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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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Video: Todd Duffee KO’s Neil Grove in 34 Seconds at Super Fight League 2

Courtesy of Super Fight League, here's UFC veteran Todd Duffee fighting for the first time in over a year and picking up a 34-second KO of Neil Grove at SFL's latest event on Saturday at the T-Box Mobile Arena in Chandigarh, India. 

The card also saw Bellator middleweight star Alexander Shlemenko halt Ikuhisa Minowa with strikes in the first round and Ryan Healy win a unanimous nod over Paul Kelly.

Michael Chandler Defends Lightweight Title, Ben Saunders vs. Bryan Baker at Bellator 67

Michael Chandler. Photo by Jeff Cain/MMA Weekly.

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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UFC Adds Hecht vs. Pierson, Salas vs. Means to Return to Florida in June

Sean Pierson. Photo courtesy of Rene Johnston/Toronto Star.

Two more bouts have been added to the fight card for UFC on FX 3, which will now take place at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on June 8 after the city of Fort Lauderdale won the "Hometown Throwdown" contest in conjunction with the UFC and Harley-Davidson.

Marc Fiore pupil Jake Hecht will take on Canadian veteran Sean Pierson in a welterweight bout and King of the Cage lightweight champion Tim Means will face Grudge Training Center's Justin Salas.

UFC on FX 3 is slated to be headlined by a flyweight tournament semifinal bout between Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson.

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Mitch Clarke vs. Anton Kuivanen Signed for UFC 149 in Calgary

Mitch Clarke. Photo courtesy of The Star-Phoenix.

A lightweight battle between Canadian native Mitch Clarke and Finnish grappler Anton Kuivanen has been booked for the UFC's debut in Calgary, Alberta.

The promotion announced the bout for UFC 149 on July 21 early this morning. The event will be headlined by Jose Aldo making another defense of his UFC featherweight title against an opponent to be named.

Both Clarke and Kuivanen excelled in their respective regionial circuits before falling in their UFC debuts. Clarke suffered a second-round TKO loss to John Cholish at UFC 140 in December while Kuivanen dropped a unanimous decision to Justin Salas at UFC on FUEL TV 1 in February.

“JZ” Cavalcante to Return Against Isaac Vallie-Flagg at Next Strikeforce Event

Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante. Photo courtesy of DREAM/FEG.

Former two-time K-1 Hero's middleweight tournament champion Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante will return to action at Strikeforce's scheduled May 19 event in San Jose, California against Jackson's MMA product Isaac Vallie-Flagg.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced the bout via Twitter this afternoon. Strikeforce: "Barnett vs. Cormier" will take place at the HP Pavilion and will feature of the finals of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix, pitting Josh Barnett against Daniel Cormier.

"JZ" has had an unfortunate run under the Strikeforce banner thus far. After dropping a unanimous decision to Josh Thomson in his promotional debut, a fight with Justin Wilcox was ruled a no-contest after Wilcox was unable to continue after inadvertently being poked in the eye. Cavalcante righted the ship last July, earning a split decision over Bobby Green in his last appearance.

Vallie-Flagg is currently riding a ten-fight unbeaten streak, sporting nine wins and a draw. The New Mexico native was victorious in his Strikeforce debut last June, grinding out a split decision over Brian Melancon.

Strikeforce Announces Evangelista-Terry, Zwicker-Inocente for May 19th in San Jose

Strikeforce has announced a pair of bouts for their next scheduled event on May 19th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California as Billy Evangelista will take on James Terry in a lightweight scrap and Virgil Zwicker faces Guto Inocente in a battle of light heavyweight up-and-comers.

Both Evangelista and Terry will attempt to stave off being released from the Zuffa banner in their meeting. Evangelista has suffered back-to-back losses, the first two of his career, in his most recent fights, dropping decisions to Jorge Masvidal and K.J. Noons. Terry has dropped two of his last three, last losing a split nod to Nah-Shon Burrell in January.

Zwicker picked up a win in his Strikeforce debut last April, stopping Brett Albee with strikes in the first round. His opponent, Inocente, who trains alongside the Blackzilians at Imperial Athletics in Florida, has torn through the Brazilian 205 lb circuit, winning all five of his pro appearances.

Report: Spencer Fisher vs. Sam Stout III Booked for UFC on FX 4

A third bout between old rivals Spencer Fisher and Sam Stout is reportedly slated for the UFC's return to Atlantic City, New Jersey for UFC on FX 4 on June 22 at the brand new Revel Hotel & Casino.

Sportsnet.ca was the first to report on the matchup. Touch of gloves to MMA Junkie for the find.

The two have split their meetings thus far. Stout upset Fisher to win a razor-close split decision in a slugfest at UFC 58 in March 2006, and Fisher returned the favor in another exciting clash in the headlining bout of UFC Fight Night 10 in June 2007.

Mark Bocek Says John Alessio is Back in the UFC, Replacing Matt Wiman at UFC 145

UFC lightweight Mark Bocek says that longtime veteran John Alessio is finally back in the UFC and will be replacing "TUF" alumnus Matt Wiman has his opponent in a preliminary bout at UFC 145 on April 21 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bocek tweeted the switch earlier this afternoon. The UFC has yet to confirm the change. Wiman reportedly suffered an undisclosed injury during a recent training session.

Alessio makes his long-awaited return to the UFC after winning ten of his last eleven bouts. His last UFC appearance was a unanimous decision loss to Thiago Alves in October 2006. Bocek was last seen handing Nik Lentz his first UFC loss in December.

Melendez-Thomson III, Two Other Bouts Added to Strikeforce HWGP Finals

A rubber match between Strikeforce lightweight title holder Gilbert Melendez and his chief rival, former champ Josh Thomson has been booked as the co-main event of Strikeforce's next event on May 19.

The promotion officially announced the event and bout today. The show will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California and willbe headlined by the finals of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix tournament featuring Josh Barnett against Daniel Cormier.

In addition, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker also announced today that a rematch between former light heavyweight champion Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante and Mike Kyle will take place as well as a meeting between Bobby Voelker and welterweight prospect Nah-Shon Burrell.

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