UFC on FOX 3 adds Pascal Krauss vs. John Hathaway

A welterweight bout between John Hathaway (15-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and unbeaten Pascal Krauss (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is the latest addition to the UFC on FOX 3 card.

UFC officials today announced the fight.

UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The main card, including a Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz headliner, airs on FOX, and prelims are expected to air on FUEL TV.

Pascal "Panzer" KraussIt’s not clear where Hathaway vs. Krauss will be situated on the card.

The fight is the UFC’s second attempt at booking the fight after a UFC 138 meeting in November was scrapped when both fighters ultimately suffered injuries.

Hathaway rebounded from his first career loss, which came via unanimous decision to Mike Pyle at UFC 120, with a split-decision victory over Kris McCray. The McCray win came nearly a year ago at UFC Fight Night 24, so Hathway will go nearly 14 months between fights.

Before the Pyle loss, Hathaway, who fights out of England, posted a 14-0 record that included UFC victories over Thomas Egan, Rick Story, Paul Taylor and Diego Sanchez.

He now meets German fighter Krauss, who went 10-0 on his country’s regional circuit before making an octagon debut at UFC 122 in November 2010. There, he earned a unanimous-decision victory over Mark Scanlon. It was his first time going to a decision; his first nine fights ended in stoppage victories (five in the first round).

Like Hathaway, Kraus has been dealing with injuries, and he’ll now have a 19-month layoff between fights.

CWFC 46: Kraniotakes v Poberezhets

CAGE WARRIORS is pleased to announce another massive heavyweight bout for February, with Andreas ‘Big Daddy’ Kraniotakes (pictured) set to take on Dmitry Poberezhets at CWFC 46 in Kiev, Ukraine on February 23.

Kraniotakes (12-5-0) will return to the cage for the first time since losing to UFC veteran Tim Sylvia in November. The 30-year-old German recorded CWFC victories over Jay Mortimore and Dave Keeley last year and ten of his 12 professional victories have come in the first round.

Cage Warriors 46Poberezhets (10-4-1), of the renowned Combat Dobro team, will have strong local support as he makes his Cage Warriors debut in his hometown of Kiev. The 26-year-old, a pankration world champion, is a veteran of seven ProFC fights.

“I’m delighted to have Andreas Kraniotakes back on a Cage Warriors card, especially after his recent fight in the US,” said Cage Warriors matchmaker Ian Dean. “He impressed on both occasions he fought on our show and has become a fan favourite here at Cage Warriors.

“Dmitry Poberezhets has a big opportunity to showcase himself on the international stage after some impressive performances in ProFC. Like Kraniotakes, he’s a well-versed and dangerous competitor and has some excellent training partners in the Combat Dobro camp.

“He’ll also have the local support on his side. I think will is another excellent showcase for the European heavyweight scene and I’m proud to have it at Cage Warriors on February 23.”

The bout is the latest heavyweight clash to be added to the Cage Warriors schedule for February. Just days before CWFC 46 in Ukraine, Rogent Lloret will take on Bobby Brents and Jay Mortimore will face Eddy Bengtsson at CWFC 45 in London on February 18.

Also fighting on this card is Control Master flyweight Artemij Sitenkov against Irishman Neil Seery.

CWFC Fight Night 3: Donnelly v Mestre

CWFC Fight Night 3: Donnelly v Mestre

FIGHT NIGHT 3 in Beirut next month will feature Cage Warriors debuts for John Donnelly and Domingos Mestre, with the pair set to clash in a welterweight bout in the Lebanese capital.

Donnelly (7-4-0), of Team Ryano in Dublin, was scheduled to take on Warren Kee but the Englishman was forced to withdraw after sustaining a shoulder injury.

Domingos MestreMestre (8-4-0), who’s based in Sweden, has stepped in to take Kee’s place on the February 11 card in Lebanon and will offer a stern test of Donnelly’s credentials. The Portuguese 26-year-old has fought on shows such as KSW and The Zone and holds notable victories over Robert Radomski and Frodi Hansen.

“It’s a great honour for me to be fighting on a Cage Warriors event,” said Mestre. “They are a true European promotion with a great history. So many outstanding fighters such as Dan Hardy, Jeff Monson and Pascal Krauss have fought for them in the past. It makes me proud to be able to get in line with these great champions.”

Donnelly comes into the bout on the back of five successive victories and will be fighting for the first time since February of last year, when he secured a unanimous decision win against Dustin West.

“I’m delighted to finally have John Donnelly making his Cage Warriors debut,” said matchmaker Ian Dean. “He comes to us with a reputation in Ireland for being a dangerous and exciting striker, which is backed-up by the fact that five of his seven wins have come by TKO.

“His debut has been delayed by injury so I know he’s been waiting to get back into the cage and he’ll relish this opportunity. Domingos has a lot of experience on the European scene and trains with some high-level guys at GBG in Sweden. I’m looking forward to seeing how this striker/grappler clash pans out.”