Shocks and awes at UFC 132
A spectacular series of upsets and quick finishes contributed to an exciting night of fights as Saturday’s UFC 132 card played out.
In the prelims, Evolve MMA fighter and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Rafael dos Anjos delivered a brutal right hook to the jaw of fellow BJJ black belt George Sotiropoulous, knocking the fighter out. Later on, Tito Ortiz avenged his 5-year losing streak and simultaneously silenced odds makers when he defeated Ryan Bader with a guillotine in the first round. UFC veteran and beloved Brazilian fighter, Wanderlei Silva “The Axe Murderer” was knocked out by Chris Leben just shy of 30 seconds into the first round. (Side note, Wanderlei turned 35 on Sunday) And for the main event, after an exciting 5 rounds, Dominick Cruz was able to edge a win over Urijah Faber with a win by way of unanimous decision. The two bantamweight title contenders were later awarded fight of the night honors and a hefty bonus for their efforts.
Clube da Luta – “Fight Club”, July 20 in Rio de Janeiro
On July 20, Clube da Luta (“Fight Club”) will bring together former UFC middleweight champion Murilo Bustamante, now 44 years old, and welterweight Yuya Shirai, who is coming off a February loss at BAMMA 5 against Paul Daley. Marcio “Pe De Pano” Cruz and Glover Teixeira will also go toe to toe in their heavyweight bout.
Murilo Bustamante vs. Yuya Shirai
Marcio Pé de Pano Cruz vs. Glover Teixeira
Delson Pé de Chumbo vs. Besouro
Ronys Torres vs. Luciano Azevedo
Diego Braga vs. Toninho Fúria
Eduardo Kiko vs. Junior de Oliveira
Viscardi Andrade vs. Claudionor Fontinelle
Strikeforce veteran Brett Rogers jailed for assault
On Thursday, MyFOX9 Minnesota reported that Strikeforce veteran Brett Rogers was arrested and charged with felony domestic assault stemming from a domestic altercation with his wife.
Fox Twin Cities reported…
His wife blacked out from being choked, suffered a golf ball sized wound on her face among smaller wounds. The couples daughter had tried to intervene after she saw Rogers strike her mother.
Rogers admits he had been drinking before an argument broke out with he and his wife. He claims she punched him and he returned force.
Rogers is being held at Dakota County jail with a $100,000 bail.
Dana White said the fighter was immediately terminated from the organization.
Roger Gracie vs “King Mo” Lawal rescheduled to Sept. 10
Last week, MMA Junkie reported that Roger Gracie (4-0) would withdraw from his July bout against “King Mo” Lawal due to an existing injury.
This week, the site reported that their bout has been rescheduled for Strikeforce’s September 10th event, which is scheduled to air on Showtime.