11/17 MMA News and Notes
Nov 17, 2011 - by Alex Peredo
~ Friday’s Strikeforce Challengers 20 event has undergone a small lineup change, officials announced. Promotional newcomer Willie Parks (4-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) has replaced Keith Berry (10-8 MMA, 0-2 SF), who was forced off the card for undisclosed reasons, and now meets fellow middleweight Andreas Spang (6-1 MMA, 0-0 SF). Strikeforce Challengers 20 takes place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
~ Bellator is letting fans vote and decide which bout will take the final spot on the Bellator 58 MTV2/EPIX broadcast. You can choose from middleweights Brett Cooper (15-7 MMA, 2-2 BFC) vs. Jared Hess (11-3-1 MMA, 4-3 BFC), 115-pounders Jessica Aguilar (11-4 MMA, 2-1 BFC) vs. Lisa Ellis-Ward (14-6 MMA, 2-1 BFC), or bantamweights Farkhad Sharipov (13-4 MMA, 1-1 BFC) vs. Fabio Mello (8-6 MMA, 1-0 BFC). Voting ends on Friday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).
~ Jake Hecht (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is officially a member of the UFC welterweight roster. A product of Fiore MMA, brings a three-fight win streak into the Octagon and has earned five of his 10 career wins via submission. Most notably, he holds a decision win over “The Ultimate Fighter 13″ veteran Charlie Rader in regional competition.
~ Manny Gamburyan (11-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) meets Diego Nunes (16-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) on the preliminaries of UFC 141. WEC veterans Gamburyan and Nunes were originally expected to meet at September’s UFC 135 event, but injuries forced both to withdraw from the card. UFC 141: Lesnar ve. Overeem takes place Dec. 30 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
~ DREAM officials announced the official name for its annual year-end event, dubbed as “DREAM: Fight for Japan. How are you! New Year! 2011.” The event takes place Dec. 31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. When I report the scheduled fights I’ll title the event as “DREAM: New Year! 2011″