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Quick Hits: Zaromskis-Tamura at Dream 13, Reis-Hoshino added to SRC 12, “Strikeforce: Miami” Ratings, and More

  • Marius Zaromskis will like face Kiyoshi Tamura in a welterweight title fight at the March 22 Dream 13, which will take place at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. Zaromskis was last in action losing to Nick Diaz at Saturday’s Strikeforce: Miami, while Tamura hasn’t been in action since defeating Kazushi Sakuraba at Dynamite!! 2008. [MMAFighting]
  • Several fights have been added to Sengoku Raiden Championship 12 which is scheduled for March 7 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. Former EliteXC 140 pound champion Wilson Reis will make his SRC debut against Yuji Hoshino. Also likely for the event, both Marlon Sandro and Leonardo Santos will look to return to the promotion at the event, against as yet named opponents, and Shigeki Osawa will face Kyung Ho Kang.
  • Former UFC middleweight David Loiseau, who was born to Haitian parents who had immigrated to Canada, has secured a charity fight to benefit victims of the January earthquake in Haiti. He will headline “Mixed Fight League 2: Battleground” against Isidro Gonzales, and for every ticket sold $2 will be donated to the American Red Cross to benefit their relief efforts in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti. Other notables on the card include Jon Murphy and Marvin Eastman. [MMAJunkie]
  • Veteran regional promotion King Of The Cage and HDNet have announced a deal that will see monthy KOTC events aired live on the cable network over the next three years. The first event scheduled to be shown as part of the agreement will be the promotion’s February 12 “KOTC: Vengeance” fight card which features Tyler East vs. Tony Lopez, Rich Clementi vs. Anthony Lapsley, and Travis Wiuff vs. Mike Kyle.
  • Strikeforce: Miami, which aired on Showtime Saturday night drew 517,000 viewers, making it the second most watched MMA event on Showtime, trailing the Carano vs. Cyborg card which drew 576,000. The UFC counter-programmed the Strikeforce event by rebroadcasting December’s UFC 107 pay-per-view on SpikeTV, and drew 2.2 million viewers.
  • “Ring of Fire 37: Warlords” is set for Omaha, Nebraska on March 5th and will be headlined by Alfonzo Martinez vs. Demi Deeds. The fight card will also feature former “The Ultimate Fighter” contestants and UFC fighters, Junie Browning and Justin Wren.
  • Brazilian promotion, Vale Tudo Championships will be holding a Brazil vs. USA card on March 6 in Manaus, Amazonas which will be headlined by former WEC and UFC fighter Nissen Osterneck taking on Tigrau in a middleweight matchup. Also on the card is CFP star Tomar Washington, and the MMA Debut of Hawaiian surfing legend Kala Alexander. The full fight card can be found on the Vale Tudo Championships website.
  • Former UFC fighters Jason Day and Jesse Taylor will face off in the headlining fight of Edmonton, Alberta based Agression MMA’s inaugural event, which takes place Friday night at The Expo Center in Edmonton. A portion of every ticket sold to the event, as well as $1 from every online pay-per-view purchased will be donated to the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund. The online pay-per-view can be purchased on Aggression MMA’s website.
  • Shine Fights has recently inked multi-fight deals with veteran welterweight Nick Thompson, and Abu Dhabi champion Braulio Estima. Estima is an MMA newcomer, but defeated Andre Galvao and Alexandre Rebeiro in winning ADCC. At Abu Dhabi he competed at approximately 194 pounds, so it is unclear what weight class he will fight in for his MMA debut.
  • Following losses in his first two fights with the promotion, the UFC has decided to cut light heavyweight Razak Al-Hassan from their roster, according to Al-Hassan entered the UFC undefeated, but lost via armbar to Steve Cantwell in his debut, and then dropped a decision to Kyle Kingsbury in his last outing.

Pictured: Marius Zaromskis

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