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The Daily Recap: Grove, Riggs May Rematch in ProElite, Bustamante Hurt & More

Joe “Diesel” Riggs. Photo courtesy of Strikeforce.

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.

— UFC veterans Kendall Grove and Joe Riggs are likely to rematch under the ProElite banner at the promotion's relaunch event on August 27 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Both fighters are coming off of recent releases from the UFC and Bellator respectively. Grove and Riggs originally fought in May 2004, with Riggs coming away the victor via first-round KO at Rumble on the Rock 5. [MMAFighting.com]

— Former UFC middleweight champion Murilo Bustamante has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming farewell bout against Yuya Shirai at a Clube da Luta event in Brazil this Wednesday due to a back injury suffered in training. Bustamante will be replaced by Delson Heleno, who will take on Shirai at a 180 lbs catchweight. [Tatame]

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“Godz of War” Postponed Until Fall


Jeff Monson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Global Fighting’s upcoming “Godz of War” event, which was set to take place this weekend at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, has apparently been postponed until an unknown date this fall.

The arena’s official website reported the postponement earlier today. An official announcement from the promotion has yet to be made.

The cancellation likely stems from a lack of ticket sales, which weren’t helped by the constant troubles involving the show’s main event. Longtime veterans Kevin Randleman and Jeff Monson were originally set to collide until Randleman was forced to bow out due to injury.

He was replaced by fellow former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez and while a lingering broken hand caused Monson to withdraw from his featured bout against fellow PRIDE alumnus Mike Russow this past weekend at Adrenaline MMA’s show in Chicago, he was still being advertised as competing.

Former UFC and PRIDE standout Murilo Bustamante was also slated to make his return to active competition against one-time “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Josh Haynes. Those who purchased tickets for the event can either have their tickets honored on the new date or can receive a full refund at the place of purchase.

HT: MMA Weekly

Bustamante-Haynes Set for June


Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

Former UFC middleweight champion and longtime PRIDE veteran Murilo Bustamante will return to action against “Ultimate Fighter” veteran Josh Haynes at Global Fighting’s upcoming event on June 21st in Charlotte.

Bustamante, one of the founding members of Brazilian Top Team, became the second middleweight title holder in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship when he stopped then-champ Dave Menne with strikes at UFC 35: Throwdown in January 2002.

He successfully defended his title five months later against Matt Lindland before leaving the UFC over a dispute concerning the financial terms of his contract. Bustamante signed with PRIDE Fighting Championships shortly after and ended up losing his first three bouts with the promotion. Bustamante would rebound by winning three straight fights but has struggled since then. He last dropped a close split decision to Makoto Takimoto at Yarennoka! on New Year’s Eve.

Since losing three straight fights inside the confines of the UFC, Haynes has gone on to win two out of his last three bouts. Most recently, the Team Quest product won a unanimous decision over Leopoldo Serao at an IFL event in February.

Global Fighting’s event will be headlined by a heavyweight clash between former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman and fellow veteran Jeff Monson.

HT: The Fight Network

Bustmante Returns to Action in June


Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

Former UFC middleweight champion and longtime PRIDE veteran Murilo Bustamante is scheduled to return to action at Global Fighting’s upcoming event on June 21st in Charlotte.

The organization officially announced the event this afternoon along with Bustamante’s participation.

Bustamante, one of the founding members of Brazilian Top Team, became the second middleweight title holder in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship when he stopped then-champ Dave Menne with strikes at UFC 35: Throwdown in January 2002.

He successfully defended his title five months later against Matt Lindland before leaving the UFC over a dispute concerning the financial terms of his contract. Bustamante signed with PRIDE Fighting Championships shortly after and ended up losing his first three bouts with the promotion.

Bustamante would rebound by winning three straight fights but has struggled since then. He last dropped a close split decision to Makoto Takimoto at Yarennoka! on New Year’s Eve.

Global Fighting’s event will be headlined by a heavyweight clash between former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman and fellow veteran Jeff Monson. Josh Haynes, a cast member on the third season of “The Ultimate Fighter” is also slated to compete on the card.

Yarennoka! Live Results

We will be going live at 6:00 AM EST with live results of Yarennoka!, which is taking place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Yarennoka! features the return of Fedor Emelianenko as he takes on K-1 kickboxer Hong Man Choi. The undercard includes Gilbert Melendez going up against Mitsuhiro Ishida and Kazuo Misaki battling with Yoshihiro Akiyama. Shinya Aoki, Hayato Sakurai, and Murlio Bustamante will also be competing.

For those that are interested, the event is being shown live on HDNet starting at 6 AM EST.

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Live results and commentary are shown after the jump.

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Break It Down: Yarennoka! & K-1 Dynamite!!

John Chandler here again, breaking down Yarennoka! and K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!! fight-by-fight, including detailed predictions along the way.

Yarennoka! features the return of Fedor Emelianenko as he takes on K-1 kickboxer Hong Man Choi. The undercard includes Gilbert Melendez going up against Mitsuhiro Ishida and Kazuo Misaki battling with Yoshihiro Akiyama.

K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!! features an astounding total of 13 fights - 7 MMA bouts and 6 kickboxing matches. (I’ll only be previewing the MMA fights) The event is headlined by a main event between long-time Japanese veterans Kazushi Sakuraba and Masakatsu Funaki. Bob Sapp, “Kid” Yamamoto, Kiyoshi Tamura, Melvin Manhoef, and Ikuhisa Minowa will all be in action.

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Bustamante-Takimoto Added to Yarennoka!

Former UFC Middleweight Champion Murlio Bustamante will return to action at Yarennoka! on New Year’s Eve when he takes on former Olympic judo gold medalist Makoto Takimoto.

The news comes from an announcement posted on Brazilian Top Team’s official website. Sherdog first broke the news this morning.

Both fighters have only fought once in 2007 and both competed during the month of April. Bustmante knocked out Ryuta Sakurai with a punch in the first round of their bout at DEEP’s 29th Impact while Takimoto submitted Zelg Galesic with a kimura at PRIDE 34.

Even though Takimoto is most likely the stronger fighter, Bustamante is technically sound and much more well-rounded than his opponent. I’m expecting this fight to go to the ground where Bustamante will score an early submission win.

CKA: Aug 31, 2007

News and Notes

- We’ve decided to hold off a new MMA on Tap Top 10 until after the events in September.

- Fabricio Werdum has told MMA Weekly that he has joined the Chute Boxe team and has already began training with his new camp:

Werdum stated, “I am very happy with my new training partners and I hope I can get the Chute Boxe spirit and improve my stand up skills. When I first step here, I could see that my training speed wasn’t right. The training here is so much harder, but I am adapting myself and all the coaches and athletes are being like brothers.”

- Former UFC Middleweight Champion Murilo Bustamante has announced that he is reforming the Brazilian Top Team after the depature of the Nogueira brothers and Mario Sperry.

- MMA Weekly is also reporting via sources at BodogFight that the promotion plans to announce a new TV deal when their current contract with ION runs out in February of next year:

Sources at Bodog plan to announce a new U.S. television distribution deal once their current run on ION has ended, although no details were forthcoming at the time of publication.

- The California State Athletic Commission has announced that it will hear the appeal of UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk’s positive test for steroids on October 31st in Los Angeles.

- Staying on the subject of athletic commissions, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has filed a formal complaint against Renato Sobral for his actions at UFC 74. Sobral will be required to meet with the NSAC at a later date to find out whether he may possibly be suspended or fined. $25,000 of his purse is still being withheld.

- Yahoo! Sports has posted their updated MMA Top 10...

- Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia has landed at Xtreme Couture for a two day training session in preparation for his bout against Brandon Vera at UFC 77.

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Brazilian Team MMA Debuts August 11

The MO Team League in Brazil, a team-based MMA league very similar to the IFL here in the United States, announced the head coaches and rosters for it’s first four teams as well as the fight card for it’s debut event on September 29 last Saturday according to MMA Weekly.

The head coaches and teams are as follows:

Hurricane - Head Coach: Wanderlei Silva

Lightweight - Jean Silva
Welterweight - Flávio Álvaro
Middleweight - Rafael Sapo
Light Heavyweight - Rafael Monteiro
Heavyweight - André Mussi

Wild Fire - Head Coach: Murilo Bustamante

Lightweight - Luciano Azevedo
Welterweight - Gerson Conceição
Middleweight - Silmar Rodrigo
Light Heavyweight - Alexandre Cacareco
Heavyweight - Joaquim Mamute

Tsunami - Head Coach: Pedro Rizzo

Lightweight - Leonardo Santos
Welterweight - André Chatuba
Middleweight - Mauricio Alonso
Light Heavyweight - Jair Sorriso
Heavyweight - Walter Broca

Avalanche - Head Coach: Antonio Rogério Nogueira

Lightweight - Rafael Mantega
Welterweight - Sergio Moraes
Middleweight - Julio Cesar Field Almeida
Light Heavyweight - Erick Wanderlei
Heavyweight - Fábio Maldonado

The league will use the five main weight divisions similar to the IFL. The inaugural event for the league will place on August 11th when Silva’s Hurricane face off against Bustamante’s Wild Fire. The second event will be held on September 29 where Nogueira’s Avalanche will take on Rizzo’s Tsunami.

Bustamante and Minotauro Have Disagreement Over Nogueira’s UFC Contract

TATAME is reporting that Brazilian Top Team members Murilo Bustamante and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira had a disagreement after Nogueira signed a contract with the UFC before consulting his teammates at BTT. Bustamante provided his thoughts on the situation…

“That was a missunderstanding. Actually I said that I was a little bit upset because Minotauro didn’t tell the BTT that he did the contract with the UFC. Nodoby said in any moment that Rodrigo could be send out of the BTT. Even because he was the guy that ever showed to us his fidelity to the team”, told Bustamante

“I will stay here with Capoani because he will be fighting on May 12th, but when I came back I will sit down with Rodrigo to finish this thing”, said Murilo.

TATAME also caught up with former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira who stated he’d like to talk with Bustamante because his intent is to stay with BTT.

“I am going to Rio de Janeiro to talk about this situation, because my interest is stay in BTT. I am sure that if we get together, my way to UFC will be good for me and also for the BTT”, declared Rodrigo Minotauro.

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