Erik Perez out, Johnny Bedford now meets Bryan Caraway at UFC 159
An injury has knocked Erik Perez (13-4 MMA, 3-0 UFC) out of Saturday's bantamweight bout against Johnny Bedford (19-9-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC 159, and Bryan Caraway (17-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will step in to take his place on short notice.
Bedford on Monday revealed the new matchup on his Twitter account, though the UFC has yet to make a formal announcement of the switch. The two fighters were teammates, though in separate weight classes, on Season 14 of "The Ultimate Fighter.
UFC on FOX 7 salaries: Benson Henderson, Frank Mir earn biggest fight purses
Main-event winner Benson Henderson and co-main-event loser Frank Mir were the top earners at Saturday's UFC on FOX 7 event and each earned $200,000.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) obtained the list of disclosed paydays from the California State Athletic Commission.
The event took place at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The main card, which saw lightweight champion Henderson earn a split-decision victory over Gilbert Melendez ($175,000), aired on FOX following prelims on FX and Facebook.
The total disclosed payroll for the April 20 event was $1,318,000...
Dana White pledges financial support to Boston Marathon bombing victims
As a former Boston resident, Dana White admits it's a struggle for him to not talk about this past week's Boston Marathon bombings. But the UFC president is sure of one thing: He's going to try and do something to help those suffering.
"I have a hard time talking about this in public because if I really do talk about it, I'm going to come off like a psycho," White said at Saturday's post-UFC on FOX 7 press conference. "I've really limited talking about it, but I'm going to Boston on Saturday. After [UFC 159], I'm jumping on a plane and flying to Boston, and I'm actually going to go visit some people that were affected by this horrible event."
UFC on FOX 7 weigh-in results
MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
-Benson Henderson (155) vs. Gilbert Melendez (154)
-Daniel Cormier (235) vs. Frank Mir (257)
-Nate Diaz (156) vs. Josh Thomson (155)
-Matt Brown (171) vs. Jordan Mein (170)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 5 p.m. ET)
-Darren Elkins (145) vs. Chad Mendes (146)
-Francis Carmont (186) vs. Lorenz Larkin (186)
-Myles Jury (156) vs. Ramsey Nijem (156)
-Joseph Benavidez (125) vs. Darren Uyenoyama (125)
-Jorge Masvidal (156) vs. Tim Means (156)
-T.J. Dillashaw (136) vs. Hugo Viana (135)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 4 p.m. ET)
-Roger Bowling (156) vs. Anthony Njokuani (155)
-Clifford Starks (185.5) vs. Yoel Romero (185)
Dana White: Dan Hardy is in extreme denial -- or afraid -- over second opinion on heart condition
It would be much easier if Dan Hardy could just go see the wizard and get a new heart. But I guess "the best cardiologist in the country" isn't a bad second choice.
Will he or won't he?
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight number one contender Dan Hardy needs to get a second opinion on the heart condition that has kept him from returning to the Octagon.
"The Outlaw" was recently diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, also known as "Wolf Heart," prior to his UFC on FOX 7 fight against Matt Brown, who now fights Jordan Mein this Saturday night (April 20, 2013) in his place.
Before the British brawler can make his way back into the cage, he must first prove he's medically fit to compete, or that he was, in fact, misdiagnosed the first time around.
UFC President Dana White explains:
"Lorenzo and I called Dan Hardy a couple weeks ago and got him set up with the best cardiologist in the country. He didn't want to go. He's in serious denial right now. Either denial or just afraid to hear from somebody that that's the truth and that's what's going on. So after he turned it down, I called him back and said, 'Dude, are you crazy? We're offering you a chance to go see the best guy. Just get this second opinion. You're literally insane if you don't go do this.' He said, 'You know what Dana, I'm going through a lot of stuff personally right now. I'm getting married, I have a lot of family coming into town and just dealing with this whole thing at the same time. It's driving me crazy so I just want to put this on the backburner until I'm done with my family stuff and then we'll talk.' Once he gets this done, hopefully we can get him out there to see this doctor. Hopefully he was misdiagnosed."
Jon Jones apologizes for accusing Chael Sonnen of being a 'career-long steroid user'
Earlier this week, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones appeared on UFC Tonight to preview his upcoming UFC 159 title defense against fellow Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 coach Chael Sonnen, which headlines the April 27, 2013 pay-per-view (PPV) event from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
This is what he said.
"Chael Sonnen is a guy who has done steroids throughout his whole career. It's probably the reason his testosterone is low now."
Interesting observation from a guy who said he wasn't going to talk any trash leading up to the fight and even took a vow of silence during last weekend's TUF 17 Finale. See a video of his appearance, which also includes comments about Sonnen's "championship soul" right here.
Apparently he's had a change of heart, or perhaps a stern talking-to from someone in the booth, according to his recent Twitter post.
"I had no right to accuse chael of being a career long steroid user I apologize. See what had happened was...."
Sonnen, who reportedly suffers from hypogonadism, was bagged and tagged by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) back in August 2010 for improperly disclosing his testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) prior to his first fight against Anderson Silva in Oakland.