Saturday, March 20, 2010

UFC ON VERSUS 1: VERA VS JONES MADMAN ROUNDTABLE - Staff Predictions, Discussion, Madness Levels for Every Fight

Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for UFC ON VERSUS 1: VERA VS JONES on Versus, to be held Sunday March 21, 2010. For each major MMA event, we'll feature a roundtable discussion of the fights, including Madness Levels and Predictions for each and every fight on the card.

This roundtable features madmen Randy Rowles, Johnny Nguyen, Josh King, Brian Palmer and Bill Lauterwasser.

Madness Levels are in parenthesis. They indicate the level of excitement a staff member has for a fight based on a scale of 1 to 10. The numbers in brackets beside the fighters' names indicate how many staff members picked the respective fighters to win.


FIGHTER A [number of predictions to win] vs. FIGHTER B [same]

STAFF MEMBER - (Madness Level on scale of 1-10) Discussion. Prediction



RANDY ROWLES – (6 out of 10) Brilz is a beast, but Schafer has the jiu jitsu chops to get the job done. Eric Schafer by Submission in Round 2

JOHNNY NGUYEN – (4) I’m gonna pick Schafer in this one, his ground game is very underrated. Eric Schafer by Submission in Round 2

JOSH KING – (2) GINGERS DO HAVE SOULS!!! Eric Schafer by Unanimous Decision

BRIAN PALMER – (4) I’m gonna go with Brilz in this one. Jason Brilz by KO in Round 2

BILL LAUTERWASSER - (5) I see wrestling playing the major role in who wins this fight, either Schafer by Sub from bottom or Brilz via Decision. Eric Schafer by Submission in Round 2


ROWLES – (4) Paulino packs a mean punch, and Pierce will likely be finding that out the hard way. Julio Paulino by KO in Round 1

NGUYEN – (3) Well, with Julio's track record, I’m gonna say Julio Paulino by TKO in Round 1

KING – (2) Mike Pierce has really impressed me. He should take this. Mike Pierce by Unanimous Decision

PALMER – (2) Julio has heavy hands and that’s gonna be the difference! Julio Paulino by KO in Round 1

LAUTERWASSER - (3) Both seem to be KO/TKO artists but Paulino has the reach advantage(?) which should play in his favor. Otherwise Pierce will win by Decision. Mike Pierce by Unanimous Decision


ROWLES – (6) This is a hard fight to call. I’m going with the superior athleticism of Schaub to win out in the end. Brendan Schaub by Unanimous Decision

NGUYEN – (5) This should be back and forth action. I’m gonna pick Brendan Schaub by TKO in Round 1

KING – (4) Gormley went to school in Montana and he seems legit. This is a semi-homer pick. Chase Gormley by TKO in Round 1

PALMER – (7) Chase beat one of my fellow Marinoble men. He's very underrated and will overpower Brendan. Chase Gormley by GnP KO in Round 3

LAUTERWASSER - (4) I feel Brendan Schaub will have a motivational advantage which could lead to a KO/TKO, although anything can happen and Gormley could get a KO. Brendan Schaub by KO in Round 3

XFC 10 RESULTS - Night of Champions in Tampa, Florida with 2 Title Fights

XFC 10: NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS was held Friday March 19, 2010 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. The main card aired on HDNet and featured two title fights. Former UFC fighter Junior Assuncao, brother of WEC star Raphael Assuncao, fought John "The Mulatto Mauler" Mahlow for the XFC Lightweight Championship, while XFC Featherweight Champion "The Wild Card" Jarrod Card defended his title in the main event against undefeated Jason "The Ironman" Wood. The co-main event featured former UFC and WEC fighter Shane Primm, was also a participant on The Ultimate Fighter Season 8. The event also featured the third professional fight of Chris "Beast Boy" Barnett, one of the most exciting and dynamic young heavyweight fighters on the independent fight scene.


{Featherweight Championship}
Jarrod Card (12-3) won by SUB over Jason Wood (4-1) in R2. [9:07]

Gerardo Julio Gallegos (4-0) won by TKO over Shane Primm (4-2) in R1. [0:34]

{Lightweight Championship}
Junior Assuncao (10-4) won by SUB over John Mahlow (12-12) in R1. [4:02]

Frankhad Sharipov (9-3) won by SUB over Gilbert Burgos (5-1) in R3. [11:07]

Bruce Connors (8-1) won by UD over Derek Schiffer (1-1). [15:00]

Chris Barnett (3-0) won by TKO over Kenny Garner (2-2) in R3. [11:36]

Jason Carapelluci (4-2) won by UD over Jarrett Becks (7-7). [15:00]

Marcio Armeli (1-0) won by KO over Julien Williams (1-1) in R1. [0:19]

Andrew Connors (1-0) won by SUB over Jean Colon (0-1) in R1. [2:07]

Updated MMA win-loss records with total fight time in brackets.

UD = Unanimous Decision | SUB = Submission | R = Round

Friday, March 19, 2010

INSANE UFC ON VERSUS 1: VERA VS JONES PREVIEW: Betting Odds, Chances of Fighters Winning, Analysis, Predictions

Go into insane detail in this preview of UFC ON VERSUS 1: VERA VS JONES. Includes breakdowns of betting odds with analysis, win-loss records, UFC wins and losses, biggest victories, fighter profiles and backgrounds, logical outcomes, Madness Levels and Madman Predictions for every single fight on the card. UFC ON VERSUS 1: VERA VS JONES will be held Sunday March 21, 2010 at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. The main card will air live in North America on Versus at 9:00 pm EST. This will mark the debut of UFC on the Versus network, the home of the UFC's sister promotion WEC.

Betting lines are for entertainment purposes only and are included here to illustrate oddsmakers' projections.

Madness Levels indicate the amount of insanity inspired in anticipation of a fight on a scale of one to ten. Madman Logic is determined by my trusty sidekick, the Madman Computer, which uses a mathematical formula based on previous results to determine what the most logical outcome would be if either fighter were to win.

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Striving to be the most analytically astute fight preview column possible. Let the madness begin...

UD = Unanimous | SD = Split | MD = Majority Decision | SUB = Submission | (T)KO = (Technical)Knockout



Light Heavyweight Bout

JASON BRILZ (-135) = 54% chance of winning

ERIC SCHAFER (+105) = 46% chance of winning

Jason “Hitman” Brilz is 17-2, with 9 wins by submission and 5 wins by (T)KO. Brilz has lost once by decision and lost once by submission. Brilz is 2-1 in the UFC, and is coming off a loss to Eliot Marshall at UFC 103 (9/09).

UFC W: Tim Boetsch (UD), Brad Morris (TKO)

UFC L: Eliot Marshall (UD)

BIGGEST BRILZ WIN: over Jason MacDonald by Split Decision in KOTC (4/05)

Would this be Brilz’s new biggest win? YES

Likely Brilz will be released with a loss? NO

Eric “Red” Schafer is 11-4, with 7 wins by submission and 2 wins by TKO. Schafer has lost twice by TKO and lost once by submission. Schafer is 3-3 in the UFC, and is coming off a loss to Ryan Bader at UFC 104 (10/09).

UFC W: Antonio Mendes (TKO), Houston Alexander (SUB), Rob MacDonald (SUB)

UFC L: Ryan Bader (UD), Stephan Bonnar (TKO), Michael Bisping (TKO)

BIGGEST SCHAFER WIN: over Houston Alexander by Arm-Triangle Submission at UFC Fight Night 15 (9/08)

Would this be Schafer’s new biggest win? YES

Likely Schafer will be released with a loss? NO

MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 6 – Jason Brilz won the Nebraska Class A state championship in 1993 at wrestling powerhouse Omaha Central High School. Brilz was a 3-time Academic All-American at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Eric Schafer is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Pedro Sauer, who himself is an eighth-degree BJJ black belt under Rickson and Helio Gracie. Should be a good grappling match, Brilz has the strength advantage, but Schafer has the jiu jitsu advantage. The odds have this fight close to a coin-flip. I’m going with the slight upset.

LOGIC SAYS: Brilz by KO/DEC –OR– Schafer by SUB/DEC

PREDICTION: Eric Schafer

Thursday, March 18, 2010

VIDEO: UFC Primetime - Georges St. Pierre vs Dan Hardy Preview - Episode 2

UFC 111: ST-PIERRE VS. HARDY will be held Saturday March 27, 2010 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Georges "Rush" St. Pierre will defend his UFC Welterweight Championship in the main event against Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy. This is the second episode of the 3-part series, UFC PRIMETIME: ST-PIERRE VS. HARDY, which aired on Spike TV. Episode 3 will air on March 24. Episode 1 aired last week.


DREAM 13 -- 3/22/10 Fight Card


DREAM 13 -- March 22, 2010

Location: Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan

Broadcast: HDNet

{Featherweight Championship}
Bibiano Fernandes (7-2) vs. Joachim Hansen (19-8)

Josh Barnett (24-5) vs. Siala-Mou "Mighty Mo" Siligia (3-1)

Andre "Dida" Amade (6-3) vs. KJ Noons (7-2)

Ryo Chonan (16-10) vs. Andrews Nakahara (2-1)

Cole Escovedo (15-4) vs. Yoshiro Maeda (26-7)

Kuniyoshi Hironaka (16-6) vs. Katsunori Kikuno (12-2)

Jimmy Ambriz (14-12) vs. Ikuhisa Minowa (44-30)

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Mariusz Pudzianowski vs Tim Sylvia - 5-Time World's Strongest Man Signs to Fight Timmah on May 21 at Moosin 2


Mariusz "Dominator" Pudzianowski has won the World's Strongest Man title for a record 5 times, last winning the strongman event in 2008. Pudzianowski has informed Fighters Only Magazine that he has signed a bout agreement to fight former UFC heavyweight champion Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia in the main event of MOOSIN 2 on May 21, 2010 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Mariusz Pudzianowski (1-0) is a Polish athlete who made his MMA debut on December 11, 2009 at KSW 12: NAJMAN VS PUDZIANOWSKI in Warsaw, Poland. Pudzianowski's strongman victories have made him one of the most popular athletes in Poland, and there was significant buzz behind Pudzianowski's transition to MMA. His debut was the most-watched fight in Polish television history, with over 6 million people watching live. This amounted to 15 percent of the Polish population watching, most likely in astonishment, as Pudzianowski pounded a verbal submission out of boxer Marcin Najman in just 44 seconds, after some wild brawling and brutal kicks from Pudzianowski. Here's a link to watch Pudzianowski's debut.

Mariusz Pudzianowski already has a fight scheduled for KSW 13 on May 7, 2010. Assuming his opponent is on par with his debut opponent, he should be fine to fight Tim Sylvia two weeks later. Pudzianowski spoke of the possible conflict with the two fights being scheduled so close together:
I know what it means to fight three five-minute rounds. I get another new opponent every minute when I spar and I handle that. So if I can deal with five foes in one round, there won’t be any problem with only one. Obviously there’s a possibility that I will break a leg or pull a tendon. It’s occupational hazard, but I don’t take it under consideration.
Tim Sylvia (25-6) will mark a significant step-up in competition for Mariusz Pudzianowski, who is still in the infant stage of his MMA career. Sylvia held the UFC Heavyweight Championship for nearly a year and defended it twice, before losing the title to Randy Couture in March 2007. Starting with the Couture loss, Sylvia is just 2-4 in his last 6 fights, including an incredibly embarrassing 9-second KO loss to the 48-year-old former boxer "Merciless" Ray Mercer, who was making his pro MMA debut, in June 2009. Sylvia rebounded with a TKO win in his last fight over Jason Riley.

In his debut fight, Mariusz Pudzianowski showcased some of the nastiest kicks in MMA. Tim Sylvia has some of the longest legs in MMA, which will provide plenty of target area for the World's Strongest Man to try to chop down the former UFC champ. If Sylvia is smart, he'll be looking to take his muscular monster of an opponent to the ground to neutralize those kicks from hell. Sylvia is going to have a serious strength disadvantage, so he'll likely be training hardcore on his grappling and submissions leading into this fight. Pudzianowski's fighting style resembles that of a runaway train. There are ways to stop a runaway train, but standing in front of it is not one them.

Tim Sylvia, with his dopey demeanor and general standoffishness, tends to get disrespected at times in the MMA media, but should this fight go down, he oughta get a ton of respect for being willing to step into the cage with such a physically intimidating wildcard like Mariusz Pudzianowski. And if Sylvia manages to take out the World's Strongest Man -- we might just have to quit calling him Timmah.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

VIDEO: WEC 48 Trailer - Jose Aldo vs Urijah Faber Featherweight Title Fight Preview

WEC 48: ALDO VS FABER will be held April 24, 2010 at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California. The show will mark the PPV debut of the WEC, and will be headlined by two title fights. In the main event, Jose "Junior" Aldo will defend the WEC Featherweight Championship against former champion Urijah "The California Kid" Faber. In the co-main event, Ben "Smooth" Henderson will defend the WEC Lightweight Championship against former champion Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. In a potential featherweight number one contender fight, Mike Brown will take on Manny "The Anvil" Gamburyan.


UFC ON VERSUS 1: VERA VS JONES -- 3/21/10 Fight Card

UFC ON VERSUS 1: VERA VS JONES -- March 21, 2010

Location: 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado

Broadcast: Versus


Jon Jones (9-1) vs. Brandon Vera (11-4)

Junior Dos Santos (10-1) vs. Gabriel Gonzaga (11-4)

Paul Buentello (27-11) vs. Cheick Kongo (14-6)

James Irvin (14-5) vs. Alessio Sakara (14-7)


Shannon Gugerty (12-4) vs. Clay Guida (25-11)

Eliot Marshall (8-1) vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (23-4)

Darren Elkins (9-1) vs. Duane "Bang" Ludwig (19-10)

John Howard (13-4) vs. Daniel Roberts (9-0)

Chase Gormley (6-1) vs. Brendan Schaub (4-1)

Julio Paulino (17-3) vs. Mike Pierce (10-3)

Jason Brilz (17-2) vs. Eric Schafer (11-4)

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Monday, March 15, 2010

FIGHT FESTIVAL 27 RESULTS - Marcus Aurelio, Jake O'Brien and Sean Salmon in Action on 3/13/10 in Helsinki, Finland

FIGHT FESTIVAL 27 was held Saturday March 13, 2010 at the Toolo Sports Hall in Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland. The show featured a combined fight card of MMA, Kickboxing and Muay Thai bouts. Complete MMA results are listed below.

Former UFC fighters Marcus "Maximus" Aurelio, "Irish" Jake O'Brien and Sean Salmon were all in MMA competition. Aurelio and O'Brien both scored wins over Finnish fighters in the main event and co-main event, respectively. Marcus Vanttinen, Juha-Pekka Vainikainen and Joni Salovaara were the only home country fighters to walk away with victories at FIGHT FESTIVAL 27.

The fighter to watch out for from this card is Alexander "Storm" Shlemenko, a Russian fighter who has devastatingly effective striking. Shlemenko took out Sean Salmon in just forty seconds with a knee to the body. He's a prime candidate for a bigtime fight. Shlemenko could soon be fighting in the UFC, or at least might find his way into one of the major Japanese promotions.


Marcus Aurelio (20-8) won by SUB over Niko Puhakka (17-10) in R2. [7:40]

Jake O'Brien (13-3) won by UD over Toni Valtonen (21-10). [15:00]

Marcus Vanttinen (13-2) won by TKO over Martin Zawada (21-10) in R3. [13:04]

Alexander Shlemenko (27-4) won by KO over Sean Salmon (17-9) in R1. [0:40]

Vener Galiev (15-5) won by UD over Mikko Suvanto (10-5). [15:00]

Juha-Pekka Vainikainen (11-4) won by UD over Lukasz Bugara (6-2). [15:00]

Emma Watson (1-0) won by UD over Outi Louhimo (2-1). [10:00]

Joni Salovaara (4-4) won by SUB over Arvydas Zilius (1-2) in R2. [6:42]

Updated MMA win-loss records with total fight time in brackets.

UD = Unanimous Decision | SUB = Submission | R = Round

Visit Beatings from the North for a more detailed rundown of the fights.

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PICS: Get Ready for One of HOTTEST Fights of the Year - Miesha Tate vs Zoila Frausto

The animosity is steadily growing. Both fighters have been exchanging verbal jabs. On March 26, 2010, the undefeated Zoila "Princess Warrior" Frausto will fight Miesha "Takedown" Tate at STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 7: FRESNO. The fight will air on Showtime, as part of the main card. Frausto and Tate are two of the most talented female fighters currently in the game. This fight will be a classic striker versus grappler affair, with the added bonus of it being between two gorgeous women. Their stunning beauty, however, is no match for the unrelentless intensity each brings into the cage with them.
I think she’s pretty green. She comes across as kind of cocky and arrogant. It’s definitely safe to say I am not her biggest fan. I think I out-skill her in every area.
The above quote is from an interview with Miesha Tate, talking about Zoila Frausto, to which Frausto bluntly responded in a radio interview:
At the end of the day, you know what? I'm just gonna go out there and shut her mouth for her. Nobody's going to stand in my way.
Zoila Frausto (5-0) is a Muay Thai specialist but won her last fight by submission. Frausto started her career with 4 straight decision wins, then caught former boxer Jessica Rakoczy with an armbar at Tachi Palace Fights 3 last month. Frausto fought at STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 4, where she defeated Elisha Helsper by unanimous decision. Miesha Tate will represent the strongest challenge of Frausto's burgeoning career.

Miesha Tate (8-2) is the more experienced fighter, with twice as many fights under her belt as Zoila Frausto. Tate wrestled on her high school wrestling team alongside the boys, so she's been a scraper for most of her life. At STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 1, Tate went the distance in a fight with current Strikeforce Women's Welterweight Champion Sarah Kaufman, but was on the losing end of a judges' decision. FighterDolls recently shot a documentary short profile on Tate.

You can follow both of these lovely ladies on Twitter, @zoilafrausto and @mieshatate. Facebook fan pages for Zoila Frausto and Miesha Tate. Both ladies are on MySpace -- Frausto's MySpace and Tate's MySpace.

Here is a collection of a dozen photographs that show off both the sexy and athletic sides of these two rising MMA stars.

Josh Barnett Returns from Fedor Affliction Flop and Year Layoff to Fight...Mighty Mo at DREAM 13 in an 'Only In Japan' Fight

Josh "The Baby Faced Assassin" Barnett will be fighting Siala-Mou "Mighty Mo" Siligia at DREAM 13 on March 22, 2010 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. This will mark both fighters' return to MMA action after over a year out of competition for each.

Tim Sylvia turned down a fight with Barnett at DREAM 13, so it was instead offered to Mighty Mo, who is primarily a K-1 kickboxer, but clearly has bigger balls than Sylvia, who is busy trying to fight Wes Sims somewhere else, after the Ohio Athletic Commission rejected a fight between Sylvia and Sims, which they deemed non-competitive. Thankfully for DREAM, their next event in not being held in Ohio, or Mighty Mo mighta got the old regulatory committee brush-off for his lack of MMA experience in relation to Barnett.

Josh Barnett was scheduled for an epic showdown with Fedor Emelianenko at AFFLICTION: TRILOGY on August 1, 2009. Just 10 days before the scheduled fight, Barnett was pulled from the card by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), after Barnett tested positive for anabolic steroids. As a result of the promotion losing their main event, the entire Affliction PPV ended up being cancelled, and the promotion folded shortly thereafter, and returned to sponsoring their clothing line with the UFC.

Josh Barnett had previously tested positive for anabolic steroid use back in 2002, after becoming the UFC Heavyweight Champion with a victory over Randy Couture at UFC 36. Barnett was stripped of the UFC title and fought exclusively in Japan for the next four and a half years, where there are no regulatory bodies for MMA competition and no drug testing. Barnett returned to the United States to fight in October 2006, at PRIDE 32 in Las Vegas, and successfully passed the drug screenings. This marked the first time PRIDE held an event outside of Japan. PRIDE 33 was also held in Las Vegas, before the company returned home to Japan for the aptly titled PRIDE 34: KAMIKAZE, which would end up being the final event before the legendary promotion died.

Josh Barnett's fighting status in the United States is still in limbo, as his re-license appeal has been delayed four times now, the last time which was a result of Barnett no-showing a scheduled hearing to perform in a pro wrestling match in Japan. Barnett claimed he was unaware his attendance was required, however, the CSAC countered that they had informed him months in advance that he would need to attend.

Josh Barnett (24-5) is undefeated in the past 3 years, however, he has only fought 4 times during that span. Barnett is coming off a submission win over Gilbert Yvel at AFFLICTION: DAY OF RECKONING in January 2009. His last loss came in December 2006, against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by unanimous decision in PRIDE. Barnett had scored a split decision win over Nogueira three months earlier in PRIDE. During his career, Barnett has been ranked as high as #2 in the world in some heavyweight division rankings.

Mighty Mo is 3-1 in MMA, but also has 24 professional kickboxing fights, with a 14-10 record, and 3 pro boxing bouts, with a 2-1 record. Mo is just 1-6 in his last 7 kickboxing fights, however, and lost his last MMA bout to fellow kickboxer Semmy Schilt by triangle choke submission. Mo's three MMA wins are over Ruben "Warpath" Villareal, Min Soo "Mr. Shark" Kim and Mark Smith, not exactly a trifecta of powerful fighters.

Although Migty Mo, because he is primarily a striker, will likely be in over his head against a veteran grappler like Josh Barnett, Mo has always been one of the most endearing athletes in all of fighting. His personality has earned him legions of fans across the world, despite his uneven fighting records.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Roger Huerta Keeps It Real, Departs UFC to Fight in Bellator Lightweight Tournament

According to the MMAjunkie, former UFC fighter Roger "El Matador" Huerta has signed with Bellator Fighting Championships, and will be competing in the upcoming 8-man lightweight tournament. Huerta's signing marks the promotion's most high-profile fighter acquisition to date. Bellator's second season kicks off on Thursday April 12, 2010 live on Fox Sports Net. Events will air every Thursday for 12 straight weeks as second season tournaments unfold in the middleweight, welterweight, lightweight and featherweight divisions.

Roger Huerta has only fought twice in the past 2 years, after averaging over 5 fights a year during the previous 4 years. Huerta made his Octagon debut at UFC 63 against Jason Dent, where he scored a unanimous decision win and a bonus for the Fight of the Night. In his next fight, at UFC 67, Huerta took out John Halverson in just 19 seconds for the TKO victory.

After his UFC 69 unanimous decision win over Leonard Garcia, Roger Huerta become the first MMA athlete to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. It was expected at the time that Randy Couture would be featured on the cover, but a fantastic picture captured by the SI photographer would instead result in that historic moment being given to Huerta.

Roger Huerta would go on to win 3 more fights in the UFC by finishing Doug Evans, Alberto Crane and Clay Guida. This brought Huerta's overall tally to 17 fights in a row without a loss. That streak would come to an end in August 2008 at UFC 87, when Huerta got outpointed by Kenny Florian for a unanimous decision loss. In January 2009, Huerta turned down a new 5-fight UFC contract and announced he was taking an indefinite hiatus from MMA to pursue his Hollywood dreams. Huerta still had one fight left on his old UFC contract, so in September 2009, he returned to the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 19. Huerta lost his second straight fight, dropping a split decision to Gray Maynard. This marked the first time in Huerta's career that he lost 2 fights in a row.

Although the past two years have been the least productive of his MMA career, Roger Huerta did manage to film a couple of movies. Huerta be making his feature film debut in 2010 with the release of TEKKEN. Huerta has a small role as Miguel Caballero Rojo in the movie based on the popular video game. Fellow MMA star Cung Le has a more significant role in the big screen action film as Marshall Law. Huerta will make his direct-to-video debut in 2010, as well, when CIRCLE OF PAIN is released in August 2010. Huerta stars in the B-movie with Dean Cain and Bai Ling, alongside other fighters Heath Herring, Kimbo Slice, Frank Mir and Miguel Torres.

According to the MMAjunkie, Roger Huerta received his formal release from the UFC this week, which has allowed him to sign with Bellator Fighting Championships. Huerta had also been in negotiations with Strikeforce, which surely would have given him a more lucrative contract, but Huerta, who is of Mexican and Salvadoran descent, chose to go with the Hispanic-rooted Bellator promotion instead. In addition to airing on Fox Sports Net, Bellator shows also air on Telemundo with Spanish commentary.

Roger Huerta will participate in Bellator's second-season 8-man lightweight tournament. The winner of the tournament will receive $100,000 and a title opportunity against current Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez. This means we are only three Huerta victories away from an Alvarez/Huerta title fight, and that absolutely reeks of awesomeness. Bellator has a press conference scheduled for Monday March 15, 2010 at 3:00 pm EST that will stream live on It is expected at that time Huerta will be officially announced as the seventh participant for the Bellator Lightweight Tournament.

Roger Huerta (21-3) completes the 8-man tournament. The other 7 lightweight fighters who will be competing in the tournament are:

Pat Curran (9-3)

Chad Hinton (6-0)

Toby Imada (23-13)

Ferrid "Hurricane" Kheder (16-5)

Mike Ricci (5-0)

Janne Tulirinta (12-3)

Carey Vanier (7-2)

VIDEO: UFC Primetime - Georges St. Pierre vs Dan Hardy Preview - Episode 1

UFC 111: ST-PIERRE VS. HARDY will be held Saturday March 27, 2010 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Georges "Rush" St. Pierre will defend his UFC Welterweight Championship in the main event against Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy. This is the first episode of the 3-part series, UFC PRIMETIME: ST-PIERRE VS. HARDY, which aired on Spike TV. Episode 2 will air on March 17 and Episode 3 will air on March 24, leading up to the PPV.