April 10, 2012 12:15:12 PM
Champ Cole Konrad vs. Eric Prindle off Bellator 65, moved to Bellator 70
This week's Bellator 65 event has lost a title fight.
A fight between heavyweight champion Cole Konrad (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BFC) and de facto tournament winner Eric Prindle (7-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC) has been moved to Bellator 70 on May 25.
Prindle, who suffered a hand injury, today tweeted news of the change.
Bellator 65 takes place Friday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Konrad vs. Prindle was expected to join Bellator bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky (14-2 MMA, 6-0 BFC) and fellow headliner Eduardo Dantas (13-2 MMA, 3-0 BFC) on the MTV2-televised main card.
Instead, it'll take place next month at a currently unannounced Bellator 70 show.
The title fight came about after two meetings between season-five tournament finalists Prindle and Thiago Santos were scrapped in recent weeks.
Prindle and Santos first fought at Bellator 59, where the tourney championship went unresolved after Santos accidentally kicked his opponent in the groin. With Prindle unable to continue, the fight was rebooked for Bellator 61 this past month. However, Prindle suffered from flu-like symptoms, and the fight was postponed a week. Then at Bellator 62 weigh-ins, Santos failed to make weight, and Prindle was declared the tournament champion.
Konrad hasn't fought since August, when he earned a unanimous-decision victory over Paul Buentello in a non-title fight. Prior to that, the two-time NCAA Division I national champion and current Team DeathClutch fighter won Bellator's season-three tournament with victories over Rogent Lloret, Damian Grabowski and Neil Grove. That earned him Bellator's inaugural heavyweight title.
Before the Santos fiasco, Prindle advanced to the season-five tourney finale with victories over Abe Wagner and Ron Sparks. It was part of a seven-fight win streak that followed his pro-debut loss to Jimmy Ambriz in 2008.
April 9, 2012 11:44:12 AM
Nova Uniao featherweight Hacran Dias signs with UFC
As expected, Nova Uniao featherweight Hacran Dias (20-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Dias, who was rumored at one point for a slot on "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" has instead bypassed the reality series and will instead head straight to the octagon.
Dias' signed the deal, a three-fight contract, in front of Sensei SporTV cameras.
The debut date for the main sparring partner of UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo has yet to be determined.
The 27-year-old Dias began fighting professionally in 2005, racking up an impressive 12-0-1 mark before his first professional loss, a July 2009 decision defeat at the hands of Yui Chul Nam.
Dias has since bounced back with eight-straight wins.
Nine of Dias' career wins have come via submission, eight via decision and three by way of knockout.
February 19, 2012 12:05:24 AM
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 (19-8) was slated to face former UFC champion Dave Menne (45-16), but Menne has been forced off the card for unknown reasons.
In to replace him will be Elite XC veteran Thomas ‘Wildman’ Denny (27-19-1), who now faces Parisyan on the card.
Also, a bout between Lyle Beerbohm (16-2) and Jamie Varner (19-6-1) has changed as well.
Varner is out of the fight and will be replaced by UFC veteran Derrick Noble (26-15).
Worldwide MMA takes place on March 31 in El Paso, Texas.Source: www.mmaweekly.com
February 11, 2012 5:49:16 PM
Cage Warriors Fight Night 3 Results
Finnish lightweight Juha-Pekka Vainikainen (19-5-1) downed his second-straight UFC veteran, earning a second-round TKO over Kyle Watson (13-8-1) at Saturday's Cage Warriors Fight Night 3 event.
Vainikainen avoided Watson's grappling attack and used occasional standup flurries to control the action before a cut forced the end of the fight.
The bout served as the featured matchup of the event, which took place at The Habtoor Grand Hotel Convention Center & Spa in Beirut, Lebanon.
Juha-Pekka Vainikainen def. Kyle Watson via TKO (doctor's stoppage due to cut) - Round 2, 4:26
Mats Nilsson def. Tom Speer via submission (arm-triangle choke) - Round 2, 4:17
Matteus Lahdesmaki def. Graham Turner via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 2:19
Faycal Hussin def. Gareth Joseph via knockout (punches) - Round 1, 1:14 *
Victor Cheng def. Matt Gabel via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2, 1:49 *
Domingos Mestre def. John Donnelly via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
* - Middleweight tourney opening round
February 11, 2012 5:43:43 PM
Stephen Thompson to take on Matt Brown at UFC 145
Undefeated striking phenom Stephen Thompson won't have a long wait on the sidelines to follow up his spectacular debut. The South Carolinian, who has now won 63 straight kickboxing and MMA fights, will take on Matt Brown at UFC 145.
The UFC confirmed the welterweight pairing on Saturday, following a report from Thompson's hometown paper, Greenville Online.
Thompson showed no first-time octagon jitters at UFC 143, knocking out Dan Stittgen with a headkick at 4:13 of the first round. That made him a perfect 6-0 in his pro MMA career since moving over from the kickboxing world.
Brown will certainly represent his biggest test thus far.
The Ultimate Fighter veteran also fought at UFC 143, earning a second-round TKO of Chris Cope. Brown (13-11) has won two of his last three overall. Brown brings with him a great deal of experience, having fought 11 times in the UFC dating back to his debut in 2008.
UFC 145 takes place at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The main event matches UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones against No. 1 contender Rashad Evans in a long-awaited grudge match.Source: www.mmafighting.com