Weekly Mixed Martial Arts & K-1 News Recap – 12/02/2011

Weekly Mixed Martial Arts & K-1 News Recap – 12/02/2011

By PDG Staff




Efrain Escudero to Replace Paul Kelly at Legacy Fighting Championship 9



Texas-based mixed martial arts fight promotion company, Legacy Fighting Championship, announced today that noted English mixed martial artist Paul Kelly has been pulled from the Legacy FC 9 card due to Visa issues. Replacing Kelly on the card is Ultimate Fighter 8 winner Efrain Escudero. Escudero will face Houston Police Officer and Legacy FC veteran Jeff Rexroad. Legacy Fighting Championship 9 will take place at the Houston Arena Theater in Houston, Texas on December 16.


According to Legacy Promoter Mick Maynard, “Unfortunately Paul Kelly will not be making his Legacy FC debut against Jeff Rexroad in December as planned. Kelly is looking forward to fighting for us in the near future as soon as his Visa issue has been resolved. Efrain Escudero has stepped in to fight Rexroad. It is a very compelling match up and promises to be a very explosive fight. Fans will not be disappointed!”


Efrain Escudero (18-3-0), a UFC and Bellator veteran, has stepped into the octagon with some of the best fighters in the world and holds notable wins over top contenders such as Dan Lauzon and Cole Miller. The TUF champion and All-American wrestler has won five out of his last six bouts, including a first round submission victory over Cesar Avila at Bellator Fighting Championships 55 in October.


Escudero vs. Rexroad is just one of many exciting bouts slated for Legacy FC 9. In the main event Strikeforce veteran’s Mike “The Greek” Bronzoulis and Jorge “Macaco” Patino will go head to head for the Legacy Fighting Championship welterweight title.






UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem – Finalized Card



December 30, 2011

From MGM Grand Garden Arena

Las Vegas, Nevada



Main Card (PPV):

Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem

Donald Cerrone vs. Nate Diaz

Jon Fitch vs. Johny Hendricks

Alexander Gustafsson vs. Vladimir Matyushenko

Jim Hettes vs. Nam Phan


Preliminary Card (Spike TV):

Junior Assuncao vs. Ross Pearson

Ramsey Nijem vs. Anthony Njokuani


Preliminary Card:

Dong Hyun Kim vs. Sean Pierson

T.J. Grant vs. Jacob Volkmann

Luis Ramos vs. Matt Riddle

Manny Gamburyan vs. Diego Nunes






Jerome Le Banner Returns December 30th



On December 30, 2011 in Pattaya, Thailand, Jerome Le Banner will face the Russian Andrei “Chef” Kirsanov (64 fights, 52 victories, 38 by KO), Champion of Russia and veteran K-1 who has faced the likes of  Alexander Ustinov  and  Dutch champion Peter Aerts.


This will be the first stop of  “THE BANNER TOUR” which is being supported by the channel Orange Sport, which will carry four JLB fights in 2011/2012.






Dream: Fight for Japan – Genki Desu Ka! New Year! 2011 – Updates



December 31, 2011

Saitama Super Arena

Saitama, Japan



DREAM Featherweight Championship:

Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Takeshi Inoue


DREAM Bantamweight Tournament:

Bibiano Ferdnandes vs. Rodolfo Marques Diniz

Masakazu Imanari vs. Antonio Benuelos


DREAM Bantamweight Tournament Reserve Bout:

Hideo Tokoro vs. Yusup Saadulaev


Other Bouts:

Shinya Aoki vs. Satoru Kitaoka

Kawajiri Tatsuya vs. Miyata Kazuyuki

Hayato Sakurai vs. Ryo Chonan

Megumi Fujii vs. Karla Benitez






Danny ‘Boy’ Downes & Eliot Marshall get UFC Pink Slips



Both fighters announced their respective releases on Twitter & Facebook this week:


“To those asking, Zuffa has “exercised its right in to accelerate the term of its promotional and other obligations.” In other words I’m cut.” – Danny Downes


“Well it’s official. I have been released by the UFC.” – Eliot Marshall






The Ultimate Fighter Season 14: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller – Episode 10 Recap



– Miller and his coaches visit the fighters at the TUF house for a night of drinking, stunt bicycle riding and beer pong.


– Mayhem Miller and Bisping bet $100 on the Brandao/Caraway fight.


Fight #11 (BW Semi-finals): Johnny Bedford (Team Miller) vs. John Dodson (Team Miller) via KO (Strikes) Round 2.


– Dodson moves onto the finals.


Fight #12 (FW Semi-finals): Bryan Caraway (Team Miller) vs. Diego Brandao (Team Bisping) via TKO (Strikes) Round 1.


– Brandao moves onto the finals.





– Dana White has all of the fighters including the coaches square off in the cage and Bisping continues his trash talk towards Miller who laughs it off reminds Bisping of the beatings he has taken lately in the Octagon.


– Fans can vote now to determine the $25,000 winners for the “Best Fight,” “Best Knockout” and “Best Submission” of the year.


Vote Here: http://www.ultimatefighter.com/






UFC on FX 1: Guillard vs. Miller



UFC on FX 1

January 20, 2012

Bridgestone Arena

Nashville, Tennessee



Fight Card:

Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller

Christian Morecraft vs. Pat Barry

Duane Ludwig vs. Josh Neer

Mike Brown vs. Vagner Rocha

Robert Peralta vs. Charles Oliveira

Reza Madadi vs. Rafaello Oliveira

Kamal Shalorus vs. Habib Nurmagomedov

Eric Schafer vs. Jorge Rivera

Ryan Jimmo vs. Karlos Vemola


The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced that it will return to Nashville, Tenn. on Friday, Jan. 20, as lightweight contenders Melvin Guillard and Jim Miller collide in the night’s main event from Bridgestone Arena.


The Octagon’s return to “Music City” also coincides with the UFC’s first ever event on FX. UFC on FX: GUILLARD vs. MILLER airs live on the network as part of a two-hour broadcast beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.


“For our first live event on FX, we wanted to deliver an incredible fight for the fans and Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller should be a war,” UFC President Dana White said. “These are two of the top ranked lightweights in the UFC and both have a lot on the line as they want to get back in the title picture. Miller is known for relentless pressure. There is absolutely no quit in him.


He has won Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night awards. Melvin Guillard is one of the most explosive athletes in the lightweight division. He has won the Knockout of the Night award twice. I expect more awards to be won in this fight.”


“Dana, Lorenzo and Frank have given us an outstanding card for the inaugural UFC on FX telecast,” said Chuck Saftler, Executive Vice President, FX Networks. “UFC is a marquee franchise and will be a significant property for the network. Between our live fight cards and the launch of the new version of The Ultimate Fighter in March, we’re excited about the UFC joining our lineup and the match-up between Guillard and Miller on January 20th is a great way to kick it off.”


The Nashville card will also feature an exciting welterweight bout between Duane “Bang” Ludwig and Josh “The Dentist” Neer, as well as an explosive heavyweight tilt pitting Pat “HD” Barry against Christian Morecraft.






Chris Leben draws one-year UFC Suspension



Middleweight fighter Chris Leben has been suspended for one year after testing positive for painkillers Oxycodone and Oxymorphone following his Nov. 5 loss to Mark Munoz in UFC 138 in Birmingham, England, UFC officials announced Monday.


“I like Chris and I want him to do well, but based on his actions, he’s been suspended for one year,” UFC President Dana White said in a prepared statement. “If he needs professional help, we are going to be there for him. We want to see him succeed not only in the Octagon, but in his personal life.”


Leben, 31, lost to Munoz by a second-round TKO in the main event of UFC 138. This is his second substance-related suspension in three years. He was previously suspended in 2008 for testing positive for the steroid stanozolol after a UFC 89 defeat to Michael Bisping, also fought in Birmingham.


“I would like to make it known that I fully accept this suspension and apologize for embarrassing the UFC, my friends and family, and sport of mixed martial arts,” Leben said in a released statement. “I’m learning that I’m my own worst enemy sometimes. I can’t succeed in the Octagon or in life behaving this way.


“I’ve got to make some real changes over the next year and I’m going to focus on getting my life and career back on track. Again, I’m sorry to the UFC and fans that’ve supported me since my days on The Ultimate Fighter.”






UFC 144: The Return to Japan



The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the full fight card of the organization’s return to the birthplace of mixed martial arts. This highly anticipated event, the first in Asia under Zuffa ownership, features an epic lightweight title fight pitting champion Frankie Edgar against former WEC Champion Benson Henderson. UFC JAPAN: EDGAR vs. HENDERSON will take place at the Saitama Super Arena, in suburban Tokyo, on Sunday, February 26, 2012.


UFC Japan – or UFC 144 – will also feature the return to Land of the Rising Sun of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, one of the biggest stars in the sport, in a bout which will mark the 6th anniversary to the day of his last fight in Japan. Jackson faces rising star Ryan Bader, whose most recent win came just two weeks ago at UFC 139 in San Jose. Other key matchups feature Mark Hunt, a veteran of Japanese kickboxing, versus French heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo; and Japanese superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama dropping a weight division to meet the always dangerous Jake Shields at welterweight. Rounding out the main card will be a lightweight bout pitting the underrated Joe Lauzon, coming off a stunning 67-second submission over Melvin Guillard, against former WEC champion Anthony Pettis.


The above-mentioned fighters Edgar, Jackson, Akiyama, Henderson, Bader and Shields, as well as Japan’s own top middleweight Yushin Okami, all appeared in the press conference at the Ritz Carlton Roppongi in Tokyo along with other top Japanese fighters Hatsu Hioki, Takanori Gomi, “Kid” Yamamoto, Riki Fukuda and Takeya Mizugaki. UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC International Managing Director Marshall Zelaznik, and Asia Managing Director Mark Fischer unveiled the complete card and discussed the upcoming event to be held at the Saitama Super Arena.



UFC 144 Full fight card:


Main event (UFC Lightweight Championship):

Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson


Main Card:

Rampage Jackson vs Ryan Bader

Mark Hunt vs Cheick Kongo

Yoshihiro Akiyama vs Jake Shields

Anthony Pettis vs Joe Lauzon


Preliminary Card:

Yushin Okami vs Tim Boetsch

Takanori Gomi vs George Sotiropoulos

Hatsu Hioki vs Bart Palaszewski

Kid Yamamoto vs Vaughan Lee

Riki Fukuda vs Steve Cantwell

Takeya Mizugaki vs Chris Cariaso

Leonard Garcia vs Tiequan Zhang


“Japan is the spiritual home of martial arts – the world has learned from the Japanese many aspects of how to compete in hand-to-hand combat with respect and honor,” said Fertitta. “But Japan also has a proud history of modern mixed martial arts and I am excited to bring the Ultimate Fighting Championship back here, and to begin the build-up today to one of the most highly anticipated events of the year — not just for Japanese UFC fans, but for sports fans all over the world.”


“To mark this historic occasion of UFC’s return to Japan and Zuffa’s first event in Asia, we are bringing a truly stacked card, topped with a World Championship title bout,” noted UFC Asia Managing Director Mark Fischer. “Frankie Edgar is one of the top pound-for-pound and toughest guys in the sport, and Benson Henderson is a former WEC champion who earned his title shot with three consecutive wins including most recently over Clay Guida in one of the best fights of 2011”






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