MMA News and Notes
Mar 23, 2011 - by Alex Peredo
~ Former WEC middleweight Champion Paulo “Ely” Filho walked away on the winning end of a razor-thin split decision, outpointing Peru’s Jackson Mora in the main event of WFC Pretorian’s Saturday show in Rio das Ostras, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Filho is now 22-2-1.
~ The first Swedish fighter to compete in the UFC, Per Eklund, returned from a two-year hiatus at Saturday’s Vision Fighting Championship 2 in Karlstad, Sweden as a featherweight. However, his opponent Thomas Hytten needed just 48 seconds to land a crushing overhand left and ruin Eklund’s night. Eklund’s record falls to 14-5-1.
~ UFC Light-heavyweight Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch (12-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) will be dropping down to middleweight for his next fight. Boetsch is expected to receive a bout soon for the upcoming cards.
~ UFC light heavyweight veteran Seth Petruzelli (12-6) will face Atlanta’s Dave Mewborn (8-3-1) in the main event of the “World Extreme Fighting” show, which takes place at UCF Arena on the campus of Orlando’s University of Central Florida on April 22.
~ WEC bantamweight veterans Renan Barao (25-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Demetrious Johnson (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) are going to battle at UFC 130: Edgar vs. Maynard 3. UFC 130 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 30 & airs on PPV.