Weekly Mixed Martial Arts & Kickboxing News – 02/10/2012
By PDG Staff
UFC on Fuel TV 3 – Card Updates
“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung takes on Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier in a three-round main event, set for May 15th in Fairfax, VA. Jung, widely regarded as one of the most exciting fighters in the sport, is coming off the 2nd-fastest KO in UFC history and pulled off the submission of the year for 2011. Poirier is the division’s fastest-rising star, and known for his relentless power punching style, but his last two outings have earned him spectacular submission wins. He remains undefeated at featherweight.
UFC on Fuel TV 3 – Updated Card:
Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier
Igor Pokrajac vs. Thiago Silva
Donald Cerrone vs. Yves Edwards
Tom Lawlor vs. Jason MacDonald
Philadelphia’s Zach Makovsky defends his Bellator World Title vs. Eduardo Dantas
After a spectacular run through the Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament, Eduardo “Dudu” Dantas has earned his world title shot. With victories over Wilson Reis, Ed West and the explosive Olympian Alexis Vila, Dantas is just a win away from becoming a World Champion when he battles reigning Bellator Bantamweight world Champion Zach “Fun Size” Makovsky on Friday, April 13 from Atlantic City’s historic Boardwalk Hall.
“Our bantamweight division has been electrifying and has provided some of the best Bellator moments,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Zach and Eduardo are two of the greatest bantamweights in MMA today so this should be a really spectacular fight. We always have a packed house whenever we head out to Atlantic City, and I expect nothing less on April 13.”
Widely regarded as the top bantamweight prospect in the world, Dantas stormed through the Season 5 tournament on his way to a title shot with Makovsky. Only 23 years old, the Nova Uniao product brings an incredibly well-rounded attack to Boardwalk Hall, and only has one thing on his mind.
“I’m here at Bellator to win the Bantamweight Championship,” Dantas said. I plan to not only win the title, but to keep it for many years to come.”
Makovsky enters the cage riding an impressive eight fight win streak, and will look to keep the momentum going in his first career title defense. “Fun Size” currently trains alongside former Bellator Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at the Philadelphia Fight Factory and plans on using his wrestling prowess to dominate Dantas.
“I want to dominate everyone I compete against, but at the same time, I don’t feel like I have to make any kind of statement,” Makovsky said. “I just want to continue getting better and do the best I can every time I enter the cage. I don’t pay attention to the rankings because I feel like that’s going to put extra pressure on me. I just look forward to defending my belt on April 13.”
The night will also see the return of Lyman Good, who rejoins Bellator after nearly a year away from the cage. Good will battle LeVon Maynard, and has his sights set on regaining the form that made him Bellator’s first Welterweight Champion.
“Nothing makes me feel more alive than getting back into that cage,” Good said. “I’ve got a lot of momentum behind me for this fight, and looking forward to getting back to doing what I love. I’ve put in a ton of preparation for this, and just want to reintroduce the MMA world to what I can bring to the table.”
Bellator 65 will also host the semifinals of the promotion’s Season 6 Middleweight Tournament. Maiquel Falcao, Brian Rogers, Giva Santana and Vitor Vianna headline the stacked tournament and should provide fireworks.
The Boardwalk Hall event will be loaded with local talent, including Pennsylvania native and fan favorite Duane Bastress taking on Pino Cruz, as well as Bellator veteran and Philadelphia resident Tim Carpenter battling Ricardo Romero.
Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem – Memorial Day Weekend
The UFC and Zuffa’s own Lorenzo Fertitta tweeted earlier today that the UFC Heavyweight Championship will be on the line Memorial Day Weekend as reigning champion Junior dos Santos will face former Strikeforce, DREAM and K-1 champion Alistair Overeem at UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber III – UFC 148
It is also being rumored that on that same card, Tito Ortiz will face Forrest Griffin for a third time and Frank Mir will fight Cain Velasquez although those two fights could happen at separate events.
Former Strikeforce Champion Nick Diaz tests positive for Marijuana Metabolites
To start off the week there was a lot of back and forth between Carlos Condit’s camp, the UFC and Nick Diaz’s camp regarding a rematch following last Saturday night’s controversial win at UFC 143 by Condit. But all of that talk quickly ended as Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer announced that Diaz had failed his post-fight drug test by testing positive for marijuana metabolites. This is the second positive test for Diaz and he will surely face some type of suspension from the NSAC.
UFC President Dana White issued the following statement:
“I am beyond disappointed that he tested positive for marijuana,” said White. “It is now in the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.”
UFC executive Lorenzo Fertitta issued the following statement:
“I really like the kid, he just needs to get it together. I’m a sap for real fighters. He will be back.”
Ben Askren Defends Bellator Title against Douglas Lima on April 6th
After a dominating run through the Season 5 Welterweight Tournament, Douglas “The Phenom” Lima is ready for the greatest test of his career when he battles reigning, undefeated Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren for a shot at the world title. The two will clash LIVE at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on Friday, April 6.
After a split-decision victory over former UFC veteran and Season 4 Welterweight Tournament winner Jay Hieron, the undefeated Askren is well aware of what it takes to hold onto the welterweight strap. Already known as the best wrestler in Mixed Martial Arts, Askren, a former U.S. Olympian, has continued his stand up training with the legendary Duke Roufus and is well on his way to becoming one of the best welterweights in the sport.
“After my fight with Jay, I went back to work the following Monday to continue my training,” Askren said. “I made no secret I wasn’t happy with my performance in that fight, and now having spent over six months training at Roufusport, I’m really confident in my striking. Douglas is a great fighter, but I don’t think he’ll be able to handle what I bring to the table.”
Lima enters the fight looking to push his win streak into double digits as the Brazilian-born knockout artist is seeking to dethrone Askren as Bellator Welterweight Champion. The thought of becoming Champion has been the driving force for Lima since he signed with Bellator, and with the title just one win away, Lima has taken his focus and determination to the next level.
“There is no question Ben is a great fighter, and I’ve been focusing a lot of time on my wrestling,” Lima said. “This is the biggest fight of my career, and I’m preparing for it. It’s all I think about. Every day from the time I wake up, until the time my head hits the pillow, I’m thinking about April 6th and winning the title.”
Bellator 64 will also host the semifinals of the promotions Season 6 Featherweight Tournament. Marlon Sandro, Ronnie Mann, Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra and Daniel Straus headline one of the deepest tournaments in Bellator history and only add to a stacked night of fights.
In addition, the night will feature Ontario native and knockout artist Chris “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki taking on a soon to be named opponent. Still just 24, Horodecki (18-3-1) has the resume of a veteran mixed martial artist, including an impressive 12-fight win streak to begin his professional career.
“The support we have received in Canada has been nothing short of spectacular, so when we had the chance to bring Bellator to Windsor, it was an easy decision, “said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Ben Askren vs. Douglas Lima will showcase two of the best and brightest starts in the world at 170 lbs. The fans watching inside Caesars and the viewers catching the fights on MTV 2 and the Score are in for a great night.”
“In the tradition of Caesars entertainment, we are thrilled to bring another exciting fighting championship event to the Colosseum with Bellator 64,” Kevin Laforet, President and CEO of Caesars Windsor said. “We are proud to partner with Bellator Fighting Championships whose great reputation brings fans the best MMA fighters to the cage.”
UFC on Fuel TV 2 – Sweden: Gustafsson vs. Nogueira – Fight Card Update
UFC on Fuel TV 2: Sweden
April 14, 2012
Ericsson Globe Arena
Main Card (Fuel TV):
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Alessio Sakara vs. Brian Stann
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Paulo Thiago
DaMarques Johnson vs. John Maguire
Preliminary Bouts (UFC Facebook):
Damacio Page vs. Brad Pickett
Diego Nunes vs. Dennis Siver
Akira Corassani vs. Jason Young
Papy Abedi vs. James Head
Cyrille Diabate vs. Jorgen Kruth
Francis Carmont vs. Magnus Cedenblad
Simeon Thoresen vs. Besam Yousef
Fourteen Additional Fighters Confirmed for The MMA Show Live in Birmingham
It has been confirmed that fourteen additional fighters have been added to The MMA Show Live line-up. The event is being held May 12 -13 at The NEC in Birmingham, England.
UFC stars Brendan Schaub, Rory MacDonald, Ross Pearson, Vladimir Matyushenko, Brad Pickett, Jason Young and Stefan Struve have all confirmed to attend the show, along with Strikeforce fighter Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley, UCMMA champion Tim Radcliffe, BAMMA fighters Jimi Manuwa, Jack Marshman and Andre Winner, Bellator fighter Jimmy Wallhead and recent KSW signee Dean Amasinger.
The total number of confirmed fighters now stands at 20. Last week it was confirmed that UFC fighters Kenny Florian, Che Mills and Simeon Thoresen, BAMMA Middleweight Champion Tom ‘Kong’ Watson, UK MMA legend Ian “The Machine” Freeman and UFC, PRIDE and DREAM veteran Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou would all be present at the show.
The MMA Show Live will be an interactive fan experience dedicated to mixed martial arts from around the World. It will populate a second hall at the NEC in Birmingham, alongside The Martial Arts Show Live.
The MMA Show Live will consist of five training areas where some of the biggest names in the business will host special group training sessions, a huge stage & screen for Q&A sessions, an autograph zone where fans can meet their favorite fighters, exhibition stands where some of the biggest brands in MMA will be selling merchandise and much more!
Training sessions with fighters are available for Platinum ticket holders only and are limited to 500 people across the entire weekend. For a limited time only, Platinum tickets are priced at £90 instead of £100.
Platinum tickets include 1 training session per day, VIP access to both The Martial Arts Show Live and The MMA Show Live throughout the weekend, exclusive access to the Platinum Room in the MMA hall where fans can sit down and talk with the A-list fighters & celebrities, entrance to the VIP party held on the Saturday evening in Birmingham City Centre, a souvenir event program, access to the fast-track line at the autograph zone and premium platinum seating at the Q&A stage.
Every Platinum ticket holder is guaranteed a place at 1 training session per day and there will be 20 different training sessions hosted by 20 different fighters each day. Platinum ticket holders can book their preferred session on a first come first serve basis by registering each day at the registration desk open from 8am each morning. By buying your Platinum ticket now, you will secure your place as one of the limited 500 places available. Another 20+ fighters and personalities are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
NSAC Approves Winner-Take-All for WBC Muay Thai Main Event
What began as a bold challenge issued by one fighter to his opponent, has become a reality.
The Lion Fight Promotions’ WBC full rules Muay Thai main event showdown between light heavyweight champion Joe Schilling (12-1, 10 KO’s) and undefeated top contender and bitter rival Simon Marcus (22-0, 17 KO’s), will be contested under winner-take-all terms at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 25. The terms have been approved by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
The winner of the highly-anticipated matchup will take home not only his purse, but also his opponent’s entire purse, a rarity in combative sports.
“Joe was talking a lot about what he’s going to do to me and this and that, so I said ‘Put your money where your mouth is,” explained Marcus, who initiated the challenge to Schilling online two weeks ago. “Money has never been the most important thing to me. What’s important to me is that I show people – especially the media that have him ranked ahead of me – that I can dominate Joe.”
Schilling, who has been enduring a rigorous training camp that included regular sparring sessions with UFC superstar Nick Diaz before Diaz’s UFC 143 main event battle with Carlos Condit last Saturday, Feb. 4, has never been one to shy away from any kind of fight.
“He offered me the opportunity to take his purse and mine and I didn’t hesitate for a second to agree to it,” said Schilling, .who appeared on the final two episodes of “UFC 143 Primetime: Diaz vs. Condit” on FX, “I’m going to kick his ass either way and, now it’ll just be more money in my pocket. I’m going to expose him and show everyone that he’s just a pop tart.
“From the beginning, our goal has been to put together the best possible matchups between the top Muay Thai fighters in the world and, when you have two fighters like this who are so confident that they’re willing to put their entire payday on the line, it just makes a great matchup into an even greater one,” said Lion Fight Promotions CEO Scott Kent.
“The winner take-all purse concept has rarely been used in Nevada,” said Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Executive Director Keith Kizer. “This certainly should bring added interest and intrigue to this contest.”
UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit – Fighter Salaries & Medical Suspensions
UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit – Fighter Salaries:
Carlos Condit: $110,000 (Includes $55,000 win bonus) def. Nick Diaz: $200,000
Fabricio Werdum: $100,000 def. Roy Nelson: $20,000
Josh Koscheck: $146,000 (Includes $73,000 win bonus) def. Mike Pierce: $20,000
Renan “Barao” Pegado: $22,000 (Includes $11,000 win bonus) def. Scott Jorgensen: $20,500
Ed Herman: $62,000 (Includes $31,000 win bonus) def. Clifford Starks: $8,000
Dustin Poirier: $24,000 (Includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Max Holloway: $6,000
Edwin Figueroa: $16,000 (Includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Alex Caceres: $8,000
Matt Brown: $30,000 (Includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Chris Cope: $8,000
Matt Riddle: $30,000 (Includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Henry Martinez: $6,000
Rafael Natal: $20,000 (Includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Michael Kuiper: $6,000
Stephen Thompson: $12,000 (Includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Daniel Stittgen: $6,000
UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit – Medical Suspensions:
Carlos Condit – Suspended until March 6 with no contact prior to Feb. 26 due to right cheek laceration.
Fabricio Werdum – Must have right quadriceps contusion cleared by a doctor or he is suspended until Aug. 3. He faces a minimum suspension until March 6 with no contact prior to Feb. 26.
Roy Nelson – Suspended until April 5 with no contact prior to that date due to a forehead laceration.
Mike Pierce – Suspended until March 6 with no contact prior to Feb. 26 due to a right eye laceration.
Scott Jorgensen – Suspended until March 6 with no contact prior to Feb. 26.
Clifford Starks – Must have the fourth digit of his left hand x-rayed and cleared by an orthopedic doctor or he is suspended until Aug. 3.
Ed Herman – Must have both hands x-rayed and cleared by an orthopedic doctor or he is suspended until Aug. 3. He faces a minimum suspension until March 6 with no contact prior to Feb. 26.
Max Hollaway – Suspended until Feb. 26 with no contact prior to Feb. 19 due to right eye contusion.
Alex Caceres – Suspended until March 6 with no contact prior to Feb. 26.
Edwin Figueroa – Must have his a right groin injury cleared by a doctor or he is suspended until Aug. 3. He faces a minimum suspension until March 6 with no contact prior to Feb. 26.
Chris Cope – Suspended until April 5 with no contact prior to March 21.
Matt Riddle – Must have broken right index finger cleared by an orthopedic doctor or he is suspended until Aug. 3. He faces a minimum suspension until March 21 with no contact prior to March 6.
Henry Martinez – Must have right foot x-rayed and cleared by an orthopedic doctor or he is suspended until Aug. 3. He faces a minimum suspension until March 21 with no contact prior to March 6 due to a left nasal laceration.
Michael Kuiper – Must have left foot x-rayed and cleared by an orthopedic doctor or he is suspended until Aug. 3. He faces a minimum suspension until March 6 with no contact prior to Feb. 26.
Dan Stittgen – Suspended until March 21 with no contact prior to March 6.
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