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The Daily Recap: UFC Confirms First Trip to Sweden, CM Punk to Escort Sonnen at UFC on Fox II & More

CM Punk. Photo courtesy of World Wrestling Entertainment.

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 UFC has officially announced that it will be heading to Sweden for the first in the promotion's history on April 14 for UFC on FUEL TV 2, which will likely take place at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. The UFC's foray into Sweden was long rumored and was also scheduled to happen last November before conflicts arose. The event will be the second live show televised on FUEL TV under the new FOX deal. [UFC.com]

— WWE champion CM Punk will reportedly escort UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen to the cage prior to his pivotal showdown against Mark Munoz in the co-main event of UFC on Fox II on January 28 in Chicago, Illinois. CM Punk is well-known as an avid fan of MMA as well as a native of the Chicago area. He and Sonnen have reportedly developed a friendship in recent months. [MMA Fighting]

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Berry Stops Shamrock Overseas

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LONDON - Before an excitable crowd of 8,000-plus at Wembley Arena, mixed martial arts pioneer Ken Shamrock of the USA was handed his first knockout loss by English powerhouse Robert “Buzz” Berry at Cage Rage 25.

Berry landed a series of strikes to the head of Shamrock and sent him down. The referee waved off the fight at 3:26 of the first round as the 240-pound Berry prepared to pounce on his fallen opponent.

In other televised fights, Cage Rage featherweight champion Masakazu Imanari of Japan applied a text book reverse heel hook to destroy the knee of formidable Brazilian adversary Jean Silva. Silva tapped out at 2:35 of round one, and appeared to be in tremendous pain.

In a battle of big men, heavyweights Rob Broughton of England won a majority decision over fellow countryman Neil Grove by scores of 29-28 twice and 28-29. The two men entered the cage at a combined 250-plus pounds and fought an entertaining scrape for three full rounds.

Local favorite Tommy “Kong” Watson thrilled his adoring fans with a knockout of American Pierre Guillet. With Watson on his back during first-round action, Guillet dove in to attack, but Watson struck first by landing a devastating upward heel strike to Guillet’s head. Watson quickly pounced on top of the fallen Guillet and finished him with fist strikes to the head.

Complete event results are after the jump:

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Cage Rage 25 Weigh-In Results

Ken Shamrock weighs-in for UFC 61: Bitter Rivals. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow’s Cage Rage 25: Bring It On are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The event will be highlighted by Ken Shamrock’s return to action as he will be welcomed in his Cage Rage debut by opponent Robert “Buzz” Berry. Shamrock’s son Ryan will compete on the undercard against Giorgio Andrews. Masakazu Imanari will also defend his featherweight title against Jean Silva.

Ken Shamrock (220 lbs) vs. Robert Berry (240 lbs)
Masakazu Imanari (143 lbs) vs. Jean Silva (144 lbs)
Gary Turner (220 lbs) vs. Mustapha Al-Turk (240 lbs)
Rob Broughton (282 lbs) vs. Neil Grove (273 lbs)
Pierre Guillet (184 lbs) vs. Tom Watson (184 lbs)
Ivan Serati (200 lbs) vs. Roman Webber (204 lbs)
Aisling Daly (129 lbs) vs. Aysen Berik (132 lbs)
Giorgio Andrews (133 lbs) vs. Ryan Shamrock (134 lbs)
Henrique Santana (169 lbs) vs. Michael Johnson (169 lbs)
Marvin Arnold (180 lbs) vs. John Hathaway (184 lbs)
John Phillips (184 lbs) vs. Jake Bostwick (184 lbs)

Batten Injured; Out of Remedios Fight

Danny Batten celebrates after his win over Kyotaro Nakao in March 2007. Photo courtesy of Angrrr Management.

A much-anticipated showdown between longtime English mixed martial arts veterans Danny Batten and Leigh Remedios has been scrapped after Batten suffered an undisclosed injury during a recent training session.

The news comes from MMA Weekly, who although were unable to grab any specifics in terms of Batten’s injury, were able to confirm with the lightweight that the injury was bad enough that he would be unable to fight without suffering serious consequences health-wise.

“It’s really frustrating to be out of the fight and there is nothing I can do about it medically,” Batten said in the report. “The thing is everything was going so well and for the first time in my career, I managed to train solidly for two months without the distractions of holding down my day job as a postman…to cancel now has been really hard for me.”

This is now the second instance in the past week in which Cage Rage officials have been forced to quickly find a replacement opponent for one of their fighters only a week away from Cage Rage 25, which will take place this Saturday, March 8th. Henrique Santana was tapped to replace Che’ Mills against Michael Johnson.

A replacement opponent for Remedios has not yet been found.