David Terrell weighs-in for UFC 51: Super Saturday. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
After an over four-year stint filled with injury-related disappointments, former middleweight title contender David Terrell has been officially released from the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The news comes from Gracie Fighter, a site owned and operated by Cesar Gracie, who also serves as Terrell’s coach and manager. The report on that site states that Terrell sat out the remainder of his contract with the UFC due to unhappiness stemming from unfair financial terms in his bout agreements.
After building up an impressive record fighting in smaller shows, Terrell shocked the world in his UFC debut by knocking out elite middleweight Matt Lindland at UFC 49 in 2004. The win earned Terrell a shot at the vacant UFC middleweight title at UFC 51, where Terrell ended up being stopped with strikes at the hands of eventual champion Evan Tanner.
Soon overcoming a series of leg-related injuries, Terrell returned to action where he scored a controversial submission win of heavy-handed Scott Smith at UFC 59. The injury bug bit Terrell over and over again during the past two years, forcing him to pull out of scheduled fights against Ed Herman and Yushin Okami on two separate occasions.
While it is safe to assume that Terrell will look for employment elsewhere, Sam Caplan speculates that Terrell may end up signing with Elite Xtreme Combat, where fellow Cesar Gracie-trained teammates Nick Diaz and Jake Shields already fight.
Touch of gloves to our friends at MMA Junkie for the find.
Former UFC middleweight contender David Terrell has suffered yet another career-plaguing injury and has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Ed Herman at next month’s UFC 78.
Terrell tore multiple ligaments in his ankle during a recent training session according to his manager Tom Call:
“He tore a couple of ligaments,” said Call. “It was confirmed (Friday) by an MRI. He is obviously disappointed. Dave’s really been looking forward to returning to the UFC.”
Terrell will be replaced by veteran Joe Doerksen. Doerksen was defeated for the WEC Middleweight Title in his last fight against Paulo Filho. Filho stopped Doerksen with strikes in the first round of their bout.
As you probably already heard, the UFC has officially announced the signing of former pro wrestler Brock Lesnar.
Lesnar is expected to make his UFC debut in February.
Ricardo Almedia’s signing with the UFC has also been made official by the company.
No formal announcement of Wanderlei Silva’s next opponent was made, despite claims that Silva was set to do so himself.
MMA Junkie ran into Silva at the event and asked him about the rumored matchup:
MMA Junkie bumped into the former PRIDE champion in downtown Cincinnati on Saturday, and the fighter couldn’t help smile when we asked him about a rumored fight with Liddell.
“Dec. 29 I go into the ring and finally beat (Liddell),” Silva said. “Unless Chuck (is) scared, we fight then.“
Tim Sylvia challenged fellow heavyweight Cheick Kongo after his victory over Brandon Vera:
“We don’t know what’s going on with Randy [Couture] right now,” Sylvia said. “He’s a little bit in limbo. I don’t want to sit my ass down and wait for him, so I think Cheick and I should fight.”
However White has stated that Sylvia will most likely fight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the UFC Heavyweight Title early next year.
UFC President Dana White announced the winners of the usual performance bonuses at the post-fight press conference:
Knockout of the night - Anderson Silva
Submission of the night - Demian Maia
Fight of the night - Jason Black vs Matt Grice
Each fighter will receive a bonus of $40,000, the highest that has ever been given out.
White also announced that UFC 77 broke the official gate record at the U.S. Bank Arena, bringing in a total of $2.54 million.
Randy Couture will hold a public press conference this coming Thursday to discuss his depature from the UFC.
White mentioned that the UFC would return to Ohio next March. He also said that Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta are all being considered to host shows next year.
Alex Marvez of FOX Sports is reporting that Franklin is expected to consider retirement.
Yushin Okami’s contract with the UFC apparently expired after last night’s fight with Jason MacDonald.
When asked about a future opponent for Silva, White threw Thales Leites, Ricardo Almeida, and David Terrell out there as possibilities.
News and Notes
- UFC veteran Jonathan “Road Warrior” Goulet added to his winning streak this past weekend when he disposed of Jesse Bongfeldt early in the first at TKOMMA Tourney 2007. His next fight will come June 1st at TKO 29: Repercussion when he faces fellow UFC veteran Steve Vigneault for the vacant TKO welterweight title. Georges St. Pierre was foreced to vacate the title when he won the UFC welterweight belt.
- Yesterday Sherdog.com reported Chuck Liddell and Quinton Jackson will lock horns in the world famous octagon May 26th at UFC 71.
- This past weekend former UFC heavyweight champion and MMA legend, Bas Rutten, announced that he was stepping down as the coach of the Anacondas and Sean Tompkins would be taking his place as the head coach. Rutten will remain with the IFL but instead of coaching he will become the “Face of the IFL” working the broadcast booth and hosting “IFL Battleground”.
- The UFC has hired Mike Mersch who will be the organization’s chief operating officer. Originally Mersch was the Nevada deputy attorney general who represented the Nevada Athletic Commission.
- Hall of Fame play-by-play boxing announcer, Col. Bob Sheridan, will be ringside April 14th when Fedor Emelianenko and Matt Lindland fight in the BodogFight ring.
- Bob Sapp’s new opponent at the upcoming Cage Rage show will be Gary Turner.
- GracieMag.com is reporting that Ronaldo Jacaré will not compete at ADCC 2007.
- According to GracieFighter.com UFC lightweight Tyson Griffin has parted ways with David Terrell and the Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance. Terrell said, ““He didn’t train at all with us for that fight so why would we corner him. Win or lose we wouldn’t have been responsible.”
Clip of the Day
Does anyone remember this man? He was at the very first show of the IFL, and before everyone noticed, he had some ex-body builder running his team Tokyo Sabres. On March 14th, Inoki officially announced that as of April 1st, he is starting a new martial arts promotion called Inoki Genome Federation. (IGF) The head of organization is none other than Anotonio Inoki but other executives and staff are still unknown till this date. The only prediction we can make at this point is that his son-law, Simon Kelly Inoki, just revealed his resignation from New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s president post, probably to join his father in-law’s new promotion. Besides this, no one knows what is going to take place with this new project by Mr. Inoki. All we can tell at this point, is that everyone is making big announcements in April.
Rory Singer has stepped up to the plate and he will fill in for David Terrell who recently pulled out of his fight at UFC 66 against Yushin Okami due to an elbow injury.
Rory Singer sports a mixed martial arts record of 10-5 and he is currently 2-0 in the UFC with his victories coming over Josh Haynes and Ross Pointon.
Yushin Okami sports a record of 18-3 and he is currently 2-0 in the UFC with his victories coming over Alan Belcher and Kalib Starnes.
MMANews.com is reporting that UFC middleweight contender David Terrell has been forced to withdraw from his fight against Yushin Okami due to an elbow injury suffered during training.
Alan Belcher will take on Yushin Okami at UFC 62, replacing David Terrell who was forced to pull out due to a sinus infection and a severe case of bronchitis.
MMANews.com is reporting that David Terrell has been forced to pull out of his fight against Yushin Okami due to a sinus infection. Okami and Terrell were scheduled to fight August 26th at UFC 62.
UFC middleweight contender David Terrell will face off against Yushin Okami at UFC 62. Terrell is coming off a submission victory over Scott Smith at UFC 59. Fans may know Yushin Okami from the Rumble on the Rock welterweight tournament. Okami fought Anderson Silva in the first round and was KO’d by an illegal upkick. He then fought Jake Sheilds in the semifinals and lost via a unanimous decision. Since then Okami has gone 2-0 fighting in Japan.