Chris Lytle. Photo by Michelle Pemberton.
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.
— Following his loss to Brian Ebersole at UFC 127 this past weekend, longtime veteran Chris Lytle is reportedly considering retirement . The Indiana native also apparently underwent surgery during his training camp to prepare for Ebersole and original opponent Carlos Condit and had his meniscus removed from his right leg, leaving him obviously less than 100% for the bout. [MMAFighting.com]
— The 14 member cast of "The Ultimate Fighter 13" reality show was announced today by Spike TV officials. The lineup includes Shamar Bailey, Charlie Radar, Myles Jury, Len Bentley, Michael Bowman, Nordin Asrih, Chris Cope, Zach Davis, Tony Ferguson, Javier Torres, Ryan McGillivray, Ramsey Nijem, Clay Harvison and Keon Caldwell. [Spike.com]
Brad “Bad” Blackburn. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
- Dennis “Superman” Hallman is set to begin his fourth stint with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. According to reports, Hallman has signed a four-fight contract with the UFC but no opponent or date his been set. [MMA Junkie]
- International Fight League veteran Brad Blackburn signed a new four-fight contract with the UFC. Blackburn is 3-0 in the UFC with victories over James Giboo, Ryo Chonan, and Edgar Garcia. Blackburn recently underwent shoulder surgery and will not return to the octagon until 2010. [MMA Junkie]
We will be going live at 7:00 PM ET with live results of “The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K. Finale”, which takes place at the Pearl at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. The show’s main card will be televised live in North America starting at 9 PM ET on Spike TV.
The event will be headlined by an anticipated lightweight matchup between Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida. Past “Ultimate Fighter” winners Joe Stevenson and Nate Diaz will also clash on the main card.
Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the afternoon and evening. Detailed live results are after the jump.
Forrest Griffin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin will make a long-awaited return to action at UFC 101, which could take place on August 8 in Portland, Oregon. Griffin ended up falling in his first light heavyweight title defense to Rashad Evans at UFC 92 and has been recovering from a broken hand ever since. Silva meanwhile, suffered his first professional loss when he was knocked out by Lyoto Machida at UFC 94 in January. [MMA Junkie]
Colorful “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Melvin Guillard will fight for the first time in over a year at UFC 101. His opponent will likely be Brazilian grappler Thiago Tavares, who is coming off a decision win over Manny Gamburyan at UFC 94. Both fighters have reportedly agreed to the fight and bout agreements are expected to be sent out shortly. [MMA Weekly]
Another matchup pitting together notable UFC veterans has reportedly been added to The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale on June 20 as longtime veteran Chris Lytle will likely face off against Kevin Burns. Lytle recently fell to Marcus Davis in a “Fight of the Night” effort at UFC 93 in January while Burns suffered a highlight-reel knockout loss to Anthony Johnson in his last outing. [MMA Weekly]
In the above video, former professional boxer Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” David discusses his welterweight battle with longtime veteran Chris Lytle at this Saturday’s UFC 93 event, which takes place at the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland. Lytle’s comments are after the jump.
Here’s the third part of UFC President Dana White’s video blog for this Saturday’s UFC 93 event. In this edition, White does some weightlifting at a gym in Ireland, checks out the O2 Arena where UFC 93 will be held, and talks with Marcus Davis, Chris Lytle, and Rich Franklin.
Marcus Davis. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
It seems like Marcus Davis got his wish and will fight in the UFC’s next venture to Ireland after all. The former professional boxer will reportedly clash with Chris Lytle in a welterweight bout that will take place at UFC 93 on January 17 according to MMA Junkie.
Bout agreements have apparently been distributed but have not yet been returned. However both fighters have verbally agreed to fight. Both Lytle and Davis have discussed their desire to fight each other in the past and both made a mention of it once again following their respective victories at UFC 89 last month.
Davis recently bounced back from an unanimous decision loss to Mike Swick in June to submit England native Paul Kelly at UFC 89 on October 18 while Lytle earned “Fight of the Night” honors after defeating Paul Taylor in a three-round war on the feet at the same show.
In the above video, Keith Jardine and Chris Lytle discuss their respective victorious at UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben this past weekend. Remarks from Dan Hardy and Marcus Davis are after the jump.
Paul Taylor and Chris Lytle. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Following their toe-to-toe slugfest that highlighted the main card of UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben this past Saturday, both Chris Lytle and Paul Taylor each received $40,000 bonuses from the Ultimate Fighting Championship for their efforts.
The UFC officially announced the traditional bonuses at the event’s post-fight press conference. The said bonuses will not count as part of the fighter’s base salary, which is issued separately according to written bout agreements.
Also receiving awards after the event were Luis Cane (Knockout of the Night) who stopped former PRIDE standout Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou with strikes in the second round of their light heavyweight clash and former IFL lightweight prospect Jim Miller, who earned a third-round submission of international veteran David Baron. Both Cane and Miller each received $40,000 as well.
Chris Leben and Michael Bisping. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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