8/15 MMA News and Notes
Aug 15, 2011 - by Steve Gerweck
~ Late on Saturday, UFC veteran Houston “The Assassin” Alexander won by TKO after the second round in his fight against fellow UFC veteran Razak “Razor” Al-Hassan. Al-Hassan was stopped by the doctor as his finger was dislocated. The inaugural MMA FIGHT PIT: GENESIS was the host in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Alexander improves to 13-6 while Al-Hassan falls to 11-4.
~ Chris Lytle, Dan Hardy and Donald Cerrone each earned $65,000 “Fight Night” bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC on Versus 5 event. Lytle, in fact, picked up two awards, which give him 10 total fight-night awards in his storied career. Cerrone earned the night’s “Knockout of the Night” bonus, Lytle earned the “Submission of the Night” award, and Lytle and Hardy took home “Fight of the Night” honors.
~ UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta went to Twitter late in the night and said Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy (23-10, 1-NC) is going to remain with the promotion. Hardy has lost 4 straight bouts & his record is now 4-4 in the Octagon.
~ “The Ultimate Fighter 9″ lightweight finalist Andre Winner (11-6-1) will face Jason Ball (18-9) at BAMMA 7. BAMMA 7 takes place Sept. 10 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England.
~ A middleweight preliminary bout between former WEC Light-Heavyweight Champion Steve Cantwell (7-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) and Mike Massenzio (12-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC) has been added to October’s UFC 136 event. UFC 136 takes place Oct. 8 at Houston’s Toyota Center. This is a must-win match for both men.