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The Daily Recap: M-1 Wants Strict Drug Testing for Tourney, UFC Vets Announce Fights & More


Fedor Emelianenko’s trainers and management team gather for a press conference. Photo courtesy of M-1 Global.

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.

— M-1 Global CEO Vadim Finkelstein is pushing for drug testing regulations that he hopes will begin with the semifinals of Strikeforce’s heavyweight grand prix this summer. “Two out of eight fighters in the tournament previously failed a drug test. Obviously, I’m talking about Josh Barnett and Antonio Silva,” Finkelstein said. “Fedor is not using any kind of substance to enhance his performance, and will be ready for any kind of testing. So if the commission decides to follow our suggestion, we’ll be ready.” [Lowkick.com]

— Dave Branch has been tapped to fill in for Alexandre “Cacareco” Ferreira in a middleweight bout against Rousimar Palhares that will take place on March 3 at UFC on Versus III. Ferreira opted to withdraw from the matchup yesterday, citing a need to cope with the loss of family and friends from the massive flooding in Brazil. [Heavy.com]

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Gracie Added as DREAM.4 Injury Replacement


Ralek Gracie grapples with Katsuyori Shibata. Photo courtesy of FEG.

Ralek Gracie, who was originally slated to take on former UFC and PRIDE heavyweight contender Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic in a modified-rules grappling match at this weekend’s DREAM.4 event in Japan, will now serve as a last-minute replacement opponent for Pancrase veteran Alavutdin Gadzhiyev.

DREAM officially announced the change at a press conference yesterday.

Gracie has not competed since submitting Katsuyori Shibata at a K-1 Hero’s show last July. Filipovic was forced to withdraw from the grappling match after aggravating an elbow injury during a recent training session.

The cancellation likely comes as a precaution for Filipovic’s scheduled showdown against fellow former K-1 kickboxer Jerome LeBanner at DREAM’s scheduled July 21st show in Japan. It’s been widely speculated that the Croatian had suffered multiple nagging injuries over the last few months and now wants to time to heal them before the LeBanner bout.

Sporting a current record of 7-1, Gadzhiyev hasn’t lost a fight since dropping a decision to Sergey Burdalenko in his first career bout. Gadzhiyev has spent the last year or so under the Pancrase banner, most recently knocking out colorful veteran Hikaru Sato in March.

Gadzhiyev was originally matched up against IFL light heavyweight Alexandre “Cacareco” Ferreira, who was unable to compete at this weekend’s event due to visa issues.

Visa Issues Knock Ferreira Out of DREAM.4


Alexandre Ferreira. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Rising IFL light heavyweight Alexandre “Cacareco” Ferreira has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Alavutdin Gadzhiyev at DREAM’s upcoming fourth event this weekend in Japan due to visa issues.

Ferreira’s manager, longtime veteran Mario Sperry, confirmed Ferreira’s troubles to Sherdog.com.

Ferreira was set to enter the match riding a five-fight winning streak. He was victorious in his IFL debut back in February, submitting American Top Team product Lew Polley with a guillotine choke just twenty seconds into their fight.

Sporting a current record of 7-1, Gadzhiyev hasn’t lost a fight since dropping a decision to Sergey Burdalenko in his first career bout. Gadzhiyev has spent the last year or so under the Pancrase banner, most recently knocking out colorful veteran Hikaru Sato in March.

DREAM officials have yet to formally announce the cancellation of the bout and it’s still unknown at this time whether or not a replacement opponent for Gadzhiyev will be able to be found in time.

Report: Matyushenko to Defend Against Ferreira in July


Vladimir Matyushenko throws a left hand at Jamal Patterson. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

It seems that IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko may already have an opponent for his next title defense as he will likely take on Brazilian Top Team product Alexandre Ferreira at a yet to be announced event in July.

Brazilian magazine Tatame confirmed the potential bout with Ferreira’s IFL coach, Mario Sperry.

“Ferreira was great and impressed a lot in his last fight,” Sperry said in the report. “He’ll fight for the belt. We received the proposal and already accepted it.”

Matyushenko was successful in his first title defense last weekend at an IFL event in New Jersey, stopping light heavyweight prospect Jamal Patterson with strikes in the second round. The win extended the Russian’s winning streak to eight straight fights.

Ferreira was victorious in his IFL debut in February, submitting American Top Team’s Lew Polley. The veteran’s career stretches back all the way to 1998 and includes wins over Heath Herring,  Bob Schrijber, and Brandon Lee Hinkle.

Nelson, Schultz Defend IFL Titles in Vegas


Ryan Schultz throws a right hand at John Gunderson. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

LAS VEGAS - Lightweight Ryan Schultz and heavyweight Roy Nelson defended their respective International Fight League titles and middleweight Ryan McGivern won his first belt before 3,931 at the IFL event last night at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Schultz grinded out a unanimous decision over John Gunderson to retain his title, maintaining strong position throughout the match. Most of the bout was contested on the ground, with both fighters escaping potential chokes in the final two rounds.

Nelson earned a first-round TKO victory over Fabiano Scherner to defend his heavyweight crown. Nelson took Scherner down midway through the round and used a flurry of right hands to secure the stoppage at 3:20.

In what many felt was the best bout of the night, McGivern topped defending champion Matt Horwich by unanimous decision in a battle in which both fighters had strong moments.

Horwich nearly secured an armbar at the end of the second round, when McGivern was likely saved by the bell. In the closing seconds of the fourth round, McGivern delivered a series of strikes that staggered the former champion, but the champion held on until the bell.

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