Every Wednesday, The MMA Corner’s Duncan Price will bring a view of the MMA world from across the pond in England, covering well-known British fighters within the UFC and Strikeforce, and also looking at significant events put on by British promotions within the borders of the United Kingdom.

Broughton Out of UFC 142 Bout

British heavyweight Rob Broughton has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 142 match-up with Ednaldo Oliveira due to injury. His opponent will now face the returning Gabriel Gonzaga on the preliminary section of the show.

The news came as part of a triple blow to the card as officials also announced that two other fighters, Siyar Bahadurzada and Stanislav Nedkov had also been scratched for the same reason.

Broughton is currently 1-2 in the organisation after dropping a recent decision loss to Philip De Fries at UFC 138. A victory against Oliveira would have been a step in the right direction for the man known as “The Bear,” but a loss would have put him in a very precarious position.

It now becomes a waiting game for Broughton, who could serve as a late replacement on a subsequent card, depending on the severity of the injury, or hold out for the next European UFC event.

UFC 142 takes place Jan. 14 at Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena.

The only remaining British talent on the show will be Terry Etim, who faces Edson Barboza on the main card, which will be shown live in the UK on ESPN.

UCC: X-Fighter – Recap

Pavel Doroftei (L) after finishing Danny Roberts via heel hook (David Lethaby/YourMMA.tv)

Ultimate Cage Championships held their highly-anticipated tenth event on Friday night as UCC: The X-Fighter rocked the Manchester Velodrome. The card featured an exciting eight-man middleweight tournament complete with £10,000 first prize, as well as three UCC title fights.

The tournament was unpredictable to say the least, with the hotly tipped Danny Roberts losing in the semi-final to last minute replacement and London Shootfighters prospect, Pavel Doroftei.

The Moldovan-born Doroftei stepped in on short notice to replace BAMMA veteran Carl Noon and quickly dispatched Jordan McClusky with a 12-second KO in the quarter-final. He then met Roberts, who had faced much stiffer competition in his first fight of the night.

The initial pace was good with both fighters eager to finish the other off as swiftly as possible in order to proceed unharmed in the final. The action soon took to the mat and with both combatants going for leg-locks, Doroftei seized the advantage and cinched in a fight ending heel-hook.

Doroftei would then have faced hometown hero Andrew De-Vent in the final, but the Mancunian was forced to withdraw due to injury. De-Vent had come through a gruelling semi-final clash with Chris Rice and knew he had nothing to give in the tournament finale.

Unfortunately a suitable alternate could not be found so Doroftei was crowned the winner, scooping the cash prize and “Fighter of the Night” award.

In title fight news, current UCC heavyweight champion Karl Etherington likely scored a new world record with a three-second knockout of notable UCMMA competitor Thomas Czerwinski. One punch and the whole fight was over, Czerwinski had been separated from his senses and Etherington had one of the easiest paydays he’ll ever have.

Eden Newton retained his lightweight belt against Lloyd Harrop as he cracked the challenger with yet another knockout of the night contending punch after just over two minutes of their title tussle.

The inaugural UCC bantamweight championship was up for grabs as Mark Aldridge took on Pietro Menga. Aldridge looked over-matched from the outset and Menga soon finished his opponent off with some vicious elbows in less than a minute.

Other notable winners included former TUF alum Aaron Wilkinson and interesting prospect Ali Arish, as they both scored impressive submission victories.

Full UCC: The X-Fighter Results

  • Karl Etherington def. Tomasz Czerwinski via KO – round 1, 0:03 (HW title bout)
  • Eden Newton def. Lloyd Harrop via KO – round 1, 2:07 (LW title bout)
  • Pavel Doroftei def. Danny Roberts via Submission (heel hook) – round 1, 1:21
  • Andy De-Vent def. Chris Rice via Split Decision – round 3, 5:00
  • Ali Arish def. Jimmy Miller via Submission (arm triangle) – round 1, 2.09
  • Pavel Doroftei def. Jordan McClusky via KO – round 1, 0:12
  • Danny Roberts def. Shaun Lomas via Unanimous Decision – round 2, 5:00
  • Aaron Wilkinson def. Danny Welsh via Submission (rear naked choke) – round 1, 2:39
  • Menga def. Mark Aldridge via Submission (strikes) – round 1, 0:40 (BW title bout)
  • Chris Rice def. Alex Minogue via Majority Decision – round 2, 5:00
  • Andy De-Vent def. John Santry via Submission (strikes) – round 1, 4:39
  • Sean Meadocroft def. Michael Ord via TKO (ground and pound) – round 1, 1:00
  • Martin Chester def. Michael Castell via Submission (guillotine) – round 1, 0:38
  • Mike Kay def. Jordan Wilkinson via TKO (ground and pound) – round 1, 1:34
  • David Graham def. Brett McDermott via KO – round 1, 0.05
  • Mike Grehan def. Ben Saxon via Submission (arm triangle) – round 2, 2:32
  • Lee Mkerrow def. James Lewis via Submission (rear naked choke) – round 1, 4:23
Couture: “Bisping Good Enough for Title Shot”

Randy Couture (Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog)

Michael Bisping got a surprise boost to his title aspirations as UFC legend Randy Couture admitted that he believes the Brit has done enough to earn a shot at the middleweight championship.

Following his spell taping TUF 14, Bisping went on to dominate Jason “Mayhem” Miller at the season-ending finale, extending his current win streak to four. As we mentioned in last weeks Brits & Pieces, “The Count” will now take on Demian Maia at UFC on Fox 2, which promises to be an exciting and intriguing contest.

Many pundits have criticised Bisping for his lack of punching power and inability to defeat top level opposition. However, he has only ever been beaten by former World champions and that is a fact not to be discounted.

Couture has been present for Bisping’s entire UFC stint, and he believes the skillful 185-pounder deserves his crack at Anderson Silva. Speaking to ESPN.com he added:

“I think he probably does. He’s right up there in the top four or five guys in that weight class.”

“You can split hairs on deciding who the No. 1 contender is. He’s coming off a great outing against Jason Miller, weathered a storm and had the conditioning and great technique to finish the fight well.”

“He’s one of the top guys so why not?”

Keep an eye out for more on Bisping vs. Maia as we approach the event.

Tourney to Decide Cage Warriors 125-pound Women’s Champion

Rosi Sexton

Cage Warriors will crown a new 125-pound Women’s champion in 2012 with the organisation set to stage a four-fighter tournament.

The first of two semi-finals will take place at Cage Warriors Fight Night 5 in April, while Cage Warriors 47, which will be held in May, will play host to the second semi-final bout.

The new champion will then be determined at Cage Warriors Fight Night 6, when the winners of both semi-finals will square off.

Three of the four participants have already been confirmed, but the fourth and final spot remains up for grabs.

Cage Warriors matchmaker Ian Dean had this to say:

“There are some awesome female fighters out there at that weight and we’ve got a beautiful new belt looking for a home in 2012.”

Competitors already confirmed include former Cage Warriors 132-pound title holder Rosi Sexton (12-2-0), 23-year-old Dublin native Aisling Daly (13-2-0) and German rising star Sheila Gaff (9-4-1).

Sexton will kick things off against Daly in the first match-up, while Gaff will take on the unknown fourth participant in the second contest.

Tournament Schedule:

Semi-Final 1: Rosi Sexton vs. Aisling Daly
Cage Warriors Fight Night 5
15/04/2012
Amman, Jordan

Semi-Final 2: Sheila Gaff vs. TBD
Cage Warriors 47
05/05/2012
Dublin, Ireland

Final: Winner SF1 VS. Winner SF2
Cage Warriors Fight Night 6
01/09/2012
Istanbul, Turkey

Thanks to Cage Warriors for the information.

And Finally…

With 2012 fast approaching, next weeks Brits & Pieces will feature a look ahead to the next twelve months of British MMA action. Keep your eyes peeled for this extra special edition out next week!

I would also like to personally wish all the readers of Brits & Pieces around the world a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

Top Photo: Rob Broughton attempts to submit Philip De Fries (Sherdog)

This piece was authored by Duncan Price. Follow him on Twitter, @DuncMMA