K.J. Noons. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
— Former EliteXC lightweight champion K.J. Noons and UFC veteran Terry Martin each picked up respective wins in the world of boxing this weekend. Noons earned a unanimous decision over Randy Pogue on Saturday night in Pala, California while Martin knocked out opponent Rayvon Wilson in the second round of their Friday night bout in Hammond, Indiana. [MMA Junkie]
— Chute Boxe product Murilo “Ninja” Rua has reportedly been tapped to replace Antonio Rogerio Nogueira against Alex Steibling on the Bitetti Combat 4 card, which takes place on September 12 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nogueira withdrew from the card last week and current speculation has him joining his older brother, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, in the light heavyweight ranks of the UFC. [Fighters.com]
— Former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock currently expects to return to action at a yet-to-be-announced Strikeforce show in December. The 36-year-old Shamrock has lost three out of his last four bouts, most recently suffering a brutal second-round TKO loss to Nick Diaz at a Strikeforce show on April 11 in San Jose, California. No potential opponents have been named for his next fight. [MMA Weekly]
— Antonio Silva, the one and only man to hold the EliteXC heavyweight title, could fight for the first time since January against undefeated heavyweight prospect Ron Sparks at Sengoku’s “Tenth Battle” event on September 23 in Japan. Silva last earned a first-round TKO win over Yoshihiro Nakao at Sengoku’s “No Ran 2009” event on January 4. Sparks has won all five of his professional bouts to date. [MMA Mania]
— The Ultimate Fighting Championship is reportedly interested in holding up to five shows in the United Kingdom in 2010 according to UFC UK President Marshall Zelaznik. “We didn’t deliberately cut back our UK schedule in 2009, it just worked out that we only had two shows,” Zelaznik said. “But in 2010 we are looking to be busy in Britain. We definitely want to do Liverpool and Nottingham in 2010. Any city that has a suitable venue capable of holding more than 9,000 spectators, we are interested in.” [Fighters Only Magazine]
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