The weekend of MMA started off with Ben Askren making his promotional debut with ONE FC. Askren, the former Bellator Welterweight champion, took on Bakhtiyar Abbasov in a fight that served as the main event of ONE FC 16. The accomplished wrestler had no problem handling Abbasov and submitted him via arm triangle at 4:21 of round 1.
This past weekend the UFC did something that they had never done previously. The promotion held two events in the same day. The first of those two events was UFC Fight Night 41 in Germany. In the main event Middleweight veteran Gegard Mousasi made quick work of Mark Munoz. Mousasi won by rear naked choke at 3:57 of round 1.
The second event of the day was the TUF Brazil 3 Finale. Warlley Alves dominated Marcio Alexandre Jr in all aspects of the fight and finally won in round 3 via guillotine at :25 to become the TUF Brazil Middleweight winner. Antonio Carlos Jr defeated Vitor Miranda by unanimous decision to become the TUF Brazil Heavyweight winner. The main event saw Fabio Maldonado stepping in for the injured Junior Dos Santos to take on Stipe Miocic in a Heavyweight contest. The fight lasted for only :35 with Miocic landing some brutal strikes that led to a TKO victory.
A Welterweight fight between Matt Brown and Robbie Lawler will headline UFC on FOX 12 and also serve as a number one contender fight.
Heavyweight legends Mirko “Cro Cop” and Satoshi Ishii will fight at an Inoki Genome Federation event on August 23.
Following the withdrawal of Wanderlei Silva, Chael Sonnen will now fight Vitor Belfort in a Middleweight contest at UFC 175.