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MMA Transaction Wire: April 20-27

All rankings acquired from Fight Matrix

Name Record Weight (RANK) Transaction Info Fight Card Date
Pedro Rizzo 19-9-0 265 (UR) Signed by M-1 Global M-1 Global: Fedor vs Rizzo, June 21 Apr. 20
Jared Rosholt 4-0-0 265 (#217) Signed by Legacy FC Legacy FC 13, Aug. 17 Apr. 20
John Salter 8-2-0 185 (#46) Signed by Xtreme FC XFC 18, June 22 Apr. 20
Josh Samman 9-2-0 185 (#152) Signed by Xtreme FC XFC 18, June 22 Apr. 20
Beau Tribolet 7-1-0 205 (#103-HW) Signed by Bellator Bellator 71, June 22 Apr. 23
Jay Hieron 22-5-0 170 (#17) Signed by Legacy FC LFC 12, July 13 Apr. 24
Marcus LeVesseur 21-5-0 155 (#118) Signed by UFC UFC on FUEL 3, May 15 Apr. 24
Hector Lombard 31-2-1, 1NC 185 (#6) Signed by UFC TBD Apr. 24
Alistair Overeem 36-11-0, 1NC 265 (#2) Prohibited from licensing by NSAC (9-months) TBD Apr. 24
Jamie Varner 19-6-1, 2NC 160 (#53-LW) Signed by Legacy FC LFC 11, May 11 Apr. 25
Junior Assuncao 13-5-0 145 (#41) Signed by Legacy FC LFC 12, July 13 Apr. 25
Lowrant-T Nelson 4-0-0 155 (UR) Signed by Bellator Bellator 67, May 4 Apr. 26
Matt Veal 9-7-0 145 (#272) Signed by Bellator Bellator 67, May 4 Apr. 26
Nick Kirk 7-0-0 135 (#172) Signed by Bellator Bellator 67, May 4 Apr. 26
David Harris 6-3-1 135 (#155) Signed by Bellator Bellator 67, May 4 Apr. 26
Nathan Gunn 9-2-0 170 (#230) Signed by Bellator Bellator 67, May 4 Apr. 26
Dom O'Grady 13-4-1 170 (UR) Signed by Bellator Bellator 67, May 4 Apr. 26
Carmelo Marrero 14-5-1 265 (#61) Signed by Bellator Bellator 68, May 11 Apr. 26
Don Carlo-Clauss 8-6-0 155 (UR) Signed by Bellator Bellator 68, May 11 Apr. 26
Derrick Kennington 6-2-0 155 (UR) Signed by Bellator Bellator 68, May 11 Apr. 26
Francois Ambang 1-3-1 185 (UR) Signed by Bellator Bellator 68, May 11 Apr. 26
Aung La Nsang 9-7-0 175 (#430-WW) Signed by Bellator Bellator 68, May 11 Apr. 26
Eddie Fyvie 9-5-0 145 (UR) Signed by Bellator Bellator 68, May 11 Apr. 26
Carina Damm 17-6-0 125 (#11) Signed by Legacy FC LFC 13, Aug. 17 Apr. 26
Claudia Gadelha 7-0-0 125 (UR) Signed by Legacy FC LFC 13, Aug. 17 Apr. 26

Pedro Rizzo steps up to face Fedor Emelianenko for M-1 Global on June 21 in St. Petersburg. The Rock hasn't fought in over two years and recently had to pull out of a bout with Tim Sylvia at ProElite 2 due to injury. Both fighters have mentioned the UFC as a desired destination in the last few months with little to derisive response in return. If Rizzo were to pull the upset, Zuffa would most likely allow him to finish his career with the promotion since they've signed all three fighters that have recently beaten Emelianenko and White loves to deride the former PRIDE champ, or more accurately his management. When Rizzo was active he ranked #23 in a thin heavyweight division and could serve the UFC in either gauging new talent or rallying an Army for his own resurgence. A win by Fedor would only open the door a millimeter or so considering Rizzo's layoff and age...and the obvious history with Zuffa.

Jay Hieron signing with Legacy FC seems like a positional move to try to get back into the good graces of a major promotion. Staying active for a freelance fighter is key in making that push. Is he still relevant at 35 and with a boatload of issues with past employers? I'd say yes, since he's still a top 25 welterweight, won the Bellator tournament at his weight class, and tested Ben Askren better than anyone yet in Funky's career. White may not be sold yet on Heiron, but a win or two might bring him back into the Zuffa fold.

Hector Lombard jumps up on the scene with a lean, and a pocket full of green. The UFC nabbed the best middleweight outside the promotion when Lombard outlasted the Bellator champion's clause in his contract. Good move for Lombard and the UFC, not so bad for Bellator since they couldn't find the opponents or the reserve for one of the fighters that basically helped put the promotion on the map. Is Eddie Alvarez next?

Jamie Varner is also staying active by signing on with Legacy and trying get the attention of Zuffa. Varner may not be the most likable person in MMA, but he's attempting to erase the image of a cocky, listless fighter that he has been branded as. On a side note, I've completely given up hope on Strikeforce signing anyone of note from now until they merge with the UFC. There are many quality fighters out there that could have been signed and promoted to face the current stable, but Showtime has shot themselves in foot by not allowing White to offer his input. This is a case where I hope I'm wrong, but the silence is deafening.

Please check out past issues

MMA Transaction Wire: April 12-19

MMA Transaction Wire: April 6-11

MMA Transaction Wire: March 31-April 5

MMA Transaction Wire: March 27-30

MMA Transaction Wire: March 23-26

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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