5/26 MMA News and Notes
May 26, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ Last Thursday, at the Paulo Sarasate Gymnasium in Fortaleza, Brazil, UFC/DREAM lightweight veteran Willamy “Chiquerim” Freire (20-5) got back on the winning track. He submitted (Guillotine Choke) Zozimar de Oliveira Silva Jr at 1:45 into Round 2 at the inaugural “Brazilian King Fighter.” Freire suffered UFC & DREAM losses in 2011. He’s 12-2 in his last 14 contests.
~ Last Friday, at the Casman Centre in Fort McMurray, Canada, UFC heavyweight veteran Tim “The Thrashing Machine” Hague returned to MMA action. Hague, 29, lost to Mike Hackert (5-1) via unanimous decision in the main event of Prestige Fighting Championship 4. Hague (14-6) went 1-4 in the UFC during 3 different stints with the promotion.
~ This past weekend’s “Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final” event officially drew 5,413 attendees for a $226,005 live gate. Of the 5,413 attendees, a substantial 2,609 (48 percent) received complimentary admission. Strikeforce’s debut show, “Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie,” set a since-broken North American MMA attendance record with 18,265 attendees in 2006. Additionally, the most recent event at the venue, “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg,” drew 9,059 attendees for a $533,215 gate in early 2011.
~ Last night in Kansas City, Missouri, Titan Fighting Championship presented TFC 22: Johnson vs. Branch. The main event featured UFC veterans Anthony “Rumble” Johnson & Dave “Tree” Branch. Johnson (11-4) defeated Branch (10-3) via unanimous decision on HDNet. Johnson was released by the UFC in January for his failure to make weight.
~ The full UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
Champ Junior Dos Santos (239) vs. Frank Mir (261)
Antonio Silva (264) vs. Cain Velasquez (240)
Dave Herman (233) vs. Roy Nelson (254)
Shane Del Rosario (246) vs. Stipe Miocic (245)
Lavar Johnson (248) vs. Stefan Struve (255)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX)
Diego Brandao (145) vs. Darren Elkins (145)
Edson Barboza (155) vs. Jamie Varner (156)
C.B. Dollaway (186) vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller (185)
Dan Hardy (170) vs. Duane “Bang” Ludwig (171)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Paul Sass (156) vs. Jacob Volkmann (155)
Kyle Kingsbury (205) vs. Glover Teixeira (204)
Mike Brown (145) vs. Daniel Pineda (146)