MMA News and Notes
Aug 11, 2010 - by Alex Peredo
~ Undefeated MMA fighter Erik Larkin (2-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC) has signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator Fighting Championship. Larkin, of course, was a four-time All-American and 2003 NCAA Division I national wrestling champion at Arizona Sate University. He plans to debut for Bellator as a lightweight before joining one of the organization’s future featherweight tournaments. In his championship year, Larkin earned the Dan Hodge Trophy (awarded to the year’s best collegiate wrestler) and earned a nominated for an ESPN ESPY Award. A former ASU assistant wrestling coach, Larkin turned to MMA after a failed 2008 Summer Olympics bid.
~ Grappling experts Leonardo Santos (7-3 MMA, 1-1 SRC) and Sotaro Yamada (6-4-1 MMA, 0-0 SRC) will clash at Sengoku Raiden Championship 14. A Nova Uniao black belt, Santos looks to build on a submission win over former King of Pancrase Kiuma Kunioku. Santos has earned victories in six of his past seven outings, and the lone loss came via split decision. Five of Santos’ seven career wins have come via submission. Meanwhile, Yamada fights for the first time under the World Victory Road banner. Yamada returns to MMA competition for the first time since August 2008, when he fought to a draw with Ryoji Suzuki. Since that time, Yamada has been focused on grappling competitions.
~ UFC welterweight veteran Kevin “The Fire” Burns” improved to 9-4 when he submitted (Arm-Triangle Choke) Kalel Robinson at 3:18 of the first round. The bout was held in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday for Midwest Cage Championships 28- Impact. Burns went 2-3 for the UFC.
~ The UFC’s fighter weigh-in ceremonies for this month’s UFC 118 event will be aired live on Spike TV. UFC officials announced the plans via Twitter. A lightweight title fight rematch between champion Frankie Edgar and the man he beat for the belt, B.J. Penn headlines the event. UFC 118 takes place Aug. 28 at Boston’s TD Garden. The weigh-ins take place one day prior. Spike TV also recently aired the weigh-ins for July’s UFC 116 event. That broadcast drew an impressive 645,000 viewers.
~ British welterweight Paul Daley now has an opponent for his first North American appearance since his controversial post-fight punch at UFC 113. After signing with the Texas-based Shark Fights promotion this past month, Daley (24-9-2) will take on American Top Team standout Jorge Masvidal (20-5) at Shark Fights 13, which takes place Sept. 11 at the Civic Center Coliseum in Amarillo, Texas.