Benson Henderson def. Jorge Masvidal via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46)
Dong Hyun Kim def. Dominic Waters via TKO (punches) at 3:11 of R1
Alberto Mina def. Yoshihiro Akiyama via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Doo Ho Choi def. Sam Sicilia via TKO (punches) at 1:33 of R1
Dongi Yang def. Jake Collier via TKO (punches) at 1:50 of R2
Mike de la Torre def. Yui Chul Nam via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Tae Hyun Bang def. Leo Kuntz via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Seo Hee Ham def. Cortney Casey via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Fredy Serrano def. Yao Zhikui via TKO (injury) at :44 of R1
Marco Beltran def. Ning Guangyou via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Dominique Steele def. Maestro Dong Hyun Kim via KO (slam) at :37 of R3
Bellator MMA had recently confirmed their intentions to go international as part of their 2016 schedule, which includes a trip to Italy. Today the promotion formally announced details on their Torino event, which will take place on Saturday, April 16th. This will be a co-promoted event in conjunction with Carlo Di Blasi's Oktagon Kickboxing. Both Bellator MMA and Oktagon Kickboxing bouts will be on the card, although only the MMA fights will air on Spike TV. Here's more from the official press release, which includes quotes from both Di Blasi and Scott Coker.
"We are very excited to be working side by side with my friend Carlo Di Blasi and his team," said Coker. "Carlo is a great ally, and someone who I admire for all of the amazing work he has done in combat sports throughout Europe over the past twenty years. We look forward to putting on an amazing show for the Italian people, and fans tuning in from around the world when we combine our efforts on April 16 in Torino"
LINK: Bellator MMA formally announces Italy debut, signs UFC veteran Alessio Sakara - Bloody Elbow
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic recently retired from MMA in the midst of a doping scandal. Cro Cop admitted the infraction confirming use of HGH and now has the distinction of being the first fighter to be sanctioned under the UFC’s/USADA anti doping regime.
The USADA released the following press release:
USADA announced today that Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, of Zagreb, Croatia, an athlete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has received a 2-year sanction for his anti-doping policy violations.
Filipovic, 41, admitted to the use, attempted use, and possession of human growth hormone (“hGH”) following an out-of-competition test conducted on November 4, 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia. On the day he was tested, prior to any results being reported, Filipovic contacted the UFC to advise them that he had been using hGH in violation of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. Thereafter, on November 9, 2015, Filipovic admitted to USADA as well that he had been using the prohibited substance.
Human growth hormone is a Prohibited Substance in the class of Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors and Related Substances under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. Due to Filipovic’s prompt admission of his anti-doping policy violations, he avoided the imposition of a four-year sanction, as permitted under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy where aggravating circumstances are present.
Filipovic’s period of ineligibility began on November 9, 2015, the date he first admitted to his anti-doping policy violations to USADA. In addition, Filipovic has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to October 30, 2015, the date on which he first used hGH in violation of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, including forfeiture of any title, ranking, purse or other compensation.
“Ultimately, our goals are to keep the Octagon clean and to protect the rights of clean athletes within the UFC,” said USADA CEO Travis Tygart. “Not only do athletes need to consider their health and safety when it comes to the use of prohibited substances, but also the damage that such use can inflict on their own legacy.”
USADA conducts the year-round, independent anti-doping program for all UFC athletes. USADA is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental agency whose sole mission is to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport, and protect the rights of clean athletes. The anti-doping program run by USADA for UFC athletes includes education, science and research, testing, and results management. Official UFC Anti-Doping Program information and athlete resources are available at UFC.USADA.org.
- Neil Magny def. Kelvin Gastelum, split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
- Ricardo Lamas def. Diego Sanchez, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Henry Cejudo def. Jussier Formiga, split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
- Erick Montano def. Enrique Marin, split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Enrique Barzola def. Horacio Gutierrez, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
- Leandro Silva def. Efrain Escudero, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Erik Perez def. Taylor Lapilus, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Bartosz Fabinski def. Hector Urbina, unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Alejandro Perez def. Scott Jorgensen, TKO (Round 2, 4:26)
- Andre Fili def. Gabriel Benitez, TKO (Round 1, 3:13)
- Alvaro Herrera def. Vernon Ramos, TKO (Round 1, 0:30)
- Polo Reyes def. Cesar Arzamendia, knockout (Round 1, 3:42)
- Michel Prazeres def. Valmir Lazaro, split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Page 621 of 707