MMA News and Notes (Ken Shamrock update)
Mar 24, 2011 - by Alex Peredo
~ After an unsuccessful two-fight run in the octagon, Indiana native Todd Brown (15-3) has been released by the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion. “Bulldog” made his UFC debut in August 2010 at UFC 117. With just two weeks’ notice, Brown stepped for an injured Thiago Silva and lost a unanimous decision to Tim Boetsch. The Bulldog Fight Team member was given a reprieve earlier this month with a booking against Igor Pokrajac. The Croatian utilized a devastating knee strike and a flurry of punches to earn a first-round TKO at UFC on Versus 3.
~ UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock (28-15-2) will see his 46th professional bout when he meets French knockout artist Antony Rea (20-13) on April 22 on the UCF Arena on the campus of Orlando’s University of Central Florida. Shamrock is 47 years old.
~ WEC/PRIDE/DREAM middleweight veteran Paulo “Ely” Filho (22-2-1) is slated to face Ronny Markes (9-1) on April 29 in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. The bout will be held under the International Fighter Championship (IFC) organization.
~ UFC/Strikeforce/WEC bantamweight veteran Jeff “Big Frog” Curran (32-13-1) will fight in the XFO 39 main event against WEC vet Joe Pearson (36-17-1). The card will take place May 13 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., outside Chicago. Curran has won three of his last four fights.
~ Former light heavyweight Tim Boetsch (12-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) will drop to 185 pounds to take on The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Kendall Grove (12-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC) at UFC 130. “UFC 130: Edgar vs. Maynard III” is scheduled for May 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.