Jay Hieron. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
CHICAGO, ILL. — Bellator Fighting Championships today announced the promotion's Season 4 Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal Pairings for Bellator 35, the premiere event at the Tachi Palace Casino & Resort in Lemoore, California on Saturday, March 5, 2011.
With all four of the highly anticipated Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal fights on the schedule,Bellator 35 will serve as the launching point for talent-stacked welterweight tournament which will air live on MTV2.
"This Welterweight tournament is stacked. Every fight should be hyper-competitive" said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. "Any one of these 8 fighters could win it, make $100,000 and earn the right to fight Askren for our world title."
Robbie Lawler. Photo by Esther Lin/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.
— The California State Athletic Commission released the official list of medical suspensions and fighter payouts on Monday. Nick Diaz had the highest salary, banking $150,000 for his win over Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, who received $20,000. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza ($85,000), Robbie Lawler ($65,000) and Roger Gracie ($75,000) all took home big paydays as well. In addition, Lawler could be out up to six months due to a fractured left foot. [MMA Weekly]
— DREAM light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi has reportedly started the application process to be able to attempt to box at the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London, England. Mousasi would represent the country of Holland if he was to qualify. [MMAFA.tv]
Antz Nansen. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.
New Zealand kickboxer Antz Nansen used superior striking skills to spoil the anticipated professional debut of 2004 Olympic judo silver medalist Hiroshi Izumi, knocking Izumi down three times en route to a first-round TKO win at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku Tenth Battle” event on Wednesday.
Izumi (0-1) did surprisingly well in the loss. Willing to stand with a dangerous Nansen (1-0) on the feet, Izumi caught his opponent on multiple occasions with a few straight left hands. The tide turned when Nansen hurt Izumi with a right hand midway through the round. Izumi stumbling backwards prompting Nansen to stalk his foe, dropping him twice before finishing him off with a final combination that left Izumi bloodied and seated in a corner.
Antonio Silva and Jim York. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.
We will be going live at 3:00 PM ET with live results of this morning’s “Sengoku Tenth Battle” event, which will take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The show will air live on HDNet for those in North America.
2004 Olympic judo silver medalist Hiroshi Izumi will meet New Zealand kickboxer Antz Nansen in the professional debut for both fighters in the fight card’s main event. Additional bouts slated to take place include a heavyweight matchup pitting former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva against Jim York and a welterweight bout involving Nick Thompson and Dan Hornbuckle.
We will be going live with results of Sengoku 9, which takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The card will be headlined by a lightweight title bout between Satoru Kitaoka and Mizuto Hirota. Also on the card is the featherweight tournament semifinals featuring Michihiro Omigawa vs. Marlon Sandro and Hatsu Hioki vs. Takeshi Numajiri.
Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the evening. Live results are after the jump.
Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.
All of the combatants for World Victory Road’s Sengoku 9 card successfully made weight in preparation for their bouts on Sunday at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The card will be headlined by a lightweight title bout between Satoru Kitaoka and Mizuto Hirota. The card will also feature the featherweight tournament semifinals and the return of Japanese star Akihiro Gono.
Satoru Kitaoka (153.8 lbs) vs. Mizuto Hirota (154 lbs)
Kazuo Misaki (182.6 lbs) vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura (182.6 lbs)
Kazuyuki Fujita (247.5 lbs) vs. Blagoy Alexandre Ivanov (242 lbs)
Dan Hornbuckle (165.7 lbs) vs. Akihiro Gono (167.2 lbs)
Clay French (154.1 lbs) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (154.3 lbs)
Choi Mu Bae (240.7 lbs) vs. Yoshihiro Nakao (220.7 lbs)
Featherweight Grand Prix:
Michihiro Omigawa (142.8 lbs) vs. Marlon Sandro (142.3 lbs)
Hatsu Hioki (143 lbs) vs. Masanoru Kanehara (143 lbs)
Matt Jaggers (142.1 lbs) vs. Chan Sung Jung (142.6 lbs) – Reserve Bout
Gold Rush Finals:
Koji Ando (153.7 lbs) vs. Ikuo Usuda (154.3 lbs)
Toru Harai (143.3 lbs) vs. Shigeki Osawa (143.3 lbs)
Ryosuke Komori (132.2 lbs) vs. akeshi Numajiri (132.1 lbs)
Mike Pyle (right) poses with Jake Shields. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.
Elite Xtreme Combat veteran Mike Pyle will fight in Japan for the first time when he takes on Dan Hornbuckle at World Victory Road’s upcoming second “Sengoku” show on May 18th at the at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.
The organization officially announced the bout earlier today.
Pyle, who recently became a free agent after leaving EliteXC over a dispute concerning his lack of promotion within the organization, last fought at Hardcore Championship Fighting’s “Destiny” event in February. He submitted Damir Mirenic in the second round.
Hornbuckle, a veteran of BodogFight, also fought most recently inside the confines of HCF. He last submitted Andrew Buckland late last month. The Illinois native is currently riding a thirteen-fight winning streak.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman and Roger Gracie are also scheduled to be in action. The card for the event currently looks as follows:
Satoru Kitaoka vs. Ian James Schaffa
Eiji Mitsuoka vs. Kwang Hee Lee
Jorge Santiago vs. Yuki Sasaki
Mike Pyle vs. Dan Hornbuckle
Yoshihiro Nakao vs. Jim York
Kevin Randleman vs. TBA
Roger Gracie vs. TBA