4/8 MMA News and Notes
Apr 8, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ BJJ black belt Vinny Magalhaes is training #1 Middleweight Contender Chael Sonnen in preparation for his title bout with Anderson Silva in June. Magalhaes, the M-1 Global Light Heavyweight Champion & UFC veteran, recently packed on a few pounds to win the 99 kilogram division of the 2011 Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) submission grappling world championships by defeating Fabricio Werdum.
~ UFC/PRIDE/DREAM middleweight veteran Ikuhisa Minowa lost yesterday to Bellator middleweight Alexander Shlemenko at Super Fight League 2. “Storm” stopped Minowaman” via TKO (Punch/Knee to the Body) at 2:20 into Round 1. The event occured at Chandigarh, India. Shlemenko (45-7) has won 8 straight since March 12, 2011 & is 14-1 in his last 15 bouts. Minowa is 1-2 this year so far to drop his record to 53-34-8.
~ UFC/Strikeforce/DREAM middleweight veteran Jesse “JT Money” Taylor (20-8) will meet welterweight champion Gael Grimaud (14-5) in the headliner of next month’s Cage Warriors Fight Night 6 event. The event takes place May 3 in Bahrain at a city and venue to be announced.
~ A welterweight bout between PRIDE/UFC vet Marcus Aurelio (21-9) and recent Strikeforce fighter Mike Bronzoulis (13-4-1) is a late addition to next month’s Legacy Fighting Championships 11 event. Legacy Fighting Championship 11 takes place May 11 at Houston’s Arena Theater, and the main card airs on HDNet.
~ Strikeforce Lightweight veteran Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerhohm (16-2) returns to King of the Cage on May 17 at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel located in Worley, Idaho. Beerhohm, 33, faces Chris Ensley (5-18) at King of the Cage – Wildcard