Sunday, June 29, 2014


This weekend of MMA was dominated by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The UFC held two events on Saturday; One took place in New Zealand while the other went down in Texas.

UFC Fight Night 43 saw a lot of talented fighters from Austrailia and New Zealand compete. Many of those fighters saw success in their bouts but the two that fought in the co-main and main event suffered the taste of defeat. Heavyweight Jared Rosholt put a stop to the Soa Palelei hype train by getting a hard fought unanimous decision win over him. The main event featured two fighters who were on losing streaks. Fortunately for Middleweight Nate Marquardt, he snapped that losing streak with a armbar victory over James Te Huna. The armbar came at 4:34 of round 1. Te Huna has now lost three fights in a row.

UFC Fight Night 44 was the night of decision wins. Middleweight Cezar Ferreira won an exciting fight by decision over Andrew Craig. Welterweight Kelvin Gastelum, despite missing weight, won a decision over Nicholas Musoke. In the main event Featherweight Cub Swanson won a close decision over Jeremy Stephens moving his win streak to six fights. 

Following the signing of new President Scott Coker, Bellator has released 19 fighters. Eric Prindle, Carlos Eduardo, Anthony Leone, Nathan Coy and Rodrigo Lima were some of the more notable fighters released.

The UFC has officially signed a development deal with Vale Tudo Japan which is run by SHOOTO. The deal will see fighters in the lighter weight classes (Bantamweight and Featherweight) compete to earn a spot in the UFC. The competition is easily comparable to The Ultimate Fighter. 

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