YAHYA TO REPLACE TAPIA IN WEC TITLE FIGHT
MMAWeekly has learned that Rani Yahya is set to replace Manny Tapia at WEC 30 against Chase Beebe for the WEC Bantamweight Championship.
Beebe was originally scheduled to defend his WEC Bantamweight Championship for the first time against former King of the Cage Flyweight Champion Manny Tapia, but Tapia has been forced to pull out of the fight due to a knee injury.
Yahya will now step in to replace Tapia as Beebe’s first challenger. Yahya was already rumored to be on the card to face Brian Bowles in his debut at bantamweight, as Yahya moves down from 145lbs to 135lbs.
Edit: WEC's Website confirms it.
Planet Tapout 8.14.07: MMA v. Boxing...Sort of...
The new craze in combat sports is always being compared to the old guard. We've heard the MMA v. boxing comparisons time and again and how one sport is so much different from the other. But in the latest edition of Planet Tapout, Lotfi Sariahmed shows us that "the more things change, the more they stay the same." It's all in the latest edition of Planet Tapout!
TKO In Line With the UFC
As the CEO of Groupe TKO MMA -- the first and largest major mixed martial arts circuit in Canada -- Stephane Patry views his relationship with the UFC as a mutually beneficial one.
Drew Mcfedries Out Six to Eight Months
Miletich Fighting Systems’ Drew McFedries will be out of action for six to eight months following a nasty staph infection that’s wreaked havoc on one of his legs.
MMA on Tap provided the update this morning.
Last week, McFedries — and other MFS fighters Spencer Fisher and Tim Sylvia — were all hit with the infections while at their training center in Bettendorf, Iowa.
Elevated Levels of Letters
Sequestered in their air-conditioned cubicles and home offices, Sherdog.com readers have nonetheless spent the summer getting hot and bothered over the steroid debate, a topic that isn't likely to be exhausted anytime soon.
Jason MacDonald Verbally Agrees to UFC 77 Bout with Yushin Okami
Canadian fighter Jason MacDonald (19-8 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has verbally agreed to fight Yushin Okami (20-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC) at UFC 77 in Cincinnati.
Assuming the deal goes through, the middleweight battle will likely appear on the night’s televised main card. The event, which takes place at U.S. Bank Arena, is expected to air on pay-per-view.
The word on Joe Lauzon vs Karo at UFC78
There have been rumors flying around about my next fight, and who it will be against. I posted in a Tito Ortiz chat room that I would be fighting Karo Parisyan, and the rumors made it over to MMA.tv and other major MMA websites. Everyone has been asking about it... from kids running up to the me in a movie theatre to guys asking my trainers at their jobs. I couldn't comment on it until now.