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Bookings, Rumors, and Cancellations Roundup: Lashley, Sobral, Aldo + More

(Lashley vs. Sapp: Battle of the Flared Nostrils)

— In a new contribution for MMA Fanhouse, Ariel Helwani reports that former WWE-star Bobby Lashley will take on infamous fighter/actor/pitchman Bob Sapp at a June 27th pay-per-view event in Biloxi, Mississippi, organized by Prize Fight Promotions. Lashley increased his MMA record to 2-0 last month with an underwhelming decision victory over Jason Guida at "March Badness," while Sapp’s last two fights were a win over a cartoon character and a dreadful loss to Jan Nortje. No other names have been announced for this monumental fight card yet.

Renato "Babalu" Sobral has pulled out of his June 6th Strikeforce light-heavyweight title defense against Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante, because the due date of his next child falls too close to the event. According to Sobral’s manager Richard Wilner, Sobral originally accepted a Strikeforce fight for May, but the May date was instead taken by the first Sho MMA: Strikeforce Challengers show, and Sobral was told that his fight would be moved to June. "We basically said okay, but about three days after that, the doctors confirmed that Babalu’s baby was meant to be born on May 24," Wilner said. Sobral expects to return in August. As for Feijao, he will likely still compete on the June 6th "Lawler vs. Shields" card against a yet-unnamed opponent, and hopes to get a shot at Babalu’s belt when the champ returns.


Not for the Faint of Heart: Aldo Destroys Barbosa, Girl vs. Guy Vale Tudo

Before he was damn-near-killing people in the WEC, #6-ranked featherweight Jose Aldo was doing it in small Brazilian shows. We just came across this video of Aldo’s fourth pro fight against Aritano Barbosa; watch as Aldo puts Barbosa’s lights out with a knee (see also: Aldo vs. Rolando Perez at WEC 39), jackhammer-punches him for a while, then ends the fight with some of the most brutal soccer kicks in MMA history. Hardcore, brah.

Below: Fightlinker dug up this video of a girl-on-guy vale tudo match, if you’re into that sort of thing. The fight starts off with the dude clearly taking it easy on the little lady — and wouldn’t you know, he winds up paying for it at the end. And therein lies the Catch 22 of fighting a woman: If you go 100% and smash her, you’re an asshole. If you half-ass it and get armbarred, you’re a pussy. And my God, look at the guy’s face at the 3:03 mark. I don’t even let my own girlfriend beat me like that.


CagePotato Power Rankings Updated

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(Shane Carwin — one of the ten best heavyweights in the world. Photo courtesy of

In the wake of UFC 95, WEC 39, and UFC 96, we’ve tidied up the heavyweight, light-heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight, and featherweight top ten lists in our Power Rankings section. Some notable changes…

— Shane Carwin enters the heavyweight list at #9 after taking out his first Top 20 opponent in 69 seconds.

Keith Jardine leaves the light-heavyweight list (temporarily, at least) after his loss to Quinton Jackson on Saturday. He may have beaten a post-peak Chuck Liddell and a pre-peak Forrest Griffin, but it’s unclear if he has what it takes to beat a high-level opponent when they’re at their best.

Robbie Lawler and Jake Shields drop a spot due to inactivity. Not their fault, but whaddya gonna do. Luckily, their stints in Strikeforce begin soon.

Josh Koscheck falls to #8 on the welterweight list after being upset by Paulo Thiago. Kos definitely still has the talent of a top-ten fighter — he’s just made some unfortunate choices.

— Jose Aldo ascends to #6 on the featherweight list after his fourth brutal stoppage win in the WEC.

Check ‘em out and let us know if you see things differently.

Unrelated, but important: Thanks so much for all your awesome nominations in our Best MMA Bars forum thread. We’re going to start compiling our list soon, so if you have any others to share, please let us know!


Brown Smokes Garcia, Aldo and McCullough Score Wins at WEC 39

(Brown vs. Garcia)

If you didn’t believe it after he pulled out a first-round TKO over Urijah Faber in November, believe it now — Mike Brown is a freakin’ monster. Brown’s first featherweight title defense ended in quick, violent fashion, as the American Top Team fighter needed less than two minutes to pound #1 contender Leonard Garcia into helplessness, then end the fight with an arm-triangle choke from the top. Things looked bad for Garcia right away, with Brown smashing him to the mat with an overhand right just 18 seconds into round 1. From there, Brown worked some brutal ground-and-pound, bloodying Garcia’s face. Garcia was able to stave off a rear-naked choke attempt, but Brown relentlessly worked to finish the fight on the ground, and made Garcia tap at the 1:57 mark. After the fight, Brown picked up a $7,500 Submission of the Night bonus, and welcomed a rematch with Faber, calling it the fight that fans want to see the most.

Speaking of bonuses, bantamweight Damacio Page earned a $7,500 Knockout of the Night bump for his 18-second storming of Marcos Galvao — who, somewhat unsurprisingly, had to leave the cage on a stretcher — while Johny Hendricks and Alex Serdyukov each took home an extra $7,500 for their action-packed Fight of the Night, which Hendricks won in a unanimous decision despite a late comeback from Serdyukov. Hendricks vs. Serdyukov was the last welterweight match to be featured in the WEC; both fighters are rumored to move to the UFC.


Faber vs. Fabiano Possible for WEC 40 in April

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(Fabiano complicates Tamura’s life at WEC 37. Photo courtesy of

According to a new article on, highly-regarded WEC featherweight/former IFL champ Wagnney Fabiano may be taking on Urijah Faber in his next fight. Said Fabiano:

“I’ll be back April 5th [Ed. note: That would be WEC 40 in Chicago] and we’ll see what will happen. I still don’t know who’s gonna be my opponent, but I think it’ll be Faber. And I’ll be ready for him…I’m already training for this fight. I sincerely think that I’d complicate his life with my game style. He’s good fighting standing, but I don’t fear his striking at all…We’ll set a good strategy for him."

Fabiano most recently choked out Akitoshi Tamura in the closing seconds of their fight at WEC 37 in December, while Faber bounced back to the W column last month with his quick submission of Jens Pulver. Faber and Fabiano currently sit at #2 and #3 on CagePotato’s Featherweight Power Rankings, and the winner would very likely earn a shot at the winner of WEC 39′s Brown vs. Garcia title scrap next month.

In other important WEC featherweight news, exciting up-and-comer Jose Aldo — who has scored three straight TKO victories while in the WEC, including a first-round ownage of Rolando Perez at WEC 38 — will return to the cage after just a five-week layoff, taking on Chris Mickle at WEC 39. Mickle is a former lightweight who has compiled a 26-11-1 record (with an impressive 22 wins by submission) while fighting in various midwestern promotions including Extreme Challenge and Midwest Cage Championships. You can expect the winner of this one to immediately enter the WEC’s 145-pound title hunt.


Must-See Videos: “MMA in January ’09,” Gono’s Big Entrance

(Props: Facey)

Our boy Matt S./"Facey" just sent us the second installment of his brilliant MMA highlight reel project, where he complies the best moments from each month into a single, convenient video. January ’09 had more than its share of killer moments, from Jose Aldo‘s knee-knockout and people’s-champ celebration at WEC 38, to the string of near-lethal KOs at "Day of Reckoning," to Jon Jones’s utter tooling of Stephan Bonnar, to Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal’s call-and-response bit at Sengoku 7. You can check out more of Matt’s work at

Below: A fan-shot video of Akihiro "Oh No" Gono‘s legendary ring-entrance at UFC 94. After the jump: The latest video trailer for UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson. Man, they’re really playing up the "London is rainy" angle…

(Props: BloodyElbow)


“Pequeno” Slated for June 1st WEC Debut

(“Pequeno” gives thumbs up to WEC.)

Ex-Shooto champ Alexandre Franca “Pequeno” Nogueira is scheduled to make his WEC debut on June 1st at WEC 34. He will face Jose Aldo, as confirmed by Sherdog. “Pequeno” is 13-4-2, but is 1-2 in his last three. He has fought only twice since July of 2005, mostly due to injuries.

Nogueira won the Shooto featherweight title in 1999 and held the belt in dominating fashion for seven years. The title was taken from him due to injuries in May of 2006. The fighter had lost via KO to Hideo Tokoro at K-1: Hero’s 2 while still holding the Shooto belt and then followed his title-stripping up by losing via decision to Koutetsu Boku at K-1: Hero’s 6. He got back on track last July when he KO’d Shuichiro Katsumura in the first round of K-1 Hero’s Middleweight Tourney. He used to be mentioned as one of the best, but how things change when you lose two fights in a row (see: Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva). It should be noted that the guy was fighting through injuries, lost his KO fight in the third and the other fight went the distance. If he’s finally healthy, he can still rock the cage.

Nog’s opponent is on a three-fight win streak, winning his last in July via decision at a Pancrase event. Aldo has a 9-1 overall and has been a journeyman for much of his career. His only loss was to Luciano Azevedo via RNC in 2005. It will also be Aldo’s WEC debut.

In related news, contender Jeff “The Big Frog” Curran and WEC newbie Mike Brown are rumored to also be going toe-to-toe on June 1st. While agreements have not been inked, Curran has told MMAWeekly that the wheels are in motion.

“I have been told and Mike has been told that we are facing each other, but we don’t have contracts yet,” Curran said. “That announcement will become official soon I am sure. I am just so ready to go fight again.”

WEC 34 will be headlined by feathers Urijah Faber and Jens Pulver in a title bout. Pulver — a former UFC lightweight champ — has never been beaten at featherweight, but “The California Kid” is on a 12 fight win streak since losing the only fight of his career. Jeff Curran was one of those victims. The night will also see 32-1 Miguel Torres defend his bantamweight belt against undefeated Manny “The Mangler” Tapia.

You gotta’ hand it to the WEC for stockpiling such a great group of little guys. With the signing of Nogueira and already having guys like Pulver, Faber, Torres, Chase Beebe, and Tapia, among others, not many organizations can boast that many top fighters that come in under 145.