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Bodog Fight: Paradise Lost premieres in more than 90 million U.S. homes this Tuesday, June 26th at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central on ION television and in Canada on The Fight Network.
This week, from the shores of sunny Costa Rica, Nick Agallar (17-4) takes on Ryan Bow (17-8-1) in a lightweight match-up, while newcomer David Avellan (1-0) looks to tame Antony “The Wild Thing” Rea (11-7) in a light heavyweight fight.
News and Notes
- Our rumors page has been updated…
- A rib injury suffered while training with Miletich Fighting Systems is the reason why Corey Hill won’t be fighting on this weekend’s The Ultimate Fighter 5 finale according to his coach on the reality show, Jens Pulver. Pulver broke the news during a recent interview with CBS Sportsline:
Corey is injured. He hurt a rib and the thing was, he went home to visit with his family. It’s a pretty bad tear. I don’t know if he broke a rib or what was going on. But that’s the only reason. He was training hard, he was ready, he was pumped and then he injured himself about two weeks ago.
- Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer is reporting that the scheduled bout between Michael Bisping and Matt Hamill is still on:
Regarding rumors regarding the next UFC in London, England, Michael Bisping vs. Matt Hamill is still the scheduled match on that show. There are rumors regarding Bisping vs. Ken Shamrock, that may have been discussed but it is not the current plan.
- The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board has confirmed that this weekend’s bout between Ray Mercer and Kimbo Slice at CFFC 5 is an exhibition match. The fight will feature three five minute rounds and will not be judged by official judges from the state, the CFFC would have to bring in their own guys.
- ESPN is currently running an interesting piece concerning the MMA vs Boxing debate.
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Here is a preview we put together for UFC 72: Victory.
Main Card Bouts:
Rich Franklin vs. Yushin Okami
Forrest Griffin vs. Hector Ramirez
Tyson Griffin vs. Clay Guida
Jason MacDonald vs. Rory Singer
Ed Herman vs. Scott Smith
Marcus Davis vs. Jason Tan
Eddie Sanchez vs. Colin Robinson
Dustin Hazelett vs. Stevie Lynch
Also be sure to tune in at 3 PM EST as we’ll be doing one of our patented ‘Live Blogs’ for the PPV.
The UFC has finalized the card for ‘The Ultimate Fighter 5’ finale which is set to take place Saturday, June 23rd in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale
Main Card (Televised):
B.J. Penn vs. Jens Pulver
Manny Gamburyan vs. Nathan Diaz
Roger Huerta vs. Doug Evans
Floyd Sword vs. Thales Leites
Undercard (May not be broadcast):
Brandon Melendez vs. Joe Lauzon
Andy Wang vs. Cole Miller
Rob Emerson vs. Gray Maynard
Allen Berube vs. Leonard Garcia
Brian Geraghty vs. Matt Wiman
News and Notes
- Our rumors section has been updated…
- Our coverage of UFC 72 is going to be great as usual. Expect an official preview, some tap selections (that includes celebrity predictions), weigh-in results, a media roundup, live blog, and much more…
- Nate Diaz and Manny Gamburyan defeated Gray Maynard and Joe Lauzon respectively last night to move on to The Ultimate Fighter 5 finals on June 23rd.
- Tagg Radio had PRIDE light heavyweight contender Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou on yesterday
to talk about fellow Team Quest teammate Dan Henderson’s remark about Sokoudjou getting a poor contract offer from the UFC:
I don’t deal with contract stuff, too much English for me. I just know from my manager and Dan that they were negotiating on my contract. I usually don’t want to get into too much detail. I tried to read my contract with Pride, it was too much for me so I let Team Quest handle that part of my career. They know better than me.
- Carlos Arias from the Orange County Register is reporting that UFC 76 will take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
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UFC lightweight contender, Spencer “The King” Fisher, took time to call out fellow UFC veteran Joe Lauzon last night during his post-fight interview with UFC.com.
“I guess Joe Lauzon. He wants me and it gives me a chance to kill two birds with one stone. He beat my teammate and I beat his brother so it makes for a good storyline and I look to fight him.”
For those of you unaware, Joe Lauzon TKO’d Fisher’s good friend and training partner Jens Pulver at UFC 63: Penn vs. Hughes. Fisher then decided to return the favor when he TKO’d Joe Lauzon’s younger brother Dan at UFC 64: Unstoppable. Since then both fighters have been vocal about stepping into the octagon and settling the score.
Tonight we will be going live at 9 PM EST, covering UFC Fight Night 10 with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the night…
While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, media coverage, and much more:
UFC Fight Night 10
Spencer Fisher vs Sam Stout
Jon Fitch vs Roan Carneiro
Drew McFedries vs Jordan Radev
Jason Black vs Thiago Tavares
Pete Spratt vs Tamdan McCrory
Luigi Fioravanti vs Forrest Petz
Gleison Tibau vs Jeff Cox
Nate Mohr vs Luke Caudillo
Chad Reiner vs Anthony Johnson
Leonard Garcia has confirmed with MMA Weekly that he will be taking on The Ultimate Fighter 5 contestant Allen “Monstah” Berube during the finale of the reality show on June 23.
“I’m very excited,” said Garcia about the fight. “Training has been going good. I took a week off after the Huerta fight [April 7th] and then got back in the gym and I’ve been there ever since. I’m up in Colorado right now working with Duane Ludwig on my stand-up, so I’m not swinging for the fences when I’m not supposed to.”
Just like before his UFC debut against Roger Huerta, Garcia will once again be doing the majority of his training with Greg Jackson’s highly touted camp in New Mexico.
“At first, for the Huerta fight, Greg was just getting me in shape, trying to make sure I could go all three rounds. Now it is different, it’s more spot specific. Greg finds the gaps in my game and then we work on things to put it all together. My wrestling is coming along, my takedown defense is better.”
Yesterday we reported that Roger Huerta’s next fight had been changed from UFC 74 in August to The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale on June 23rd against an opponent yet to be named. Well that opponent seems to be Doug Evans out of The Wolfpack fighting team in Anchorage, Alaska.
Evans made the announcement earlier today via MySpace.
No word yet on whether or not the fight will be televised…
News and Notes
- Nate Diaz and Manny Gambaryan were victorious on last night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter 5. Diaz submitted Corey Hill with a triangle choke three minutes into the first round and Gambaryan pulled off a hard fought unanimous decision win over Matt Wiman. Diaz and Gambaryan now join Joe Lauzon and Gray Maynard in the semifinals.
- Josh Koscheck discussed his hacked MySpace account and the series of phone calls he had with Dana White with UFC Junkie after a bulletin posted by Koscheck’s account ranted on about UFC fighters not getting paid enough and made suggestions of forming a union between fighters.
- A New Mexico TV station is reporting that Diego Sanchez’s next fight will take place at UFC 74, possibly against top ranked lightweight Hayato Sakurai.
- Former boxing heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison makes his MMA debut this Saturday night at WFC: Rumble in the Red Rocks against John Stover…
- Just a quick reminder to check out the items that are currently up for auction by the Ryan Bennett Memorial Fund. The items currently available include autographed shirts by Chris Leben and Houston Alexander, an original UFC 7 poster with Ken Shamrock and Oleg Taktarov, Din Thomas’ autographed and UFC 71 worn gloves, a Poison tour used CC Deville autographed guitar, and Cole Escovedo’s WEC Featherweight Title belt autographed by the champ himself.
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EFC 18: Bike Week Beatdown
Total Combat 21
Combat in the Cage: Conquest
WFC: Rumble In The Red Rocks
NAAFS: Fight Night in the Flats III
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