3/1 MMA News and Notes
Feb 29, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ The Ultimate Fighter 13 cast member Len “The Liger” Bentley competed on Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. Bentley (10-6) lost to David Hulett via Submission (achilles lock) just 88 seconds into their fight which headlined CageSport 18. Bentley is remembered for heavily criticizing Brock Lesnar on the TUF show.
~ UFC/WEC/Strikeforce light-heavyweight veteran James “The Sandman” Irvin (16-9, 2 NC) won for the 1st time in 4 bouts on Sunday at San Jacinto, California. Irvin defeated Giovanni Davis via KO (Punches) just 94 seconds into the main event of Gladiator Challenge – Bombs Away. It was the promotion’s first event of the year. Irvin is 2-2 with 1 No-Contest since his UFC release back on August 2010.
~ India’s upstart Super Fight League has signed former UFC middleweight veteran Xavier “Professor X” Foupa-Pokam (21-17). Foupa-Pokam is on a 5 fight losing streak & is 1-8 in his last 9 bouts. The Frenchman Foupa-Pokam lost both of his UFC bouts just 35 days apart during April-May 2009.
~ UFC middleweight veterans will collide at the Amadeu Teixeira Gymnasium, in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil on March 31. Amazon Forest Combat will have in its 2nd show a co-main event rematch between Thales Leites (19-4) & Matt “Suave” Horwich (26-20-1). Horwich defeated Leites on August 14, 2010 via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 44 seconds into Round 4. This is the only time in his career that Leites has been stopped.
~ A welterweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter 11 participant Charles Blanchard (9-2) vs. The Ultimate Fighter 5 participant Corey Hill (5-4) will serve as the co-main event of April’s “XFC 17: Apocalypse” event. XFC 17 takes place April 13 at Oman Arena in Jackson, Tenn. The evening’s main card airs on HDNet.