MMA Transaction Wire: Feb 27 - Mar 5

MacDonald retires, Payan signed by UFC, Lawler scores new contract, Bellator 95 prelims

Name Record Weight (Rank) Transaction Info (Date) Fight Card Opponent (Rank)
Estevan Payan 14-3-0,1nc 145 (90-LW) Signed by UFC, Feb 27 UFC 160, May 25 Jeremy Stephens (69-LW)
Goran Reljic 11-3-0 205 (65-HW) Signed by KSW (Poland), Feb 12 KSW 22, Mar 16 Jan Blachowicz (24)
Steve Dinsdale 5-0-0 170 (UR) Signed by Cage Warriors (UK), Feb 27 CWFC 52, Mar 9 Bruno Carvalho (173)
Dante Rivera 15-6-0 170 (NR-I) Signed by Bellator, Feb 28 BFC 95, Apr 4 Lyman Good (44)
Carlos Brooks 4-2-0 185 (130-LHW) Bellator prelim, Feb 28 BFC 95, Apr 4 Tom DeBlass (233)
Shedrick Goodridge 3-4-0 170 (UR) Bellator prelim, Feb 28 BFC 95, Apr 4 Sam Oropeza (NR-I)
Liam McGeary 3-0-0 205 (UR) Bellator prelim, Feb 28 BFC 95, Apr 4 Anton Talamantes (UR)
Michael Phillips 6-4-0 145 (UR) Bellator prelim, Feb 28 BFC 95, Apr 4 Will Martinez (UR)
Jason MacDonald 25-16-0 185 (104) Retires from MMA n/a n/a
Cameron Dollar 11-4-0 145 (105) Signed by WSOF, Sep 2012 WSOF 2, Mar 23 Waylon Lowe (47)
Sheila Gaff 10-4-1 135 (5-F125) Signed by UFC, Mar 1 UFC 159, Apr 27 Sara McMann (5)
Ronys Torres 25-5-0 155 (39) MMACL via WSOF, Mar 1 MMACL 1, Mar 25 Joao Luiz Nogueira (172)
Daniel Weichel 31-8-0 155 (106) Signed by Respect FC (Germany) RFC 9, Apr 13 Ruben Crawford (117)
Robbie Lawler 20-9-0,1nc 170 (10) Re-Signed by UFC (multi-fight deal), Mar 1 TBD TBA
Kevin Asplund 15-3-0 265 (222) Signed by KSW (Poland), Mar 3 KSW 22, Mar 16 Pawel Nastula (NR-I)
Che Mills 15-5-0,2nc 170 (65) Signed by Cage Warriors UK (5-fight deal), Mar 4 TBD TBA
Soa Palelei 18-3-0 265 (57) Signed by UFC (4-fight deal), Mar 4 UFC 161, June 15* Stipe Miocic (22)*

All Rankings taken from Fight Matrix at time of writing. NR-I indicates Inactive fighter
* - unconfirmed by UFC at this time

MacDonald Retires
Jason MacDonald has decided to hang up the gloves on a long career that began back in 1999, or the Dark Ages of MMA. MacDonald was one of the pioneers of Canadian MMA and was one of the fighters that helped Maximum Fighting Championships gain credibility as a better than average regional, participating on the earliest cards. The Athlete was a blue collar type of fighter that was never really a contender, but was always interesting to watch as recognized by his four UFC bonuses (3 Submissions of the Night and 1 KO of the Night). His two stints in the UFC were highlighted by a modified guillotine submission win over Chris Leben at UFC 66. MacDonald will continue to be involved in MMA as an instructor, fighter manager, and promoter for Pure Fighting Championships.



UFC debuts
Estevan Payan is the latest former Strikeforce fighter to make the transition into the UFC as he faces Jeremy Stephens in a featherweight match-up at UFC 160 in May. El Terriblé is riding a 7-fight win streak that stretches back to 2009. Sheila Gaff steps into the octagon on April 27 to face Sara McMann at UFC 159. The German Tank moves up from flyweight to face the Olympian riding a three fight win streak, all by KO/TKO stoppage. Soa Palelei returns to the UFC riding an 8-fight win streak over the likes of Henry Miller, Bob Sapp, and Sean McCorkle. The Australian "Hulk" is likely to face Stipe Miocic in the first bout of his four fight deal with MMA's top promotion.

Upcoming Regional/International Bouts

Gael Grimaud: 17-5-0 (40-WW) vs Cathal Pendred: 11-2-1 (107) at CWFC 52, London, England – Mar 9
Graham Turner: (113-FW) vs Fouad Mesdari (318) at CWFC 52, London, England – Mar 9
Martin McDonough: (106-BW) vs Alex Enlund (UR) at CWFC 52, London, England – Mar 9
Jim Wallhead: 23-7-0 (67-WW) vs Matt Veach: 16-4-0 (184-LW) at BAMMA 12, Newcastle, England – Mar 9
Max Nunes: 9-0-0 (105-LHW) vs Marcin Lazarz: 5-0-0 (168) at BAMMA 12, Newcastle, England – Mar 9
Curt Warburton: 11-3-0 (93-LW) vs Steven Ray: 12-3-0 (128) at BAMMA 12, Newcastle, England – Mar 9

Regional/International Results

M-1 Challenge 37, Feb 27
Musa Khamanaev: 13-3-0 (56-LW) def Niko Puhakka: 27-13-0 (135) by UD-R5 for 155 title
Marcin Tybura: 7-0-0 (170-HW) def Denis Komkin: 13-11-0 (UR) by CKO-R1
Daniel Weichel: 31-8-0 (106-LW) def Artiom Damkovsky: 15-8-0 (100) by arm triangle choke-R2
Legacy FC, March 1
Derrick Lewis: 9-2-0 (47-HW) def Ricky Shivers: 12-7-1 (97) by TKO punches-R3 to retain the HW title
Jorge Patino: 29-13-1 (63-LW) def Derrick Krantz: 14-7-0 (210) by SUB guillotine-R2 to retain the 155 title
Antonio Banuelos: 20-9-1 (8-FLY) draw Rafael de Freitas: 5-0-1 (12) Split Draw-R3
Todd Moore: 15-5-0 (194-WW) def Charles Ontiveros: 3-1-0 (UR) by TKO elbows-R2
CFA 10, Mar 2
James McSweeney: 11-10-0 (55-LHW) def Dion Staring: 28-9-0 (144) by TKO head kick-R1
Allana Jones: 2-1-0 (UR) def Kelsey De Santis: 0-1-0 (UR) by SplitD-R3
Peggy Morgan: 2-0-0 (14-FFW) def Revelina Berto: 3-1-0 (UR) by UD-R3
Ashlee Evans-Smith: 1-0-0 (UR) def Tori Adams: 1-1-0 (UR) by UD-R3
Fallon Fox: 2-0-0 (UR) def Ericka Newsome: 0-2-0 (UR) by KO knee-R1
WFF MMA, Mar 2
Edgar Garcia: 12-3-0 (218-MW) def Leroy Fornoff: 5-7-0 (UR) by kimura-R1
Michael Parker: 8-5-0 (378-FW) def Julian Samaniego: 2-15-0 (UR) by triangle choke-R1
Henry Cejudo: 1-0-0 (UR) def Michael Poe: 0-5-0 (UR) by TKO punches-R1
Other results
Akbarh Arreola: 20-7-1 (467-WW) def Juan Voelker: 2-5-0 (UR) by triangle choke-R1 at UWCM 13, Mar 2
Paul Kelly: 14-5-0 (368-WW) def Henrique Santana: 7-7-0 (UR) by TKO punches-R1 at UWC 22, Mar 2

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