N.O.W (News of the Week) For Jan. 9-14, 2011

MMA News:

  • Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos Named TUF 13 coaches
  • Strikeforce Grand Prix fights will be 3 rounds, all non-title fights.
  • UFC holds a press conference in New York City making another push for the legalization of MMA in the state.  They projected a $23 million revenue from two annual UFC events.
  • Gray Maynard vs. Frankie Edgar III planned for UFC 130 on May 28
  • Wanderlei Silva’s return fight will be against Brian Stann in the Spring
  • Phil Baroni signs w/ Titan Fighting Championships
  • Bellator officially announces more fighters for their season 4 tournament although MMA Sun has uncovered a majority of the participants before they even become official. (Bellator Season 4 Tournament Brackets)
  • UFC Champion Cain Velasquez undergoes surgery on his torn rotator cuff.  He is expected to be sidelined 8-10 months
  • UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is out until summer following hand surgery this week
  • Ulysses Gomez has been released from Bellator because he wants to fight exclusively at flyweight (125 lbs.)

Event Announcements:

  • TUF 13 Finale – June 4, 2011 – Las Vegas, NV
  • UFC 131 – June 11, 2011– Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Fight Announcements:

  • Gian Villante vs. Chad Griggs  (HW Reserve Bout) -Strikeforce – February 12, 2011
  • Antonio McKee vs. Drew Fickett – MFC 28: Supremacy  – Feb. 25
  • Dan Henderson vs. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante – Strikeforce 32 – March 5
  • Erik Koch vs. Cub Swanson – UFC on Versus 3 – March 3
  • Dongi Yang vs. Rob Kimmons – UFC on Versus 3 – March 3
  • Igor Pokrajac vs. Todd Brown – UFC on Versus 3 – March 3
  • Matt Riddle (For Mark Scanlon)  vs. Matt Brown – UFC on VS 3 – March 3
  • Manny Gamburyan vs. Rafael Assuncao – UFC 128 – March 19
  • Dennis Hallman vs. T.J. Waldburger – UFC Fight Night 24 – March 26
  • Leonard Garcia vs. Name Phan II – UFC Fight Night 24 – March 26
  • Michael McDonald vs. Nick Pace – UFC Fight Night 24 – March 26
  • Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick (If Hominick beats George Roop) – UFC 129 – April 30
  • John Makdessi vs. Kyle Watson (Not Jonathan Brookins) – UFC 129 – April 30
  • Brock Lesnar vs. Junior Dos Santos – UFC 131 – June 11, 2011
  • Anthony Pettis vs. Clay Guida – UFC 131 – June 11, 2011
  • Shane Carwin vs. TBA – UFC 131 – June 11, 2011


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