1/9 MMA News and Notes
Jan 9, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ UFC lightweight veteran Keita “K-Taro” Nakamura, 27, won yesterday in Tokyo, Japan at Shooto- Survivor Tournament Final. He defeated Yoichiro Sato (8-5-2) via majority decision. Nakamura (22-5-2) fought 3 times in the UFC from 2006-2008, losing all 3 bouts via decision.
~ UFC lightweight contender Jacob “Christmas” Volkmann (14-2) is in trouble with his employer according to his Twitter account. “Was put on administrative leave from coaching white bear lake high school wrestling for my joke. Unethical!.” Volkmann attempted to turn funnyman during his UFC 141 post-fight interview. “Obama needs a glassectomy. It’s where they remove the belly button and put a piece of glass in there so you can see what you’re doing while your head’s up your [expletive],” Volkmann stated.
~ UFC officials announced that light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado (18-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) suffered an injury in training and has been forced to withdraw from the UFC 142 event. With less than one week to locate a replacement opponent for Caio Magalhaes (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), UFC officials elected to scrap the fight. UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes will now have just 10 fights.
~ UFC heavyweight veteran Josh “Heavy” Hendricks (18-8, 1 NC) will fight against Josh Diekmann (12-3) on February 3 in Lincoln, Rhode Island. It will be for the Classic Entertainment & Sports promotion. Hendricks, 35, suffered a KO loss to Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 91 back on November 15, 2008.
~ A light-heavyweight bout between Aaron Rosa (17-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and James Te Huna (13-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is set for the prelims of UFC on FX 2: Alves vs. Kampmann. The event goes down March 3 (and airs live in the U.S. on Friday night) at Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia.