4/12 MMA News and Notes
Apr 12, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ A Bellator Fighting Championships veteran accused of competing while trying to collect workers’ compensation could spend years in jail, prosecutors said this week. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office charged Raphael “The Noodle” Davis with four felony counts of insurance fraud. Davis was arrested Tuesday morning and immediately held on $30,000 bail, the district attorney’s office said. Davis was released from jail Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Fraud investigators found that Davis, a firefighter, made false claims for workers’ compensation, the district attorney’s office said, adding that the filings took place between Dec. 2, 2008, and May 20, 2011. He fought seven times in mma during that period.
~ In a 3-0 vote, the Ohio Athletic Commission denied Brandon Saling’s (8-6 MMA, 0-1 SF) appeal of a license revocation that was handed down this past month after it was discovered he lied about his criminal background. Saling, who recently competed for Strikeforce, that he accepts the ruling but will seek fights in states that will license him. “It’s fair,” Saling said. “I falsified my application.” Saling’s revocation runs until April 11, 2013.
~ UFC/PRIDE light-heavyweight veteran Dean “The Boogeyman” Lister (11-7) returns to MMA on Saturday April 28 when he faces Rodney Moore (7-7). The middleweight bout occurs in Belfast, Northern Ireland at Cage Contender 13. Lister, the 2003 & 2011 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships Absolute Division Gold Medalist, went 4-2 in 3 years under the UFC.
~ UFC/DREAM/Strikeforce light-heavyweight veteran Trevor Prangley (23-9-1) faces Baga Agaev (26-11) at Super Fight League 3. The Indian-based organization announced the fight, which takes place May 6 at IGI Stadium in New Delhi. The entire lineup streams on YouTube. Prangley is stuck in a 1-4 skid while Agaev is 9-1 in his last 10 bouts.
~ UFC/PRIDE/Strikeforce middleweight veteran Phil “The New York Bad Ass” Baroni (14-14) will make a return to MMA action on June 2 when he faces Chris Holland (4-3). The bout headlines Ring of Fire 43: Bad Blood from the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. Baroni has recently been spending time as an MMA commentator.