    In the featherweight division, TUF 14 finalist Dennis Bermudez has agreed to take on Pablo Garza, known for his dynamic fighting style that's seen Octagon finishes via flying knee and flying guillotine.

    The proud owner one of MMA's most unique nicknames ("The Ninja of Love") and more unusual fighting styles ("cuddle-jitsu"), Ontario's Nick Denis is nonetheless a very talented bantamweight fighter, and proved it in his UFC debut by knocking out Joseph Sandoval with vicious standing elbows, and that victory coming on the heels of a KO-by-suplex against Bellator vet, Nick Mamalis. Bedford was an early favorite to win his season of TUF, but his inability to deal with the speed of John Dodson led to a KO loss in the semifinal round. Bedford rebounded at the season finale with a one-sided beatdown of Louis Gaudinot, and now takes a big step up in competition against a fellow veteran.

    Bermudez, who will be fighting close to home as a resident of Long Island, made it all the way to the finale on TUF, before tapping to an armbar from Diego Brandao in a wild scrap that earned both men Fight of the Night honors. Now getting a chance to prove he deserves a roster spot in the *****ly growing UFC featherweight division, Bermudez will have to shore up his submission defense to avoid the lanky limbs and spidery guard of Garza. Garza competed on the 12th season of TUF, but a decision loss to eventual runner-up Michael Johnson in the opening round denied him entrance to the house. Instead, Garza worked his way up through the regional ranks and before finally getting a Zuffa contract (first in the WEC, and then in the UFC). Although his Zuffa record stands at 2-2 and he's wilted against stronger opponents,, "The Scarecrow" is rarely in a boring fight, and owns one of the most impressive highlight reels around, with a flying knee KO followed up by a flying triangle submission in his first two UFC fights.
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    Robert Drysdale Signs With Legacy FC, First Fight May 11

    In some huge news from the American regional MMA scene, famed grappler Robert Drysdale has chosen to sign with Houston-based Legacy Fighting Championship as his new home for MMA. Drysdale is one of the most recognizable names in grappling circles, but has remained a relative unknown to MMA fans because of his lack of exposure.

    He was expected to be a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter but the required medicals revealed that Drysdale was living with a brain aneurysm.Once he resolved this incredibly dangerous medical issue, he started his professional MMA career in the Canadian-based AFC, where he submitted three straight opponents in just over five minutes, collectively.

    Last night, Bloody Elbow learned from Legacy FC that Drysdale had signed a three-fight contract and is set to make his debut for the promotion on May 11th at the Houston Arena Theater in Houston, Texas. He currently is without an opponent. This is a major signing for a promotion that is trying to build a reputation as the top fight league in Texas. Drysdale adds legitimacy due to his grappling credentials which should increase not just the visibility but also the marketability of the overall Legacy product.

    Legacy Fighting Championship airs on HDNet. Their next show is February 24th at the Houston Arena Theater. The card features Gerald Harris in a middleweight fight against Artenas Lewis and Chidi Njokuani making his Legacy debut against Jon Harris.
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    Legend FC 8 Set With Two Title Fights, Jadamba vs. Nam and Tirta vs. Kawanago

    MMA in Indonesia has been dormant in the past few years with almost zero programming and promotions running in the country. Interest in the sport has recently been jump-started with ONE FC hosting their second event in Jakarta a few days ago, and it looks like the resurgence will continue.

    Legend Fighting Championship held their 7th show this past weekend, and during the show, they announced plans to venture out of their home-base of Hong Kong and Macau, and host a show in Jakarta. Legend FC 8 will happen next month, and Indonesian fans will be fortunate enough to have yet another quality card coming to the country.

    The event will be at the Jakarta Convention Center on March 30, and the moment the announcement has been made, it has been assumed that Indonesia's biggest MMA star, Fransino Tirta (10-0-1) will be competing on the card. BloodyElbow.com has exclusively confirmed with reliable sources that Tirta will indeed be part of two title fights that have been recently signed and set to headline the event.

    Tirta will be in his home country, gunning for the Legend FC featherweight title against Yusuke Kawanago (8-3), a talented Japanese fighter coming off a win over Chengjie Wu at Legend 6, and a split decision loss to Mark Striegl at Legend 5.

    Another title fight on the top of the card will be Sengoku veteran, Jadamba Narantungalag making his first defense of the Legend FC championship he recently won against Adrian Pang. The Mongolian will be taking on Nam Yui Chul (13-3), the top Korean lightweight who is coming off a monumental win over the highly regarded ONE FC fighter in Vuyisile Colossa.

    Speaking of the rising star in Mark Striegl (7-0), the 23-year-old Filipino fighter is coming off an impressive submission finish over Ev Ting at Legend 7, and has recently signed with DARE, a Thailand-based promotion that is part of the ONE FC Network.

    Also confirmed with reliable sources, a lightweight bout between Yusuke Kasuya (6-0) and Song Un Sik (9-3) is set for Legend FC 8. The match up was first mentioned to be in the works by Lili of MMA in Asia.

    I already mentioned that SFL, the promotion in India headlined by the Sapp vs. Thompson freakshow, will be bringing in several musicians to perform on their show. Apparently, one of these performers will likely be Jennifer Lopez. MMA is fairly new to the country, but do they really think JLo fans would be converted to the sport? Or is this just a move to get butts in those seats? Either way, it doesn't seem like a good investment in my eyes.

    URCC and PXC, the two top promotions in the Philippines, will be going head-to-head this Saturday, with both shows headlined by flyweight title fights.
    URCC will host a show in the mountain province of Baguio. It will be headlined by a Flyweight Super-Fight between URCC champion Roy Docyogen (9-0) from Team Lakay, competing in his home town against former pro-boxer Rodel Orais (2-0).

    Also on the card, Interim Featherweight Champion Ricardo Sapno defends his title against Arnold Agapito, and Will Chope will take on Reydon Romero in a featherweight bout guaranteed for fireworks.

    PXC on the other hand, will host PXC 29 in Pasay City on the same date. It will be headlined by a flyweight title bout between charismatic Filipino Ale Cali, and Guam's Jesse Taitano .

    Also on the card, a featherweight bout between the well traveled veteran in Harris Sarmiento, and Raja Shippen, along with TUF veteran Dorian Price vs. Ryan Bigler.
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    Dan Henderson Denies That He Declined UFC Offer Of Lyoto Machida

    Former Pride and Strikeforce multi-division champ Dan Henderson has yet to be booked for a second UFC fight after beating Mauricio Rua at UFC 139. The 42-year-old Henderson is eager to get back in the cage, but only against the right opponent.

    Henderson initially declined a rematch against Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera, choosing instead to wait for a title shot against either light heavyweight champ Jon Jones or middleweight champ Anderson Silva. Dana White expressed his frustration recently since Henderson is in line behind Rashad Evans and Chael Sonnen, respectively for each of those title shots.

    White claimed that Henderson also turned down a LHW bout against ex-champ Lyoto Machida.

    Henderson took to Twitter to contest that claim:

    Was never offered machida. And even though he has lost 3 out of his last 4, I'm sure it would be entertaining. RT @Shawn91111: @danhendo Dana said this "He doesn't want to fight Machida He doesn't want to wait. He's going to have to wait. Who does he want to fight
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    UFC on FUEL TV Results

    Tim Means def Bernardo Magalhaes, Unanimous Decision.
    Means somewhat legitimized his credentials as a two division KOTC champ, dominating Magalhaes en route to a pair of 30-26 scorecards for his unanimous victory.

    Justin Salas def Anton Kuivanen, Unanimous Decision.
    Koivanen is a big bodied lightweight champion from the Finnish MMA scene but this was his first fight against an American bred wrestler. Salas is going to be in tough in the future but his conditioning got him through the first and he was able to push for take downs and wear out the Fin in the second and third rounds.

    Jonathan Brookins def Vagner Rocha, KO, 1:32, Round 1.
    Brookins is good; when he was on TUF, Georges St. Pierre said he didn't know how good he can be. If this is only a taste, look out 145, a rematch with Jose Aldo could be the golden goose at the end of the next 24 months if Brookins keeps it up.

    Ivan Menjivar def John Albert, Rear Naked Choke, 3:45, Round 1.
    The real fight of the night, these two had a war, exchanging hard on the feet, interspersed with a few spirited ground exchanges, Menjivar on top landing well, while Albert looked for an arm. In the end, Menjivar got the first dominant position, back mount, and finished.

    T.J. Dillashaw def Walel Watson, Unanimous Decision.
    Another classic case of wrestling conquers all. Dillashaw was relentless in bringing the fight to the ground and Watson had no real response. Dillashaw needs to work on his finishing but he did fight smart, which sometimes isn't the case in the Octagon, so full marks to him.

    Stipe Miocic def Philip De Fries, KO, :43, Round 1.
    De Fries punched Miocic, which angered Miocic. Miocic punched De Fries back, harder, better. De Fries fell. Cursory ground and pound. The fight was as simple as that.
    Ronny Markes def Aaron Simpson, Split Decision.
    Probably the least interesting fight of the night for me. Not to say it was a bad fight, but it was mostly clinching and on the cage grappling. I didn't think there was a clear winner and clearly the judges couldn't agree.

    Stefan Struve def Dave Herman, TKO, 3:52 Round 2.
    A good fight between two exciting young heavyweights. Struve was trailing throughout, but remained composed, eventually landing an uppercut that sent Herman to the mat and then he used what might be his most effective attack, ground and pound from the mount position, to end the fight.

    Jake Ellenberger def Diego Sanchez, Unanimous Decision.
    Sanchez proved his heart yet again, enduring a tough two and a half rounds before finally backing Ellenberger into a corner and forcing a scramble, which led to Diego getting back control. From there he landed a good 40 strikes in a bid to stop the fight and he very nearly pulled it off. Ellenberger did enough to get to the buzzer, but questions remain about his ability to fight five rounds at a high pace against one of Carlos Condit, Georges St. Pierre, and yes, Nick Diaz.
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    Bellator signs Russian prospect Magomed Saadulaev

    Bellator Fighting Championships has signed once-beaten Russian prospect Magomed Saadulaev (14-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC).

    MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com) today confirmed the deal with sources close to the fighter.

    Saadulaev, who has competed at welterweight in his native nation, is expected to drop to 155 pounds under the Bellator banner.

    Saadulaev is expected to make his debut in a non-tournament bout during Bellator's upcoming sixth season and could potentially fight in a future tournament, as well.

    Fighting professionally since 2008, Saadulaev has racked up 14 wins in 15 contests. Eight of those wins have come via submission while the rest have been earned via decision.

    Saadulaev currently boasts a three-fight win streak, earned following his lone career defeat.

    Bellator's upcoming sixth season kicks off on March 9 with Bellator 60. The promotion is hosting season-six tourneys in the bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and middleweight divisions. Each tourney winner gets $100,000 in total pay and a guaranteed title shot.
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    UFC on FX 2 Fight Card Rumors

    UFC Sydney Alves vs. Kampmann
    Date: March 3, 2012
    Venue: Allphones Arena
    Location: Sydney, Australia

    Main Card (on FX):
    -Thiago Alves (19-8; #8 Welterweight) vs. Martin Kampmann (18-5)
    -Demetrious Johnson (14-2) vs. Ian McCall (11-2)†
    -Joseph Benavidez (15-2) vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-4-6)†
    -Court McGee (14-1) vs. Costa Philippou (9-2)

    Preliminary Bouts (on Fuel TV):
    -Aaron Rosa (17-4) vs. James Te Huna (13-5)
    -Anthony Perosh (12-6) vs. Nick Penner (11-1)
    -Cole Miller (18-5) vs. Steven Siler (19-9)
    -Kyle Noke (19-5-1) vs. Jared Hamman (13-4)
    -T.J. Waldburger (14-6) vs. Jake Hecht (11-2)
    -Oli Thompson (9-2) vs. Shawn Jordan (12-3)
    -Mackens Semerzier (6-3) vs. Daniel Pineda (16-7)
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    Deep 57 Results

    TOKYO -- Deep lightweight champion Mizuto Hirota successfully defended his title against Dream veteran Seichi Ikemoto in the main event of Deep 57 ImpactImpact on Saturday at Tokyo Dome City Hall. Much like when he wrested the belt from former champion Katsunori Kikuno last August, Hirota fought tooth and nail with Ikemoto, taking his fair share of punishment in the process.

    “I wasn't in as good a condition as I expected. He didn't fight better than I thought he would, though. It was all about my performance, and I didn't think I was active enough in the final round,” said a disappointed Hirota.

    Given Ikemoto's longer reach, the champion often found himself in his opponent's firing range while closing the distance to deliver his own punches. Hirota was successful early with his sharp, snapping jabs, but a backpedaling Ikemoto took the champ's best shots to mark him up with his own counters.

    The action picked up in the second frame as Hirota continued to push through fire to land offense. Though unable to keep Ikemoto down after an early trip takedown, Hirota tattooed the challenger with blistering punches and chaingun dirty boxing in the clinch. Not to be outdone, Ikemoto scored more than his fair share of punches and low kicks on the fearless champion, however.

    The final stanza saw Ikemoto beginning to pull ahead of Hirota on the feet, forcing the champ to stuff him into a corner to stem the offensive tide. Hirota then sealed the round for himself with the takedown, whereupon he layered on ground-and-pound from side control and the full mount for the final minute and a half.

    Despite taking an inordinate amount of damage, all five judges -- Moritaka Oshiro, Yoshinori Umeki, Samio Kimura, Kenichi Serizawa, and Akira Shoji -- agreed that the champ had done enough to net the nod.

    Ever the modest champion, Hirota claimed that he still hasn't had a proper performance since his gruesome hammer-lock loss to Dream lightweight champion Shinya Aoki on New Year's Eve 2009's Dynamite .

    “I couldn't get any more motivated than the Kikuno fight. I haven't gotten a knockout since returning, so I don't feel like I've made a real 'comeback' just yet," said Hirota.

    Despite their close and contentious first fight, the second meeting between Takafumi Otsuka and Yoshiro Maeda was far more definitive as the former featherweight King of Pancrase wrested the Deep bantamweight title from the incumbent champion by way of submission.

    Otsuka's wrestling savvy was no match for Maeda's scramble, as Maeda stuffed takedowns and pot-shotted the champ's nose bloody in the first round. Maeda also hyperextended Otsuka's arm with a straight armbar while pulling guard and hanging from his waist.

    The champ was arguably only able to save himself by chucking Maeda outside the ropes, prompting a break. The coup de grace came when Maeda floored Otsuka with a left hook and knee combo, taking mount to further bloody him up with brutal punches before sinking the rear-naked choke at 3:13 into the second round.

    “I'm really glad to have won a belt. It's been a really long time since I've had one,” said the newly minted bantamweight champion. “I don't remember much, maybe because I ate a knee. I can't really remember which of my strikes scored on Otsuka, either. But, when I realized I had his back, that's when I sunk the choke.”

    Elsewhere, Deep featherweight champion Kazunori Yokota defended his strap against former Shooto 143-pound champion Hideki Kadowaki in a tepid three rounder. Though a late replacement for the still-missing Doo Ho Choi, Kadowaki acquitted himself well early in the fight.

    After falling to a sharp Yokota one-two at the opening bell, Kadowaki quickly recovered and reversed the champ when he lunged to finish, locking down top and side position for the remainder of the round. Kadowaki sought to replicate this success in the latter two periods, but Yokota foiled these plans by keeping the fight on the feet, where he scored quick, stinging punches on the tentative Kadowaki to steal the final rounds and the decisions of judges Kimura, Serizawa, Oshiro, Shoji, and Umeki.

    In only her third Deep bout, Star Wars heiress Amanda Lucas became Deep's inaugural women's openweight champion after submitting WMMA pioneer and active women's pro wrestler Yumiko Hotta. Though Hotta hadn't seen MMA competition since 2000, she proved surprisingly resilient, defending against repeated keylock and rear-naked choke attempts.

    As such, Lucas had little recourse but to drop heavy fire from the mount and crucifix positions throughout all three rounds, progressively mashing her opponent up for cinching the final submission. Hotta had her moments, overwhelming Lucas on the feet with flurries before succumbing to takedowns and netting a tight guillotine attempt in the third frame. Nonetheless, Lucas readjusted and reasserted her dominance before finally finishing Hotta with the keylock at 2:16 of the final frame.

    “It was a really tough fight. She was strong and tough, and I really felt like I had to earn it. She's been around a very long time and she's had more fights than me. I'm grateful to have had the chance to fight her,” said an overwhelmed but happy Lucas. “I've won a couple of grappling tournaments, but nothing compares to this. This is the biggest honor, and something I worked really hard for. This is probably one of the best moments of my life.”
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    Last but not least, Georgian judoka Levan Razmadze had his first successful Megaton title defense against Ryuta Noji, submitting the karateka in the first round. After catching a Noji kick, Razmadze swept the challenger to the canvas and smothered him in the mount and crucifix. In between dropping short punches, the Georgian attempted an unsuccessful armbar and keylock. The third time was the charm however, as Noji was unable to escape the following armbar attempt, tapping out at the 3:16 mark.

    Nakamura Upsets Gono, 'DJ.taiki' Stops Fellow Dream Vet Nakamura

    Perennial Dream fan favorite Daisuke Nakamura decisioned fellow Dream and UFC veteran Akihiro Gono in a tense, back-and-forth welterweight bout. Nakamura pursued Gono with flicking jabs and snapping right hands, while Gono responded with lunging punches and swift kicks to the body and legs.

    However, slips and stumbles on Gono's part often gave Nakamura the ability to flex his ground savvy, capturing the mount and threatening with armbar attempts. As if that weren't enough, a further strike against Gono came by way of the dual yellow cards issued pre-fight for his coming in 900 grams overweight. It no doubt factored into the close decision, as judges Oshiro, Serizawa, and Kimura's scorecards all favored Nakamura.

    Keeping true to his word that he'd shoot for takedowns, Daiki Hata did just that for one and a half rounds before dispatching fellow Dream veteran Yusaku Nakamura in their bantamweight bout.

    While “DJ.taiki's” takedowns were repeatedly successful, Nakamura arguably registered the better offense, as he was difficult to keep down and landed far more offense on the incoming Hata. Hata's ground offense was largely nil until the second frame, when he locked a helpless Nakamura into the crucifix to drop punches to the face until referee Oshiro called the stop at the 3:57 mark.

    Featherweights Shoji Maruyama and Tatsunao Nagakura split rounds in what looked to be a draw. Thanks to a second-period yellow card for Nagakura's repeated rope-grabbing however, the decision went to the Pancrase veteran, who in the second round landed punches and takedowns on the tiring Yoshida Dojo product.

    Nagakura has a good showing in the first frame, easily outboxing and outpointing Maruyama, but his fatigue and second round penalty cost him the decision on judges Kimura, Umeki, and Serizawa's cards.

    Makoto Kamaya expediently crushed Katsuya Toida in their bantamweight bout. Kamaya almost notched the knockout in under a minute when a brain-rattling right hook and flying knee to the face blasted “Toikatsu.” Toida recovered quickly and returned with *****-fire counterpunches, but Kamaya could not be denied. Kamaya's next brutal assault in the form of a right high kick and a right hook put Toida down for good, prompting referee Serizawa to call the bout at the 1:13 mark.

    Though the smaller fighter in their megaton bout, Hirohide Fujinuma expediently flattened the corpulent Seigo Mizuguchi. Mizuguchi gave chase early, swinging lethal bear paws as Fujinuma retreated. Successive missed haymakers from Mizuguchi left him open for furtive counterpunches to the jaw however, which Fujinuma diligently racked up before Mizuguchi's legs went rubbery and collapsed under him against the ropes. Referee Kimura dove for the save then, at 1:20 into the first round.

    Yoshitomo Watanabe took a narrow decision win over Naoki Samukawa in their welterweight bout. The AACC product had difficulty in the first period as Samukawa foiled his takedown attempts and marked him up with jabs.

    The final stanza was more in “Nabe's” favor however as he finally put Samukawa on his back, lighting him up with big punches from guard. Despite two Samukawa takedowns that round as well, judges Umeki and Kimura seemed confident in Watanabe's efforts, voting him the winner while a less certain judge Serizawa ruled the fight a draw.

    Pride veteran Hiromitsu Kanehara took fellow veteran Daijiro Matsui to a majority draw in their 191.8 pound catch-weight bout. Kanehara threatened with submissions from bottom in the first frame, while the second period was all Matsui as he parked himself in Kanehara's guard to grind away with punches. As such, judges Shoji and Umeki ruled the bout a draw, while dissenting judge Serizawa sided with Kanehara.

    Masato Kobayashi didn't even get to break a sweat as a single left hook put fellow flyweight Tatsuyuki Nakamura down on all fours and in a state too discombobulated to continue. Referee Serizawa dove for the save at a mere nine seconds into the bout.

    Although off to a great start in taking back mount on Yuki Niimura, a quick reversal saw Bernard Ackah give up his own back before tapping to the rear-naked choke at 3:35 into the first frame in their light heavyweight tilt. The loss ended the Japanese TV personality's five-year side project as a fighter coming on a loss, though he promised to continue his involvement in MMA by producing fighters from his gym.
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    Jon Jones Confirms That Greg Jackson Will Corner Him Against Rashad Evans

    UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jone tweeted last night that his coach Greg Jackson will indeed corner him against former teammate Rashad Evans at UFC 145 in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Jones had said at last week's UFC 145 press conference that he didn't expect Jackson to corner him.

    Evans trained at Jackson's MMA long before Jones and originally the two had vowed never to fight. That all fell apart when Evans had to bow out of a UFC 128 title shot against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Jones stepped up and took the title.

    Evans and Jones quickly ceased being friends and Evans left Jackson's MMA as part of the fall out.

    Jackson originally had said he would never corner one of the two against the other, but recently rethought his position. Essentially Jackson concluded that since Evans left the team that he owed it to the team to corner Jones.

    ESPN Magazine recently did an in-depth feature on the Jones-Evans rivalry and how Dana White and other UFC officials egged it on.

    Here's Jones' tweet:

    @Jonnybones
    Jon Bones Jones Greg Jackson confirmed today he will be in my corner for UFC 145
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