Greg Soto Signs To Face Nick Osipczak At UFC 118
UFC fighter Greg Soto confirmed via Twitter today that he's signed to face Nick Osipczak at UFC 118 in Boston. Soto, who signed with the UFC in March as a late replacement for Ricardo Funch, ran into trouble against Matthew Riddle, who took the first two rounds of their preliminary-card fight at UFC 111. Soto came out swinging in the third round, but after he was taken to the mat, he connected on an illegal upkick that caught Riddle square on the kisser. Riddle tried to fight through the pain, but he was so dazed that ringside officials would not allow him to continue, and he was awarded the DQ win.
UC 116 main-card additions include Silva vs. Akiyama, Soszynski vs. Bonnar II
Following Tuesday's official announcement of UFC 116 and a headliner of UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar vs interim title-holder Shane Carwin, Ultimate Fighting Championship officials have added six additional fights to the July 3 card.
Main-card additions include Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Wanderlei Silva and a Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Stephan Bonnar rematch, both of which MMAjunkie.com previously reported.
Official for the un-aired preliminary card include Brendan Schaub vs. Chris Tuchscherer, Kendall Grove vs. Goran Reljic, Chris Lytle vs. Matt Brown, and Jon Madsen vs. Karlos Vemola.
Don King Issues Cease and Desist with Shine Fights
According to MaxBoxing.com, Don King Promotions has issued a cease and desist order to Shine Fight Promotions on the grounds that Ricardo Mayorga is contractually obligated to fight exclusively for Don King. Mayorga is set to fight Din Thomas on May 15th at Shine Fights 3: Worlds Collide.
Don King Productions has become aware that an entity known as Shine Fight Promotions recently announced their intention to present a match showcasing former three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga.
Don King Productions has a valid promotional contract granting the right of exclusive representation of Ricardo Mayorga and has advised Shine Fight Promotions accordingly.
Brian Stann To MW, Could Meet Massenzio At UFC On Versus 2
According to Heavy, Brian Stann vs. Mike Massenzio is in the works for UFC on Versus 2. Stann confirmed on his twitter that the bout will take place in the Middleweight division. Stann was in favor of dropping down to 185 after dropping a unanimous decision to Phil Davis at UFC 109. Massenzio hasn't fought since UFC 92, losing via TKO to CB Dollaway. UFC on Versus 2 is scheduled for August 1, 2010 from the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Report: Gracie vs. Randleman At 5/15 SF May Be Off (Updated)
While more details won't be known until later today, the Roger Gracie vs. Kevin Randleman fight at Strikeforce's 5/15 event could be off. Randleman could be forced to withdraw due to illness and a possible staph infection, he should know more once he sees his physician later today.
UPDATE: The fight is on. Randleman has been cleared to take antibiotics that will allow him to recover in time to fight. The former UFC heavyweight champion came down with staph infection while training at multiple gyms in Las Vegas. According to Elizabeth Randleman (his wife and manager), his clearance to fight was delayed when he was prescribed medication to treat the illness. Fearing the drugs could produce a positive result in a drug test, she consulted the Missouri State Athletic Commission, which oversees next Saturday's event. The commission allowed him to use the medication, which green-lighted the fight, she said.
Shine Fights' Mayorga says he'll quit MMA if he loses to the "nobody" Thomas
LOS ANGELES – If things don't go Ricardo Mayorga's way on May 15, his MMA career could be over before it ever really starts.
Mayorga, who faces Din Thomas in a 160-pound catchweight main event at "Shine Fights: Worlds Collide" on Saturday, May 15, said he'll retire from MMA if he loses – or even if he wins by decision.
If he wins as he predicts – a knockout in the first minute of the first round – he'll call out boxing kingpin Floyd Mayweather.
Marquardt vs. Palhares Possible for UFC 117
Nate Marquardt didn't have to wait too long for the UFC to find him a new opponent, but he will have to wait a little bit longer for the fight to happen. Brazilian fighter Rousimar Palhares is in talks to face Marquardt in Oakland for UFC 117 on August 7.
-------------------Correction to that last story...Marquardt vs. Palhares is possible for August, but show still yet to be determined------------------------
Terry Etim vs. Joe Lauzon in the works for UFC 118 in Boston
Massachusetts native Joe Lauzon will get his wish.
A few weeks after telling MMAjunkie.com that he expected to fight at UFC 118, the organization's first-ever event in Boston, Lauzon has now verbally agreed to face Englishman Terry Etim at the event.
Fighters Only magazine was the first to report the new matchup, and MMAjunkie.com has since confirmed the proposed bout with sources close to the promotion.
Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara targeted for August's UFC 118 in Boston
UFC middleweight Jorge Rivera told MMAjunkie.com in March that he shouldn't even have to ask to fight at UFC 118, the promotion's first trip to Boston.
Apparently, he didn't.
MMAjunkie.com has learned from sources close to the promotion that the Massachusetts resident and Italian slugger Alessio Sakara have verbally agreed to meet at the event.
Joe Lauzon vs. Terry Etim at UFC 118 in Boston
The hometown kid gets a dream come true.
The Boston show set for August 28 is starting to fill up with local stars and the latest is former "Ultimate Fighter" competitor Joe Lauzon who returns to action to face Terry Etim on the card.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Tuesday. Fighter's Only first confirmed the bout on Tuesday.
After sitting out for the majority of 2009 with a knee injury, Massachusetts' fighter Joe Lauzon (18-5) came back at UFC 108 with aspirations of getting into the deep end of the lightweight division right away. Lauzon came up a little short in his comeback bid, losing a unanimous decision to Canadian fighter Sam Stout.
Darabedyan vs. Kerr, Assuncao vs. Nunes official for "WEC 49: Varner vs. Shalorus"
The WEC today announced a pair of preliminary card contests for its upcoming WEC 49 event, as Karen Darabedyan meets Will Kerr, while Rafael Assuncao faces Diego Nunes.
Both bouts were previously reported by MMAjunkie.com.
Featuring a lightweight matchup between former champion Jamei Varner and fast-rising prospect Kamal Shalorus, "WEC 49: Varner vs. Shalorus" takes place June 20 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is the promotion's first trip to the country. The main card airs live on Versus.
Tapout Re-Signs Rich Franklin
Tapout has announced that it has renewed its partnership with Rich Franklin for UFC 115 and will also be involved in marketing Franklin’s American Fighter apparel line moving forward.
As part of the deal struck, Rich Franklin will be walking out with his very own signature shirt that stylishly showcases both the TapouT brand and Franklin’s own MMA brand “American Fighter”. TapouT is poised and ready to take the American Fighter brand to the next level with TapouT’s vast marketing and distribution resources.
Offense? Defense? Jab? Mariusz Pudzianowski Is Just "Bad"
In other words, it's a glowing vote of confidence from Pudz' boxing coach, Krzyzstof Kosedowski. "His boxing technique is bad. There a lot of holes in his game. His defense is weak, he didn't have much time to learn. There are holes in every aspect of his boxing technique. His jab is bad, his legs are bad, his defense is bad, his offense is bad. I also don't think Mariusz is ready to take a punch."
Jason Brilz agrees to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 114
Forrest Griffin's spot didn't stay empty very long.
Mere hours after reports surfaced that the former light heavyweight champion had been forced out of his UFC 114 contest with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, MMAjunkie.com has learned that Jason Brilz has agreed to take the fight on a little less than four-weeks' notice.
Sources close to the promotion indicated that verbal agreements are in place and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
M-1 Global, Strikeforce come to terms; Emelianenko vs. Werdum set for June 26
Fedor Emelianenko (31-1 MMA, 1-0 SF) and M-1 Global will once again co-promote an event with Strikeforce.
While there had been some concern the two promotions would be unable to reach an agreement as to the terms of a future fight card, Strikeforce today announced that Emelianenko's return to the cage has finally been set.
As has long been rumored, Emelianenko will face Fabricio Werdum (13-4-1 MMA, 2-0 SF) at a June 26 co-promoted event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
The main card airs live on Showtime.
Karo Parisyan in Talks With Strikeforce
Former UFC welterweight contender Karo Parisyan has been in talks to fight for Strikeforce, MMA Fighting has learned.
Parisyan has not signed a contract with the San Jose-based organization yet, but if he does, he could debut as early as June 16 on the Strikeforce: Los Angeles show, which would make sense since the Armenian-born fight currently resides in the North Hollywood, Calif., area.
When contacted by MMA Fighting, Strikeforce officials refused to confirm or deny any talks with Parisyan.
Parisyan's final run in the UFC was a tumultuous one. He pulled out of a UFC 88 fight against Yoshiyuki Yoshida hours before the weigh-ins, citing a back injury. Parisyan had talked openly about battling depression and anxiety, and many suspected he had been suffering from those same symptoms leading up to the fight.
Forrest Griffin Bows Out Of Bout With Lil Nog
Forrest Griffin has had to withdraw from his scheduled light heavyweight bout with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. The two were set to co-main event UFC 114 on May 29 in Las Vegas. A grudge match between former light heavyweight champions and “Ultimate Fighter” coaches Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson heads the fight card.
MMAWeekly.com confirmed with sources close to the fighter’s camp that Griffin injured his shoulder and had to withdraw from the fight. TMZ.com was the first to report his exit.
Late replacements John Doyle, Damian Vitale complete Bellator 17 card
A pair of late replacements have stepped up on short notice to compete in separate contests at Thursday's Bellator Fighting Championships event.
MMAjunkie.com has learned that John Doyle is replacing John Clarke and faces Greg Rebello, while Damian Vitale steps in for Nate Lamotte and meets Chuck O'Neil.
Both fights take place on the preliminary card of Thursday's Bellator 17 event at the Citi Performing Arts Center's Wang Theatre in Boston.
Tom Lawlor not interested in "Fight of the Night" bonus at UFC 113
Despite cashing a $30,000 bonus check in his most recent outing, UFC middleweight contender Tom Lawlor isn't interested in another "Fight of the Night" award when he meets Joe Doerksen on the preliminary card of Saturday's UFC 113 event in Montreal.
"A lot of people said, 'I can't wait to see that fight; that fight's going to be awesome, and I hope it's Fight of the Night,'" Lawlor recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "That is the biggest insult and the worst thing you could tell somebody – that I hope they fight for 15 minutes, and I hope they take damage.
"I'd rather fight guys that really aren't that good."
Tim Boetsch re-signs with UFC, agrees to UFC 117 fight with Thiago Silva
After posting a 3-0 record following his release from the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2009, light heavyweight Tim Boetsch (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is returning to the organization to fight Thiago Silva (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at UFC 117 in August.
Sources close to the event told MMAjunkie.com verbal agreements are in place and bout agreements will be finalized in the coming week.
The fight, first reported by Sherdog.com, takes place Aug. 7 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.