MMA News and Notes 2/6
Feb 6, 2011 - by Alex Peredo
~ The Ultimate Fighter season 9 welterweight veteran Dean “Renegade” Amasinger dropped to 7-3 with a Submission (Rear Naked Choke) loss to John Maguire last night at 3:28 of the second round. The bout was the main event “Face Off” promoted by Ultimate Challenge MMA & was held in London, England.
~ The California-based Gladiator Challenge promotion on Tuesday announced the signing of UFC veteran and former World Extreme Cagefighting heavyweight champion James Irvin (15-8, 2 No-Contest) to a multi-fight contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Irvin has secured 11 of his 15 career victories by knockout or technical knockout. Wins over Houston Alexander, Scott Smith and former WEC champion Doug Marshall anchor his resume.
~ UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort results from Las Vegas, Nevada
Champ Anderson Silva def. Vitor Belfort via KO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:25 (retains middleweight title)
Forrest Griffin def. Rich Franklin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jon Jones def. Ryan Bader via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 4:20
Jake Ellenberger def. Carlos Eduardo Rocha via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Miguel Torres def. Antonio Banuelos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Donald Cerrone def. Paul Kelly via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:48
Chad Mendes def. Michihiro Omigawa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Demetrious Johnson def. Norifumi Yamamoto via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Paul Taylor def. Gabe Ruediger via knockout (strikes) – Round 2, 1:42
Kyle Kingsbury def. Ricardo Romero via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:21
Mike Pierce def. Kenny Robertson via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:29
~ Following Jon Jones’ win over the previously undefeated Ryan Bader at Saturday’s UFC 126 event in Las Vegas, UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan announced that Jones will get the next shot at Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s (19-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) 205-pound title. Jones fills in for his teammate, Rashad Evans, who recently suffered a knee injury in training and was forced to withdraw from the planned UFC 128 matchup. Jones, who was as surprised as everyone in the Mandalay Bay Events Center crowd, dropped to his knees in elation at the announcement. “I feel great,” Jones (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) said. “I’ve got it so great. I’m going for a world title, baby. Let’s do it.”
~ A heavyweight bout between former champ Frank Mir (14-5 MMA, 12-5 UFC) and fellow contender Roy Nelson (15-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is set for the main card of UFC 130: Edgar vs. Maynard 3 on May 28. UFC 130 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.