10/25 MMA News and Notes
Oct 25, 2011 - by Alex Peredo
~ Following a close split-decision loss to Alexis Villa in the semifinal round of Bellator’s season-five bantamweight tournament, Marcos Galvao (10-5-1 MMA, 1-2 BFC) received his “win” bonus. Bellator officials confirmed the decision. Although salary figures aren’t immediately available, a fighter’s “win” bonus typically enters his “show” (base) pay.
~ Spike TV airs “Countdown to UFC 137″ on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. ET/PT and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET/PT. Additionally, Versus airs a replay on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).
~ Rob Emerson has been forced to withdraw from November’s Superior Cage Combat 3 event, and PRIDE/DREAM veteran Luiz Firmino (13-5) has been tapped for the evening’s main event opposite UFC/WEC veteran John Alessio (32-14). Alessio vs. Firmino now headlines the Nov. 4 event, which takes place at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena.
~ Bellator Fighting Championships female champion Zoila Gurgel (11-1 MMA, 5-0 BFC) has been forced to withdraw from a planned Bellator 57 non-title fight with Carina Damm (17-8 MMA, 0-0 BFC). Gurgel announced the withdrawal on her Twitter account, citing a torn ACL as the issue. Gurgel was expected to fight at Bellator 57, which takes place Nov. 12 at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada.
~ “The Ultimate Fighter 1″ runner-up Kenny Florian (14-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC) has opted against retirement and will return to the UFC lightweight division. Florian suffered a unanimous-decision loss to featherweight champ Jose Aldo at UFC 136 earlier this month.