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All Fighters on Weight for DREAM Japan GP Final

Gegard Mousasi. Photo courtesy of DREAM.

All sixteen fighters scheduled to compete at DREAM's "Fight for Japan: Japan Grand Prix Final" event on Saturday successfully made weight yesterday afternoon.

Seasoned veteran Drew Fickett originally came in two pounds over the 154-lb limit for his fight against Tatsuya Kawajiri, but  shed the extra weight and hit the required mark a couple of hours later.

The eight-fight card, which will not air live in North America, features a pair of title fights - DREAM light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi taking on Hiroshi Izumi and featherweight title holder Hiroyuki Takaya returning to face Kazuyuki Miyata - as well as the bantamweight grand prix finals featuring submission specialists Masakazu Imanari and Hideo Tokoro.

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Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on Craig Ferguson

To promote his upcoming UFC 130 light heavyweight main event against "Ultimate Fighter" product Matt Hamill, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson appeared on Monday's  "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" on CBS.

MMA on Tap April Fighter Rankings


Nick Diaz (pictured) continues to slowly improve his stock in the welterweight division, most recently defeating fellow world-ranked striker Paul Daley in a thrilling Strikeforce showdown on April 9. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

Here are the latest MMA on Tap fighter rankings. We will be updating these every month or whenever an adjustment is needed, like after a major event for example. The rankings break down into seven different lists of ten, each of them by division.

If you ever want to compare these with your own or just take a look at the latest update, you can find them under the "Top 10" category in our features section. The organization a fighter is currently under contract to is listed next to the fighter’s name.

The rankings were tabulated by the MMA on Tap staff. Feel free to chime in with your own lists, thoughts, or suggestions.

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Previewing UFC Fight Night 24


Phil Davis. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

The UFC is set for its first-ever trip to Seattle, Washington for UFC Fight Night 24, which will be headlined by a light heavyweight bout pitting undefeated rising prospect Phil Davis against world-ranked seasoned veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

UFC Fight Night 24 also features a pivotal welterweight clash between heavy hitters Dan Hardy and Anthony Johnson as well as a highly-anticipated rematch between Leonard Garcia and Chan-Sung Jung.

The event's main card will air live on Spike TV this evening starting at 10 PM ET. Five preliminary bouts will also stream live on Facebook beginning at 7:30 PM ET.

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The Daily Recap: Swanson Injured, Bellator Featherweight Pairings & More


Cub Swanson. Photo by Dave Mandel/Sherdog.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.

— Cub Swanson has reportedly suffered an undisclosed injury in training and has been forced to withdrawal from his upcoming UFC on Versus 3 featherweight bout against Erik Koch. The nature and estimated recovery time for Swanson's injury remain unknown. The UFC is said to be actively searching for a last-minute replacement opponent for Koch. [MMAJunkie.com]

— Bellator is expected to kick off the first round of its latest featherweight tournament on March 19 at the Lucky Star Casino in Concho, OK. Opening-round matchups could include Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Patricio "Pitbull" Friere, Wilson Reis vs. Zac George, Kenny Foster vs. Eric Larkin and Nazareno Malegarie vs. Daniel Straus. [Sherdog.com]

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Alexander, Irvin to Rematch at Shark Fights


Houston Alexander. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

Former UFC light heavyweights Houston Alexander and James Irvin have agreed to meet again nearly three years after their eight-second encounter, this time in a featured bout at Shark Fights 14 on March 11 in Lubbock, Texas.

Alexander announced the bout on Twitter earlier today.

The two originally met at UFC Fight Night 13 in March 2008, where Irvin knocked down Alexander with the first punch he threw and followed up with a flurry that caused the end of the fight in just eight seconds, which was then a UFC record for the fastest finish.

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The Daily Recap: UFC 126 Fighters Test Clean, Jorgensen-Stone Booked & More


Anderson Silva. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

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 Nevada State Athletic Commission announced on Monday that all 13 fighters tested following UFC 126 were negative for performance-enhancing substances and drugs of abuse. Those tested included Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin, Jake Ellenberger, Jon Jones, Miguel Torres, Donald Cerrone, Chad Mendes, Paul Taylor, DaMarques Johnson, Mike Pierce and Kyle Kingsbury. [MMAJunkie.com]

— A bantamweight bout between former title contender Scott Jorgensen and Ken Stone has reportedly been signed for the TUF 13 Finale on June 4 in Las Vegas. Jorgensen recently fell to UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz via a five-round unanimous decision in December while Stone fell in his Zuffa debut to former champion Eddie Wineland at the same event. [Heavy.com]

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The Daily Recap: Rampage Declines Title Shot, UFC 126 Medical Suspensions & More


Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

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.

— After Rashad Evans went down with injury, it was Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, not Jon Jones, who was first approached about facing Mauricio "Shogun" Rua on March 19. However, Jackson declined, stating that it would not be enough time for him to prepare for Rua nor get into proper fight shape. [MMAJunkie.com]

— The Nevada State Athletic Commission today released the list of medical suspensions stemming from UFC 126 this past weekend. The most notable suspensions were handed out to Forrest Griffin and Jake Ellenberger, who could be sidelined until August with a broken foot and a pair of broken hands respectively. [MMA Weekly]

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Evans Won’t Fight Jones, Would Consider Move to Heavyweight or Middleweight


Rashad Evans. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.

The allure of regaining championship gold isn't enough for Rashad Evans to potentially fight his teammate in Jon Jones.

Jones agreed to replace Evans, who suffered a sprained MCL ligament in training, in a light heavyweight title fight against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua on March 19 following his win over Ryan Bader at UFC 126 on Saturday.

Both Jones and Evans have publicly stated that they would refrain from fighting each other. However, if Jones were to defeat Rua next month, Evans may even go as far as changing weight classes.

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Jones Replaces Evans, Excited to Face ‘Shogun’


Jon Jones. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

Following his submission victory over Ryan Bader at UFC 126 on Saturday night, rising UFC light heavyweight star Jon Jones was handed one of the biggest surprises of his life - a shot at champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.

Jones has accepted a short-notice fight against Rua at UFC 128 on March 19, which will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

His training partner, Rashad Evans, who stayed on the sidelines since last May for a chance at regaining his title against Rua, will now be unable to train for 4-6 weeks due to a sprained MCL ligament and may require surgery at a later date.

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