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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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Horn to Replace Leites Against Marquardt

Longtime mixed martial arts veteran Jeremy Horn will return to the UFC in February when he takes on Nate Marquardt in a middleweight bout at UFC 81: Breaking Point, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on February 2nd.

Horn will be replacing Thales Leites who was forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Marquardt after suffering a broken hand during a training session earlier in the week.

The UFC made the announcement on their official website earlier this afternoon.

Horn has not fought in the UFC since submitting Chael Sonnen with an armbar at UFC 60. Horn was released from his contract shortly after the fight. In three separate stints in the UFC, Horn has racked up a winning record of 6-4.

Widely known as one of the most experienced fighters in the sport, Horn ranks third right behing Travis Fulton and Shonie Carter in terms of total career fights. Horn’s last fight was a losing effort against Jorge Santiago at an Art of War show in September. Santiago submitted Horn with a triangle choke in the second round of their fight.

Leites Pulls Out of UFC 81 With Broken Hand

Thales Leites has been forced to pull out of his scheduled middleweight bout against Nate Marquardt at UFC 81: Breaking Point after suffering a broken hand during a training session yesterday.

The UFC made the announcement on their official website this afternoon.

Since losing a unanimous decision to Martin Kampmann at The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale, Leites has knocked off three straight wins over Pete Sell, Floyd Sword, and Ryan Jensen in consecutive UFC events.

Leites is expected to undergo surgery on his hand at some point this week.

Report: Marquardt Not Signed to New UFC Deal

Brian Knapp of The Fight Network is reporting that despite published reports, UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt has not signed a new deal with the promotion.

“We’re working on [a new contract],” Marquardt said. “Hopefully, it will happen soon.”

Marquardt and his management team are still in talks with the UFC and are confident that a deal will most likely be reached in the next few weeks.

Marquardt also stated that rumors of a fight against Thales Leites in February are nothing more than “talk amongst fans”.

Marquardt Signs New Four-Fight Deal; Set to Face Leites at UFC 81

MMA Junkie is reporting that Nathan Marquardt has signed a new four-fight contract with the UFC. The new deal will go into effect at UFC 81 when Marquardt steps into the octagon with fellow UFC middleweight contender Thales Leites.

Nate Marquardt (25-7-2) is coming off of a tough knockout loss to the hands of UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva at UFC 73: Stacked. Marquardt holds UFC victories over Ivan Salaverry, Joe Doerksen, Crafton Wallace and Dean Lister.

Thales Leites (12-1) is currently on a three fight win streak with victories over Pete Sell, Floyd Swork and Ryan Jensen.

The UFC’s Biggest Battle in the New Generation

The UFC has won battles in the past.

All we have to do is look no further than the tale of how Zuffa came in and saved the promotion that was nearly driven into the ground by Senator John McCain and the idea that mixed martial arts was nothing more than human cockfighting. Fast forward almost seven years later and the UFC has become the driving force behind MMA’s giant growth in popularity in recent years.

Now the UFC is seemingly on top of the world. Yet they have another battle to take on.

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Afternoon News and Notes

Catching up on things in the world of MMA…

- The Fight Network is reporting that officials at American Top Team have stated that Denis Kang is still in negotiations with K-1 and has not yet signed with the promotion:

American Top Team representatives have confirmed that popular Vancouver, British Columbia fighter Denis Kang is in negotiations to sign a five-fight deal with the K-1 HERO’S promotion. Rumors have been circulating about a possible match-up pitting Kang against Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba Sept. 17 at the Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan, but the ATT would not confirm the pairing.

- Tonight’s episode of IFL Battleground will preview the 10 matchups that will take place in the opening round of the upcoming IFL Grand Prix. It will air 8 PM EST on MyNetworkTV.

- Highly regarded trainer Greg Jackson has announced that Georges St. Pierre has now become an official member of his training team”>Georges St. Pierre has now become an official member of his training team. St. Pierre is excited to be able to train with the likes of Nate Marquardt, Rashad Evans, and Keith Jardine on a regular basis:

“It’s absolutely great, and I think I am blessed because I am lucky to be able to train with such a great group of guys and under Greg Jackson, who is the best MMA coach in my book,” St. Pierre says. “People say you’re only as good as your training partners, and I believe that is the truth.”

- Continuing with some more St. Pierre news - His former manager, Stephane Patry, who also serves as president of TKO, is stating that St. Pierre is still contractually obligated to him. St. Pierre says that is just not the case:

“My manager now is Shari Spencer. She takes care of my sponsorships and my fights, as well,” St. Pierre says. “It’s nothing personal. Me and Stephane are still good friends. We were not in agreement about some stuff in training, and we were not agreeing to some stuff regarding my management.”

- MMA Weekly is reporting that Masakazu Imanari will return to Cage Rage to take on Jean Silva at Cage Rage 23 for the promotion’s World Featherweight Title. Silva will be dropping down from lightweight to featherweight for the first time in his career.

- Jorge Gurgel announced at an open house for his gym over the weekend that he will be facing Alvin Robinson at UFC 77.

Some media links as well…

Sherdog: Georges St. Pierre Training Pictures
MMA Weekly: Pellegrino Hunting Down a Title Shot
The Fight Network: Murphy’s Law
UFC Junkie:  What’s Next for Wanderlei Silva?
Yahoo! Sports: Gonzaga sniffs out his biggest opportunity
Rogers Sportsnet: Koscheck eager to get it on
Fight Opinion: Monday maintenance: Lots of activity in the UK
Fightlinker: Brandon Vera is back and I don’t care
Bloody Elbow: More Doubts About GSP
MMA Analyst: An Interview with Cub Swanson, WEC featherweight contender

UFC 73 Medical Suspensions

The California State Athletic Commission has released the list of fighter suspensions stemming from the results of UFC 73:

Nate Marquardt - Medically suspended for 60 days with no contact due to TKO and lacerations around both eyes. Can be cleared to return earlier after being examined by a doctor.

Tito Ortiz - Medically suspended for 60 days with no contact due to right eye damage and lower back pain. Can be cleared to return earlier after being examined by a doctor.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - Medically suspended for 45 days with no contact permitted.

Heath Herring - Medically suspended for 60 days with no contact due to left cheek damage and lacerations around the eye and nose. Can be cleared to return earlier after being examined by a doctor.

Jorge Gurgel - Medically suspended indefinitely with no contact due to facial fracture.

Frankie Edgar - Medically suspended for 180 days with no contact due to nose fracture.

Jason Gilliam - Medically suspended for 180 days with no contact due to radial collateral ligament damage.

Mark Bocek - Medically suspended for 60 days with no contact due to TKO and facial laceration. Can be cleared to return earlier after being examined by a doctor.

Alvin Robinson - Medically suspended for 45 days with no contact due to TKO.

Back to the Future: Dana White Edition

The trend of future UFC matchups being revealed is continuing this week and UFC President Dana White is a big part of it.

White announced a trio of possible future matchups at the post-fight press conference for UFC 73:

- Anderson Silva will meet Rich Franklin for the second time in a UFC Middleweight Championship bout on October 20th in Franklin’s hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. It was announced that Franklin would face the winner of last night’s bout between Silva and Nate Marquardt after UFC 72 and White confirmed the situation last night.

- White also announced that BJ Penn has decided to stay in the lightweight division and will challenge Sean Sherk for his UFC Lightweight Title in November.

- Mirko Cro Cop will take on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira later this year provided that he is victorious over Cheick Kongo at UFC 75 according to White.

White also stated that Chuck Liddell will most likely fight again in September during an interview yesterday on the Scott Ferrall Show:

“Chuck is probably going to fight again in September,” White said yesterday on the radio program. “We’re working on a big fight for him. We don’t have it done yet, but Chuck is chomping at the bit to jump back in there and fight again.“

This contradicts previous reports that had White saying that Liddell now wouldn’t be able to fight again until November.

White made clear about yet another possible matchup during an interview with The Gainesville Sun that would take place at UFC 76: Maurico Rua would make his UFC debut against Ryoto Machida.

Rua, a 205-pound Muay Thai specialist, is scheduled to start at UFC 76 on Sept. 22. White said Rua’s most likely first opponent will be Ryoto Machida (10-0), though Forrest Griffin said he would like the fight.

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