Gabe Ruediger steps in VS Lauzon at UFC 118
t's been a few years since Gabe Ruediger stepped into the Octagon, but the one time "Ultimate Fighter" competitor will get a second chance as he has signed on to face Joe Lauzon at UFC 118 in Boston after original opponent Terry Etim was forced out of the fight for undisclosed reasons.
Joe Vedepo replaces Alessio Sakara, faces Gerald Harris at UFC 118
The replacement opponent now faces a replacement opponent.
Two weeks after fast-rising middleweight prospect Gerald Harris (17-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) agreed to replace an injured Jorge Rivera and face Alessio Sakara (15-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) at UFC 118, the Italian boxer has now bowed out with an ailment, as well.
Two-time UFC veteran Joe Vedepo (11-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has agreed to step in on short notice, and bout agreements for the new matchup are expected to be finalized shortly.
UFC On Versus 2 Medical Suspensions
The CSAC has announced the medical suspensions coming out of UFC On Versus 2. 9 fighters were suspended for 30-60 days but John Howard & Damarques Johnson are out for 180 days unless cleared to return early.
Aaron Simpson hospitalized with unknown infection
UFC Middleweight Aaron Simpson had been preparing for a potential bout with Dave Branch at Ultimate Fight Night 22 in Austin, TX. Now, Simpson is recovering from surgery performed late Wednesday night to battle an unknown infection.
Simpson went through a typical sparring session with teammate Ryan Bader on Thursday of last week, but was alarmed on Friday morning when his nose was sore. After a visit to the doctor on Friday, the infection spread to Simpson’s elbow by Saturday. After five days of infection, surgery was performed and Simpson is now recovering in the hospital.
Dana White confirms UFC 117's Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves winner gets title shot
SAN FRANCISCO – The winner of Saturday's UFC 117 co-main event between Jon Fitch (22-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC) and Thiago Alves (16-6 MMA, 9-3 MMA) will, in fact, get a shot at the title.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the expected plans during today's pre-UFC 117 press conference at the Hilton San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf hotel in California.
The winner will be in line after Josh Koscheck, who meets current champ and "The Ultimate Fighter 12" rival coach Georges St-Pierre at a tentatively planned Dec 11 UFC 124 event.
Manager: Alves At 177, Will Make Weight For 117
Thiago Alves caused a stir Wednesday when he no-showed an open workout in Concord, Calif., for this Saturday's UFC 117 event because he reportedly had trouble cutting weight. That has led to wide speculation that Alves will come in heavy for a highly anticipated rematch with Jon Fitch. But Alves' manager, Malki Kawa, said the worries are much ado about nothing and that his client will make 170 pounds. In fact, he said that Alves currently is 177 pounds and in "high, high spirits" as he preps for Fitch.
Forrest Griffin to Donate Entire Proceeds of New Book Sales to Various Charities
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin appeared on Fox and Friends this morning to discuss his second book, Be Ready When the Sh*t Goes Down: A Survival Guide to the Apocalypse.
Although the release of the book isn't necessarily a newsworthy event, what is worth noting is that Griffin will be donating the entire proceeds of the sale of the book to a number of charities, including one that has been set up for the young son of his dear late friend John Grantham, who was referred to throughout his first book "Got Fight" as "Big John."
Here's the lowdown courtesy of theultimatefighter.com:
"Even if they get nothing out of [the book], I hold myself free from harm, because I donated every penny that I make from this book to charity. I didn't keep any money from the book at all to help you survive the apocalypse. That's how much I care about you the reader.
There’s a couple of different [charities the money will go to]: Fisher House, Three Square, a food bank in Las Vegas, our church, and then a couple more personal ones. The guy Big John, in the book, he passed away, and he’s got a five-year-old son, and he’s got a trust set up, so some of it’s for that as well. I kept no money from the book. It didn’t go to charities like the 'Forrest Griffin Needs a New Car Foundation.'”
Chael Sonnen: Fighter, Realtor, Politician...Amnesiac?
Remember that interview he did this Monday on Pro MMA Radio that included the inflammatory comments about Lance Armstrong & cancer? Now Sonnen claims it never happened. "I never did an interview with Larry Pepe. I've never spoke of Lance Armstrong -- ever." He then claimed to Ariel Helwani that he's never spoken to Pepe despite having appeared on Pro MMA Radio with him before. 5 times.
UFC Targeting March 2011 Return to Ireland
The UFC is making tentative plans to return to Ireland.
The promotion, which previously held events in Ireland and Northern Ireland, is likely to return to the Emerald Isle, perhaps sometime around St. Patrick's Day, according to UFC UK President Marshall Zelaznik.
"We are targeting Dublin for 2011 and working toward March, but St. Patty's Day may not fit perfectly for us," Zelaznik wrote in an email to MMA Fighting. "But hope is we will be there in '11."
Jon Fitch Or Thiago Alves? Carlos Condit Wants To Fight The Lesser Of Two Evils
Translation: Fitch-who Condit thinks will also win at UFC 117 this weekend. "They're both very tough match-ups, they're dangerous fighters and they have a lot of tools. But the better match-up for me would be Jon Fitch. That's not taking anything away from Fitch, it's just the lesser of two evils. They're both killers. Fitch isn't as much of a finisher as Thiago Alves, he's more about grinding his opponent into the ground - literally. With my jiu-jitsu, I could withstand that and do better than a lot of guys have done. Thiago's coming off a long lay-off so we'll see if that has any effect on him. I see Fitch winning it because I think he'll be busier and I see Thiago being a little rusty."
Dustin Hazelett Not McLovin' Pre-Fight Trash Talk
And he thinks all the "smack talk" leading up to UFC fights should stay in pro wrestling and prefers to let his previous fights do the talking when it comes to pre-fight hype. "I'm not in this to become famous or anything. I don't like all the hype and I hate talking smack. I just do this because I enjoy competing in martial arts. A lot of guys trash talk just to hype the fight and stuff like that, but I got into this because of martial arts and that's not what martial arts are about, talking smack and stuff like that. That's more pro wrestling than martial arts. When they're talking smack, I think it looks bad for the sport and sets a bad example. I don't want this sport to become pro wrestling where we have to do monologues where we talk about how we're going to beat somebody up. My previous fights should be enough to hype my next fight. If they're not, then I should remain on the undercard."
Paul Daley Disciplinary Hearing Possibly Set For August 10
Paul Daley will soon face the music for his suckerpunch of Josh Koscheck at UFC 113. His manager says the Quebec Athletic Commission has a hearing set for August 10 to address the incident, in which Daley slugged Josh Koscheck after the final bell of their co-main event-fight. Daley is set to appear at Shark Fights 11 on Sept. 13 but his manager is confident any punishment won't interfere with that date. No confirmation of the date yet from QAC officials.
UFC Quick Quote: Chael Sonnen says Lance Armstrong gave himself cancer
"When you screw up, you have to own it. That stuff really gets under my skin. Take Lance Armstrong. Lance Armstrong did a number of things and he gave himself cancer. He cheated, he did drugs, and he gave himself cancer. Well, instead of saying ‘Hey listen, I cheated and gave myself cancer, don't be like me.' He actually made himself the victim and then went out and profited something like $15 million dollars from this ‘Hey, poor me, let's find a cure for cancer' campaign instead of just coming clean and saying, ‘Look, here's what I did, I screwed myself up, and I hope people learn from my mistakes.' You just watch these guys and can't help but think, God, what a fraud. You got the whole Michael Phelps being a pothead thing too. I'm just glad I'm in the business I'm in so I can get them in the cage and kick the crap out of them."
Well, I guess this qualifies as an unexpected twist. Chael Sonnen has turned his focus away from Anderson Silva and onto Lance Armstrong. Yes, the guy who rides bicycles.
UFC 122 Slated For Germany
There is often resistance, but no one has been able to slow the UFC juggernaut from bull rushing into new markets. MMA’s preeminent promotion, despite not being allowed to have minors at its first live event in Germany and recently being booted off German television, is set for a return trip. UFC 122 will take place Nov. 13 at Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. The event may not be available on German television if the UFC can’t work things out with broadcasting officials there, but it will be available to the U.S. market on a six-hour, same-day delay on Spike TV.
Paul Sass vs. Mark Holst Slotted For UFC 120
It looks like the final piece of UFC 120's puzzle is in place. Lightweights Paul Sass and Mark Holst have been slotted into the preliminary card of the U.K. event, which takes place Oct. 16 at the O2 Arena in London. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Sass, who hails from Liverpool, England, is one of four British fighters who make their octagon debuts at the card, though his resume stands alone. Undefeated in 10 appearances, he holds a record for seven consecutive victories by way of triangle choke. Only two of his opponents have made it out of the first round with him.