Weekly Mixed Martial Arts & Kickboxing News – 04/27/2012

Weekly Mixed Martial Arts & Kickboxing News – 04/27/2012

By PDG Staff



UFC 150 – Henderson vs. Edgar II Announced



The UFC will return to the city where it all started for its milestone UFC 150 event in August, as Denver, home to UFC 1 and 2 will host the event at Pepsi Center.


UFC 150 – Henderson vs. Edgar II

August 11, 2012

Pepsi Center

Denver, Colorado


Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC lightweight title bout)

Luiz Cane vs. Yushin Okami

Thiago Tavares vs. Dennis Hallman






“K-1 Rising 2012 – K-1 World Max Final 16 2012” – Fight Card



K-1 Global Holdings Limited has announced the Fight Card for the May 27, “K-1 Rising 2012 – K-1 World Max Final 16 2012” in Madrid, Spain, the first K-1 elimination tournament of the year. Fighters compete for a share of two million dollars in prize money.


K-1 lets a wide array of the world’s best stand up fighters square off, bringing together their own techniques born from Karate, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo, Savate, San Shou, and other martial arts.


K-1 MAX Bouts:


Mike Zambidis vs. Chahid Oulad El Hadj

Andy Souwer vs. Abraham Roqueni

Artur Kyshenko vs. Su Hwan Lee

Xu Yan vs. Yasuhiro Kido

Gago Drago vs. Andy Ristie

Yuji Nashiro vs. Reese McCallister

Harut Grigorian vs. Murthel Groenhart

Longern Superpro Samui vs. Chris Ngimbi




Mosab Amrani vs. Zeben Diaz


Heavyweight Bouts:


Badr Hari vs. Anderson “Braddock” Silva

Mirko Cro Cop vs. Loren Javier Jorge

Daniel Ghita vs. Paul Slowinski

Rico Verhoeven vs. Sergei Laschenko






Munoz vs. Weidman to Headline Summer FUEL TV Event



Powerhouse middleweight wrestlers Chris “All American” Weidman and Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz will battle in the five-round main event of UFC on FUEL TV, the just-announced July 11 fight night.


UFC on Fuel TV 4: Munoz vs. Weidman

July 11, 2012

HP Pavilion

San Jose, California


Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman

Brandon Vera vs. James TeHuna

Anthony Njokuani vs. Paul Taylor






John Wayne Parr will Retire after Summer Fight



On June 23 at the Boonchu Cup ‘Cage Muay Thai Series’, John Wayne Parr will be facing Jordan Tai and according to JWP it will be his last fight:


“To everyone that has supported me over the years I would like to announce that June 23 on the Boonchu Cup will be my last fight. I will be 36yo in a few weeks, as much as I would like to continue fighting my body is at the point now where it is telling me to retire while I still have my health.I am looking forward to retiring with a bang though, inside the cage with Jordan Tai. For anyone that would like to come along you can book tickets through the link, or for tables please inbox me.”






UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir – Final Card



UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir

May 26, 2012

MGM Grand Garden Arena

Las Vegas, Nevada



Main Card:


Junior dos Santos (14-1) vs. Frank Mir (16-5) – (UFC Heavyweight Title Bout)

Cain Velasquez (9-1) vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (16-3)

Roy Nelson (16-7) vs. Gabriel Gonzaga (13-6)

Shane Del Rosario (11-0) vs. Stipe Miocic (8-0)

Mark Hunt (8-7) vs. Stefan Struve (23-5)


Preliminary Bouts:


Diego Brandao (14-7) vs. Darren Elkins (13-2)

Evan Dunham (13-2) vs. Edson Barboza (10-0)

Jason “Mayhem” Miller (23-8) vs. C.B. Dollaway (11-4)

Jacob Volkmann (14-2) vs. Paul Sass (12-0)

Dan Hardy (23-10) vs. Duane “Bang” Ludwig (21-12)

Kyle Kingsbury (11-3) vs. Glover Teixeira (17-2)

Mike Brown (25-8) vs. Daniel Pineda (17-7)






Hector Lombard Officially Signs with the UFC



Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard (31-2-1-1) has ended the week’s long speculation about whether he would resign with the promotion or move onto the UFC where he would be immediately considered as an opponent for Anderson Silva (if Silva beats Sonnen again that is).


Lombard had the following to say this week:


“I am in the UFC it is official, I want to be UFC middleweight champion, and I want to fight Anderson Silva to do it, I have such respect for him as a fighter. It would be an honor and a dream come true to test my skills against his. I’ve wanted to fight in the UFC all of my career, I wouldn’t be in the UFC if I didn’t think I could win the UFC world title.”






Alistair Overeem Denied License by NSAC



At Alistair Overeem’s hearing on Tuesday with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), the commissioners voted to deny him a license but he can reapply in nine months (which was backdated to March 27th, the test date). One of the conditions of the shorter sentence is that Overeem can not fight in any other State or Country during that nine month period.


So basically no Ubereem till 2013, unless the UFC cuts him and then expect to see him back in K-1



**Read Alistair’s press release that was issued before his hearing**






Out Of The Ring Volume 21 By Machinemen







Bellator 68 – Information & Fight Card



Bellator Fighting Championships makes its return to the Garden State on Friday, May 11 with a talent-filled fight card from Caesars Atlantic City. The night will feature a Bellator Featherweight Tournament Final fight between Marlon Sandro and Daniel Straus, with the winner earning a guaranteed title shot for the Bellator Featherweight World Championship. The next finalist in the Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament will be decided as Marcos Galvao and Travis Marx square off in a semifinal bout. Additionally, Caesars Atlantic City will host the return of Seth “the Kimbo Killer” Petruzelli as he takes on MMA veteran Carmelo Marrero. Plus, it’s the long-awaited rematch between Marius “The Whitemare” Zaromski vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf. Bellator 68 will also feature a stacked undercard full of the area’s top talent.



Main Card:


Featherweight Tournament Finals Fight: Marlon Sandro vs. Daniel Straus

Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal Fight: Marcos Galvao vs. Travis Marx

Catchweight (230lbs.) Feature Fight: Seth Petruzelli vs. Carmelo Marrero

Welterweight Feature Fight: Marius Zaromskis vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf



Preliminary Card:


Lightweight Feature Fight: Jacob Kirwan vs. Don Carlos-Clauss

Lightweight Feature Fight: Marcin Held vs. Derrick Kennington

Bantamweight Feature Fight: Claudio Ledesma vs. Anthony Leone

Middleweight Feature Fight: Gregory Milliard vs. Francois Ambang

Catchweight (175lbs.) Feature Fight: Jesus Martinez vs. Aung La Nsang

Featherweight Feature Fight: Jeff Lentz vs. Eddie Fyvie






UFC 149 – Card Updated



UFC 149

July 21, 2012

ScotiaBank Saddledome

Calgary, Alberta, Canada



Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cheick Kongo

Mitch Gagnon vs. Bryan Caraway

Court McGee vs. Nick Ring

Mitch Clarke vs. Anton Kuivanen

George Roop vs. Antonio Carvalho






M-1 Challenge XXXII – Card Updated



Strong submission specialist from Gracie Fighting System will take on physically strong opponent with freestyle wrestling background on M-1 Challenge 32 tournament in Moscow, Russia.



M-1 Challenge XXXII

May 16, 2012

Crocus City Arena

Moscow, Russia



Fight Card:


Magomed Malikov vs. Kenny Garner (interim heavyweight title)

Daniel Weichel vs. Yuri Ivlev (lightweight title)

Magomed Sultanakhmedov vs. Mario Miranda (middleweight title)

Mairbek Taisumov vs. Marat Gafurov

Albert Duraev vs. Isaiah Larson

Jessie Gibbs vs. Arsen Abdulkerimov

Artiom Damkovsky vs. Musa Khamanaev

Daniel Madrid vs. Ramazan Esenbaev

Marcin Zontek vs. Salim Davydov






Jamie Varner to Fight Lee King at Legacy FC 11



Legacy is excited to announce that former WEC Lightweight Champion, Jamie Varner, has replaced Alex Morono and will face Lee King in a catchweight (160 lbs) bout at Legacy Fighting Championship 11 on May 11 at the Houston Arena Theatre. Morono was forced to withdraw due to an injury. Varner (19-6) has notable victories over Rob McCullough, Marcus Hicks, Donald Cerrone, and is coming off a win over Drew Fickett. Varner had lost his WEC title to current UFC Lightweight Champion, Ben Henderson. Varner is known for his wrestling and boxing, both of which he competed in while in college. 17 of his 19 wins have come by either (T)KO or submission.


Lee King (16-16) is currently riding a 3-fight win streak. In his 10 year career, King has fought many of the top fighters in the world, including Edson Barboza, Roger Huerta, Sean Sherk, Melvin Guillard, Carlo Prater, and Anthony Njokuani. Lee has been known for having dangerous standup, and has not gone to a decision in his last 14 fights.


Legacy is committed to bringing in world-class talent, and this is just another step. Join us at the Houston Arena Theatre on May 11 for Legacy Fighting Championship, which will also be broadcast live on HDNet!






UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans – Fighter Salaries



The Champ, Jon Jones dominated Rashad Evans for five rounds and scored the unanimous decision victory. Rory MacDonald pounded Che Mills out in Mills UFC debut and Ben Rothwell knocked out Brendan Schaub. McDonald, Yagin and Bocek also left Atlanta victorious! Now let’s see who took home the $$$.


Jon Jones: $400,000 (no win bonus) def. Rashad Evans: $300,000

Rory MacDonald: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus) def. Che Mills: $8,000

Ben Rothwell: $104,000 (includes $52,000 win bonus) def. Brendan Schaub: $14,000

Michael McDonald: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Miguel Torres: $32,000

Eddie Yagin: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Mark Hominick: $17,000

Mark Bocek: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus) def. John Alessio: $10,000

Travis Browne: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Chad Griggs: $27,000

Matt Brown: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus) def. Stephen Thompson: $8,000

Anthony Njokuani: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. John Makdessi: $12,000

Mac Danzig: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus) def. Efrain Escudero: $10,000

Chris Clements: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Keith Wisniewski: $10,000

Marcus Brimage: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Maximo Blanco: $13,000



* Ben Rothwell (Knockout of the Night), Travis Browne (Submission of the Night), Eddie Yagin and Mark Hominick (Fight of the Night) each earned $65,000 bonuses in addition to the above salaries.






UFC exec Marc Ratner appointed to chair of IMMAF Technical Committee!



Marc Ratner, the current UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, was appointed chairman of the newly formed Technical Committee within the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF).


“I’m very honored to work with the IMMAF and help with formulating guidelines and instituting the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts throughout the world. As the Chairman of the Technical Committee our mission will be to have the same rules and medical standards wherever MMA is happening.” says Mr. Ratner.


The appointment became official at the IMMAF board meeting held on Friday the 13th of April 2012. The decision was unanimous in both forming a Technical Committee and Ratner’s appointment.


The committee will have the task of researching and analyzing best practice in the area of MMA regulations for the purpose of future IMMAF recommendations and rule sets.


Ratner comes with unmatched experience and expertise. In addition to his current role with the UFC, he held previous positions with the Nevada Athletic Commission for over 20 years, including roles as the Chief Inspector and Executive Director.


“We are excited to have Mr. Ratner onboard as chairman of the Technical committee”, says IMMAF President August Wallén. “Researching best practice and eventually formulating IMMAF regulations is one of the most important tasks ahead, and one we take very seriously. There is no one out there who is better suited than Marc Ratner to head up this work and we are very grateful for his commitment.”






Flaman partners with Maximum Fighting Championship; New sponsorship agreement launches at MFC 33



The Maximum Fighting Championship is excited to announce a new corporate sponsorship agreement with the Flaman Group of Companies that will commence at MFC 33: Collision Course on Friday, May 4.


Flaman Fitness is a frontrunner in the world of fitness equipment and is a terrific match with the MFC and its loyal fanbase.


“We’re absolutely excited. All of us are very happy to be a part of the MFC,” said Mark Kelly, manager for Flaman’s


“What sold the partnership to us is the great fit between both groups. A lof of MFC fans are our customers, and many more will become customers so it’s a great fit. We’re excited to see mixed martial arts in a ring which is great because everybody has a good seat, and our staff are fans so it’s very exciting to be a part of it.”


Alongside MFC broadcaster partner HDNet, Flaman will be the official co-presenter of the MFC 33 main event featuring the welterweight title matchup between Ryan “The Kid” McGillivray and Nathan “Soul Force” Coy.


Over the course of Flaman’s nearly 50-year history, the Flaman name has become synonymous with quality products, reasonable prices, and outstanding customer service. Through steady expansion and innovation, the company has transformed from a rural-based reseller of grain bins that operated off of the family homestead, to a Western Canadian retail powerhouse with locations across the prairies, a vast and diversified product line, and an ever-growing base of loyal and valued customers.


Today, the Flaman Group of Companies operates eight fully owned retail locations and employs over 200 people. Close to 100 Flaman Rental dealerships expand the company’s reach even further.


“We definitely believe our sponsorship with the MFC will help us attract a new audience as well,” noted Kelly. “We are more than just fitness equipment. We have so many things under one umbrella and we’re excited at the chance to bring awareness to all of them to the MFC fans.


“To the MFC fans, I’d like to say … ‘Get Fit, Get Flaman.’ ”


Despite its growth, Flaman is still guided by the same principles that Frank Flaman founded the company on – sell at reasonable prices, conduct business fairly and responsibly, and above all else, treat the customer with unwavering friendliness and respect.


The Flaman Group of Companies is also a proud corporate supporter of numerous charitable causes, donating over $1 million a year to various campaigns including World Vision, Change for Children, Operation Eye Sight, and the Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity.






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