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Chris Leben (186) VS Michael Bisping (185)
Brandon Vera (203) VS Keith Jardine (205)
Luiz Cane (206) VS Sokoudjou (205)
Chris Lytle (170) VS Paul Taylor (170)
Marcus Davis (169) VS Paul Kelly (169)
Akihiro Gono (171) VS Dan Hardy (169)
Neil Wain (254) VS Shane Carwin (264)
David Bielkheden (156) VS Jess Liaudin (155)
Sam Stout (155) VS Terry Etim (155)
Jim Miller (155) VS David Baron (155)
Per Eklund (156) VS Samy Schiavo (156)
Chris Lytle. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Longtime veteran Chris Lytle has reportedly signed a four-fight contract extension with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and his new deal will go into effect on October 18th, when he takes on fellow welterweight Paul Taylor at UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben, which will take place at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England.
The news comes from our friends at MMA Junkie, who have confirmed the two signings with Lytle’s manager, Ken Pavia.
“The UFC expressed satisfaction with his past performances, and they extended his deal by four fights,” Pavia said in the report. “Chris has a home in the UFC. He’s comfortable fighting for the UFC. Both sides will benefit from the deal. We’re very happy with it.”
While Lytle hasn’t been the most consistent fighter in terms of winnings, he remains one of the most exciting athletes on the UFC roster. Lytle has lost two out of his last three fights, most recently dropping a bloody unanimous decision to standout wrestler Josh Koscheck earlier this month.
Meanwhile Taylor has split his first four fights with the UFC. After stopping Edilberto de Oliveira with strikes in his debut last year, Taylor went on to lose two straight contests to Marcus Davis and Paul Kelly respectively. He last won a close split decision over Jess Liaudin last month at UFC 85: Bedlam.
And people say leg-kicks don’t hurt? MMAjunkie.com posted the medical suspensions for UFC 86 with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson out until possibly January 2nd, 2009!:
- Quinton Jackson - suspended until Jan. 2 due to possible left knee, tibia, fibia and thumb injuries (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor); minimum suspension until Aug. 5 with no contact until July 27 for precautionary reasons
- Forrest Griffin - suspended until Sept. 4 due to right-upper-eyelid laceration (can be cleared early by doctor)
- Chris Lytle - suspended until Sept. 4 due to laceration near right eye (can be cleared early by doctor)
- Josh Koscheck - suspended until Aug. 5 with no contact July 27 for precautionary reasons
- Marcus Aurelio - suspended until Jan. 2 due to possible left-thumb ligament injury (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor); minimum suspension until Aug. 5 with no contact until July 27 for precautionary reasons
- Justin McCully - suspended until Jan. 2 due to possible left-shoulder injury (can be cleared early by doctor)
- Cole Miller - suspended until Sept. 4 due to facial lacerations (can be cleared early by doctor)
- Jorge Gurgel - suspended until Jan. 2 due to right tibia, fibia and elbow injuries (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor)
- Dennis Siver - suspended until Aug. 20 with no contact until Aug. 5 for precautionary reasons
- Justin Buchholz - suspended until Sept. 4 due to scalp laceration (can be cleared early by doctor)
Forrest Griffin def. Quinton Jackson - Unanimous Decision
Patrick Cote def. Ricardo Almeida - Split Decision
Joe Stevenson def. Gleison Tibau - Submission (guillotine choke)
Josh Koscheck def. Chris Lytle - Unanimous Decision
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Justin McCully - Submission (americana)
Cole Miller def. Jorge Gurgel - Submission (triangle choke)
Melvin Guillard def. Dennis Siver - TKO
Justin Buchholz def. Corey Hill - Submission (rear naked choke)
Update Jul 6 7:45pm: Adding post-fight video reaction.
First, Forrest Griffin:
Others after the jump.
Josh Koscheck throws a left jab at Dustin Hazelett. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced three additional fights will take place at UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin on July 5th.
The event will be headlined by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s first light heavyweight title defense in nearly a year as he will take on Forrest Griffin, who is currently serving as one of the coaches alongside Jackson on the current seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
White-hot Canadian middleweight Patrick Cote, who has won his last three UFC bouts despite starting off his Octagon career 0-4, will take on skilled grappler Ricardo Almeida, who returned from a four-year hiatus from the sport in February, submitting UFC newcomber Rob Yundt in the first round.
Former standout college wrestler Josh Koscheck will look for his second straight win when he takes on part-time professional boxer, the always exciting Chris Lytle. The Indiana native scored an impressive knockout of Kyle Bradley at UFC 81: Breaking Point in February.
In a bout that came to light just yesterday, former “Ultimate Fighter” cast members Cole Miller and Jorge Gurgel will face off in a lightweight bout.
The rumored card for the event now looks like this:
Quinton Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin
Frank Mir vs. Justin McCully
Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Lytle
Joe Stevenson vs. Gleison Tibau
Ricardo Almeida vs. Patrick Cote
Tyson Griffin vs. Marcus Aurelio*
Melvin Guillard vs. Dennis Siver
Justin Buchholz vs. Corey Hill*
Cole Miller vs. Jorge Gurgel*
Ben Saunders vs. Jared Rollins
Steve Bruno vs. TBA*
* - not yet confirmed by UFC.
Josh Koscheck weighs-in for UFC 82: Pride of a Champion. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A welterweight clash between standout wrestler Josh Koscheck and exciting veteran Chris Lytle has reportedly been proposed to take place at UFC 86.
The news comes from MMA Mania, who has confirmed with unnamed sources that the bout is “in the works”.
However it’s still unknown at this time whether or not Koscheck has signed a new deal with the UFC. The former “Ultimate Fighter” contestant completed the remaining fight on his contract at UFC 82 earlier this month, defeating Dustin Hazelett.
Lytle is coming off of an impressive stoppage of newcomer Kyle Bradley at UFC 81: Breaking Point in February. While the veteran has struggled throughout his stay with the UFC, a win over Koscheck would certainly put the Indiana native right back into the contender status he once had in 2004.
Stylistically, Koscheck’s wrestling would likely earn him an easy unanimous decision. However the American Kickboxing Academy product has put a focus on his stand-up game in his last two victories. Will Koscheck want to challenge himself against a professional boxer in Lytle?
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will defend his UFC light heavyweight title against top contender Forrest Griffin at the event. The two fighters will serve as coaches for the upcoming seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter”.
Strap yourselves in, we have a lot of news to report on this morning…
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UFC 82 Fighters Test Clean
All of the fighters that were tested following UFC 82: Pride of a Champion on March 1st came back negative for performance enhancing drugs and drugs of abuse.
The ten fighters that were tested are as follows: Andrei Arlovski, Anderson Silva, Heath Herring, Chris Leben, Josh Koscheck, Diego Sanchez, Yushin Okami, Jon Fitch, Luigi Fioravanti, and Jorge Gurgel.
Clark-Harper Finalizes Next Week’s WEC Show
After opponent Bryan Baker was tapped to replace WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho against Team Quest product Chael Sonnen, Logan Clark will now take on American Top Team’s Scott Harper in a middleweight preliminary bout.
Clark revealed the news on his official website yesterday.
“Scott may have a few losses but hasn’t dropped a fight since joining American Top Team this last year,” Clark said in the post. “He is on a three fight win streak with three submission stoppages. He looks to have a good ground game but not exceptional stand-up. This means that I will be able to stick with my previous gameplan and look for the knockout standing.”
Two More EliteXC Bouts in March
Light heavyweights Aaron Rosa and Jaime Fletcher will now clash on the televised main card portion of this Friday’s ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series event.
The news comes from ProElite.com, which also reports that a women’s bout between Jen Case and Cristiane Cyborg was scrapped after it was learned that Cyborg would be unable to enter the United States in time for the event due to visa issues.
Luke Stewart will also meet veteran Tiki Ghosn at the upcoming Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le”, which take place on March 29th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, according to MMA Junkie.
Report: Lytle Tapped for July UFC Return
The Fight Network is reporting that popular welterweight Chris Lytle will likely return to action at UFC 86 in July against an opponent yet to be named.
Lytle has now won two out of his last three bouts inside the UFC. A loss to Thiago Alves because of a cut is currently sandwiched in between wins over Jason Gilliam and Kyle Bradley.
World Victory Road Announces Fighter for Next Event
WVR officials have announced four confirmed participants for their next event on May 18th at the at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.
Roger Gracie, Satoru Kitaoka, Yuki Sasaki, and Yoshihiro Nakao, who was originally reported as facing Mirko Cro Cop at this past weekend’s DREAM event, are all expected to be in action. Even though his name was not mentioned, former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman has stated that he will be fighting at the show as well.
Some thoughts and notes from this past weekend’s UFC 81: Breaking Point.
I was right and wrong
I did pretty well in the predictions department. I knew going into the fight that Tim Sylvia was going to give Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira fits and that’s exactly what happened. However Nogueira has been tough to finish off all throughout his career and this fight didn’t turn out to be any different. No shame in losing for Sylvia. He hung in there with one of the best heavyweights in history.
I had a feeling that if Brock Lesnar was going to be submitted, it might have been by way of a leg lock/kneebar. Wrestlers always have been notorious for being too stationary with their legs while posturing up and working some ground and pound although a lot of fighters don’t really take advantage of it. It just goes to show how intelligent of a ground specialist Frank Mir is to keep his composure while getting pounded and still be able to pull off a smart move.
The only fight I took issue with was Rob Emerson’s split decision over Keita Nakamura. I actually thought that the fight was dead even at the end. I thought that Nakamura won the third round convincingly and that the first round was even.
More thoughts on the fights
Marvin Eastman surprised me while Tim Boetsch did not. While Eastman’s fight against Terry Martin wasn’t necessarily the most exciting, I was a tad happy to see that Eastman was able to take some power shots and still stay on his feet. Boetsch did exactly what I thought he would do against an average fighter in my opinion in David Heath.
Ricardo Almeida, Tyson Griffin, and Chris Lytle all did what I thought they would do. I talked to someone after the event who truly thought that Tibau beat Griffin, which is absurd. I wasn’t expecting that quick of a stoppage from Lytle but a stoppage win nonetheless. What’s going on with Jeremy Horn? I’ll have a piece on him up later today.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira throws a right hand at Tim Sylvia during their championship fight at UFC 81: Breaking Point. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira became the first mixed martial artist in history to hold championship gold inside the confines of both the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the PRIDE Fighting Championships as he submitted former two-time champion Tim Sylvia to win the interim UFC heavyweight belt at last night’s UFC 81: Breaking Point.
The 10,583 inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas saw an eventful first round where Sylvia shook off a right hand flush to his face to knock Nogueira down with a right of his own. Sylvia pounced on Nogueira but was unable to finish him off. The Brazilian maintained his composure and scored a swift combination and a late takedown during the final seconds of the first round.
The pace slowed considerably heading into the second stanza. Sparing a near takedown by Nogueira, the round took place on the feet the entire time. Each fighter landed their fair share of jabs and combinations throughout the five minutes. Sylvia looked to land a pair of rights that hurt Nogueira with under two minutes left in the round but the slow pace provided very little opportunity to capitalize on.
A right hand by Sylvia caused Nogueira to pull guard at the beginning of the third round. The skilled ground specialist quickly swept Sylvia, transitioned to side-control, and then locked in a guillotine as his opponent tried to stand up. Sylvia didn’t put up much of a fight and quickly tapped out, giving Nogueira the interim title.
“He’s a true heavyweight,” Nogueira said of Sylvia during a post-fight interview. “He’s a giant. I got in many hard punches in this fight. I was waiting for a good opportunity to put him on the ground. I always try at least one submission. If that doesn’t work, I go for a second and it worked tonight.”
Although visibly discouraged after the fight, Sylvia showed a good amount of respect for his opponent’s efforts.
“It’s Nogueira,” Sylvia said. “Every fight he’s in, he gets his ass kicked for the first ten minutes. You start getting comfortable fighting him and next thing you know, he catches you in something. The guy is a legend in the sport.”
Nogueira also pleaded for current champion Randy Couture to return from his resignation from the promotion in order to unify the belts and put on a great fight for the fans. Only time will tell if Couture will continue his stance or give in to the demands of Nogueira and many other UFC officials.
Antonio Nogueira def. Tim Sylvia - Submission (Guillotine)
Frank Mir def. Brock Lesnar - Submission (Kneebar)
Nate Marquardt def. Jeremy Horn - Submission (Guillotine)
Ricardo Almeida def. Rob Yundt - Submission (Guillotine)
Tyson Griffin def. Gleison Tibau - Unanimous Decision
Chris Lytle def. Kyle Bradley - TKO (Strikes)
Tim Boetsch def. David Heath - TKO (Strikes)
Marvin Eastman def. Terry Martin - Unanimous Decision
Robert Emerson def. Keita Nakamura - Split Decision