4/10 MMA News and Notes
Apr 10, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ Ratings for the fifth episode of “The Ultimate Fighter: Live” were down slightly and resulted in an average audience of 947,000 viewers, which marks the smallest ratings figure in the 15-season run of the series. Friday’s episode, which featured the season’s fourth opening-round matchup, followed the 1.1 million viewers who tuned in for the fourth episode.
~ UFC lightweight veteran Paul “Tellys” Kelly had his 1st fight since his UFC release last February on Saturday in Chandigarh, India. However, he lost to Ryan Healy via unanimous decision in the opening bout of Super Fight League 2. Kelly (12-5) had a UFC record of 5-4.
~ Ring of Combat champion and undefeated UFC newcomer Tom DeBlass (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced injured light heavyweight Jorgen Kruth (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and now meets Cyrille Diabate (17-8-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC on FUEL TV 2. UFC on FUEL TV 2 takes place April 14 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.
~ WEC/DREAM veteran John “The Natural” Alessio (34-14 MMA, 0-3 UFC) is headed back to the UFC after resigning with the promotion. The 32-year-old Canadian has been on a roll with 10 victories in his past 11 fights. The lone loss came to Siyar Bahadurzada, who later signed with the UFC.
~ A meeting between top-ranked fighters Megumi Fujii (25-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC) and Jessica Aguilar (13-4 MMA, 3-1 BFC) is now official. Bellator officials confirmed the 115-pound women’s bout for the MTV2-televised main card of Bellator 59, which takes place May 18 at L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles, La. Prelims stream on Spike.com.