Brian Ebersole

The Daily Recap: Ebersole Replaces Patrick, Bisping Sets Sights on Belcher & More

Brian Ebersole. Photo courtesy of Heavy MMA.

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 UFC this afternoon announced that rising welterweight contender and seasoned veteran Brian Ebersole will replace an injured Claude Patrick against James Head in a welterweight affair at UFC 149 later this month in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Ebersole enters the fight on less than three weeks notice just a couple of weeks after winning a unanimous decision over T.J. Waldburger at UFC on FX 4 on June 22. [UFC.com]

— Michael Bisping made an appearance on Tuesday's edition of UFC Tonight to discuss his recovery from recent knee surgery and ended up calling out a couple of potential foes along the way, including Alan Belcher. "Alan Belcher’s somebody that’s been calling me out for seems like forever now," Bisping said on the show. "To be quite frank I’m sick of it. So, Alan Belcher if your balls are big enough, call Joe Silva and let’s do it." [MMA Weekly]

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The Daily Recap: Ebersole Gets Waldberger, Foster Replaced in Bellator Tourney & More

Brian Ebersole. Photo courtesy of Heavy MMA.

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.

Upstart UFC welterweight Brian Ebersole has received young submission artist T.J. Waldburger as his next opponent at UFC on FX 4 on June 22 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Ebersole has won all three of his UFC bouts to date, most recently winning a controversial split decision over Claude Patrick at UFC 140 in December. Waldburger has won three of his four in the UFC, recently earning consecutive submission wins over Mike Stumpf and Jake Hecht. [UFC.com]

UFC veteran Brian Foster has been forced out of Bellator's upcoming season-six welterweight tournament due to additional screening needed in order to gain medical clearance to fight. He will be replaced by Blackhouse member and 170 lb prospect Jordan Smith. Foster missed nearly a year of action after suffering a brain hemorrhage in the winter of 2010. No word on whether or not that contributed to his removal from the tournament. [Bellator.com]

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Previewing UFC 140: The Main Card

Lyoto Machida. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

It's hard to believe that another major UFC event is upon us, but UFC 140 is just days away. Emanating from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the UFC's second visit to what could be MMA's biggest fan base features Jon Jones making the second defense of the UFC light heavyweight title against the ever-elusive Lyoto Machida.

Other high-profile main card bouts include a pivotal rematch between former heavyweight champions and opposing "TUF" coaches Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as well as Tito Ortiz attempting to stave off retirement once more against the younger Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

After the jump is a preview of the main card, including a breakdown of the storylines leading into each fight as well as what to look for during the bouts.

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IFL Releases Frank Shamrock and The San Jose Razorclaws

MMAWeekly is reporting that Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock and the San Jose Razorclaws will not be apart of the IFL heading into the 2008 season.

“They said they were going a different direction with their business,” stated the current Strikeforce and former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight titleholder. “They’re good people and they’re a good company. They’ve got a hard road ahead of them. I’m still willing to help in any way because they treated me real good.”

The San Jose Razorclaws consisted of Frank Shamrock (Coach), Dave MacMillan (Assistant Coach), Tony Demara (Assistant Coach), Josh Odom (LW), Donnie Liles (WW), Brian Foster (MW), Brian Ebersole (LHW), Dan Christison (HW), and Clint Coronel (Alternate LW).

Shamrock stated that he felt everyone on the team had been cut except for Brian Foster who will be competing in the upcoming IFL Grand Prix and then he will likely be reassigned to a new team.

“I think they cut everybody but Brian Foster and he’s in the Grand Prix, so he’s got his chance coming up. I think they’re going to reassign him to a new team. He’s got a couple of teams that he has the option to go to.”

Ritch and Ebersole Suspended Indefinitely

The California State Athletic Commission has announced that Shannon “The Cannon” Ritch and Brian Ebersole have both been suspended indefinitely after their fight this past weekend.

The CSAC believed that their fight was “worked” as they barely engaged and they could be seen talking while on the ground. Eventually Ritch tapped and Ebersole was declared the winner but the fight was quickly ruled a no contest and both fighters were suspended immediately.