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MMA News – May 30, 2011

  • DREAM Fight for Japan Bantamweight Tournament Final, the promotion’s July event which shouldn’t be confused with yesterday’s Fight for Japan, is beginning to shape up.  Gegard Mousasi and Hiroyuki Takaya will defend their DREAM titles, while Tatsuya Kawajiri will take on Willamy Friere.  The event will also feature the first place and third place bouts from the promotion’s bantamweight tournament with Masakazu Imanari and the surprising Hideo Tokoro squaring off in the finals.  Tokoro shocked many by defeating Yoshiro Maeda and Atsushi Yamamoto, but Imanari might be a bit tougher to get past.
  • Also from the Fight for Japan, other winners include Caol Uno, Shinya Aoki, Joachim Hansen, Katsunori Kikuno, and Takeshi Inoue.  Uno’s win is perhaps the most surprising as the former lightweight standout has gone 0-4-1 in his last five fights.  Akiyo “Wicky” Nishiura was thought to be the more youthful and promising fighter, but the veteran Uno pulled out the victory.
  • As the UFC’s American television deal with SpikeTV expires, Dana White has stated that the promotion’s next TV deal should be completed by the end of the year.  I’m interested to see where the UFC might land, or more specifically, which networks would be interested in bringing the UFC on.  NBC has been struggling as of late and recently parted with long time sports executive Dick Ebersol, so it seems like a network in need of fresh programming.  Versus is also owned by Comcast, the parent company of NBC, so that seems like the likeliest network destination.
  • Dana White has also unsurprisingly said that he will honor Chael Sonnen’s CSAC suspension and keep the fighter from competing.  This was clear with Sonnen being omitted from season 14 of the Ultimate Fighter in favor of Jason Miller.  Sonnen is a great wrestler and a great fighter, but he’s also a liar and a cheat who deserves what he has coming.  I feel no sympathy about this man not being able to compete in the UFC, especially since this means more “Mayhem” on my TV.
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