6/18 MMA News and Notes
Jun 18, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ Guess what happened just 8 days after Bob “The Beast” Sapp lost to Tolegen Akylbekov via TKO on June 8 in Kazakhstan. He lost again on Saturday, this time to Jong Dae Kim (4-2), A MIDDLEWEIGHT, via TKO (Punches) at 3:14 into Round 2. The bout occured at Road Fighting Championship 8 in Seoul, South Korea. Sapp, a Strikeforce/PRIDE/DREAM veteran, has lost 9 straight bouts to see his record fall to 11-15-1. Sapp is 0-6 in 2012.
~ UFC/DREAM lightweight veteran Marcus Aurelio was defeated by Strikeforce veteran Lyle Beerbohm via unanimous decision on Saturday night at the O’Reilly Family Event Center in Springfield, Missouri. “Fancy Pants” controlled the action & bloodied “Maximus” in the later rounds as all 3 judges scored the bout 30-26. It occured at ShoFight 20. Beerbohm has won 3 straight to improve to 18-2 while Aurelio falls to 21-10.
~ WEC and Bellator featherweight Rafael “The Law” Dias (16-9-2) defeated Ray Weathers via a 5 round unanimous decision on Saturday at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. This was the main event of the inaugural event for Battle Xtreme Championship. Dias went 1-2 in the defunct WEC & lost to Marlon Sandro at Bellator 58.
~ Team Vitor featherweight Hugo “Wolverine” Viana (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and John “Macapa” Teixeira (13-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a counterpart from Team Wanderlei, will clash on the event’s preliminary card. UFC 147 takes place Saturday at the Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond (also known as “Mineirinho”) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. All of Viana’s victories have come via decision. 9 of Teixeira’s 13 career victories have come via submission.
~ DREAM & recent Strikeforce lightweight Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante (16-5-1, 2NC) will try to get back on track on Saturday June 30 when he faces 6-time Bellator vet Luis “Baboon” Palomino (19-7). They headline Championship Fighting Alliance 7 from the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida. In his last 8 bouts, Cavalcante is 2-4 with 2 No-Contest.