Villasenor replaces Vitale in Fukada fight.
The undercard was also expected to feature a middleweight contenders’ bout between Falaniko Vitale and Riki Fukuda, but that was before Vitale instead, according to Sherdog.com, accepted an offer to fight for K-1 and Strikeforce.
In the wake of Vitale’s exodus, Greg Jackson-trained fighter Joey Villasenor has agreed to take the fight with Fukuda in the hopes of getting a return match against either Ninja or Lawler, both of whom he has lost to.
TEAM REPORT: American Top Team
American Top Team continues to grow as one of the premier mixed martial arts training camps in the world. From their home base in Florida, ATT has one of the largest rosters of fighters and many top contenders that continue to grow out of their camp, as well as many new faces than seek out ATT for some of the best training in all of MMA.
With many fighters having upcoming bouts, MMAWeekly recently spoke to representatives from American Top Team about much of their top talent.
Markham Out of IFL Team Finals
The two-time defending IFL team champion Quad City Silverbacks will be without their welterweight, Rory Markham, as they attempt to threepeat in the team finals September 20, in Hollywood, Florida against the New York Pitbulls.
Joe Lauzon Not Fighting Karo Parisyan at UFC 78
Despite an (odd) announcement on his Web site yesterday, “The Ultimate Fighter 5” cast member Joe Lauzon is not currently scheduled to fight Karo Parisyan at UFC 78, UFCjunkie.com (www.ufcjunkie.com) — and the rest of the sane world — has learned.
UFC hasnt talked about putting Arlovski on a card for some time now
Arlovski Where Are You?
I have been seeing more and more talk about where the hell is Andrei Arlovski. I mean the guy was suppose to be in line for a title fight but because of his last “lackluster” performance he apparently has been shelved now for some 4 months. Dana’s last comments were:
“His last showing wasn’t very great. That hurts a guy. It sets you back when you have a real bad showing like that, especially when you’re in a division that’s stacked”
Even UFCJunkie reported that they talked to Arlovski’s manager and they haven’t even been talked to about putting him on a card anytime soon. Is it just me or should Arlovski be getting a bit more respect than he currently is getting. I mean the guy had one mediocre fight and now he can’t be found anywhere. At least the guy won his last match unlike some fighters like Jardine that got another match right off the back.
I guess I’m a bit frustrated because I am a huge Arlovski fan and want to see him back!
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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.