3/24 MMA News and Notes
Mar 23, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ More trouble for Bellator as M-1 Global has staked claim to Bellator middleweight Vyacheslav Vasilevsky in a Dutch court and plans to pursue the fighter in the U.S. A judgment won this past Thursday awards damages to the Russia-based promotion that amount to several hundred thousand euros and bars him from fighting in Bellator or any other organization. Neither Vasilevsky or his representatives were present in court. M-1 asserts that the middleweight (16-1 MMA, 1-0 BFC) has been in breach of contract for over a year and is tied to the promotion until mid-2013. Vasilevsky signed with Bellator this past November and defeated Victor O’Donnell in the middleweight tournament. M-1 will ask a U.S. court to uphold the judgement. Vasilevsky is a Russian national and resides in Fairfield, N.J., on a work visa.
~ Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco “Suave” Rodriguez (48-17) saw his losing streak climb to 3 last night in Moscow, Russia. Rodriguez lost to Ruslan Magomedov (7-1) via unanimous decision. The bout occurred at United Glory – 2012 World Series. After a 12 fight winning streak through July 2011, PRIDE veteran Rodriguez is only 1-6 since then.
~ Bellator veteran Alexander Shlemenko (44-7) vs. UFC/PRIDE/DREAM veteran Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa (52-33-8) in middleweight action is set for Super Fight League 2. SFL 2 occurs April 7 in Chandigarh, India, and it streams live on YouTube.
~ Tachi Palace Fights 13 is set for May 10 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif. TPF 12 winners Casey Olson (14-3 MMA, 2-0 TPF) and Francisco Rivera (7-2 MMA, 2-0 TPF) will fight for the organization’s bantamweight title in the night’s main event. Rivera is a WEC/UFC veteran who was released last June following a loss in each organization.