MMA on Tap has learned that Sean Salmon will replace Yuki Sasaki in tonight’s middleweight tournament scheduled to take place as part of Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives event this evening at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.
Sasaki failed an MRI exam yesterday and doctors decided to pull him from the tournament earlier this afternoon. Salmon will fight Jorge Santiago in the first round of the tournament.
Salmon was originally slated to face Dennis Hallman in the tournament’s alternate bout. No word on whether or not Hallman will be given a replacement opponent.
MMA Junkie has learned of two more fights that will take place at Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives on November 16th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.
UFC veterans Dennis Hallman and Sean Salmon will meet for the first time in an alternate bout for Strikeforce’s middleweight tournament that night.
Hallman has not yet fought in 2007. He was originally slated to take on Ricardo Almeida at CFFC 6 but the event was abruptly cancelled last month. Hallman’s last fight was a victory over Jeff Quinlan at IFL: Gracie vs Miletich in September of last year.
Salmon has been a busy man thus far in ‘07, racking up a record of 5-3. Salmon is currently on a hiatus from the UFC, who has allowed him to fight in smaller shows in order to improve his skills before returning. He is also scheduled to fight Jason “Mayhem” Miller at HDNet Fights II in December.
The card will also feature Cung Le trying to keep his perfect record intact against TUF alumnus Sam Morgan.
Le has been perfect so far in his MMA career, sporting a record of 4-0. All of Le’s fights have taken place under the Strikeforce banner. His last fight was a stoppage win over Tony Fryklund at the Strikeforce/Elite XC co-promoted Shamrock vs Baroni event in June.
This will be Morgan’s first fight of the year. Morgan last dropped an unanimous decision to Forrest Petz at UFC Fight Night 6 in August 2006.
Last week we reported that Nick Diaz denied having any knowledge of a scheduled bout against Mark Moreno at No Limit Fighting’s Brawl for it All event on October 20th.
Phil Flahters has now confirmed that Nick Diaz is off the card and his replacement will be UFC veteran Dennis Hallman.
Dennis “Superman” Hallman sports a MMA record of 37-12-2. Hallman holds victories over the likes of former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes, Rory Singer, Delson Heleno, and Ross Ebanez.
We have a lot of stuff to report this morning…
News and Notes
- EliteXC has announced a total net loss of $11.9 million between January and June 2007 according to UFC Mania.
- IFL heavyweight Krzysztof Soszynski has announced that he has joined Dan Henderson’s Team Quest in order to continue with his training…
- FEG formally announced three bouts for the upcoming K-1 Hero’s event on September 17th. The semifinals of the 2007 154 lb tournament will roll on when Caol Uno takes on Kultar Gill and Gesias Calvancanti goes up against Vitor Ribeiro. Ikuhisa Minowa and Ralek Gracie will compete in a non-tournament bout.
- Cage Fury Fighting Championship’s October 12th event will feature the return of Ricardo Almeida. Almeida’s opponent will be Dennis Hallman.
- American Top Team has stated that Denis Kang is expected to sign with an organization in the next few weeks and is targeting September as a possible date of return.
- Palace Fighting Championships has announced that Justin Levens will fight Kenny Ento for the vacant PFC World Middleweight Championship on October 18th:
“These are two of the most popular and intense fighters to ever compete in the Valley,” Printup said. “Levens has faced tougher competition, but Ento is an extremely tough match up. He’s tall, rangy, has excellent submissions and underrated stand up. Levens is an absolute animal, who has only lost to top-level fighters.”
- The IFL Finals on September 20th in Hollywood, Florida will now feature two superfights as well as the IFL Championship. Seth Petruzelli and Rolles Gracie Jr. will meet in a light heavyweight bout. Aaron Riley and Ryan Schultz will clash in the night’s other superfight.
- The weigh-ins for UFC 74 will begin at 6 PM EST and will start to be broadcast on ESPNEWS at 7:15 EST. As always, they will also be available to watch online for free on a slew of sites, including UFC.com, Yahoo! Sports, and MSN.
- Tickets for UFC 77: Hostile Territory are slated to go on sale starting on August 22nd…