Today the Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to reinstate Alistair Overeem’s license. The approval opens the door for Overeem’s scheduled bout with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156.
According to MMA Fighting, Overeem provided the NSAC with five self-administered tests between June and December that were all clean. Along with those, he faced tests on November 16 and December 21, both of which he passed.
Nate Marquardt defends his Strikeforce welterweight title January 12 against Tarec Saffiedine at Strikeforce’s final event. If victorious, Marquardt told Ariel Helwani he’s open to a unification bout with Georges St. Pierre. Marquardt and St. Pierre have been training together since Marquardt’s first UFC stint. [MMA Fighting]
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.”
Roger Hollett. Photo courtesy of the Maximum Fighting Championship.
The Maximum Fighting Championship announced this week that they have signed light heavyweight champion Roger Hollett and longtime veteran LaVerne Clark to multi-fight contracts that will have both fighters compete for the promotion before the end of the year.
Hollett has not competed since tearing multiple ligaments in his left knee during his first professional loss to American Top Team’s Lew Polley in October of last year. “Hulk” won the vacant MFC light heavyweight title with a first-round stoppage of UFC veteran Victor Valimaki at MFC 13 last August.
“My knee is great,” Hollett said in a recent press release. “I want to get back on track and get back to where I was before the injury. I’m going to be fighting Marcus Hicks on September 20 in the ECC before I come back to the MFC but I’m looking forward to defending my title against anyone they put in front of me. I have a great relationship with the MFC. I get along really well with Mark Pavelich. They have a great organization and I was really excited to sign a new deal with them.”
Roger Hollett will be out of action for an indefinite amount of time after suffering an injury to his left knee during his recent loss to Lew Polley at ECC 6: Hometown Heroes last weekend.
The injury has forced Hollett to pull out of his scheduled title defense against Ryan McClain at MFC 14: High Rollers.
Hollett’s knee was dislocated when he attemped to avoid a takedown attempt from Polley early on in the first round of their fight. Hollett fell to the ground and the referee eventually stopped the fight while Polley rained down unanswered strikes on his injured opponent.
Hollett will undergo an MRI on his knee later today to get an official diagnosis. Rehab is expected to take at least a month, meaning he may not even be able to train until December.
MFC has replaced the Hollett-McClain main event with a fight between Brad Zazulak and UFC veteran Shonie Carter:
“Shonie is a one-of-a-kind star athlete,” said MFC President Mark Pavelich. “No one can match his style, his personality and definitely no one can match his wardrobe. But make no mistake - Shonie is a tremendous fighter and a very dangerous opponent. There are few fighters with his level of experience and even fewer who can finish a fight in so many different ways like Shonie can.”
“However Brad is absolutely no pushover and Shonie better be ready to fight,” Pavelich added. “Brad has shown in past MFC events that his ready for bigger challenges and he eagerly accepted the opportunity to face such an accomplished veteran.”
The Maximum Fighting Championship will return to the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta on November 23 with its card titled MFC 14: “High Rollers”. Headlining the card will be newly crowned MFC light heavyweight champion Roger “The Hulk” Hollett.
MFC 14: High Rollers
Roger Hollett vs. TBA
Ryan Ford vs. Mike Sorenson
Ryan McGillivray vs. Steve Vujnovic
Donald Sanchez vs. Ryan Heck
Fabio Holanda vs. Aaron Riley
Here are the full results from MFC: Lucky 13.
Roger Hollett def. Victor Valimaki - KO at 2:06 of RD 1
Donald Sanchez def. Ryan McGillivray - Decision (Unanimous)
Ryan Ford def. Randy Valette - TKO at 2:07 of RD 1
Brad Zazaluk def. Luke Harris - TKO at 1:27 of RD 1
Ryan Heck def. Mike Bell - Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:44 of RD 1
Dwayne Lewis def. Clay Davidson - TKO at 1:41 of RD 1
Nick Penner def. David Lainoff - Submission (Kimura) at 1:57 of RD 1
Jason Kushera def. Steve Dubeck - TKO at 0:28 of RD 1
Mike Gates def. Jason Biggeman - Submission (Armbar) - at 1:22 of RD 1
Jason Randle def. J.C. Cousins - TKO at 1:13 of RD 1
Mike Sorenson def. Josh Fletcher - TKO at 4:46 of RD 2
Hat tip to Sportsnet.
Update: 3:25 am: Here are a few clips from MFC 13.
Hat tip to “RYENCOKE” from mma.tv.