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Garcia, Zahabi Impress at SLAMM 1

Alex Garcia. Photo property of Fight House Management.

Alex Garcia, who last fought in October 2011, didn’t waste any time shaking off the rust. Garcia made quick work of journeyman Stephane Lamarche, securing a rear naked choke in just the first round. With the victory, Garcia raised his MMA record to an impressive 8-1.

Aiemann Zahabi, brother of Firas, was successful in his professional MMA debut pounding out Kyle Vivian in just under a round. Zahabi took Vivian to the canvas early and rained down a barrage of punches that forced the Ontario native to tap.

Complete results from the event are after the jump.

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SLAMM1 Weigh-In Results

All of the participants for SLAMM 1, Canada’s newest MMA promotion, successful made weight in preparation for their bouts set for Friday at the Complexe Sportif Sportscene in Saint-Hilaire.

The card will be headlined by a welterweight bout featuring Alex Garcia (7-1) and Stephane Lamarche (8-12). The card will also feature the profession debut of Aiemann Zahabi, brother of Firas Zahabi, and lightweight prospect Olivier Aubin-Mercier.

The official weights can be found after the jump.

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The Daily Recap: Valimaki-Al Hassan Cancelled, Denis Retires & More

Nick Denis. Photo property of UFC.

UFC veterans Victor Valamaki and Razak Al-Hassan were scheduled to fight yesterday at Aggression FC 14 in Edmonton, Alberta. The fight was cancelled when doctors refused to allow Valimaki to fight.

Valimaki apologized on Facebook, “Sorry guys, doc wouldn’t let me fight due to kidney failure from too big of a weight cut. Thanks everyone for the support, I feel like shit for letting everyone down. Time for a move up in weight so watch out heavyweights!”

Yves Edwards and Jeremy Stephens will finally lock horns at UFC on Fox 5 as it’s being reported that Stephens will step in and replace John Cholish who was forced to withdraw with a groin injury. Stephens and Edwards were originally slated to fight at UFC on FX 5 but the fight was scrapped when Stephens was arrested on an old warrant. [MMA Junkie]

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The Daily Recap: Cyborg Can’t Make 135, Dos Santos Partners With Nike & More

Cris "Cyborg" Santos. Photo by Esther Lin/Showtime Sports.

It looks like there is another hurdle to overcome before we'll finally see a super fight between Cris Cyborg and Ronda Rousey. Cyborg’s camp is saying that their fighter visited with her heart doctor and a cut to 135lbs is not safe based on her personal physical health. According to the report, Cyborg walks around at 160lbs and the cut could prohibit Cyborg from carrying a child in the future. [MMAWeekly]

Ronda Rousey’s camp wasted no time formulating a response stating that if you talk to five doctors, you’ll get five different opinions. In regards to moving up to 145lbs, Rousey’s manager Doug Harvey told Yahoo! Sports, “At the end of the day, it’s up to Ronda. I would advise against it because I would like to do everything to get Cyborg down to 135 pounds, but I know it’s the fight the world wants to see.”

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Previewing Strikeforce “Rousey vs. Kaufman”

Ronda Rousey. Photo courtesy of Showtime Sports.

Strikeforce returns with another female-headlined card as fast-rising women’s star Ronda Rousey defends her Strikeforce bantamweight title against former champion Sarah Kaufman at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California this Saturday night on Showtime.

Other notables on the card include former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza looking for a second straight win against previously scheduled opponent Derek Brunson. Bouts featuring prospects Lumumba Sayers, Ovince St. Preux and Tarec Saffiedine will also take place.

Here’s a preview of the event’s five-fight main card, which can be seen in its entirety after the jump.

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The Daily Recap: Three Fights to Headline Stacked UFC on FOX 5, OneFC and Invicta News & More

Benson Henderson. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

For those complaining about the lack of depth for UFC cards recently, the announcement of a title fight and two high-profile bouts between contenders for the UFC's next show on FOX should be enough to generate some excitement again.

UFC on FOX 5 will be headlined by Benson Henderson, who defended his UFC lightweight championship just this past weekend against Frankie Edgar, taking on Nate Diaz in a 155 lb title bout.

Also featured on the network television broadcast will be decorated veteran Mauricio "Shogun" Rua facing top rising light heavyweight prospect Alexander Gustafsson and the return of future hall-of-famer B.J. Penn against highly-touted youngster Rory MacDonald.

The show will take place on December 8 at a location yet to be announced. A fourth fight will also be featured on the main card and will be announced in the coming weeks.

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The Daily Recap: Mayhem Miller Naked & Arrested in Church, No Cause of Death for Tyrone Mims & More

Jason "Mayhem" Miller. Photo courtesy of FEG/DREAM.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

Well, it's been a hell of a day to say the least. Let's get to it.

Jason "Mayhem" Miller was arrested today in an Orange County, California church after police found the building broken into, covered in fire extinguisher spray, various materials broken and scattered all over and "Mayhem" sitting naked on a couch. The arrest comes just a couple of days after he and UFC president Dana White got into a spat on Twitter, which ended up with Miller telling White to kill himself at one point.

I've already seen some comments from people saying that "Mayhem" is punch drunk or on drugs. It's sad. I really don't hope that is the case. And for some reason, part of me really wants to give him the benefit of the doubt here. We all know he's had a history of problems. Terrible childhood on top of being a generally wild dude for years. He's spoken openly about suffering from depression and stuff like that. Had the whole incident with his sister last year, plus more in the past.

I heard that he was in a bad place even before the Twitter back-and-forth with Dana White this weekend and now this. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with his poor showing in his return to the UFC, plus getting cut over what Dana says was a backstage ordeal caused by him. Who knows.

Either way, I hope he gets some help. It's sad to see him like this.

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UFC on FX 3 Video Highlights



Courtesy of Fox Sports, here is a video highlight from last night's UFC on FX 3 main event, which saw Demetrious Johnson win a face paced unanimous decision over Ian McCall.

After the jump you'll find the full results and some more news and notes stemming from the event.

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Askren Keeps Title, Sandro First to Featherweight Finals at Bellator 64

Ben Askren. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.

CHICAGO, Ill. (April 6, 2012) — Bellator Fighting Championships made its first ever trip to Winsor, Ontario and they brought with them a stacked card that included Ben Askren’s dominant victory over Douglas Lima as well as a Featherweight Tournament Semifinal victory for Marlon Sandro.

Additionally, Travis Marx and Hiroshi Nakamura became the first two to advance to the semifinal round of the Bellator Bantamweight Tournament Friday night at Bellator 64 from Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario live on MTV2 and in HD on EPIX.

In the main event of the evening, the Bellator Welterweight Title was on the line as defending champion Ben Askren faced off against Season 5 Welterweight Tournament Winner Douglas Lima. Quickly becoming a staple of Askren fights, the five rounds were dominated by the two-time National wrestling champion. Frustrated, Lima attempted submissions off his back but failed to overcome the grinding style of the U.S. Olympian. With “Funky” holding steady in the dominant position throughout the duration of the fight, the outcome was clear as the champion won every round on the judges’ scorecards.

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Ben Askren, Douglas Lima Official for Bellator 64 Title Fight

Douglas Lima and Ben Askren. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.

Reigning Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren and challenger Douglas Lima successfully made weight, as did all other scheduled fighters for tomorrow night's Bellator 64 event, which takes place at Caesars in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

The event also features a pair of bantamweight tournament quarterfinals bouts featuring world-ranked Masakatsu Ueda vs Travis Marx and Rodrigo Lima vs Hiroshi Nakamura. Marlon Sandro also faces Alexandre Bezerra in a featherweight semifinal affair.

The official results from today's weigh-ins:

Ben Askren (169.6 lbs) vs. Douglas Lima (170 lbs)
Marlon Sandro (146 lbs) vs. Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra (146 lbs)
Travis Marx (135.2 lbs) vs. Masakatsu Ueda (135.8 lbs)
Rodrigo Lima (136 lbs) vs. Hiroshi Nakamura (135.8 lbs)
Elias Theodorou (185.6 lbs) vs. Rich Lictawa (192.2 lbs)
Kyle Prepolec (158.6 lbs) vs. Lance Snow (159 lbs)
Josh Taveirne (170.6 lbs) vs. Chad Laprise (169.8 lbs)
Chris Horodecki (145.8 lbs) vs. Mike Richman (145 lbs)
Matt Secor (170 lbs) vs. Nordine Taleb (171 lbs) 
Taylor Solomon (155.6 lbs) vs. Jason Fischer (155.6 lbs)

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