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The Daily Recap: UFC 126 Fighters Test Clean, Jorgensen-Stone Booked & More


Anderson Silva. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced on Monday that all 13 fighters tested following UFC 126 were negative for performance-enhancing substances and drugs of abuse. Those tested included Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin, Jake Ellenberger, Jon Jones, Miguel Torres, Donald Cerrone, Chad Mendes, Paul Taylor, DaMarques Johnson, Mike Pierce and Kyle Kingsbury. [MMAJunkie.com]

— A bantamweight bout between former title contender Scott Jorgensen and Ken Stone has reportedly been signed for the TUF 13 Finale on June 4 in Las Vegas. Jorgensen recently fell to UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz via a five-round unanimous decision in December while Stone fell in his Zuffa debut to former champion Eddie Wineland at the same event. [Heavy.com]

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Silva Front Kick KO’s Belfort at UFC 126


Anderson Silva. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

There has never been a greater champion than Anderson Silva.

Silva surpassed Matt Hughes’ UFC title defense record of seven, successfully defending his UFC middleweight title for the eighth time with a highlight-reel front kick that stopped Vitor Belfort in his tracks in the main event of UFC 126 on Saturday.

“That’s just one of the strikes I was working on [during training],” Silva said of his finishing manuever. “I was focusing on many different types of strikes and attacks.

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Cerrone, Mendes Victorious in UFC 126 Prelims


Donald Cerrone. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.

Donald Cerrone overcame a slow start to submit Paul Kelly with a second-round rear naked-choke in his UFC debut. The bout served as the feature preliminary attraction at UFC 126 on Saturday.

Cerrone (14-3) may have been thrown off at the start of the fight, as Kelly (11-4) threw a punch while Cerrone was attempting to touch gloves. Kelly held his own in the first round, giving up a pair of takedown attempts but landing his fair share of punches and kicks.

Much of the same went on in the second, until Cerrone took Kelly down and quickly moved to mount. Kelly gave up his back and Cerrone dealt out some punishment before locking in the choke and forcing a tap.

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UFC 126: “Silva vs Belfort” Live Results

MMA on Tap will be going live at 7:15 PM ET with real-time results of tonight's UFC 126: "Silva vs. Belfort" event, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

UFC 126 is lead by UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva making his eighth title defense against Vitor Belfort. The pay-per-view telecast begins at 10 PM ET. Spike will be televising a pair of preliminary bouts starting at 9 PM ET. Kid Yamamoto vs Demetrious Johnson will stream on Facebook.com/UFC starting at 8:20 PM ET.

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Video: Silva, Belfort Heated at Weigh-ins


Rich Franklin. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort hit the marks for their UFC 126 middleweight title bout tomorrow night in Las Vegas, and then nearly came to blows during a staredown.

In response to remarks Belfort made about Silva "wearing a mask" as a fighter, the champion did just that, donning a plain white mask and going nose-to-nose with Belfort. The two exchanged words and had to be held back by their cornermen before being separated.

All fighters successfully made weight with the exception of Mike Pierce, who weighed in one pound over the welterweight limit. Video of the weigh-ins are after the jump.

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Kid Yamamoto’s UFC Debut to be Streamed on Facebook


Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto. Photo courtesy of FEG.

Japanese superstar Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto will make his long-awaited UFC debut against fellow wrestler Demetrious Johnson at UFC 126 this Saturday night.

While the bantamweight clash will not be televised on pay-per-view or during a preliminary special on Spike, the UFC has decided to stream the fight live via Facebook.com.

Fans will once again be asked to "like" the UFC's official Facebook page in order to gain access to the stream.

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Guillard Upsets Dunham at “Troops II”


Melvin Guillard. Photo courtesy of Silver Star Casting Company.

Melvin Guillard promises that he'll be either fighting for the UFC lightweight title or going undefeated for a second straight year in 2011. He's off to a running start.

Guillard put on one of his most impressive performances to date, easily dispatching of the world-ranked Evan Dunham with a barrage of punches and knees in the first round of their main event bout at the UFC's second "Fight for the Troops" event at Fort Hood, TX.

"I want my title shot. I'm the dark horse in this game at 155. No disrespect to anybody in my weight class, but I am the best 155-pound fighter in the UFC," Guillard said after the fight. "You keep lining them up and I'll keep knocking them down, and I will go undefeated in 2011, and I will get a title by the end of 2011 or by 2012 at the latest."

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UFC Fight for the Troops II Live Results

We will be going live at 6:20 PM ET with live results of tonight's "UFC Fight for the Troops II" event, which takes place at the Fort Hood military complex just outside of Killeen, TX.

The card is headlined by a lightweight duel between Melvin Guillard and Evan Dunham. Preliminary bouts will be streamed at Facebook.com/UFC at 7 PM ET and the main is televised live on Spike starting at 9 PM ET.

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All Fighters on Weight for “Troops II”


Matt Mitrione. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

All 22 combatants for tomorrow night's UFC Fight for the Troops II event officially made weight during weigh-ins this afternoon at the Fort Hood military base just outside of Killeen, TX.

A total of eleven fights are scheduled for the card, spearheaded by a main event lightweight duel between Evan Dunham and replacement opponent Melvin Guillard. Matt Mitrione and Tim Hague will collide in the co-headliner. The show benefits the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

The official weigh-in results are after the jump.

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Previewing UFC Fight Night 23: The Prelims


Yves Edwards. Photo courtesy of Bodog Entertainment.

The UFC will hold their second event of the new year this Saturday in the form of UFC Fight Night 23, (or UFC Fight for the Troops II, whatever you want to call it really) which will take place at the Fort Hood military post just outside of Killeen, in hopes of raising money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

A total of eleven fights are scheduled for the card, spearheading by a main event lightweight duel between Evan Dunham and replacement opponent Melvin Guillard. Matt Mitrione and Tim Hague will collide in the co-headliner.

Here’s a look at the event’s preliminary bouts, which feature notables Yves Edwards and former WEC featherweight champ Mike Brown among others. We’ll have more on the main card tomorrow.

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