12/25 MMA News and Notes (Christmas Edition)
Dec 25, 2011 - by Alex Peredo
~ Prior to Thursday’s official UFC 141 weigh-ins, UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin and heavyweight contender Roy Nelson will sign autographs for fans free of charge. The session is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT local time) on the concourse of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Cruz, Griffin and Nelson will sign autographs until 3 p.m. PT local time. The official UFC 141 weigh-ins, which are also free and open to the public, take place inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena at 4 p.m. PT local time.
~ DREAM’s ambitious year-end event, “DREAM: New Year! 2011,” will air live in its entirety on HDNet. “DREAM: New Year! 2011″ airs in North America at 1 a.m. ET on Saturday morning, Dec. 31 (10 p.m. PT Friday evening, Dec. 30). HDNet officials have set aside a nine-hour programming block to air the massive combat sports fight card. 9 HOURS!!
~ Twelve episodes of the “Best of PRIDE” show have been filmed for the first season on FUEL TV. The debut episode will include Fedor Emelianenko vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Quinton “Rampage” Jackosn vs. Ricardo Arona, Dan Henderson vs. Renzo Gracie, Wanderlei Silva vs. Ikuhisa Minowa and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Mark Coleman on January 3 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
~ UFC veteran Corey Hill (5-4), who recently submitted fellow UFC vet/”The Ultimate Fighter” cast member Charlie Rader at XFC 15, meets Bellator/Elite XC vet Nicolae Cury (6-2) at XFC 16: High Stakes. XFC 16 takes place Feb. 10 at Knoxville Civic Auditorium-Coliseum in Tennessee.
~ UFC middleweight veterans Kendall Grove (13-9) and Jay Silva (7-4) headline the Superior Cage Combat event in Las Vegas. “SCC 4: Grove vs. Silva” takes place Feb. 16 at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Grove will also previously headline Pro Elite 3 on January 21 against Ikuhisa Minowa.