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The Daily Recap: Injuries, TUF News & More

Eddie Yagin. Photo property of Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The injury bug continues to wreak havoc on the UFC as Eddie Yagan and Gray Maynard join Shane Carwin as the next group fighters to withdraw from upcoming bouts.

Yagan was forced to pull out of his fight with Dennis Siver after he was hospitalized with swelling around his brain. According to the report, Yagan returned home following a training session and after suffering from a headache and vomiting, Yagan went to the ER and was subsequently hospitalized. Yagan’s doctor stated that he didn’t feel that surgery was necessary and that the swelling should go down in the next few days. Nam Phan will replace Yagan and face Siver at UFC on FX 5. [MMAWeekly]

In other news, Joe Lauzon announced on Facebook that Maynard was injured and his new opponent would be Jim Miller. No details were released regarding Maynard’s injury.

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The Daily Recap: UFC 136 Card Filling Quickly, Slice Gets Boxing Opponent & More

Kimbo Slice. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

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.

— The UFC has confirmed a trio of fights for its inaugural trip to Houston, Texas this fall, signing the following bouts for UFC 136 on October 8: Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon, Demian Maia vs. Jorge Santiago and Dave Herman vs. Mike Russow. []

— UFC and EliteXC veteran Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson has been matched up against fellow newcomer James Wade for his boxing debut on August 13 at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. "Just like in MMA, Kimbo Slice is walking around with bull's-eye on his back. His opponents know they can make themselves known to the world if they can take him out," said Jared Shaw, Team Kimbo Promotional Advisor in a press release. "To Kimbo it's a pro boxing debut. To James Wade, this is a world championship fight." [Gary Shaw Productions]

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Lauzon-Stout Slated For UFC 108

Joe Lauzon. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Lightweight contender Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon and former TKO lightweight champion Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout will meet at UFC 108 on January 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In an interview with, Lauzon said, “I’m very happy with this fight. Sam is very tough and has a great stand-up game. His wrestling and ground game have jumped with every fight and I expect nothing less from him in this one.”

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Lauzon’s ACL Recovery Ahead of Schedule

Joe Lauzon. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

More than five weeks after knee surgery, UFC lightweight prospect Joe Lauzon is rehabilitating his leg, and recovery is ahead of schedule.

Lauzon had ACL surgery and his meniscus repaired on his right knee March 6.

“Everything went as scheduled,” he reported. “My meniscus was repaired and the ACL cadaver grafting was successful. My doctor was very happy and optimistic that my knee will be strong. Right now, I’m walking around like a normal person; no training but I’m doing some light jogging, leg presses and squats. I’m going to lose muscle in the leg. Range of motion is the key right now. I can completely straighten my leg. I can bend it 135 degrees and 150 is normal.”

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Joe Lauzon’s UFC Fight Night 17 Video Blog (Part One)

Here’s something different. Above is the first part of Joe Lauzon’s video blog for his upcoming fight against Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 17 this Saturday night in Tampa, Florida.



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.

Quote of the Day: Lauzon Expects Easier Fight Against Stephens

Joe Lauzon. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

“On our feet, it’s the same fight. Stephens is a brawler but, once it hits the ground, it’s going to be an entirely different fight. Hermes is a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu; Stephens isn’t as good as him on the ground. He’s going to come out and try to knock me out. He doesn’t want to fight me on the ground. Hermes was a bigger fight but this is a little easier fight for me.”

- During his open media workout yesterday afternoon, “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Joe Lauzon comments on his upcoming lightweight bout against last-minute replacement opponent Jeremy Stephens, which will take place on February 7 in Tampa, Florida.

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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UFC Fight Night 15 Live Results

We will be going live at 5:30 PM ET with live results of tonight’s UFC Fight Night 15 event, which takes place at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska. The broadcast of the show’s main card starts at 8 PM ET on Spike TV and will be followed by the eighth season premiere of “The Ultimate Fighter”.

The event is headlined by Nate Diaz taking on Josh Neer. Mac Danzig will face fan-favorite Clay Guida in the co-main event. Additional featured bouts include Nebraska native Houston Alexander against Eric Schafer and Alan Belcher meeting Ed Herman.

Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Detailed live results are after the jump. 

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