The Daily Recap: Grove, Riggs May Rematch in ProElite, Bustamante Hurt & More

Joe “Diesel” Riggs. Photo courtesy of Strikeforce.

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.

— UFC veterans Kendall Grove and Joe Riggs are likely to rematch under the ProElite banner at the promotion's relaunch event on August 27 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Both fighters are coming off of recent releases from the UFC and Bellator respectively. Grove and Riggs originally fought in May 2004, with Riggs coming away the victor via first-round KO at Rumble on the Rock 5. []

— Former UFC middleweight champion Murilo Bustamante has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming farewell bout against Yuya Shirai at a Clube da Luta event in Brazil this Wednesday due to a back injury suffered in training. Bustamante will be replaced by Delson Heleno, who will take on Shirai at a 180 lbs catchweight. [Tatame]

— James Te Huna and Ricardo Romero have verbally agreed to meet in a light heavyweight bout at UFC 135, which takes place on September 24 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Te Huna most recently fell to Alexander Gustafsson via submission at UFC 127 in February, the organization's last visit to his home country. Romero was last seen in February as well, losing to streaking "TUF" product Kyle Kingsbury via TKO in only 21 seconds. []

— Kuniyoshi Hironaka earned a dominating unanimous decision win over Kotetsu Boku to take the vacant Shooto lightweight crown on Monday at Shooto's “Shootor’s Legacy 3” event at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Other notable results from the show included Yasuhiro Urushitani defending his Shooto flyweight belt with a first-round knockout of Yuki Shojo and world-ranked featherweight Masakatsu Ueda TKO'ing Japanese legend Rumina Sato. [Sherdog]

— Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Guto Inocente has been forced out of his Strikeforce Challengers 17 bout against Lionel Lanham on July 22 in Las Vegas and has been replaced by T.J. Cook. Strikeforce Challengers 17 will air live on Showtime and is headlined by a third bout between rivals Roger Bowling and Bobby Voelker. []

— Upstart promotion OneFC has announced the main card for its debut event on September 3 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, which will be headlined by a lightweight meeting between Ole Laursen and Eduard Folayang. Other bouts slated for the show include a battle between UFC veterans Phil Baroni and Yoshiyuki Yoshida and the return of Gregor Gracie against Wang Sai. []


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