6/7 MMA News and Notes
Jun 7, 2011 - by Alex Peredo
~ The full list of medical suspensions from The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale includes:
Ramsey Nijem: Suspended until July 20 with no contact during training until July 5 for precautionary reasons
Tim Credeur: Suspended until July 5 with no contact until June 26 for precautionary reasons
Kyle Kingsbury: Suspended until Dec. 2 due to left-orbital fracture, though he can be cleared early an ophthalmologist or ENT doctor; regardless, suspended until July 20 with no contact until July 5 due to a facial laceration
Fabio Maldonado: Suspended until July 20 with no contact until July 5 due to a right-eyelid laceration
Chris Cope: Suspended until Dec. 2 due to possible broken thumbs, though he can be cleared early by X-rays and/or an orthopedic doctor
Danny Downes: Suspended until Dec. 2 due to possible right-hand and left-shoulder injuries, though he can be cleared early by X-rays and/or an orthopedic doctor; regardless, suspended until July 20 with no contact until July 5 for precautionary reasons
Josh Grispi: Suspended until June 26 with no contact until June 19 for precautionary reasons (due to body shots)
Shamar Bailey: Suspended until July 5 with no contact until June 26 due to a right-cheek laceration
Justin Edwards: Suspended until July 5 with no contact until June 26 for precautionary reasons
Ken Stone: Suspended until Aug. 4 with no contact until July 20 for precautionary reasons
~ Former UFC middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen will get his first crack at a new CSAC-issued license to fight on June 29. Until his situation is cleared up, the UFC will not place him in a match until his suspension is completely taken care of. Sonnen is 34 years old.
~ Former Strikeforce veterans Roxanne Modafferi (15-7) and Hitomi Akano (17-8) will get their chance to square off, six months later than originally planned. Japanese all-female promotion Jewels announced the addition of a 135-pound bout between Modafferi and Akano to its July 9 “15th Ring” show at Shinjuku Face in Tokyo. The two Strikeforce veterans were slated to meet at Sengoku “Soul of Fight” on Dec. 30 before a stomach illness sidelined Modafferi on the day of the event.
~ The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum, amateur wrestling’s preeminent institution, is honoring notable Pat Miletich with its first MMA-specific award. The Iowa-based hall of fame is honoring the former UFC champ with its first George Tragos Award. It’s given to a competitive wrestler who “adapted his wrestling skills and competitive nature to excel in” MMA, according to the announcement. Miletich will be honored at the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame induction weekend from July 22-23 in Waterloo.
~ An intriguing welterweight contest between seven-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion & DREAM veteran Andre Galvao (5-2) and top Wand Fight Team prospect Jorge Lopez (10-1) completes the nine-bout lineup for Tachi Palace Fights 10. TPF 10 takes place Aug. 5 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif. Lopez has won 9 straight bouts.