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."
Trainer Pederneiras: Renan Barao losing money, Jose Aldo still wants Pettis
Nova Uniao head trainer Andre Pederneiras said most of his fighters come from the favela, and they're literally fighting to put food on their tables.
One star pupil, UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao (31-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC), grew up poor, but no longer needs to live hand to mouth. Pederneiras, however, said the fighter isn't maximizing opportunity while he's very near the top of the 135-pound class.
Just this past weekend at UFC 165, Barao became the first fighter in UFC history to twice defend an interim belt when he stopped Eddie Wineland. The performance won Barao a $50,000 bonus for "Knockout of the Night" as well as his show and win purses.
Barao is making more money as he continues to dominate the competition in the UFC, but according to Pederneiras, he could be making far more from other sources...
Piotr Hallman replaces Njokuani, meets Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 30
With his UFC debut a successful one earlier this month in Brazil, Piotr Hallman will fight again on a quick turnaround.
Hallman (14-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will step in for the injured Anthony Njokuani (16-7 MMA, 3-3 UFC) next month at UFC Fight Night 30 to meet Al Iaquinta (6-2-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in a lightweight bout. UFC officials announced the new booking overnight.
Rony Jason vs. Jeremy Stephens rebooked for UFC Fight Night 32
Originally scheduled to meet on
Oct. 9, Rony Jason and
Jeremy Stephens will fight a
month later, after both fighters
sustained injuries in training.
UFC announced Wednesday the
featherweight bout between Jason
and Stephens, originally expected
to take place at UFC Fight Night 29
in Barueri, Brazil, will be part of
the UFN 32 card in Goiania, Brazil,
on Nov. 9.