Dan Lauzon: Joe Lauzon Fighting at UFC 78
“The Ultimate Fighter 5” cast member Joe Lauzon (15-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who made a splash by scoring a first-round TKO of Jens Pulver prior to the show’s filming, has undergone knee surgery but expects to be healed in time to appear on the UFC 78 fight card in Newark, New Jersey.
Anthony Torres to Replace Anthony Johnson at UFC 75
Anthony Johnson, who scored a stunning 13-second knockout of Chad Reiner at UFC Fight Night 10 last month, has been scratched from his UFC 75 fight with Jess Liaudin (11-8 MMA, 1-0 UFC) because of a shoulder injury and has been replaced by the “The Ultimate Fighter 2’s” Anthony Torres.
Corey Hill to debute in October at Fight Night Event
Corey Hill, one of the most talked about fighters from The Ultimate Fighter 5 due to his potential and reach advantage, will make his official MMA and UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 12 according to a UFCDaily.com source. The event is expected to take place on Wednesday October 17th and will air on Spike TV from 9pm to 11pm. The location of the event is not known at this time. Hill is the first rumored fighter for the event which will promote The Ultimate Fighter 6, airing immediately following the event, as well as UFC 77 which takes place in Cincinnati just days later on October 20th.
Royce Gracie’s Fine, Suspension Upheld by CSAC
MMA legend and UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie (14-3-3 MMA, 11-1-2 UFC), who tested positive for the anabolic steroid Nandrolone during a June 2007 fight, today had his $2,500 fine and approximate one-year suspension finalized by the California State Athletic Commission.
Frankie Edgar Targeted for UFC 78 Event
Undefeated lightweight Frankie Edgar (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will likely appear on the upcoming UFC 78 fight card, according to a source close to the event’s planning who spoke to UFCjunkie.com (www.ufcjunkie.com) last week
- LIDDELL: "I'VE NEVER HAND-PICKED AN OPPONENT"
When the possible match up with Wanderlei Silva for UFC 76 fell through and Keith Jardine was named as Chuck Liddell's next opponent, reports surfaced that the former UFC light heavyweight champion picked Jardine as his opponent. Liddell recently spoke with MMAWeekly, setting the record straight about how the fight with Jardine transpired.
Dana White " Do Steroids and get Bitch Slapped"
Fresh off a vacation in Tahiti with his family, Ultimate Fight Championship president Dana White was still answering questions about UFC champion Sean Sherk and challenger Hermes Franca allegedly flunking their postfight drug tests July 7. Each has been suspended for one year, although Sherk has filed an appeal. It should come as no surprise that White bristles at the criticism of how he runs UFC -- and is firing back
Babalu "If I lose again I'm Done"
For some fighters, the Octagon is the only place where they can truly find peace. No matter what happens in their lives before the bell rings, whatever drama they’re dealing with outside the cage, a fight is a fight and everything else takes a back seat for those 15 or 25 minutes or less.
But for Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral, the UFC’s Octagon has been anything but a sanctuary for him in his last two fights, as he was stopped in the first round by Chuck Liddell last August, and then suffered a second straight defeat when Jason Lambert knocked him out in the second round at UFC 68 in March. On August 25th, he will try to avoid a third loss in a row when he takes on David Heath at UFC 74 in perhaps the most pivotal bout of his eight year career.
“It’s a very important fight because I have to step away from my losses and I have to come back stronger,” said Sobral. “I’ve lost twice, and if I lose again, I’m pretty much done. It’s almost like a title shot.”