3/18 MMA News and Notes
Mar 18, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ PRIDE heavyweight veteran & Fedor’s younger brother, Aleksander Emelianenko (19-5), secured his 19th career win on Friday against Tadas Rimkevicius via a TKO (Punches) win at 1:52 into Round 2. The super-heavyweight bout occured in St. Petersburg, Russia at “M-1 Challenge 31.” Emelianenko is 10-2 in his last 12 bouts.
~ UFC/WEC/DREAM/PRIDE welterweight veteran John “The Natural” Alessio defeated Ryan Healy via unanimous decision on Friday in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The bout headlined Score Fighting Series 4 & witnessed the lightweight debut of Alessio. Alessio (34-14) is 10-1 in his last 11 bouts. Alessio went 0-3 in his career UFC bouts.
~ WEC bantamweight veteran Chad “Savage” George secured a submission (Arm-Triangle) victory at 1:56 into Round 1 against Shad Smith on Friday. The bout occurred at BAMMA USA – Badbeat 5, held in Commerce, California. George (14-6) has won 3 straight since he suffered back-to-back defeats at WEC 47 & 51 in 2010.
~ Eric Prindle (7-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC) vs. Thiago Santos (10-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC) in the Season 5 heavyweight final will occur this Friday at Bellator 62. Bellator 62 is set to take place at Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas & airs on MTV2.
~ UFC/DREAM/Strikeforce veteran Drew “Night Rider” Fickett (41-17) vs. Bellator vet Kevin Knabjian (12-6-1) is set for the inaugural Worldwide Mixed Martial Arts (WMMA) event. The March 31st event occurs at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas & airs on PPV. Fickett has lost 4 straight.