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UFC 81: Breaking Point Weigh-In Results


Frank Mir weighs-in for UFC 48: Payback. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 81: Breaking Point are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The event is scheduled to take place tomorrow night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

UFC 81: Breaking Point features a total of nine fights including a battle for the interim UFC heavyweight title between former champion Tim Sylvia and former PRIDE star Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as well as the UFC debut of one-time professional wrestler and WWE superstar Brock Lesnar as he goes up against former champion Frank Mir.

The weigh-ins went smoothly for the most part except for a near scuffle between Marvin Eastman and Terry Martin. The two got nose-to-nose during the staredown and had to be separated by UFC President Dana White. Martin was able to shove Eastman just before they were broken apart.

Main Card:

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (237 lbs) vs. Tim Sylvia (261 lbs)
Frank Mir (255 lbs) vs. Brock Lesnar (265 lbs)
Jeremy Horn (185 lbs) vs. Nate Marquardt (185 lbs)
Ricardo Almeida (185 lbs) vs. Rob Yundt (185 lbs)
Tyson Griffin (155 lbs) vs. Gleison Tibau (156 lbs)

Preliminary Fights:

Chris Lytle (170 lbs) vs. Kyle Bradley (170 lbs)
David Heath (205 lbs) vs. Tim Boetsch (205 lbs)
Marvin Eastman (185 lbs) vs. Terry Martin (186 lbs)
Rob Emerson (155 lbs) vs. Keita Nakamura (155 lbs)

Previewing UFC 81: Breaking Point

John Chandler here to break down UFC 81: Breaking Point fight-by-fight, including detailed predictions along the way.

The event is scheduled to take place tomorrow night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

UFC 81: Breaking Point features a total of nine fights including a battle for the interim UFC heavyweight title between former champion Tim Sylvia and former PRIDE star Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as well as the UFC debut of one-time professional wrestler and WWE superstar Brock Lesnar as he goes up against former champion Frank Mir.

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UFC 78 Post-Event News and Notes

Some news and notes following last night’s UFC 78: Validation…

- The UFC announced their annual post-fight award winners at the post-fight press conference. They are as follows:

Fight of the Night - Chris Lytle vs Thiago Alves
Knockout of the Night - Ed Herman
Submission of the Night - Akihiro Gono

Each four of those fighters will receive a $55,000 bonus.

- As I’m sure everyone already knows Dan Henderson will drop down to middleweight and challenge Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight Title at UFC 82 in March.

- UFC President Dana White said that a total attendance of 14,071 packed into the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. White stated that the UFC would return to New Jersey for an event next year. The live gate was marked at $2.1 million.

UFC 78: Validation Live Blog

Tonight we will be going live at 8 PM EST, covering UFC 78: Validation with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the day and night…

While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, and much more:

UFC 78: Validation Weigh-In Results
Tap Selections: UFC 78
Goldberg and Rogan Preview UFC 78
Herman Wants Revenge Against Doerksen
Bisping and Evans Ready to Battle at UFC 78
Alexander Plans to be Quick and Exciting
UFC 78 Conference Call Notes
Terrell Replaced by Doerksen at UFC 78
Parisyan-Chonan; Alves-Lytle Now Set for UFC 78
Lombard Unable to Compete at UFC 78
Aurelio-Caudillo Agree to Terms
UFC Announces Bisping-Evans, Alexander-Silva

Main Card:

Rashad Evans vs Michael Bisping
Houston Alexander vs Thiago Silva
Karo Parisyan vs Ryo Chonan
Spencer Fisher vs Frankie Edgar
Joe Doerksen vs Ed Herman

Preliminary Fights:

Chris Lytle vs Thiago Alves
Joe Lauzon vs Jason Reinhardt
Marcus Aurelio vs Luke Caudillo
Akihiro Gono vs Tamdan McCrory

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UFC 78: Validation Weigh-In Results

Here are the official weigh-in results for UFC 78: Validation which is set to take place tomorrow night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. All 18 fighters scheduled to compete successfully made weight.

Main Card:

Rashad Evans (206 lbs) vs Michael Bisping (205 lbs)
Houston Alexander (203 lbs) vs Thiago Silva (204 lbs)
Karo Parisyan (170 lbs) vs Ryo Chonan (169.5 lbs)
Spencer Fisher (154.5 lbs) vs Frankie Edgar (154 lbs)
Joe Doerksen (185.5 lbs) vs Ed Herman (186 lbs)

Preliminary Fights:

Chris Lytle (170.5 lbs) vs Thiago Alves (171 lbs)
Joe Lauzon (155 lbs) vs Jason Reinhardt (155 lbs)
Marcus Aurelio (156 lbs) vs Luke Caudillo (155.5lbs)
Akihiro Gono (169 lbs) vs Tamdan McCrory (170 lbs)

CKA: Oct 17, 2007

News and Notes

- The Nevada State Atheletic Commission has overturned Donald Cerrone’s Sept. 5 victory over Kenneth Alexander after he tested positive for Hydrochlorothiazide.

- In a sit down with Yahoo! Sports, former PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva discussed a variety of subjects including steroids, Chuck Liddell, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and more.

Actually, they do test in Japan. I was tested before and after my fights in Japan. But if you are thinking of Mirko (Cro Cop) and Shogun as examples, Mirko may have lost because he has so many other things going on in his life, such as his duty in government, and his business. Shogun went through a lot of changes before he fought in the UFC. He changed his home, he changed his training, and he changed fighting organizations. I don’t know why they lost their fights in the UFC; only Shogun and Mirko understand the reasons why they lost.

- Sticking with Yahoo! Sports, Kevin Iole posted a mailbag article yesterday and in it he stated that non-UFC sources say that the contract Randy Couture signed before fighting Tim Sylvia was for four fights paying between $13-15 million.

Non-UFC sources say that the contract Couture negotiated and signed before his comeback fight against Tim Sylvia in March is for four fights and between $13 million and $15 million, which puts him behind only Chuck Liddell, at four fights and $17 million, in the UFC salary pecking order. Those numbers are believed to include percentages of pay-per-view money.

- In a recent interview with MMAWeekly, Chris Lytle spoke about his upcoming fight with Thiago Alves and also provided his thoughts on being labeled a “utility fighter”.

“(The UFC has) told me this, ‘Chris, we can call you at any time and you’re going to be in shape and we can put you in with anybody.’ It’s not like, no, this guy’s too tough for Chris,” said the Indiana native.

“At the same time, they’re trying to utilize me not towards my best interests at times. It’s probably not a good label, but if I had less skill, I wouldn’t have it. It really speaks to the level of my ability to fight.”

Media Links

Sports Illustrated: Q & A with Chris Horodecki
MMAWeekly: Alan Belcher Version 2.0
The Fight Network: Familiar Territory
UFC: Patience is no virtue for Jason MacDonald
UFC: Words of Wisdom with Brandon Vera
Sherdog: Behind the Curtain: Zuffa’s Finances Come Into Focus

Radio Schedule

12-1 PM - Tagg Radio
1-3 PM - The Savage Dog Show
3-4 PM - Fight Network Radio
3-5 PM - The Beatdown
9-10 PM - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM - Knockout Radio

Report: Parisyan-Chonan; Alves-Lytle Now Set for UFC 78

It seems that Hector Lombard will be unable to gain entry into the United States after all, forcing a change of plans for the UFC reports Dave Meltzer:

UFC failed in a renewed attempt to get Hector Lombard a working visa so the Karo Parisyan vs. Lombard match for Newark, NJ is officially off. Parisyan now faces Ryo Chonan and Thiago Alves, who was to face Chono, will face Chris Lytle.

Assuming these are the matchups that the UFC has actually decided to go with, Chonan is a much tougher opponent for Parisyan then Lombard and may very well make it easier for him to get back into the title picture with a win.

The addition of Chris Lytle gives the much criticized card a bit more star power. Lytle will also make a good test for Alves, who has been inconsistent in the type of opponents he is able to defeat inside the Octagon.

CKA: Sep 18, 2007

News and Notes

- MMA Junkie is reporting a lot of news lately…

The UFC has apparently signed former PRIDE, Shooto, and Pancrase veteran Akihiro Gono and has sent UFC welterweight Tamdan McCrory a contract proposing the fight according to McCrory’s manager:

“He’ll (be at) UFC 78 if he accepts the fight, which I assume he will considering he has fought top guys his whole career,” Ciotoli.

”(The UFC’s been) trying to get me on that card, being that I’m from the area and have a strong fan base in New Jersey,” McCrory told us last month.

Marvin Eastman has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Demian Maia at UFC 77 after undergoing eye surgery:

“I had a weak spot on my retina for a long time, and about two weeks ago, it tore a little bit,” Eastman said. “It felt like sleepy eye. I went in to check it out last Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., and I was in surgery by 7. It’s fixed now, and I’ve got to chill a month and can’t fight until November.“

No word as of yet on a replacement opponent for Eastman.

Chris Lytle may be heading over to the WEC for a possible title shot against WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit:

MMA fan favorite and “The Ultimate Fighter 4” welterweight runner-up Chris Lytle may be leaving the UFC for Zuffa LLC’s other fight promotion — the WEC — and may be in line for an immediate title shot.

In fact, a source close to current WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit (21-4) first contacted MMAjunkie.com about the possibility, saying UFC and WEC officials were discussing the potential title fight. However, the WEC recently folded a proposed November event into its Dec. 12 fight card, and as of now, the organization has far more fighters than it has fight slots.

A reliable source tell us that a Condit-Lytle fight would happen no sooner than February 2008 — if then — because of the backlog.

- Brazilian MMA website Tatame is reporting that former PRIDE star Ricardo Arona may currently be in contract talks with the UFC.

Hat tip to UFC Mania for the Arona link.

- So Matt Hamill has a torn ACL? He also fought Michael Bisping with that torn ACL? Read what Adam Morgan and 411Mania have to say about that.

- It seems that the UFC has took down UFC Takedown:

Late last week, Matt Cava of UFCtakedown.com was issued a Cease and Desist by Zuffa, LLC. He has been told to remove his website. They specifically nailed him for using UFC in his URL as well as broadcasting illegal fight videos. September 8th’s UFC 75: Champion v. Champion videos as well as a fight between Ricardo Arona and Quinton Jackson were specifically mentioned. As of today, UFCtakedown.com no longer exists. In the meantime, Matt has been able to secure MMAtakedown.net for the time being.

- Brigham Young University has banned Versus from the school’s channel selection, citing costs and the broadcasting of MMA as the reasons:

BYU has banned access to Versus on its campus cable, citing cost and content issues such as ultimate fighting.

Touch of gloves to Fight Opinion for that one.

Radio Schedule:

Luke Thomas, Sam Caplan, and Matt Cava recap EliteXC: Uprising and preview UFC 76.

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
1-3 PM EST - The Jordan Breen Show
3-5 PM EST - The Stephen Quadros Show
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

Media Links

Sherdog: Tale of Two Coaches
MMA Weekly: Catching up with Matt Lindland
Fight Opinion: Pro Elite pays big for KOTC & Cage Rage
Fightlinker: Kang forsakes America, may secretly be a communist
Bloody Elbow: How to Build a MMA Cage?
Houston Chronicle: Fitch gets his shot at UFC’s main stage
Daily Star: Dancing Iceman’s Hot Move
Chicago Sports: Keeping up with Montini’s Chase Beebe

Fickett Talks Knee Injury, Return to Octagon

Drew Fickett spoke to Sherdog’s Tommy Messano to shed some light on the knee injury that forced him to pull out of a scheduled bout against Chris Lytle at UFC 73.

Fickett stated that he first injured his knee during a unanimous decision win over Keita Nakamura at UFC Fight Night 9. He said that the knee was still hurt during training for the Lytle fight and that he ultimately aggravated it to the point where he could no longer continue to prepare for UFC 73.

According to Fickett, he has fully recovered from the injury and is nearly ready to jump back into competition:

“The knee is fine now,” he said. “I’ve been doing a lot of yoga and specific strength training for my injury. I tweaked it in the Nakamura fight and it never really fully recovered since I jumped right back into training.”

Fickett made certain that he wanted to return to the UFC as soon as possible. He revealed that UFC 77 in October would be his ideal choice for a return.

CKA: July 19, 2007

News and Notes:

- Our rumors section has been updated…

- Cage Rage has announced three scheduled bouts for it’s upcoming Cage Rage 23: Unbelievable show on September 22. James Zikic will defend his Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Championship against Vitor Belfort. Mark Weir will take on Paul Daley and Joe Mac and Jeremy Bailey will finally go at it.

- The IFL’s Los Angeles Anacondas have announced that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Kevin Randleman has been named the team’s official wrestling coach. Anaconda’s head coach Shawn Tompkins has said that Randleman is also currently training with the team in hopes of making a comeback to active competition:

“Kevin Randleman might be making a return to the cage or ring,” says Tompkins. “I like training Kevin. He’s open-minded and we’re exchanging a lot of knowledge.”

- The following fighters have tested negative for drugs of abuse and banned substances following the post-fight tests done after UFC 73 by the CSAC: Mark Bocek, Chris Lytle, Frankie Edgar, Jason Gilliam, Diego Saraiva, Jorge Gurgel, Stephan Bonnar, and Mike Nickels. More test results will be released later this week.

Radio Schedule:

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
3-5 PM EST - The Jordan Breen Show
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

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