5/8 MMA News and Notes
May 8, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ This past weekend’s episode of “The Ultimate Fighter” rebounded ever-so-slightly following the lowest-rated episode in the series’ seven-year history. Ratings for the ninth episode of “The Ultimate Fighter: Live” resulted in average of 954,000 viewers on FX, up from 929,000 the previous week. Friday’s show was the fifth straight “TUF: Live” episode to draw one million viewers or fewer.
~ The Ultimate Fighter 12″ cast member Sako “The Chainsaw” Chivitchian (6-1) won at Saturday’s “Chaos in the Casino” event in Inglewood, California. Chivitchian, fighting for the first time since a loss to Kyle Watson at the TUF 12 Finale, topped Preston Scharf (12-13) via split decision. This was a lightweight bout.
~ Former WEC Light-heavyweight Champion Doug “The Rhino” Marshall lost on Sunday in New Delhi, Delhi, India. DREAM/Bellator/PRIDE veteran Zelg Galesic defeated Marshall via KO (Knee & Punches) in just 34 seconds. The bout was the opening bout of Super Fight League 3. Marshall drops to 14-6 while Galesic improves to 11-6.
~ PRIDE veteran & Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix participant Sergei Kharitonov (18-5) is returning to MMA on Saturday May 26 at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden at United Glory – 2012 Glory World Series. He faces King of the Cage Super Heavyweight Champion Tony Lopez (31-8). Lopez has won 7 straight bouts & is a Bellator veteran.
~ UFC veteran and The Ultimate Fighter 2 winner Joe “Daddy” Stevenson headlines Resurrection Fighting Alliance 3 as the main event and faces Dakota Cochrane (11-3). RFA 3: Stevenson vs Cochrane occurs on June 30 at the Viaero Event Center in Kearney, Nebraska. Cochrane appeared in March on The Ultimate Fighter reality TV series.