Tonight we will be going live at 8 PM EST, covering UFC 78: Validation with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the day and night…
While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, and much more:
UFC 78: Validation Weigh-In Results
Tap Selections: UFC 78
Goldberg and Rogan Preview UFC 78
Herman Wants Revenge Against Doerksen
Bisping and Evans Ready to Battle at UFC 78
Alexander Plans to be Quick and Exciting
UFC 78 Conference Call Notes
Terrell Replaced by Doerksen at UFC 78
Parisyan-Chonan; Alves-Lytle Now Set for UFC 78
Lombard Unable to Compete at UFC 78
Aurelio-Caudillo Agree to Terms
UFC Announces Bisping-Evans, Alexander-Silva
Rashad Evans vs Michael Bisping
Houston Alexander vs Thiago Silva
Karo Parisyan vs Ryo Chonan
Spencer Fisher vs Frankie Edgar
Joe Doerksen vs Ed Herman
Chris Lytle vs Thiago Alves
Joe Lauzon vs Jason Reinhardt
Marcus Aurelio vs Luke Caudillo
Akihiro Gono vs Tamdan McCrory
Here are the official weigh-in results for UFC 78: Validation which is set to take place tomorrow night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. All 18 fighters scheduled to compete successfully made weight.
Rashad Evans (206 lbs) vs Michael Bisping (205 lbs)
Houston Alexander (203 lbs) vs Thiago Silva (204 lbs)
Karo Parisyan (170 lbs) vs Ryo Chonan (169.5 lbs)
Spencer Fisher (154.5 lbs) vs Frankie Edgar (154 lbs)
Joe Doerksen (185.5 lbs) vs Ed Herman (186 lbs)
Chris Lytle (170.5 lbs) vs Thiago Alves (171 lbs)
Joe Lauzon (155 lbs) vs Jason Reinhardt (155 lbs)
Marcus Aurelio (156 lbs) vs Luke Caudillo (155.5lbs)
Akihiro Gono (169 lbs) vs Tamdan McCrory (170 lbs)
News and Notes
- Our rumors page has been updated…
- Jordan Breen’s latest Koubousen Companion on Sherdog reveals that DEEP boss Shigeru Saeki is stating that Ryo Chonan’s contract with the UFC is non-exclusive and Chonan will be expected to defend his title next year:
On the topic of championship reform, Saeki also revealed that as 181-pound champion Ryo Chonan’s new UFC contract is non-exclusive, the 181-pound title will likely be on the market early next year. Saeki stated last month that he planned on having a 181-pound challenger tournament next year. But in light of recent events, that same tournament, which will likely begin in February or April, will probably be for DEEP’s divisional championship.
Update 6:09 PM: Sherdog corrected the article, stating that Chonan’s contract is exclusive, not non-exclusive.
- EliteXC President Gary Shaw confirmed that he has had preliminary talks with members of the company about a potential showdown between the two according to The Fight Network:
EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw confirmed this week he has held preliminary discussions about promoting a potential megafight between brothers Frank and Ken Shamrock within EliteXC. The two adopted brothers have expressed a willingness to fight one another in the past.
“I talked to my team about it,” Shaw said. “I would love to do brother versus brother. It would be a great promotion.”
- The IFL has announced Bart Palaszewski has agreed to terms with the on a contract that will keep him in the promotion through 2008.
- MMA Junkie is reporting that Renato “Babalu” Sobral has signed a non-exclusive deal with Xcess Fighting. He will make his debut for the promotion on December 12th:
“I am undeniably the biggest ‘Babalu’ fan that lives,” Xcess Fighting spokesperson Bruce Bellocchi stated. “Xcess Fighting believes he has tremendous talent, and (we) are extremely proud to be able to get him back into he cage and in front of his fans so quickly.“
An opponent for Sobral and location for the event will be named in the near future.
- Asgard MMA reports that Per Eklund has signed with the UFC. Rumors have been floating around for months about Eklund’s possible signing and this can only help to certify that as being true. The deal is a four-fight, 18 month deal. Eklund is slated to fight at UFC 80 in Newcastle, England against an opponent yet to be named.
- So apparently Brad Imes has trained with Brock Lesnar in the past. Imes says that Lesnar’s game was lacking:
I think he’s got a lot of potential. His stand up is really kinda nonexistent, but he’s obviously a big powerful guy. And his ground game…I know, he’s a D-1 national champ but I think he’s pretty rusty as far as his ground game. I was able to pass guard on him, mount him, do whatever I wanted with him on the ground really. And he really didn’t feel that strong to me, granted I don’t grapple with anyone that feels strong to me.
But, I think that one of his strengths when he was in college was that he was much stronger than everyone he went up against; and heavyweights, no matter what the sport . . . it is hard to find good ones. So, I think if he sticks with it he’ll be great. I just think it was a mistake going to the UFC so quick. And I say that from someone who knows.
Joe Lauzon and UFC newcomer Jason Reinhardt have both confirmed that they will be fighting each other at UFC 78 in New Jersey according to The Fight Network.
Lauzon stated that he would begin training today with former UFC Welterweight Champion B.J. Penn in Hawaii. Lauzon is undefeated so far in the UFC, stopping former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver with strikes and submitting fellow Ultimate Fighter 5 castmate Brandon Melendez is consecutive fights.
Speaking of being undefeated, Reinhardt holds a perfect record of 18-0 in his MMA career. While all of his wins have come against weaker opponents in smaller shows, Reinhardt’s resume shows that he is a legit signing for the UFC.
An interesting thing that Lauzon discussed was how Reinhardt got the bout - the same way how Lauzon was hooked up with Pulver:
“[UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva is probably sick of Jason emailing him, and it’s my job to shut him up,” says Lauzon. “That’s how I got the fight with Jens, and that’s how Jason is getting in now. He is praying for lightning to strike twice, but it’s not gonna happen.”
Reports have surfaced indicating that Jason Reinhardt has been forced to withdraw from his fight with Roger Huerta due to an injury suffered in training.
Jason Reinhardt’s replacement is expected to be Jason “Dynamite” Dent who sports a mixed martial arts record of 19-6-0 with his latest victories coming over Kola Koka and Luke Spencer.
On The Underground, Jason Reinhardt made a post which talked about his injuries he suffered.
I injured my neck in training. Left fingers (pinky finger, ring finger are tingling contantly) Left elbow is NUMB. Right shoulder feels like a hot knife is stuck in there. Right arm is weak, and it’s hard for me to move my neck to the left.
I had no other choice. After going to physical therapy and taking four days off completely the Doctor told me no way. I tried guys… I tried to hang in there and I still wanted to fight, believe me. It’s a 12 year dream GONE! This is all I ever wanted. When I got the call to fight in the UFC it was the most amazing feeling in the world, and now this is the worst feeling possible. I sacrificed so much for all the hard grueling training I went through. (Just like a lot of fighters, who take this sport very serious) I was so excited. Maybe it’s time for me to hang it up? I feel like my stomach has a huge hole in it, because of the dissapointment. I can’t help it.