12/17 MMA News and Notes
Dec 17, 2011 - by Alex Peredo
~ Former UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk was recently in the UK to do a seminar tour, which at one point had him in the northern English area of Huddersfield. As he was being ferried into the area, the car he was traveling in was stopped by a roadblock and armed police swooped on the vehicle. Police had the vehicle on their database as being linked to a local man who they believe to be a key gangland figure. Sherk was dragged out by tense officers. They cuffed his hands behind his back and pulled him away where he was none too gently searched before being dumped on the floor. When a search of the car had been conducted – the officers were looking for firearms – Sherk and his driver were allowed on their way.
~ I will begin to feature more insight about top 125lbs fighters who may soon fight in the UFC when the weight class debuts in the Octagon next year. Top 5 ranked flyweight Jussier da Silva, 26, headlined Fort MMA Championships 1 in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil on Thursday. “Formiga” submitted (Rear Naked Choke) Rodrigo Santos at 3:52 into the first round. The Brazilian has won 3 straight bouts in 2011 to improve to 12-1.
~ Former WEC Featherweight Champion Cole Escovedo (17-9) was released by the UFC yesterday. Escovedo, now a bantamweight, is on a 3 fight losing streak with all the losses coming in the UFC in 2011. He’s lost 5 of his last 6 bouts. Escovedo is a DREAM veteran.
~ “The Ultimate Fighter 8″ champion Efrain Escudero (18-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) will step in for an injured T.J. Grant (17-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC) & face fast-rising lightweight Jacob Volkmann (13-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC). Escudero vs. Volkmann is slated for the UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem prelims on Friday, December 30 in Las Vegas. Tickets are on sale now.
~ Siyar Bahadurzada (20-4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has suffered an injury & has been officially scratched from the UFC 142 event, set for January 14. He was scheduled to meet Erick Silva (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in welterweight action. Silva is expected to receive a new opponent.