|News and notes: Weekend highlights|
|Written by Ben Pherson|
|Tuesday, 21 February 2012 12:03|
CFX teamed up with Crowbar MMA on Saturday to present Winter Brawl at Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D.
Several Minnesota fighters competed, including ranked fighters like Shana Nelson, Reese Hernandez, Billy Jochum, Jeremy Stetz, Tat Romero and B.J. Lacy.
Thanks to MidwestFightShop.com and CFX, the Winter Brawl fights were streamed live, even right here at Minnesota MMA News. If you missed it, watch MNMMANEWS.com next week. CFX is editing the video, and we'll do a replay of the entire fight card here at Minnesota MMA News.
The night ended in controversy with the main event between Romero and North Dakota's Leo Kuntz.
Romero appeared to control four of the five rounds during the title fight, though neither fighter was able to ever do significant damage.
But when the judges' scorecards were announced, the crowd appeared to be in shock by what they heard. The first judge's card read 49-46, but it was for Kuntz. the second judge scored it 48-47 for Kuntz, while the final judge went the complete opposite direction, giving it to Romero 50-46.
The controversial decision was overseen by the North Dakota commission.
Jeremy Stetz picked up a big win over fellow 135-pound standout Billy Jochum. Stetz caught Jochum with a huge left-hand bomb, knocking him out cold just 1:30 into the opening round.
Jochum has signed on to fight at the Target Center on April 28. The status of the fight, scheduled against Bellator veteran Travis "The Hurricane" Reddinger, is unclear now. Jochum was offered the fight regardless of the outcome.
Minnesota's Shana "Rock Solid" Nelson also picked up a dominating victory. She picked apart Lina Eklund, winning by brutal TKO 4:45 into the opening round.
The only downside to Nelson's big win is that she came in four pounds overweight. Still, Eklund accepted the fight, and it was another dominating performance by Nelson.
B.J. Lacy went all three rounds with veteran Miguel Cooley. In the end, Lacy snapped his long losing streak with a unanimous-decision victory.
No. 2-ranked heavyweight Reese Hernandez erased one of his career losses by knocking off Matt Laframboise. He controlled much of the first round with his wrestling and then finished off Laframboise with an arm triangle at 1:07 of the second round.
Finally, Randy Kittelson earned another impressive win. He caught Zack Schroeder with a flying knee early in the second round, knocking Schroeder out cold. Kittelson got in a few extra shots before the ref was able to stop the fight.
Minnesota's Brett Rogers fought over the weekend in Michigan.
While some claimed Rogers came back to Minnesota with a victory, unfortunately the official ruling of the fight has gone down as a no-contest.
Rogers made quick work of his opponent, Todd Allee, finishing the fight at 1:18 of the first. But according to officials, Rogers finished the fight by hitting Allee in the back of the head.
The illegal blow has forced organizers to officially call the fight a no-contest.
To read more about the fight and the event, check out this story from the Oakland Press Dealer, a newspaper in Michigan.
Watch Minnesota MMA News tomorrow for another announcement about the Target Center show, which is April 28. Tickets are on sale now, and matchmaker Gavin Rydell said tables already are sold out and all of the floor seating likely will be gone by the end of the week.
Rydell said he will be able to release a couple more fights that have been made official by tomorrow morning.
It was announced over the weekend that Mike "The Marine" Richman officially has his first opponent set for Bellator.
Richman will take on WEC veteran Chris Horodecki on April 6 in Canada at Bellator 64. It's unclear whether Richman's fight will be part of the live TV broadcast. But at worst, it would be on Spike.com.
Horodecki is a WEC and IFL veteran. Though he's just 24, he's been in the fight game for years. He went 2-2 in the WEC, but he was not brought over to the UFC when the organizations merged.
Horodecki already is a two-time Bellator veteran, most recently fighting to a draw against Mike Corey in November.
When Minnesota MMA News caught up with Richman shortly after he made his Bellator contract public, he said a couple of opponents were on the table as he looked to stay busy before the organization's 145-pound tournament later this year. Richman was leaning toward the tougher of the two opponents, and that was Horodecki.
It's a tough first fight for Richman, who is 11-1 as a professional. He appeared briefly on season 12 of "The Ultimate Fighter" but lost before making it into the house. Richman, who trains with Greg Nelson at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, had been fighting locally in Minnesota until getting his break with Bellator. He certainly figures to be a dangerous fighter in the upcoming 145-pound tournament.
Two of Minnesota's best female fighters have their next fights lined up.
Kaitlin Young and Shana Nelson have agreed to fight as part of Invicta Fighting Championships 1, an all-female MMA event.
The 10-fight card is set for April 28, the same day as the big Target Center show. IFC 1 will take place in Kansas City, Kan.
Young and Nelson both are part of the main card.
Young is slated to take on Leslie Smith, while Nelson will face Sarah D'Alelio.
Nelson improved to 5-2 with her win last weekend over Lina Eklund. It snapped a two-fight losing streak for the Minnesota standout.
D'Alelio is 3-2 as a pro. She started her career before most recently falling to standouts Ronda Rousey and Julie Kedzie.
Smith is 2-2 as a pro.
Minnesota's Jacob "Christmas" Volkmann has his next UFC fight set.
It was announced today that Volkmann will take on undefeated newcomer Paul Sass at UFC 146 in May at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Since dropping to 155 pounds, Volkmann has looked unstoppable. He's on a five-fight winning streak and will look to make it six against Sass.
Sass is a British fighter, and he's opened his career with 12 straight wins. He's a submission expert, finishing 11 of his 12 fights by submission.
For a complete writeup on Volkmann's next big fight, click this link.