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The Daily Recap: King Mo Inks New Deal With Strikeforce, Noons-Thompson in Works for March & More

Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

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.

— Former Strikeforce light heavyweight title holder Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal has signed a new four-fight deal with Strikeforce, one day before his promotional contract was to expire following his bout against Lorenz Larkin tomorrow night. Lawal has posted a 3-1 record under the Strikeforce banner. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. [MMA Fighting]

— A lightweight clash between one-time EliteXC star K.J. Noons and former Strikeforce lightweight champ Josh Thomson is in the works for Strikeforce's planned event on March 3 in Columbus, Ohio. Both Noons and Thomson are said to have verbally agreed to the bout. [MMA Junkie]

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The Daily Recap: Zuffa Retains Counsel for Rumored Federal Investigation, High-Moore Signed & More

Lorenzo Fertitta. Photo courtesy of GracieMag International.

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.

— Zuffa has reportedly retained Axinn-Veltrop-Harkrider, LLP, a New York City-based law firm specializing in anti-trust litigation, as the Federal Trade Commission is rumored to be investigating the UFC's parent company following its purchase of Strikeforce earlier this year. “It is true that Zuffa has retained my law firm, but I will not comment further,” said Stephen Axinn, the firm’s senior partner. “As I am sure you know, people generally do not want to comment where there may be possibly some sort of investigation going on.” [Full Contact Fighter]

— Seasoned veteran Jason High announced today that he has signed to attempt to win his sixth fight in a row against WEC alumnus Todd Moore at Strikeforce Challengers 19 on September 23 in Las Vegas. After falling in the finals of DREAM's inaugural welterweight grand prix and a one-off stint in the UFC, High found his way into Strikeforce courtesy of an impressive win streak, which includes victories over Japanese legend Hayato Sakurai and heralded prospects Jordan Mein and Quinn Mulhern. Moore meanwhile has won four out of six since being released from the WEC. [Five Ounces of Pain]

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The Daily Recap: Strikeforce Lands Japanese PPV Deal, Daley Targeted for Title Shot & More


A Strikeforce Championship Belt. Photo by Jon Swenson.

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.

— Strikeforce has reportedly struck a deal with Japanese cable station SkyPerfect to broadcast pay-per-view events featuring the organization's upcoming heavyweight grand prix tournament, of which the first part kicks off on February 12. Fedor Emelianenko, Josh Barnett and Sergei Kharitonov have competed under the PRIDE, Sengoku and DREAM banners in Japan for a number of years and have shown to be proven draws. [Fighters Only Magazine]

— Hard-hitting welterweight contender Paul Daley is expected to meet the winner of this Saturday's Strikeforce welterweight title fight between champion Nick Diaz and challenger Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos according to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker today. Daley has also been granted permission to headline a BAMMA show next month in his native country of England, pending on his opponent. [MMA Weekly]

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Lesnar Beats Mir: UFC 100 Results

Jon Fitch def. Paulo Thiago - Unanimous Decision
Brock Lesnar def. Frank Mir - KO Round 2 1:48
Georges St. Pierre def. Thiago Alves - Unanimous Decision
Dan Henderson def. Michael Bisping - KO Round 2 3:20
Yoshihiro Akiyama def. Alan Belcher - Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Mark Coleman def. Stephan Bonnar - Unanimous Decision
Jim Miller def. Mac Danzig - Unanimous Decision
Jon Jones def. Jake O’Brien - Submission (D’Arce Choke) Round 2 2:43
Dong-Hyun Kim def. T.J. Grant - Unanimous Decision
Tom Lawlor def. CB Dollaway - Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 1 0:55
Matt Grice def. Shannon Gugerty - Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 1 2:36

All Fighters Make Weight for UFC 100


Tom Lawlor sporting “Just Bleed” paint. Photo property of Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for UFC 100: Making History are in and all of the fighters successfully made weight in preparation for their bouts Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The card will be headlined by a UFC heavyweight title bout featuring champion Brock Lesnar taking on interim champion Frank Mir. UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will defend his title against Thaigo Alves as well.

Main Card:

Brock Lesnar (265 lbs) vs. Frank Mir (245 lbs)
Georges St. Pierre (170 lbs) vs. Thiago Alves (170 lbs)
Dan Henderson (185 lbs) vs. Michael Bisping (186 lbs)
Yoshihio Akiyama (185 lbs) vs. Alan Belcher (186 lbs)
Jon Fitch (170 lbs) vs. Paulo Thiago (170 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Mark Coleman (205 lbs) vs. Stephan Bonnar (205 lbs)
Mac Danzig (154 lbs) vs. Jim Miller (155 lbs)
Jon Jones (206 lbs) vs. Jake O’Brien (206 lbs)
Dong Hyun Kim (171 lbs) vs. T.J. Grant (170 lbs)
C.B. Dollaway (186 lbs) vs. Tom Lawlor (184 lbs)
Matt Grice (155 lbs) vs. Shannon Gugerty (156 lbs)

Quick Hits: Fitch-Thiago, Jones-O’Brien Possible for UFC 100


Jon Fitch. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are your news and notes for the morning of March 14, 2009.

Former UFC welterweight title challenger Jon Fitch may be continuing his trek back up to the divisional ladder at UFC 100. He is reportedly in talks to face Brazilian upstart Paulo Thiago at the event. Thiago shocked many when he scored a first-round knockout of Josh Koscheck at UFC 95 in February. Fitch rebounded from a failed title shot against Georges St. Pierre to defeat Akihiro Gono at UFC 94. [Tatame.com]

Rising light heavyweight sensation Jon Jones will reportedly take on former UFC heavyweight contender Jake O’Brien at UFC 100 as well. Jones has been impressive in his two UFC bouts thus far, winning unanimous decisions over Andre Gusmao and Stephan Bonnar. O’Brien won a decision over Christian Wellisch in his last fight. [The Garv]

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently revealed a rough outline of the schedule his promotion hopes to maintain in 2009. Sandwiched in between Strikeforce’s already announced April and May events, the organization in conjunction with Showtime will put on its inaugural “First Strike” event, which will be similar to the ShoXC events held over the last couple of years by ProElite. The first of those events would take place on May 8 and then again in June, September, October, and November. Regular Strikeforce cards will also be held in August, October, and December. [MMA Weekly]

A welterweight bout between England native John Hathaway and UFC newcomer Rick Story has reportedly been added to UFC 99, which will take place on June 13 in Cologne, Germany. The fight will likely take place on the event’s non-televised undercard. Both fighters are said to have agreed to the fight and the paperwork that would make it official is expected to be finalized shortly. [Five Ounces of Pain]

Koscheck, Thiago Talk Welterweight Battle

In the above video, standout collegiate wrestler Josh Koscheck and UFC newcomer Paulo Thiago discusses their upcoming welterweight bout at UFC 95, which takes place this Saturday in London, England.

Report: Koscheck to Face Newcomer Thiago at UFC 95 in London


Josh Koscheck. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

American Kickboxing Academy product and “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Josh Koscheck will reportedly take on UFC newcomer Paulo Thiago when the organization travels in London, England for UFC 95 on February 21.

The news comes from a report by Tatame.com, citing Thiago’s coach with the Constrictor fight team, Ataíde Junior.

After dropping a disappointing decision to Thiago Alves at UFC 90 in October, Koscheck bounced back to score a devastating knockout of Yoshiyuki Yoshida at the UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” event on December 10.

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