Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva stand face-to-face at the UFC 108 weigh-ins. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The weigh-ins for UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva took place Friday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Aside from Paul Daley, all the participants for Saturday’s card successfully made weight.
Daley tipped the scales at 172 pounds and the Nevada State Athletic Commission deemed it unsafe for Daley to continue his attempt to reach the 170 pound limit. Hazelett has agreed to a catchweight bout of 172 pounds and Daley will forfeit 10% of his purse.
UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva will be headlined by a light heavyweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter 10 coach “Sugar” Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva. The card will also feature a welterweight bout between contenders Paul “Semtex” Daley and Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett.
Pay Per View Bouts:
Thiago Silva (205 lbs) vs. Rashad Evans (205 lbs)
Paul Daley (172 lbs lbs*) vs. Dustin Hazelett (168 lbs)
Sam Stout (155 lbs) vs. Joe Lauzon (155 lbs)
Jim Miller (155 lbs) vs. Duane Ludwig (156 lbs)
Gilbert Yvel (239 lbs) vs. Junior Dos Santos (237 lbs)
Preliminary Bouts on Spike:
Jacob Volkmann (171 lbs) vs. Martin Kampmann (171 lbs)
Dan Lauzon (155 lbs) vs. Cole Miller (155 lbs)
Ryan Jensen (186 lbs) vs. Mark Munoz (185 lbs)
Jake Ellenberger (170 lbs) vs. Mike Pyle (171 lbs)
Rafaello Oliveira (156 lbs) vs. John Gunderson (155 lbs)
Gilbert Yvel. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.
BILOXI, Miss. – Dutch knockout artist Gilbert “The Hurricane” Yvel has relocated to the United States and plans to put his June 27th opponent, 3-time UFC heavyweight title challenger Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo, to sleep in the “Ultimate Chaos” co-feature live on pay-per-view from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley (3-0-0) headlines against K1 and PRIDE combat fighting legend Bob “The Beast” Sapp (10-4-1) on “Ultimate Chaos, presented by Prize Fight Promotions and Fight Force International, in association with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum, Treasure Bay Casino and Budweiser.
Yvel (35-13-1) has stopped 30 of his 35 victims but he has fought only once in the United States, losing this past January to highly-rated heavyweight star Josh Barnett on “Affliction’s – Day of Reckoning.”
Bobby Lashley. Photo courtesy of World Wrestling Entertainment.
Upstart boxing promotion Prize Fight Promotions has teamed up with local Mississippi mixed martial arts promoters Fight Force International to put on quite the MMA event in Biloxi, Mississippi on June 27. The show will be headlined by an intriguing (to say the least) heavyweight bout between former professional wrestler Bobby Lashley and PRIDE and K-1 veteran Bob Sapp.
There are plenty of other notable bouts on the card as well. Dangerous strikers Gilbert Yvel and Pedro Rizzo will clash following their respective losses to Josh Barnett in recent Affliction show in the co-main event. Din Thomas will take on fellow longtime veteran Javier Vasquez, who is coming out of a temporary retirement, in a featherweight bout, and former IFL lightweight standout Chris Horodecki will face William Sriyapai.
Even Affliction VP Tom Atencio is on the card. (For those who are unaware, Atencio already has a pro fight under his belt. He earned a decision over David Martinez at Total Combat 7 in January 2005)
The current lineup for the event is below. Not all of the fights have been officially signed as of yet and more details regarding the event are expected to come at a press conference in Biloxi in two weeks. The event will be televised on IN DEMAND and Direct TV PPV.
Bobby Lashley vs. Bob Sapp
Pedro Rizzo vs. Gilbery Yvel
Chris Horodecki vs. William Sriyapai
Din Thomas vs. Javier Vasquez
Brett Cooper vs. Waachim Spiritwolf
Tom Atencio vs. TBA
James Orso vs. Colby McMahan
Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
Quick results for Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show last night are below. Fedor Emelianenko scored a first-round knockout of former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski to retain his WAMMA heavyweight belt in the main event. More coverage to come.
Brett Cooper def. Patrick Speight - TKO (Strikes)
Albert Rios def. Antonio Duarte - Unanimous Decision
L.C. Davis def. Bao Quach - Unanimous Decision
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Vladimir Matyushenko - KO (Knee)
Dan Lauzon def. Bobby Green - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Paul Buentello def. Kirill Sidelnikov - TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
Renato Sobral def. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou - Submission
Vitor Belfort def. Matt Lindland - KO (Punches)
Josh Barnett def. Gilbert Yvel - Submission (Strikes)
Fedor Emelianenko def. Andrei Arlovski - KO (Punch)
Andrei Arlovski. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Now that perennial heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko has returned to fighting viable competition, he will face his biggest test in over three years in the form of a newly-confident and conditioned Andrei Arlovski at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event this Saturday night.
Critics continually slammed Emelianenko for his choice of opponents after his hard-fought decision win over Mirko Filipovic in August 2005, but the Russian silenced them with a 36-second destruction of Tim Sylvia, a man that has twice beaten Arlovski, this past July. However in a rare instance, it’s Arlovski’s own trainers that are questioning the fan-favorite in the weeks leading up to his toughest challenge to date.
Arlovski has been spending the majority of his training camp learning how to box under the tutelage of Freddie Roach, who has trained champion boxers such as Manny Pacquiao, Bernard Hopkins, and Oscar De La Hoya among others, and his usual coaches, such as jiu-jitsu specialist Dino Costeas, have been left with a limited amount of time to work with their client.
Chris Horodecki. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
Here are your daily news and notes for the morning of January 22, 2009.
- Former IFL lightweight standout Chris Horodecki has been forced out of his scheduled bout against Dan Lauzon at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show this weekend after failing his medical tests under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission due to a bulging disk in his neck. According to Sherdog.com, the injury is restricting 80% of the strength in Horodecki’s right arm and the CSAC has refused to license him for the fight. Affliction officials are currently searching for a replacement opponent for Lauzon are expected to make a decision at some point today.
- Gilbert Yvel, infamously known for assaulting referees and misbehaving during fights, has officially been released to fight Josh Barnett at Saturday’s Affliction show. CSAC represenative Bill Douglas is comparing Yvel’s licensing process to the struggles that Mike Kyle and Kazushi Sakuraba went through before being permitted to fight in the state in the past. Yvel will also apparently be under a very watchful eye when he fights, as if he wasn’t going to be already.
In the above video courtesy of Showtime Sports, former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett and PRIDE Fighting Championships veteran Gilbert Yvel discuss their upcoming heavyweight bout, which will take place at Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning show on January 24 in Anaheim, California.
Photo courtesy of FedorMMA.com.
M-1 Global has announced the launching of a mixed martial arts-based reality show that will center around former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.
“Fighting Fedor” will involve sixteen heavyweights from all over the world traveling to Russia to live and train with the Red Devil Sport Club. The fighters will apparently compete against each other in a tournament-style format and the winner will have the chance to fight Emelianenko and pretty much face near-death in the process.
Additional details as well as the list of cast members is expected to be announced shortly.
DREAM Dropped by TBS; Picked up by HDNet?
DREAM live events have reportedly been dropped from the Tokyo Broadcasting System’s lineup due to lackluster ratings. The organization’s inaugural event only drew an 8.9 percent rating average in primetime, which is considered dismal by Japanese standards.
The network will air DREAM’s April 29th event on tape delay one week after the event takes place. It will be the last event the network airs. SkyPerfecTV pay-per-view will then assume duties of airing DREAM events for the future.
However what is Japan’s loss might be the United States’ gain according to our friends at MMARated.com, who report that tomorrow night’s episode of “Inside MMA” on HDNet will feature some interesting news regarding the FEG-owned promotion and the digital cable network.
A bout between Dutch strikers Alistair Overeem and Gilbert Yvel scheduled to take place this Saturday at the K-1 European Grand Prix has been scrapped due to Yvel suffering a left calf injury during a recent training session. The fight was the only MMA bout slated to happen on the card, which will pan out at the Amsterdam Arena in the Netherlands.
“Last Thursday during a training session with Mirko Cro Cop, I suffered an injury which was diagnosed as torn muscle fiber in the hospital,” Yvel explained Thursday at a news conference according to Sherdog.com. “Even after two days of absolute rest and with lots of ice on the leg, I was barely able to stand on my left foot.”
It is unknown if a replacement opponent will be found in time for Overeem.
Cole Replaces Goodridge at “Anger Management”
IFL veteran Wayne Cole will replace an injured Gary Goodridge against heavyweight Eric Pele at the Maximum Fighting Championship’s upcoming “Anger Management” show on May 9th according to The Fight Network.
Goodridge was forced to pull out of the main event bout due to a recently suffered back injury. Goodridge suffered the injury during a recent training session and will be required to undergo surgery to repair the the sciatic nerve in his lower back.
Alistair Overeem. Photo by Jon Swenson.
Dutch strikers Alistair Overeem and Gilbert Yvel will face off for the first time in their respective careers in a mixed martial arts bout scheduled to take place this Saturday at the K-1 European Grand Prix.
The bout between Overeem and Yvel is the only MMA bout slated to happen on the card, which will pan out at the Amsterdam Arena in the Netherlands.
Neither fighter has competed since last year. Overeem last forced Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Paul Buentello to tap out due to injuries received from knees to the body at Strikeforce’s “Four Men Enter, One Man Survives” event in November. The win earned Overeem the vacant Strkeforce heavyweight belt.
Yvel, a former training partner of Overeem’s while with Golden Glory, is currently riding a four-fight winning streak. The controversial PRIDE veteran most recently defeated Hakim Goram by TKO at last year’s K-1 European Grand Prix in June.
K-1 Hero’s veteran Melvin Manhoef will also be in action at the event, taking on Remy Bonjasky in a K-1 rules fight.
Today at a press conference in Tokyo, Japan DSE president Nobuyuki Sakakibara announced that Wanderlei Silva could not gain medical clearance from the NSAC. He also announced that Akira Shoji would face Gilbert Yvel on 24 hours notice.
DSE President Nobuyuki Sakakibara announced that he will try to bring in one or even two additional “surprise” matches to keep the fans happy. As well, an eighth official match was announced featuring 10-year PRIDE veteran Akira Shoji, and the ever-dangerous Holland striker Gilbert Yvel. Shoji personally asked DSE President Sakakibara to be in this 10-year commemoration event, and he learned he would be fighting a short 24-hours before the event is to take place.