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The Daily Recap: Brenneman, Johnson Paired for New UFC Event, Vera Return Bout Booked & More

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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.

— A pivotal welterweight bout between Charlie Brenneman and Anthony Johnson has been booked for UFC on Versus 6, a newly-planned event that could take place on October 1 in Washington D.C. Brenneman capitalized on being placed in a last-minute matchup with rising contender Rick Story, grinding out a decision win over the 26-year-old. Johnson fought for the first time in well over a year this past March, winning a unanimous nod over former title challenger Dan Hardy. [UFC.com & Heavy MMA]

— Brandon Vera will return to action and attempt to snap a two-fight losing streak when he faces "Ultimate Fighter" alumnus Eliot Marshall at UFC 137 on October 29 in Las Vegas. Vera was dominated over three rounds against Thiago Silva in May and released from the UFC in January, but the bout was changed to a no-contest after Silva failed a post-fight drug test and Vera was reinstated. He'll take on Marshall, who also returned to the UFC after an unceremonius release in March, falling to Luiz Cane via first-round TKO. [UFC.com]

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UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera Weigh-In Results


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All of the participants for the UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera card successfully made weight in preparation for their bouts Saturday at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England.

The card will be headlined by a light heavyweight affair between former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture and Brandon “The Truth” Vera.

Main Card:

Randy Couture (204 lbs) vs. Brandon Vera (204 lbs)
Mike Swick (170 lbs) vs. Dan Hardy (171 lbs)
Michael Bisping (186 lbs) vs. Denis Kang (185 lbs)
James Wilks (169 lbs) vs. Matt Brown (170 lbs)
Ross Pearson (156 lbs) vs. Aaron Riley (155 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Paul Taylor (170 lbs) vs. John Hathaway (170 lbs)
Terry Etim (155 lbs) vs. Shannon Gugerty (155 lbs)
Matt Riddle (171 lbs) vs. Nick Osipczak (170 lbs)
Paul Kelly (156 lbs) vs. Dennis Siver (155 lbs)
Alexander Gustafsson (203 lbs) vs. Jared Hamman (204 lbs)
Andre Winner (155 lbs) vs. Roli Delgado (156 lbs)

Quick Hits: Couture-Vera Official for UFC 105, Gomi to Fight at VTJ ‘09 & More


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— UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture will indeed drop down to 205 lbs to meet Brandon Vera in the main event of UFC 105 on November 15. The UFC officially announced the bout today. Couture (16-10) will fight at light heavyweight for the first time since suffering his second straight loss to former champion Chuck Liddell at UFC 57 and entering a temporary retirement. [UFC.com]

— Former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi and Japanese MMA pioneer Rumina Sato have been announced as participants Vale Tudo Japan 2009 on October 30, the first time the event will be held in nearly ten years. According to Gomi, the fight will be his last in his native country of Japan. A featherweight bout between Takeshi Inoue and Alexandre Franca Nogueira will also take place at the show. [Sherdog.com]

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Couture-Vera Expected to Headline UFC 105


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UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture is expected to drop down to the light heavyweight division for a bout against talented kickboxer Brandon Vera that would serve as the main event for UFC 105, a Spike TV-televised event scheduled for the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England on November 15.

Several reports concerning the matchup have been posted within the last few hours. The UK-based Daily Telegraph was the first to report the news. The UFC will likely announce the bout this coming week.

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Tap Selections: UFC 102


Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are our predictions (after the jump, winners in bold) for UFC 102.

The event will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between former UFC heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture and former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Also on the card will be a light heavyweight attraction featuring Keith Jardine and Thiago Silva.

Feel free to leave your predictions as well in our comments section.

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Two More Fights Set for UFC 102 in August


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A scheduled light heavyweight bout between Brandon Vera and “Ultimate Fighter 3” product Matt Hamill has reportedly been moved from UFC 101 in Philadelphia to UFC 102, which is expected to take place at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon on August 29.

According to MMA Junkie, a reason for the fight being moved has not been given, but the bout is currently in the process of being finalized for the event, which will likely be headlined by former Oregon resident Randy Couture taking on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

After a fall from grace in the heavyweight division resulting in two straight losses, Vera dropped down to the 205 lb weight class where he has posted a 2-1 record. A lackluster split decision loss to Keith Jardine is currently sandwiched in between wins over Reese Andy and Mike Patt.

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Fight Announcements: Hamill-Vera at UFC 101, Cavalcante to Return at DREAM.9 & More


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A light heavyweight bout between Muay Thai expert Brandon Vera and “Ultimate Fighter 3” standout Matt Hamill will likely take place at UFC 101, which is slated to take place on August 8 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Both fighters have agreed to the bout and the paperwork is expected to be finalized in the coming days. [MMA Madness]

Two-time K-1 Hero’s middleweight tournament champion Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante has reportedly agreed to face Japanese veteran Tatsuya Kawajiri at DREAM.9 on May 26. Cavalcante has not fought since dropping a unanimous decision to Shinya Aoki in the first round of last year’s DREAM lightweight grand prix due to injury while Kawajiri last submitted Ross Ebanez at DREAM.7 earlier this month. [Sherdog]

Former professional boxer and American Top Team member Alessio Sakara will reportedly return to action at UFC 99, which takes place on June 13 in Cologne, Germany, against Brazilian grappler Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares. Sakara last competed at UFC Fight Night 15 last September, where he scored a highlight reel knockout of Joe Vedepo while Palhares recently decisioned Jeremy Horn at UFC 93 in January. [MMA Weekly]

UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine Live Results

We will be going live at 8:00 PM ET with live results of UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine, which takes place at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The card will be broadcast live on pay-per-view starting at 10:00 PM ET.

The event is headlined by light heavyweight contenders bout between former champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Keith Jardine. A heavyweight clash between undefeated prospect Shane Carwin and former title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga will serve as the co-main event.

Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the afternoon and evening. Detailed live results are after the jump.

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White Says Vera Isn’t the Same Fighter


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“Brandon Vera, it’s like he lost something,” White commented. “That year off, I don’t know what it was. He doesn’t have that killer instinct, he doesn’t go after it. This kid used to be so cocky, and you know he wanted to fight everybody. He was good, he was walking through heavyweights. Took that year off, all the contract stuff, hasn’t been the same guy since. I don’t know what’s wrong with him.”

- UFC President Dana White comments on Brandon Vera following his third defeat in his last four fights, a lackluster decision loss to Keith Jardine at UFC 89 this past weekend, at the event’s post-fight press conference.

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Quick Results: UFC 89


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Here are the full results from Saturday’s UFC 89 card, which saw Michael Bisping continue his rise up the middleweight ranks in winning an unanimous decision over fellow “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Chris Leben in the show’s main event.

Per Eklund def. Samy Schiavo - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jim Miller def. David Baron - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Terry Etim def. Sam Stout - Unanimous Decision
David Bielkheden def. Jess Liaudin - Unanimous Decision
Shane Carwin def. Neil Wain - TKO (Strikes)
Dan Hardy def. Akihiro Gono - Split Decision
Marcus Davis def. Paul Kelly - Submission (Guillotine)
Chris Lytle def. Paul Taylor - Unanimous Decision
Luis Cane def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou - TKO (Strikes)
Keith Jardine def. Brandon Vera - Split Decision
Michael Bisping def. Chris Leben - Unanimous Decision

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