5/6 MMA News and Notes
May 6, 2012 - by Steve Gerweck
~ Lavar Johnson, Nate Diaz, Louis Gaudinot and John Lineker each earned $65,000 bonuses for their performances at tonight’s UFC on FOX 3 event. Johnson earned the night’s “Knockout of the Night” bonus, Diaz picked up the “Submission of the Night” award, and Gaudinot and Lineker took home “Fight of the Night” honors.
~ UFC veteran Gerarld Harris (20-4) has replaced fellow UFC vet Marcus Aurelio (21-9) at this week’s Legacy Fighting Championship 11 event. Aurelio didn’t secure his fight license in time for the Friday event, which airs live on HDNet. Harris now fights recent Strikeforce fighter and fellow welterweight Mike Bronzoulis (13-4-1) at the event, which takes place at Houston’s Arena Theater.
~ Former WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner (19-6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is replacing Evan Dunham & will face Edson Barboza (10-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) at UFC 146 preliminaries. UFC 146 takes place May 26 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
~ UFC/WEC/Strikeforce middleweight veteran Scott Smith (17-10, 1 No-Contest) will face newly-crowned Gladiator Challenge Middleweight Champion Marcus Gaines (9-18-1) on Saturday, June 23 at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, California. Smith is in a 1-5 slump.