12/31 MMA News and Notes
Dec 31, 2011 - by Alex Peredo
~ Singapore-based promotion One Fighting Championship has signed UFC/Strikeforce light-heavyweight veteran Renato “Babalu” Sobral (36-9). ONE FC, which has plans to put on events all over Asia, has formed an alliance with Japanese promotion DREAM. Sobral is 6-2 in his last 10 fights.
~ The full weigh-in results (for MMA bouts only) “DREAM: New Year! 2011″ included:
Fedor Emelianenko (106 kilograms/233.2 pounds) vs. Satoshi Ishii (97.4/214.3)
Ryo Chonan (75.5/166.1) vs. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai (75.8/166.8)
Champ Shinya Aoki (70/154) vs. Satoru Kitaoka (70/154)
Champ Hiroyuki Takaya (65/143) vs. Takeshi “Lion” Inoue (64.8/142.6)
Tatsuya Kawajiri (65/143) vs. Kazuyuki Miyata (64.7/142.3)
Rodolfo Marques Diniz (62.2/136.8) vs. Bibiano Fernandes (61/134.2) – bantamweight grand-prix semifinal
Antonio Banuelos (61/134.2) vs. Masakazu Imanari (60.8/133.8) – bantamweight grand-prix semifinal
Hideo Tokoro (61/134.2) vs. Yusup Saadulaev (61.6/135.5) – bantamweight grand-prix reserve match
Karla Benitez (52/114.4) vs. Megumi Fujii (52/114.4)
~ HRH Lounge inside Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas plays host to next week’s “Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine” official fighter weigh-ins. The weigh-ins, which are free and open to the public, take place Friday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT local time). Doors open at 3 p.m. PT. The Sin City resort’s event venue, The Joint, hosts the following day’s Showtime-televised event.
~ Mike Brown’s (25-8 MMA, 1-3 UFC) recent withdrawal from next month’s UFC on FX 1 event on January 20 was due to a recent knee surgery. WEC veteran Brown clarified the nature of it, which he said shouldn’t keep him out long.
~ The Strikeforce heavyweights are coming. Following in Alistair Overeem’s debut with the UFC, Lavar Johnson (15-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been imported to the UFC and will meet Joey Beltran (13-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at UFC on FOX 2. The event takes place Jan. 28 at Chicago’s United Center. “Big” Johnson is well known for his rapid recovery from a 2009 drive-by shooting.