Each day, The MMA Corner will provide a recap of results, event announcements, fight matchups, and injuries/cancellations from throughout the world of MMA.
Alistair Overeem, the No. 1 contender for the UFC heavyweight title, has officially filed for a license to fight at next months UFC 146 in Las Vegas. On April 5, it was revealed that Overeem tested at a 14-to-1 ratio of testosterone-to-epitestosterone in surprise test by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, well over the legal limit allowed of 6-to-1.
The former Strikeforce heavyweight champion will attend the NSAC hearing on April 24 where he can request that his “B” sample is tested after his “A” sample revealed the high T/E levels. While Overeem is not currently licensed to fight in Nevada, he is not subject to any punishment. However in order to get a license he will likely have to explain the cause of the high levels to the commission.
Currently, the title fight between champion Junior dos Santos and Overeem is still scheduled for UFC 146, however is in limbo due to the current situation with the No. 1 contender.
In what Bellator is advertising as the world’s No. 1 115-pound ranked female fighter against the world’s No 2. 115-pound ranked female fighter, Megumi Fujii will square off against Jessica Aguilar at Bellator 69 in Lake Charles, La. Fujii was the favorite to win the promotion’s season three women’s 115-pound tournament, but was defeated by split decision at Bellator 34 by Zoila Gurgel. She went on to win three-straight fights after the loss to Gurgel, most recently winning by armbar on Dec. 31. Aguilar was also a participant of the third season tournament, and also lost to Gurgel by split decision at Bellator 31. “Jag” has won four fights since her defeat to the Bellator women’s 115-pound champion, including two with the promotion.
The same fight card will also host the finals of the current season’s lightweight tournament. At Bellator 66, the four tournament semifinalists will square off against one another as Brent Weedman will take on Thiago Michel and Lloyd Woodward will fight Rick Hawn. The winner of those two fights will meet one another with a $100,000 paycheck and a shot at the lightweight title on the line.
Also on the card, heavyweights Ron Sparks and Kevin Asplund will go at it in a heavyweight tournament qualifier. Sparks is 3-1 with Bellator with two knockouts and a submission, but was knocked out by current No. 1 contender Eric Prindle at Bellator 56, while Asplund holds a professional record of 15-1 with 15 straight victories.
Bellator 69 will take place on Friday, May 18, at the L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles, La.
On Saturday, April 7, the Super Fight League held their second card in Chandigarh, India. The card was filled with a combination of local talent along with former UFC and Bellator fighters. Two of the biggest names on the card were UFC and Dream veteran Todd Duffee and current Bellator No. 1 middleweight contender Alexander Schlemenko. Both Duffee and Schlemenko were victorious by first round TKO.
- Heavyweight: Todd Duffee def. Neil Grove by TKO (punches) at 0:24 of Round 1
- Women’s 127-pound catchweight: Colleen Schneider def. Cherie Buck by TKO (punches and elbows) at 2:29 of Round 2
- Lightweight: Ricky Sahni def. Shalika Senanayake by TKO (punches) at 4:36 of Round 1
- 132-pound catchweight: Anup Kumar def. Dilanga Rathnaweera by Submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:45 of Round 2
- Middleweight: Alexander Schlemenko def. Ikuhisa Minowa by TKO (knee and punch to the body) at 2:20 of Round 1
- Featherweight: Bharat Khandare def. Soro Ismael by Submission (punches) at 2:16 of Round 1
- Featherweight: Pierre Daguzan def. Chaitanya Gavali by Decision (unanimous)
- 156-pound catchweight: Ryan Healy def. Paul Kelly by Decision (unanimous)
Shortly after her 16-second victory over Hiroko Yamanaka on Dec. 17, Cris Santos tested positive for performance enhancing stanozolol metabolites by the California State Athletic Commission. The commission suspended “Cyborg” for one year and fined her, which she appealed. The former Strikeforce champion’s lawyer stated that the positive test was a result of a weight-loss aid given to her by a coach. Today the CSAC voted and upheld the original penalty, preventing Santos from fighting until December 2012, rather than six months earlier as she had hoped.
While the first four TUF: Live episodes received more than one million viewers, episode No. 5 had 947,000 viewers, the lowest thus far in season 15. In an effort to counter-program, Spike TV showed two episodes from The Ultimate Fighter 9 on their channel and received 408,000 viewers.
The UFC has improved their fight roster with the signing of Nova Uniao fighter Hacran Dias. A featherweight, Dias holds a record of 20-1-1 with nine submission victories and three (T)KO’s. The Brazilian currently holds the Shooto South American featherweight title and has won eight straight fights. He trains along side UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, Renan Barao, Johnny Eduardo and is the cousin of Bellator’s Marlon Sandro. Dias signed a three-fight contract and it is currently unknown when he will make his promotional debut.
Bellator Fighting Championship continues to improve their roster with the acquisition of heavyweight prospect Ruslan Magomedov. The Russian currently holds a professional record of 7-1 with four victories by (T)KO with one submission and he recently defeated Ricco Rodriguez by unanimous decision. It is unknown when exactly his first fight for Bellator will be, however he could fight soon in a non-tournament fight.