The Daily Recap: Strikeforce Suspensions and Payouts, Mousasi Training for Olympic Boxing & More

Robbie Lawler. Photo by Esther Lin/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.

— The California State Athletic Commission released the official list of medical suspensions and fighter payouts on Monday. Nick Diaz had the highest salary, banking $150,000 for his win over Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, who received $20,000. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza ($85,000), Robbie Lawler ($65,000) and Roger Gracie ($75,000) all took home big paydays as well. In addition, Lawler could be out up to six months due to a fractured left foot. [MMA Weekly]

— DREAM light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi has reportedly started the application process to be able to attempt to box at the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London, England. Mousasi would represent the country of Holland if he was to qualify. []

KSW, the largest MMA promotion in Poland, has announced a pair of notable fights for their KSW 15 event on March 19 as Team Quest co-founder Matt Lindland will take on Mamed Khalidov and one-time PRIDE upstart Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou will meet Jan Blachowicz. []

— Bellator has completed the eight-man field for its season four featherweight tournament, set to kick off in March, announcing that undefeated BJJ black belt Nazareno Malegarie has joined the field. The 24-year-old has finished 17 out of his 19 professional fights. [Bellator]

— The pairings for Bellator's upcoming welterweight tournament are rumored to be complete. In addition to the other two rumored bouts (Jay Hieron vs. Steve Carl, Rick Hawn vs. Jim Wallhead), former Bellator welterweight champ Lyman Good will reportedly face Chris Lozano while Dan Hornbuckle would collide with Brent Weedman. []

— Nova Uniao products Amilcar Alves and Willamy Freire have been cut from the UFC following their losses at the organization's "Fight for the Troops II" event on January 22. Alves dropped two straight bouts to wrestlers Mike Pierce and Charlie Brenneman while Friere fell to Waylon Lowe in his debut. []

— Part-time professional wrestler and American Kickboxing Academy product Daniel Puder has withdrawn from a scheduled February 26 bout against MMA pioneer David "Tank" Abbott, citing a torn meniscus suffered during training. The matchup is expected to be rescheduled for sometime in March. []


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