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UFC 74 Fighters Test Clean for Steroids

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced that all ten fighters tested for performance enhancing drugs after UFC 74 passed with flying colors. The results of the tests for drugs of abuse will be released in the coming weeks.

The ten fighters that were tested: Patrick Cote, Randy Couture, Alberto Crane, Gabriel Gonzaga, Kendall Grove, Antoni Hardonk, Roger Huerta, Josh Koscheck, Frank Mir, and Georges St. Pierre.

UFC 74 Medical Suspensions

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the list of medical suspensions stemming from UFC 74.

Randy Couture’s broken arm is not on there due to the fact that the injury was found a day after the post-fight examination. Couture told NSAC doctors that his arm was only bruised but found out through x-rays on Sunday that he had suffered a broken arm at the expense of a blocked Gabriel Gonzaga high kick. Couture is expected to be on the sidelines for at least 4-6 weeks and most likely will not fight again in 2007.

Speaking of Gonzaga, he will be out of action for at least two months after suffering a broken nose in his bout with Couture. Gonzaga must be cleared by a nose specialist before he will be permitted to fight again.

Alberto Crane has been medically suspended for two months after suffering a fractured orbital bone during his fight with Roger Huerta. Crane must be cleared by an ophthalmologist before he is allowed to return to active competition.

Joe Stevenson will miss at least two months after learning that he suffered a broken nose. NSAC doctors originally ruled that Stevenson had a broken jaw but additional examinations found that Stevenson in fact had broken his nose and not his jaw.

Antoni Hardonk will be required to undergo an MRI on his right shoulder and must be given clearance by a doctor before he will be permitted to begin physical contact once again.

Both Kendall Grove and David Heath were each suspended for one month by the NSAC.

UFC 74 Fighter Salaries

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced the official fighter salaries from UFC 74.

Half of Renato Sobral’s total purse has withheld by the NSAC pending an investigation and review of his extended submission held on opponent David Heath after Heath had already tapped out and referee Steve Mazzagatti ended the fight.

Randy Couture: $250,000
Georges St. Pierre: $140,000
Frank Mir: $66,000
Renato Sobral: $50,000
Gabriel Gonzaga: $45,000
Roger Huerta: $34,000
Joe Stevenson: $32,000
Marcus Aurelio: $30,000
Patrick Cote: $24,000
Thales Leites: $18,000
Clay Guida: $14,000
Kendall Grove: $12,000
Josh Koscheck: $10,000
Antoni Hardonk: $8,000
Kurt Pellegrino: $8,000
David Heath: $6,000
Ryan Jensen: $4,000
Alberto Crane: $4,000

Total Payroll: $755,000

Couture Defies The Odds Once Again

Randy Couture did it again.

For the second time in as many fights, Couture shocked the world and defeated a challenger that was supposed to run him over. This is nothing new to Couture. He’s been an underdog for the majority of his career. However after two huge wins over two dominate heavyweights, can Couture be an underdog any longer?

Couture dominated challenger Gabriel Gonzaga over two rounds and an assault of strikes on the ground two minutes into the third forced referee Herb Dean to stop the fight, allowing Couture to retain his UFC Heavyweight Title. Gonzaga laid in the Octagon, bloodied and exhausted, in front of the 11,118 in attendance at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. It was a sight that many did not expect to see.

Gonzaga put himself on the map with a vicious knockout of Mirko Cro Cop this past April at UFC 70. A single headkick from Gonzaga left the supposed best striker in MMA unconscious on the mat. Couture said that he had developed the perfect strategy to beat Gonzaga during training. Gonzaga (8-2) stated that he found that Couture (16-8) had a fatal flaw in his game. It was Couture that ultimately won the chess match.

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UFC 74: Respect Quick Results

Clay Guida def. Marcus Aurelio - Split Decision
Thales Leites def. Ryan Jensen - Submission (Armbar)
Frank Mir def. Antoni Hardonk - Submission (Kimura)
Renato Sobral def. David Heath - Submission (Anaconda Choke)
Patrick Cote def. Kendall Grove - TKO (Strikes)
Joe Stevenson def. Kurt Pellegrino - Unanimous Decision
Roger Huerta def. Alberto Crane - TKO (Strikes)
Georges St. Pierre def. Josh Koscheck - Unanimous Decision
Randy Couture def. Gabriel Gonzaga - TKO (Strikes)

UFC 74 Weigh-In Results

Here are the official results from the UFC 74 weigh-ins.

Thales Leites weighed in at 188 lbs, 3 lbs over the 185 lb limit at middleweight. He currently has two hours to lose the extra weight. Since his fight against Ryan Jensen is a non-title bout, he will be permitted to weigh-in at 186 lbs if need be. We will be sure to have an update on the situation as soon as we get the information.

Update 9:30 PM: Leites made the required weight within two hours and will be permitted to fight tomorrow night.

Randy Couture (228.5 lbs) vs Gabriel Gonzaga (252 lbs)
Georges St. Pierre (170 lbs) vs Josh Koscheck (170 lbs)
Joe Stevenson (155 lbs) vs Kurt Pellegrino (155 lbs)
Patrick Cote (184.5 lbs) vs Kendall Grove (184 lbs)
Roger Huerta (155 lbs) vs Alberto Crane (155 lbs)
Marcus Aurelio (155 lbs) vs Clay Guida (155 lbs)
Frank Mir (255 lbs) vs Antoni Hardonk (244 lbs)
Renato Sobral (204 lbs) vs David Heath (205 lbs)
Thales Leites (188 lbs) vs Ryan Jensen (185 lbs)

Mir Returns Against Hardonk at UFC 74

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir will make his return to action after a nine-month layoff at UFC 74 when he takes on Antoni Hardonk.

Mir and Hardonk were originally scheduled to fight at UFC Fight Night 9 in April but Mir was forced to pull out of the bout with a shoulder injury. Mir ended up being replaced by Justin McCully, who went on to defeat Hardonk.

Mir’s last fight was a TKO loss to Brandon Vera at UFC 65. Mir is currently attempting to come back from a 2004 motorcycle accident that left him with a broken femur and various tears and fractures in his left leg just three months after submitting Tim Sylvia to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 48.

He returned to active competition in 2006 at UFC 57, losing by TKO to Marcio Cruz. Mir got back on track against Dan Christison at UFC 61 with a boring unanimous decision win that had Mir come into the bout completely out of shape.

Hardonk made his UFC debut at UFC 65, knocking out Sherman Pendergarst in the first round.

Mir Out, McCully in Against Hardonk at UFN 9

Following up on the rumors that Frank Mir has pulled out of UFC Fight Night 9, Sherdog is reporting that Team Punishment member Justin McCully is taking his place against Antoni Hardonk.  McCully had taken 3 years off until returning to action this past October, posting a win over the infamous Ruben “Warpath” Villareal.  Its highly likely that his close relationship with Tito Ortiz helped land him this bout.  McCully is 7-3-2 overall.  No reason has been given for Mir’s withdrawal at this point, though we’ll update this when more info becomes available.

CKA: Mar 08, 2007

News and Notes

- UFC veteran Joao Pierini is facing two years in prison and life-long registration as a sex offender after pleading no contest to one felony and three misdemeanors counts of child molestation.

- Terry Etim (7-0) has been added to UFC 70: Nations Collide, his opponent is currently unknown.

- Rumors have been circulating stating that former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir has dropped with fight with Antoni Hardonk for unknown reasons. The UFC site has removed Mir’s name from the UFC Fight Night card so it looks like the rumors were valid.

- K-1 veteran Jerome LeBanner has signed a new four-year deal with K-1. The contract is non-exclusive and it will allow LeBanner to pursue MMA in the future.

- Josh Neer, Jason Black and Joe Doerksen will all be fighting on the upcoming PRIDE 34: Kamikaze card.

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Sakara and Imes Added to UFC 65

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that UFC veterans Alessio Sakara and Brad Imes will be returning to the octagon November 18th for UFC 65.

Sakara will be stepping into the cage with fellow UFC veteran Wilson Gouveia and Imes will be facing off against Antoni Hardonk.

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