"Suga" Rashad Evans had fired the opening shots in an attempt to start a Twitter war with UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon "Bones" Jones. The former training partners turned rivals will fight in the Octagon later this year.
MMA SCRAP LIVE: FIGHT NIGHT 7: BAD INTENTIONS was held Friday, April 15, 2011, at the LJVM Coliseum Annex in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
In the main event, former UFC fighters Rodney "Sho Nuff the Master" Wallace and Cale Yarbrough fought to a 15-minute decision with Wallace's hand raised in victory at the end.
Rodney Wallace entered the UFC with an undefeated record in late 2009, but then went on to lose 3 straight fights in the Octagon. Wallace has now won 2 out of 3 fights since being released from the UFC.
Cale Yarbrough, an accomplished collegiate wrestler and cast member of The Ultimate Fighter 7, made his MMA debut in the UFC in 2008 with a TKO loss to Tim Creuder. Yarbrough was released after the single loss and went on to win 7 fights in a row on the indie circuit. Yarbrough was submitted by Francisco "Kiko" France in August 2010 and has now lost 2 out of his last 3 fights.
Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS XLI on Saturday, April 16, 2011, at the Cocopah Resort and Casino in Yuma, Arizona. The main card will air live on MTV2 starting at 9:00 pm EST.
The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has released the following salary payout figures for STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS DALEY, held April 9, 2011 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA. The main card aired live on Showtime.
These are the fighter purses as reported to the CSAC by Strikeforce. See note at bottom of this article for more details on fighter salaries.
UFC Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz was the highest paid athlete with his $175,000 pay out. Winning fighters in RED.
BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS XLI will be held Saturday, April 16, 2011, at the Cocopah Resort and Casino in Yuma, Arizona. The main card will air live on MTV2 starting at 9:00 pm EST.
This Insane Preview features all the pertinent stats – betting lines translated into projected chance of winning percentages and ROI (return on investment); MMA and Bellator win-loss records; a complete breakdown of each fighter’s wins and losses; as well as Sherdog Fight Finder links.
KING OF THE CAGE: OUTKASTS was held Saturday, April 9, 2011, at the Lake of the Torches Casino in Lac Du Flambeau, Wisconsin.
Following The Korean Zombie's first-ever UFC Twister submission win at UFC Fight Night 24, Jameel "The Sergeant" Massouh submitted journeyman Steve Kinnison with a Twister neck crank in KOTC. Massouh was coming off a disappointing decision loss at Bellator 37 to Roli Delgado. Previously Massouh had won 4 straight since being released from the WEC after 3 straight losses.
In the co-main event, 21-year-old middleweight Dallas O'Malley won a razor-thin decision over Roufusport fighter Karl "Robocop" Turek. Heavyweight Jason Mills submitted Adam Kope with rear-naked choke with 3 seconds left in the first round.
MIDWEST CAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS 33: LUND VS ROBERTS was held Saturday, April 9, 2011, at the Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines, Iowa.
In the main event, MCC stand-out Jesse Lund won the vacant MCC Light Heavyweight Championship with a first-round forfeiture victory over Tyrone "Native Warrior" Roberts, who had been riding a 9-fight winning streak and is 1-0 in the UFC. The 15-year MMA veteran Roberts' biggest claim to fame was his UFC 26 unanimous decision win over David Dodd in 2000. In this MCC 33 fight, Lund brutalized Roberts with knees to the lower abdomen, one of which caught Roberts in the groin. Instead of taking his allotted 5 minutes to recover from the unintentional low blow, Roberts waved off the fight and Lund was declared the winner by verbal submission.
Quality Entertainment presented KING OF KOMBAT 10: MASS DESTRUCTION on Saturday, April 9, 2011, at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas.
In the main event, legendary Brazilian fighter Jorge "Macaco" Patino submitted Cleburn Walker with a first-round neck crank. Walker was part of the original cast of The Ultimate Fighter 11, however, he lost his qualifying bout in 15 seconds due to a shoulder injury to eventual TUF 11 runner-up Kris McCray. Walker has now lost 3 straight fights.
In the co-main event, Marcus "Money" Sursa won his third fight in a row with an armbar submission victory over Alexander "The Greco" Pappas. Nick "The Ghost" Gonzalez rebounded from his recent Strikeforce Challengers 14 loss to David "Tarzan" Douglas with a knockout of Marlon Matias.
Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment and Sports presented CES MMA 5: CAGE OF PAIN on Friday, April 8, 2011, at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
In the main event, former King of the Cage lightweight champion Tony "Lionheart" Hervey knocked out former WEC fighter Mike "The Beast" Campbell in the first round. Coming into this fight, Hervey had lost 3 straight fights and lost 6 out of his last 7 fights overall.
In the co-main event, Todd "The Hulk" Chattelle scored a split decision win over postmodernist Jeff "Scary Nickname" Nader. An athlete with a horrible last name for a fighter, Adam Quitt, choked out Hector Sanchez in the first round. Both fighters were 0-2 coming into this fight. In the opening bout, Team Link fighter John Manley won a unanimous decision over Jason "Ba Bu" Trzewieczynski.
FREESTYLE CAGE FIGHTING 46 was held Saturday, April 9, 2011, at the FireLake Grand Casino in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
The main event saw the return of one of the pioneers of women's MMA. Erin "Steel" Toughill had been out of action for almost 2 years. During her time away from the sport, Toughill, who is known for her emotional instability, pulled out of several fights and then announced her retirement several months ago. Obviously, the retirement was short-lived, as Toughill stepped back into the cage against the 1-2 Ashley "Loca" Sanchez at FCF 46. Make that 2-2 for Loca. Sanchez, a natural 135-pound fighter, spoiled Toughill's comeback by outpointing the veteran for a unanimous decision victory in a 160-pound catchweight fight.
In the co-main event, former UFC fighter Matt "The Real One" Grice improved to 4-0 since being released from the UFC. Grice was awarded a unanimous decision by the judges over David "Hello Japan" Gardner, a journeyman whose most high-profile fight was his submission loss to Shinya Aoki at DREAM 7. Gardner has now lost 6 out of his last 7 fights.
DAN BOBISH'S ULTIMATE CAGE BATTLES: STARS AND STRIPES was held Saturday, April 9, 2011, at the Ohio Nets Sports Complex in Parma, Ohio.
Dan Bobish won the 1992 NCAA Division III heavyweight wrestling championship and went on to compete in MMA as a super heavyweight. Bobish went 1-1 in the UFC (in the UFC 14 tournament) and 0-3 in PRIDE, but was 4-1 in King of the Cage.
In the main event, Brazilian welterweight Eduardo Pamplona, a member of the Black House fight team, took out Finney's HIT Squad fighter Joe Bunch. In the co-main event, Bunch's heavyweight teammate Joe "Cujo" McCall scored a first-round keylock submission win over journeyman Pat Harmon.
Middleweight Matt Masterson, who has a name that just makes him sound like a winner, choked out Cortez "Hollywood" Coleman. In a battle of two solid middle-of-the-road lightweight fighters, Torrance "The Tyrant" Taylor outpointed Kyle "Alley Cat" Baker. Daron Cruickshank opened the pro MMA part of the card with a split decision win over Tiawan "The Iron Dragon" Howard.
Top MMA trainer Greg Jackson promoted JMMAS 4 on Saturday, April 9, 2011, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In the main event, Julie "Fireball" Kedzie became the inaugural 135-pound Jackson's MMA Series Women's Champion with a 5-round unanimous decision win over Kaitlin Young. Young started her career 4-0, including a knockout win over current Strikeforce number one contender Miesha Tate, but has since lost 5 fights in a row. Young now has an overall losing record.
In the co-main event, Isaac Vallie-Flagg (10-3) hurt Danny Rodriguez (3-9) with a big knee to the body and then moved in for the kill with punches. This was a gimme fight for Vallie-Flagg who is unbeaten in his last 9 fights and hasn't lost since 2007.
RINGSIDE MMA X: COTE VS STARNES was held Saturday, April 9, 2011, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The main event featured a battle of former UFC middleweight fighters. Patrick "The Predator" Cote, fighting for the first time since being released from the UFC after three consecutive losses, got back into the win column with a unanimous decision victory over Kalib "The Running Man" Starnes, who earned his unofficial nickname in his last UFC fight in 2008 by running away from Nate Quarry for fifteen minutes.
In the co-main event, The Ultimate Fighter 11 participant Seth "The Polish Pistola" Baczynski scored a second-round TKO win over top Canadian welterweight prospect Alex "The Animal" Garcia to win the Ringside Interim Welterweight Championship. The reigning 170-pound champion, Chris Clements, had to withdraw from this fight due to a training injury. Baczynski will now fight Clements to unify the titles.
STRIKEFORCE: DIAZ VS DALEY was held Saturday, April 9, 2011, at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. The main card aired live on Showtime.
In the main event, Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz successfully defended the Strikeforce 170-pound title for a record third time with a first-round TKO win over Paul "Semtex" Daley. In between taunting Daley, Diaz got rocked several times but managed to survive, unlike Daley who got clipped and stumbled to the mat where he was pounded out by Diaz with 3 seconds left in the first round.
In the co-main event, Nick Diaz's Team Cesar Gracie teammate Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez also scored a first-round TKO win, but took much less damage than his teammate in the process. Tatsuya "Crusher" Kawajiri had nothing to offer Melendez, who bullied around the Japanese fighter before finishing him off with elbows on the ground in the latter stage of the first round.
Gegard "The Dreamcatcher" Mousasi landed an illegal upkick in the first round on Keith "The Dean of Mean" Jardine, who had his knees on the ground when Mousasi's errant kick caught him in the face. Mousasi was deducted a point for the infraction. Mousasi went on to put a beating on Jardine. By the end of the fight, Jardine's face was a bloody mess from eating repeated jabs. After the final bell rang, Jardine stayed slumped on the ground, a beaten man, while Mousasi walked around fresh and clearly looked like the winner. Two of the three judges didn't see it that way, however, and scored the fight a 28-28 draw (due to the point deduction). The other judge scored the fight for Mousasi, but two is greater than one, so the final result was a majority draw.
The point deduction for an isolated, accidental foul was questionable to say the least and FightMetric had every round for Gegard Mousasi. Mousasi outstruck Jardine 73-18 in significant strikes and 146 to 21 in total strikes, but this was trumped by Jardine's 4 takedowns. We need an immediate rematch after a debacle of a decision and a devaluation of takedowns that result in no damage.
In the opening televised fight, DREAM Lightweight Champion Shinya "Tobikan Judan" Aoki made quick work of Lyle "Fancy Pants" Beerbohm. As if to say, "your fancy pants ain't got nothing on my magical rainbow pants," Aoki finished off Beerbohm with a neck crank in just over a minute and a half. Aoki got completely dominated in his Strikeforce debut against Gilbert Melendez, which resulted in Aoki breaking down in tears afterward. Once again, in his second Strikeforce fight, Aoki was crying, but this time it was tears of joy. Given the current situation in Japan, this should be an uplifting small victory for a country struggling to recover from environmental disaster.
In untelevised undercard action, DREAM Featherweight Champion Hiroyuki "Streetfight Bancho" Takaya debuted in Strikeforce with a thud. Takaya lost a split decision to the relatively unknown Robert Peralta. This is a HUGE victory for Peralta, who has now established himself as a ranked fighter at 145-pounds.
Team Quest heavyweight Virgil "Rezdog" Zwicker rebounded from a loss in his Strikeforce debut (to Lavar Johnson) with a first-round TKO win over the previously unbeaten Brett Albee.
Joe "Hybrid" Duarte scored his first big stage MMA win with a second round submission victory over Saad "Assassin" Awad. Herman Terrado knocked A.J. Matthews out cold, handing the young fighter his first taste of defeat. Rolando Perez won a unanimous decision over Edgar "Kitty Katt" Cardenas. In the opening fight, Casey Ryan tapped out Paul Song with a triangle choke.