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The Daily Recap: King Mo Inks New Deal With Strikeforce, Noons-Thompson in Works for March & More

Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Former Strikeforce light heavyweight title holder Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal has signed a new four-fight deal with Strikeforce, one day before his promotional contract was to expire following his bout against Lorenz Larkin tomorrow night. Lawal has posted a 3-1 record under the Strikeforce banner. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. [MMA Fighting]

— A lightweight clash between one-time EliteXC star K.J. Noons and former Strikeforce lightweight champ Josh Thomson is in the works for Strikeforce's planned event on March 3 in Columbus, Ohio. Both Noons and Thomson are said to have verbally agreed to the bout. [MMA Junkie]

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Belfort Beats Franklin in Return at UFC 103


Vitor Belfort. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Vitor Belfort’s return to the UFC was a successful one as the former UFC light heavyweight champion decked former UFC middleweight king Rich Franklin with a series of punches that resulted in a first-round TKO win for the heavy-handed Brazilian in the main event of UFC 103 on Saturday night in Dallas, Texas.

Up until the ending sequence, the bout didn’t feature much action. Belfort (19-8) and Franklin (25-5) exchanged leg kicks and short jabs, but neither put together any offense of note that landed. Things completely changed however after Belfort clipped Franklin with an overhand left during an exchange.

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UFC 103: “Franklin vs. Belfort” Live Results

We will be going live at 6:00 PM ET with live results of UFC 103: “Franklin vs. Belfort”, which will take place at a sold out American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The event’s televised main card will be broadcast live on pay-per-view starting at 10:00 PM ET. An additional hour of preliminary bouts will also be shown on Spike TV starting at 9:00 PM ET prior to that.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort headlines the event, returning to the UFC in a 195 lb catchweight bout against former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. A heavyweight contenders clash between formidable strikers Mirko Cro Cop and Junior Dos Santos serves as the co-main event.

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Joe Lauzon and Hermes Franca Aren’t Friends


Hermes Franca. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

It’s unfortunate that Hermes Franca was forced to pull out of his main event bout against Joe Lauzon at this Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night event due to injury. However, Franca’s comments following his withdrawal may have set up an even more interesting fight against Lauzon in the future:

In Franca’s place is a protégé, Jeremy Stephens, but gripping Lauzon is a budding vendetta started by what was initially playful prodding on The Underground, a popular MMA forum. The impetuous, at least to Lauzon’s conclusion, defied any concept of a logical proof. Lauzon wished Franca a speedy recovery. Franca’s response was that he was the luckiest motherf’r alive and a yen to fight him because his brother “sucks.” Joe’s brother is Dan, victorious over Bobby Green at “Affliction: Day of Reckoning” in January.

“I don’t think it was a calculated or manipulative move. I think it was just him being an asshole,” Lauzon said. “I think he crossed the line. It was completely unrelated to bring my brother into it. It’s not hyping the fight at this point. The fight is off because he had to back out. I understand people saying things to hype fights. I’m all for it, but bringing my brother into it out of nowhere was completely bush league.”

“I told Joe, ‘Easy buddy. I’m messing with you,’” Franca said. “I don’t have any enemies. My business is in the cage. I don’t like talking trash. I’ve seen B.J. [Penn] talk trash on TV. It all looks bad. I like Joe, I like the kid, and I like his style. But I’m pissed, and I can’t wait to fight him. I’m mad and want to step in the cage and face him – and I want to fight him in Boston, his city. I want to make him feel bad over there.”

I saw Franca’s original post on The UG when he said that Joe was the “luckiest mofo alive” and it was clear as day that he was joking around. However I must have missed Hermes’ comments about Dan, who hardly sucks as a fighter in my opinion. Win or lose in his fight against Jeremy Stephens this weekend, we could see Joe being matched up against Franca once he recovers later this year. It’s a fight I’d like to see to be honest, trash talk or not.

UFC Headed to Tampa for February “Fight Night”


Hermes Franca. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship will reportedly be headed to Florida once again for another “UFC Fight Night” card, which is currently slated to take place on February 7 at the USF Sun Dome on the campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa Bay.

Various fighters and officials involved with the event have confirmed the UFC’s choice over the last few days. The organization is expected to formally announce the show at the end of this week with ticket sales likely beginning as soon as this coming weekend.

MMA on Tap has confirmed that the event will be headlined by a pair of co-main events: Former UFC lightweight title challenge Hermes Franca will try to win his second straight fight against “Ultimate Fighter” season six cast member Joe Lauzon and the winner of the aforementioned reality show, Mac Danzig, will face Josh Neer.

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CKA for November 28, 2008

Jorge Gurgel.  Photo property of the UFC.

Gurgel, Sokoudjou among recent UFC cuts

Jorge Gurgel and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou are among the recent cuts from the UFC roster.  Both were involved in losses in their last fight within the octagon.

Gurgel never fails to give a wild performance, such as the one against Aaron Riley that garnered him Fight of the Night honors at UFC 91.  But more often than not, he has come out on the losing end, having lost three of his last 4 fights.  He has been widely criticized for not utilizing his BJJ Black Belt skills more and instead choosing to stand and trade with his opponents.  Gurgel will not be out of work long as he has already signed an exclusive contract with the Strikeforce promotion.  In the end, it would not surprise me if Zuffa didn’t help get him signed right away.  His time in the UFC was clearly up and yet he was a real favorite of Dana White’s.  A demotion to WEC would be seen as just that while also inadvertantly degrading the WEC’s lightweight class.

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Hermes Franca Arrested for DUI in Florida


Hermes Franca. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former UFC lightweight title challenger Hermes Franca was arrested by the Jupiter, Florida Police Department early Thursday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence according to MMA Weekly.

A published police report stated that Franca was arrested early Thursday morning by an officer who suspected the fighter was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was required to submit a drug test prior to his booking at the Palm County jail.

The Brazilian was seen in attendance at WEC 36, which took place at the nearby Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Wednesday night. Franca was released from the jail yesterday and was not required to post bail. A court date has been set for December 10.

UFC 90: Silva vs Cote Weigh-In Results


Patrick Cote. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 90: Silva vs. Cote event, which takes place at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, are below. All fighters successfully made weight with the exception of Josh Burkman, who weighed-in two pounds over the welterweight limit. He will be given one hour to shed the extra weight.

UFC 90 is headlined by reigning middleweight champion Anderson Silva defending his title against heavy-handed contender Patrick Cote. Rising welterweight sensation Thiago Alves will look to continue his winning ways against replacement opponent Josh Koscheck in the co-main event.

Main Card:

Anderson Silva (184 lbs) vs. Patrick Cote (183 lbs)
Josh Koscheck (170 lbs) vs. Thiago Alves (171 lbs)
Fabricio Werdum (256 lbs) vs. Junior dos Santos (234 lbs)
Sean Sherk (156 lbs) vs. Tyson Griffin (155 lbs)
Rich Clementi (156 lbs) vs. Gray Maynard (155 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Thales Leites (186 lbs) vs. Drew McFedries (186 lbs)
Spencer Fisher (155 lbs) vs. Shannon Gugerty (156 lbs)
Dan Miller (185 lbs) vs. Matt Horwich (186 lbs)
Hermes Franca (156 lbs) vs. Marcus Aurelio (156 lbs)
Josh Burkman (173 lbs) vs. Pete Sell (170 lbs)

Report: Aurelio to Replace Tibau at UFC 90


Marcus Aurelio. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former PRIDE lightweight standout Marcus Aurelio will reportedly replace injured teammate Gleison Tibau and take on former student Hermes Franca at UFC 90 on October 25 according to a report from Sherdog.com.

Tibau was said to have suffered a shoulder injury during a recent training session. Aurelio served as one of Franca’s coaches at Florida-based American Top Team before Franca left the camp a couple of years ago. However he maintains that the relationship they have still allows them to fight without worry.

“It doesn’t matter who I fight; it’s a big challenge,” Franca said in the report. “It is what it is. We’re both professionals. I think it’s better for me. I know his game really well. I’ve never trained with Gleison before. When you lose fights, it sucks. It’s going to be a good fight. I want to win and give people what they want to see.”

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Report: Franca-Tibau Signed for UFC 90


Hermes Franca. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

In a do-or-die type of fight for both involved, former UFC lightweight title challenger Hermes Franca will attempt to keep his UFC career alive against a fellow Brazilian who is also looking at the same situation in Gleison Tibau. The two will meet at UFC 90: Silva vs. Cote on October 25th.

Franca confirmed the bout earlier this morning with Sherdog.com. According to Franca, he and Tibau are actually good friends, but are willing to put their friendship aside in order to battle in the Octagon when the UFC travels for the first time to Chicago, Illinois this fall.

“It was just great to be back in the UFC,” Franca said about his recent loss to Frankie Edgar at UFC Fight Night 14, which was his first bout since serving a one-year suspension for a positive steroids test in California. “It was a crazy year. I fought against a tough opponent, and I thought I did well. I have no excuses. Gleison’s a friend of mine. I just saw him last week. We shook hands, and I wished him luck.”

After quietly working his way up the lightweight rankings last year, Tibau dropped consecutive fights to Tyson Griffin at UFC 81 and then to Joe Stevenson at UFC 86 last month. With the UFC now frequently dropping fighters that have lost 2-3 bouts in a row, his matchup against Franca has suddenly turned into a must-win situation.

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