The Daily Recap: Volkmann-Sass Set for UFC 146, UFC 144 on Free TV in Japan & More

Jacob Volkmann. Photo courtesy of FOX Sports.

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.

A lightweight bout between outspoken wrestler Jacob Volkmann and submission artist Paul Sass has been booked for UFC 146 on May 26 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Volkmann has won five straight UFC fights, his most recent a unanimous decision over Efrain Escudero in December. Sass last submitted Michael Johnson with a heel hook at UFC on Versus 6 in October. He has won eight of his twelve pro fights by triangle choke. []

Just a handful of days before UFC 144, the organization has struck a deal with TV Tokyo to air a compressed, tape-delay version of the event on network television in Japan. TV Tokyo is reportedly avaiable in 32 million households. The last UFC event to air on the channel was UFC Fight Night 21 in March 2010, which saw Takanori Gomi fall to Kenny Florian. [Sherdog]

Derek Brunson has been forced out of his scheduled Strikeforce bout against Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza on March 3 after the Ohio Athletic Commisson failed to clear Brunson due to a pre-fight eye exam. Officials stated that Brunson wore contacts while he fought and ruled that if his contacts were knocked out of his eyes during the fight, his vision would not be good enough in order to intelligently defend himself. Brunson revealed that he will be undergoing Lasik corrective surgery in the near future. [Bloody Elbow]

The Nebraska State Athletic Commission officially announced the list of medical suspensions stemmin from last week's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event. Only four fighers received suspensions. Ronny Markes must get his broken right hand cleared by a physician before being permitted to return to action. Also, Dave Herman, Vagner Rocha and Philip De Fries all received 30-day suspensions after being stopped on strikes. [NSAC]

A welterweight bout has been made a late addition to Strikeforce's March 3 event in Columbus, Ohio as Ohio-born Roger Bowling and Brandon Saling will clash on the show's preliminary card, which will air on Showtime Extreme. Bowling has posted a 3-2 mark under the Strikeforce banner, last scoring a first-round KO of Jerron Peoples in December. Saling knocked off former NAAFS champ Nick Duell via second-round knockout just last weekend. [MMA Junkie]


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