7/26 MMA News and Notes
Jul 25, 2011 - by Alex Peredo
~ WEC lightweight veteran Sherron “Rob Roy” Leggett (21-6) was submitted by Strikeforce veteran Jonatas Novaes (9-3) via a nasty Armbar at 1:45 of the first round on Thursday. COMBAT USA hosted the event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The ringside physicians could be seen placing Leggett’s arm into a cast before letting him leave the cage.
~ Undefeated welterweight Lance Benoist (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has signed with the UFC with a 4 fight deal. He has ended all of his five professional fights and all but one of his six amateur fights in the first round. Two of his first three professional victories came in the opening minute of the first round. Benoist tried out for the “TUF 13″ this past year but was not selected.
~ The full list of suspensions from Strikeforce Challengers 17 on Friday:
Lionel Lanham: Suspended until Jan. 19 due to right orbital fracture. Can be cleared early by ophthalmologist. Minimum suspension until Sept. 6 with no contact until Aug. 22
Ben Lagman: Suspended until Sept. 6 with no contact until Aug. 22 for precautionary reasons
Brian McLaughlin: Suspended until Sept. 6 with no contact until Aug. 22 for precautionary reasons
Roger Bowling: Suspended until Aug. 22 with no contact until Aug. 13 for precautionary reasons
Joe Cason: Suspended until Aug. 22 with no contact until Aug. 13 for precautionary reasons
T.J. Cook: Suspended until Aug. 22 with no contact until Aug. 13 for precautionary reasons
~ Strikeforce welterweight veteran Paul “The Gentleman” Bradley submitted (Arm-Triangle Choke) Eddie Larrea at 2:54 of the first round on Saturday at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The bout was part of Extreme Challenge 188. With “The Gentleman’s” 3rd straight submission win, his record improves to 16-2 with 1 No-Contest.
~ UFC light-heavyweight Krzysztof Soszynski (26-11-1 MMA, 6-2 UFC) recently underwent a seventh corrective surgery on his knees to alleviate some pain. He is scheduled to return in December when the UFC produces to cards in the month. Soszynski, 33, is on a 2 fight winning streak.