Middleweight

Drew McFedries Out 6 to 8 Months?

MMA on Tap has learned that UFC veteran Drew McFedries will likely be out 6 to 8 months after suffering from a severe staph infection.

Last week it was reported that Spencer Fisher, Tim Sylvia, and Drew McFedries were all suffering from staph infections. Fisher pulled out of his fight with Din Thomas at UFC Fight Night 11 and Pat Miletich told the fighters infected not to return to the gym for at least 3 weeks.

Drew McFedries got hit the worst, suffering from an infection which grew to the size of a football on the back of his leg. The infection required surgery and McFedries had a good amount of skin removed from the back his leg which will now require grafts.

Afternoon News and Notes 8/11/07

News and Notes:

- Sherdog has released their first ever top 10 which covers 8 weight classes (flyweight to heavyweight).

Here is the heavyweight top 10…

1. Fedor Emelianenko
2. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
3. Gabriel Gonzaga
4. Mirko Filipovic
5. Josh Barnett
6. Randy Couture
7. Tim Sylvia
8. Andrei Arlovski
9. Fabricio Werdum
10. Aleksander Emelianenko

- In a recent interview with Sherdog.com Fedor Emelianenko’s manager confirmed that the rumors of Fedor signing a five-fight $5 million deal with FEG were false.

- Our rumors section has been updated…

Over the past few days UFC Junkie has been on a roll breaking news about several fights set to take place at UFC 76 and 77.

• Eric Schafer vs. Stephan Bonnar at UFC 77
• Marvin Eastman vs. Damian Maia at UFC 77
• Jorge Gurgel vs. Doug Evans at UFC 77
• Jeremy Stephens vs. Nate Mohr at UFC 76
• Justin McCully vs. Christian Wellisch at UFC 76
• Matt Grice vs. Jason Black at UFC 77
• Josh Burkman vs. Forrest Petz at UFC 77

- FCFighter.com is reporting that Manny Tapia has suffered a knee injury which has forced him to pull out of his Sept. 5, WEC 30 title bout with Chase Beebe.

Media Links:

Sportsnet: MFC owner eyes bigger picture
UFC Junkie: MMA Wagering 101
UFC HP: Griffin and Tavares give a Peek into the Future at UFC 76
Yahoo! Sports: Stevenson climbing the lightweight ladder

Riggs to Fight “Mayhem” Miller in October

The Fight Network is reporting that Joe Riggs and Jason “Mayhem” Miller will square off at the WEC in October to determine the number one contender for the WEC middleweight title.

“I’m fighting Mayhem at the WEC in October,” said Riggs.

According to Riggs, the bout will determine a contender for the WEC middleweight title; the promotion will crown a fresh champion Sunday with a showdown between undefeated Brazilian Top Team rep Paulo Filho (13-0) and resilient Canadian Joe Doerksen (39-9), broadcasted live the on VERSUS Network.

Joe Riggs (26-9) was thrown into a do or die situation in July when he fought Jason Chambers at Hardcore Championship Fighting. Riggs was told if he lost he would be released from his contract with Zuffa. Luckily for Riggs he defeated Chambers by triangle choke in the first round of their middleweight affair.

Jason “Mayhem” Miller (19-5) made his WEC debut earlier this year when he defeated Hiromitsu Miura by decision.

Report: Leites to Replace Lutter at UFC 74

Dave Meltzer from Wrestling Observer is reporting that Thales Leites will replace an injured Travis Lutter as Ryan Jensen’s opponent at UFC 74 on August 25th.

Travis Lutter is off the 8/25 UFC show in Las Vegas due to a bulging disc in his neck. Ryan Jensen’s new opponent is Thales Leites.

Lutter announced yesterday that he had suffered a neck injury during a recent training session and decided that he wouldn’t be able to heal in time to fight.

Leites is currently riding a two-fight win streak with his most recent victory coming over Floyd Sword at The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale. Leites made his UFC debut at The Ultimate FIghter 4 Finale, dropping an unanimous decision to Martin Kampmann. Leites bounced back with a decision win over Pete Sell at UFC 69.

Travis Lutter Injures Neck, Out of UFC 74

In a recent blog entry, UFC middleweight Travis Lutter announced that he re-aggravated a pre-existing neck injury and has withdrawn from his fight against Kyle Jensen at UFC 74: Respect.

Saturday July 28th I was training and reagrivated a old injury. After giving my neck a chance to heal I decided I was not going to be healed in time for the fight. I would like to thank all the people that were helping me prepare for this fight and I look forward to fighting in the near future.

BodogFight Season 6 Participants

Bodog has announced the matchups set to take place on the sixth season of BodogFight. The taping will take place August 24th and 25th on the Squamish Nation Indian Reserve in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Featherweight:

Sami Aziz (Sweden) vs. Hiroyuki Abe (Japan)
JR Sims (USA) vs. DJ Taiki (Japan)

Lightweight:

Rodrigo Damm (Brazil) vs. Darren Elkins (USA)
Per Eklund (Sweden) vs. Rafael Dias (USA)
Ryan Bow (Japan) vs. Santino Defranco (USA)
Chris Ade (Canada) vs. Koji Oishi (Japan)

Welterweight:

Nick Thompson (USA) vs. Mark Weir (UK)
Piotr Jakaczynski (Sweden) vs. Dan Hornbuckle (USA)
Chris Wilson (USA) vs. Ray Steinbeiss (USA)
Diego Gonzales (Sweden) vs. Steve Berger (USA)

Middleweight:

Tim McKenzie (USA) vs. Yuichi Nakanishi (Japan)
Kyacey Uscola (USA) vs. TBA
Steve Byrnes (USA) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (Russia)

Light Heavyweight:

Antony Rea (France) vs. Steve Steinbeiss (USA)
Mikhael Zyats (Russia) vs. Buddy Roberts (USA)

Heavyweight:

Assuerio Silva (Brazil) vs. Constantin Gluhov (Russia)
Andrew Pederson (Canada) vs. Scott Lincoln (USA)
Dan Evensen (USA) vs. Dominic Richards (Canada)
Kristof Midoux (France) vs. Brad Morris (Australia)


Women’s 125lb:

Megumi Fuji (Japan) vs. Lisa Ward (USA)
Carina Damm (Brazil) vs. Jessica Aguillar (USA)
Rosi Sexton (UK) vs. Julia Berezekova (Russia)

Women’s 135lb:

Kelly Kobold (USA) vs. Julie Kedzie (USA)
Tama Chan (Japan) vs. Molly Helsel (USA)

Doerksen Discusses Fight With Filho

In Sherdog’s latest edition of ‘MM-Eh! News and Notes’ UFC veteran Joe Doerksen (39-9) discusses his upcoming WEC middleweight title bout with PRIDE veteran Paulo Filho.

“I’m comfortable on the ground,” he claimed. “I don’t think he’s gonna be that good on the ground that he’s going to be able to submit me. I’ve always been a ground guy, and a good one in my opinion.”

He added that it’s standing up where he sees himself as having a physical advantage, and he spent 10 days in Utah at Jeremy Horn’s camp to make sure that he had everything ironed out.

“I don’t think there are any secrets; he knows what I want to do, and I know what he wants to do,” Doerksen allowed.

Doerksen’s opponent, Paulo Filho, is a veteran of PRIDE who sports a mixed martial arts record of 14-0. Filho holds victories over the likes of Kazuo Misaki, Ryo Chonan, Murilo Rua, and Amar Suloev.

IFL Announces Grand Prix Participants and Locations

The IFL has announced the fighters set to participate in the upcoming IFL World Grand Prix. The first round of the Grand Prix is set for November 3rd at the Sears Centre in Chicago, with the finals taking place December 29th at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.

Lightweights:

No. 1 Wagnney Fabiano (Dragons) vs. No. 4 John Gunderson (Lions)
No. 2 Chris Horodecki (Anacondas) vs. No. 3 Bart Palaszewski (Silverbacks)
Alternate: Shad Lierley (Tiger Sharks)

Welterweights:

No. 1 Delson Heleno (Pitbulls) vs. No. 4 Mark Miller (Red Bears)
No. 2 Antonio McKee (Sabres) vs. No. 3 Jay Hieron (Anacondas)
Alternate: Pat Healy (Lions)

Middleweights:

No. 1 Benji Radach (Anacondas) vs. No. 4 Brent Beauparlant (Dragons)
No. 2 Matt Horwich (Wolfpack) vs. No. 3 Brian Foster (Razorclaws)
Alternate: Fabio Leopoldo (Pitbulls)

Light Heavyweight:

No. 1 Vladimir Matyushenko (Sabres) vs. No. 4 Alex Schoenauer (Anacondas)
No. 2 Mike Whitehead (Scorpions) vs. No. 3 Mike Ciesnolevicz (Silverbacks)
Alternate: Jamal Patterson (Pitbulls)

Heavyweight:

No. 1 Ben Rothwell (Silverbacks) vs. No. 4 Roy Nelson (Lions)
No. 2 Antoine Jaoude (Condors) vs. No. 3 Reese Andy (Tiger Sharks)
Alternate: Bryan Vetell (Pitbulls)

Look for more information regarding the Grand Prix later today.

Kalib Starnes Joins ATT

UFC middleweight Kalib Starnes (8-1-1) has officially joined the ranks at American Top Team.

In between preparing for his fights, Kalib will travel back and forth to Canada where he can be with his family and care for his 5 year old daughter Sienna. He will continue to train with Revolution Fight Team in British Columbia, Canada.

Kalib Starnes (8-1-1) is a veteran of the UFC who appeared on The Ultimate Fighter 3. Starnes holds UFC victories over Chris Leben and Danny Abbadi and his sole UFC loss came to the hands of Yushin Okami at UFC 64: Unstoppable.

Martin, Leben to Clash at UFC Fight Night 11

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Terry Martin has signed a contract to fight Chris Leben at UFC Fight Night 11 on September 19th.

Chicago’s Terry Martin signed a contract Monday to fight Chris Leben on Sept. 19 at the Palms in Las Vegas in a ‘‘Fight Night Live’’ on Spike TV. ‘‘Leben will sit there and bang with me, so this is perfect for me,’’ Martin said. ‘‘He’s a big name, and it’s going to be on Spike, so it will be free and more viewers will see it.’‘

Martin is currently undefeated since moving down to the middleweight division earlier this year. He owns stoppage wins over Jorge Rivera and Ivan Salaverry so far in ‘07. Martin formerly fought at light heavyweight where he was stopped by James Irvin and Jason Lambert at UFC 54 and UFC 59 respectively.

Leben has lost three of his last four fights since starting out his UFC career with a five-fight winning streak. Leben was originally scheduled to take on Mike Swick at UFC Fight Night 11 but pulled out of the bout earlier this week. Swick is now set to take on Jonathan Goulet in his welterweight debut instead.

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