Daley Officially Cut By UFC Today, To Australia Next
Paul Daley has revealed that he was officially cut by UFC today, just 4 days after his post-fight sucker punch of Josh Koscheck that led Dana White to vow he'd never fight in UFC again. But he's already moving on, having signed to fight on a PPV in Australia on July 3 and is also considering fights in Japan and in Canada for MFC. MFC operates on an Indian reservation and is thus exempt from a governing commission. Australia and Japan also both operate sans athletic commission. That means any suspensions he receives wouldn't keep him from fighting in those places.
Saturday's SF Countered By Ultimate Fights Special
Another Strikeforce event. Another counter-programming special from Spike TV and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Didn't think UFC forgot, did you? They didn't-While Strikeforce hosts a Showtime-televised "St. Louis: Heavy Artillery" card on Saturday from the Scottrade Center, Spike TV airs seven of 2010's best UFC fights as part of a two-and-a-half hour "UFC Ultimate Fights" special that begins at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Featured bouts includes the already-legendary WEC 48 fight between Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung, as well a UFC 111 interim heavyweight title fight between Shane Carwin and Frank Mir. Other bouts slated for the special include Mark Munoz vs. Kendall Grove (UFC 112), Terry Etim vs. Rafael Dos Anjos (UFC 112), Matt Serra vs Frank Trigg (UFC 109), Nate Diaz vs Rory Markham (UFC 111) and Paulo Thiago vs Mike Swick (UFC 109). "Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery," which also airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT, features five main-card bouts, including headliners of heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem vs. Brett Rogers and ex-UFC champ Andrei Arlovski vs. former EliteXC champ Antonio Silva.
SRC 13 Adds Kikuta, Kawamura
World Victory Road today added 2 more fights to the upcoming Sengoku/SRC 13 event: Japanese veteran Sanae Kikuta will face Yasubey Enomoto and current Light Heavyweight King Of Pancrase Ryo Kawamura faces Hidetada Irie. Kikuta goes for his 3rd straight win since joining Sengoku after a 2-year layoff while Kawamura will try to win consecutive fights for the first time in 4 years.
Rashad Evans Is A "Step Backward", But Nice "Warmup" For Quinton Jackson
And in a recent interview with Fighters Only magazine, he even sounded a little like the Quinton Jackson of old. "I want to go get Rashad. Nice warm-up fight, kick his ass. Fight Shogun, redeem myself for my sleep, for my mind. Then go and beat the hell out of Forrest, retire him.... I feel like fighting Rashad is a step backwards, because he doesn’t have the belt anymore. But if things go right, this will be a nice warm-up fight for Shogun. If everything works out it will be nice. Everybody knows I took time off, it would be stupid to go right into a title fight with Shogun so this will be a good test for me. If I lose to Rashad I don’t even deserve to get my belt back!"
Couture-Toney UFC 118 Fight Nearly Set; Weight Issue Last Hurdle
Randy Couture wants it, James Toney wants it, and Dana White wants it, so what's holding up the Couture-Toney UFC 118 fight? Simple, it's a weight-ing game.
The fight, according to two sources MMA Fighting spoke with, could be signed as early as this weekend. There are only a few small issues to be worked out, including what weight the fight will be contested at.
Waylon Lowe steps in to face Melvin Guillard at UFC 114
Just a day after American Top Team lightweight Thiago Tavares was forced off the UFC 114 card with an injury, Cincinnati based fighter Waylon Lowe has been called on to step in on short notice to face Melvin Guillard on the Las Vegas card set for May 29.
Lowe's placement into the fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the negotiations on Tuesday. The bout was first reported by Heavy.com.
Waylon Lowe (8-2) comes to the UFC on a 6-fight winning streak including his last victory in King of the Cage over UFC veteran Steve Berger by knockout.
Jay Silva replaces Paulo Filho in Thursday's Bellator 18 "super fight" with Hector Lombard
Another opportunity has passed by former World Extreme Cagefighting champion and one-time highly ranked middleweight Paulo Filho.
Although Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney this past week spoke with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) and denied reports of Filho's scratch from Thursday's Bellator 18 event and said last-minute plans could salvage the fight, the efforts came up short.
MMAjunkie.com has confirmed with multiple sources, including Rebney, that former UFC fighter Jay Silva (5-3 MMA, 0-0 BFC) replaced Filho (18-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and meets Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard (24-2-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC) in the event's non-title headliner.
UFC 115 Prelims On Spike: Griffin-Dunham & Danzig-Wiman
Spike TV will once again offer mixed martial arts fans a look at select preliminary bouts when it airs live under card action from the upcoming UFC 115: "Liddell vs. Franklin" pay-per-view on June 12 from the GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. UFC lightweight stars Mac Danzig and Matt Wiman will bring their bout to the airwaves alongside the 155-pound scrap between Evan Dunham and Tyson Griffin.
UFC 113 Medical Suspensions
The Quebec Athletic Commission has issued the medical suspensions from UFC 113. Everyone gets a brief vacation because all the fighters are suspended, but only 2 fighters-Lyoto Machida and Jonathan Goulet-got suspensions of longer than 2 weeks (60 & 30 days, respectively).
Thiago Tavares Off UFC 114
A planned Thiago Tavares vs. Melvin Guillard fight at UFC 114 is now off as Tavares has pulled out due to an elbow injury. According to his manager, Tavares suffered a hyperextended elbow in training. It's not yet known how long he'll be out. No replacement named yet and UFC has yet to announce the change.
Rampage-Rashad Winner Gets Title Shot
It now appears that the winner of Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans on May 29 at UFC 114 will go to the head of the line of challengers for new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio Rua. UFC president Dana White confirmed with the Carmichael Dave Show on Sports 1140 in Sacramento, that the winner gets Shogun first. "The winner of the Rampage Jackson vs. Rashad Evans fight will get the first shot at Shogun," White said via text message to Carmichael Dave. This comes amidst rumors that Randy Couture would be first in line if he beat James Toney when/if that fight happens.
MMA legend Don Frye scheduled for third back surgery on Tuesday
Following complications from a back surgery and a second procedure, MMA legend and MMAjunkie.com Radio contributor Don Frye will go under the knife for a third time.
His publicist, Melissa Ingram, today confirmed Frye suffered more complications from from his earlier procedures and will have a third surgery, which is scheduled for Tuesday.
Despite the setbacks, Frye is expected to make a full recovery.
Quebec Athletic Commission investigating Paul Daley after UFC 113 sucker punch
Although the smoking gun is in plain sight, the Quebec Athletic Commission is conducting an investigation to determine whether to suspend welterweight Paul Daley's fight license.
Daley drew unanimous scorn this past Saturday when he slugged opponent Josh Koscheck after the final bell in a title eliminator bout at UFC 113. UFC president Dana White quickly condemned Daley's actions and said the fighter, who dropped a unanimous decision, will no longer fight in his promotion.
UFC 113 winner Marcus Davis, UFC officials eyeing spot on Boston's UFC 118 card
With his impressive and vital victory over Jonathan Goulet at this past weekend's UFC 113 event, Marcus Davis is laying off the usual post-event food binges and today settled for a boring lunch salad.
Why the discipline?
Davis – and UFC officials – hope to get the Maine native and Massachusetts-based Team Sityodtong fighter on an Aug. 28 UFC 118 card slated to take place at Boston's TD Garden.
Saturday's SF Card Finalized, Beerbohm-Ribeiro Still On
With Saturday's "Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery" card quickly approaching, the organization today announced the official lineup for the night's un-aired preliminary card. The most significant item is that Lyle Beerbohm vs. Vitor Ribeiro is still on as planned. Although the fight appeared in jeopardy when Beerbohm publicly solicited advice to get out of his contract, the situation was resolved this past week. A total of 7 prelims are set for the 12-fight card.