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Goldberg and Rogan Preview UFC 77

UFC announcers Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan give their take on what will happen in UFC 77: Hostile Territory’s two main bouts - Anderson Silva vs Rich Franklin and Tim Sylvia vs Brandon Vera.

UFC 77: Hostile Territory Weigh-In Results

Here are the official results from the UFC 77 weigh-ins:

Josh Burkman weighed in at 171.5 lbs on his first try. He will have one hour to lose a half a pound per the Ohio Athletic Commission.

Update: 6:00 PM: MMA on Tap has learned that Burkman made the required weight within the one hour limit.

Anderson Silva (184.5 lbs) vs. Rich Franklin (184 lbs)
Tim Sylvia (260.5 lbs) vs. Brandon Vera (225.5 lbs)
Stephan Bonnar (204 lbs) vs. Eric Schafer (203.5 lbs)
Kalib Starnes (186 lbs) vs. Alan Belcher (186 lbs)
Jorge Gurgel (155 lbs) vs. Alvin Robinson (155.5 lbs)
Jason MacDonald (184.5 lbs) vs. Yushin Okami (186 lbs)
Demian Maia (185 lbs) vs. Ryan Jensen (185.5 lbs)
Josh Burkman (171.5) vs. Forrest Petz (170 lbs)
Jason Black (156 lbs) vs. Matt Grice (155 lbs)

Franklin Looks to Avenge Loss at UFC 77

Former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin discusses his loss to current champion Anderson Silva at UFC 64 and why fighting in his hometown of Cincinatti, Ohio is both a blessing and a curse at the same time.

TKO 30 Weigh-In Results

Here are the official results from the TKO 30 weigh-ins.

Lance Evans was forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Steve Bosse after having trouble traveling to Montreal in time for the event. Evans has been replaced by Jody Burke who was originally set to fight Bob Landry in a preliminary bout. Landry will now face Ray Noel De Tilly and his original opponent, Sean Thompson, will take on Ilya Woronowski.

Sam Stout (155 lbs) vs Martin Grandmont (154 lbs)
Steve Bosse (224 lbs) vs Jody Burke (224 lbs)
Chris Clements (169 lbs) vs Jesse Bongfeldt (169 lbs)
Mark Hominick (145 lbs) vs Ben Greer (145 lbs)
Dan Chambers (185 lbs) vs Marcus Celestin (185 lbs)
Stephane Dube (169 lbs) vs TJ Grant (169 lbs)
Justin Tavernini (137 lbs) vs Syd Barnier (144 lbs)
Sam Guillet (154 lbs) vs Yves Lemelin (155 lbs)
Sean Thompson (251 lbs) vs Ilya Woronowski (243 lbs)
Adam Kastner (134 lbs) vs Adrian Wooley (133 lbs)
Bob Landry (238 lbs) vs Ray Noel De Tilly (241 lbs)

IFL Championship Weigh-In Results

Jake Ellenberger (169 lbs) vs Delson Heleno (169 lbs)
Bart Palaszewski (155 lbs) vs Deividas Taurosevicius (154 lbs)
Ben Rothwell (264 lbs) vs Ricco Rodriguez (252 lbs)
Ryan McGivern (184 lbs) vs Fabio Leopoldo (184 lbs)
Mike Ciesnolevicz (205 lbs) vs Andre Gusmao (204 lbs)
Jamal Patterson (205 lbs) vs Chris Baten (205 lbs)
Rolles Gracie (233 lbs) vs Sam Holloway (238 lbs)
Brad Blackburn (170 lbs) vs Travis Cox (170 lbs)
Aaron Riley (155 lbs) vs Ryan Schultz (154 lbs)

K-1 Hero’s 10 Weigh-In Results

The bout between Sergei Kharitonov and Alistair Overeem is considered an open-weight contest. Neither fighter was required to weigh-in.

Vitor Riberio originally failed to make weight the first time around but eventually made it within the lightweight limit.

Gesias Calvancanti (155 lbs) vs. Vitor Riberio (156 lbs)
Caol Uno (155 lbs) vs. Andre Dida (154 lbs)
Kazushi Sakuraba (184 lbs) vs. Katsuyori Shibata (184 lbs)
Kid Yamamoto (137 lbs) vs. Bibano Fernandes (137 lbs)
Ikuhisa Minowa (196 lbs) vs. Kevin Casey (195 lbs)
Melvin Manhoef (192 lbs) vs. Fabio Silva (193 lbs)
Zelg Galesic (185 lbs) vs. Yoon Dong Sik (185 lbs)
Kazuyki Miyata (155 lbs) vs. Harvey Harra (154 lbs)
Wataru Takahashi (154 lbs) vs. Tashiro Nishiuchi (154 lbs)
Takenori Sato (185 lbs) vs. Kenji Nogai (184 lbs)

WEC 30 Weigh-In Results

Here are the official results from the WEC 30 weigh-ins:

Rob McCullough (155 lbs) vs Richard Crunkilton (154 lbs)
Chase Beebe (135 lbs) vs Rani Yahya (134.5 lbs)
Brian Stann (205 lbs) vs Jeremiah Billington (195 lbs)
John Alessio (170 lbs) vs Marcelo Brito (170 lbs)
Jeff Bedard (135 lbs) vs Miguel Torres (135 lbs)
Marcus Hicks (155 lbs) vs Scott McAfee (155 lbs)
Jesse Forbes (186 lbs) vs Bryan Baker (185 lbs)
Donald Cerrone (155 lbs) vs Kenneth Alexander (156 lbs)
Blas Avena (169 lbs) vs Joe Benoit (171 lbs)
Ian McCall (134 lbs) vs Coty Wheeler (135 lbs)

WEC 30 Media Roundup

Here is a collection of some of the coverage the media is putting out there in preparation for WEC 30: McCullough vs Crunkilton tomorrow night…

Sherdog: Alessio Talks WEC 30, Future Title Shot; Rani Yahya Ready for Title Shot
MMA Weekly: Brian Stann on Quest for Another WEC Win; Fight by Fight: WEC Undercard; Cowboy Cerrone Rides High into WEC Debut
The Fight Network: Friends and Foes
WEC: From 100 Bucks to a World Title, the Journey of Rob McCullough; Rich Crunkilton – A Long Time Coming; Brian Stann – All-American; A Battle-Tested Beebe Defends His Crown Wednesday
Sports Illustrated: Operation Billington
Newark Star-Ledger: Stann to show off improved skills against Billington; McCullough taking title defense personally
Bloody Elbow: WEC 30 Undercard Preview

UFC 74 Weigh-In Results

Here are the official results from the UFC 74 weigh-ins.

Thales Leites weighed in at 188 lbs, 3 lbs over the 185 lb limit at middleweight. He currently has two hours to lose the extra weight. Since his fight against Ryan Jensen is a non-title bout, he will be permitted to weigh-in at 186 lbs if need be. We will be sure to have an update on the situation as soon as we get the information.

Update 9:30 PM: Leites made the required weight within two hours and will be permitted to fight tomorrow night.

Randy Couture (228.5 lbs) vs Gabriel Gonzaga (252 lbs)
Georges St. Pierre (170 lbs) vs Josh Koscheck (170 lbs)
Joe Stevenson (155 lbs) vs Kurt Pellegrino (155 lbs)
Patrick Cote (184.5 lbs) vs Kendall Grove (184 lbs)
Roger Huerta (155 lbs) vs Alberto Crane (155 lbs)
Marcus Aurelio (155 lbs) vs Clay Guida (155 lbs)
Frank Mir (255 lbs) vs Antoni Hardonk (244 lbs)
Renato Sobral (204 lbs) vs David Heath (205 lbs)
Thales Leites (188 lbs) vs Ryan Jensen (185 lbs)

UFC 74 Media Roundup

Here’s a collection of all of the stuff the media is putting out there to help cover UFC 74: Respect:

MMA Media:

Sherdog: Gabriel Gonzaga: Sensing the Prize; Leites Looks to Continue UFC Run; Knuckle Down: Couture Confident for UFC 74; Gabriel Gonzaga Training Pictures; Knuckle Down: Gonzaga Ready for Couture; Just My Thoughts: A Slew of Intrigue; Randy Couture Training Pictures
MMA Weekly: Koscheck Has a Surprise for UFC Fans; David Heath Ready to Prove His Mettle; Clay Guida Ready for Marcus Aurelio; Pellegrino Hunting Down a Title Shot; Kendall Grove Taking Steps up the Ladder; Crane Talks UFC Debut; Huerta Ready for Another War; Calm, Couture, and Collected; Fight by Fight: UFC 74 Prelims; Frank Mir is His Own Worst Enemy; Stevenson Ready in Every Aspect
The Fight Network: Unforgettable; A Tale of Two Fighters; Opportunity Knocking; Can Do Cote
Inside Fighting: Guida looking to get back that winning feeling; Koscheck: UFC 74 match against St. Pierre “Another Day at the Office”; Couture has a life of preparation behind his MMA success; St. Pierre is hungry for the chase all over again; Georges St. Pierre in a “Rush” to return; Kurt Pellegrino’s Search for the Ultimate Fight; Marcus Aurelio - “This is my life.”
UFC: Alberto Crane – Back in MMA to Stay; Josh Koscheck – Just Win, Baby; The Ballad of Gabriel Gonzaga; Heavyweight Breakdown – Couture vs Gonzaga; GSP - The Return; With the Monkey off his Back, Patrick Cote Moves Forward; Ryan Jensen’s 14 Year Voyage to The Octagon is Complete on August 25; Clay Guida – Bringing the Lightning Bolts on Saturday

US News:

Yahoo! Sports: Around the octagon: What to watch at UFC 74; Koscheck willing to be the bad guy; Gonzaga sniffs out his biggest opportunity; Rush to judgment; Couture’s journey a long, strange trip; Couture faces stern test in Gonzaga
CBS Sportsline: Grove looking for biggest win of his career at UFC 74; Couture, UFC’s ‘Rocky Balboa,’ comfortable as underdog
NBC Sports: Title seeker Gonzaga faces icon in Couture; Hype for UFC 74, Couture underway; Sin City celebrates longshots, wily veterans and contenders
FOX Sports: Bigger challenge could await Couture
MSNBC: Couture 44 years old, and still going strong
Sports Illustrated: The perma-underdog; The clairvoyant champ
Boston Herald: Gonzaga eyes 1st title
Philadelphia Daily News: Couture says its only natural that UFC will grow as a sport
Orlando Sentinel: Roger Huerta climbing ladder in UFC
Houston Chronicle: St-Pierre reinvents himself with counseling

Canadian News:

TSN: Couture ready for Gonzaga; St. Pierre retooling after loss to Serra; Cote looks to entertain, win vs. Grove
Sportsnet: Carpenter ready to build; Heath on the comeback trail; GSP searches for redemption; Koscheck eager to get it on; Couture battles age, Gonzaga
Slam! Sports: UFC 74 predictions; Testing GSP’s mental game

Other News:

411 Mania: 411’s UFC 74: Respect Roundtable Preview; Fact or Fiction: UFC 74; 411’s Countdown to UFC 74 - Respect: Couture vs. Gonzaga Report; Brock Lesnar to Attend UFC 74
Javno: Couture or Gonzaga – That Is The Question
The Republican: ‘Captain America’ not about fame
Covers: Underdog Koscheck no easy task for St. Pierre at UFC 74

Blogs:

UFC Junkie: Performify’s Picks: UFC 74; UFC 74 Media Conference Call Notes; UFC 74 Weigh-In Information
UFC Mania: Any Given Saturday: Frank Trigg and more for the UFC 74 radio show; UFC 74 betting odds: Free tips and advice from Desert Dog; In it to win it: Exclusive UFCmania interview with Josh Koscheck; UFC 74: Sports bars, night clubs and restaurants airing the PPV event (List)
Fight Opinion: Heat-up for UFC 74, round two
Bloody Elbow: What If This Randy Couture Shows Up?; America, Kos Yeah!; Gonzaga vs. Couture: Another Look; CroCop Picks Couture
Fightlinker: Everyone is pissed that Guida-Aurelio is a dark match
MMA HQ: UFC 74: Respect Preview; Josh Koscheck Needs a Beating

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