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The Daily Recap: Semtex-Misaki Meet at March Strikeforce, Ueda Narrowly Wins Shooto Farewell & More

Paul “Semtex” Daley. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

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-traveled veterans Paul "Semtex" Daley and Kazuo Misaski have signed on to face each other on the main card of Strikeforce's scheduled March 3 event at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Daley returns to Strikeforce after winning  two straight fights outside of the organization. His opponent, Misaki last defeated Akira Shoji via second-round TKO at DEEP's 53rd Impact event last April. [Strikeforce.com]

— In his last bout before taking a spot in Bellator's upcoming eight-man bantamweight tourney this spring, former Shooto 132 lb. champion Masakatsu Ueda edged out heralded prospect Kyoji Horiguchi and took home a majority decision at Shooto's "Survivor Tournament Final" event on Sunday at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. [Sherdog]

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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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MMA on Tap April Fighter Rankings


Nick Diaz (pictured) continues to slowly improve his stock in the welterweight division, most recently defeating fellow world-ranked striker Paul Daley in a thrilling Strikeforce showdown on April 9. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

Here are the latest MMA on Tap fighter rankings. We will be updating these every month or whenever an adjustment is needed, like after a major event for example. The rankings break down into seven different lists of ten, each of them by division.

If you ever want to compare these with your own or just take a look at the latest update, you can find them under the "Top 10" category in our features section. The organization a fighter is currently under contract to is listed next to the fighter’s name.

The rankings were tabulated by the MMA on Tap staff. Feel free to chime in with your own lists, thoughts, or suggestions.

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The Daily Recap: Swanson Injured, Bellator Featherweight Pairings & More


Cub Swanson. Photo by Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com.

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.

— Cub Swanson has reportedly suffered an undisclosed injury in training and has been forced to withdrawal from his upcoming UFC on Versus 3 featherweight bout against Erik Koch. The nature and estimated recovery time for Swanson's injury remain unknown. The UFC is said to be actively searching for a last-minute replacement opponent for Koch. [MMAJunkie.com]

— Bellator is expected to kick off the first round of its latest featherweight tournament on March 19 at the Lucky Star Casino in Concho, OK. Opening-round matchups could include Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Patricio "Pitbull" Friere, Wilson Reis vs. Zac George, Kenny Foster vs. Eric Larkin and Nazareno Malegarie vs. Daniel Straus. [Sherdog.com]

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Fight of the Day: Hatsu Hioki vs Rumina Sato

From Shooto’s “Tradition 4” event in November 2008, here’s former TKO featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki going up against longtime Japanese veteran Rumina Sato.

Fight Announcements: Aldo Added to WEC 39, Saunders Injured & More


Jose Aldo. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Fresh off of his first-round stoppage of Rolando Perez at WEC 38 on January 25, fast-rising featherweight contender will reportedly take on WEC newcomer Chris Mickle in a bout that will likely be added to WEC 39, which takes place on March 1 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

According to MMA Junkie, the fight will partially take the place of the canceled WEC welterweight title fight between Carlos Condit and Brock Larson, who are both now headed to the UFC due to the rumored demise of the WEC’s 170 lb. division.

Aldo has won his first three fights in the WEC and another win under his belt could vault him to the top half of the featherweight division. Mickle, who has spent the majority of his career fighting in small shows in the midwest, will come into the bout with a two-fight winning streak.

 

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Hioki Signs to Fight Sato in November Shooto


Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.

Reigning TKO featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki has signed to take on longtime Japanese veteran Rumina Sato in what will likely be the main event of Shooto’s scheduled “Tradition 4” card on November 29 at Korakuen Hall in Japan. The organization officially announced the bout earlier today.

After losing consecutive fights in the middle of last year, Hioki has bounced back to go on a five-fight undefeated streak. He most recently submitted Thierry Quenneville in the first round to retain his TKO featherweight title at TKO 35 on October 3. Hioki’s last Shooto bout saw him fight to a draw against Hiroshi Nakamura in August.

Sato will be competing in his 35th Shooto fight at the event. “Moon Wolf” has struggled as of late, losing four out of his last five bouts. He was last submitted by Akitoshi Tamura at Shooto’s 20th anniversary show in May. His last victory inside the promotion came against Augusto Frota at Shooto’s “Back to our Roots 2” event in March of last year, where Sato stopped Frota early in the first round due to a cut.

HT: Japan-MMA

Inoue-Young Set for Shooto in May


Savant Young. Photo by Tracy Lee. Courtesy of CombatLifestyle.com

Shooto featherweight title contender Takeshi Inoue will be back in action next month as he takes on International Fight League veteran Savant Young at the Japanese organization’s upcoming “Road to 20th Anniversary” show on May 3rd.

The promotion announced the fight over the weekend.

Inoue has won eight out of his last nine bouts and is currently riding a two-fight winning streak. His last loss came at the hands of rival Akitoshi Tamura last May. Inoue’s most recent fight was a unanimous decision win over Katsuya Toida in November.

Young will fight for the first time since spending a year as a member of the IFL’s Tokyo Dragons, with whom he racked up a record of 2-2. The California native has not fought since August of last year, losing a unanimous decision to Deividas Taurosevicius.

Hayato “Mach” Sakurai will attempt to keep his current five-fight winning streak intact when he takes on fellow PRIDE veteran David Baron in another featured fight at the event.

The current card for the show looks like this:

Hayato Sakurai vs. David Baron
Akitoshi Tamura vs. Rumina Sato
Takeshi Inoue vs. Savant Young
Takashi Nakakura vs. Ganjo Tentsuku
Ryuichi Miki vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani
Hayate Usui vs. Sakae Kasuya
Katsuya Murofushi vs. Shinpei Tahara

HT: MMA Man Japan

Tamura-Sato Added to Shooto in May


Akitoshi Tamura (left) poses with Tenkei Fujimiya. Photo courtesy of Shooto.

Former Shooto featherweight champion Akitoshi Tamura will jump right back into action just over a month since losing his title when he takes on longtime veteran Rumina Sato at Shooto’s upcoming “Road to 20th Anniversary” show on May 3rd.

The promotion announced the bout at a press conference yesterday.

Tamura was upset by Hideki Kadowaki at Shooto’s Back to Our Roots 8 event in March, costing Tamura his featherweight belt after losing a majority decision. It was Tamura’s second career loss to Kadowaki and his first loss inside the confines of Shooto since May of 2006.

Interestingly enough, Sato’s last loss came at the hands of Kadowaki as well. Kadowaki submitted Sato with a rear naked choke last September. Sato has fought sparingly in recent years and has lost three out of his last four bouts.

Hayato “Mach” Sakurai will attempt to keep his current five-fight winning streak intact when he takes on fellow PRIDE veteran David Baron in another featured fight at the event.

HT: MMA Man Japan

Kadowaki Upsets Tamura; Grabs Shooto Title


Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.

Hideki Kadowaki earned a razor close majority decision and scored a huge upset over Shooto 143. lb champion Akitoshi Tamura at the organization’s Back to Our Roots 8 event earlier today in Tokyo, Japan.

Kadowaki used superior striking and cruical takedowns to squeak out the decision on the judges’ scorecards. Bantamweight phenom Masakatsu Ueda won a unanimous decision over challenger Koetsu Okazaki to take home the vacant Shooto 132. lb title.

TKO featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki made quick work of famed grappler Baret Yoshida, stopping the Hawaiian with strikes with less than ten seconds left in the first round. The fight was Yoshida’s first since he was knocked out by Yoshiro Maeda in November 2003.

Complete event results are as follows:

Hideki Kadowaki def. Akitoshi Tamura - Majority Decision
Masakatsu Ueda def. Koetsu Okazaki - Unanimous Decision
Hatsu Hioki def. Baret Yoshida - TKO (Strikes)
Hiroshi Nakamura def. Tenkei Fujimaya - Majority Decision
Mamoru Yamaguchi def. Masaki Sugawara - Unanimous Decision
Tetsu Suzuki def. Hiroyuki Tanaka -Unanimous Decision
Hiroshige Tanaka def. Kenichiro Marui - KO (Punch)

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