Courtesy of Super Fight League, here's UFC veteran Todd Duffee fighting for the first time in over a year and picking up a 34-second KO of Neil Grove at SFL's latest event on Saturday at the T-Box Mobile Arena in Chandigarh, India.
The card also saw Bellator middleweight star Alexander Shlemenko halt Ikuhisa Minowa with strikes in the first round and Ryan Healy win a unanimous nod over Paul Kelly.
Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.
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— Following his shocking loss to Antonio Silva, Fedor Emelianenko has been medically suspended indefinitely by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. He will not be permitted to compete until he's cleared by a doctor after an upcoming CT scan of his head and face. However, he did not suffer a broken orbital bone as widely speculated. Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will also be sidelined for a mandatory 30 days following his KO loss to Sergei Kharitonov. [MMAJunkie.com]
— A featherweight bout between one-time planned title contender Josh Grispi and "TUF" alumnus George Roop has been booked for the TUF 13 Finale in Las Vegas on June 4. Grispi had a ten-fight winning streak snapped by Dustin Porier at UFC 125 on Jan 1, while Roop suffered a one-sided loss to Mark Hominick just days later at UFC Fight for the Troops II. [MMA Mania]
Donald Cerrone. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
Donald Cerrone overcame a slow start to submit Paul Kelly with a second-round rear naked-choke in his UFC debut. The bout served as the feature preliminary attraction at UFC 126 on Saturday.
Cerrone (14-3) may have been thrown off at the start of the fight, as Kelly (11-4) threw a punch while Cerrone was attempting to touch gloves. Kelly held his own in the first round, giving up a pair of takedown attempts but landing his fair share of punches and kicks.
Much of the same went on in the second, until Cerrone took Kelly down and quickly moved to mount. Kelly gave up his back and Cerrone dealt out some punishment before locking in the choke and forcing a tap.
MMA on Tap will be going live at 7:15 PM ET with real-time results of tonight's UFC 126: "Silva vs. Belfort" event, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
UFC 126 is lead by UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva making his eighth title defense against Vitor Belfort. The pay-per-view telecast begins at 10 PM ET. Spike will be televising a pair of preliminary bouts starting at 9 PM ET. Kid Yamamoto vs Demetrious Johnson will stream on Facebook.com/UFC starting at 8:20 PM ET.
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Rich Franklin. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.
Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort hit the marks for their UFC 126 middleweight title bout tomorrow night in Las Vegas, and then nearly came to blows during a staredown.
In response to remarks Belfort made about Silva "wearing a mask" as a fighter, the champion did just that, donning a plain white mask and going nose-to-nose with Belfort. The two exchanged words and had to be held back by their cornermen before being separated.
All fighters successfully made weight with the exception of Mike Pierce, who weighed in one pound over the welterweight limit. Video of the weigh-ins are after the jump.
Michihiro Omigawa. Photo courtesy of FEG.
Spike TV will telecast 12 live “UFC Prelims” in 2011, featuring many of the best mixed martial arts fighters competing on undercard bouts prior to live UFC Pay-Per-View events. Spike has aired 13 “UFC Prelims,” beginning with UFC 103 in September 2009, with an average viewership of 1.5 million.
The first “UFC Prelims” in 2011 on Spike will air live on Saturday, February 5 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas with undercard bouts from UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort.
An explosive lightweight bout between Paul Kelly (12-3) vs. Donald Cerrone (13-3, 1 NC) will be featured, as well as a featherweight clashing pitting Chad Mendes (9-0) against Michihiro Omigawa (12-8-1).
Rich Franklin def. Wanderlei Silva - Unanimous Decision
Cain Velasquez def. Cheick Kongo - Unanimous Decision
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic def. Mustapha Al-Turk - TKO Round 1 3:08
Mike Swick def. Ben Saunders - TKO Round 2 2:47
Spencer Fisher def. Caol Uno - Unanimous Decision
Dan Hardy def. Marcus Davis - Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Terry Etim def. Justin Buchholz - Submission (D’Arce Choke) Round 2
Dennis Siver def. Dale Hartt - Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1
Paul Taylor def. Peter Sobotta - Unanimous Decision
Paul Kelly def. Roli Delgado - Unanimous Decision
Stefan Struve def. Denis Stojnic - Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 2
John Hathaway def. Rick Story - Unanimous Decision
Mike Swick. Photo by Justin Grant. Courtesy of MikeSwick.com.
Here are your news and notes for the morning of March 12, 2009.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship yesterday announced four additional bouts for its inaugural trek to Germany for UFC 99 on June 13. A pair of welterweights matchups will now grace the televised portion of the card: Mike Swick vs. Ben Saunders and Marcus Davis vs. Dan Hardy. Also revealed was a lightweight fight between Dennis Siver and Dale Hartt and a heavyweight clash involving Stefan Struve and Denis Stojnic. [UFC.com]
A 155 lb matchup between rising British lightweight prospect Paul Kelly and “Ultimate Fighter 8” alumnus Roli Delgado will reportedly also be added to UFC 99 in the coming days. The fight will be the first at lightweight for Kelly, who spent his previous nine career fights competing at welterweight, where he last defeated Troy Mandaloniz via unanimous decision in February. [MMA Weekly]
Canadian veteran Jonathan Goulet will reportedly return to action at UFC 100 in July against Dong-Hyun Kim. Goulet has not fought since suffering a quick TKO loss to Mike Swick at the UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” event last December because of a lingering knee injury. Kim suffered his first professional loss at UFC 94 in January, dropping a split decision to Karo Parisyan. [MFight News]
In a fight in which the loser may find himself on his way out of the UFC, former standout amateur wrestler Matt Grice will apparently take on Shannon Gugerty at UFC 100 in July as well. Both fighters are coming off recent losses. Grice fell to Matt Veach at February’s UFC Fight Night 17 in his first fight in over a year while Gugerty was last submitted by Spencer Fisher at UFC 90 last October. [MMA Weekly]
Randy Couture. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here are your news and notes for the evening of February 26, 2009.
Troy Mandaloniz. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Troy Mandaloniz, a cast member on the sixth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show, will return to the UFC after a one-year hiatus to take on England native Paul Kelly in his home country at UFC 95, which will take place on February 21 in London.
According to MMA Weekly, Mandaloniz is expected to sign his bout agreement to face Kelly at some point today and Kelly will likely sign his paperwork in the coming days as well. Mandaloniz will be moving up to 170 lbs. from the lightweight division for the fight, which will probably take place as a dark match on UFC 95’s undercard.