3/15 MMA News and Notes
Mar 15, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ Following a January loss to middleweight prospect Chris Weidman, Demian Maia is making a move to the UFC’s welterweight division. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace announced his intentions via Twitter. “Guys, now I’ll be moving down to 170 pounds,” Maia stated. “Next fight, I’ll be a welterweight.” All 13 of Maia’s UFC appearances to date have come at middleweight.
~ UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub will appear as a guest star on the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” tomorrow at 6:00 and midnight ET/PT. Schaub will investigate the Peabody-Whitehead Mansion in Denver, Colorado where an unsolved murder occured.
~ A Nevada judge will rule on a misdemeanor battery charge brought against Alistair Overeem following an incident in a Las Vegas nightclub over New Year’s weekend. A representative for the Nevada District Attorney’s office said that Overeem’s non-jury trial is set for March 27 in Las Vegas. Non-jury trials are the state’s standard for misdemeanor charges. If convicted, Overeem faces up to six months in prison and a maximum $1,000 fine. Las Vegas defense attorney David Chesnoff will defend the fighter in court. According to the “Las Vegas Review-Journal,” Overeem was cited by Las Vegas police on Jan. 2 when he allegedly pushed or shoved a woman in the face, “causing her to stagger back.”
~ The Nevada State Athletic Commission will in two weeks decide the immediate professional fate of Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. NSAC executive director Keith Kizer on Tuesday said that the former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champ is scheduled to appear at a commission meeting on March 27 in Las Vegas. Lawal (9-1 MMA, 4-1 SF) faces a possible one-year suspension, a fine, and the overturning of his recent win over Lorenz Larkin to a no-contest. The NSAC flagged him 10 days after he defeated Larkin at “Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine,” took place Jan. 7 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, when a post-fight drug test came back positive for steroid Drostanolone. The Nevada Attorney General’s office then temporarily suspended him pending a hearing. Multiple knee injuries prompted Lawal to take the supplement.
~ Worldwide Mixed Martial Arts (WMMA) host their inaugural event at the end of month on March 31. The event takes place at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The main card airs on pay-per-view and the Armed Forces Network.