Kimbo Slice. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
— The UFC has confirmed a trio of fights for its inaugural trip to Houston, Texas this fall, signing the following bouts for UFC 136 on October 8: Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon, Demian Maia vs. Jorge Santiago and Dave Herman vs. Mike Russow. [UFC.com]
— UFC and EliteXC veteran Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson has been matched up against fellow newcomer James Wade for his boxing debut on August 13 at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. "Just like in MMA, Kimbo Slice is walking around with bull's-eye on his back. His opponents know they can make themselves known to the world if they can take him out," said Jared Shaw, Team Kimbo Promotional Advisor in a press release. "To Kimbo it's a pro boxing debut. To James Wade, this is a world championship fight." [Gary Shaw Productions]
— Team Curran member Mackens Semerzier has been paired up against XFO product Mike Lullo in a lightweight bout for UFC Fight Night 25, which takes place on September 17 in New Orleans, LA. After a promising start under the Zuffa banner, Semerzier suffered a three-fight losing streak before bouncing back with a first-round submission of Alex Caceres in March. Lullo fell in his UFC debut last November, succumbing to a leg-kick assault courtesty of Edson Barboza. [UFC.com]
— Highly regarded Canadian lightweight prospect Jordan Mein has reportedly inked a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce. He is expected to make his promotional debut at a yet-to-be-announced September 10 event. Mein bursted onto the scene with a trio of big wins thus far in 2011, knocking off seasoned veterans Joe Riggs, Josh Burkman and Marius Zaromskis. [MMA Junkie]
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