Thursday, December 9 saw the release of some major news bites that affected the Ultimate Fighting Championship and other avenues of the MMA world.
First, the UFC has resigned a talent that was once with the organization in 2007. Japanese featherweight, Michihiro Omigawa has come back to the promotion in which he lost two straight fights. On top of that, the Japanese star has drawn undefeated Team Alpha Male prospect, Chad Mendes for his first fight. Since 2009 Omigawa has ran off five straight victories, defeating the likes of Micah Miller, Cole Escovedo and Hiroyuki Takaya. He even holds a victory over TUF season 12 alumni Nam Phan.
Mendes has won the first nine fights of his professional mixed martial arts career while improving steadily during each outing. The former wrestler has earned four victories in 2010 with victories against Javier Vazquez, Cub Swanson, Anthony Morrison and Erik Koch. An event and day have yet to be announced for this fight.
UFC Live on Versus 3 is shaping up to be a strong card. Main event matchups were announced that will pit Diego Sanchez against Martin Kampmann and Mark Munoz against C.B. Dollaway. To go along with these contests, Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves will fight Alessio Sakara in the middleweight division. Goncalves is coming off a UFC debut that saw him defeat the fringe contender Gerald Harris at UFC 123. Sakara was scheduled to fight Jorge Rivera at UFC 122 but a sudden illness forced him to withdraw from the card on doctor’s orders. These two fighters have a combined 36 victories by knockout. UFC Live on Versus 3 is slated to occur on March 3 while a venue has yet to be announced.
While UFC announcer Joe Rogan has received some criticism for the way he laid into the Nevada State Athletic Commission for their selection of judges during the Ultimate Finale, his actions have sparked some results. During an interview with the Sherdog Radio Network commission Executive Director Keith Kizer stated the commission has received a large amount of emails in response to the decision that gave Leonard Garcia the nod over Nam Phan. Many people, including a large segment of the fans in attendance, believe Phan earned the victory and showed their disgust when Garcia was announced the winner. Kizer stated that approximately 700 people responded to the event but called some of the emails “very rude and unprofessional.”
Kizer also stated that he was “surprised” Garcia was awarded the win in that bout; however he believes that the call of bad decisions is not any more apparent than what has occurred in the past. The whole interview can be heard through the Sherdog Radio Network.
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