Heavyweight

Drew McFedries Out 6 to 8 Months?

MMA on Tap has learned that UFC veteran Drew McFedries will likely be out 6 to 8 months after suffering from a severe staph infection.

Last week it was reported that Spencer Fisher, Tim Sylvia, and Drew McFedries were all suffering from staph infections. Fisher pulled out of his fight with Din Thomas at UFC Fight Night 11 and Pat Miletich told the fighters infected not to return to the gym for at least 3 weeks.

Drew McFedries got hit the worst, suffering from an infection which grew to the size of a football on the back of his leg. The infection required surgery and McFedries had a good amount of skin removed from the back his leg which will now require grafts.

Afternoon News and Notes 8/11/07

News and Notes:

- Sherdog has released their first ever top 10 which covers 8 weight classes (flyweight to heavyweight).

Here is the heavyweight top 10…

1. Fedor Emelianenko
2. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
3. Gabriel Gonzaga
4. Mirko Filipovic
5. Josh Barnett
6. Randy Couture
7. Tim Sylvia
8. Andrei Arlovski
9. Fabricio Werdum
10. Aleksander Emelianenko

- In a recent interview with Sherdog.com Fedor Emelianenko’s manager confirmed that the rumors of Fedor signing a five-fight $5 million deal with FEG were false.

- Our rumors section has been updated…

Over the past few days UFC Junkie has been on a roll breaking news about several fights set to take place at UFC 76 and 77.

• Eric Schafer vs. Stephan Bonnar at UFC 77
• Marvin Eastman vs. Damian Maia at UFC 77
• Jorge Gurgel vs. Doug Evans at UFC 77
• Jeremy Stephens vs. Nate Mohr at UFC 76
• Justin McCully vs. Christian Wellisch at UFC 76
• Matt Grice vs. Jason Black at UFC 77
• Josh Burkman vs. Forrest Petz at UFC 77

- FCFighter.com is reporting that Manny Tapia has suffered a knee injury which has forced him to pull out of his Sept. 5, WEC 30 title bout with Chase Beebe.

Media Links:

Sportsnet: MFC owner eyes bigger picture
UFC Junkie: MMA Wagering 101
UFC HP: Griffin and Tavares give a Peek into the Future at UFC 76
Yahoo! Sports: Stevenson climbing the lightweight ladder

Cro Cop’s Training Regimen Revealed?

The Fight Network is reporting that Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s 7-day training regimen for Cheick Kongo at UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion has been released by Polish MMA site http://www.budo.pl.

Monday
Morning: 4-5 km run, stretching
Afternoon: Warm-up, sparring or bag/mitt work, grappling

Tuesday
Morning: Weights and low intensity Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Afternoon: Warm-up, sparring or bag/mitt work, grappling

Wednesday
Morning: Low intensity runs, sometimes basketball

Thursday:
Morning: 4-5 km run, stretching
Afternoon: Warm-up, sparring or bag/mitt work, grappling

Friday
Morning: weights, low intensity Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Afternoon: Warm-up, sparring or bag/mitt work, grappling

Saturday
Morning: Running or low intensity workout with weights

Sunday: Rest

• On sparring days, Cro Cop will combine both stand-up and ground elements for at least 1 round
• Warm-ups generally take about 30 minutes and consist of strength exercises, shadow boxing, as well as standing wrestling and takedown defense drills
• Most days, Cro Cop will run at about 60% intensity
• Weight training sessions are 40 minutes without any breaks, 8-15 reps in a set

Fabricio Werdum Considering a Move to Chute Boxe

In a recent interview UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum stated that he is thinking about joining Chute Boxe. Chute Boxe is home to the likes of Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio Rua, Murilo Rua, Thiago Silva, and many others.

“I was going today to Curitiba to talk with Rudimar, but I got sick. I am going to try a deal, watch some trainings and to meet the structure that they have there. I train here with my friends, but I need a bigger structure and I think that Chute Boxe is the biggest Team in the world. I received invitation from others big teams but Chute Boxe is near my house and I don’t want to stay far from my family”, said Werdum.

Fabricio Werdum is a BJJ expert who sports a mixed martial arts record of 9-3-1. Werdum holds victories over the likes of Aleksander Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem, Gabriel Gonzaga, and Tom Erikson. Werdum made his UFC debut at UFC 70: Nations Collide dropping a decision to former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.

BodogFight Season 6 Participants

Bodog has announced the matchups set to take place on the sixth season of BodogFight. The taping will take place August 24th and 25th on the Squamish Nation Indian Reserve in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Featherweight:

Sami Aziz (Sweden) vs. Hiroyuki Abe (Japan)
JR Sims (USA) vs. DJ Taiki (Japan)

Lightweight:

Rodrigo Damm (Brazil) vs. Darren Elkins (USA)
Per Eklund (Sweden) vs. Rafael Dias (USA)
Ryan Bow (Japan) vs. Santino Defranco (USA)
Chris Ade (Canada) vs. Koji Oishi (Japan)

Welterweight:

Nick Thompson (USA) vs. Mark Weir (UK)
Piotr Jakaczynski (Sweden) vs. Dan Hornbuckle (USA)
Chris Wilson (USA) vs. Ray Steinbeiss (USA)
Diego Gonzales (Sweden) vs. Steve Berger (USA)

Middleweight:

Tim McKenzie (USA) vs. Yuichi Nakanishi (Japan)
Kyacey Uscola (USA) vs. TBA
Steve Byrnes (USA) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (Russia)

Light Heavyweight:

Antony Rea (France) vs. Steve Steinbeiss (USA)
Mikhael Zyats (Russia) vs. Buddy Roberts (USA)

Heavyweight:

Assuerio Silva (Brazil) vs. Constantin Gluhov (Russia)
Andrew Pederson (Canada) vs. Scott Lincoln (USA)
Dan Evensen (USA) vs. Dominic Richards (Canada)
Kristof Midoux (France) vs. Brad Morris (Australia)


Women’s 125lb:

Megumi Fuji (Japan) vs. Lisa Ward (USA)
Carina Damm (Brazil) vs. Jessica Aguillar (USA)
Rosi Sexton (UK) vs. Julia Berezekova (Russia)

Women’s 135lb:

Kelly Kobold (USA) vs. Julie Kedzie (USA)
Tama Chan (Japan) vs. Molly Helsel (USA)

IFL Announces Grand Prix Participants and Locations

The IFL has announced the fighters set to participate in the upcoming IFL World Grand Prix. The first round of the Grand Prix is set for November 3rd at the Sears Centre in Chicago, with the finals taking place December 29th at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.

Lightweights:

No. 1 Wagnney Fabiano (Dragons) vs. No. 4 John Gunderson (Lions)
No. 2 Chris Horodecki (Anacondas) vs. No. 3 Bart Palaszewski (Silverbacks)
Alternate: Shad Lierley (Tiger Sharks)

Welterweights:

No. 1 Delson Heleno (Pitbulls) vs. No. 4 Mark Miller (Red Bears)
No. 2 Antonio McKee (Sabres) vs. No. 3 Jay Hieron (Anacondas)
Alternate: Pat Healy (Lions)

Middleweights:

No. 1 Benji Radach (Anacondas) vs. No. 4 Brent Beauparlant (Dragons)
No. 2 Matt Horwich (Wolfpack) vs. No. 3 Brian Foster (Razorclaws)
Alternate: Fabio Leopoldo (Pitbulls)

Light Heavyweight:

No. 1 Vladimir Matyushenko (Sabres) vs. No. 4 Alex Schoenauer (Anacondas)
No. 2 Mike Whitehead (Scorpions) vs. No. 3 Mike Ciesnolevicz (Silverbacks)
Alternate: Jamal Patterson (Pitbulls)

Heavyweight:

No. 1 Ben Rothwell (Silverbacks) vs. No. 4 Roy Nelson (Lions)
No. 2 Antoine Jaoude (Condors) vs. No. 3 Reese Andy (Tiger Sharks)
Alternate: Bryan Vetell (Pitbulls)

Look for more information regarding the Grand Prix later today.

Bosse vs Evans at TKO 30

TKO Major League MMA has announced that Steve Bosse and Lance Evans will clash in a heavyweight affair at TKO 30: Apocalypse.

Steve Bosse is a MMA newcomer who sports a MMA and TKO record of 1-0. Bosse’s MMA debut came at TKO 29: Repercussion when he stopped David Fraser with strikes partway through the first stanza. In preparation for this bout with Evans, Bosse, a feared hockey enforcer, will be spending a month in Thailand with his trainer Stephane Dube honing his Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu skills.

Lance Evans (1-2) sports a TKO record of 0-1 with his sole TKO loss coming to Martin Desilets at TKO 22: Lionheart. Evans is experienced in both wrestling and boxing with his only professional victory coming over Brett Lindberg back in 2004.

Kimbo-Tank Set for October 12

Cage Fury Fighting Championships matchmaker Gary Marino has announced that UFC veteran Tank Abbott and the infamous Kimbo Slice will collide at CFFC 6: Heavy Hands on October 12 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ.

Abbott most recently fought at Cage Rage 21 in April, being stopped by Gary Turner in the first round due to strikes. Abbott has lost 7 or his last 8 fights. His last victory was a knockout win over Wesley Correira at Rumble on the Rock 7 in 2005.

Slice garnered his first professional MMA victory when he submitted former boxing champion Ray Mercer with a guillotine choke at CFFC 5 last month. After the fight, Abbott called out Slice and asked him to throw down in the parking lot, which led to mayhem once Abbott tried to scale the cage in order to get his hands on Slice.

Mir Returns Against Hardonk at UFC 74

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir will make his return to action after a nine-month layoff at UFC 74 when he takes on Antoni Hardonk.

Mir and Hardonk were originally scheduled to fight at UFC Fight Night 9 in April but Mir was forced to pull out of the bout with a shoulder injury. Mir ended up being replaced by Justin McCully, who went on to defeat Hardonk.

Mir’s last fight was a TKO loss to Brandon Vera at UFC 65. Mir is currently attempting to come back from a 2004 motorcycle accident that left him with a broken femur and various tears and fractures in his left leg just three months after submitting Tim Sylvia to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 48.

He returned to active competition in 2006 at UFC 57, losing by TKO to Marcio Cruz. Mir got back on track against Dan Christison at UFC 61 with a boring unanimous decision win that had Mir come into the bout completely out of shape.

Hardonk made his UFC debut at UFC 65, knocking out Sherman Pendergarst in the first round.

CKA: July 17, 2006

News and Notes:

- Remember to vote on our current edition of ‘Rock the Vote’.

- In a recent interview UFC president Dana White confirmed that UFC 75 will be televised on Spike TV and Keith Jardine vs. Chuck Liddell will headline UFC 76 on September 22nd in Anahiem.

- MMA legend Royce Gracie has decided not to appeal the suspension handed down by the California State Athletic Commission after he tested positive for an anabolic agent during his post-fight drug test at K-1 Dynamite!! USA.

- Chris Guillen will replace the injured Wes Sims at the first ever Global FC event August 17 at Mohegan Sun Arena. Guillen, who recently defeated Sims for the second time, will be facing UFC veteran Jeff “The Snowman” Monson for the Global Fighting Championships heavyweight title.

- GracieFighter.com is reporting that Nate Diaz will be fighting at UFC Fight Night 11.

After winning the TUF Finale, Nathan Diaz will now be returning to the UFC. He is slated to fight on the 19th of September at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada. His opponent has not yet been named, however we should have an official confirmation sometime next week.

Radio Schedule:

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
1-3 PM EST - The Jordan Breen Show
3-5 PM EST - The Stephen Quadros Show
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

Media Links:

Sportsnet: Philadelphia’s Alvarez wins in Jersey
Sportsnet: Butterbean, Dean fall in England
MMANews: KOTC: Supremacy Report
UFC: UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion on Spike TV

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