Today the Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to reinstate Alistair Overeem’s license. The approval opens the door for Overeem’s scheduled bout with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156.
According to MMA Fighting, Overeem provided the NSAC with five self-administered tests between June and December that were all clean. Along with those, he faced tests on November 16 and December 21, both of which he passed.
Nate Marquardt defends his Strikeforce welterweight title January 12 against Tarec Saffiedine at Strikeforce’s final event. If victorious, Marquardt told Ariel Helwani he’s open to a unification bout with Georges St. Pierre. Marquardt and St. Pierre have been training together since Marquardt’s first UFC stint. [MMA Fighting]
Almost a year after being released by the UFC after a pre-fight medical fiasco, former middleweight title challenger is headed back to Zuffa, this time to compete as a welterweight under the Strikeforce banner.
The signing was announced on last night's edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV. While a date for his return has not been yet, Marquardt has reportedly verbally agreed to face Tyron Woodley in a fight that could be for Strikeforce's vacant welterweight belt.
Marquardt was released from the UFC after failing to gain medical clearance prior to UFC on Versus 4. The Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission stated that Marquardt's pre-fight testosterone levels were too high to allow him to compete. In the following weeks, Marquardt and his camp revealed that he was approved for hormone-replacement therapy, but was unable to get his levels down to an allowable amount before his scheduled fight with Rick Story.
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— Former WEC featherweight king will try to get back on track in a pivotal bout against former WEC bantamweight title holder Brian Bowles in a main card bout tapped for UFC 139, which takes place on November 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Faber last fell to Dominick Cruz via unanimous decision in a failed bantamweight title bid at UFC 132 earlier this month while Bowles returned to the cage after over a year on the sidelines due to injury and took a unanimous nod over Takeya Mizugaki. [UFC.com]
— Nate Marquardt is among many high-profile free agent fighters being courted by upstart Brazilian promotion Amazon Forest Combat for their debut show on September 14. Among those already signed to compete are Royler Gracie and Paulo Filho and Satoshi Ishii, who will face each other in a likely light heavyweight bout. Patrick Cote, Marcus Davis, Jordan Smith and Rony Torres are among the fighters offered bouts on the card. [Tatame]
Vitor Belfort. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A win over Rich Franklin was expected to make Vitor Belfort an instant contender for Anderson Silva’s UFC middleweight title. But according to UFC President Dana White, Belfort may have positioned himself as the leading candidate for Silva’s next title defense, even before Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt.
“You know, I think he might be ready now,” White said at last night’s UFC 103 post-fight press conference.
Dan Henderson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The matchup that will eventually be selected to headline UFC 105 in Manchester, England on November 15 is anyone’s guess at this point, but for now, we at least have two fights that could be under consideration for the spot.
Despite reports stating that Dan Henderson isn’t interested in a showdown with fellow UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt, UFC officials are reportedly targeting a fight between the two as the main event of UFC 105 according to MMA FanHouse‘s Ariel Helwani.
Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here are our predictions (after the jump, winners in bold) for UFC 102.
The event will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between former UFC heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture and former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Also on the card will be a light heavyweight attraction featuring Keith Jardine and Thiago Silva.
Feel free to leave your predictions as well in our comments section.
From Pancrase’s Spiral 4 in May 2005, here’s one-time UFC middleweight title challenger Nate Marquardt taking on seasoned Japanese veteran Izuru Takeuchi. The first part of the fight is above and the rest can be seen after the jump.
Rich Franklin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission has released the official lists of medical suspensions and fighter salaries stemming from this past weekend’s UFC 88: Breakthrough event, which took place at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rashad Evans scored a brutal second-round knockout of former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell in the show’s main event. Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin and former PRIDE title holder Dan Henderson were also victorious in their respective bouts.
In terms of the fighter salaries, remember that this is only the base salary that a fighter received. Bonuses, deductions, and other undisclosed fees are not included.
Chuck Liddell. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 88: Breakthrough, which takes place at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.
The show is headlined by former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell going up against undefeated contender Rashad Evans. Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin will also be moving back up to the 205 lb. weight class to take on former standout collegiate wrestler and one-time training partner Matt Hamill in the co-main event.
Chuck Liddell (204 lbs) vs. Rashad Evans (205 lbs)
Rich Franklin (204.5 lbs) vs. Matt Hamill (205 lbs)
Dan Henderson (185 lbs) vs. Rousimar Palhares (184.5 lbs)
Nate Marquardt (185 lbs) vs. Martin Kampmann (184.5 lbs)
Dong-Hyun Kim (170 lbs) vs. Matt Brown (170 lbs)
Kurt Pellegrino (156 lbs) vs. Thiago Tavares (155 lbs)
Tim Boetsch (205 lbs) vs. Mike Patt (205 lbs)
Jason MacDonald (185 lbs) vs. Jason Lambert (185 lbs)
Ryo Chonan (170 lbs) vs. Roan Carneiro (170 lbs)
In the above video, middleweight contenders Martin Kampmann and Nate Marquardt discuss their upcoming bout at UFC 88: Breakthrough this weekend.