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Marcus Davis vs Kajan Johnson Likely for MFC 29

Maximum Fighting Press Release:

Marcus Davis

– 17-8-0 MMA/ MFC Debut

– 2 Fight Losing Streak

– Notable Wins: Chris Lytle, Paul Kelly, Paul Taylor

Kajan Johnson

– 18-11-1 MMA/ 2-2 MFC Record

– Won 6 of last 7 Fights

– Notable Wins: Doug Evans, Ryan Healy, Zach Light

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UFC veteran Marcus Davis has found a new home. ‘The Irish Hand Grenade’ signed with the Maximum Fighting Championships last week, and was announced by MFC President Mark Pavelich during their broadcast on Friday. According to the latest press release, Marcus Davis is expected to meet Kajan Johnson in his promotional debut at MFC 29.

The event takes place on April 8th at the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. MFC 29 will be Ontario, Canada’s first sanctioned mixed martial arts event.

Marcus Davis returns to action for the first time since being released by the UFC earlier this year. After a surprising 8-1 start to his UFC career, he finished just 1-4 before being handed his release. Davis seemed to struggle with the taller welterweights in the division, so at UFC 125, he dropped down to lightweight to face Jeremy Stephens. Despite a strong start, Davis eventually fell victim to a third round knockout loss.

‘Ragin’ Kajan Johnson has won six of his last seven fights, including victories over former Shark Fights featherweight champion Douglas Evans, Strikeforce veteran Zach Light, and Ryan Healy. Johnson’s last defeat came against Ryan Machan via first round submission at MFC 23 in December of 2009.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

UFC 127 News & Notes / Who or What’s Next

News & Notes

  • Fight of the Night: Brian Ebersole vs Chris Lytle ($75k Bonus)
  • Knockout of the Night: Mark Hunt ($75k Bonus)
  • Submission of the Night: Kyle Noke ($75k Bonus)
  • Attendance: 18, 186  (Australian Attendance Record)
  • $3.5 Million Live Gate
  • Following his victory, Michael Bisping spit on a member of Jorge Rivera’s camp
  • Rivera’s camp also believes Bisping should be suspended following the blatant illegal knee, spitting incident, and the taunting after the victory.
  • BJ Penn hinted at retirement if would have lost the fight against Fitch
  • Dana White is paying Riki Fukuda a win bonus and will treat the fight as a win for him, despite the judges seeing the fight for Nick Ring.
  • James Te Huna is donating his entire purse to the New Zealand Earthquake Relief Fund; The UFC is matching the donation

Possible Fights to Make after UFC 127

  • Jon Fitch vs BJ Penn II (Possibly for Welterweight Title)
  • Michael Bisping vs Chael Sonnen (Pending Sonnen’s Suspension)
  • Jorge Rivera vs Kyle Noke
  • Dennis Siver vs Melvin Guillard
  • George Sotiropoulos vs Evan Dunham
  • Brian Ebersole vs Matt Riddle
  • Chris Lytle vs Paulo Thiago
  • Chris Camozzi vs Maiquel Falco
  • Ross Pearson vs Jacob Volkmann
  • Alexander Gustafsson vs Rich Franklin
  • James Te Huna vs Stanislav Nedkov
  • Nick Ring vs Rich Attonito
  • Riki Fukuda vs Tom Lawlor
  • Anthony Perosh vs Jared Hamman
  • Tiequan Zhang vs Javier Vazquez
  • Mark Hunt vs Pat Barry
  • Curt Warburton vs Cody McKenzie
  • Maciej Jewtuszko vs Paul Taylor

Likely Cut Following Losses at UFC 127

  • Chris Tuchscherer
  • Jason Reinhardt
  • Spencer Fisher
  • Tom Blackledge
 
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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in News and Notes, UFC, What or Who's Next?

 

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UFC 127 Quick Results

MAIN CARD

  • Jon Fitch vs. B.J. Penn declared a majority draw (29-28 Fitch, 28-28, 28-28)
  • Michael Bisping def. Jorge Rivera via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:54
  • Dennis Siver def. George Sotiropoulos via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-28, 30-27)
  • Brian Ebersole def. Chris Lytle via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Kyle Noke def. Chris Camozzi via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:35

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Ross Pearson def. Spencer Fisher via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Alexander Gustafsson def. James Te Huna via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:27
  • Nick Ring def. Riki Fukuda via unanimous decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Anthony Perosh def. Tom Blackledge via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:45
  • Tiequan Zhang def. Jason Reinhardt via guillotine choke – Round 1, 0:48
  • Mark Hunt def. Chris Tuchscherer via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:41
  • Curt Warburton def. Maciej Jewtuszko via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
 
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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in Quick Results, UFC

 

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Erik Koch vs Raphael Assuncao Added to UFC 128

MMA Junkie Reports:

http://mmajunkie.com/news/22627/erik-koch-vs-raphael-assuncao-added-to-ufc-128-prelims.mma

Erik Koch

– 11-1-0 MMA/ UFC Debut

– 2 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Jameel Massouh, Fransico Rivera, Bendy Casimir

Raphael Assuncao

– 16-3-0 MMA/ UFC Debut

– Loss 2 of last 3 Fights

– Notable Wins: Yves Jabouin, LC Davis, Joe Lauzon

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Erik Koch and Raphael Assuncao’s previously scheduled opponents both suffered injuries while training which forced them off their respected cards. UFC officials then decided to pair the two against each other at UFC 128. The event takes place on March 19th at the Prudential Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. A light heavyweight title fight between Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Jon Jones serves as the main event for the evening.

Erik Koch has grown into one of the top prospects in the UFC featherweight division over the last year. He made his WEC debut back in December of 2009, earning a unanimous decision against seasoned veteran Jameel Massouh. Koch then dropped a hard fought decision against title contender Chad Mendes at WEC 47. Since the loss to Mendes, Koch has put together back-to-back first round stoppage victories over Bendy Casimir and Francisco Rivera.

Since starting 2-0 in the WEC, Raphael Assuncao lost two consecutive fights in a row to former champion Urijah Faber and current title contender Diego Nunes, He got back on the plus side in November of last year, defeating LC Davis by unanimous decision at WEC 52.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in News, UFC

 

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Gilbert Melendez vs Tatsuya Kawajiri Expected for April 9th Strikeforce Event

MMA Junkie Reports:

http://mmajunkie.com/news/22620/melendez-vs-kawajiri-king-mo-vs-tba-expected-for-april-16-strikeforce-show.mma

Gilbert Melendez

– 18-2-0 MMA/ 8-1 Strikeforce Record

– 4 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Josh Thomson, Shinya Aoki, Mitsuhiro Ishida

Tatsuya Kawajiri

– 27-6-2 MMA/ Strikeforce Debut

– Won 5 of last 6 Fights

– Notable Wins: Kazunori Yakota, Gesias Cavalcante, Josh Thomson

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Strikeforce has added a lightweight title fight between Gilbert Melendez and Tatsuya Kawajiri to their April 9th event. Although nothing is official, the event is likely to take place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. A welterweight title fight between Nick Diaz and Paul Daley is also expected to take place at this event.

Melendez is considered by many to be the top “non-Zuffa” lightweight in all of mixed martial arts. He currently is on four-fight win streak, including avenging his two career losses against Josh Thomson and Mitsuhiro Ishida. In his most recent fight, Melendez dominated top Japanese lightweight Shinya Aoki at Strikeforce: Nashville in April of last year.

Tatsuya Kawajiri gets a shot a US gold, following a 6-2 record in the Japanese-based DREAM promotion. He was won five of his last six fights, including victories over Geisas Cavalcante, Kazunori Yokota and most recently dominated former Strikeforce champion, Josh Thomson at DREAM’s year-end Dynamite event. Kawajiri’s only loss since 2008, came against Shinya Aoki at DREAM 15, getting caught in a Achilles lock in just a little over a minute in the first round.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in News, Strikeforce

 

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Raphael Davis Completes Bellator’s Light Heavyweight Tournament Field

MMA Junkie Reports:

http://mmajunkie.com/news/22619/raphael-davis-completes-bellators-season-four-light-heavyweight-tournament.mma

Raphael Davis

– 10-1-0 MMA/ 2-0 Bellator Record

– 9 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Tony Lopez, Emanuel Newton, Vinny Magalhaes

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Bellator’s eight-man, light heavyweight tournament field has been finalized with the last addition of Raphael Davis. He joins DJ Linderman, Richard Hale, Christian M’Pumbu, Nike Fekete, Tim Carpenter, Chris Davis, and Daniel Gracie  as tourney entrants. The quarterfinal match-ups have not been announced yet, but are expected to come later this week.

Raphael Davis is currently on a nine-fight win streak, including victories over Tony Lopez, Emanuel Newton, and former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ runner-up, Vinny Magalhaes. His only loss came in his second professional bout under the now defunct International Fight League banner, against Brent Beauparlant in 2006. Nine out of ten victories for Davis have come by way of stoppages, seven submissions and two TKO’s.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in Bellator, News

 

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Quick Hits for Stories Over the Past Week

 

Sorry everyone for the lack of updates over the past week….. My dog got tangled up in my laptop cord pulling it off my desk, breaking the hard drive. Alas, I have bought a new one and am back in business. Sorry again!

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UFC News

  • Kenny Florian  (14-5-0 MMA/ 11-4 UFC Record) vs Diego Nunes (16-1-0 MMA/ 1-0 UFC Record) Set for UFC 131 on June 11th in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Tito Ortiz Out; Phil Davis (8-0-0 MMA/ 4-0 UFC) in versus Antonio Rogerio Nogueira ( 19-4-0 MMA/ 2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 24 on March 26th in Seattle, Washington
  • Dustin Poirier (9-1-0 MMA/ 1-0 UFC) vs Rani Yahya (16-6-0 MMA/ 1-0 UFC) Added to UFC 131
  • Tim Credeur (12-3-0 MMA/ 3-1 UFC) vs Ed Herman (19-7-0 MMA/ 4-5 UFC) Targeted for TUF 13 Finale on June 4th in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jason Brilz (18-3-1 MMA/ 3-2 UFC) vs Vladimir Matyushenko (25-5-0 MMA/ 6-3 UFC Record) Set to meet at UFC 129 on April 29th in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Darren Elkins (12-2-0 MMA/ 1-1 UFC) vs Michihiro Omigawa (12-9-1 MMA/ 0-3 UFC) Targeted for UFC 131
  • Brandon Vera (11-6-0 MMA/ 7-6) returns to UFC roster with last loss against Thiago Silva likely being overturned to a “no contest”
  • Karlos Vemola Out; Eliot Marhall (9-2-0 MMA/ 3-1 UFC) Retruns to Meet Luiz Cane (10-3-0 MMA/ 3-3 UFC Record) at UFC 128 on March 19th in Newark, New Jersey
  • Renan Barao (25-1-0 MMA/ UFC Debut) vs Demetrious Johnson (9-1-0 MMA/ 1-0 UFC) Likely for TUF 13 Finale
  • Cub Swanson Injured; Fight with Erik Koch Scratched from UFC on Versus 3

Strikforce

  • Meisha Tate Out; Liz Carmouche (5-0-0 MMA/ 2-0 Strikeforce) now meets champion Marloes Coenen (18-4-0 MMA/ 2-1 Strikeforce) for women’s 135-pound title at Strikeforce: Columbus on March 5th in Columbus, Ohio

 

Bellator

  • DJ Linderman (8-1-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut) joins season 4’s light heavyweight tournament
  • Middleweight Champ Hector Lombard (27-2-1 MMA/ 6-0 Bellator) meets Falaniko Vitale ( 28-9-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut) in Non-Title Fight at Bellator 44 on May 14th
  • Tim Carpenter (6-0-0 MMA/ 1-0 Bellator) joins season 4’s light heavyweight tournament
  • Bellator signs Marlon Sandro (17-2-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut) to Multi-Fight Deal
  • Patricio Freire (14-1 MMA/ 2-1 Bellator) vs Georgi Karakhanyan (14-2-1 MMA/ 2-1 Bellator) Set for Bellator 37 on March 19th in Concho, Oklahoma
  • Zac George (20-3-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut) vs Wilson Reis (11-2-0 MMA/ 3-2 Bellator) Set for Bellator 37
  • Kenny Foster  (8-2-0 MMA/ 1-0 Bellator) vs Eric Larkin (3-0-0 MMA/ 1-0 Bellat0r) Set for Bellator 37
  • Nazareno Malegarie (19-0-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut) vs Daniel Straus (14-3-0 MMA/ 1-0 Bellator) Set for Bellator 37
  • Richard Hale (15-3-1 MMA/ Bellator Debut) Added to season 4’s light heavyweight tournament
  • Christian M’Pumbu (15-3-1 MMA/ Bellator Debut) Joins season 4’s light heavyweight tournament

 

Local Shows

  • Bobby Lashley (5-1-0) vs James Jack (5-4-1) to headline Titan Fighting Championshps 17 in Kansas City, Kansas on March 25th.
  • Efrain Escudero (15-2-0 MMA) vs Fabricio Camoes (11-5-1) Set for Tachi Palace Fights 9 on May 5th in Lemoore, California
  • Abe Wagner (8-3-0 MMA) vs Aaron Rosa ( 15-3-0 MMA) Added to Titan Fighting Championships 17
  • Houston Alexander (11-6-0 MMA) vs James Irvin (15-8-0) II Added to Shark Fights 14 on March 11th in Lubbock, Texas
  • Vinny Magalhaes (6-5-0 MMA) vs Jake Doerr (6-0-0 MMA) Added to M-1 Challenge on March 25th in Virginia
  • Alan Jouban (1-0-0 MMA) vs Jamie Yager (3-2-0 MMA) Set for Tachi Palace Fights 9

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2011 in Bellator, Blog News, Local Shows, News, Strikeforce, UFC

 

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