MMA News and Notes
May 2, 2011 - by Alex Peredo
~ CROWBAR MMA 4: SPRING BRAWL 2 was held Friday at the Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota & was promoted by UFC heavyweight Chris Tuchscherer. In the main event, Francisco “Kiko” France (7-2) made short work of UFC heavyweight veteran James “The Hammer” McSweeney by submitting (Kimura) him at 1:39 of the first round. McSweeney, a British kickboxer, now has a miserable 4-8 MMA record.
~ Former WEC Lightweight Champion Hermes Franca fought for the 3rd time in the month of April on Friday as he was defeated via KO (Punches) at 56 seconds into the 2nd round against Thawa Ril. The bout was the co-main event for a new promotion called International Fighter Championship. The event was held in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil & saw Franca’s record fall to 22-12. He had just fought last Saturday, April 23.
~ In a duel between former UFC title contenders, Thales Leites captured the vacant Superior Challenge middleweight title in a tight and protested decision against Jeremy Horn at Saturday’s “Rise of Champions” event. The bout was the main event, held in Stockholm, Sweden. With the split decision win Leites improved to 19-4 while Horn fell to 87-21-5.
~ “The Ultimate Fighter 12″ cast member and featherweight Jeff Lentz (6-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs. WEC/Strikeforce vet Anthony Leone (8-3 MMA, 0-1 BFC) is signed for the preliminary portion of Bellator 44. Bellator 44 takes place May 14 at New Jersey’s Caesars Atlantic City.
~ UFC middleweight veteran Ivan Salaverry (13-7) will come out of a near 4-year retirement when he faces Matt Ewin (21-9-1) at Bamma 6: Kong vs. Ninja on May 21 in London, England. Salaverry’s last bout was on May 24, 2008. He holds a 3-4 career UFC record.