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MMA News in Brief - 18 January

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MMA News in Brief – Tuesday 18th January for: 100 Percent Fight 4, Alistair Overeem, Bellator’s fourth season, Cain Velasquez, Demian Maia, Dennis Hallman, Fabricio Werdum, Lorenzo Fertitta, MMA in NY rally, Strikeforce Challengers 14, Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, UFC 126, UFC 130



  • Cain Velasquez: Successful Surgery - UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez said Monday that his surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff was successful, and he's already working out in preparation for a return to the Octagon. - "Surgery went well," Velasquez wrote on his verified Twitter account. "Back at Joe Grasso's lifting legs. Best place to train."


  • Strikeforce Challengers 14 - Lightweights Lyle Beerbohm and Pat Healy have agreed to main event the upcoming Strikeforce Challengers 14 event on February, 18th. - Strikeforce announced the event on last week's Challengers 13 broadcast, but have yet to announce the location of the card. Ryan Couture is expected to compete on the card against a yet to be determined opponent.


  • Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix -- Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion “The Demolition Man” Alistair Overeem (30-12) will not be defending his title during the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix as originally planned, according to the organization’s CEO Scott Coker. During a press conference earlier today, Coker addressed MMA media outlets concerning the many rumors surrounding the tournament, including those that Overeem would be defending his belt throughout and other rumors that any fight involving the champion would be contested for five rounds as opposed to three. Coker also announced that the ultimate winner of the tournament would not be the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion but would instead hold an entirely different Strikeforce Grand Prix Championship belt.


  • Bellator’s fourth season - Recent signee Jay Hieron is officially onboard for Bellator’s next welterweight tournament. The opening round will see Hieron clash with Bellator veteran Steve Carl, who earned his place in the tournament by defeating Tyler Stinson last August. The two will meet at a yet-to-be-named event on March 5th. - The addition of this match up completes the full welterweight tournament lineup. Also included in the 8 man elimination event is Dan Hornbuckle, Rick Hawn, Brent Weedman, Chris Lozano, Jim Wallhead and former Bellator champion Lyman Good. - The 8 men will clash in a tournament format bracket, with the winner earning a shot at current champion Ben Askren’s title.


  • UFC 130 - The growing rivalry between UFC lightweight stars Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard will see its next chapter at UFC 130 in May, when the two square off for the third time. UFC president Dana White confirmed to MMA Fighting that the lightweight championship bout would take place on May 28 in Las Vegas. - Less than two weeks ago, the two fought to a split draw at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the same venue that is likely to house them in May.


  • 100 Percent Fight 4 - Frenchman Xavier Foupa-Pokam (21-15) saw action for the first time this year when he took center stage at 100 Percent Fight 4 this past weekend. Returning to his homeland of France, Foupa-Pokam locked horns with fellow UFC castaway Lucio Linhares (15-6) in the evenings main event.

100 Percent Fight 4 results below:

1 Cedric Perruchet Draw Franck Guillot

2 Rudy Saoudi Def Sebastian Grandin via Submission (Armbar)

3 Jason Ponet Def Jean Bagal via Decision (Unanimous)

4 Gael Grimaud Def Gary Kono via Submission (Guillotine Choke)

5 Seydina Seck Def Manuel Sully via Decision (Unanimous)

6 Antoine Poli Def Christophe Gauthierot via TKO (Kicks)

7 Yves Landu Def Araik Margarian via Decision (Unanimous)

8 Eric Cebarac Def Gary Decorde via Decision (Unanimous)

9 Faycal Hussin Def Tahar Hadbi via Decision (Unanimous)

10 Marc Emmanuel Def Yassine Bando via Submission (Keylock)

11 Gael Grimaud Def Seydina Seck via Decision (Unanimous)

12 Lucio Linhares Def Xavier Foupa-Pokam via Submission (Triangle Choke)


  • Welterweight Dennis Hallman (50-13-2-1) has signed a new four fight contract with the UFC. Hallman will next collide with Anthony Waldburger at UFC Fight Night 24, on March 26th in Seattle. - Waldburger sports a 13-5 record and made his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 22 where he notched a unanimous decision win over fellow UFC neophyte David Mitchell.


  • UFC Middleweight Demian Maia is the latest Brazilian fighter to seek a bout on the August UFC card that will take place in Rio de Janeiro and talked to about the card and his desire to throw down in front of his home country: - "I'm waiting... I'd like to fight in Brazil in August, it's what I want the most, but there's nothing confirmed. My manager is talking to the guys there. I can't say much, I've fought MMA few times in Brazil and for me it'd be, like the Americans say, priceless. Everybody wants me to fight, but the division is a little bit messed up, the matchmaking, but I can't complain. I've fought four times last year and the most important thing is not to lose the rhythm. I won't lack fights. UFC has 260 athletes after its fusion with WEC, so it'll be crazy to match these fights to fill all cards."


  • UFC 126 near sellout - With the Ultimate Fighting Championship's upcoming Super Bowl card nearing a sellout, additional tickets soon will be available for a closed-circuit video feed of the show. UFC 126 takes place Feb. 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, and the night's main card airs on pay-per-view. - Tickets for the accompanying viewing party cost $50 and go on sale Tuesday beginning at 1 p.m. ET through Ticketmaster and MAIN CARD Champ Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort (for middleweight title) - Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin - Jake Ellenberger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha - Ryan Bader vs. Jon Jones and Antonio Banuelos vs. Miguel Torres


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