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The Daily Recap: King Mo’s Health Scare, Coenen Returns to Action at All-Female Event & 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 champ Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal reportedly suffered a health scare in the last month courtesy of another injury to his recently repaired ACL as well as a very bad case of staph. According to Lawal and his manager, the fighter is currently feeling well and the infection is under control. He will be on pain medication and antibiotics through a PICC line to his heart for another six weeks but is expected to make a full recovery. [MMA Mania]

Marloes Coenen will return to action on April 28 at Invicta Fighting Championships' first-ever all-female fight card against Romy Ruyssen, who Coenen defeated via second-round submission back in August 2008. Other advertised bouts for the card include Jessica Penne vs. Lisa Ellis-Ward, Liz Carmouche vs. Ashleigh Curry, Sarah D’Alelio vs. Shana Nelson and Leslie Smith vs. Kaitlin Young. [Sherdog]

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The Daily Recap: Warren-Pitbull II Booked for July, Mendes to Meet Yahya in Philly & More

Joe Warren. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.

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.

— Bellator season four featherweight tourney winner Patricio "Pitbull" Friere will reportedly challenge Joe Warren for Bellator's featherweight title in rematch on July 23 at Bellator 47. Friere knocked off Georgi Karakhanyan, Wilson Reis and Daniel Straus to earn another shot at Warren, who earned a tight split decision over Friere in their originial meeting in June of last year. [MMA Weekly]

— Chad Mendes has agreed to put his top contender status on the line and face slick submission specialist Rani Yahya in a featherweight bout at UFC 133 on August 6. Mendes, who has started a perfect 10-0 as a pro, has won five straight fights under the WEC and UFC banner. Meanwhile his opponent, Yahya, is coming off of an unanimous decision win over former WEC featherweight champion Mike Thomas Brown in January. [UFC.com]

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Guillard Upsets Dunham at “Troops II”


Melvin Guillard. Photo courtesy of Silver Star Casting Company.

Melvin Guillard promises that he'll be either fighting for the UFC lightweight title or going undefeated for a second straight year in 2011. He's off to a running start.

Guillard put on one of his most impressive performances to date, easily dispatching of the world-ranked Evan Dunham with a barrage of punches and knees in the first round of their main event bout at the UFC's second "Fight for the Troops" event at Fort Hood, TX.

"I want my title shot. I'm the dark horse in this game at 155. No disrespect to anybody in my weight class, but I am the best 155-pound fighter in the UFC," Guillard said after the fight. "You keep lining them up and I'll keep knocking them down, and I will go undefeated in 2011, and I will get a title by the end of 2011 or by 2012 at the latest."

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UFC Fight for the Troops II Live Results

We will be going live at 6:20 PM ET with live results of tonight's "UFC Fight for the Troops II" event, which takes place at the Fort Hood military complex just outside of Killeen, TX.

The card is headlined by a lightweight duel between Melvin Guillard and Evan Dunham. Preliminary bouts will be streamed at Facebook.com/UFC at 7 PM ET and the main is televised live on Spike starting at 9 PM ET.

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UFC Adds More Prelims to Facebook Stream


Mike Brown. Photo by John Meyer/CagePhotos.net.

The UFC announced this afternoon that they have added two more preliminary bouts to their "UFC Fight for the Troops II" Facebook stream this evening, bringing the total to four.

In addition, the live broadcast has been bumped up to 7 PM ET. To access the stream, fans have to visit Facebook.com/UFC and click the "Like" button. If you've already done that in the past, you're set.

The new inclusions feature a pivotal featherweight bout between former WEC champion Mike Brown and skilled grappler Rani Yahya as well as Willamy Friere's UFC debut against Waylon Lowe.

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All Fighters on Weight for “Troops II”


Matt Mitrione. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

All 22 combatants for tomorrow night's UFC Fight for the Troops II event officially made weight during weigh-ins this afternoon at the Fort Hood military base just outside of Killeen, TX.

A total of eleven fights are scheduled for the card, spearheaded by a main event lightweight duel between Evan Dunham and replacement opponent Melvin Guillard. Matt Mitrione and Tim Hague will collide in the co-headliner. The show benefits the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

The official weigh-in results are after the jump.

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Previewing UFC Fight Night 23: The Prelims


Yves Edwards. Photo courtesy of Bodog Entertainment.

The UFC will hold their second event of the new year this Saturday in the form of UFC Fight Night 23, (or UFC Fight for the Troops II, whatever you want to call it really) which will take place at the Fort Hood military post just outside of Killeen, in hopes of raising money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

A total of eleven fights are scheduled for the card, spearheading by a main event lightweight duel between Evan Dunham and replacement opponent Melvin Guillard. Matt Mitrione and Tim Hague will collide in the co-headliner.

Here’s a look at the event’s preliminary bouts, which feature notables Yves Edwards and former WEC featherweight champ Mike Brown among others. We’ll have more on the main card tomorrow.

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Quick Hits: Cote Out Until 2010, Miller-Dollaway & More


Patrick Cote. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

- Canadian middleweight Patrick “The Predator” Cote will be out until 2010 after undergoing surgery to repair his injured MCL. Cote originally injured his knee in his UFC 90 title bout with Anderson Silva and is now expected to be out until at least February. [Sportsnet]

- Following WEC 42, $10,000 bonuses were handed out for Knockout of the Night, Submission of the Night, and Fight of the Night. The winners were Brian Bowles (KOTN), Rani Yahya (SOTN), and Dominick Cruz and Joseph Benavidez (FOTN). [MMAWeekly.com]

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Hosman to Replace Osawa at WEC 42


Kenji Osawa. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Midwest Training Center product John Hosman has been tapped to replace an injured Kenji Osawa against submission specialist Rani Yahya in a bantamweight bout at WEC 42, which takes place on August 9 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

World Extreme Cagefighting confirmed the previously rumored switch on their official website earlier today. Osawa suffered a foot injury during a recent training session and will be sidelined indefinitely.

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Wineland Set to Return to WEC Against Yahya


Eddie Wineland. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

After a year of fighting in smaller shows, former World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight champion Eddie Wineland will likely make his return to the organization against jiu-jitsu champion Rani Yahya at WEC 40, which is scheduled to take place April 5 in Chicago, Illinois.

MMA on Tap was able to confirm the bout with sources close to the fight. Both fighters have agreed to the matchup and it is expected to be finalized shortly.

Wineland originally defeated Antonio Banuelos to claim the vacant WEC bantamweight title at WEC 20 three years ago and Zuffa opted to keep Wineland as their title holder when they purchased the promotion soon after.

However Wineland fell in his first and only title defense, losing a hard-fought unanimous decision to Chase Beebe at WEC 26. He has since won two straight fights, most recently defeating Wade Choate at a Corral Combat Classic event in November.

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