5/25 MMA News and Notes
May 25, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ UFC light heavyweight veteran Antonio “Samuray” Mendes improved to 18-11 last Thursday at the Paulo Sarasate Gymnasium in Fortaleza, Brazil. Mendes defeated Kleberson Tavares via KO (Front Kick) at 2:18 into their fight. He was held at “Brazilian King Fighter.” Mendes suffered 1st Round stoppage losses at UFC 84 & UFC 93.
~ The “Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final” event drew the organization’s best ratings of 2012. The main-card broadcast scored a 1.38 household rating and averaged 463,000 Showtime viewers. Strikeforce’s first two shows of 2012 averaged 387,500 viewers, including 431,000 for March’s “Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey” event.
~ Earlier this week, Jimmy Hettes (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has picked up an injury and thus will not face fellow featherweight Steven Siler (20-9 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC on FX 4. The event takes place June 22 at Revel Atlantic City in New Jersey. Siler will get a new opponent.
~ UFC/Strikeforce/DREAM welterweight veteran Jesse “JT Money” Taylor lost last night in the main event of Cage Warriors Fight Night 6. Taylor (20-9) was unsuccessful in challeging for the Welterweight Title held by Gael Grimaud as he was submitted (Armbar) 55 seconds into Round 3. The took place at the Khalifa Sports City in Isa Town, Bahrain.
~ Bantamweight Erik Perez (10-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has signed with the UFC. The Mexican makes his UFC debut on the strength of a five-fight win streak that included recent BAMMA victories over notables James Brum and Paul McVeigh. Perez is 22 years old.