The Daily Recap: NY Senate Votes to Legalize MMA, Aldo-Mendes Scrapped & More

Jose Aldo. Photo courtesy of Built to Fight Industries.

 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.

— The New York State Senate has voted to legalize the sport of mixed martial arts and the fate of yet another attempt to bring the world's fastest growing sport to the Empire State will once again go through the State Assembly, which has shot down such a bill multiple times in years past. [New York Post]

— A proposted UFC featherweight title bout between reigning champion Jose Aldo and top contender Chad Mendes, originally targeted for a UFC event in August, has essentially been scrapped. Citing wear and tear from his hard-fought win over Mark Hominick in April, Aldo's management team has stated that their fighter won't be returning to action until the fall. Mendes has instead opted to fight in August regardless against a different opponent rather than sit on the sidelines and wait for a title shot. [MMA Weekly]

— Rory MacDonald and Mike Pyle have agreed to meet in an intriguing welterweight matchup at UFC 133 in Philadelphia on August 6. MacDonald has posted a 2-1 record inside the UFC thus far, recently scoring an impressive unanimous decision over Nate Diaz last month. Pyle has reeled off three straight Octagon wins, dispatching of Ricardo Almeida, John Hathaway and Jesse Lennox in consecutive fights. []

— Newly crowned Tachi Palace Fights middleweight champion David Loiseau will defend his crown against submission specialist Giva Santana at TPF 10 on August 5 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, CA. The card will be headlined by a pair of world-class flyweight bouts as TPF 125 lb. champion Darrell Montague will defend his belt against top-ranked Ian McCall and Jussier da Silva takes on crafty Japanese veteran Mamoru Yamaguchi. []

— UFC 129, which featured Georges St. Pierre's most recent title defense against Jake Shields on April 29, reportedly drew 800,000 PPV buys according to the Sports Business Journal on Monday. If accurate, the card will be the highest grossing for the UFC since Cain Velasquez defeated Brock Lesnar for the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 121 last October. [USA Today]

— Netherlands-based kickboxing promotion It's Showtime today struck a deal with Japanese martial arts figureheads JMD to bring a Japan-based organization to the country starting later this year. It's Showtime Japan will look to crown champions in eight different weight classes, with those title holders then being permitted to compete in regular It's Showtime events across Europe. [Nightmare of Battle]


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