Most mixed martial arts (MMA) fans wondered how Muhammed Lawal would rebound from his stunning knockout loss to Emanuel Newton earlier this year during the Bellator Season 8 Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal. Tonight (June 19, 2013) "King Mo" answered, scoring a devastating ground-and-pound knockout over Seth Petruzelli in the main event of Bellator 96 and, in the process, advancing to the promotion's 2013 Summer Series 205-pound tournament final against Jacob Noe. To read about how it all went down check out our Bellator 96 live blog and complete event coverage right here. Props: ZombieProphet
-- UFC featherweight contender Cub Swanson reacts to the news that “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Sung will replace the injured Anthony Pettis against Jose Aldo at UFC 163 on Aug. 3, 2013. Swanson, who is currently riding a four-fight win-streak, is clearly not impressed the organization chose to replace Pettis with Jung and not himself. It’s possible that Swanson’s eight-second knockout loss to “Scarface” in 2009 was part of the reason he didn’t get the fight, but regardless, the 29-year-old will have the chance to make his case for a shot at the belt when he meets Dennis Siver at UFC 162 next month.
UFC President Dana White is alarmed that referee Steve Mazzagatti did not stop the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 3 main event between Josh Burkman vs. Jon Fitch. Burkman stunned and then submitted the former No. 1 UFC Welterweight contender in less than one minute, locking in an airtight guillotine choke that had Fitch unconscious in record time. Mazzagatti, who White called "a clueless idiot," watched as Burkman stood up with Fitch fast asleep on the mat. You agree with White's assessment? To find out how it all went down click here.
-- After eating multiple brutal leg kicks from Justin Gaethje and barely being able to stand up straight, Brian Cobb called for a timeout in the heat of battle at World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 3 tonight (June 14, 2013) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Referee Steve Mazzagatti stopped the second seconds later, awarding Gaethje with the TKO victory. Keep up with all the WSOF 3 action here. -- GIF via Zombie Prophet.
Dan Hardy is taking some time off to deal with his "Wolf Heart" condition and, in the process, adding to his expansive tattoo collection with the help of the super talented Tim Hendricks. Little chance Hendricks screws up any piece, much less on the former UFC No. 1 Welterweight contender. Indeed, "The Outlaw" might be a "changed man," but it's safe to assume he's not choking out Hendricks anytime soon.
-- UFC light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson encourages divisional titleholder Jon Jones to give him a date. For what, you ask? It’s not for dinner and drinks, that’s for sure. If one had to guess, it’s most likely has to do with “The Mauler” hoping for a crack at Jones’ title in the immediate future. While the UFC hasn’t confirmed Gustafsson will get the next 205-pound title shot, all indications point that will be the case. From the staredown in Russia to Gustafsson saying he expects his shot “very soon,” it appears a fight between two of the largest fighters in the division could happen in the not so distant future.
-- While it looked like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira may have suffered another gruesome arm injury as the result of a Fabricio Werdum submission in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 10, “Minotauro” is reportedly without any major injuries according to a Brazilian reporter Guilherme Cruz, who translated a Twitter message from Nogueira’s coach Luiz Dorea. “Big Nog” did not attend the post-fight press conference, which raised questions about his health following the bout. The trip to the hospital was apparently just a precautionary measure, though, as the former PRIDE and interim UFC champion is said to have no major damage to his arm or shoulder. For more on UFC on FUEL TV 10, click here.
-- Even though he is still recovering from knee surgery, Gegard Mousasi is continuously beating the drum for a fight with top middleweight contender Vitor Belfort should he return to 185-pounds for his next fight. “The Dreamcatcher” stated that Belfort was willing to fight him on short notice at UFC on FUEL TV 9 back in April, and just a few weeks ago mentioned Belfort as a “big name” fight he would be interested in. Friday (June 7, 2013) morning on Twitter, Mousasi once again expressed interest in matching up with “The Phenom.”
-- UFC middleweight Ronny Markes was involved in a car accident this morning (June 7, 2013) that has forced him off the UFC on FUEL TV 10 fight card and out of his fight with Derek Brunson. Brazilian news outlet SporTV Globo was able to capture photos of the vehicle just minutes after the accident, which reportedly happened after coach Andre Pederneiras crashed into a truck. Markes hurt his neck, head and ribs in the accident; however, none of the injuries are said to be serious.