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MMA News & Updates - 8th October

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MMA News & Updates ForRoss Pearson, Amir Shafiy Pour, Prince Amir, Nick Diaz, KJ Noons, Kenny Florian, Evan Dunham, UFC 120, Chan Sung Jung, WEC, Deep 50, Shinya Aoki, Yokthai, Sithoar, Kenny Florian, Sengoku Raiden Championship, Jake Shields, The Korean Zombie



  • Ross Pearson -- who suffered a torn knee cartilage and chipped a bone in his knee in the early stages of his defeat to Cole Miller at UFN 22, will be going under the surgeons knife this coming Thursday to repair the damage. -- Pearson who tried to keep his injury quiet is targeting a February 2011 return to action.


  • Martial arts centre opens in Dubai-- Amir Shafiy Pour, better known of course as Prince Amir, a three time former muay thai world champion, has finally set up his martial arts centre in Dubai as he looks to turn aspiring young fighters within the Emirates into fierce warriors. -- No stranger to martial arts fans anywhere in the world, let alone Dubai, Iranian-born Prince Amir came to the UAE four years ago after bringing his career to an end in 2005. He thought he had seen enough of the ring but soon realised he was wrong. “The intention at the start was to come here and do my own thing,” said Amir, CEO and head instructor of The Champion Club.

The Club, located at Jumeirah Lake Towers is yet to undergo its official opening, but the facility is already running houseful with members including women and children.


 “Collision Course: Part 2″ - Nick Diaz vs. KJ Noons fight – October 9


  • Kenny Florian vs. Evan Dunham Likely for UFC 127-- Kenny Florian has agreed to face Evan Dunham, likely at UFC 127 on Feb. 5, Florian announced on Thursday night's edition of ESPN's MMA Live. The bout will feature two highly ranked lightweights seeking to avoid two-fight losing streaks. -- Florian came out on the wrong side of a judges decision to Gray Maynard in a recent No. 1 contenders fight at UFC 118, while Dunham lost in a very controversial split decision to former champ Sean Sherk at UFC 119 in September.


  • UFC 120 will set European mixed martial arts gate and attendance recordswhen the show bows at the 02 Arena in London, UFC UK president and managing director of international development Marshall Zelaznik said on a Thursday conference call for the event. -- Demand for tickets was so high that UFC recently reconfigured the arena to allow additional seats to be made available. Zelaznik later told MMA Fighting that over 17,000 fans would fill the arena, breaking the record of 16,693 from UFC 105 in Nov. 2009. – UFC 120, October 16, 2010.


  • WEC Chan Sung Jung-- Hospitalized after a head kick knockout on Thursday night, WEC featherweight Chan Sung Jung was medically cleared and discharged after passing a CT scan, according to his manager Brian "Shug" Rhee.

Rhee said that Jung had some stitches put in to address a deep cut suffered during the fight, but is otherwise doing well. -- Jung shot to instant popularity on the American MMA scene when he debuted earlier this year to an epic slugfest with Leonard Garcia in what many believe to be the fight of the year.


  • Deep 50 -- Dream lightweight champion Shinya Aokiis set to pay his respects to his first home, DEEP, on the promotion's 10th anniversary card on Oct. 24 in Tokyo, Japan. -- Just under a month after beating Marcus Aurelio at Dream.16, Aoki will be facing former professional boxer Yokthai Sithoar at DEEP 50.

Sithoar, a former WBA boxing champion, is a 35-year-old Thai fighter who last boxed in June 2004. Despite a 29-6-3 overall boxing record, Sithoar's last three fights were losses. Sithoar has zero MMA bouts under his belt.

Aoki began his career with DEEPin November 2003 before leaving for Shooto after his first career loss to Jutaro Nakao at DEEP 16 in August 2004. Once Aoki made a name for himself in Shooto as the "middleweight" (welterweight under Unified Rules) champion, he moved onto PRIDE and now, Dream.


  • Sengoku Raiden Championship 15 - Oct. 30, Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan--Despite losing a disputed split-decision, Jung -- nicknamed "The Korean Zombie" -- won over fans with his ability to seemingly walk through endless punishment to deliver his own offense. -- Former Sengoku Raiden Championship featherweight champion Masanori Kanehara will return to action against Doo Ho Choi at SRC 15 the promotion announced Thursday.

Hiroshi Izumi vs. James Zikic

Kazunori Yokota vs. Brian Cobb

Maximo Blanco vs Leo Santos

Masanori Kanehara vs Doo Ho Choi

Kazuo "Yoshiki" Takahashi vs. Chang Seob Lee


SRC Welterweight GP Series 2010 Semifinals

KTaro Nakamura vs. Takuya Wada

Yasubey Enomoto vs. Taisuke "Gouten" Okuno


SRC Bantamweight Asia Tournament 2010 Quarterfinals

Akitoshi Tamura vs. Shoko Sato

Manabu Inoue vs. Jae Hyun So

Taiyo Nakahara vs. Shintaro Ishiwatari

Shunichi Shimizu vs. Wataru Takahashi


  • Jake Shields: The Specialist