Alright MMA-Freak fans, it’s that time again! Time to get you caught up on all or any MMA news you might have missed this past weekend. Grab your morning coffee or your after work beverage and let’s get you all caught up.
Is was a huge weekend for mma! Brock Lesnar returned to challenge Renan Barao, GSP was stripped of his title for being a lame fighter, and Dana White bought Bellator………………………….Oh, that’s right!!!… That is all hogwash cause this is the April fool’s edition of the MMA Weekend Recap.
Well, then let’s get you all caught up on the real news.
~ Fight Recap ~
Bellator 94: Newton vs. Zayats-
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 10 p.m. ET)
- Emanuel Newton def. Mikhail Zayats via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – to claim Season 8 light heavyweight tournament title
- David Rickels def. Saad Awad via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 5:00 – to claim Season 8 lightweight tournament title
- Luis Melo def. Trey Houston via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 1:09
- Rodrigo Lima def. Ronnie Mann via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 8 p.m. ET)
- Julien Williams def. Kenny Moss via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 3:19
- Augusto Sakai def. Rob Horton via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:01
- Jessica Aguilar def. Patricia Vidonic via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Joe Taimanglo def. Ronnie Rogers via submission (north-south choke) – Round 1, 1:27
- (James) Edson Berto def. Bruno Carvalho via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 1:27
- Patrick Cenoble vs. Tony Fryklund results in a split draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
- Felice Herrig def. Heather Clark via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
~ Headlines ~
Alexander Gustafsson still in UFC on FUEL TV 9 headliner – for now.
UFC on FOX 7 weigh-ins set for April 19 in San Jose, Cung Le hosts Q&A.
UFC signs unbeaten Chinese bantamweight Jumabieke Tuerxun.
UFC Fan Expo returns July 5-6, coincides with UFC 162 in Las Vegas.
UFC cuts Josh Neer, Brock Jardine, Caros Fodor, and Jon Manley.
UFC debuts on FOX Sports 1 Aug. 17 at TD Garden in Boston.
Ahead of UFC 162 appearance against Frankie Edgar, Charles Oliveira signs new four-fight deal.
D.J. Linderman vacates Cage Warriors title for crack at Legacy FC belt.
UFC bantamweight Raphael Assuncao inks new four-fight deal.
~ Fight Schedule’s ~
The full ONE FC 8 card includes: MAIN CARD (Online PPV, 8 a.m. ET)
- Champ Kotetsu Boku vs. Shinya Aoki – for lightweight title
- Brock Larson vs. Melvin Manhoef
- Jens Pulver vs. Masakatsu Ueda – bantamweight tournament semifinal
- Kevin Belingon vs. Thanh Vu – bantamweight tournament semifinal
- Arnaud Lepont vs. Eddie Ng
- Rene Catalan vs. Alex Silva
- Leandro Issa vs. Yusup Saadulaev
- Bashir Ahmad vs. Shannon Wiratchai
PRELIMINARY CARD (Free online PPV, 7 a.m. ET)
- Jake Butler vs. Nuur Muhammad
- Ronald Low vs. Chen Yun Ting
~ Fight News ~
Bielkheden vs. Mason set for Cage Warriors Fight Night 8 in United Arab Emirates.
Damacio Page meets Patrick Ybarra at Legacy FC 20 in May.
Kamal Shalorus signs with ONE FC, meets Eduard Folayang in May.
Legacy FC 20 adds Carlo Prater vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira main event.
Mike Kyle vs. Valentijn Overeem set for CFA 11.
Rodrigo Damm vs. Mizuto Hirota targeted for UFC on FUEL TV 10.
Jaime Varner-mmajunkie.com- “I’m an MMA fighter, so I train for fighting,” Varner said. “But one thing my coach and I have added in is a little more distance to my workouts. A fight is mostly anaerobic conditioning – it’s a lot of sprinting. We scramble for 30 seconds, and then we kind of look at each other and move around, then we scramble for another 30 seconds and look at each other and move around. This Spartan Race is an eight-mile run with obstacle courses, so it’s a much different kind of conditioning than what a fight would be. So just adding in those long runs will help me with aerobic conditioning instead of anaerobic.”
Michael Johnson: “I’m sick of fighting guys that don’t get me anywhere right now,” Johnson on Thursday told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “I’m not saying I’ve been doing that, because my last four fights have definitely been guys that should boost me up in the rankings.”
UFC’s Mike Easton: “Hands up, chin down or your dad will slap you in the face.”
~ Misc ~
UFC vet Melvin Guillard and Blackzilians part ways.
Champ Demetrious Johnson optimistic about return at UFC on FOX 8.
Felice Herrig apologizes for Bellator 94 scuffle with Heather Clark.
Twitter question of the week:
What do you think about the end of the David Rickels vs. Saad Awad fight? Was it called too early?