The UFC’s second-ever visit to Staples Center drew just slightly more spectators than the first trip, as “UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun” officially earned 14,892 attendees for a gate of $1,913,093.62.
Former Pride Fighting Championships lightweight titleholder Takanori Gomi battled through five rounds of ferocious striking against Tony Hervey and won a unanimous decision yesterday in the Vale Tudo Japan 2009 main event on Friday at JCB Hall. Gomi has won back-to-back fights since his submission loss to former Sengoku champion Satoru Kitaoka in January and improves his record to 31-5.
MMA Big Show has signed two-time UFC veteran Junie Browning (3-1) and The Ultimate Fighter alum Luke Zachrich (9-1) to contracts. Browning will debut at November’s MMA Big Show event, “ONSLAUGHT,” while Zachrich will fight at the January 9th event.
At UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2, the UFC has promoted the welterweight contest of Phil Baroni vs. Amir Sadollah to the evening’s main card. UFC 106 is scheduled for Nov. 21 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The main card airs live on pay per view.
Marcus “Money” Sursa, an explosive striker and submission specialist battles former UFC and current Strikeforce fighter, Trevor Prangley at Shark Fights 7 on Saturday, November 28 at the Azteca Music Hall in Amarillo, TX.
Main-event Strikeforce fighters Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers are set to appear at Sunday’s Chicago Bears vs. Cleveland Browns game at Soldier Field in Chicago. The pair will also be interviewed on the CBS Football Halftime Show.
Shooto Champion “Lion” Takeshi Inoue stopped former Shooto 143lb champion Alexandre Franca Nogueira on fourth-round strikes at Vale Tudo Japan 2009 held at the JCB Hall in Tokyo, Japan. A stiff jab brought Nogueira to the mat, where Inoue jumped in for the finish and ended the fight with punches 2:58 into the period. This was Nogueira’s first fight since June 1, 2008 when he fought and lost in the WEC.
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida went under the knife on Friday and will be limited in training until mid-January. “He had surgery yesterday on his left hand,” manager Ed Soares said. “The doctor said it was a complete success.”
Lightweight Josh Neer (25-9-1 MMA, 4-6 UFC), a 10-time veteran of the UFC, has been released from the world’s biggest MMA promotion. Neer’s release comes after a hard-fought unanimous-decision loss to Gleison Tibau on the main card of this past week’s “UFC 104: Machida vs. Rua” event in Los Angeles.
In what felt like Rumina Sato’s retirement fight on Sunday, Team Quest’s Cory Grant pressured the Japanese veteran with multiple throws and glancing head kicks. Sato avoided damage and, after a brief exchange, exploded with a devastating Superman punch that dropped his American counterpart. Sato followed with a quick knee to the head and dropped heavy punches for good measure, forcing the referee to intervene 3:20 into the match. Sato improved his record to 25-14-2.
It appears as though Vitor Belfort will have to wait a bit longer for his shot at the UFC Middleweight Championship. According to the current title-holder’ s manager, Ed Soares, Anderson Silva is still undergoing physical therapy for recent surgery to his elbow and will be unable to compete on January 2nd at UFC 108 (as had been previously rumored). Soares made the comments in a brief statement.
UFC Veteran Derek ‘The Gentleman’ Downey, who lost earlier this year at UFC Fight Night 17, won on Friday via unanimous decision over Craig Kaufmann. The bout took place in Utah and was Downey’s 11th career victory.
UFC veteran Mark Weir lost to Tor Troeng via Triangle Choke at 2:05 into the third round at Superior Challenge 4 “Bad Intentions” held on Saturday at Fryshuset Arena.
Ultimate Fighter alum Shane Primm hopes to make it two in a row November 22 at Art of Fighting 5 against WEC veteran Ariel Gandulla. Primm was originally scheduled to face Jamie Yeager at the event but Yeager backed out last week. Now Primm will get a test from Ariel Gandulla.