Reports surfaced yesterday on Gracie Fighter stating that Phil Baroni may not be fighting Frank Shamrock after all this weekend because his medical work wasn’t done yet. The report has since then been “removed by request.”
Josh Gross of Sherdog shed light on the situation
with a report this morning:
Regarding a report that surfaced Tuesday on graciefighter.com about the status of Phil Baroni, who is scheduled to fight Frank Shamrock on the card’s main event, Garcia said the middleweight underwent standard MRI tests required of all licensees.
Ken Pavia, who also represents Baroni, said results should be known sometime Wednesday morning and that he believed his client would be cleared to fight.
Armando Garcia and Ken Pavia have confirmed that the medical situation surrounding Murilo Rua has now been resolved and it is likely that he will go on to face Joey Villasenor for the Elite XC Middleweight Title this Friday night.
Elite XC originally announced that Rua was off of the card after failing a physical given by the CSAC. However he was never denied a license to fight in the state and after some consideration, Garcia found that Rua would be able to compete after all.
Vitale will be paid by Elite XC for his troubles and even though he probably will not be fighting on this event, Elite XC agreed to sign him to a long-term deal.
Elite XC has selected Falaniko Vitale to replace Murilo Rua at this Friday’s Elite XC/Strikeforce co-promoted event: Shamrock vs Baroni.
Vitale will be taking on Rua’s original opponent, Joey Villasenor. However since Vitale is being placed on the card so late, the California State Athletic Commission has ruled that the bout will now be a non-title affair.
Vitale is currently sporting a 22-7 record and has gone 7-4 since leaving the UFC in 2003. He is 1-1 in 2007: Vitale lost a split decision to Jeremy Horn at IFL: Oakland in January and returned to the win column with a victory over Mavrick Harvey at an Extreme Wars Hawaii event in March.
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.
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- 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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The California State Athletic Commission announced today that MMA legend Royce Gracie tested positive for traces of Nandrolone, an anabolic agent, following his decision victory over Kazushi Sakuraba.
Mixed martial arts icon Royce Gracie, best known as the slender gi-wearing Brazilian who twisted oversized competitors into knots during the early days of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, tested positive for traces of Nandrolone, a commonly used anabolic steroid, following his decision win over Kazushi Sakuraba, June 2 in Los Angeles, the California State Athletic Commission revealed Thursday.
The CSAC has suspended Gracie from June 2, 2007 through May 30, 2008 and issued him a fine of $2,500. Gracie has until July 13th to appeal the suspension.
The Fight Network is reporting that PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix Champion Denis Kang is close to signing a contract with BodogFight.
The American Top Team’s Denis Kang is in serious negotiations with bodogFIGHT and could sign with the upstart promotion as early as this week, a source close to the ATT indicated.
Kang (27-8-1), one of the world’s top middleweights, is 20-1-1 in his past 22 fights, the lone defeat a split decision loss to Kazuo Misaki in the finals of the PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix at PRIDE “Bushido 13.” Kang reportedly tore a biceps muscle in the semi-finals but agreed to fight anyway.
This is interesting because it was being rumored that Kang was about to join the UFC. I’m guessing now that some of the PRIDE fighters were able to get out of their contracts or were free agents before Zuffa bought the promotion.
Kang is the only other free agent from PRIDE that I’ve heard of except for a handful of others - Fedor, Silva, and Big Nog. Then again maybe all of the fighters are technically free agents as of right now and it just so happens that the majority of them are signing with Zuffa.
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- Our rumors section has been updated…
- Palace Fighting Championships has added Casey Olson to it’s roster:
Casey “The Underdog” Olson announces the signing of a three-fight card with the Palace Fighting Championships (PFC). These mixed martial arts bouts are slated for July 19, Oct. 18 and Dec. 6 at the Tachi Palace in Lemoore, Calif. The first PFC bout, on July 19, pits Olson against Brandon Jinnes (2-5) of Stockton, Calif.
“It’s been a long road getting back on track with my career after dealing with all the medical issues,” says Olson. “After comin’ off my first loss, I went back to the drawing board. I promise, come July 19th, that I’m bringin’ a war!”
In the past two years, Casey “The Underdog” Olson, a former Fresno State/Fresno City/Clovis High grappler has amassed a 5-1 professional record in the cage.
- MMA Weekly is reporting that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira may be leaving Brazilian Top Team.
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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
MMA legend and former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock and foul-mouthed, trash-talking, knockout-artist Phil “The New York Bad Ass” Baroni clash for the vacant Strikeforce middleweight (185-pound) championship in the main event of a spectacular MMA cage fight card on Friday, June 22, at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, Calif.
If Baroni can fight half as tough as he talks, Shamrock could be in for a long night.
In a second world title fight on a Strikeforce-EliteXC cage fight card that will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME® PPV (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), Joey “Dream Smasher” Villasenor and Murilo “Ninja” Rua will clash for the vacant EliteXC middleweight title.
Other scheduled PPV fights include: EliteXC’s Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett vs. Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuela, lightweights; Strikeforce’s Cung Le vs. Tony “The Freak” Fryklund, middleweights and Carter “The Beast” Williams vs. Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello, heavyweights.
Before the PPV telecast, six exciting undercard fights will be streamed live at ProElite.com, a respected, rapidly growing Internet destination for the MMA community. First fight is at 7:40 p.m.
Please be aware before opening this post that it contains a good amount of foul language…