George Sotiropoulos out, debuting Matt Veach in for UFC Fight Night 17
A rib injury recently suffered by George Sotiropolous (9-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has opened a door for UFC newcomer Matt Veach (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
Veach, a member of the Illinois-based HIT Squad, replaces Sotiropoulos in a UFC Fight Night 17 preliminary bout with Matt Grice (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC). A source close to Grice confirmed the change with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC Fight Night 17 takes place Feb. 7 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla., and airs on Spike TV.
As of late Wednesday, the UFC had yet to announce the fight-card change.
The setback is yet another disappointment for Sotiropoulos, who last fought in the UFC at UFC Fight Night 13 in April 2008. The 31-year-old earned a TKO win over Roman Mitichyan that night, but injuries has kept "The Ultimate Fighter 6" cast member out of action since.
His replacement, Veach, enters the UFC with a stellar 10-0 record with nine stoppage victories in just 18 months of professional competition. Fighting in Midwest-based shows, the former high school and collegiate wrestler hosted posted six submission victories and three knockout wins.
Grice, meanwhile, will be returning to action for the first time since his October 2007 "Fight of the Night" with Jason Black at UFC 77. Grice put his MMA career on hold for the past year in order to complete training at the Oklahoma City Police Department academy. With that training behind him, the 27-year-old will now renew his commitment to the UFC.
Jason Macdonald Vs Nate Quarry @ UFC 97
Middleweights Jason MacDonald and Nate Quarry will attempt to shrug off recent setbacks when they face each other at UFC 97 in Montreal, Canada on Apr. 18.
Sources close to both fighters indicated that bout agreements were signed and the fight was a go. At the time of this writing, it is unknown whether the bout will grace the main card of the event.
Randy's Take On GSP Vs Penn
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight and light heavyweight titleholder Randy "The Natural" Couture has made a name for himself by his performances in big fights in the UFC Octagon. He's defied Father Time over and over while proving his critics wrong time and again.
Almost as boisterous as his in-cage accolades are his fight breakdowns. "The Natural" has an uncanny ability to make accurate fight picks, including correctly predicting some of the biggest upsets in recent years.
Couture gave his analysis of the UFC 94 main event, the rematch between Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn, exclusively for MMAWeekly.com.
TJ Grant Vs Ryo Chonan @ UFC 97
A welterweight fight has been added to the upcoming UFC 97 card in Montreal, as popular Canadian fighter T.J. Grant will make his debut with the promotion against veteran competitor Ryo Chonan. The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight who indicated that bout agreements have been signed for the contest.
Spending time in organizations like TKO and King of the Cage, Grant has amassed an impressive record defeating top opponents including former UFC fighters Forrest Petz and Chad Reiner.
Bonnar braces for return
The recession has negatively impacted millions of people, who have lost their jobs and their homes.
Stephan Bonnar has been struggling the past few months, though his financial woes have little to do with the economic downturn.
But when you’re a professional fighter who gets paid only when you compete, a serious injury is a devastating fact of life.
Bonnar missed all of 2008 and will fight for the first time in 15 months on Saturday at UFC 94 when he meets Jon Jones at the MGM Grand Garden.
UFC newcomer Derek Downey to replace Amir Sadollah at UFC Fight Night 17
UFC newcomer Derek Downey (10-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a six-year vet who's won five of his past six fights, has signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC and will make his octagon debut in place of an injured Amir Sadollah (1-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on next week's UFC Fight Night 17 card.
Multiple sources close to the fighter today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the signing.
Houston Alexander returns at UFC 98 against Andre Gusmao
UFC light heavyweight Houston Alexander (8-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) will look to end a three-fight losing streak when he meets Andre Gusmao (5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 98.
A source close to Alexander told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that both fighters have agreed to the fight and that bout agreements are close to finalized.
Karo Parisyan set to come out like a tractor against ‘Stun Gun’ and kick his ass
“It’s very important. It’s important to beat him in a very violent way…. I’m going to come out from bell to bell and just try to crush him. I want to run through him like a tractor bro — like a tank. I have every intention to hurt him with everything I do until the fights over…. It’s time for me to get back on track, get back to training and back on the winning track. I have to start kicking everybody’s ass, doing some magic and some crazy Judo throws. I want to do stuff in the cage that you don’t see everyday…. I have to bring the old Karo back. I have to bring that aggressive style back to be a contender and become a champion.”
UFC 100 will be July 11 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas
UFC 100 will be July 11 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. MMA is still not legal in New York, let alone sanctioned. If Liddell and Silva win their upcoming fights, against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Thales Leites, respectfully, it could occur, but I doubt it. For what it’s worth, White insists he hasn’t begun to work on matchmaking for that show yet.
GSP '' It's A Fight That's Going To make History''
Being a part of the biggest fight in UFC history could rattle a lot of fighters. With millions watching all over the world and thousands of fans in attendance, just about anybody could feel the nerves shaking their body, or the butterflies in their stomach. But one fighter who is as calm as can be is UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, who isn't thinking about hype, promotion or fan fare.
He's only thinking about one thing. B.J. Penn.
Another Reason Why BJ Penn vs. Georges St. Pierre 2 Is So Monumental
Dave Meltzer nails it:
It is the first time in UFC history that, not just champions, but dominant champions who are on that night in their physical primes and the best in the world in their respective weight classes, will face off.
The winner is basically guaranteed a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame. The loser, well, there’s a good chance he’s ending up there as well, but may have to take a longer road to get there.
UFC 91 Replay Peaks At 3.3 Million Viewers
Mission accomplished again. Spike's replay of UFC 91 this past Saturday as counter-programming to Affliction 2 did a 1.7 rating with 2.3 million total viewers, peaking at 3.3 million during the broadcast. The numbers qualify as quite a success for UFC & Spike.
UFC 94 Weigh-In Details Announced
The UFC has announced the details for Friday's UFC 94 weigh-ins. They will take place Friday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas at 7 PM ET. ufc.com and espn.com will have live streaming video. UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans also will do a Q&A for Fight Club members.
"UFC Gyms" To Begin Appearing Worldwide
For its latest brand expansion, Dana White is going back to his pre-UFC roots: Aerobics instructor. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today announced that it would soon unleash a global network of fitness centers dubbed, “UFC Gyms.” It’s being hailed in a recent press release as “the first major brand extension” for the promotion.