Matt Hamill out 3-4 weeks, Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Brandon Vera at UFC 102 (Updated)
An intriguing light-heavyweight bout between Matt Hamill (6-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Brandon Vera (10-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has been scratched from UFC 102's main card and will be replaced by a Vera vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (18-8-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) fight.
The change, first reported by Sherdog, resulted from an injured knee suffered by Hamill during a recent training session.
"(It's) just a meniscus tear," Hamill's trainer, Duff Holmes, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "He's going for a scope tomorrow, and we'll be back to training after three or four weeks of rehab.
"It was something that just crept up on us and was getting worse and worse. It was really affecting his ability to go to the ground and was giving out on him. ... We are very disappointed with having to pull out, and we were really looking forward to the fight with Vera. He is a true mixed martial artist, and we were eager to test Matt against someone of his abilities."
UFC 102 takes place Aug. 29 at the Rose Center in Portland, Ore. The event, headlined by Randy Couture vs. fellow former UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, airs on pay-per-view.
As of Monday afternoon, the Vera vs. Hamill bout was still listed on UFC.com. Although not official, the Vera vs. Soszynski bout will likely remain on the night's televised main card.
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal vs. Don Frye signed for M-1 Global's first "major show" on Aug. 28
Ready to host its own major shows (rather than co-promoting with other organizations), M-1 Global will kick off a new era of fight promotion on Aug. 28 with a main event of top prospect Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal (4-0) vs. MMA trailblazer and legend Don Frye (20-7-1).
Sources close to the negotiations today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) bout agreements have finally been signed for the previously rumored matchup.
The event, "M-1 Global Presents Breakthrough," takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California.
An HDNet official today told MMAjunkie.com the event airs live on the all-high-definition cable station.
The show, which takes place on the eve of UFC 102 in Portland, Ore., is being held in conjunction with IMMAE, an international MMA expo and trade show.
M-1 Global, a Russian-based organization, is perhaps best known for its "M-1 Challenge" event series, which M-1 officials bill as the "World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts." The series uses a country-vs.-country format for team competitions. However, while popular with many overseas locations, the event series has experienced minimal success in the U.S.
However, event organizers want to penetrate the lucrative U.S. market, and they plan to use a non-team event series (similar to the UFC and Strikeforce) for some future shows. M-1 has traditionally teamed with Affliction Entertainment to co-promote events but will go solo on Aug. 28.
Many major names have fought under the M-1 banner – including heavyweight kingpin Fedor Emelianenko – and could be options for future shows.
The first event, though, will feature two newcomers to M-1
Henderson-Franklin II to Headline UFC 103
Their first bout split the mixed martial arts community, making it obvious that they needed more than 15 minutes to settle their score. On Saturday, September 19th, UFC superstars Dan Henderson and Rich Franklin will meet again in the main event of UFC 103 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, with Henderson looking to make it 2-0 over the former middleweight champ, and Franklin trying to even things up with the former two division PRIDE champion.
And if that’s not enough, the biggest MMA event to ever hit Texas will feature perhaps the most explosive heavyweight battle of the year when one of the sport’s most feared strikers, Mirko Cro Cop, takes on Brazilian knockout artist Junior Dos Santos. Tickets for UFC 103 are on sale now.
Future of Affliction at stake with 8/1
Affliction's event next month is dubbed "Trilogy." A more accurate moniker might be "Finale."
Rumors have swirled in the mixed martial arts industry about the promotion's ultimate demise ever since its first show a year ago. However, Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio and the upstart organization have persevered, largely on the back of Fedor Emelianenko. The Russian heavyweight headlined Affliction's first two shows and will do so again on Aug. 1 against Josh Barnett.
AMIR SADOLLAH'S OCTAGON EDUCATION CONTINUES
Reminiscent of the days that Rashad Evans graced his own season of The Ultimate Fighter, Amir Sadollah had all the odds stacked up against him going into TUF.
Season 7, coached by two of the UFC’s most charismatic fighters in former champions Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Forrest Griffin, was where the new 32-man tournament blueprint was put into affect.
Sadollah, having had no professional fights going into the season as a middleweight was thought to be the season's underdog, but quickly gained the respect of his peers with his more than stellar performance throughout the competition, having earned his way into the house by submitting UFC veteran Steven Byrnes in what only marked the beginning of something special.
UFC DOMINATION & ZUFFA'S AGE OF IMPERIALISM
UFC president Dana White has never been shy about revealing a broad overview of his business plans for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It can be summed up in two simple words: world domination.
"We're going to be everywhere man," White recently said matter-of-factly to MMAWeekly.com. "We're going to be all over the world. We're going to be everywhere. The sport isn't going backwards. We're going forward. We're getting bigger."
Dream 10 Official Results
Dream 10 is now in the books, and it will go down as one of the more exciting fight cards of the year, as a new welterweight Grand Prix champion is crowned! Check out the link for the full results!
DREAM 11 Pushed Back To October 6
Despite previous reports of a September 23 date, DREAM announced today that DREAM 11 has been pushed back to October 6. No reason given for the change but it could be because of World Victory Road Sengoku 10 being scheduled for 9/23 as well. The originally scheduled fights for September will still happen on the new date (Super Hulk semifinals, FWGP Semis & Finals and likely Jason Miller vs. Ronaldo Souza 3 for the Middleweight TItle).
Gsp will not need surgery for groin injury at ufc 100
A groin injury suffered by UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in his UFC 100 victory over Thiago Alves on July 11 won’t require surgery, it was announced on Saturday, with the 170-pound title-holder set to return to the gym within the next few weeks.
“Evaluation of the results of an MRI indicate that no surgery will be required, and Georges should be back in the gym training within a few weeks after a brief rehabilitation,” read the announcement.
Randy Couture willing to return to LHW for Machida
Could a drop to 205 pounds be in UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture’s future?
How realistic a move that is may be left to fans’ speculation, but “The Natural” has made one thing certain – he is intrigued by the possibility of stepping into the Octagon against UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida.
Fedor: ‘I don’t think you’ll see me in the UFC’
When is Fedor Emelianenko coming to the UFC? Well, according to “The Last Emperor” himself, the odds of that happening anytime soon aren’t looking too good. We all know the storyline, The UFC says Fedor’s management is unreasonable, and Fedor’s management feels like the UFC contract is far too restrictive. The king of the heavyweight division recently echoed his uncertainty that he will ever fight in the UFC in the first of a two part interview with Bas Rutten on Inside MMA.
Cro Cop comments on UFC deal
"I'm pleased with my return to UFC, the only global mma organization. Unfortunately, every other organization is far beyond UFC. DREAM cannot compete with Americans in sports or financial terms. The UFC has succeded to become in this sport what PRIDE used to be, maybe even more than that. I will always be grateful to the Japanese fans, that is the country where I became famous as a fighter. But the offer I got from Dream was not a challenge for me. "
"I'm sorry that UFC and DREAM argued over me. There was a lot of noise over nothing, I was even called a liar, and I read supposed statement by Dana White that I called him 600 times. Exact number of my calls was - zero. I texted him once and that's all. I wouldn't call anyone 600 times, even if my life depends on that. I don't want to be presented in such a degrading way."
Bad timing: Thiago Alves knows he can beat Georges St. Pierre
“I have nothing to say, he was better than me that night and now I have to go back to my training and work hard to get this belt. There are a lot of thing in my camp that was a mistake. Now I see the mistakes that I did and I’ll fix them and won’t let it happen again. St. Pierre is a great fighter, fought very well, but I couldn’t find myself in the fight. I learned a lot with this fight, I saw what the best fighter in the world has at his best, seen the best of the best fighter and I know I can beat him…. The only problem that I had in my preparation for this fight is that I wasn’t with my Muay Thai coach, with whom I train for the last three years. He had to go away three months ago and I missed him a lot. I felt out of timing in the fight…. My cardio was good, I was strong, but my timing wasn’t good.”
Former number one welterweight contender Thiago Alves talks about what went wrong during his five-round unanimous decision loss to 170-pound kingpin Georges St. Pierre at UFC 100. “The Pitbull” — who still feels he can defeat “Rush” despite the lopsided drubbing — makes no mention of “weighty issues” having any impact on his performance. Instead, he reveals that his striking, which is clearly the most dynamic aspect of his game, was what failed him because his instructor was out of town for the final three months of training. Regardless, Alves will have to get back in line and work his way up the welterweight ladder for another crack at the unstoppable Canadian. Who’s next? His next fight is still up in the air, but perhaps you want to play matchmaker in the comments section below — Jon Fitch, Marcus Davis, Dan Hardy … what showdown do you want to see?
Lavar Washington Update: Teen Girl Arrested In Connection With Shooting
A 15-year-old girl who is suspected of being involved in an early-morning July 5 shooting that killed one and left Strikeforce veteran Lavar Johnson hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the abdomen has been arrested. According to the report, Laquiria Foreman, arrested this past Friday, is facing charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy and participating in a gang. The investigation is ongoing. Still hospitalized as of Friday, Johnson underwent surgery on July 6 and is now healing from initially life-threatening injuries.
Filho Back To Brazil After DREAM
It's not taking long for Paulo Filho to get fights lined up for him. After his matchup with Melvin Manhoef at Monday's DREAM 10, it's back to Brazil to face Alex Schoenauer at Bitetti Combat's September 12 event in Rio. The card features several top other Brazillian fighters including Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and other notable fighters including UFC veterans Pedro Rizzo & Jeff Monson facing off plus Marvin Eastman and Glover Teixeira.
Miletich & White Headed For Reconciliation?
It would seem that Dana White has really been busy with bridge repairs lately. First the rumors he's made up with Tito Ortiz and now there are rumors similar is in the works with Pat Miletich. Miletich says he's working to arrange a meeting with White in the coming weeks.