The Daily Recap: Sengoku Postpones April Event, Carano Returns to Training & More

Gina Carano. Photo by Esther Lin/

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.

— World Victory Road, parent company of Sengoku Raiden Championships, announced that they have postponed a planned April show due to a negative article printed in the March issue of Gong Kakutougi discussing how fighters sign bout agreements the day before or of a show, long a Japanese way of doing things in MMA. SRC officials worry that they will lose key sponsor Don Quijote and have requested an apology from the author. []

— Gina Carano, once the sport's most popular female fighter, has returned to training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. Carano has not competed since falling to Strikeforce 145 lb women's champion Cris "Cyborg" Santos in August 2009 due to acting commitments. [Xtreme Couture]

— MMA was reportedly left out of newly-elected New York governor Andrew Cuomo's 2011-2012 budget proposal for the state, handing potential legalization of the sport another negative blow. The news comes just weeks after the UFC held a press conference in New York City citing a study that claims the organization would generate $23 million in revenue just by holding a pair of events in a single year. [MMA Junkie]

— The UFC today confirmed some more previously rumored bouts, making offical a lightweight clash between "TUF 2" winner Joe Stevenson and WEC veteran Danny Castillo for UFC on Versus 3 in March as well as a welterweight affair pitting Nate Diaz against highly-regarded prospect Rory McDonald at UFC 130 in April. []

— Strikeforce's "Diaz vs. Cyborg" show from last weekend averaged 561,000 viewers (1.9 rating) and peaked at 853,000 viewers (2.8 rating) for the main event between Nick Diaz and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos on Showtime. It was the second most-watched MMA event in network history. []


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