At Art of War 14: Ground Zero held in COTAI STRIP, Macao, China, The Ultimate Fighter 5 participant Andy Wang and Tsuboi Atsuhiro fought to a draw.
Javier Vazquez (13-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) replaces injured Mark Hominick (16-8 MMA, 0-2 WEC) and meets promotional newcomer Deividas Taurosevicius (10-3 MMA, 0-0 WEC) next month’s “WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson” event.
Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) , president pro tempore of California’s state Senate, announced Thursday that he would not allow confirmation votes for California State Athletic Commission members Timothy Noonan and Peter Lopez to proceed, thus ending their tenure by the end of the year. The news comes from the Los Angeles Times, which reported last week that California’s ethics agency, the Fair Political Practices Commission, had opened an investigation regarding CSAC members using their positions to secure free admission for family and friends to events they were entrusted to regulate. Following Steinberg’s announcement Thursday, the Times reported that Noonan, the chairman of the CSAC, resigned. In his resignation letter, Noonan cited a decision by Brian Stigar, the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs chief, to reject the commission’s choice for the vacant executive director position. The commission had recommended that veteran referee Pat Russell take the spot abandoned by Armando Garcia, who resigned under charges of sexual harassment in November of last year.
Former Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion and International Fight League veteran Delson Heleno defeated Affliction veteran Fabio Nascimento by unanimous decision to lead Team USA East past Team USA West in the 2009 M-1 Challenge Semi-Finals on Saturday at the Russian Sports Palace in Rostov, Russia. Heleno’s record improves to 16-5.
UFC Veteran Steve Bruno forced Orlando’s Clayton McKinney of Jungle MMA to submit at the 1:33 mark of the second round with a D’Arce choke at Action Fight League’s Rumble at the Rock. Bruno, who went 1-2 in the UFC, improved his record to 13-5.
Will Campuzano (6-0 MMA, 0-0 WEC), a Dallas-based bantamweight, makes his WEC debut as a replacement for injured Akitoshi Tamura (14-7-2 MMA, 1-1 WEC) and meets Damacio Page (11-4 MMA, 2-1 WEC). Despite the change, the fight remains on the televised main card.
The Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) 2009 grappling competition and tournament from Barcelona, Spain, for Sept. 26-27, is officially in the books. Braulio Estima claimed the -88kg Final over Andre Galvao, and is now slated to face Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in a ADCC 2011 superfightTaking home division bragging rights were current Strikeforce heavyweight Fabricio Werdum (+99kg), Pablo Popovich (-77kg) and Brazilian lady grapplers Hannette Staack (+60kg) and Luanna Alzuguir (-60kg). Mixed martial arts veteran Jeff “The Snowman” Monson, female champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos and ex-WEC competitor David Avellan all placed third within their respective weight classes.
World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Chuck Grigsby (17-5) defeated Spencer Hooker via unanimous decision on Saturday.
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