It’s not every weekend that the UFC is the first promotion to hold an event. Typically, the Ultimate Fighting Championship puts on fights Saturday night, but since the event took place in Abu Dubai we were able to watch on Friday afternoon. In the co-main event Featherweight Clay Guida defeated Tatsuya Kawajiri by unanimous decision in a contest that was deemed “Fight of the Night”. The main event saw Heavyweight Roy “Big Country” Nelson knockout veteran Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira with a vicious right hook at 3:37 of round 1.
At Bellator 116 Light Heavyweight Joey Beltran sunk in a north south choke on Vladimir Matyushenko to win at 3:06 of round 3. Former Heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov advanced to the tournament final with a head kick KO of Mighty Mo at just 2:44 of round 1. Volkov will take on fellow Heavyweight Blagoi Ivanov in the final. Ivanov won by americana at 4:08 of round 1 over Lavar Johnson.
The vacant Flyweight title was on the line at RFA 14. Matt Manzanares claimed that belt by taking a split decision over Junior Maranhao. It seemed like it was a pretty clear decision in favor of Manzanares but for whatever reason the judges thought otherwise. Either way the rightful victor took home the title.
Bantamweight champion Brett Johns looked to defend his belt at Cage Warriors 67 but that did and didn’t happen. Confused? I bet. Johns missed weight and was stripped of the belt so technically it was never on the line. He did however win a one sided unanimous decision over James Brum.
One time UFC Welterweight title contender Jake Shields has been released from the promotion.
Eduardo Dantas will defend his Bantamweight title against former champion Joe Warren at Bellator 118.
Lightweight Melvin Guillard has signed with the WSOF.
Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson will defend his Flyweight belt against Ali Bagautinov in the main event of UFC 174. It will be Johnson’s first time headlining a pay per view.
Bellator Middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko will take on Tito Ortiz in a Light Heavyweight bout. The fight will take place at Bellator’s first ever pay per view event on May 17.
Leonard Garcia will defend his Featherweight belt for the first time against Damon Jackson at Legacy FC 33.
UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will defend her title at UFC 175. The co-main event fight will be against Alexis Davis.