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

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    'Mayhem' Miller Returns Against C.B. Dollaway At UFC 146

    Jason Miller may have broken the news a little earlier than planned, but it is now official. Yesterday, "Mayhem" tweeted out that he would be facing C.B. Dollaway at UFC 146. The tweet was then quickly deleted but the cat was pretty well out of the bag.

    Now, the UFC has confirmed the fight on the promotion's website:

    UFC president Dana White today confirmed the first fight - one between fan favorites - officially set for UFC 146, set to take place over Memorial Day weekend.

    "Ultimate Fighter runner-up C.B. ‘The Doberman' Dollaway has verbally agreed to face recent Ultimate Fighter coach Jason ‘Mayhem' Miller in a middleweight bout at UFC 146 this May in Las Vegas,"

    Miller put on a truly horrible performance against Michael Bisping at the finale of their season of The Ultimate Fighter and White's statements to that effect made it seem that "Mayhem" may have been one-and-done in the UFC. Instead, he'll get at least one more crack at things inside the Octagon.
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    Eduard Folayang Vs. Ole Laursen Announced For ONE FC 3 In Singapore

    Wushu expert and URCC Champion Eduard Folayang (11-1) will be facing Muay Thai star and fellow Martial Combat champ, Ole Laursen (5-3) on March 31. Officials from the Singapore-based ONE Fighting Championship promotion announced the news earlier today, stating that the lightweight bout will be part of their stacked main card at ONE FC 3.

    The duo was first booked to face each other as the headliner of the inaugural ONE FC event last September, until Laursen had to pull out after suffering a knee injury. Folayang was left to to headline against top Korean fighter, A Sol Kwon which won them Fight of the Night honors.

    When I spoke to them during the lead up to what was supposed to be their fight last September, both Folayang and Laursen expressed hesitation in accepting a fight against a fellow Filipino, but neither fighter rejected the bout knowing that it's nothing personal and they can continue their friendship after. That wasn't the only time their paths have crossed though.

    The Team Lakay Wushu product is coming off an entertaining 56 second TKO win over Wadson Teixeira, who is a Muay Thai champ and a BJJ Brown Belt. His corner man, Laursen, was visually disappointed as his teammate was mere inches away from pulling off the upset.

    Ole Laursen on the other hand, is coming off that war against Felipe Enomoto on ONE FC 2. The Muay Thai champion was winning handily until Enomoto landed a head kick that led to a rear naked choke finish, snapping Laursen's 5-fight winning streak.

    Most people assumed that loss derailed the planned bout against Folayang, and while the timing is less than optimal, both guys are huge stars in Singapore and their styles guarantee fireworks. That alone was probably enough for the promotion to decide to push through with it.

    Both Filipino fighters have been featured at the World MMA Scouting Report with Laursen being the #8 ranked lightweight in the 2010 report, and Folayang being ranked at #6 on the 2011 edition. This fight becomes part of the already stacked main card which so far, includes 4 guys from the scouting report, along with other very popular fighters.

    After the jump, check out the rumored fight card so far. Follow me on twitter -- @antontabuena

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    ONE Fighting Championship 3
    March 31, 2012 - Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore

    - Renato Sobral vs. Melvin Manhoef
    - Masakazu Imanari vs. Kevin Belingon
    - Eduard Folayang vs. Ole Laursen
    - Zorobabel Moreira vs. TBA
    - Gregor Gracie vs. TBA
    - Eddie Ng vs. TBA
    - Nicole Chua vs. Jeet Toshi
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    Dereck Chisora Brawls With And Threatens To Kill David Haye At Chisora Vs. Klitschko Post-Fight Presser

    Even more from today's Dereck Chisora vs. Vitali Klitschko event, as at the post-fight press conference Chisora got into a brawl with David Haye. Chisora dropped a clear but hard fought decision to Klitschko, becoming only the fourth man to make it to the scorecards against the champion.

    Much had been made in the build up of Chisora's statements that he "wouldn't back down" like Haye had when he fought Vitali's brother Wladimir. The tension between Chisora and Haye boiled over after the fight as described through these multiple tweets from SI's Chris Mannix's Twitter:

    Wladimir Klitschko is yelling at both Chisora and David Haye at the press conference. This is awesome.

    Bernd Boente to David Haye: "You're out. You can't talk yourself into this fight."

    Chisora and Haye are now yelling at each other. Incredible

    Chisora yelling "how's your toe" over and over. Now he's rushing Haye. they are brawling

    Still brawling. Haye threw the first punch.,

    Chisora: "I'm going to shoot you. I'm going to physically shoot David Haye."

    Chisora claiming Haye hit him with a bottle. Vince McMahon couldn't make this shit up.

    Wladimir is standing on a chair laughing. Gives me two thumbs up. He's loving this.

    Chisora: "If David doesn't fight me, I'm going to find him on the street and kill him. I'll burn him."

    Adam Booth is beeding from a cut on his skull. Chisora telling him, "look in my eyes, I'm going to kill your fighter."

    I'm told that the police are waiting for Chisora outside. Don't know who called them, but they are here for them.

    It's insanity of the highest degree and I'm curious what is going to come of this brawl, the police involvement and Chisora's multiple...I guess you have to call them death threats.

    To be clear, Chisora is a bad guy and a bit of a loose cannon. He's assaulted a police officer in the past, picked up an assault charge for attacking his girlfriend, as well as possession of a weapon and has a history peppered with run-ins with the law. That's not to say that he's "actually" going to shoot Haye, but it may add some gravity to the statements and have driven the police intervention.

    Wladimir enjoying two of his most hated rivals getting into it is pretty hilarious though.
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    Cage Warrior 45 Results

    Bobby Brents (11-2) vs. Rogent Lloret (11-2-1) - Bobby Brents def. Rogent Lloret by Submission, Round 1.
    James "J.P." Reese (5-2) vs. Brad Wheeler (7-5) - James Reese def. Brad Wheeler by Unanimous Decision (30-27)
    Chris Fields (8-3) vs. Jack Mason (17-9) - middleweight-tourney opening round - Chris Fields def. Jack Mason by Head Kick KO, Round 1
    Steve O'Keeffe (6-1) vs. Conor McGregor (9-2) - Conor McGregor def. Steeve O'Keefe by KO, Round 1
    Eddy Bengtsson (4-2) vs. Dave Keeley (5-4) - Dave Kelley def. by Eddy Bengtsson by TKO, Round 1
    Brett Bassett (7-2) vs. Brett Sizeland (4-1) - Brett Sizeland def. Brett Bassett by TKO, Round 2
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    Stevenson vs Gonzales Results: Adonis Stevenson Delivers KO of the Year Candidate

    Jesus Gonzales went pretty far in hyping his fight with Adonis Stevenson this week, including bringing to light Stevenson's criminal past. In the end, it appears he served only to anger Stevenson, who came in throwing heavy leather tonight in Montreal, and absolutely blasted Gonzales in the first round with a monster left hand, knocking Gonzalez stiff and out of the fight.

    For those who haven't seen it, the video is on YouTube already.

    Stevenson (17-1, 14 KO) was throwing big shots from the get-go, and clearly fighting with a purpose. He caught Gonzales (27-2, 14 KO) a bit off-guard with his heavy artillery approach, perhaps, and ended things in short order, with a KO that is going to be hard to top for Knockout of the Year, even given that it's only mid-February.

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    The 34-year-old Stevenson is now firmly in line for an eventual shot at the IBF super middleweight title, currently held by Lucian Bute, as this win made him the IBF's No. 2 ranked fighter, behind only mandatory challenger Carl Froch.

    It's a stunning knockout and a sealed arrival to the contending ranks of the division for Stevenson, who has certainly made official his full bounce-back from his 2010 TKO loss to Darnell Boone. What most expected to be a pretty good fight tonight, well-matched, turned into a pure icing.

    Adonis Stevenson may not have a big window to make an impact in this division, but he can't be overlooked any longer. He put the division on notice tonight.
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    Williams vs Ishida Results

    In a steady, busy fight between a pair of fighters willing to let their hands go, Paul Williams largely dominated Nobuhiro Ishida en route to a shutout 12-round decision on three scores of 120-108 tonight on Showtime from Corpus Christi, Texas. Bad Left Hook scored it 118-110 for Williams, but the two rounds that went the Japanese fighter's were were debatable at best, admittedly, and the shutout scores are entirely easy to understand.

    Williams (41-2, 27 KO) was fighting for the first time since his July robbery of Erislandy Lara on HBO, a fight he's clearly sick of talking about and wishes to move on from, which is understandable enough.

    Does tonight's win prove that Paul Williams is back? Well, that's a difficult question without a yes or no answer. It doesn't prove he's ready to face top guys and be a favorite again, and that may never be his role in boxing from here on. He was cracked a few times by Ishida (24-7-2, 9 KO), and his defense was as inviting as ever, if you even want to call it defense.

    He also lost snap on his punches as the fight wore on, and his power seemed to fade. He looked sharp early; the longer the fight went, the duller he appeared. Williams was consistently active and, in comparison to Ishida, consistently effective, but what does that mean against a top junior middleweight or middleweight? Probably not a lot.

    Paul Williams is still a pretty good fighter, which in reality was probably all he ever was. It's not a knock, but "great" is thrown around too often, and guys get dreams cast onto them that they probably never did have the ability to live up to, and Williams seems like one of those guys. He's a respectable, fun fighter, with enormous flaws. He's an action guy who doesn't come up with boring fights because it's just not in him.

    Is he one of the ten best junior middleweights in the world? Yeah, probably. He's done a lot more to claim that than some guys have, guys who are basically universally regarded as top ten in the division. And he's done every bit as much as someone like Austin Trout or Carlos Molina have recently, guys that a lot of people root for because they're, in a way, underdog stories, not having power promoters. He's still quality. He was expected, by many, to be great. He isn't. There's no shame in that.
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    Cloud vs Campillo Results

    Gabriel Campillo was on the short end of the stick of some awful scoring again tonight in Texas, getting robbed despite delivering a reality check to IBF light heavyweight titlist Tavoris Cloud in Corpus Christi. Cloud won on split decision scores of 116-110, 114-112, and 111-115. Bad Left Hook scored it 116-110 for Campillo.

    Campillo (21-4-1, 8 KO) is the recipient of a third straight lousy decision in a major fight (he had a couple of stay-busy wins in there, too), following his 2010 robbery loss to Beibut Shumenov and last year's robbery draw against Karo Murat.

    Tonight, Cloud came out strong and looked phenomenal in the first round, flooring Campillo on a right hand, and then knocking him into the ropes moments later, rightly called a knockdown by the referee, who did a totally fine job in the fight.

    But after that first round, Campillo took over.

    It was Campillo bossing the fight, both on the back foot, where he picked Cloud (24-0, 19 KO) apart routinely, and coming forward, which led him to unleashing big combinations. He cracked Cloud to the body and head repeatedly, and there were very few rounds where Cloud was able to keep pace with the Spaniard.

    The absolute closest I could see this fight would be 114-112 for Campillo, which is the card that Showtime unofficial scorer Chuck Giampa had. That would be eight rounds to four for for Campillo.

    There is no way in hell to argue that Cloud won eight rounds of this fight, or seven rounds of this fight. The two judges who scored this fight for Cloud were way off -- why? That's up for you to guess. Incompetence, corruption, whatever it is, it's wrong.

    Giampa also noted that the two judges who scored the fight for Cloud had one world title fight between them. That seems unfortunate.

    After the fight, Twitter erupted with fighters saying they felt Campillo was robbed, including Bernard Hopkins, Paulie Malignaggi, and Ishe Smith, who once wrote a piece about the Shumenov vs Campillo robbery. Malignaggi said that Campillo was "Malignaggi'd" in Texas, as he was against Juan Diaz in 2009.
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    Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Maurice Smith Returns To The Cage At Age 50

    Here is a fight announcement I did not expect. Former UFC Heavyweight champion Maurice Smith is stepping back out of retirement to once again compete in MMA. The 50 year old veteran will fight on March 30 in Kearney, Nebraska as part of the second show from Resurrection Fighting Alliance. No opponent for Smith has yet been announced.

    Smith started his career as a well respected kickboxer in the 1980's and early 90's, and took part in the inaugural K-1 World Grand Prix in 1993. Starting in 1993 he committed himself to making the transition to MMA. After some troubles getting his career going, Smith reached his greatest fame in 1997 when he defeated the then unbeaten Mark Coleman to win the UFC Heavyweight title. He defended the belt once against Tank Abbott before losing it to Randy Couture later that year at UFC Japan. After the title loss, Smith competed in various organiations, including the UFC, Pride, Rings, and K-1. He unofficially retired in 2001, but has taken sporadic fights in K-1 and MMA since then. His last MMA run came in 2007-2008 when he went 2-1 with wins in Strikeforce and the IFL (where he also served as a coach). This will be his first pro fight of any kind in nearly 4 years.

    While not a household name for casual MMA fans, Smith deserves recognition as a pioneer of the sport. He was one of the first to succesfully translate his kickboxing credentials into an MMA career. He's also known for forming an early team with Frank Shamrock and Tsuyoshi Kohsaka. Dubbed "The Alliance", this was one of the earliest MMA super-teams where fighters discovered the importance of cross-training, becoming complete mixed martial artists instead of one discipline specialists.

    Smith's more recent fights have been essentially showcases against other legends, and I would expect the same here. It will be interesting to see who he is paired with, and what he still brings to the table.

    Also on the card is a main event fight between Houston Alexander and Gilbert Yvel. Yvel is 1-0 since his 0-3 UFC run in 2010, while Alexander is 4-2 (1) since leaving the UFC, including a good win over Sokoudjou. This is not likely to be the most technical fight you've ever seen, but it's pretty great match-making and should be a wild, action-packed war.
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    Karo Parisyan and Lyle Beerbohm Get New Opponents at Worldwide MMA

    A couple of changes have been made to the upcoming Worldwide MMA event set to take place in Texas on March 31.

    UFC veteran Karo Parisyan was slated to face former UFC champion Dave Menne, but Menne has been forced off the card for unknown reasons.

    In to replace him will be Elite XC veteran Thomas ‘Wildman’ Denny, who now faces Parisyan on the card.

    Also, a bout between Lyle Beerbohm and Jamie Varner has changed as well.

    Varner is out of the fight and will be replaced by UFC veteran Derrick Noble.

    Sources close to the fights confirmed the new bouts with MMAWeekly.com on Saturday.

    Worldwide MMA takes place on March 31 in El Paso, Texas.
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    UFC on FUEL TV 2 CARD FINALIZED

    Two new fights have been added to April's UFC on Fuel TV 2 card in Stockholm, Sweden, completing the event's 12-fight card.

    TUF 14's Akira Corassani has suffered another injury, delaying his UFC debut further. That left his opponent Jason Young without one of his own, and he'll now take on Eric Wisely on short notice. Young has lost both of his appearances in the UFC, most recently losing by decision to Michihiro Omigawa at UFC 138. Wisely, meanwhile, enters this fight after a loss by calf slicer to Charles Oliveira in his UFC debut in January.

    In the final fight added to the card, two debuting UFC fighters will square off, as Sweden's Reza Madadi will take on Yoislandy Izquierdo. Izquierdo was supposed to make his UFC debut earlier this month, but a contract dispute with a regional promotion delayed his move. Madadi was supposed to debut last month, but was forced out of a fight with Fabricio Camoes due to injury.

    UFC on Fuel TV 2 takes place on April 14 from the Ericsson Globe Arena, headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
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    Legacy Fighting Championship 11: Drysdale Draws Ike Villanueva, Macaco Drops To 155

    Some more news from Houston-based Legacy Fighting Championship was released today. After last week's announcement about the signing of Robert Drysdale, there were some questions regarding who would be his first opponent on May 11. Bloody Elbow learned from Legacy Promoter Mick Maynard that Drysdale would be facing off with Ike Villanueva (8-6). This will be Robert Drysdale's first fight in the promotion and will take place in the light heavyweight division.

    Also on tap for the card is Brazilian vale tudo legend Jorge "Macaco" Patino making his lightweight debut against Jesus Rivera. Macaco won the vacant welterweight belt at Legacy 8 with a split decision victory over Pete Spratt. The 38 year old Patino defended his belt later in 2011 at Legacy 9 against Mike Bronzoulis. The Macaco/Rivera fight will be for the vacant lightweight belt which would make Patino the champion at both light and welterweight.

    Legacy Fighting Championship 11 is on May 11 at the Houston Arena Theater.

    Fight Card

    Lightweight Title Fight - Jorge Patino vs Jesus Rivera

    Chad Robichaux vs Joseph Sandoval

    Robert Drysdale vs Isaac "Ike" Villanueva

    Legacy Fighting Championship 10 is this weekend and features Gerald Harris and Chidi Njokuani making their debuts. The fights air on HDNet.
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    Kickboxing Update: Aerts Vs. Spong, Cro Cop Vs. Sefo, Schilt And More

    Kickboxing fans rejoice. After the mostly stand-still 2011, this year is already off to a big start. We've seen one major show already in the Badr Hari headlined It's Showtime event, and the upcoming months have a slew of huge fights heading our way. The past week has seen some big fight news from the kickboxing world - here we'll gather it all together. And we'll start with the company that has truly established themselves as the #1 kickboxing company in the world:

    It's Showtime Card Featuring Aerts vs. Spong

    It's Showtime has big plans for 2012. They got off to a good start in January, and last week they announced the full card for their next major show. On June 30, they'll be presenting a show in Belgium and the line-up is stacked. In the main event, beloved K-1 and kickboxing icon Peter Aerts will take on Tyrone Spong in Aerts's retirement fight. It's hard to imagine kickboxing without Aerts, and it will be an emotional moment to see him go, but this is a fantastic fight.

    That's just the top of this massive card though. You also will have Chris Ngimbi defending the It's Showtime 70 kg title against former K-1 MAX 2 time champion Andy Souwer, plus fights from Daniel Ghita, Jerome Le Banner, Hesdy Gerges and many others. Full card is in the complete entry. Huge, huge event here that we will definitely be talking about more in the coming months.

    It's Showtime also announced the rest of their 2012 season which features 6 additional dates including stops in Japan and Brazil. Notably absent from the list is Amsterdam. The company's former home has become increasingly strict on combat sports, and It's Showtime has pulled out of promoting in Amsterdam. From the look of their schedule, they're looking to make Belgium their new home base.

    Complete card plus lots more news after the jump.

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    It's Showtime 57 & 58
    Brussels, Belgium - June 30

    Peter Aerts vs. Tyrone Spong
    Robin van Roosmalen vs. Harut Grigorian
    Daniel Ghita vs. Frederic Sinistra
    Danyo Ilunga vs. Filip Verlinden
    Andy Ristie vs. Samir Djabba
    Michael Duut vs. TBA
    Jerome Le Banner vs. Rustemi Kreshnik
    Chris Ngimbi vs. Andy Souwer
    Hesdy Gerges vs. Rico Verhoeven
    Sergei Lascenko vs, TBA
    Alka Matewa vs. Duoli Chen
    Marat Grigorian vs. Buenung Topking
    Fatih Ozkan vs. Sonny Dagraed

    United Glory Announces Full Card with Semmy Schilt, Ricco Rodriguez, more

    We knew United Glory would be running a show in Moscow on March 30 headlined by Semmy Schilt plus Jerome Le Banner vs. Errol Zimmerman and Mark Miller vs. Sergei Kharitonov. They've now filled out the card. Starting at the top, Schilt will be facing Le Banner teammate Brice Guidon. Guidon is a good fighter, but he'll be facing a stiff test in the 4 time K-1 champion. They also added Robin van Roosmalen vs. Dzhabar Askerov in what should be a good fight.

    The card will be split between kickboxing and MMA fights. The most interesting fight on the MMA side sees former UFC Heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez face fellow UFC veteran Denis Stojnic. Stojnic had the tough assignment of facing Cain Velasquez in Stojnic's UFC debut, then following that fight up with Stefan Struve. He's 4-0 since leaving the UFC and there is talk that a strong showing here could get him called back up.

    As always with these United Glory shows, be cautioned that the card is definitely subject to change. Past shows have seen a tremendous amount of cancellations and reshuffling up to the very last minute, though they did improve that trend somewhat in 2011. We'll see how this one ends up, but for me, as long as I get to see Semmy Schilt again, I'm happy.

    United Glory World Series 2012
    Moscow Russia - March 23

    Semmy Schilt vs. Brice Guidon
    Jerome Le Banner vs. Errol Zimmerman
    Sergei Kharitonov vs. Mark Miller
    Jamal Ben Sadik vs. Colin George
    Maxim Yyrovski vs. David Kyrya
    Robin van Roosmalen vs. Dzhabar Askerov
    Ali Cenic vs. TBA
    Tommy Depret vs. Sergey Golyaev (MMA)
    Denis Stojnic vs. Ricco Rodriguez (MMA)
    Cesario de Dominico vs. TBA (MMA)
    Ilir Latifi vs. TBA (MMA)

    Cro Cop Returns to Kickboxing

    We've previously reported on this, but just a reminder that Mirko Cro Cop will be returning to kickboxing action in just a few weeks. He takes on K-1 legend Ray Sefo on March 10 in Zagreb, Croatia. The card is being billed as "Cro Cop Final Fight," though Cro Cop has indicated that it is not officially his retirement. This will be Mirko's first kickboxing fight since 2003, Sefo's first since 2010.

    While the focus of this show is clearly on Cro Cop, they've also added a full line-up with some great supporting fights. The highlight is Daniel Ghita vs, Sergei Lascenko, who had a great 2011. Other good names on the card include Freddy Kemayo and Dzevad Poturak.

    Cro Cop Final Fight
    Zagreb, Croatia - March 10, 2012

    Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic vs. Ray Sefo
    Igor Jurkovic vs. Freddy Kemayo
    Daniel Ghita vs. Sergei Lascenko
    Mourad Bouzidi vs. Mladen Brestovac
    Ismael Londt vs. Dzevad Poturak
    Marin Dosen vs. Mladen Kojundzic
    Pacome Assi vs. Agron Preteni
    Michael Duut vs. Stefan Jelic
    Miran Fabjan vs. Ivan Posavec
    Sahak Parparyan vs. TBA

    Giorgio Petrosyan vs. Artur Kyshenko

    And finally, on March 24, #1 pound for pound kickboxer in the world Giorgio Petrosyan steps in to the ring to face Artur Kyshenko as part of a Fight Code show in Milan, Italy. If you've never seen Petrosyan compete you are missing out on one of the premiere stand-up artists on display today. The man is an artist in the ring, and it's always a pleasure to see him compete. This fight is particularly exciting, as Kyshenko has been on a rampage since making the transition to Mike's Gym. He's 7-1 in his last 8, and has re-established himself as one of the most dangerous men at 70 kg. Petrosyan hasn't lost a fight since 2007, and for the first time in a long time, this is a fight that will really challenge him. Make no mistake, this is THE big fight at 70 kg - don't miss it.
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    Evan Dunham Vs. Edson Barboza Set For UFC 146

    UFC president Dana White turned to twitter today to announce a pretty big fight for UFC 147. Evan Dunham will take on the undefeated Edson Barboza in a bout that is almost surely main card material. Here's the tweet:

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    Dana White For the UFC 147 card May 16th in Vegas we just signed Edson Barboza vs Evan Dunham!! #funfight
    Feb 19 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

    Dana corrected himself shortly after, and said he meant UFC 146 and May 26th. Still though, this is an excellent fight. Dunham has rebounded from two losses (to Sean Sherk and Melvin Guillard) by winning two in a row, most recently in a fight of the night performance against Nik Lentz. Barboza is 4-0 in the UFC and is coming off one of the best KO's in UFC history, a spinning wheel kick knockout of Terry Etim at UFC 142.

    With five fight of the night bonuses between the two fighters (Dunham also has a sub of the night, while Barboza has a knockout of the night), this bout has excitement written all over it. The only other bout currently confirmed for the card is Jason Miller vs. C.B. Dollaway, but it is widely expected that Junior dos Santos will defend his UFC heavyweight title against Alistair Overeem on the card as well.
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    Nate Marquardt Signs With Strikeforce

    Former UFC middleweight Nate Marquardt has signed with Strikeforce. The move was announced by Ariel Helwani on tonight's episode of UFC Tonight on Fuel. Fuel TV's twitter account verified the news as well:

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    FUEL TV #BREAKING: @arielhelwani announced on #UFCTONIGHT - former #UFC Middleweight @NathanMarquardt has signed to @Strikeforce.
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    Marquardt, who went 10-4 in his middleweight run in the UFC, was released by the promotion shortly before UFC on Versus 4, where he was going to make his welterweight debut against Rick Story. Marquardt had issues with his testosterone replacement therapy and couldn't get his levels under the Pennsyvlania Athletic Commission's set limit, which forced Dana White to remove him from the fight (and the company) and replace him with Charlie Brenneman.

    Nate had signed with BAMMA a few months ago, but card delays led to him never fighting for the organization. He was released from his contract with them a few weeks ago, and will now join Strikeforce. It is unclear at this point if he will be competing at 185 or 170.

    Update: Ariel said that Nate will be staying at welterweight.
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    Dan Hardy Vs. Duane Ludwig Booked For UFC 146 In Vegas

    In a match-up that's probably not going to showcase any displays of grappling wizardry, welterweight sluggers, Dan Hardy and Duane Ludwig, have agreed to face off in Las Vegas on May 26th at UFC 146, according to MMA Weekly, who confirmed the booking with UFC officials:

    Dan Hardy will return to action at UFC 146 in May where he will face fellow striker Duane "Bang" Ludwig.
    UFC officials confirmed verbal agreements are in place for the welterweight showdown.

    This might be Hardy's last chance to keep his spot on the UFC roster, although it has appeared that he's been in that position in the past, only to keep his job after putting on exciting fights, even during his current four-fight losing streak, which is usually more than enough to get a fighter booted from the promotion. Hardy has revamped his training though, electing to leave his native England to prepare full-time in Las Vegas and taking an extended layoff after his loss to Chris Lytle last August to get fully focused before this next fight. Ludwig, a longtime veteran of the sport, seemed to be enjoying a career resurgence with back-to-back wins over young prospects, Nick Osipczak and Amir Sadollah, but like Hardy against Lytle, his weakness on the ground caught up to him against fellow journeyman, Josh Neer, and Ludwig ended up getting choked out back in January.

    Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy (23-10)
    L Chris Lytle (submission) - UFC on Versus 5
    L Anthony Johnson (unam. decision) - UFN 23
    L Carlos Condit (KO) - UFC 120

    Duane "Bang" Ludwig (21-12)
    L Josh Neer (technical submission) - UFC on FX 1
    W Amir Sadollah (unam. decision) - UFC on Versus 5
    W Nick Osipczak (split decision) - UFC 122

    The UFC 146 card now includes:

    -Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem - UFC heavyweight championship
    -Evan Dunham vs. Edson Barboza
    -Jason Miller vs. C.B. Dollaway
    -Jacob Volkmann vs. Paul Sass
    -Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig
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    Derek Brunson Out Of Strikeforce Fight With Jacare Souza

    On today's Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey conference call, Scott Coker announced that Derek Brunson did not pass his medicals and thus has been removed from his scheduled bout with Ronaldo Souza. Coker did not give any details beyond saying that it was "not severe" and he "couldn't get into it."

    The search is on for a new opponent for Jacare, but it's going to be interesting to see if the promotion can land anyone up to Souza's level with only a little more than a week's notice.

    For Brunson, this is a disappointing setback. He had upped his professional record to 9-0 with a one sided (but lackluster) decision win over Nate James at Strikeforce Challengers 20. Despite having some technical flaws in his striking, he still has a lot of upside and many expect big things.

    Then again, maybe it's not all that disappointing for Brunson fans given that he would have entered the cage as a significant underdog for the bout.

    EDIT: Brunson has Tweeted the reason for the failed medical.

    Ok here's the deal ... I've been fighting with contacts for 11 fights (9pro,2ams) never was an issue.Ohio won't pass my eye exam.
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    Rampage Jackson Misses Weight By Five Pounds, Loses 20% Of Purse While Fight Goes On

    The UFC 144 weigh ins took place late tonight with the fighters hitting the scales to make their bouts official. There were no snags anywhere on the card other than when Quinton Jackson missed weight badly for his bout with Ryan Bader. When Rampage hit the scales he was at 211 for the light heavyweight bout. While the light heavyweight limit is 205 pounds, a fighter can weigh 206 for non-title fights.

    It was clear when Rampage was walking out that he was sluggish and when he stepped on the scales he clearly knew that he missed weight. When the weight of 211 pounds was announced, it was followed with an announcement that he would give Bader 20% of his fight purse and the bout would go ahead as scheduled.

    This will, no doubt, be met with continued questioning of Rampage's motivation to continue to compete at a high level in this sport. Something that has been an ongoing story with Jackson for years now.

    Update: Rampage offered some explanation for missing weight. If you believe it or not is your call:

    @MMAFighting
    MMAFighting.com Rampage says he couldn't get enough roadwork because of a training camp injury .. He says he cut 21 pounds but couldn't get last 6
    Feb 25 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

    There was also a situation where Rich Franklin took a few shots at Jackson's professionalism which led to this:

    @MMAFighting
    MMAFighting.com Rampage on Fuel: He says Rich Franklin should watch his mouth or I'll smack him the next time I see him. I'm tired of people questioning me.
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    Legacy Fighting Championships 10 Results

    MAIN CARD:

    155 lbs.: Pat Audinwood def. Justin Reiswerg via submission (armbar) at 3:33 of round three
    185 lbs.: Gerald Harris def. Eric Davilla via unanimous decision
    155 lbs.: Rey Trujillo def. Munil Adriano via KO (punch) at 0:24 of round one
    179 lbs.: Chidi Njokuani def. Jon Harris via TKO (strikes) 1:54 of round one
    135 lbs.: Carson Beebe def. Tim Snyder via unanimous decision
    170 lbs.: Alex Morono def. Rashon Lewis via TKO (strikes) at 4:02 of round one
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    T.J. Grant Vs. Carlo Prater Planned For UFC On Fuel 3

    A lightweight bout is the latest addition to the UFC on Fuel 3 card planned for May 15th in Fairfax, Virginia. MM-Eh.ca has confirmed with T.J. Grant's camp that the Canadian grappler will face Carlo Prater on that card:

    TJ Grant (17-5) will make his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship Octagon on May 15 at UFC on FUEL 3 against Carlo Prater (30-10-1), sources close to Grant’s camp have told MM-eh.

    After finding mixed results in the UFC's welterweight division, Nova Scotia's T.J. Grant made his first cut down to lightweight back in the fall, and it was a successful move as he tapped Shane Roller, a talented grappler in his own right, with an armbar at UFC on Versus 6. Although injuries have kept Grant on the shelf since, his durability and high-level grappling should get him right back into the mix at 155 lbs.

    Prater, a longtime veteran of the sport, finally made his UFC debut in his native Brazil last month at UFC 142, but in a somewhat controversial bout with hot prospect Erick Silva, Prater ended up getting his hand raised despite getting blitzed by a series of strikes from Silva in the first round, as referee Mario Yamasaki declared that many of Silva's blow landed on the back of the head, and thus disqualified him. Nonetheless, Prater probably wasn't any happier with the "victory" than the fans were, and now he'll get another chance to prove himself and at his more natural weight of 155 lbs.

    T.J. Grant (17-5)
    W Shane Roller (submission) - UFC on Versus 6
    L Ricardo Almeida (unam. decision) - UFC 124
    W Julio Paulino (unam. decision) - UFC 119

    Carlo Prater (30-10-1)
    W Erick Silva (DQ) - UFC 142
    W Gleristone Santos (submission) - Capital Fight 4
    W Cameron Dollar (submission) - Legacy FC 7
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    Glover Teixeira To Face Kyle Kingsbury At UFC 146

    Glover Teixeira (17-2) has been waiting for a long time to make it to the UFC. He'll finally get his chance on May 26th in Las Vegas when he faces TUF 8 veteran Kyle Kingsbury (11-3, 1 NC) at UFC 146. UFC.com offers the abbrievated news:

    Longtime standout Glover Teixeira makes his highly-anticipated UFC debut in a light heavyweight bout against Kyle Kingsbury.

    Not exactly the most detailed fight announcement, but there were a lot of fish to fry in that article. It seems like Teixeira has been perpetually UFC-bound since he knocked out Sokoudjou way back at WEC 24, but visa issues and injuries have kept the Chuck Liddell-trained Brazilian out of the organization. There are conflicting reports about whether he actually signed back in January or not, but he was offered a fight at UFC 142. He had to turn it down due to an injury, but he'll take a 15-fight win steak into the octagon in May instead.

    Kingsbury was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 8 and dropped his initial UFC bout to Tom Lawlor, but put together an impressive four-fight winning streak in the aftermath, picking up two fight of the night bonuses along the way. His streak was stopped in his most recent bout against TUF 1 alum Stephan Bonnar, who picked up a unanimous decision win over "Kingsbu" at UFC 139 in November.
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