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mattandbenny 06-23-2011 03:08 PM

Weekend MMA (Thu 23rd Jun - Sun 26th Jun)
Cracking weekend of MMA ahead of us, with UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator events, as well as a host of smaller events featuring many UFC vets (Ryo Chonan, Josh Neer, Soa Palelei etc) and great prospects (Nick Gaston, Jonas Billstein, Oli Thompson etc).

So here we go, all the events with notable fighters along with their records.

Thursday 23rd June
Heroes Gate
Jonas Billstein (9-0) vs. Attila Vegh (23-4)
Adam Zajac (5-0) vs. Tomas Kuzela (16-13)
Matúš Laincz (6-2) vs Tamirlan Dadaev (6-2)

Friday 24th June
Strikeforce Challengers
James Terry (10-2) vs. Caros Fodor (8-2)
Gian Villante (7-2) vs. Lorenz Larkin (10-0)
Germaine de Randamie (2-1) vs. Julia Budd (1-1)
Ryan Couture (2-0) vs. Matt Ricehouse (4-0)
Jason High (13-3) vs. Quinn Mulhern (15-1)
Trevor Smith (7-1) vs. Keith Berry (10-6)
Jeremy Hamilton (8-0) vs. Derek Brunson (6-0)
Eduardo Pamplona (14-2) vs. Jerron Peoples (0-0)
Sterling Ford (12-4) vs. Charon Spain (6-5)

*HW Title* Nick Gaston (5-0) vs. Tyler East (8-3)
*BW Title* Abel Cullum (18-4) vs. Jared Papazian (12-6)
Trey Houston (5-0) vs. Ryan McCurdy (5-2)

*BW Title* Hiroshi Nakamura (12-4) vs. Takafumi Otsuka (11-8)
*LHW Title* Yoshiyuki Nakanishi (9-2) vs. Bernard Ackah (5-3)
Ryo Chonan (18-12) vs. Shigetoshi Iwase (11-13)
Alex Soto (6-0) vs. Seiji Akao (13-4)
Kazunori Yokota (11-5) vs. Shoji Maruyama (8-6)

Saturday 25th June
Marlon Sandro (17-2) vs. Genair da Silva (10-3)
Ronnie Mann (19-2) vs. Adam Schindler (9-1)
Pat Curran (13-4) vs. Luis Palomino (16-6)
Nazareno Malegarie (19-1) vs. Jacob Devree (10-1)
Jessica Aguilar (10-4) vs. Carla Esparza (5-1)
Josh Samman (8-1) vs. Dan Cramer (6-2)
Tony Johnson Jr. (5-1) vs. Derrick Lewis (4-1)
Alexandre Bezerra (8-1) vs. Matt McCook (8-4)

Shark Fights
Josh Neer (29-10) vs. Jesse Juarez (15-6)
Elvis Mutapcic (8-1) vs. Arteneas Young (6-3)
Danny Salinas (7-2) vs. Luis Luna (5-2)
Jared Downing (6-0) vs. Ran Weathers (15-8)
Josef Sandoval (5-0) vs. Randy Hinds (5-4)

Ultimate Challenge MMA
*HW Title* Oli Thompson (8-2) vs. Mark Potter (4-1)
Denniston Sutherland (14-6) vs. Mark Weir (20-17)
Michael Pastou (7-2) vs. Dominic Plumb (4-1)
Ben Smith (8-5) vs. Ian Hawkins (3-4)
Ross Pointon (6-10) vs. Dean Amasinger (7-4)

*HW Title* Soa Palelei (10-3) vs. Yusuke Kawaguchi (13-3)
Xavier Lucas (8-1) vs. Gareth Ealey (5-1)

Ashe Bowman (9-9) vs. Bryant Craven (8-7)

Joey Rivera (6-0) vs. Eric Regan (14-19)
Chad Dietmeyer (7-1) vs. Benny Madrid (3-0)

Sunday 26th June
UFC Versus 4
Nate Marquardt (31-10) vs. Rick Story (13-3)
Patrick Barry (6-2) vs. Cheick Kongo (15-6)
Matt Brown (11-10) vs. John Howard (14-6)
Matt Mitrione (4-0) vs. Christian Morecraft (7-1)
Tyson Griffin (14-5) vs. Manny Gamburyan (11-5)
Joe Stevenson (31-13) vs. Javier Vasquez (15-5)
Charles Oliveira (14-1) vs. Nik Lentz (21-3)
Joe Lauzon (19-6) vs. Curt Warburton (7-2)
Daniel Roberts (12-2) vs. Rich Attonito (9-4)
Matt Grice (13-3) vs. Ricardo Lamas (9-2)
Michael Johnson (8-5) vs. Edward Faaloloto (2-1)

kantowrestler 06-23-2011 05:49 PM

Is the Heroes Gate event supposed to be in Europe? Also I thought Cormier had the King of the Cage heavyweight championship. Did he reliquish it recently or something like that?

mattandbenny 06-23-2011 06:34 PM

Yea i think the Heroes Gate event is in the Czech Republic.

Cormier is still listed as the champion on their website, but with him fighting for Strikeforce they must have vacated the title, as their advertising the event as Gaston v East Heavyweight title fight.

kantowrestler 06-23-2011 06:54 PM

Well King of the Cage has for the most part always been a lower level promotion. He made his debut in Strikeforce but leapfrogged from there. So it's understandable they would vacate the title.

mattandbenny 06-24-2011 08:52 AM

The 2 unbeaten fighters at Heroes Gate last night actually lost. Billstein lost by 3rd round triangle, and Zajac lost a Unanimous Decision.

kantowrestler 06-24-2011 08:58 PM

Well as we all know nothing is guarenteed in MMA. So this is one of those things. Anyways we still have many more fights.

mattandbenny 06-25-2011 07:06 AM

Gaston and Cullem both suffered suprise losses last night at KOTC.

kantowrestler 06-25-2011 04:13 PM

And Ryan Couture suffered a loss last night as well. It was close but not close enough. I certainly hope Little Couture can rebound.

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