|Name||Record||Weight (RANK)||Transaction Info||Fight Card||Date|
|Ido Pariente||12-5-0||155 (UR)||Signed by Cage Warriors UK||CW 48, July 21||July 11|
|Dale Hardiman||8-3-0||155 (UR)||Signed by Cage Warriors UK||CW 48, July 21||July 11|
|Josh Neer||33-11-1||170 (#43)||Re-Signed bu UFC (4 fight contract)||TBD||July 12|
|Chris Barnett||7-1-0||265 (#71)||Signed by Bellator||Bellator 72, July 20||July 12|
|Tommy Sauer||25-12-0||265 (#101)||Signed by Bellator||Bellator 72, July 20||July 12|
|Kenny Moss||5-2-0||170 (UR)||Signed by Bellator||Bellator 72, July 20||July 12|
|Matt McCook||8-5-0||145 (UR)||Signed by Bellator||Bellator 72, July 20||July 12|
|Jason Carapelluci||6-2-0||150 (UR)||Signed by Bellator||Bellator 72, July 20||July 12|
|Paul Barrow||4-2-0||150 (UR)||Signed by Bellator||Bellator 72, July 20||July 12|
|Julien Williams||2-1-0||170 (UR)||Signed by Bellator||Bellator 72, July 20||July 12|
|Ryan DeRocher||3-3-0||170 (UR)||Signed by Bellator||Bellator 72, July 20||July 12|
|Andrei Arlovski||17-9-0||265 (#28)||Signed by ONE FC||ONE FC 5, Aug 31||July 12|
|Soa Palelei||17-3-0||265 (#78)||Signed by ONE FC||ONE FC 5, Aug 31||July 12|
|Jens Pulver||26-16-1||145 (#169 BW)||Signed by ONE FC||ONE FC 5, Aug 31||July 12|
|Dave Bautista||Pro debut||265/SuperHW (UR)||Signed by Classic Entertainment & Sports||CES MMA, Oct 6||July 13|
|Eduardo Dantas||14-2-0||135 (#4)||Shooto via Bellator||Shooto Brazil 33, Aug 25||July 13|
|Jimmy Flick||5-0-0||125 (#44)||Signed by Legacy FC||LFC 13, Aug 17||July 14|
|Jussier da Silva||14-1-0||125 (#4)||Signed by UFC||TBD||July 14|
|Chris Camozzi||17-5-0||185 (#92)||Re-Signed by UFC (4 fight contract)||UFC 150, Aug 11||July 14|
|Masakazu Imanari||25-11-2||135 (#22)||Signed by DEEP||DEEP 59 Impact, Aug 18||July 16|
|Luis Santos||53-8-1||170 (#101)||Signed by Championship Fighting Alliance||CFA 8, Aug 10||July 16|
|Vinny Magalhaes||9-5-0,1NC||205 (#48)||Signed by UFC||UFC 151, Sept 1||July 16|
Jussier "Formiga" da Silva, the flyweight phenom, is finally in the UFC! Great news for fans of the fighter and the 125lb class. He adds a huge piece to the puzzle that is the UFC roster at this weight class, having only one blemish on his record- a unanimous decision loss to Ian McCall at Tachi Palace Fights 8. Formiga is currently on a five fight win streak including a win over Mamoru Yamaguchi (who should also be contacted, nudge, nudge, wink, wink Joe Silva). Da Silva, the former #1 ranked fighter at flyweight, also has wins over other former top ranked opponents such as Shinichi Kojima and Danny Martinez.
UFC vets Josh Neer and Chris Camozzi re-upped for another four fights with the UFC. Neer was on a six fight winning streak before a vicious KO at the hands of Mike Pyle. The Dentist has had a career resurgence in his fourth stint with the UFC and they have rewarded his exciting fight style that has resulted in an 88% finish rate. Camozzi is in his second round with the UFC after a brief interlude that included a controversial split decision win (due to a judging error) over Joey Villasenor. The former TUF 11 cast member is currently riding a two fight win streak that includes a sub against Dustin Jacoby and a doctor stoppage TKO over Nick Catone at the recent UFC on FX 4 card.
After several false starts, Dave Bautista the former WWE Heavyweight champ, makes his way into professional MMA on October 6 at a CES event in Providence, Rhode Island. At 43 and with scores of injuries that have required surgery Bautista's MMA career will most likely be short lived and unspectacular, yet it will ultimately draw more eyes to the sport. I understand major promotion's position in not signing an older, former pro-wrassler, but there must be some room in the North American landscape for more (forgive the parlance) "freakshow" type fights. Of course Dana White, Scott Coker, and Bjorn Rebney are afraid that these types of matches would hurt the legitimacy of their sport, and rightfully so. But who wouldn't want to see the outcome of a real shoot between former pro wrestlers like Bautista and Bobby Lashley? OK maybe I'm asking the wrong crowd, but looking at past promotions like K-1 and PRIDE's New Year's Eve shows or present one's like Super Fight League, there are certain fights promoted that fans are interested in seeing even if they border on the absurd.
ONE FC pulls out the checkbook once again and secured Andrei Arlovski and Jens Pulver for ONE FC 5: Pride of a Nation. Good signings I suppose, although we can now see that Victor Cui's plan is now set to move beyond the regional MMA scene and step up to the next level with established MMA veterans rather than very good prospects from Asia. It's not like we didn't know that was the original plan, but actually seeing the plan carried out so soon is a little astonishing. Hopefully fans in the US will eventually be able to see these cards on some other media than internet pay sites like USTREAM.
Vinny Magalhaes is back in the UFC after a sojourn with M-1 Global that ended in a TMZ level breakup. Vinny's first run was a less than stellar 0-2 effort after making it to the finals of The Ultimate Fighter Season 8. Magalhaes lost to Ryan Bader in that finale and then to Eliot Marshall by decision, but has since gone 7-1 with all seven wins by stoppage.
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