Marvin Eastman

Eastman: “I’m Fighting McFedries in June”


Marvin Eastman weighs-in for UFC 81: Breaking Point. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Marvin Eastman will attempt to extend his second stint with the Ultimate Fighting Championship when he takes on Drew McFedries at the The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale on June 21st.

Eastman announced the fight via a recent MySpace blog post.

“The next victim of “The Beastman” is on June 21st at the Palms Casino on the finale of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Eastman said in the post. “Drew McFedries is my last fighter under contract with the UFC. This contract was a buyout from the purchase of the WFA by the UFC.”

After being knocked out by Travis Lutter at UFC 50, Eastman was released from the UFC and went on to post a 7-2-1 record outside of the organization before being invited back. Eastman dropped his return fight against current light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson but rebounded at UFC 81 in February, winning a unanimous decision over Terry Martin.

McFedries is coming off of a loss to rising middleweight contender Patrick Cote at UFC Fight Night 12 in January. It was McFedries’ first fight since June 2007 due to surgery undergone to repair damage suffered from a severe staph infection.

Diego Sanchez is expected to take on American Top Team’s Luigi Fioravanti in a bout that will serve as the show’s main event. A middleweight matchup between Evan Tanner and Kendall Grove will also take place at the event.

UFC 81: Breaking Point Medical Suspensions

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from this past weekend’s UFC 81: Breaking Point, which took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

The most notable suspension handed out by the commission was given to light heavyweight David Heath, who suffered a broken nose during his loss to newcomer Tim Boetsch in a preliminary bout. Heath has been sidelined until August 1st unlesss his nasal fracture is cleared by a doctor before then. If his fracture is cleared, he will only be suspended until April 1st and will not be permitted to participate in contact-related activities until March 19th.

March 19th is also the date that Kyle Bradley and Keita Nakamura are suspended until. Bradley suffered a facial laceration in his loss to Chris Lytle while Nakamura has been given a break for precautionary reasons.

Marvin Eastman, who was victorious in a three-round decision over Terry Martin, has been medically suspended until March 2nd with no contact because of a laceration on the lid of his right eye.

Former UFC heavyweight champions Frank Mir and Tim Sylvia have both been sidelined until March 3rd due to precautionary reasons. Mir also has a scalp laceration. Neither will be permitted to have contact during training until February 24th.

UFC 81: Breaking Point Thoughts and Notes

Some thoughts and notes from this past weekend’s UFC 81: Breaking Point.

I was right and wrong

I did pretty well in the predictions department. I knew going into the fight that Tim Sylvia was going to give Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira fits and that’s exactly what happened. However Nogueira has been tough to finish off all throughout his career and this fight didn’t turn out to be any different. No shame in losing for Sylvia. He hung in there with one of the best heavyweights in history.

I had a feeling that if Brock Lesnar was going to be submitted, it might have been by way of a leg lock/kneebar. Wrestlers always have been notorious for being too stationary with their legs while posturing up and working some ground and pound although a lot of fighters don’t really take advantage of it. It just goes to show how intelligent of a ground specialist Frank Mir is to keep his composure while getting pounded and still be able to pull off a smart move.

The only fight I took issue with was Rob Emerson’s split decision over Keita Nakamura. I actually thought that the fight was dead even at the end. I thought that Nakamura won the third round convincingly and that the first round was even.

More thoughts on the fights

Marvin Eastman surprised me while Tim Boetsch did not. While Eastman’s fight against Terry Martin wasn’t necessarily the most exciting, I was a tad happy to see that Eastman was able to take some power shots and still stay on his feet. Boetsch did exactly what I thought he would do against an average fighter in my opinion in David Heath.

Ricardo Almeida, Tyson Griffin, and Chris Lytle all did what I thought they would do. I talked to someone after the event who truly thought that Tibau beat Griffin, which is absurd. I wasn’t expecting that quick of a stoppage from Lytle but a stoppage win nonetheless. What’s going on with Jeremy Horn? I’ll have a piece on him up later today.

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A Tale of Two Comebacks: Nogueira, Mir Survive


Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira throws a right hand at Tim Sylvia during their championship fight at UFC 81: Breaking Point. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira became the first mixed martial artist in history to hold championship gold inside the confines of both the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the PRIDE Fighting Championships as he submitted former two-time champion Tim Sylvia to win the interim UFC heavyweight belt at last night’s UFC 81: Breaking Point.

The 10,583 inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas saw an eventful first round where Sylvia shook off a right hand flush to his face to knock Nogueira down with a right of his own. Sylvia pounced on Nogueira but was unable to finish him off. The Brazilian maintained his composure and scored a swift combination and a late takedown during the final seconds of the first round.

The pace slowed considerably heading into the second stanza. Sparing a near takedown by Nogueira, the round took place on the feet the entire time. Each fighter landed their fair share of jabs and combinations throughout the five minutes. Sylvia looked to land a pair of rights that hurt Nogueira with under two minutes left in the round but the slow pace provided very little opportunity to capitalize on.

A right hand by Sylvia caused Nogueira to pull guard at the beginning of the third round. The skilled ground specialist quickly swept Sylvia, transitioned to side-control, and then locked in a guillotine as his opponent tried to stand up. Sylvia didn’t put up much of a fight and quickly tapped out, giving Nogueira the interim title.

“He’s a true heavyweight,” Nogueira said of Sylvia during a post-fight interview. “He’s a giant. I got in many hard punches in this fight. I was waiting for a good opportunity to put him on the ground. I always try at least one submission. If that doesn’t work, I go for a second and it worked tonight.”

Although visibly discouraged after the fight, Sylvia showed a good amount of respect for his opponent’s efforts.

“It’s Nogueira,” Sylvia said. “Every fight he’s in, he gets his ass kicked for the first ten minutes. You start getting comfortable fighting him and next thing you know, he catches you in something. The guy is a legend in the sport.”

Nogueira also pleaded for current champion Randy Couture to return from his resignation from the promotion in order to unify the belts and put on a great fight for the fans. Only time will tell if Couture will continue his stance or give in to the demands of Nogueira and many other UFC officials.

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UFC 81: Breaking Point Results

Antonio Nogueira def. Tim Sylvia - Submission (Guillotine)
Frank Mir def. Brock Lesnar - Submission (Kneebar)
Nate Marquardt def. Jeremy Horn - Submission (Guillotine)
Ricardo Almeida def. Rob Yundt - Submission (Guillotine)
Tyson Griffin def. Gleison Tibau - Unanimous Decision
Chris Lytle def. Kyle Bradley - TKO (Strikes)
Tim Boetsch def. David Heath - TKO (Strikes)
Marvin Eastman def. Terry Martin - Unanimous Decision
Robert Emerson def. Keita Nakamura - Split Decision

UFC 81: Breaking Point Weigh-In Results


Frank Mir weighs-in for UFC 48: Payback. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 81: Breaking Point are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The event is scheduled to take place tomorrow night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

UFC 81: Breaking Point features a total of nine fights including a battle for the interim UFC heavyweight title between former champion Tim Sylvia and former PRIDE star Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as well as the UFC debut of one-time professional wrestler and WWE superstar Brock Lesnar as he goes up against former champion Frank Mir.

The weigh-ins went smoothly for the most part except for a near scuffle between Marvin Eastman and Terry Martin. The two got nose-to-nose during the staredown and had to be separated by UFC President Dana White. Martin was able to shove Eastman just before they were broken apart.

Main Card:

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (237 lbs) vs. Tim Sylvia (261 lbs)
Frank Mir (255 lbs) vs. Brock Lesnar (265 lbs)
Jeremy Horn (185 lbs) vs. Nate Marquardt (185 lbs)
Ricardo Almeida (185 lbs) vs. Rob Yundt (185 lbs)
Tyson Griffin (155 lbs) vs. Gleison Tibau (156 lbs)

Preliminary Fights:

Chris Lytle (170 lbs) vs. Kyle Bradley (170 lbs)
David Heath (205 lbs) vs. Tim Boetsch (205 lbs)
Marvin Eastman (185 lbs) vs. Terry Martin (186 lbs)
Rob Emerson (155 lbs) vs. Keita Nakamura (155 lbs)

Previewing UFC 81: Breaking Point

John Chandler here to break down UFC 81: Breaking Point fight-by-fight, including detailed predictions along the way.

The event is scheduled to take place tomorrow night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

UFC 81: Breaking Point features a total of nine fights including a battle for the interim UFC heavyweight title between former champion Tim Sylvia and former PRIDE star Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as well as the UFC debut of one-time professional wrestler and WWE superstar Brock Lesnar as he goes up against former champion Frank Mir.

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Report: Martin-Eastman at UFC 81

Marvin Eastman will finally make his debut at middleweight in the UFC when he faces off against Terry Martin at UFC 81 in February according to a report from MMA Mania.

Eastman has fought twice in 2007. His last fight was an unanimous decision over Rob Kimmons to win the IFO Light Heavyweight Title at Steele Cage’s inaugural event in July. Eastman’s last fight in the UFC was a knockout loss to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 67 in February. He was originally scheduled to compete for the first time at 185 lbs against Demian Maia at UFC 77 but was forced to pull out of the fight after doctors ordered him to undergo eye surgery on a degenerative vision problem.

Martin is coming off of a third round knockout loss to Chris Leben in a fight that he nearly won but ended up getting caught during the final minutes. Martin was victorious in his first two fights at middleweight earlier this year, stopping Jorge Rivera and Ivan Salaverry with strikes at UFC 67 and UFC 71 respectively.

Report: Jensen to Replace Eastman Against Maia

Ryan Jensen has apparently been revealed as the replacement opponent for UFC newcomer Demian Maia at UFC 77 according to The Fight Network.

Nebraskan Ryan Jensen (11-1) has been tapped to replace an injured Marvin Eastman at Oct. 20’s UFC 77 “Hostile Territory” at the U. S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jensen, 30, challenges his second jiu-jitsu standout inside the Octagon in just under two months with Demian Maia, an Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Champion making his UFC debut. Maia (5-0) dispatched striker Curtis Stout at the Gracie Fighting Championship in May, also in Ohio.

Maia’s original opponent, Marvin Eastman was forced to pull out of the scheduled bout after having to undergo surgery on his eye.

Jensen sports a professional MMA record of 11-2 and owns wins over Curtis Stout, Rob Kimmons, and Travis Fulton. Jensen made his UFC debut at UFC 74, losing to Thales Leites by submission.

MMA Junkie is reporting that nothing has been signed although Jensen is expected to ink his name to the contract in next couple of days.

CKA: Sep 18, 2007

News and Notes

- MMA Junkie is reporting a lot of news lately…

The UFC has apparently signed former PRIDE, Shooto, and Pancrase veteran Akihiro Gono and has sent UFC welterweight Tamdan McCrory a contract proposing the fight according to McCrory’s manager:

“He’ll (be at) UFC 78 if he accepts the fight, which I assume he will considering he has fought top guys his whole career,” Ciotoli.

”(The UFC’s been) trying to get me on that card, being that I’m from the area and have a strong fan base in New Jersey,” McCrory told us last month.

Marvin Eastman has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Demian Maia at UFC 77 after undergoing eye surgery:

“I had a weak spot on my retina for a long time, and about two weeks ago, it tore a little bit,” Eastman said. “It felt like sleepy eye. I went in to check it out last Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., and I was in surgery by 7. It’s fixed now, and I’ve got to chill a month and can’t fight until November.“

No word as of yet on a replacement opponent for Eastman.

Chris Lytle may be heading over to the WEC for a possible title shot against WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit:

MMA fan favorite and “The Ultimate Fighter 4” welterweight runner-up Chris Lytle may be leaving the UFC for Zuffa LLC’s other fight promotion — the WEC — and may be in line for an immediate title shot.

In fact, a source close to current WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit (21-4) first contacted MMAjunkie.com about the possibility, saying UFC and WEC officials were discussing the potential title fight. However, the WEC recently folded a proposed November event into its Dec. 12 fight card, and as of now, the organization has far more fighters than it has fight slots.

A reliable source tell us that a Condit-Lytle fight would happen no sooner than February 2008 — if then — because of the backlog.

- Brazilian MMA website Tatame is reporting that former PRIDE star Ricardo Arona may currently be in contract talks with the UFC.

Hat tip to UFC Mania for the Arona link.

- So Matt Hamill has a torn ACL? He also fought Michael Bisping with that torn ACL? Read what Adam Morgan and 411Mania have to say about that.

- It seems that the UFC has took down UFC Takedown:

Late last week, Matt Cava of UFCtakedown.com was issued a Cease and Desist by Zuffa, LLC. He has been told to remove his website. They specifically nailed him for using UFC in his URL as well as broadcasting illegal fight videos. September 8th’s UFC 75: Champion v. Champion videos as well as a fight between Ricardo Arona and Quinton Jackson were specifically mentioned. As of today, UFCtakedown.com no longer exists. In the meantime, Matt has been able to secure MMAtakedown.net for the time being.

- Brigham Young University has banned Versus from the school’s channel selection, citing costs and the broadcasting of MMA as the reasons:

BYU has banned access to Versus on its campus cable, citing cost and content issues such as ultimate fighting.

Touch of gloves to Fight Opinion for that one.

Radio Schedule:

Luke Thomas, Sam Caplan, and Matt Cava recap EliteXC: Uprising and preview UFC 76.

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
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