MMA News and Notes: UFC 127 bonuses, Paul Daley wins, more
Feb 27, 2011 - by Alex Peredo
~ UFC lightweight veteran Naoyuki Kotani improved to 22-10-7 with a Submission (Guillotine Choke) victory over Keigo Hirayama at 1:44 of the first round. Held a few weeks ago in Tokyo, Japan, the bout was held under ZST promotion. Kotani lost both his UFC bouts in 2007, one to Thiago Tavares and the other to Dennis Siver.
~ UFC lightweight veteran Drew “Night Rider” Fickett continued his recent hot streak with a 36 second submission (Armbar) over fellow UFC veteran Matt Veach on Friday. Held in Enoch, Alberta, Canada for Maximum Fighting Championships 28, at a catchweight of 160lbs, Fickett used his fifth straight victory to improve to 41-13. Veach saw a 4 fight win streak snapped and his record fell to 15-3.
~ UFC veteran Paul Daley (27-9-2) needed fewer than two minutes (1:46) to knock out the Japanese fighter and judo specialist Yuya Shirai (20-9) on Saturday in Manchester, England. With his 4th straight victory, Daley likely sets up the Strikeforce title fight with Nick Diaz at a planned April event. “Semtex” is 10-1 with eight stoppage victories in his past 11 fights.
~ Mark Hunt, Kyle Noke, Chris Lytle and Brian Ebersole each earned $75,000 “Fight Night” bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC 127 event. Hunt earned the night’s “Knockout of the Night” award, Noke got the “Submission of the Night” bonus, and Lytle and Ebersole earned “Fight of the Night” honors.
~ A lightweight bout between Nik Lentz (20-3-2 MMA, 4-1-1 UFC) and Waylon Lowe (10-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is the final addition to next month’s UFC Fight Night 24 event. The preliminary-card lineup is the 12th addition to the March 26 card. UFC Fight Night 24 takes place at KeyArena in Seattle and airs live on Spike TV. A light-heavyweight tilt between Phil Davis and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira headlines the card.