6/7 MMA News and Notes
Jun 7, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ Several weeks ago UFC lightweight veteran TJ “The Spider” O’Brien (18-5) competed once more for Midwest Cage Championships. He won at MCC 40, submitting (Triangle Choke) Joe Morris at 2:22 into Round 1. The event was held in Des Moines, Iowa. This was O’Brien’s 12th career Triangle Choke submission win. O’Brien went 0-2 in the UFC.
~ The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale from last Friday averaged one million FX viewers this past weekend. The five-fight FX main card followed prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook. The FX broadcast averaged a .88 household rating among men 18-34, a .95 among men 18-49, and a .68 among people 18-49.
~ Two fights from Friday’s UFC on FX 3 card will kick off the night on Facebook. The two bouts chosen for the one-hour stream include welterweights Sean Pierson (11-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Jake Hecht (11-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and lightweights Bernardo Magalhaes (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Henry Martinez (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC). UFC on FX 3 takes place at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.
~ UFC middleweight veteran Mike Massenzio (13-7) has been removed from the UFC fighter profile section, signalling his release. The 29 year-old is 2-5 in his last 7 bouts. He also leaves the promotion with a career 2-5 record.
~ Perennial welterweight contender Jon Fitch (23-4-1 MMA, 13-2-1 UFC) injured his knee in training and has been forced to withdraw from a planned UFC on FUEL TV 4 matchup with Aaron Simpson. Simpson is expected to remain on the card, and the search for a replacement opponent is currently underway.