3/23 MMA News and Notes
Mar 23, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ In a rare move, the executive committee of Japanese promotion Pancrase has overturned the result of a bout from the organization’s March 11 “Progress Tour” event. Pancrase officials on Wednesday announced that Seiya Kawahara’s first-round knockout of Yuta Numakura has been ruled a no-contest upon review due to unsportsmanlike conduct after the bell. The foul occurred after referee Yoshinori Umeki dove in to separate the fighters. Kawahara attempted to move past the veteran official in order to continue punching his unconscious opponent. Umeki managed to push Kawahara away, though not before Kawahara connected with a punch to the back of Numakura’s head.
~ OH BOY! Thiago Santos and Eric Prindle will not fight. Santos weighed 277.8 pounds at Thursday’s Bellator 62 official weigh-ins, and his season-five heavyweight tournament rematch with Prindle was scratched. With Santos missing weight, Prindle was declared the season-five tournament victory and will now meet Bellator heavyweight champion Cole Konrad at a later date. The decision comes just one week after the planned rematch was scratched from Bellator 61 when Prindle was suffering from “flu-like symptoms.”
~ The full Bellator 62 weigh-in results from Laredo, Texas included:
MAIN CARD (MTV2)
Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (155.6) vs. Lloyd Woodard (154.8) – lightweight-tourney opening round
Rick Hawn (155.6) vs. Ricardo Tirloni (155.2) – lightweight-tourney opening round
Thiago Michel (154.8) vs. Rene Nazare (155.8) – lightweight-tourney opening round
J.J. Ambrose (155) vs. Brent Weedman (155.8) – lightweight-tourney opening round
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
Sonny Luque (162.2) vs. Luis Vega (158.6)
Steven Peterson (145.2) vs. Chris Jones (145.8)
Joseph Daily (173.2)# vs. Sean Spencer (170)
Dave Jansen (155.8) vs. Jacob Kirwan (155.4)
Douglas Frey (145.6) vs. Rad Martinez (145.8)
# – Daily has been given 90 minutes to lose an additional 2.2 pounds
~ Bellator middleweight veteran Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (44-7) is going to fight in India for the promotion Super Fight League. SFL 2 takes place April 7 in Chandigarh, India, and it streams live on YouTube. Shlemenko, a two-time Bellator tourney champion, is on a 13-1 run going back to 2009, and the lone loss came in a Bellator title fight with Hector Lombard.
~ With Dennis Hallman injured and forced to withdraw from May’s UFC on FOX 3 event, Thiago Tavares (17-4-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC) will now face Tony Ferguson (13-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in a lightweight contest. “UFC on FOX 3: Diaz vs. Miller” takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J.