3/30 MMA News and Notes
Mar 30, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ The top Chinese promotion, Legend Fighting Championship, hosted their 8th event today in Hong Kong, China. UFC/DREAM veteran Keita “K-Taro” Nakamura defeated Hoon Kim via TKO (Injury) at 5:00 of the 1st round. Nakamura (23-5-2) is 7-2 since he went 0-3 in the UFC in 2006-2007-2008. All 3 of his UFC losses came via decision.
~ Just days after his release from Strikeforce, Muhammed Lawal has apologized for calling the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s Pat Lundvall “a racist b**ch” on Twitter, which led to the organization letting him go. “I was out of line for calling the woman the ‘b’ word and I was wrong for that,” Lawal told CSN California. “I was kind of mad about the comments, I was offended by the comments made towards me and I was out of line. I was too emotional. I apologize for that. With that being said, I still feel that I was offended, but I’m in the wrong for what I said.”
~ Dakota Cochrane (11-2) returns to official MMA action tonight in Kearney, Nebraska against Cliff Wright (4-2) at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 2. Cochrane lost 3 weeks ago to James Vick in a close qualifying bout held for the “TUF 15 Live” show. Vick fought the following week & won via KO. Cochrane holds a win over UFC vet Jamie Varner last year.
~ UFC weltrweight veteran Kris McCray (7-3) faces Ailton Barbosa (10-3) in two weeks on the preliminaries at Bellator 65. Bellator 65 in occurs on April 13 in Atlantics City, New Jersey. McCray, a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter 11, is 2-0 since his UFC release last March. He suffered all of his career losses in the UFC.
~ A bantamweight fight between former WEC champ Miguel Torres (40-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and fast-rising youngster Michael McDonald (14-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has been promoted to UFC 145′s pay-per-view broadcast. The April 21 event, which takes place in Atlanta’s Philips Arena and features a light heavyweight title fight between champ Jon Jones and former titleholder Rashad Evans, now has a six-fight main card.