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Weekly Mixed Martial Arts & K-1 News Recap – 08/25/2011

Weekly Mixed Martial Arts & K-1 News Recap – 08/25/2011

Weekly Mixed Martial Arts & K-1 News Recap – 08/25/2011

By PDG Staff


Bellator 51 Hosts Season 5 Bantamweights



The home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Ohio is known for having tough guys well inside its city limits – September 24th will be no different.

Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Warren looks to become the first man in history to hold two Bellator belts at the same time as Bellator brings its single elimination tournament action to the Canton Memorial Civic Center to kick off the Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament at Bellator 51. Locally, Bellator will be working with Ohio’s top Mixed Martial Arts promotion, The North American Allied Fight Series (NAAFS).

Ticket information for this nationally and internationally televised event will be announced shortly. The four-fight bracket can be seen live on MTV2, starting at 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. CT.

“Canton is a city that truly appreciates champions,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Growing up a football fan and playing my college football in the great state of Ohio, I can definitely appreciate a football city. It’s an honor to bring the fastest rising sport and world-class fighters to a great city such as Canton.”

In possibly Warren’s toughest test to date, the self proclaimed “Baddest Man on the Planet” is riding a five-fight win streak since joining Bellator and takes on world-class freestyle wrestler and Olympic Bronze medalist Alexis Vila, who is 9-0 in his professional mixed martial arts career.

A 2004 Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, Wilson Reis steps in for what may be the toughest fight of his career and looks to stop the world’s No. 1 ranked Bantamweight prospect in Nova Uniao member Eduardo Dantas. The 22-year-old rising star trains with Season 4 Featherweight Tournament finalist Marlon Sandro and UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and is looking to make plenty of noise in this season’s bantamweight bracket.

Coming off a memorable fight against Warren, Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Marcos Galvao takes on former WEC champion Chase Beebe in a match that could turn into a memorable display of ground fighting and submission attempts.

In the fourth quarterfinal, Ed West, the lone returning fighter from Bellator’s Season 3 Bantamweight Tournament looks to make it back to the tournament finals once again but he must first take on 11-1 Brazilian phenom Luis Nogueira before he realizes that dream.

Established in 2005, The NAAFS has produced nearly 100 live events in the region, and has featured a number of Bellator fighters, including Chris Lozano, Brian Rogers, Daniel Straus and Jessica Eye.






Fight for Japan K-1 WORLD MAX 2011 -70kg Japan Tournament



Sunday 25 September 2011
Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, JAPAN


70kg Japan Tournament FINAL Quarterfinal(1): K-1 Rules:
Albert Kraus (Holland / Team Super Pro) vs Yuji Nashiro (Japan / Kokushi Kaikan)

70kg Japan Tournament FINAL Quarterfinal(2): K-1 Rules:
Hiroki Nakajima (Japan / Bungeling Bay) vs Takafumi Morita (Japan / Reeg Higashinakano

70kg Japan Tournament FINAL Quarterfinal(3): K-1 Rules:
Yuya Yamamoto (Japan / Seishunjuku) vs Shintaro Matsukura (Japan / Bungeling Bay)

70kg Japan Tournament FINAL Quarterfinal(4): K-1 Rules:
Yasuhiro Kido (Japan / Taniyama Gym) vs Kenta (Japan / E.S.G)

70kg Japan Tournament FINAL Reserve Fight: K-1 Rules:
Go Yokoyama (Japan / CRAZY WOLF) vs YOSHI (Japan / MAD MAX GYM)

Super Fight: K-1 Rules/-63kg:
Kizaemon Saiga (Japan / MAD MAX GYM) vs Valdrin Vatnikaj (Armenia / Tiger Gym)

Super Fight: K-1 Rules/-78kg:
Yuichiro “Jienotsu” Nagashima (Japan / Sakigake Juku) vs Kenmun (Japan / Tsuwamono)






UFC 134 Prelims to Air Live in Times Square’s “Little Brazil”



UFC 134’s bouts will be screened for thousands in Times Square’s Little Brazil – reflective of the fight’s base in Rio de Janeiro and the Brazilian birthplace of mixed martial arts. Spike TV’s preliminary fights will broadcast on the digital sign above The Doubletree Hotel on the East side of Duffy Square’s red steps, 47th Street & 7th Ave Saturday, August 27 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m EST. Never before has UFC offered a viewing of this magnitude.

After celebrating in the streets of Times Square, fans and interested viewers are encouraged to finish watching the fight at neighboring bars in Little Brazil such as Bowlmor Times Square (W 44th between 7th and 8th Aves.).

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization and offers the premier series of MMA sports events. UFC produces over twelve live pay-per-view events annually. In addition to its North American distribution, UFC programming is distributed in over 100 countries and territories throughout the world.






Lima vs. Martin Added To MFC 31 on October 7th



The Maximum Fighting Championship has set its final fight for the main card of MFC 31: The Rundown, and it is sure to be an explosive collision.

In a matchup featuring the MFC’s hottest prospect, Dhiego “Maluco” Lima will put his undefeated streak on the line against rugged veteran “Dangerous” Terry Martin.

It is an interesting turn in the development of Lima (6-0), who has torn through his opposition under the MFC banner. At MFC 29 back in April, his older brother Douglas Lima defended the MFC welterweight title with a stunning knockout of Martin (21-9), needing only 1:14 to retain the belt. Now Dhiego Lima is going up against the same man and with a lofty goal in mind.

“I’m going to knock out Terry Martin and I’m going to do it faster than my brother did,” said Dhiego.

The Martin-Lima matchup will be one of the highlighted bouts on the HDNet Fights live broadcast of MFC 31 emanating from the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, on Friday, October 7. HDNet’s broadcast launches at 10 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT with Michael Schiavello and Frank Trigg calling all the action (check local listings for channel designation).


MFC 31: The Rundown

Rameau Sokoudjou vs. Ryan Jimmo, MFC light-heavyweight title

Terry Martin vs. Dhiego Lima, catchweight

Richie Whitson vs. Kajan Johnson, lightweight

Adam Lynn vs. Curtis Demarce, lightweight

Sabah Fadai vs. Mukai Maromo, lightweight

Ryan Chiappe vs. Cody Krahn, welterweight


* The undercard for MFC 31 will be announced shortly.






Jamie Varner Returns at Titan Fighting Championship 20



The Titan Fighting Championship in association with HDNet announced Wednesday that its Titan Fight Championship 20 event will be held on Friday, September 23 and will be headlined by former World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight champion Jamie Varner (17-5-1).

Squaring off Varner at the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas in the 155 lbs. main event will be Bellator Fighting Championships lightweight tournament veteran and Omaha, Nebraska native Alonzo “Zo Diddy” Martinez (31-14-1).

“We’ve had the pleasure of featuring former world champions on many of our recent Titan Fighting events on HDNet and we are excited to continue that trend with Jamie Varner,” said Titan Fighting Championship CEO Joe Kelly. “Stylistically, Jamie and Alonzo are almost identical. Both are former wrestlers who aren’t afraid to let their hands go. Varner vs. Martinez will be a great way to kick off our fall schedule.”






DREAM. 17 “Fight for Japan” – Card Updated



Saturday, 24 September 2011
Saitama Super Arena, Japan


Yan Cabral vs. Kazushi Sakuraba

Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Gerald Harris

Shinya Aoki vs. Rob McCullough

Satoru Kitaoka vs. Willamy Chiquerim

Caol Uno vs. Lion Takeshi

Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Joachim Hansen


DREAM Bantamweight Tournament 1st round: DREAM Rules:

Hideo Tokoro vs. Antonio Banuelos

Bibiano Fernandes vs. Takafumi Otsuka

Masakazu Imanari vs. Abel Cullum

Yusup Saadulaev vs. Rodolfo Marques Diniz






Muay Thai Premier League: Stars and Stripes



The inaugural event for the Muay Thai Premier League takes place on September 2 with Stars and Stripes, the first event in what is a 10-month season planned around showcasing the best Muay Thai fighting in the world. The first round takes place at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, California, with other events scheduled to take place in Rome, Amsterdam, and Bangkok, all to crown the Muay Thai Premier League Champion of Champions in several different weight classes. Stars and Stripes kicks off the start of the season with a 12-bout event, featuring both male and female fighters competing in five different weight classes. On top of the tournament action, Stars and Stripes is headlined by two Superfights, where titles will be on the line!

In the main event, the WMC World Junior Middleweight Title (154 lb) will be at stake as Buakaw Por. Pramuk (197-21-12, Thailand) battles Warren Stevelmans (54-14-4, South Africa) for the prestigious championship. With close to 200 victories to his credit, Por. Pramuk is one of the elder statesmen in Muay Thai and his commitment and consistency to the sport is unmatched. He hails from the birthplace of Muay Thai (Thailand) and plans to give the fans in attendance and watching live on a highlight reel of authentic hard hitting and kicking Muay Thai fighting. His opponent, Stevelmans, is also a grizzled veteran in the sport and will not be intimidated by the living legend that is standing across the ring from him. Both fighters always push the action and look for a knockout but these men have trained their bodies to take an inhuman amount of punishment so fight fans could be in for a real treat if this fight goes the distance. Make no mistake, Buakaw Por. Pramuk and Warren Stevelmans will put on a show that will have the whole sport talking.

In the co-main event, the WMC Intercontinental Junior Middleweight Championship (154 lb) will be on the line as Champion Baxter Humby (39-7, USA) defends his title against Zidov Domenik (55-25, Switzerland). Humby won the title in 2010 and has been on a tear for the last year, but he has never faced an opponent like Domenik who has a very high percentage of knockouts for this sport with 43 of his 55 victories coming by KO. In a sport that requires you to deliver vicious blows to your opponent, nobody does that better than the challenger, Domenik. The champion is in for a dog fight, but Humby should have the crowd at his back as he is fighting in his home country and will look to deliver an impressive victory to what no doubt will be a rabid crowd.

In tournament action, Nathan Corbett (52-2, Australia) fights Tomas Hron (54-14-2, Czech Republic) and Filip Verlinden (37-6-1, Belgium) battles Martin Jahn (40-10) where the winners will advance in the heavyweight division. There are still four more divisions on this card!

If you love nonstop, full-throttle striking, then Muay Thai Premier League Stars and Stripes, is must-see TV. This event kicks off the most important series of Muay Thai shows ever. Watch as the brave warriors display the science of the eight limbs and use punches, kicks, knees and elbows as they take the first step in becoming the Muay Thai Premier League Champion of Champions. Order this event exclusively at

* One of the MPL commentators for the Stars & Stripes event, Will be Living Legend, and 4X K-1 GP Champion, ‘Mr.Perfect’ Ernesto Hoost. Ernesto will be meeting fans as well.






Ultimate Fighter Season 14 – Roster Announced



The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller cast, whose hometowns range from Gothenburg, Sweden to Winnipeg, Manitoba to Glasgow, Scotland to Yonkers, N.Y. include the following:



Fighting out of: Puyallup, Wash. / Victory Athletics
Record: 6-1-0
Age: 24

Fighting out of: Watuga, Texas/ F3 Alliance
Record: 17-9-1
Age: 28

Fighting out of: Western Springs, Ill. / Gilbert Grappling
Record: 6-1-0
Age: 22

Fighting out of: Winnipeg, Manitoba / Winnipeg Academy of MMA
Record: 6-1-0
Age: 27

Fighting out of: Sacramento, Calif. / Team Alpha Male
Record: 4-0-0
Age: 25

Fighting out of: Albuquerque, N.M. / Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts
Record: 11-5-0
Age: 26

Fighting out of: New Castle, Ind. / No Affiliation
Record: 6-1-0
Age: 21

Fighting out of: Louisville, Ky. / All-American MMA
Record: 6-2-0
Age: 29

Fighting out of: Louisville, Ky. / All-American MMA
Record: 7-3-0
Age: 22

Fighting out of: Yonkers, N.Y. / Team Tiger Schulmann
Record: 5-1-0
Age: 26

Fighting out of: Connersville, Ind. / Team Wolfpack
Record: 20-7-0
Age: 25

Fighting out of: Boston, Mass. / Team Sityodtong
Record: 6-2-0
Age: 25

Fighting out of: Glasgow, Scotland / Dinky Ninjas
Record: 18-6-0
Age: 29

Fighting out of: New Richmond, Wisc. / The Academy
Record: 11-0-0
Age: 27

Fighting out of: Centreville, Va. / MASE MMA
Record: 9-4-0
Age: 23

Fighting out of: Indianapolis, Ind. / Integrated Fighting
Record: 11-3-0
Age: 30




Fighting out of: Savannah, Ga. / Lloyd Irvin MMA
Record: 10-0-0
Age: 28

Fighting out of: Massapequa, N.Y./ Long Island MMA
Record: 7-2-0
Age: 24

Fighting out of: Albuquerque, N.M. / Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts
Record: 13-7-0
Age: 23

Fighting out of: Coconut Creek, Fla. / American Top Team
Record: 3-1-0
Age: 31

Fighting out of: Sacramento, Calif. / Team Alpha Male
Record: 15-5-0
Age: 26

Fighting out of: San Francisco, Calif. / Skrap Pack
Record: 4-0-1
Age: 29

Fighting out of: Gothenburg, Sweden / Team Kaobon
Record: 9-3-0
Age: 28

Fighting out of: Nottingham, United Kingdom / Wolfslair Academy
Record: 7-1-0
Age: 30

Fighting out of: Independence, Mo. / Grindhouse MMA
Record: 20-5-0
Age: 25

Fighting out of: Coconut Creek, Fla. / American Top Team
Record: 17-4-0
Age: 24

Fighting out of: Granite City, Ill. / Hit Squad
Record: 22-17-1
Age: 24

Fighting out of: Ventura, Calif. / Knuckleheadz BoxingRecord: 6-1-0
Age: 24

Fighting out of: Springfield, Mo. / Springfield Fight Club
Record: 7-1-0
Age: 26

Fighting out of: Elmwood Park, N.J. / Team Tiger Schulmann
Record: 8-1-0
Age: 21

Fighting out of: Ogden, Utah / Riven Academy
Record: 18-9-0
Age: 24

Fighting out of: Honolulu, Hawaii / MMA Development
Record: 5-1-0
Age: 24







Pat Curran Crowned Featherweight Summer Series Champion at Bellator 48



In front of a raucous crowd inside the Mohegan Sun Arena, Pat Curran (fighting out of Crystal Lake, Ill.) delivered a crushing knockout to Marlon Sandro to claim the Bellator Summer Series Featherweight Tournament Championship LIVE on MTV2. This is the second tournament win for Curran, who previously won the Bellator Season 2 Lightweight Tournament. Bellator Heavyweight Champion Cole Konrad was also victorious, earning a victory over Paul Buentello in a non-title super fight.

In the night’s main event, Bellator veteran Pat Curran was up against imposing Brazilian Marlon Sandro. Both fighters were hungry for victory, as the winner would earn a guaranteed title shot for the Bellator Featherweight World Championship. Sandro came out looking to push the pace, and seemed to control Round 1. Round 2 began with both competitors much more aggressive, and late into the round Curran connected with a devastating, highlight-reel roundhouse kick to the head of Sandro that left the Brazilian on his back. Curran finished with hammerfists, and in the process earned a $100,000 payday and a future title shot for the Bellator Featherweight title.

Bellator Heavyweight World Champion Cole Konrad took on long time MMA veteran Paul Buentello in a heavyweight non-title super fight. Konrad, a polished wrestling product out of the University of Minnesota, surprised most by deciding to stay on his feet with the powerful Buentello. With the conflicting styles both competitors featured, both fighters were passive in their attacks. After three rounds of trading stand-up shots, the judges awarded Konrad the unanimous decision victory, keeping his perfect record intact and moving the phenom to 8-0.

Seth “The Kimbo Killer” Petruzelli faced former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez in a catchweight bout that was full of fireworks. No one anticipated this fight lasting very long, and the two giants kept their word. Petruzelli connected on two consecutive wheel kicks to the upper body of Rodriguez, and followed it up with a stiff right hook that dropped the stunned veteran. Petruzelli pounced with hammerfists, ending the fight before it could get to the second round.

The undefeated Rene “Brazilian Bomber” Nazare took on Costa Rican born Juan Barrantes in a lightweight feature fight. Nazare lived up to this name from the opening bell, delivering a consistent barrage of devastating combinations that Barrantes could only take for so long. After two rounds completed, the ringside physician advises referee Keith Peterson to stop the fight as Barrentes’ left eye had been cut and began to close shut. Nazare was awarded the convincing win, and moved his record to a perfect 10-0.

“What an unbelievable night to close out our Summer Series tournament,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Pat has been incredibly impressive during his run with Bellator, and he continued his unbelievable journey of becoming one of the best featherweights in the world tonight. Cole showed tonight why he is a champion, Seth and Ricco put on a terrific show, and Nazare was an absolute beast in the cage tonight. September 10th can’t get here soon enough to kick off our fifth season LIVE on MTV2.”






UFC 136 Fan Expo Fighter Attendees Announced



For its return to Houston for the first time since 2007, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is bringing some of the sport’s most recognizable names to Texas this October. UFC officials announced today over two dozen athletes scheduled to participate in the UFC Fan Expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8.

The following fighters will participate in autograph sessions and a variety of other fan activities: UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, former UFC champions Chuck Liddell, Frank Mir, Forrest Griffin, Tito Ortiz, Vitor Belfort, Rashad Evans, Shane Carwin, and Matt Serra, as well as UFC stars Wanderlei Silva, Urijah Faber, Miguel Torres, Phil Davis, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Clay Guida, Brendan Schaub, Mark Munoz, Donald Cerrone, Jon Fitch, Amir Sadollah, Matt Mitrione, Pat Barry, Jake Shields, Chan Sung Jung, Cole Miller, and Stephan Bonnar.

In addition, Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, top welterweight contender Tyron Woodley and surging middleweight Tim Kennedy will also take part in the festivities.

“We’re excited to bring some of the biggest stars in the sport to Houston for the UFC Fan Expo,” UFC President Dana White said. “This is our sixth Expo now. For people who have never experienced the Fan Expo before, trust me, this is the ultimate fan experience. You won’t be disappointed.”

All the UFC Fan Expo activities will be planned in conjunction with UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard 3 event, which takes place at Toyota Center on Saturday, Oct. 8. Headlined by a lightweight title bout between champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard, UFC 136 also features Jose Aldo defending the featherweight crown against the always-dangerous Kenny Florian.





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