5/9 MMA News and Notes
May 8, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ Ratings for this past weekend’s Bellator 67 event were up sharply. The event averaged 165,000 MTV2 viewers – up 51 percent from Bellator 66, which averaged 109,000 viewers. Of Bellator’s eight season-six events to date, Bellator 67 ranked fourth. It also topped the previous season average of 148,000 viewers.
~ Following his loss to Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler at Friday’s Bellator 67 event, UFC/PRIDE veteran Akihiro Gono (32-18-7) announced his retirement from the sport. The Japanese veteran made the announcement in a post-event press conference following the MTV2-televised event. Gono, 37, made his pro debut way back in 1994. He’s one of only two men to defeat Hector Lombard and one of just three to defeat Gegard Mousasi.
~ In New Delhi, Delhi, India, at Super Fight League 3, UFC/Strikeforce/DREAM/Bellator middleweight veteran Trevor Prangley, 39, destroyed Baga Agaev, 27, via KO (Punches) at 2:03 into Round 3. The bout occured on Sunday. Prangley broke a 3 fight losing streak to move to 24-9-1.
~ Official fighter weigh-ins for this month’s “UFC on FUEL TV 3: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier” event take place Monday, May 14. The weigh-ins take place at Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The same venue host the following day’s FUEL TV-broadcast event. The weigh-ins for UFC on FUEL TV 3 begin at 4 p.m. ET.
~ UFC//Bellator/PRIDE light-heavyweight veteran Jeremy “Gumby” Horn (89-21-5) will return to MMA by competing at United Glory – 2012 Glory World Series on May 26 in Stockholm, Sweden. Horn faces Ilir Latifi (5-2). Horn holds a career 5-7 UFC record.