6/27 MMA News and Notes
Jun 27, 2011 - by Alex Peredo
~ In a battle of UFC welterweight veterans from Saturday in London, England, Dean Amasinger defeated Ross Pointon via unanimous decision. The bout was held under the Ultimate Challenge MMA promotion. Pointon hadn’t fought in 25 months. Amasinger moves his record to 8-4 while Pointon’s fell to 6-11.
~ Cheick Kongo, Joe Lauzon, Charles Oliveira and Nik Lentz each earned $50,000 “Fight Night” bonuses for their performances at Sunday’s “UFC on Versus 4: Kongo vs. Barry” event. Kongo earned the night’s “Knockout of the Night” award, Lauzon picked up the “Submission of the Night” bonus, and Oliveira and Lentz took home “Fight of the Night” honors.
~ Pancrase is soon to crown its lightest ever king as officials from the long-running Japanese promotion Monday announced plans to stage a four-man tournament to determine an inaugural 120-pound champion. The newly formed weight class will become Pancrase’s “flyweight” division, while the 125-pound class currently ruled by Kiyotaka Shimizu (9-3-2) will henceforth be known as “super flyweight.” The flyweight title tournament will kick off during the eighth show of Pancrase’s 2011 “Impressive Tour,” on Aug. 7 at in Tokyo. The UFC plans on introducing its own Flyweight (125lb) division soon.
~ Fresh off his victory on Saturday, UFC welterweight veteran Josh Neer (30-10-1) will face WEC veteran Blas Avena (7-4) during Superior Cage Combat’s return to Las Vegas. Superior Cage Combat 2 takes place Aug. 20 Orleans Arena at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
~ British Association of Mixed Martial Arts officials Monday announced a trio of fights for the promotion’s Sept. 10 BAMMA 7 event at National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. In a BAMMA lightweight title fight, hard-hitting champion Rob Sinclair (10-2) will put his belt on the line against Sengoku veteran Leonardo Santos (9-3).