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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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What’s Next After UFC 150?

Frankie Edgar. Photo courtesy of Complex Magazine.

Whether we agree with it or not, Benson Henderson is still the UFC lightweight champion and Frankie Edgar is headed back to the drawing board for the first time in four years.

UFC 150 provided us with another potential storm of controversy at 155 lbs, but UFC president Dana White is determined to move forward within the division. At this point, who can blame him? The title’s last six defenses have featured the same four fighters.

So as promised, Henderson will defend the belt against top contender Nate Diaz later this year, while Edgar faces a multitude of questions regarding his future, none more prevalent than the option to drop to featherweight – a move that would appease many.

What about the other fighters that competed in Denver this past weekend? Well, here’s a list of potential matchups the UFC could make down the line.

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Report: George Roop vs. Antonio Carvalho Booked for UFC 149 in July

Antonio "Pato" Carvalho. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

"Ultimate Fighter" alumnus George Roop will reportedly take on well-traveled veteran Antonio "Pato" Carvalho in a featherweight matchup scheduled for the UFC's first-ever trip to Calgary, Alberta, Canada at UFC 149 on July 21.

Word of the bout was first reported by Sportsnet.ca, citing sources close to the event. UFC 149 is slated to be headlined by Jose Aldo defending his UFC featherweight title against an opponent yet to be named.

Roop enters the bout on a two-fight losing streak, dropping a split decision to Hatsu Hioki in October that was followed up by a second-round TKO loss at the hands of Cub Swanson at UFC on FOX 2 in January.

Carvalho fell in his UFC debut at UFC 142, losing a unanimous decision to Brazilian prospect Felipe Arantes. The 32-year-old has won three straight fights prior.

Bellator Announces Name-Filled Undercard for This Weekend’s Bellator 65 Event

Lyman Good. Photo by Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com.

CHICAGO, Ill. (April 10, 2012) — When Bellator Fighting Championships makes its first trip of the season to Atlantic City, it brings with it a loaded fight card including a Bantamweight Title Fight headlined by Bellator Bantamweight World Champion Zach Makovsky and challenger Eduardo “Dudu” Dantas, as well as a Season 6 Featherweight Tournament semifinal bout and the last two quarterfinal fights in the Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament. Also, a stacked preliminary card is official and is loaded with the best talent from the East Coast and Midwest. 

The night will feature the return of former Bellator Welterweight Champion Lyman Good as he takes on the always dangerous LeVon Maynard in a welterweight matchup. Good returns for the first time since dropping a decision to Season 6 Bellator Tournament semifinalist Rick Hawn and is looking to get back to the form that saw him win 10 consecutive fights to start his career. Maynard, a three-time Bellator veteran, is looking to score the biggest win of his career when he meets “Cyborg” on April 13.

The hits keep coming as Philadelphia’s Will Martinez takes on Andy Main in a featherweight contest. Main, a New Jersey hometown favorite, is coming off a huge win over Bellator veteran Bobby Reardanz, while Martinez will be looking to extend his winning streak to three.

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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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Three Bouts Added to The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale in Las Vegas

Jonathan Brookins. Photo by Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun.

A trio of bouts have been added to "The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale", which is scheduled to take place on June 1 at The Pearl Theatre at The Palms Casino & Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Among the fights announced by the UFC on Friday included featherweight battles between slick grappler Charles Oliveira and former "TUF" winner Jonathan Brookins, Hawaii native Max Holloway and Minnesota prospect Pat Schilling and "TUF 14" alumnus John Albert and Byron Bloodworth.

Headlining the event will be a pivotal welterweight clash between top contenders Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann with the winner in line for a UFC welterweight title shot between injured reigning champ Georges St. Pierre and interim title holder Carlos Condit.

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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)

UFC Announces Canadian Lineup for 2012; Aldo and GSP in Promotional Plans

Jose Aldo. Photo by Ken Pishna/MMA Weekly.

The UFC today announced a trio of events on Canadian soil for this year, starting off with the promotion's first-ever event in Calgary, Alberta in July and followed by returns to Montreal and Toronto in September and November respectively.

Jose Aldo's latest featherweight title defense will headline UFC 149 on July 21 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. An opponent for Aldo has yet to be announced. In addition, the UFC will return to Toronto, Ontario for UFC 152 on September 22, but a venue has not yet been chosen for the event.

Longtime UFC welterweight king Georges St. Pierre is also targeting a potential return to action at UFC 154 in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec on November 17 at the Bell Centre, which will hang on the success of his rehab more than anything else.

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UFC Confirms Trio of Spring Fights. Including Edson Barboza vs. Evan Dunham

Edson Barboza. Photo courtey of VF Elite Sports Agency..

The UFC made three more fights for its spring lineup of fight cards official on Sunday.

The promotion announced today that Eric Wisely will step in as a replacement opponent for Jason Young at UFC on FUEL TV 2 on April 14. Young was originally slated to face "TUF 14" cast member and Sweden natve Akira Corassani, who was forced off the show after suffering an injury during training. In addtion, UFC newcomers Yoislandy Izquierdo and Reza Madadi will battle in a lightweight affair that has been added to the event's preliminary undercard.

Brazilian phenom Edson Barboza will also make a quick return to action, signing to face fellow lightweight contender Evan Dunham at UFC 146 on May 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada per UFC President Dana White this evening. The fight will likely be part of the event's televised PPV main card.

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The Daily Recap: Mayhem-Dollaway at UFC 146, DEEP 57 Results & More

Jason "Mayhem" Miller. Photo courtesy of FEG.

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.

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]

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