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UFC 83 Trash Talk Recap


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While UFC 83 is now only less than a week away, the trash-talking between some of the fighters competing on the card has been going on for weeks now. James Brydon of Rogers Sportsnet has a full recap of the verbal pre-fight exchanges. He covers three of the more-vocal matchups that will go down on Saturday.

It’s interesting that a usually quiet

“Captain Miserable”

Charles McCarthy was first to speak up when it came to opponent Michael Bisping, however it might the only way McCarthy will be able to gain any kind of early advantage going into the fight, especially against someone as confident as Bisping.

In my opinion, it’s definitely Bisping’s fight to lose and I don’t see that coming even close to happening. McCarthy’s one-dimensional skill set was exposed against Pete Sell on “The Ultimate Fighter 4” and unless he’s improved ten-fold since then, he’s going to have an even worse time against Bisping.

Jason MacDonald wasn’t too keen on fighting Joe Doerksen after already beating him back in 2005, but thanks to Doerksen’s blog comments in recent weeks, I’m sure MacDonald mindset going into the fight has done a nice 180.

It’s a shame that a bout between two of Canada’s most high-profile fighters has been relegated to the undercard. Hopefully the bad blood between the two translates into an exciting fight that may have a chance of sneaking onto the PPV broadcast.

Unless you live under a rock, you know that Georges St. Pierre and Matt Serra don’t like each other. Especially after this beauty from Serra on last week’s pre-fight conference call:

“Drink your red wine, Frenchy, go to your hockey game and shut up.”

St. Pierre claimed that Serra crossed the line with that one. I love Serra’s Long Island attitude but tradtionally-speaking (Trigg, Sherk, Hughes II), a pissed off GSP isn’t exactly the guy he wants to go against.

St. Pierre, UFC Set to Invade Canada


Georges St. Pierre and Matt Serra square off at the weigh-ins for UFC 69: Shootout. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

After years of waiting, the Ultimate Fighting Championship finally made their first trek up to Canada official when they announced UFC 83: St. Pierre vs Serra II during a press conference earlier today at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada earlier this morning.

In attendance at the press conference were UFC President Dana White and current welterweight champions Georges St. Pierre and Matt Serra who will unify their belts in a main event rematch of their fight at UFC 69: Shootout last year, where Serra stopped St. Pierre with strikes to win the UFC welterweight title.

“I’m actually excited to go to Canada and fight St-Pierre in his hometown,” Serra said at the press conference earlier today. “I think this puts more pressure on him than it does me. I know he’s going to come at me hard, but I’m ready for that and I’m preparing for a great fight. I know that’s what I would do if a guy knocked me out like that. But I plan on staying the champ and taking my belt back home to Long Island.”

St. Pierre, a native of Montreal, will be fighting in front of his hometown under the UFC banner for the first time in his career. After originally speculating that St. Pierre would not be ready in time for the event due to his bout against Matt Hughes in December, St. Pierre came away with the interim welterweight belt relatively unscathed, allowing him to partake in the historic event.

“I am at the same point as I was last year when I fought Matt Serra, except this time I am fighting as the contender not the champion,” said St-Pierre. “It’s a dream come true to have this historic UFC event in Canada, I’ve waited my whole life for this opportunity, and especially fighting for – and winning – the world title in front of my people.”

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MacDonald-Doerksen Not Signed


Jason MacDonald submits Joe Doerksen with a rear naked choke at UCW 3. Photo courtesy of Team MacDonald.

Jason MacDonald and Joe Doerksen might still fight when the UFC ventures into Canada for the first time in history on April 19th but nothing is official as of right now, at least according to MacDonald.

The Fight Network passed along a report on Sunday stating that Joe Doerksen had signed on to face MacDonald in April. However James Brydon from our partner-site Rogers Sportsnet, spoke to MacDonald and learned that bout agreements have not been signed, although MacDonald is aware of the opponents that have been offered to him.

MacDonald and Doerksen met before in the main event of UCW 3: Caged Inferno in October 2005. The two went back and forth over four rounds before MacDonald was finally able to submit Doerksen with a rear naked choke with only 23 seconds left in the round.

Since then they have each gone on to win seven more bouts each. Doerksen failed at an opporunity to win the WEC middleweight belt when he was stopped by Paulo Filho this past summer and was then upset by Ed Herman at UFC 78. MacDonald is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Yushin Okami at UFC 77.

MacDonald and Doerksen to Rematch in April


Jason MacDonald submits Joe Doerksen with a rear naked choke at UCW 3. Photo courtesy of Team MacDonald.

Middleweights Jason MacDonald and Joe Doerksen may fight each other for the second time when the UFC ventures into Canada for the first time in history on April 19th.

The news comes from a report by RDS which quotes TKO President Stephane Patry stating that the fight will happen. We haven’t been able to confirm the fight with MacDonald or our partner site, Rogers Sportsnet as of yet.

MacDonald and Doerksen met before in the main event of UCW 3: Caged Inferno in October 2005. The two went back and forth over four rounds before MacDonald was finally able to submit Doerksen with a rear naked choke with only 23 seconds left in the round.

Since then they have each gone on to win seven more bouts each. Doerksen failed at an opporunity to win the WEC middleweight belt when he was stopped by Paulo Filho this past summer and was then upset by Ed Herman at UFC 78. MacDonald is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Yushin Okami at UFC 77.

Patry also stated in the article that Patrick Cote and Sam Stout will most likely fight at the event as well pending the outcome of their upcoming fights.

Touch of gloves to our friends at MMA Junkie for the find.

Update 5:30 PM: The Fight Network has confirmed the fight with Joe Doerksen. Thanks to reader “mmaanalyst” for the heads-up.

UFC 78 Medical Suspensions

The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board released the official list of medical suspensions late yesterday and surprisingly only two fighters were listed.

Joe Doerksen has been medically suspended for 60 days after suffering a broken orbital bone in the first round of his bout against Ed Herman, which he would go on to lose by knockout. Doerksen will be required to undergo a CAT scan and be medically cleared by a physician before he will be permitted to return to action.

Akihiro Gono has been indefinitely medically suspended after suffering a wrist injury in his win over Tamdan McCrory. Gono will not be permitted to compete until he is medically cleared by a doctor.

UFC 78: Validation Live Blog

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

Main Card:

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

Preliminary Fights:

Chris Lytle vs Thiago Alves
Joe Lauzon vs Jason Reinhardt
Marcus Aurelio vs Luke Caudillo
Akihiro Gono vs Tamdan McCrory

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UFC 78: Validation Weigh-In Results

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.

Main Card:

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)

Preliminary Fights:

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)

Herman Wants Revenge Against Doerksen

Ed Herman looks to avenge an earlier career loss to Joe Doerksen when the two clash in a middleweight bout at UFC 78: Validation tomorrow night. Doerksen also discusses how he took the fight on short notice and might not be in top shape going into the bout.

Terrell Replaced by Doerksen at UFC 78

Former UFC middleweight contender David Terrell has suffered yet another career-plaguing injury and has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Ed Herman at next month’s UFC 78.

Terrell tore multiple ligaments in his ankle during a recent training session according to his manager Tom Call:

“He tore a couple of ligaments,” said Call. “It was confirmed (Friday) by an MRI. He is obviously disappointed. Dave’s really been looking forward to returning to the UFC.”

Terrell will be replaced by veteran Joe Doerksen. Doerksen was defeated for the WEC Middleweight Title in his last fight against Paulo Filho. Filho stopped Doerksen with strikes in the first round of their bout.

Doerksen Discusses Fight With Filho

In Sherdog’s latest edition of ‘MM-Eh! News and Notes’ UFC veteran Joe Doerksen (39-9) discusses his upcoming WEC middleweight title bout with PRIDE veteran Paulo Filho.

“I’m comfortable on the ground,” he claimed. “I don’t think he’s gonna be that good on the ground that he’s going to be able to submit me. I’ve always been a ground guy, and a good one in my opinion.”

He added that it’s standing up where he sees himself as having a physical advantage, and he spent 10 days in Utah at Jeremy Horn’s camp to make sure that he had everything ironed out.

“I don’t think there are any secrets; he knows what I want to do, and I know what he wants to do,” Doerksen allowed.

Doerksen’s opponent, Paulo Filho, is a veteran of PRIDE who sports a mixed martial arts record of 14-0. Filho holds victories over the likes of Kazuo Misaki, Ryo Chonan, Murilo Rua, and Amar Suloev.

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