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Weekend Wrap-Up: WSOF Debuts with a Bang; Bellator, RFA Results

Image by Steve Marcus via the Las Vegas Sun.

World Series of Fighting Debuts: UFC Vets Arlovski, Johnson Come Up Big

Mixed martial arts returned to the NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) on Saturday night as the World Series of Fighting debuted with its first event in Las Vegas, NV.

Headlining the card was a heavyweight clash between former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski and Strkeforce vet Devin Cole.  Arlovski severely outboxed Cole standing up and easily finished him via technical knockout in the first round.

Former UFC middlweight and welterweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, pictured above, continued his path of destruction in his new home at 205, sending D.J. Linderman face first into the canvas witha  brutal KO.  The finish, which came in the first round, marks “Rumble’s” third straight win – and finish – at light-heavyweight and his foruth victory since being cut by the UFC.

Check out the vicious finish in the video below:

In other main card action, former UFC bantamweight and WEC title holder Miguel Torres did not rebound in the best of fashions since being cut from the UFC himself, ending up on the wrong side of a split-decision against Marlon Moraes.   The Brazilian bantamweight outworked Torres to earn the victory and will now face countryman Tyson Nam at WSOF 2 this coming January.

New England’s own Travis Bartlett came up short against renowned kickboxer Tyrone Spong as the Maine native got clobbered in this one round striking battle.  Spong took the victory with a big KO in his highly anticipated MMA debut.

Check out the full fight below:

For full results from Saturday night’s fights, head over to MMAJunkie.com.

Bellator 79 Results: Hale, Shamhalaev Punch Their Tickets to Tournament Finals

Richard Hale was not about to let his ticket to the heavyweight tournament finals slip his grasp as he took on Thiago Santos as the main event during Friday’s Bellator 79.

Hale weathered an early beatdown from Santos but battled back in a big way, coming from behind to take the TKO win a little over three minutes into the first round.

In the co-main event, Shahbulat Shamhalaev took home a very nice first round  knockout win over Mike Richman in their featherweight semi-finals bout.  Old School over at NorthEastMMA.net made a very nice post this morning as to why fans should keep an eye out for this up-and-coming 145er.

Check out highlights from these fights and more below:

For full results from Bellator 79, head over to MMAMania.com.

RFA Results; International Promotions Put on Entertaining Weekend Events

UFC vets Tyson Griffin and Efrain Escudero headlined a solid Friday night event at RFA 4, putting on an entertaining lightweight battle for the fans.

Griffin came out victorious, earning the unanimous decision by over powering the former The Ulimate Fighter winner with his striking and wrestling skills.

The card also featured a welterweight battle between Chidi Njokuani, the younger brother of UFC lightweitht Anthony Njokuani, who decimated Phil Dace with his striking before putting him away with the third-round stoppage.  Sergio Pettis, the 19-year-old brother of UFC lightweight and former WEC champ Anthony Pettis, was also victorious Friday night, making it a perfect 2-0 night for siblings of UFC vets with his decision win over bantamweight  Jimmy Jones.

Check out the full results here.

Overseas, India’s SFL and Asian-based RUFF put on interesting shows this weekend.

I’m a big fan of English welterweight Michael “Venom” Page who’s been tearing up the competition since cross over from the sport karate scene.  This kid has been kicking his way through opponents en route to a perfect 3-0 record, with his latest highlight reel win coming at this weekend’s SFL 7.

Check out this confident and, in all honesty, pretty cocky striker below in Page’s most recent victory:

Stephan Bonnar Fails UFC 153 Drug Test; Belfort vs. Bisping to Headline Jan. Event

The UFC was very busy with news this weekend despite not having an event.

Recently retired light-heavyweight Stephan Bonnar was revealed to have failed his UFC 153 drug test, testing postitive for a banned substance.

Heavyweight Dave Herman also tested positive for a banned substance following his loss to Minotauro Nogeuira.  Following the news, Zuffa released a statement saying that, “Both fighters have admitted taking the banned substances and have orally agreed to suspensions.”

Pretty disappointed in both guys, especially Bonnar, and I hope this trend of performance enhancing drugs in MMA is curbed quickly.

In lighter news, the promotion announced a ton of bouts that you can check out at MMAFighting.com, highlighted by the offical announcement that Vitor Belfort would be taking on Michael Bisping as the main event for a January card.

This bout as been rumored to happen for a while and will make an excellent case for Bisping to take the middleweight top contender spot if he is victorious.  The UFC also announced that Leonard Garcia will be taking on Cody McKenzie at UFC 155.

Since there’s no real local news to give you New England fans, that’s pretty much it for this weekend wrap-up.  Make sure to check NEB tomorrow with our latest Technique Tuesdays post, which will now be brought to you by my friends over at MMA Surge!

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