MMA News and Notes
Apr 25, 2011 - by Alex Peredo
~ Onetime World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight champ Hermes Franca continued on his comeback trail Saturday, submitting M-1 veteran Joshua Thorpe in the first round of their “Knockout Night” headliner at Williamson County Pavillion in Marion, Ill. The 36-year-old UFC veteran has won 3 straight to improve to 22-11.
~ UFC veteran Ryan Roberts and Nick Mamalis squared off in a five-round interim featherweight title affair at The Cage Inc.’s “Battle at the Border 9” on Saturday. After two competitive early rounds, Roberts (16-9) took the driver’s seat in the late going and the Nebraskan left Dakota Magic Casino in Hankinson, N.D., with gold.
~ UFC/Strikeforce veteran Joe Riggs (34-13) vs. Bellator season-two middleweight-tourney runner-up Bryan Baker (14-2 MMA, 4-1 BFC) is signed for the main card of Bellator 43. Bellator 43 takes place May 7 at First Council Casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma.
~ Former UFC champ Jens Pulver (21-14-1) meets featherweight Mike Powell (10-2) at next month’s Titan Fighting Championships 18 event. Titan Fighting Championships 18 takes place May 27 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan., and the four-fight main card airs live on HDNet.
~ Featherweights Joachim Hansen (21-10-1 MMA, 4-4 DREAM) vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida (20-6-1 MMA, 3-1 DREAM) is set for next month’s “DREAM.17: Fight for Japan” event. The event takes place May 29 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Hansen is a former DREAM Lightweight Champion.