MMA Rapid Recap: More injuries, Sylvia victorious, UFC making moves, Maynard-Guida controversy
All the latest in mixed martial arts!
--Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia (31-7), who has been in the news more for begging to get back in the Zuffa fold lately, earn his third straight win Saturday night. "The Maine-iac" defeated some dude named Randy Smith in just 12 seconds via TKO (punches). Good for him. Bellator could use a name heavyweight like him, especially if he could go on a little run like veteran Mark Hunt in the UFC.
--Another day, another injury. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has pulled out of his UFC 149 bout with Cheick Kongo, due to you guessed it--an injury. Kongo will now face former LSU football star Shawn Jordan, according to UFC.com. No Aldo. No Shogun. No Big Nog. No Bisping. The UFC's Calgary debut is definitely cursed.
--In case you haven't heard, former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael Feijao Cavalcante tested positive for a banned substance and is now out for one year. All the details here.
--The UFC Fan Expo on July 6-7 will feature over 50 MMA fighters from UFC, Strikeforce, and even some independent organizations.
--Former Sengoku champion and UFC fighter Jorge Santiago picked up his second straight win under the Titan Fighting Championship banner, quickly dispatching of Justin Guthrie via heel hook (1:34, RD 1) on Friday night's HDNet broadcast.
--The UFC on FX 4 main event for June 22 has some controversy. No, thankfully no one's injured.
According to a report by MMAJunkie.com, Gray Maynard filed a complaint with the New Jersey Athletic Commission about Guida's hair. Guida's management said it's been taken care of and Guida will have his hair braided. NJSAC's Nick Lembo says Guida complied without having to hold a hearing before his fight with Maynard in Atlantic City. Now Maynard claims he never complained. More on this as it develops.
Guess we'll know what the truth is if Guida's trademark caveman locks are flowing this Friday night.
--Tickets for UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II are on sale now.
--Bellator's Summer Series featuring its light heavyweight tournament kicks off this Friday night at 8pm/ET on MTV2 and EPIX2. Prelims stream on Spike.com.
--Results for Ring of Combat 41 in Atlantic City.
--After Eric Prindle embarrassed himself against Cole Konrad, Bellator signs a standout heavyweight to bolster their roster that's not named Brett Rogers.
--Some UFC business news:
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) announced a major initial offering of its Ultimate Fighting Championship® content in Spanish-speaking Latin America. Members will now be able to watch a wide variety of recent and classic UFC events, highlights series and the documentary Bad Blood on Netflix’s streaming service.
The new UFC content will include a range of fights and shows that feature some of the sport’s biggest names including Anderson Silva, Jose Aldo, B.J. Penn, Lyoto Machida, George St. Pierre, and Uriah Faber.
Popular UFC compilation series will also be added to Netflix, including selections from 100 Greatest Moments and Ultimate Heavyweights (both 6/20).