Another pair of bouts have been booked for UFC 159, which takes place on April 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
A pivotal middleweight matchup between recently defeated contenders Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher will serve as the show's co-main event. In addition, durable lightweight Jim Miller will welcome Strikeforce contender Pat Healy back to the UFC.
The UFC confirmed the bouts as official this afternoon.
MMA Junkie is reporting that Pat Healy will face Jorge Masvidal at Strikeforce: “Champions” on January 12 in Oklahoma City. Healy was originally scheduled to face Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez but the fight was scrapped when Melendez withdrew with an injury.
This is good news for Masvidal who recently expressed his concern with the lack of opportunities in Strikeforce. Masvidal was penciled in for two previous Strikeforce cards but both fights fell through leaving Masvidal without an opponent or a paycheck.
Lyle Beerbohm. Photo courtesy of Fight of Your Life Communications.
David "Tarzan’’ Douglas (5-2) of Antioch, Calif., takes on Austin fan favorite Nick "The Ghost’’ Gonzalez (16-8, 1 NC) at 150 pounds in featured bouts of a Strikeforce Challengers fight card presented by Rockstar Energy Drink at Cedar Park Center in the Austin suburb of Cedar Park, Texas, this Friday, Feb. 18, live on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
In the main event, unbeaten rising star Lyle "Fancy Pants" Beerbohm (15-0) of Spokane, Wash., takes on dangerous veteran Pat "Bam Bam’’ Healy (25-17) of St. Louis. Unbeaten lightweights Ryan Couture (1-0), of Las Vegas, the son of MMA legend Randy Couture and Houston’s Lee Higgins (2-0) will clash in another televised fight.
Scott Smith. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
NEW YORK – Can Scott “Hands Of Steel’’ Smith, aka “The Comeback Kid,’’ do it again?
On Saturday, June 26, at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on Showtime, Smith will attempt to make it two consecutive victories over Cung Le in a middleweight (185 pounds) rematch of one of the most incredible Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) comeback victories of all-time.
The eagerly anticipated return bout between Smith (17-6), of Elk Grove, Calif., and Le (6-1), of San Jose, will take place on an already-stacked Strikeforce and M-1 Global fight card that features the world’s No. 1 heavyweight and pound-for-pound MMA fighter, Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko (31-1),against two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion and top-ranked superstar Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum (13-4) in the main event.
Dave Herman. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.
Former EliteXC heavyweight standout Dave Herman picked up what was arguably the biggest win of his young career on Saturday night, needing only a minute to dispatch of MMA pioneer Don Frye in the main event of Shark Fights 6 in Amarillo, Texas.
The elder Frye pushed for a takedown early on, but Herman was able to stay on his feet and battered the veteran with a flurry of punches that forced the quick stoppage. The win was the second in a row for Herman while Frye has now fallen in three of his last five appearances.
Ricardo Arona. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
Former PRIDE Fighting Championships standout Ricardo Arona will return to active competition for the first time in over two years when he takes on fellow veteran Marvin Eastman at Bitetti Combat 4 this Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
It will be the first fight for Arona since losing three out of four bouts under the PRIDE banner, including a brutal knockout at the hands of a streaking Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at PRIDE 34 in April 2007. Eastman is coming off of a second-round TKO of Aron Lofton at a Maximum Fighting Championship show in May.
Newton crowned new MFC champ
Daley blasts Alessio in Long Time Coming’s superfight
Emanuel “The Hardcore Kid” Newton used a methodical approach and demonstrated a vastly superior gas tank as he ripped the Maximum Fighting Championship’s world light heavyweight title from Roger Hollett last night before a sold-out crowd at MFC 19: Long Time Coming.
Before the HDNet Fights’ cameras and a full house at The Venue at River Cree Resort and Casino, Newton simply wore out Hollett with a steady barrage of takedowns and an early attack to the body that clearly depleted the former title-holder. But while delighted with taking the title by a resounding unanimous decision, Newton (18-3) was apologetic for a fight that was less-than thrilling.
“I’m sorry it wasn’t very exciting and I promise I will be better when I defend this beautiful belt,” said Newton. “I relied on my cardio and that was the difference.”
Title rematch postponed to MFC 20 in February
The highly anticipated rematch for the MFC welterweight title has been postponed due to an injury suffered in training by challenger Ryan Ford.
Ford was diagnosed with a hyper-extended left knee by renowned sports physician Dr. Shelby Karpman who further advised the MFC’s top-ranked contender that needs to take time off to heal.
“My knee got bent the wrong way and some of the ligaments got stretched,” said a disappointed Ford. “I have to stay off it for a bit so there was no way I could have a full training camp which means I couldn’t be fully prepared for the fight.”
Pat Healy. Photo courtesy of the Maximum Fighting Championship.
We all know that mixed martial arts encompasses everything. You can win a fight by doing other things besides throwing a punch.
Just ask Pat Healy.
In his come-from-behind submission win over the previously undefeated Ryan Ford at last weekend’s Maximum Fighting Championship show, you might have noticed that Healy didn’t throw many punches. That’s because he really didn’t. According to the CompuStrike numbers from the event, Healy threw nine punches over two and a half rounds and only one of them landed. One.
Da chart doesn’t lie:
Screenshot courtesy of Compustrike.com
After getting handled in the first two rounds, Healy’s continuous quest for a submission on the ground finally paid off as he caught Ford in an armbar following one of Ford’s many slams in the fight. Off the top of my head, I can’t remember a past scenario that comes even close to this one, in terms of numbers. Crazy.
Pat Healy (left) connects with a left hand against Jake Ellenberger. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
Longtime veteran Pat Healy’s experience came in handy tonight as he overcame an extremely rough start against rising prospect Ryan Ford to surprisingly submit Ford with a third-round armbar in the main event of Maximum Fighting Championship’s latest showing at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton.
The first round saw Ford fight for a successful takedown during the beginning moments. Pinning Healy in the corner, Ford worked some ground-and-pound before Healy was able to force a scramble. Healy nearly caught Ford with an armbar but Ford was able to slip out and stand up before slamming Healy down once again just before the round’s end.
In a reversal of roles, it was Healy that forcefully slammed Ford to the mat at the start of the second stanza, only to have Ford quickly reverse position. With Ford continuing to punish Healy, it looked as if the fight was nearing the end. However midway through the third, another slam left Ford vulnerable for an armbar. Healy quickly capitalized, locking in the hold and forcing Ford to tap out, ruining Ford and MFC President Mark Pavelich’s plans to award the hometown favorite the promotion’s vacant welterweight title in the process.
The night’s co-main event saw Donald Sanchez submit veteran Jason Maxwell with a second-round triangle. UFC veteran Ron Faircloth was also victorious, submitting Levi Avera with a rear naked choke in the second round of their bout. Complete results of the event are after the jump courtesy of Rogers Sportsnet.