Thirty-two of the world’s most talented unsigned mixed martial artists are primed and ready to compete on The Ultimate Fighter 16. Today officials announced the names of those comprising the 32-man welterweight roster, which includes 29 Americans, two Canadians, and one Brazilian as well as several major promotion veterans, all to be under the tutelage of either former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin (12-2) or TUF Season 10 winner and former IFL champ “Big Country” Roy Nelson (17-7).
Bellator’s 2012 Summer Series came to an end last night and two tournament champions were named to challenge for the world title in their respective weight divisions. The Heavyweights got the action started as “The Juggernaut” Mike Wessell (12-4) and Ryan Martinez (7-2) welcomed each other to the Bellator cage in a three-round slugfest. ”Crazy” Mike Mucitelli (3-0) made his debut against Bellator veteran “Gutter” Mike Van Buren (5-1) in a light heavyweight standoff with high hopes for a possible tournament position. Bantamweights “Betao” Luis Alberto Nogueira (14-3) and “Loro” Marcos Galvao (13-5) battled it out for the Season Six 135lbs. tournament championship. “Pumukli” Attila Vegh (28-4) and “Diesel” Travis Wiuff (67-15) locked horns in the main event with the 2012 Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament finale as the setting of their battle.
—MAIN CARD (on MTV2)—
Summer Series 2012 Light Heavyweight Tournament Final Fight
Travis Wiuff vs. Attila Vegh: Vegh via Knockout (Punches), Round 1, 0:25
Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament Final Fight
Luis Nogueira vs. Marcos Galvao: Galvao via TKO (Strikes), Round 2, 4:20
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight
Mike Mucitelli vs. Matt Van Buren: Mucitelli via Submission (Triangle Choke), Round 1, 3:01
Heavyweight Feature Fight
Ryan Martinez vs. Mike Wessel: Wessel via Split Decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
What was supposed to be three title fights in Bellator’s return to Tunica, Mississippi has been stripped down to two after Bellator Featherweight Champion “Big Frog” Pat Curran (17-4) fractured his orbital bone preparing for his first title defense against challenger “Pitbull” Patricio Freire (17-1). While the 145lbs. title fight will be rescheduled, Friday evening’s Bellator 73 main event has shifted to the 135lbs. Season 6 Finale as “Loro” Marcos Galvao (12-5) faces “Betao” Luis Alberto Nogueira (14-2). Both men came up short in the previous tournament but rallied back to face each other for the right to a title shot. “Diesel” Travis Wiuff (68-14) and “Pumukli” Attila Vegh (27-4) will go to war to close out the Summer Series and the 205lbs. tournament. Supporting the two tournament finales is a pair of bouts in the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions as Pro Elite and Fight to Win veteran Ryan Martinez (7-1) faces XFL veteran and one-time UFC fighter”The Juggernaut” Mike Wessel (11-4) and two 6’5″ giants, newcomer Mike Mucitelli (2-0) and Bellator veteran Matt Van Buren (5-0), start the action of the main card at the Harrah’s Tunica Hotel and Casino.
In one of the most bizarre days in mixed martial arts history, early this afternoon UFC President Dana White announced via media conference call that the UFC 151 event scheduled for September 1 has been…canceled. Yes, canceled. White reported that one half of the main event, seasoned veteran and current light heavyweight title challenger “Hendo” Dan Henderson (29-8), sustained a knee injury that forced him to withdraw from the match-up. Former top middleweight contender turned 205er Chael Sonnen (27-12) then reportedly offered to take “Hendo’s” place against reigning UFC Light Heavyweight Champion “Bones” Jon Jones (16-1), however Jones, much to the shock and dismay of the MMA community and particularly Dana White, refused the replacement fight.