It is time for the ProMMANow.com report card. Some fighters will have a nice shiny “A” for their refrigerator, while some might try to make a “D” look like a “B.”
UFC President Dana White told Kampiro, a Japanese MMA magazine, that the promotion has planned to hold an event in the Land of the Rising Sun this December.
With one of the largest Japanese MMA promotions struggling financially, the UFC could provide a needed spark in the Japanese market.
The first “UFC Prelims” show of 2011 will air LIVE on Spike TV on Saturday, Feb. 5, and feature two bouts from the “UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort” preliminary card.
DREAM veteran Cole Escovedo will face off against Steven Siler on Jan. 28 in a featherweight match-up at Showdown Fights in Orem, Utah.
UFC President Dana White has confirmed the signing of longtime Japanese MMA standout Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (18-3).
Highly-ranked featherweight Michihiro Omigawa (12-8-1) has reportedly signed a deal with the UFC and will face up-and-coming contender Chad Mendes (9-0) in his first bout.
With Jose Aldo’s dominant win over Manny Gamburyan at WEC 51, Josh Grispi may be the last threat to Aldo’s featherweight title unless the WEC brings in new talent.
Rising featherweight contender Cole Escovedo (16-5) talks about his DREAM 16 fight with Michihiro Omigawa and the long road to get back into the WEC after an injury that almost ended his career.
DREAM announced three additional bouts for the Sept. 25 DREAM 16 event: Chase Beebe vs. Hiroyuki Takaya, Cole Escovedo vs. Michihiro Omigawa, and Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Akiyo Nishiura.