11/21 MMA News and Notes
Nov 21, 2011 - by Alex Peredo
~ The full list of UFC on FOX suspensions from last week includes:
Cain Velasquez: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO loss
Clay Harvison: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO loss
Norifumi Yamamoto: Suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact due to possible left-finger fracture; can be cleared early by a physician
Darren Uyenoyama: Suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact due to left-eye laceration
Mackens Semerzier: Suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact due to scalp lacerations; suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for precautionary reasons
Paul Bradley: Suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact due to possible left-elbow fracture; can be cleared early by a physician
Aaron Rosa: Suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact due to a possible left-wrist fracture; can be cleared early by a physician
~ WEC/Bellator/IFL featherweight veteran Deivadas “Taurus” Taurosevicius retained his Ring of Combat 145lb title on Friday against Marlon Moraes in Atlantic City, New Jersey. “Taurus” submitted (Arm-Triangle) Moraes at 2:34 into the first round. Taurosevicius, 34, improved to 14-5.
~ Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia on Saturday was the date/location for M-1 Challenge 29- Samoilov vs. Miranda. In the main event, UFC middleweight veteran Mario Miranda defeated Dmitry Samoilov via submission (Kimura) at 3:58 in the second round. M-1 Challenge are the numbered special events for the M-1 Global promotion (like the UFC’s numbered events). Miranda has won 3 straight since his UFC release in March to move to 13-3.
~ UFC middleweight veteran Xavier “Professor X” Foupa-Pokam (21-17) suffered his 5th straight loss, this time to Albert Duraev in Moscow, Russia. Duraev (2-0) won via submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:37 in the second round. The bout was on the undercard of M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson last night. Foupa-Pokam is 1-8 in his last 9 bouts.
~ The DREAM world bantamweight grand prix continues when former promotional Featherweight Champion Bibiano Fernandes (9-3 MMA, 6-1 DREAM) faces fellow Brazilian Rodolfo Marques Diniz (14-1 MMA, 1-0 DREAM) on New Year’s Eve. “DREAM: New Year! 2011″ takes place Dec. 31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.