UFC cuts Mike Ricci
Yushin Okami was, and probably remains,
one of the best middleweight mixed martial
arts fighters in the world. But the UFC cut
him, along with lightweight Mike Ricci.
Michael Bisping out at UFC Fight Night 30, Lyoto Machida now faces Mark Munoz
UFC Fight Night 30 has a new look to its headlining bout, as Michael Bisping (24-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from a planned matchup with Mark Munoz (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC).
An eye injury forced Bisping's removal from the card, and Lyoto Machida (19-4 MMA, 11-4 UFC) has stepped in to take his place in the main event of UFC Fight Night 30, which takes place on Oct. 26 at Phones 4u Arena (previously known as Manchester Arena) in Manchester, England. The evening's main card airs in the U.S. on FOX Sports 2 following prelims on Facebook.
ESPN first reported the switch, and MMAjunkie.com subsequently confirmed it with company officials.
UFC releases onetime middleweight title challenger Yushin Okami
The UFC has released perennial Japanese contender Yushin Okami (29-8 MMA, 13-5 UFC).
MMAjunkie.com today confirmed the company's decision with UFC officials.
Okami's UFC run lasted more than seven years, and included four separate winning streaks of at least three fights. A top-ranked fighter throughout his tenure in the promotion, UFC President Dana White once labeled Okami as "the best fighter to ever come out of Japan."