This Monday brings about another swing of news bites from the past weekend of mixed martial arts action.
Pulver Gets a Win
Former UFC Lightweight Champion, Jens Pulver, finally brought an end to an epic losing streak. Pulver brought to end a six-fight losing streak with his victory over Mike Lindquist during an XFO event in Illinois.
Pulver had not won since his first round submission against Cub Swanson in 2007. Pulver had been on an extreme case of bad luck in his career. He has only won two fights since 2006. However, the former champion refused to give up even when so many people called for him to retire.
“My goal is to put Lil Evil to bed in a proper, right way,” said Pulver. “That is my goal, and act like the person I was, a former world champion, the guy who started the weight class, the godfather of the 155-pound division.”
Daley Risks Shot
British knockout artist, Paul Daley, is risking his shot at the Strikeforce Welterweight title. Unlike his run in the UFC, he is not doing so by ill advised swings at an opponent. Instead, Daley is taking fights instead of waiting for a shot at the title.
His stunning knockout of Scott Smith put him in line for a title shot against the winner of the Nick Diaz-Evangelista Santos fight. Yet, instead of waiting, Daley is looking to add another belt to his mantle. On February 26, Daley will face Yuya Shirai for the vacant BAMMA Welterweight title. While the aspiration may be noble, Daley could be risking his shot at the Strikeforce belt.
“If he loses, the deck’s gonna get reshuffled,” said Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker. “If he wins, then he’ll be the first in line to get the title shot.”
Eric Larkin is the First in
Bellator has announced that a featherweight tournament will be held for its fourth “season,” set to air on MTV 2. One name has been announced and that is former NCAA wrestling champion Eric Larkin.
A 2003 national champion while at Arizona State University, Larkin has used those abilities to build a 3-0 record during his young MMA career. He also fought for Bellator during an even in August which saw him defeat Marcus Andrusia by guillotine choke in the first round.
This season is set to begin in March with a welterweight and heavyweight tournament also in the works. Bellator will announce more fighters to take part in the featherweight division during the coming weeks.
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