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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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HCF: Destiny Weigh-In Results


David Loiseau weighs-in for UFC 63: Hughes vs Penn. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tonight’s Hardcore Championship Fighting’s Destiny event are below. Not all of the fighters made weight let alone even made it to Calgary for the event.

Former Ultimate Fighter cast member Solomon Hutcherson was unable to make it to the event due to not having a passport. HCF officials were unable to find a replacement opponent for Amir Rahnavardi so the fight was completely scrapped.

Gegard Mousasi originally failed to make weight, weighing in close to 200 lbs before making the 194 lb limit just before the required time limit was up.

Featherweights Fabian Cortez and Juan Barrantes both weighed in at 147.5, each two and a half pounds over the limit. HCF CEO Keith Crawford announced that the two would compete at a catch-weight of 147 lbs instead.

Rogerio Nogueira (206 lbs) vs. Todd Gouwenberg (204.5 lbs)
Gegard Mousasi (194.5 lbs) vs. Evangelista Santos (188.5 lbs)
Thomas Schulte (155 lbs) vs. Garett Davis (Pictures) (155 lbs)
David Loiseau (193 lbs) vs. Jason Day (194.5 lbs)
Brendan Seguin (170 lbs) vs. Derrick Noble (170 lbs)
Damir Mirenic (169 lbs) vs. Mike Pyle (171 lbs)
Andrew Buckland (185 lbs) vs. Dan Chambers (185 lbs)
Myles Merola (156 lbs) vs. Ariel Sexton (155.5 lbs)
Tim Hague (262.5 lbs) vs. Miodrag Petkovic (253 lbs)
Nabil Khatib (185.5 lbs) vs. Lucas Rota (184.5 lbs)
Fabian Cortez (147.5 lbs) vs. Juan Barrantes (147.5 lbs)

ShoXC Weigh-In Results and Quotes


Eddie Alvarez (left) and Ross Ebanez square off after the weigh-in. Photo: Tom Casino/EliteXC

Philadelphia’s Eddie Alvarez faces Ross “Da Boss’’ Ebanez, of Hilo, Hawaii, in a 165-pound co-featured bout tomorrow/Friday on the 2008 premiere of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series on Showtime (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).

The other co-feature will match England’s Paul “Semtex’’ Daley against Sam “The Squeeze’’ Morgan, of St. Paul, Minn., in a 170-pound scrap.

Other televised fights: Bobby McMaster, of Boston, Mass., will try to regain his winning ways against the always-dangerous Bao Quach, of Huntington Beach, Calif., at 150 pounds; “The Hawaiian Rocky Balboa,’’ Kala Kolohe Hose, of Honolulu, faces Fred Belleton, of Stoughton, Mass., at 185 pounds; and Julie Kedzie, of Albuquerque, N.M., by way of Greenwood, Ind., will attempt to win her fourth straight when she battles Tonya Evinger, of Reno, Nev., by way of Oak Grove, Mo., at 140 pounds.

Scheduled non-televised undercard bouts include:  Zach Makovsky (3-0), of Philadelphia, vs. Wilson Reis (2-0), of Philadelphia at 140 pounds; James “Binky’’ Jones (4-5), of Baltimore, Md., vs. Mark Getto (1-3-1), of Philadelphia, at 160 pounds; Sergio Vinagre (2-1), of New Jersey, vs. Brett Linebarger (2-1), of New Jersey, at 185 pounds; Joe Shilling (pro debut), of Los Angeles, vs. Matt Makowski (1-0), of Philadelphia, at 170; and Drew Puzon (1-1), of New Jersey, vs. Charlie Brennemen (4-0), of Philadelphia, at 170 pounds.

The fights at Trump Taj Mahal Atlantic City Hotel & Casino are scheduled for three, 5-minute rounds with the exception of Kedzie-Evinger, which is slated for three, 3-minute rounds.

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UFC Fight Night 12 Weigh-In Results


Mike Swick and Josh Burkman at the weigh-ins for UFC Fight Night 12. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.


Patrick Cote and Drew McFedries at the weigh-ins for UFC Fight Night 12. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 12 are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

Mike Swick (170 lbs) vs Josh Burkman (170 lbs)
Drew McFedries (185 lbs) vs Patrick Cote (184 lbs)
Michihiro Omigawa (154 lbs) vs Thiago Tavares (155 lbs)
Alvin Robinson (155 lbs) vs Nate Diaz (155 lbs)
Alberto Crane (155 lbs) vs Kurt Pellegrino (155 lbs)
Dennis Siver (154 lbs) vs Gray Maynard (155 lbs)
Jeremy Stephens (155 lbs) vs Cole Miller (155 lbs)
Joe Veres (155 lbs) vs Corey Hill (154 lbs)
Justin Buchholz (155 lbs) vs Matt Wiman (155 lbs)

UFC 80: Rapid Fire Weigh-In Results


Joe Stevenson weighs-in for UFC 74: Respect. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow afternoon’s UFC 80: Rapid Fire are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

MMA on Tap will start live coverage of the event starting at 1:00 PM EST tomorrow.

BJ Penn (154 lbs) vs Joe Stevenson (154 lbs)
Fabricio Werdum (247 lbs) vs Gabriel Gonzaga (255 lbs)
Jess Liaudin (170 lbs) vs Marcus Davis (169 lbs)
Wilson Gouveia (205 lbs) vs Jason Lambert (204 lbs)
Jorge Rivera (185 lbs) vs Kendall Grove (186 lbs)
Antoni Hardonk (244 lbs) vs Colin Robinson (238 lbs)
Paul Kelly (170 lbs) vs Paul Taylor (170 lbs)
James Lee (206 lbs) vs Alessio Sakara (206 lbs)
Per Eklund (155 lbs) vs Sam Stout (155 lbs)

Road to UFC 81: Frank Mir Episode One

Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir discusses his upcoming fight against former WWE superstar Brock Lesnar at UFC 81, his training at Striking Unlimited in Las Vegas, how he would like his family to be involved in martial arts, and how he found his love for the sport again with RawVegas.

Spratt-Ford to Headline MFC 15: Rags to Riches

Undefeated welterweight Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford will not only be taking a big step up in competition at the Maximum Fighting Championship’s MFC 15: Rags to Riches.

He’ll also be in the spotlight of the main event.

Ford will square off against seven-time UFC veteran Pete Spratt at MFC 15 which will take place on Friday, February 22 at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton. MFC 15: Rags to Riches marks the Maximum Fighting Championship’s first event of 2008 and the first fight card in a five-event agreement for 2008 with the River Cree Resort and Casino.

Ford (4-0), a fast-rising powerful phenom, faces Spratt (17-10) in just the fifth fight of his career. In an interesting twist, current UFC interim welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre also faced Spratt in the fifth fight of his career back in 2003. St. Pierre was victorious with a submission at 1:40 of the first round.

“Like many others, I believe Ryan Ford has the talent to become a major force in this sport and it is fitting that he gets this test against Pete Spratt at the same time in his career that Georges St. Pierre did,” said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich.

“Ford is a hungry lion in search of his next prey. Pete Spratt is a dangerous opponent looking to silence a young gun. This has all the makings of a great main event.”

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K-1 Dynamite!! Pre-Fight Conference Notes

When Alfred Tennyson wrote “ring out the old, ring in the new,” the English poet was referring to the pealing of church bells to mark the beginning of a new year. It is also a Japanese tradition to strike the temple bell on December 31, but these days Tennyson’s phrase could just as easily be applied to the ringside bell at the Dynamite!! New Year’s Eve fight-sport extravaganza.

Over the last five years, K-1 Premium Dynamite!! has become one of the most widely-watched television productions in Japan, with estimates of up to 30 million viewers. This is fight-sport entertainment for the entire family, and tomorrow’s lineup is designed for maximum appeal. The evening’s 15 fights will feature wily veterans and wide-eyed teens; popular television “tarento” and foreign behemoths; and yes, more than a few match ups aimed at martial arts purists.

Seven bouts will be fought under Hero’s Rules (mixed martial arts), and eight under K-1 Rules (stand-up).

The Dynamite!! 2007 fighters met with the media this afternoon at the Osaka Imperial Hotel, to share their thoughts in advance of tomorrow night’s Kyocera Dome showdown.

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Liddell Wants to Knock Out Silva

Chuck Liddell discusses his upcoming fight against Wanderlei Silva later tonight at UFC 79: Nemesis including why he needs to prove a point in this fight by knocking his opponent out.

UFC 79: Nemesis Weigh-In Results

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 79: Nemesis are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

Things heated up really fast during the stare-down between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva. Silva empathically ripped off his shirt before approaching Liddell. After an intense stare-down between the two, Silva faked a move towards Liddell and Liddell responded by flipping his opponent the bird. Silva started to walk towards Liddell and officials and trainers all jumped in but order was quickly restored.

Main Card:

Matt Hughes (170 lbs) vs. Georges St. Pierre (170 lbs)
Chuck Liddell (204 lbs) vs. Wanderlei Silva (205 lbs)
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (205 lbs) vs. Ryoto Machida (204 lbs)
Rich Clementi (155 lbs) vs. Melvin Guillard (156 lbs)
Eddie Sanchez (239 lbs) vs. Soa Palalei (262 lbs)

Preliminary Fights:

Dean Lister (186 lbs) vs. Jordan Radev (185 lbs)
James Irvin (205 lbs) vs. Luis Cane (205 lbs)
Roan Carneiro (170 lbs) vs. Tony DeSouza (170 lbs)
Manny Gamburyan (155 lbs) vs. Nate Mohr (155 lbs)
Doug Evans (155 lbs) vs. Mark Bocek (155 lbs)

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