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UFC 144 Weigh-in Results

UFC today conducted weigh-ins for UFC 144, which takes place Feb. 26 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.  All fighters made weight for their scheduled bouts with the exception of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who came in six pounds heavy.  Jackson will surrender 20 percent of his purse to his opponent Ryan Bader, but the fight will go on as planned.

Due to the time difference, the event airs in the UFC’s normal pay-per-view timeslot of 10 p.m. ET on Feb. 25.

Main Card

  • Frankie Edgar (154) vs. Benson Henderson (154)
  • Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (211) vs. Ryan Bader (205)
  • Mark Hunt (264) vs. Cheick Kongo (229)
  • Yoshihiro Akiyama (169) vs. Jake Shields (170)
  • Yushin Okami (185) vs. Tim Boetsch (186)
  • Hatsu Hioki (145) vs. Bart Palaszewski (146)
  • Joe Lauzon (156) vs. Anthony Pettis (155)

Preliminary Card

  • Takanori Gomi (155) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (154)
  • Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (136) vs. Vaughan Lee (135)
  • Riki Fukuda (185) vs. Steve Cantwell (185)
  • Takeya Mizugaki (135) vs. Chris Cariaso (136)
  • Tiequan Zhang (146) vs. Issei Tamura (145)
UFC flyweight tourney to utilize sudden victory round

We’ve seen it before in The Ultimate Fighter tournament bouts, but now it’s coming to a few select actual UFC fights.  The UFC confirmed plans, first revealed by tourney participant Demetrious Johnson on Tapout Radio, to utilize a sudden victory round during the course of its upcoming flyweight tournament to crown an inaugural flyweight champion.

The extra round would only come into play should the judges rule the fight a draw.  The move is designed to help avoid the same type of situation that arose years ago when B.J. Penn and Caol Uno fought to a split draw in a fight to decide a lightweight champion.  The UFC suspended the lightweight division following that contest, and it doesn’t want to run the risk of having the flyweight tournament marred by a similar set of circumstances.

Bellator inks Marius Zaromskis

Strikeforce veteran and Dream welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis is headed to Bellator. The Lithuanian fighter’s signing comes too late to see him participate in the promotion’s season-six bantamweight tournament, but the 31-year-old is expected to make his promotional debut during the later part of season six, which gets underway on March 9.

Zaromskis has gone 3-1 in a variety of promotions since parting ways with Strikeforce, where he lost to Nick Diaz and Evangelista Santos before his last outing under the promotion’s banner against Waachiim Spiritwolf ended in a no-contest after an accidental eye poke by Zaromskis.

Source: MMA Fighting
Two fights added to Bellator season-six debut card

Bellator has added two fights featuring notable names to the preliminary card of Bellator 60, the debut event for the promotion’s upcoming sixth season.  In light heavyweight action, Travis Wiuff, a veteran with 79 pro fights under his belt, meets Anthony Gomez, who owns a 5-1 mark in his career.  Meanwhile, super heavyweight Richard White goes up against UFC veteran Sean McCorkle.

Bellator 60 takes place March 9 in Hammond, Ind., with the main card airing live on MTV2 and EPIX. The event’s prelim card streams live on the Spike TV website.

Source: MMA Junkie
UFC targets July 21 for event

UFC 149 is likely to take place in Canada on July 21. The promotion is targeting the 19,000-seat Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, for the date, though nothing is official yet.  The event is expected to air on pay-per-view and FX. The show would be the first UFC card to take place in Calgary.

No fights are rumored for the card as of now.

Source: Sportsnet
Ryan Ford meets Luis “Sapo” Santos at Bellator 67

MFC veteran Ryan Ford finally has a date for his Bellator debut. The Canadian fighter will meet Bellator season-five welterweight tournament semifinalist Luis “Sapo” Santos on May 4 at Bellator 67.

Bellator 67 takes place at the Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada, with the main card airing live on MTV2 and EPIX.

Source: Sherdog

Photo: Frankie Edgar (L) and Benson Henderson (Tracy Lee/Combat Lifestyle)

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