Matt Hamill out 3-4 weeks, Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Brandon Vera at UFC 102 (Updated)
An intriguing light-heavyweight bout between Matt Hamill (6-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Brandon Vera (10-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has been scratched from UFC 102's main card and will be replaced by a Vera vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (18-8-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) fight.
The change, first reported by Sherdog, resulted from an injured knee suffered by Hamill during a recent training session.
"(It's) just a meniscus tear," Hamill's trainer, Duff Holmes, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "He's going for a scope tomorrow, and we'll be back to training after three or four weeks of rehab.
"It was something that just crept up on us and was getting worse and worse. It was really affecting his ability to go to the ground and was giving out on him. ... We are very disappointed with having to pull out, and we were really looking forward to the fight with Vera. He is a true mixed martial artist, and we were eager to test Matt against someone of his abilities."
UFC 102 takes place Aug. 29 at the Rose Center in Portland, Ore. The event, headlined by Randy Couture vs. fellow former UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, airs on pay-per-view.
As of Monday afternoon, the Vera vs. Hamill bout was still listed on UFC.com. Although not official, the Vera vs. Soszynski bout will likely remain on the night's televised main card.
Henderson-Franklin II to Headline UFC 103
Their first bout split the mixed martial arts community, making it obvious that they needed more than 15 minutes to settle their score. On Saturday, September 19th, UFC superstars Dan Henderson and Rich Franklin will meet again in the main event of UFC 103 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, with Henderson looking to make it 2-0 over the former middleweight champ, and Franklin trying to even things up with the former two division PRIDE champion.
And if that’s not enough, the biggest MMA event to ever hit Texas will feature perhaps the most explosive heavyweight battle of the year when one of the sport’s most feared strikers, Mirko Cro Cop, takes on Brazilian knockout artist Junior Dos Santos. Tickets for UFC 103 are on sale now.
AMIR SADOLLAH'S OCTAGON EDUCATION CONTINUES
Reminiscent of the days that Rashad Evans graced his own season of The Ultimate Fighter, Amir Sadollah had all the odds stacked up against him going into TUF.
Season 7, coached by two of the UFC’s most charismatic fighters in former champions Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Forrest Griffin, was where the new 32-man tournament blueprint was put into affect.
Sadollah, having had no professional fights going into the season as a middleweight was thought to be the season's underdog, but quickly gained the respect of his peers with his more than stellar performance throughout the competition, having earned his way into the house by submitting UFC veteran Steven Byrnes in what only marked the beginning of something special.
UFC DOMINATION & ZUFFA'S AGE OF IMPERIALISM
UFC president Dana White has never been shy about revealing a broad overview of his business plans for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It can be summed up in two simple words: world domination.
"We're going to be everywhere man," White recently said matter-of-factly to MMAWeekly.com. "We're going to be all over the world. We're going to be everywhere. The sport isn't going backwards. We're going forward. We're getting bigger."
Gsp will not need surgery for groin injury at ufc 100
A groin injury suffered by UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in his UFC 100 victory over Thiago Alves on July 11 won’t require surgery, it was announced on Saturday, with the 170-pound title-holder set to return to the gym within the next few weeks.
“Evaluation of the results of an MRI indicate that no surgery will be required, and Georges should be back in the gym training within a few weeks after a brief rehabilitation,” read the announcement.
Randy Couture willing to return to LHW for Machida
Could a drop to 205 pounds be in UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture’s future?
How realistic a move that is may be left to fans’ speculation, but “The Natural” has made one thing certain – he is intrigued by the possibility of stepping into the Octagon against UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida.
Fedor: ‘I don’t think you’ll see me in the UFC’
When is Fedor Emelianenko coming to the UFC? Well, according to “The Last Emperor” himself, the odds of that happening anytime soon aren’t looking too good. We all know the storyline, The UFC says Fedor’s management is unreasonable, and Fedor’s management feels like the UFC contract is far too restrictive. The king of the heavyweight division recently echoed his uncertainty that he will ever fight in the UFC in the first of a two part interview with Bas Rutten on Inside MMA.
Cro Cop comments on UFC deal
"I'm pleased with my return to UFC, the only global mma organization. Unfortunately, every other organization is far beyond UFC. DREAM cannot compete with Americans in sports or financial terms. The UFC has succeded to become in this sport what PRIDE used to be, maybe even more than that. I will always be grateful to the Japanese fans, that is the country where I became famous as a fighter. But the offer I got from Dream was not a challenge for me. "
"I'm sorry that UFC and DREAM argued over me. There was a lot of noise over nothing, I was even called a liar, and I read supposed statement by Dana White that I called him 600 times. Exact number of my calls was - zero. I texted him once and that's all. I wouldn't call anyone 600 times, even if my life depends on that. I don't want to be presented in such a degrading way."
Bad timing: Thiago Alves knows he can beat Georges St. Pierre
“I have nothing to say, he was better than me that night and now I have to go back to my training and work hard to get this belt. There are a lot of thing in my camp that was a mistake. Now I see the mistakes that I did and I’ll fix them and won’t let it happen again. St. Pierre is a great fighter, fought very well, but I couldn’t find myself in the fight. I learned a lot with this fight, I saw what the best fighter in the world has at his best, seen the best of the best fighter and I know I can beat him…. The only problem that I had in my preparation for this fight is that I wasn’t with my Muay Thai coach, with whom I train for the last three years. He had to go away three months ago and I missed him a lot. I felt out of timing in the fight…. My cardio was good, I was strong, but my timing wasn’t good.”
Former number one welterweight contender Thiago Alves talks about what went wrong during his five-round unanimous decision loss to 170-pound kingpin Georges St. Pierre at UFC 100. “The Pitbull” — who still feels he can defeat “Rush” despite the lopsided drubbing — makes no mention of “weighty issues” having any impact on his performance. Instead, he reveals that his striking, which is clearly the most dynamic aspect of his game, was what failed him because his instructor was out of town for the final three months of training. Regardless, Alves will have to get back in line and work his way up the welterweight ladder for another crack at the unstoppable Canadian. Who’s next? His next fight is still up in the air, but perhaps you want to play matchmaker in the comments section below — Jon Fitch, Marcus Davis, Dan Hardy … what showdown do you want to see?
Miletich & White Headed For Reconciliation?
It would seem that Dana White has really been busy with bridge repairs lately. First the rumors he's made up with Tito Ortiz and now there are rumors similar is in the works with Pat Miletich. Miletich says he's working to arrange a meeting with White in the coming weeks.
UFC 100 competitors test clean for drugs
All 13 fighters who were tapped to undergo drug testing at this past weekend's UFC 100 passed their tests.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer today emailed the test results to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Those undergoing tests were headliners Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir, co-headliners Georges St-Pierre and Thiago Alves, and undercard winners Jon Fitch, Dan Henderson, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Mark Coleman, Tom Lawlor, Jon Jones, Dong Hyun Kim, Jim Miller and Shannon Gugerty.
UFC 100, which featured a total of 11 fights, took place July 11 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and aired on pay-per-view.
All fighters were tested for drugs of abuse (such as marijuana and cocaine), as well as anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancers.
Although the NSAC had recently tested some fighters prior to Las Vegas-based events as part of its year-round drug testing initiative, no such tests were conducted for UFC 100.
Rich Franklin in Las Vegas to discuss new UFC deal, UFC 103 slot "still likely"
Rich Franklin is currently in Las Vegas to discuss a new contract with the UFC, and the first fight of the deal could be for a main-event bout at UFC 103.
The news comes from MMAjunkie.com's Dann Stupp, who posted the update in the Dayton Daily News MMA blog.
According to the report, Franklin, who has one fight remaining on his current deal, is meeting one-on-one with UFC president Dana White about the contract, which could be the final one of his career.
Dana White explains Cro Cop situation
After his first round stoppage of Mustapha Al Turk, Mirko Cro Cop was rumored to be departing the UFC for the Japanese based Dream Promotion. Upon hearing the news, UFC President Dana White exploded on the 2006 Pride Grand Prix Champion.
“Isn’t that a dirty (expletive) thing to do?” White said. “He (expletive) me. The first time in the history of the company I do one over the phone. He promised me a three-fight deal and he (expletive) me.”
Yushin Okami vs. Chael Sonnen middleweight bout set for UFC 104 in Los Angeles
A middleweight bout between long, longtime contender Yushin Okami (23-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Chael Sonnen (23-10-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC) is set for UFC 104.
The bout was revealed on the recently launched UFC Japan website.
UFC 104 takes place Oct. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and features a main event between UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. The Okami vs. Sonnen bout will likely take place on the night's pay-per-view-televised main card.
COTE INJURY UPDATE; WELCOMES HENDERSON FIGHT
MMAWeekly on Thursday caught up with former middleweight contender Patrick Cote to get an update on his injured knee and get his thoughts about last Saturday’s UFC 100. Prior to the centennial show, the 29 year-old Montreal resident wanted to fight Michael Bisping if he emerged victorious against Dan Henderson. Obviously, that’s changed.
MMAWeekly: How’s the knee?
Cote: The knee’s doing well. I’m going to see my doctor next week, just to check if everything’s okay and to have the okay to push more. Next week I’ll be fixed for sure.
SHOGUN SAYS PATIENCE IS KEY TO BEATING MACHIDA
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua hopes to turn light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida’s greatest attribute – timing – against him when the two square off at UFC 104 in October.
It’s the first 25-minute fight in Rua’s career, five minutes longer than his battles in the days of Pride. But that’s not a bad thing.
“I get very happy with that, because when you get to the first five-rounder of your career, it means you’re fighting for the belt,” he told MMAWeekly.com backstage at UFC 100. “I take it as a great thing. I always wanted to train for five rounds.”