11/12 MMA News and Notes
Nov 12, 2011 - by Alex Peredo
~ M-1 Global announced that Russian heavyweight Magomed Malikov (3-1) on Saturday will step up on short notice to meet Aleksander Emelianenko (17-4) in the main event of M-1 Challenge 28. The event airs from Star Centre in Astrakhan, Russia. The main draw will be available for viewing live on Ustream.tv for a price of $9.99, and the prelims will stream live and for free on Facebook.
~ Isaac Vallie-Flagg (12-3-1 MMA, 1-0 SF) that the Team Jackson-Winkeljohn product has been forced out of a planned Strikeforce Challengers 20 matchup with Bobby Green (16-5 MMA, 1-1 SF). A search is currently underway to find a replacement opponent. Strikeforce Challengers 20 takes place Nov. 18 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
~ German prospect Jonas Billstein (9-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs. Florida middleweight Reggie Pena (9-5 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is set for Bellator 58. Bellator 58 takes place Nov. 19 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Billstein, who’s just 20, won his first nine fights.
~ UFC welterweight veteran Shonie Carter (49-27-7) vs. fellow UFC vet Ryan Thomas (12-7) at 180 pounds is set for next month’s “XFC 15: Tribute” event. Xtreme Fighting Championships 15 is set for December 2 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.
~ Two-time UFC competitor Fabricio Camoes (13-6-1) will not compete at Tachi Palace Fights 11 as originally anticipated. His opponent, Thomas Denny, withdrew from their bout with an injury so the decision was made to pull Camoes from the card. TPF 11 goes down from the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif on December 2.