Photo courtesy of the Victory Fighting Championship.
Update 8:00 PM: The UFC has confirmed the fight on their official website.
Victory Fighting Championship veteran Ryan Roberts has become the latest potential fighter to fill in for an injured Spencer Fisher against former PRIDE lightweight standout Marcus Aurelio at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 13 on April 2nd.
The news comes from our friends at MMA Junkie, who have learned from sources close to Roberts that he may have accepted the bout.
Fisher, a Miletich Fighting Systems product, was forced to pull out of his match against Aurelio after suffering a shoulder injury during a recent training session.
Jim Miller, who has fought primarily on the East Coast and recently submitted UFC veteran Chris Ligouri earlier this month at a Ring of Combat show, was reported as being tapped as a replacement opponent. However Miller appears to be under contract with the IFL, leaving him unable to fill in at the event.
Roberts was recently victorious in a four-man, one-night lightweight tournament at VFC 22: Ascension, defeating Zach Wolff and Joe Doherty in consecutive fights.
In any event, Aurelio’s bout is slated to be one of six preliminary fights in an event that features a main event between Kenny Florian and Joe Lauzon. The three-hour telecast will precede the season premiere of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs Team Forrest.
Spencer Fisher weighs-in for UFC 78: Validation. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Miletich Fighting Systems product Spencer Fisher has been forced to pull out of his upcoming bout against Marcus Aurelio at UFC Fight Night 13 on April 2nd after suffering a shoulder injury during a recent training session.
The news comes from a Sherdog.com report.
“Spencer is the kind of fighter who has fought plenty of fights with injuries and Marcus Aurelio is not the kind of fighter you want to fight at 80 percent,” Fisher’s manager Monte Cox said in the report. “He was willing to fight but we decided it just was not a smart decision.”
MMA Weekly is reporting that Aurelio will now face fellow lightweight Jim Miller, who has fought primarily on the East Coast and recently submitted UFC veteran Chris Ligouri earlier this month at a Ring of Combat show.
The win was Miller’s second in as many fights against Ligouri.
The bout is slated to be one of six preliminary fights in an event that features a main event between Kenny Florian and Joe Lauzon. The three-hour telecast will precede the season premiere of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs Team Forrest.
Update 6:05 PM: Five Ounces of Pain has learned that a fight between Miller and Aurelio might not even be possible. Why? He appears to be under contract with the IFL.
Marcus Aurelio and Spencer Fisher are set to collide for the first time at UFC Fight Night 13 on April 2nd according to a report from The Fight Network.
Fellow lightweights Kenny Florian and Joe Lauzon are expected to face off against one another. Stephan Bonnar has also confirmed that he will take on Matt Hamill at the event in a light heavyweight matchup.
Aurelio has split a pair of fights since signing with the UFC. He lost a close split decision to Clay Guida in his debut at UFC 74 before bouncing back and stopping Luke Caudillo with strikes at UFC 78 in November. Once one of the top contenders in the UFC’s lightweight division, Fisher will now try to get back on track and rebound from his loss to Frankie Edgar, which took place at UFC 78 as well.
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)
Brian Knapp of The Fight Network is reporting that lightweights Marcus Aurelio and Luke Caudillo have agreed to terms on a deal that will have them clash at UFC 78:
A representative from the American Top Team today confirmed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Marcus Aurelio has accepted a fight with Luke Caudillo at UFC 78 “Validation” Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Though both parties have agreed to the lightweight bout, according to ATT, contracts have not yet been signed.
This seems like an easy win for Aurelio. Caudillo has some wins by submission throughout his career but was controlled on the ground in his last fight by Nate Mohr, who isn’t known for his skills on the mat as we all know. Let’s hope this one goes down as Aurelio’s presence on the card will improve it even more.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced the official fighter salaries from UFC 74.
Half of Renato Sobral’s total purse has withheld by the NSAC pending an investigation and review of his extended submission held on opponent David Heath after Heath had already tapped out and referee Steve Mazzagatti ended the fight.
Randy Couture: $250,000
Georges St. Pierre: $140,000
Frank Mir: $66,000
Renato Sobral: $50,000
Gabriel Gonzaga: $45,000
Roger Huerta: $34,000
Joe Stevenson: $32,000
Marcus Aurelio: $30,000
Patrick Cote: $24,000
Thales Leites: $18,000
Clay Guida: $14,000
Kendall Grove: $12,000
Josh Koscheck: $10,000
Antoni Hardonk: $8,000
Kurt Pellegrino: $8,000
David Heath: $6,000
Ryan Jensen: $4,000
Alberto Crane: $4,000
Total Payroll: $755,000
Randy Couture did it again.
For the second time in as many fights, Couture shocked the world and defeated a challenger that was supposed to run him over. This is nothing new to Couture. He’s been an underdog for the majority of his career. However after two huge wins over two dominate heavyweights, can Couture be an underdog any longer?
Couture dominated challenger Gabriel Gonzaga over two rounds and an assault of strikes on the ground two minutes into the third forced referee Herb Dean to stop the fight, allowing Couture to retain his UFC Heavyweight Title. Gonzaga laid in the Octagon, bloodied and exhausted, in front of the 11,118 in attendance at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. It was a sight that many did not expect to see.
Gonzaga put himself on the map with a vicious knockout of Mirko Cro Cop this past April at UFC 70. A single headkick from Gonzaga left the supposed best striker in MMA unconscious on the mat. Couture said that he had developed the perfect strategy to beat Gonzaga during training. Gonzaga (8-2) stated that he found that Couture (16-8) had a fatal flaw in his game. It was Couture that ultimately won the chess match.
Clay Guida def. Marcus Aurelio - Split Decision
Thales Leites def. Ryan Jensen - Submission (Armbar)
Frank Mir def. Antoni Hardonk - Submission (Kimura)
Renato Sobral def. David Heath - Submission (Anaconda Choke)
Patrick Cote def. Kendall Grove - TKO (Strikes)
Joe Stevenson def. Kurt Pellegrino - Unanimous Decision
Roger Huerta def. Alberto Crane - TKO (Strikes)
Georges St. Pierre def. Josh Koscheck - Unanimous Decision
Randy Couture def. Gabriel Gonzaga - TKO (Strikes)
Here are the official results from the UFC 74 weigh-ins.
Thales Leites weighed in at 188 lbs, 3 lbs over the 185 lb limit at middleweight. He currently has two hours to lose the extra weight. Since his fight against Ryan Jensen is a non-title bout, he will be permitted to weigh-in at 186 lbs if need be. We will be sure to have an update on the situation as soon as we get the information.
Update 9:30 PM: Leites made the required weight within two hours and will be permitted to fight tomorrow night.
Randy Couture (228.5 lbs) vs Gabriel Gonzaga (252 lbs)
Georges St. Pierre (170 lbs) vs Josh Koscheck (170 lbs)
Joe Stevenson (155 lbs) vs Kurt Pellegrino (155 lbs)
Patrick Cote (184.5 lbs) vs Kendall Grove (184 lbs)
Roger Huerta (155 lbs) vs Alberto Crane (155 lbs)
Marcus Aurelio (155 lbs) vs Clay Guida (155 lbs)
Frank Mir (255 lbs) vs Antoni Hardonk (244 lbs)
Renato Sobral (204 lbs) vs David Heath (205 lbs)
Thales Leites (188 lbs) vs Ryan Jensen (185 lbs)