5/23 MMA News and Notes
May 23, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ The eye injury that made Johny Hendricks (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) see double during a fight with Josh Koscheck is now okay. Hendricks was inadvertently poked by Koscheck (17-6 MMA, 15-6 UFC) in the first round of their fight at UFC on FOX 3, and he received an indefinite suspension pending an opthalmological exam. However “Bigg Rigg” has since been cleared to fight. Its unknown when his next fight will take place.
~ UFC/Strikeforce/Bellator light-heavyweight veteran Trevor Prangley improved to 25-9-1 with a submission (Rear Naked Choke) win over George Stork at 2:42 into Round 3 last Thursday. The bout headlined King of the Cage Wild Card. Prangley, 39, went 2-2 in the UFC early in his career. He also suffered a loss to Hector Lombard last November.
~ Bellator season 6 welterweight participant Carlos Alexandre Pereira was a winner at the Paulo Sarasate Gymnasium in Fortaleza, Brazil last Thursday. Perreira (34-10-1) defeated Jaco Quintana via TKO (Punches) at 4:30 of Round 1. The bout was the co-main event of the inaugural Brazilian King Fighter event. “Indio” was ousted of the tournament by finalist Bryan Baker on March 30.
~ Veteran referee Herb Dean will oversee the UFC 146 main event between Junior Dos Santos and Frank Mir. Adalaide Byrd, Glenn Trowbridge and Tony Weeks will judge the contest. The Nevada State Athletic Commission issued the assignments at its monthly meeting in Las Vegas. UFC 146 takes place Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
~ UFC/Strikeforce middleweight veteran John Salter (8-2) will now face Reggie “The Regulator” Peña (9-5) next month in the main event of Xtreme Fighting Championships 18: Music City Mayhem. The event occurs June 22 from Nashville, Tennessee at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium & airs on HDNet. Salter’s only career defeats came in the UFC.