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]

— Former UFC lightweight title challenger and longtime veteran Hermes Franca has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison after being convicted this week of sexually abusing an underage female student at his gym. Franca pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful penetration and one count of first-degree sexual abuse. Franca will also have four and a half years of post-prison supervision and must register as a sex offender. [The Oregonian]

— Siyar Bahadurzada will once again attempt to make his UFC debut, this time against Paulo Thiago at UFC on Fuel TV 2, which takes place April 14 at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Bahadurzada was originally scheduled to face Erick Silva at UFC 142 later this month, but was forced to withdraw from the bout due to injury. Thiago last earned a unanimous decision over David Mitchell in October. [MMA NYTT]

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