Jason Lambert

Matyushenko Beats Lambert at “Call to Arms”

Vladimir Matyushenko. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

Seasoned veteran Vladimir Matyushenko used superior wrestling to earn a unanimous decision over fellow UFC alumnus Jason Lambert and snap a one-fight losing streak in the featured attraction of the first-ever “Call to Arms” show in Ontario, California on Saturday night.

With the win, Matyushenko rebounds from a disappointing knockout loss to rival Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event in January. Meanwhile, Lambert has now lost his last four professional bouts.

A number of notable fighters were featured on the card. Tiki Ghosn earned a decision over former Strikeforce fighter Brian Warren in the night’s co-main event. Former WWE wrestler and American Kickboxing Academy product Daniel Puder was also victorious in his return to action, albeit via an injury to opponent Jeff Ford.

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Report: Jason Lambert Released From UFC

Jason Lambert. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has reportedly released another one of its more notable fighters. The latest victim is veteran middleweight Jason Lambert according to Five Ounces of Pain, who have confirmed Lambert’s departure with his manager, Matt Stansell.

Lambert’s release comes after the California native dropped three consecutive fights in the UFC, most recently being submitted by Jason MacDonald in his middleweight debut at UFC 88 in September, which was Lambert’s last fight with the promotion.

The North County Fight Club product entered the UFC in March 2006 after spending the better part of four years fighting in smaller shows. Lambert won his first three fights in the promotion and was on his way to becoming a contender in the light heavyweight division before being knocked out at the hands of Rashad Evans at UFC 63. Lambert bounced back to score a highlight reel knockout of Renato “Babalu” Sobral at UFC 68 before falling into his losing streak.

UFC 88 Suspensions and Salaries

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The Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission has released the official lists of medical suspensions and fighter salaries stemming from this past weekend’s UFC 88: Breakthrough event, which took place at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

Rashad Evans scored a brutal second-round knockout of former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell in the show’s main event. Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin and former PRIDE title holder Dan Henderson were also victorious in their respective bouts.

In terms of the fighter salaries, remember that this is only the base salary that a fighter received. Bonuses, deductions, and other undisclosed fees are not included.

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UFC 88: Breakthrough Weigh-In Results

Chuck Liddell. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 88: Breakthrough, which takes place at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The show is headlined by former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell going up against undefeated contender Rashad Evans. Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin will also be moving back up to the 205 lb. weight class to take on former standout collegiate wrestler and one-time training partner Matt Hamill in the co-main event.

Main Card:

Chuck Liddell (204 lbs) vs. Rashad Evans (205 lbs)
Rich Franklin (204.5 lbs) vs. Matt Hamill (205 lbs)
Dan Henderson (185 lbs) vs. Rousimar Palhares (184.5 lbs)
Nate Marquardt (185 lbs) vs. Martin Kampmann (184.5 lbs)
Dong-Hyun Kim (170 lbs) vs. Matt Brown (170 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Kurt Pellegrino (156 lbs) vs. Thiago Tavares (155 lbs)
Tim Boetsch (205 lbs) vs. Mike Patt (205 lbs)
Jason MacDonald (185 lbs) vs. Jason Lambert (185 lbs)
Ryo Chonan (170 lbs) vs. Roan Carneiro (170 lbs)

MacDonald Plans to Wear Lambert Down

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“I think at this point in my UFC career all the fights I face are tough, and I don’t think Lambert will be any different. What I do think is that the first time you cut the weight down to a level you haven’t before it’s tough. With Lambert, we’re talking about a guy who has fought at heavyweight, then was down to light-heavyweight, and now he’ll have his first fight at 185. I think that’s definitely to my advantage. As the rounds go on, I think the weight cut will wear on him.”

- Jason MacDonald discusses his upcoming middleweight bout against Jason Lambert at UFC 88: Breakthrough this Saturday night in his latest blog post for Rogers Sportsnet.

MacDonald’s strategy to attempt to wear Lambert down couldn’t be more perfect. Lambert’s first fight at 185 lbs is certainly going to have some kind of effect on his stamina and he’s never really been known for his gas tank anyway. Look for a weakened Lambert to be taken down and submitted in later rounds.

MacDonald Talks Short Notice Fight Process

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Despite having to re-arrange some plans, Jason MacDonald‘s decision to accept a fight on short notice against Jason Lambert at UFC 88 in two weeks turned out to be a no-brainer. With his disappointing loss to Demian Maia still fresh in his mind, the ideal way for MacDonald to get back on track is this kind of situation.

From his blog on Sportsnet.ca:

So Saturday I get an email from Joe Silva, the UFC’s matchmaker. I didn’t see it that day, but Sunday morning I get up and read this message asking if I’d be interested in fighting Jason Lambert. So obviously I jumped all over it.

The only hesitation was from a family standpoint. My whole family was supposed to go to Nova Scotia to visit my parents. So the only thing was reorganizing my plans for the next three to four weeks. I asked Joe if he could give me until noon to give him an answer so I could rearrange things. And we were able to.

But the timing is perfect for me, because everybody is going to be training over the next few weeks. And that’s always a good time, because everyone else is focused and preparing for their fights.

This is a very interesting fight. MacDonald is a pretty big guy at 185 lbs but Lambert is going to be even bigger than him dropping down from light heavyweight. I think Lambert will want to keep this fight standing for the most part and we already know that MacDonald doesn’t mind standing and banging. Is it that good of a decision considering Lambert’s power? Even though he may not be able to match Lambert’s wrestling, MacDonald has a significant edge in the submission department and I think it’s his best bet to win this fight.

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Reports: MacDonald to Replace Day at UFC 88

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Jason Day has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled middleweight bout against Jason Lambert at UFC 88 after suffering an arm injury during a recent training session. He will reportedly be replaced by fellow Canadian veteran Jason MacDonald according to Sherdog.com.

Day suffered an elbow and biceps injury that will keep him out of action for an indefinite period of time states MMA Weekly. He is scheduled to have an MRI on his arm in the coming days, which is expected to give him a time-frame for his recovery.

Following his disappointing submission loss to Demian Maia at UFC 87 last month, MacDonald will be stepping in to face Lambert, who will be making his middleweight debut at the event, on short notice with a little less than three weeks of training time.

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Report: Lambert-Day Signed for UFC 88

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Jason Lambert will reportedly make his middleweight debut against Canadian veteran Jason Day when the Ultimate Fighting Championship travels to Atlanta, Georgia for UFC 88: Breakthrough on September 6th.

The news comes from Sam Caplan of Five Ounces of Pain, who has confirmed the bout with one of Lambert’s managers, Matt Stansell of the North County Fight Club. The bout will be one of UFC 88’s non-televised preliminary fights.

After solidifying himself as a one of the UFC light heavyweight division’s premiere contenders with a surprising knockout of Renato “Babalu” Sobral last year, Lambert went on to drop two straight fights, most recently a brutal TKO loss to Luis Cane at UFC 85 in June.

Day busted onto the UFC’s middleweight scene with an eye-opening first-round TKO win over Alan Belcher at UFC 83 in April. However Day failed to capitalize on the momentum, losing his last bout to Michael Bisping at UFC 85 in June. The Canadian Martial Arts Centre product also owns a win over former UFC middleweight title challenger David Loiseau.

UFC 85: Bedlam Results

Antoni Hardonk def. Eddie Sanchez - TKO
Paul Taylor def. Jess Liaudin - Split Decision, R3
Luis Cane def. Jason Lambert - TKO
Kevin Burns def. Roan Carneiro - Submission (Triangle Choke)
Matt Wiman def. Thiago Tavares - KO
Martin Kampmann def. Jorge Rivera - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Fabricio Werdum def. Brandon Vera - TKO
Thales Leites def. Nate Marquardt - Split Decision
Mike Swick def. Marcus Davis - Unanimous Decision
Michael Bisping def. Jason Day - TKO
Thiago Alves def. Matt Hughes - TKO

Evans Pulled from Finalized “Bedlam” Card

Rashad Evans. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Just hours after Brazilian striker Luis Cane stepped in for an injured James Irvin against former collegiate standout wrestler Rashad Evans, the UFC has decided to remove Evans from the card when the organization travels overseas to London, England on June 7th for UFC 85: Bedlam.

The promotion made the announcement this morning via their official website.

Evans was originally slated to take on Thiago Silva at this weekend’s UFC 84: Ill Will event in Las Vegas but was moved to the June card after Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was forced to pull out of his main event showdown against former champion Chuck Liddell.

After a torn hamstring forced Liddell off the show, Irvin was brought in as a late replacement opponent for Evans, eventually succumbing to the injury bug as well in the form of a broken foot suffered during a recent training session. No word as of yet on the extent of his injury nor how long he will be sidelined.

Cane will now once again take on Jason Lambert in a preliminary bout, capping off the card at a total of eleven fights. A middleweight bout between former title challenger Nate Marquardt and Thales Leites has been moved up to the televised portion of the event.

UFC 85 will be headlined by a main event welterweight clash between former longtime champion Matt Hughes and rising American Top Team product Thiago Alves. England native Michael Bisping will also be in action, taking on Canadian middleweight Jason Day.

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