4/9 MMA News and Notes
Apr 9, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ UFC/DREAM heavyweight veteran Todd Duffee had his 1st fight since New Years Eve 2010 on Saturday in Chandigarh, India. Duffee defeated fellow UFC vet Neil “Goliath” Grove via TKO (Punches) in the main event of Super Fight League 2. Duffee broke a 2 fight losing streak to improve to 7-2. Grove, a Bellator vet, falls to 11-6-1 after his 3rd straight loss.
~ Sengoku veteran Masanori Kanehara won his bantamweight debut last night in Tokyo, Japan at Heat 22. Kanehara (19-10-5) submitted (Rear Naked Choke) Jake Hattan at 3:16 into Round 1. Kanehara owns wins over UFC veteans Chan Sung Jung, Norifumi “Kid”Yamamoto, & Michihiro Omigawa.
~ UFC/PRIDE lightweight veteran David Bielkheden (17-10) has signed with European promotion Cage Warriors. Swedish welterweight Bielkheden is probably best known for a three-fight UFC run that saw him face Mark Bocek, Jess Liaudin and Diego Sanchez.
~ Ring of Combat champion and undefeated UFC newcomer Tom DeBlass (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has signed with the UFC. He trains with Ricardo Almeida in New Jersey, turning pro in 2010 and has earned four stoppages in seven career wins.
~ UFC/Bellator veteran Eddie “The Manic Hispanic” Sanchez (13-5) will face fellow Bellator veteran Damian Grabowski (14-1) on Friday, April 27 in Spodek, Katowice, Poland. The bout occurs for the MMA Attack promotion. Sanchez went 3-3 in his UFC career.