UFC veterans Victor Valamaki and Razak Al-Hassan were scheduled to fight yesterday at Aggression FC 14 in Edmonton, Alberta. The fight was cancelled when doctors refused to allow Valimaki to fight.
Valimaki apologized on Facebook, “Sorry guys, doc wouldn’t let me fight due to kidney failure from too big of a weight cut. Thanks everyone for the support, I feel like shit for letting everyone down. Time for a move up in weight so watch out heavyweights!”
Yves Edwards and Jeremy Stephens will finally lock horns at UFC on Fox 5 as it’s being reported that Stephens will step in and replace John Cholish who was forced to withdraw with a groin injury. Stephens and Edwards were originally slated to fight at UFC on FX 5 but the fight was scrapped when Stephens was arrested on an old warrant. [MMA Junkie]
MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani is reporting that Nick Ring vs. Constantinos Philippou has been scratched from tonight’s UFC 154 card. According to Helwani’s tweet, Ring was not feeling well and the doctor refused to clear him.
Philippou’s manager, Lex McMahon, told Helwani that the UFC will not be seeking a last minute replacement for Ring.
The removal means at Mark Bocek vs. Rafael Dos Anjos will be moved to the main card and Antonio Carvalho vs. Rodrigo Damnn will now fight on the FX card.
Above is the final episode from the latest installment of UFC Primetime. The series follows UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit as they prepare for their UFC 154 showdown on November 17 in Montreal, Quebec.
Here a short insightful documentary focusing on some of the training and techniques interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit has been employing ahead of his bout with Georges St. Pierre at UFC 154.
The UFC has announced that welterweight contenders Jon Fitch and Demian Maia will lock horns at UFC 156. UFC president Dana White said, “Maia hopes to move up the welterweight rankings by taking out perennial contender Fitch. Fitch wants to build on his Fight of the Night-winning victory over Erick Silva." [UFC]
Despite earlier reports of The Ultimate Fighter being moved to Wednesday nights on FX, a FX official has stated that it’s highly unlikely TUF will air on Wednesday nights. An official announcement is expected to come within the next two or three weeks. [MMA Fighting]
MMA Fighting is reporting that Roy “Big Country” Nelson will face Matt Mitrione at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale on December 15 in Last Vegas, Nevada.
Nelson was originally slated to fight fellow TUF 16 coach Shane Carwin before he was forced to withdraw with a knee injury. According to the report, the fight will be five rounds and serve as the main event.
Nelson, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, possesses a mixed martial arts record of 17-7. Nelson holds UFC victories over the likes of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Stefan Struve, Brendan Schaud and most recently Dave Herman.
The injury bug continues to wreak havoc on the UFC as Eddie Yagan and Gray Maynard join Shane Carwin as the next group fighters to withdraw from upcoming bouts.
Yagan was forced to pull out of his fight with Dennis Siver after he was hospitalized with swelling around his brain. According to the report, Yagan returned home following a training session and after suffering from a headache and vomiting, Yagan went to the ER and was subsequently hospitalized. Yagan’s doctor stated that he didn’t feel that surgery was necessary and that the swelling should go down in the next few days. Nam Phan will replace Yagan and face Siver at UFC on FX 5. [MMAWeekly]
In other news, Joe Lauzon announced on Facebook that Maynard was injured and his new opponent would be Jim Miller. No details were released regarding Maynard’s injury.
UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and interim champion Carlos Condit met with the media today to hype up their UFC 154 bout set for Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
Above is the video of the UFC 154 pre-fight press conference and after the jump you can find quotes from both St. Pierre and Condit.
The dreaded injury bug has struck again. UFC president Dana White has announced via Twitter that TUF 16 coach Shane Carwin has suffered a knee injury and been forced to withdraw from his upcoming bout with Roy Nelson. No replacement has been announced at this time.
White tweeted, “WOW!! It never ends Carwin blew his knee out. Looking for a new opponent for Roy on the TUF Finale on FX.”
The knee marks the second major injury for Carwin over the past two years. Before stepping onto TUF 16, Carwin spent the better part of a year rehabbing after undergoing back surgery. Carwin last appeared in the octagon on June 11 in a losing effort to UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos.