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Daily Update: Dada 5000 recovering, new UFC fight, UFC weigh-ins

Dada 500 in critical condition

Jeremy Botter also reported that Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris was in critical condition on a ventilator last night after his heart stopped at some point. Bellator sent out this statement from his family: “The Harris Family would like to inform Dada's friends and fans that Dada is ok and resting comfortably in a Houston area Hospital under the care of an incredible staff of doctors and nurses.  Click here for the full info.

Check out F4WOnline.com's coverage of Bellator 149

EARLY SATURDAY AM

NEW JAPAN/ROH JOINT SHOW FROM TOKYO KORAKUEN HALL LIVE ON NEW JAPAN WORLD AT 1:30 A.M.

Jay White vs. David Finlay

Jushin Liger & Matt Sydal vs. Delirious & Gedo

Frankie Kazarian vs. Dalton Castle

Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly & Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows & Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga

Moose & Kushida vs. Tetsuya Naito & Bushi

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin & Roderick Strong vs. Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi

Mark & Jay Briscoe & Toru Yano vs. Young Bucks & Kenny Omega for Never six man titles

Jay Lethal vs. Tomoaki Honma for ROH title

SATURDAY NIGHT

WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING ON SATURDAY NIGHT AT 9 P.M. FROM GARDEN GROVE, CALIF. ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK

Ozzie Alvarez (6-3) vs. Andrew Ramm (4-3)

Jamie Yager (6-4) vs. Greg Parker (5-1)

Timur Valley (10-1) vs. Chris Gutierrez (8-1-1)

Marlon Morales (15-4-1) vs. Joseph Barajaas (12-1) for the bantamweight title

SUNDAY

First, the UFC presents Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Cowboy at 9 pm eastern on Fox Sports 1 (Early prelims start at 5:30 pm eastern only on UFC Fight Pass, followed by the Fox Sports 1 prelims at 7 pm eastern).

UFC FROM THE CONSOL ENERGY CENTER IN PITTSBURGH

FIGHT PASS AT 5:30 P.M. EASTERN TIME

Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton

Sarah Moras vs. Lauren Murphy

Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Marion Reneau

FS 1 AT 7 P.M.

Nathan Coy vs. Jonavin Webb

Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Daneiel Sarafian

Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland

Shane Campbell vs. James Krause

Joe Riggs vs. Chris Camozzi

Cody Garbrandt vs. Augusto Mendes

Dennis Bermudez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri

Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro

Cowboy Donald Cerrone vs. Cowboy Alex Oliveira

WWE FAST LANE FROM THE QUICKEN LOANS ARENA IN CLEVELAND

You may want to DVR the UFC and flip on the WWE Network and watch live as WWE presents Fast Lane at 8 pm eastern (kick off show starts at 7 pm eastern only on the WWE network). You can still buy WWE Fast Lane on regular PPV, but if you do, JBL thinks you're an idiot. He's probably right. Just order the network, people. It's cheap and awesome. In my opinion, the best way to enjoy WWE is to skip all the TV and just listen to the B&V shows to stay up with the story lines, and then only watch the PPVs/Special Events and the NXT TakeOvers

FAST LANE FULL CARD

Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar for the WrestleMania title shot

Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler for IC title

A.J. Styles vs. Chris Jericho

Charlotte vs. Brie Bella for Divas title

Big Show & Kane & Ryback vs. The Wyatt Family

Becky Lynch & Sasha Banks vs. Naomi & Tamina

Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio 2/3 falls for U.S. title (preshow match at about 7:30 p.m.)

We're looking for reports on the WWE house show in Youngstown, OH with Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Sheamus, Kevin Owens, Bray Wyatt, Kane, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Ryback and Rusev.

Bryan and Dave will be posting the first of two weekend shows tonight. They will cover Bellator and the first ROH show of the weekend in Japan. The Sunday Wrestling Observer Radio will cover FastLane, the second ROH in Japan, and UFC.

There will also be radio shows next weekend on both Friday & Saturday covering the ROH PPV from Las Vegas and the UFC Fight Pass from London.

We're doing polls this weekend on the Bellator show tonight and the WWE Fast Lane show on Sunday, so thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to Dave@wrestlingobserver.com

We're also looking for reports on tonight's NXT shows in Asbury Park, NJ and Gainesville, FL to Newstips@wrestlingobserver.com

Raw will be Monday night in Detroit. Brock Lesnar is scheduled for the show.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday night in Indianapolis. 


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The career of Kevin Randleman, his most famous matches, comments from Bas Rutten, comments he made about first getting into fighting, plus his career as a pro and college wrestler.
 
We also have a piece looking at matches that in one night changed promotions or made superstars, and how that fits in with this past week's Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kenny Omega match.  A full rundown of the New Beginnings in Osaka and New Beginning in Niigata shows, with match-by-match coverage, story behind both shows, star ratings and poll results.  We also look at the big shows coming up for New Japan.
 
Lots more about Daniel Bryan, details on his medical issues, lots of things not really put into perspective, Brie Bella;s retirement, Wade Barrett situation, Titus O'Neil suspension and fine, FastLane notes, the weirdness of the Fast Lane main event as it pertains to the company's future, WWE injury updates, more on John Cena's injuries, Cesaro talks his own injury and Bryan retirement, WWE Network notes, notes on wrestlers who received tryouts last week, Jericho vs. Styles notes, WWE star opening up a wrestling themed restaurant, plus highlights of all the NXT and WWE house shows over the past week and business notes.
 
WWE's new Global Cruiserweight series concept, how the tournament will work, the schedule, the scouting of participants and more.
 
Bellator's deal with Rampage Jackson and details of how it happened.

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SATURDAY UPDATE

WWE/Pro Wrestling

UFC/Bellator/MMA

  • Botter also reported that the main event of the UFC’s Netherlands debut in Rotterdam will be Alistair Overeem vs. Andrei Arlovski. “This is a bit of a surprise since not only is Overeem coming off a huge win while Arlovski is coming off a huge loss, but they’re also training partners at Jackson-Wink MMA in Albuquerque.
  • UFC Fight Night 83 weigh-ins for Sunday's event were held today in Pittsburgh. Both main eventers made weight as Donald Cerrone weighed in at 170 pounds and Alex Oliveira weighed in at 171 pounds for the battle of the Cowboys. Late replacement fighter Augusto Mendes weighed in at 142 pounds for his bout against Cody Garbrandt. The bout was scheduled to be at bantamweight (135 pounds), but it appears they knew ahead of time that Mendes would be missing weight as Garbrandt ended up weighing in at 140.5 pounds. The bout will be a 142-pound catchweight bout and Mendes will be fined 20 percent of his purse. The other two last week replacement fighters, Anthony Smith and Kelly Faszholz, made weight for their bouts. You can watch the entire weigh-ins by clicking here.
  • During last night’s show, Bellator announced their next tentpole event for May 14th in San Jose. Featured on that show will be a Light Heavyweight bout between Phil Davis and King Mo and a lightweight fight between former Champion Michael Chandler and Josh Thomson
  • Earlier today, Luis Santos beat Rafael Silva by TKO in just over a minute in the main event of the ONE Championships event in Jakarta, Indonesia. On the undercard, Angela Lee won her fourth straight as a pro, in under a year, with a 2nd round sub.

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