3/28 MMA News and Notes
Mar 28, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ Strikeforce/PRIDE heavyweight veteran Valentijn “The Python” Overeem dropped his record to 30-27 with a defeat in Assago, Lombardy, Italy. He was submitted (Guillotine Choke) by Michal Kita in just 83 seconds last Saturday for the brand-new promotion “Oktagon.” Valentijn, 35, is the older brother of Alistair.
~ The Nevada State Athletic Commission yesterday seized an opportunity to put its out-of-competition drug testing program to use following a pre-event press conference for UFC 146. Six of the event’s top billed fighters – Junior Dos Santos, Alistair Overeem, Cain Velasquez, Frank Mir, Roy Nelson and Antonio Silva – were summoned after the gathering to give urine samples that will be tested for drugs of abuse and performance-enhancers. Results from those tests will be available in a week to two weeks, NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer confirmed.
~ Alistair Overeem yesterday was sentenced to 50 hours of community service and ordered to undergo anger-management counseling for a single count of misdemeanor battery arising from an incident at a Las Vegas club over New Year’s weekend. He also received a suspended 90-day jail sentence and is ordered to appear in court on Sept. 26, according to a report from “The Las Vegas Review-Journal.” The incident occurred late last year.
~ Following this past weekend’s opening round, the season-six lightweight tournament now continues with a semifinal round at next month’s Bellator 66 event in Ohio. The final-four matchups include Rick Hawn (12-1 MMA, 4-1 BFC) vs. Lloyd Woodard (12-1 MMA, 2-1 BFC) and Thiago Michel (10-2 MMA, 1-0 BFC) vs. Brent Weedman (19-7-1 MMA, 5-2 BFC). The two winners meet later this season to determine a tourney champion and the next lightweight title challenger. Bellator 66 takes place April 20 at the I-X Center in Cleveland.
~ Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields (27-5-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is returning to the 185-pound division. On Tuesday’s new edition of “UFC Tonight,” FUEL TV’s weekly UFC news program, Shield’s intentions were announced. Shields, who has competed at welterweight in his four UFC fights, plans to return to action in August, though his first opponent at 185 pounds has yet to be announced.