CHICAGO, Ill. (April 6, 2012) — With an already stellar main event featuring Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler taking on 32-win MMA veteran Akihiro Gono, Bellator 67 from Casino Rama on May 4 will feature a welterweight semifinal showdown between Ben “Killa B” Saunders and Bryan “The Beast” Baker, as well as a host of stacked feature fights sure to get the Canadian faithful on their feet.
On the heels of his title-winning fight of the year performance against the world’s top lightweight Eddie Alvarez, Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler returns to face one of his greatest tests to date as the Las Vegas-trained fighter takes on former UFC lightweight Akihiro Gono.
After Chandler’s amazing fourth-round submission victory against then champion Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 58, the undefeated champion knows that he’s now the one with the target on his back.
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Jason "Mayhem" Miller will apparently be getting another chance in the UFC after all. Miller has revealed that he will face C.B. Dollaway at UFC 146, which is tentatively scheduled for May 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Mayhem" returned to the UFC this past December, falling to fellow "TUF 14" coach Michael Bisping via third-round TKO. Dollaway has his last two bouts, stoppages at the hands of Jared Hamman and Mark Munoz respectively. [MMA Weekly]
DEEP lightweight champ Mizuto Hirota made a successful title defense against Seichi Ikemoto in the featured attraction of DEEP's "57 Impact" event in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday, winning a three-round unanimous decision. Other notable results from the card saw Kazunori Yokota defeat Hideki Kadowaki by decision, Yoshiro Media submit Takafumi Otsuka in the second round, Daisuke Nakamura hand Akihiro Gono his fifth loss in eight fights and Amanda Lucas announce her cut down to 145 lbs following her submission of Yumiko Hotta. [Sherdog]
We will be going live with results of Sengoku 9, which takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The card will be headlined by a lightweight title bout between Satoru Kitaoka and Mizuto Hirota. Also on the card is the featherweight tournament semifinals featuring Michihiro Omigawa vs. Marlon Sandro and Hatsu Hioki vs. Takeshi Numajiri.
Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the evening. Live results are after the jump.
Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.
All of the combatants for World Victory Road’s Sengoku 9 card successfully made weight in preparation for their bouts on Sunday at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The card will be headlined by a lightweight title bout between Satoru Kitaoka and Mizuto Hirota. The card will also feature the featherweight tournament semifinals and the return of Japanese star Akihiro Gono.
Satoru Kitaoka (153.8 lbs) vs. Mizuto Hirota (154 lbs)
Kazuo Misaki (182.6 lbs) vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura (182.6 lbs)
Kazuyuki Fujita (247.5 lbs) vs. Blagoy Alexandre Ivanov (242 lbs)
Dan Hornbuckle (165.7 lbs) vs. Akihiro Gono (167.2 lbs)
Clay French (154.1 lbs) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (154.3 lbs)
Choi Mu Bae (240.7 lbs) vs. Yoshihiro Nakao (220.7 lbs)
Featherweight Grand Prix:
Michihiro Omigawa (142.8 lbs) vs. Marlon Sandro (142.3 lbs)
Hatsu Hioki (143 lbs) vs. Masanoru Kanehara (143 lbs)
Matt Jaggers (142.1 lbs) vs. Chan Sung Jung (142.6 lbs) – Reserve Bout
Gold Rush Finals:
Koji Ando (153.7 lbs) vs. Ikuo Usuda (154.3 lbs)
Toru Harai (143.3 lbs) vs. Shigeki Osawa (143.3 lbs)
Ryosuke Komori (132.2 lbs) vs. akeshi Numajiri (132.1 lbs)
Chris Wilson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from this past weekend’s UFC 94 event, which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The lengthiest suspension was handed to Team Quest product Chris Wilson, who suffered a broken nose during a losing “Fight of the Night” effort against John Howard, and has been medically suspended until July 31. He will be able to be cleared early by a physician but is not permitted to participate in contact-related training until March 3.
Jon Fitch. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Jon Fitch’s journey back to the top of the UFC’s welterweight division started off with a win on Saturday night as the former collegiate wrestler grinded out a unanimous decision over Japanese pioneer Akihiro Gono in UFC 94’s most high-profile preliminary bout.
After a spectacular and somewhat odd walk to the Octagon by Gono (29-14-7), the PRIDE veteran spent the first few minutes of his bout against Fitch (18-3) defending constant takedown attempts. Fitch, an American Kickboxing Academy product, was eventually able to bring his opponent to the mat, where the majority of the fight took place.
The former UFC welterweight title challenger nearly finished the fight in the second round with an armbar just before time expired, and survived a last-minute comeback effort from Gono on the feet to win a clear-cut decision on the scorecards.
Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 94 event, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.
The event is headlined by a highly-anticipated rematch for the UFC welterweight title between reigning champion Georges St. Pierre and UFC lightweight king B.J. Penn. Undefeated light heavyweights Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva will collide as well.
Georges St. Pierre (170 lbs) vs. B.J. Penn (168 lbs)
Lyoto Machida (206 lbs) vs. Thiago Silva (206 lbs)
Karo Parisyan (170 lbs) vs. Dong-Hyun Kim (171 lbs)
Nate Diaz (156 lbs) vs. Clay Guida (156 lbs)
Stephan Bonnar (206 lbs) vs. Jon Jones (206 lbs)
Jon Fitch (171 lbs) vs. Akihiro Gono (171 lbs)
Manny Gamburyan (155 lbs) vs. Thiago Tavares (155 lbs)
Chris Wilson (170 lbs) vs. John Howard (171 lbs)
Jake O’Brien (205 lbs) vs. Christian Wellisch (206 lbs)
Matt Arroyo (171 lbs) vs. Dan Cramer (171 lbs)
In the above video, former UFC welterweight title challenger Jon Fitch discusses his upcoming welterweight bout against Japanese veteran Akihiro Gono, which will take place this Saturday night at UFC 94 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Chris Leben and Michael Bisping. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here are the full results from Saturday’s UFC 89 card, which saw Michael Bisping continue his rise up the middleweight ranks in winning an unanimous decision over fellow “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Chris Leben in the show’s main event.
Per Eklund def. Samy Schiavo - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jim Miller def. David Baron - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Terry Etim def. Sam Stout - Unanimous Decision
David Bielkheden def. Jess Liaudin - Unanimous Decision
Shane Carwin def. Neil Wain - TKO (Strikes)
Dan Hardy def. Akihiro Gono - Split Decision
Marcus Davis def. Paul Kelly - Submission (Guillotine)
Chris Lytle def. Paul Taylor - Unanimous Decision
Luis Cane def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou - TKO (Strikes)
Keith Jardine def. Brandon Vera - Split Decision
Michael Bisping def. Chris Leben - Unanimous Decision
Courtesy of the UFC
Chris Leben (186) VS Michael Bisping (185)
Brandon Vera (203) VS Keith Jardine (205)
Luiz Cane (206) VS Sokoudjou (205)
Chris Lytle (170) VS Paul Taylor (170)
Marcus Davis (169) VS Paul Kelly (169)
Akihiro Gono (171) VS Dan Hardy (169)
Neil Wain (254) VS Shane Carwin (264)
David Bielkheden (156) VS Jess Liaudin (155)
Sam Stout (155) VS Terry Etim (155)
Jim Miller (155) VS David Baron (155)
Per Eklund (156) VS Samy Schiavo (156)