5/26 MMA News and Notes
May 26, 2011 - by Alex Peredo
~ UFC middleweight veteran Jake Rosholt improved to 11-3 with a Submission win at 1:42 of the first round over John Malbrough on Saturday in Ponca City, Oklahoma. The bout was the main event for the Cowboy MMA promotion. Rosholt went 1-2 during his brief UFC tenure in 2009.
~ PRIDE veteran and former EliteXC champion Murilo “Ninja” Rua (20-12-1) announced his retirement following his knockout loss to Tom Watson (14-4) in the headliner of Saturday’s BAMMA 6 event. ”I would like to announce officially my retirement from pro MMA fights,” stated the 31-year-old Rua, the brother of ex-UFC champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
~ Four-time IFL veteran Bristol Marunde (13-6) survived an early knockdown to earn a unanimous-decision win over M-1 and WEC vet Chuck Grigsby (19-7). The bout took place Saturday at Las Vegas’ Bally’s Event Center. The taller Grigsby flashed signs of power throughout the night, but Marunde remained the more active fighter while blasting his opponent’s lead leg with cutting leg kicks en route to the win. Grigsby lost to UFC middleweight Mark Munoz at WEC 38 on June 1, 2008.
~ A lightweight bout between DREAM veteran Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante (15-4-1 MMA, 0-1 SF) and Justin Wilcox (11-3 MMA, 5-1 SF) is set for “Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum” “Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum” takes place June 18 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, and the main card airs on Showtime.
~ Light heavyweights Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko (25-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) will meet at UFC 133. “UFC 133: Evans vs. Davis,” takes place Aug. 6 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.