Aleksander Emelianenko def. Dan Bobish - Submission (Guillotine)
Gegard Mousasi def. Damir Mirenic - TKO (Strikes)
Sarah Kaufman def. Ginele Marquez - TKO (Strikes)
Thomas Schulte def. Ariel Sexton - Submission (Triangle Choke)
Sean Salmon def. Marcus Vinicios - TKO (Strikes)
Ryan Machan def. Brad Cardinal - Submission (Kimura)
Gerald Lovato def. Len Tam - Decision (Split)
Myles Merola def. Juan Barrantes - TKO (Strikes)
Andrew Buckland def. Lucas Rota - Decision (Unanimous)
Garret Davis def. Toby Johnson - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Tim Smith def. Mike Rowbotham - Decision (Split)
Larry Lytle def. Steven Hachey - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
HDNet Fights hosted a conference call earlier this afternoon to promote their new venture into the world of mixed martial arts as well as their inaugural event which will take place on October 13th at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. HDNet Fights officials eatured on the call were HDNet owner Mark Cuban and UFC and PRIDE veteran Guy Mezger. The fighters participating were Erik Paulson, Jeff Ford, Justin Eilers, Jason House, and Freddie Espiricueta.
UFC veterans Sean Salmon and Rich Clementi have both been added to IFO-Steele Cage’s September 1st Fireworks in the Cage II event as injury replacements.
Salmon will replace Chris Price as Travis Wiuff’s opponent in the scheduled IFO Light Heavyweight Championship bout. Price was forced to pull out of the fight after suffering an undisclosed injury.
Clementi will take the place of Tony Fryklund, who has also had to take himself off the card due to an injury suffered in training. Fryklund was originally slated to face Kyle Gibbons at welterweight.
The updated fight card now looks like this:
Travis Wiuff vs Sean Salmon - IFO Light Heavyweight Title
Zac George vs Chris Mickle - IFO Lightweight Title
Rich Clementi vs Kyle Gibbons
Justin Levens vs Nate James
Matt Williams vs Dennis Davis
Eric Thompson vs Evan Landry
CB Dolloway vs Joe Bunch
Ken Jackson vs Tyler Stinson
Rafael Del Real vs Ryan Bader
News and Notes
- According to reports, Tim “Big Perm” Persey, has tested positive for meth and he now faces a $1,000 fine and a six-month suspension.
- Remember to cast your vote on our latest poll - Rock the Vote: Franklin or Okami?
- UFC veteran Sean Salmon will be in action tonight when he takes on Jason “Freebird” Freeman at Fight Nite in the Flats III. Salmon is taking the fight on a days notice replacing the injured Ron Faircloth.
- If you haven’t already, hit us up on Myspace.
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InsideFighting: Jens Pulver TUF 5 reaction blog: Episode 10
Nate went one time. I understand, I can’t hate the guy. I’d be a hypocrite if I did. People messed with him a little bit but I think everyone understood. No one else had to fight someone on their team so they couldn’t judge him.
He was a little worried about having to train alongside the guy he would have to fight, Corey. I had to mess with him a little bit when he came to me to talk about it. I said, “give me a minute” just to mess with him. But of course I was not going to think different of him at all. But the whole thing was awkward.
We had to talk and I asked them “Alright do you guys want to have BJ coach you, corner you?” and they said “no!” So it stayed a gold team deal. They each chose teammates to corner them and we did the best we could.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced earlier today that all of the six fighters that were tested for ‘drugs of abuse’, tested negative for any signs.
Chuck Liddell, Quinton Jackson, Karo Parisyan, Josh Burkman, Alan Belcher, and Sean Salmon were the six fighters chosen by the NSAC at random to be tested after UFC 71.
The NSAC announced earlier in the week that all six had also tested negative for performance enhancing drugs as well.
Sean Salmon, fresh off of a loss to Alan Belcher at UFC 71, announced a temporary hiatus from the UFC via his column on UFC Junkie earlier today.
Salmon has decided to take the break in order to work on his overall game and improve by fighting in smaller promotions before he completes the final fight on his UFC contract:
My manager, Ken Pavia, has spoken with Joe Silva (the UFC’s matchmaker), who gave us some options with which to work. Ken and I spoke at length and came to this decision: I am leaving the last fight on my contract with the UFC for a later date and taking a “release” to fight for other organizations.
My initial thought is that it will take 2-4 fights and 6-8 months before I am back to normal; however, I know how good I am and will not return until I am confident that everything is worked out. I believe that I can become great, but all I have proven is that I am a long way from that. My physical training for that fight was perfect, but perhaps I neglected the mental preparation, or the focus, or my gameplan or my visualization. Either way, something went very wrong, and I will lose sleep until it is solved.
News and Notes
- The updated MMA on Tap Top 10 will be posted later today…
- Steve Bruno has been taken off the card for June 12’s UFC Fight Night 10 after sustaining an injury during a practice session last Friday. A replacement opponent for Chad Reiner, whom Bruno was slated to face, has not yet been announced.
- Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer shot down heavy rumors regarding the possibility that the NSAC denied Frank Mir the opportunity to take on Tim Sylvia at UFC 74. In fact, the bout was never even taken to the commission in the first place. That doesn’t mean that the bout would still be approved however based on what Kizer stated earlier today in an email sent to various MMA media outlets:
That fight has not been presented to me, and thus no ‘denial’ has been made. I was asked about the match-up by a reporter and said I would have a hard time approving that fight unless I see a quality win from Mr. Mir first. However, I will keep an open mind.
- Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell will be on Late Night with David Letterman this Thursday on CBS…
- The Fight Network is reporting that the six fighters who were tested for performance enhancing drugs after UFC 71 all passed with flying colors:
The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced Friday that six fighters – Chuck Liddell, Quinton Jackson, Karo Parisyan, Josh Burkman, Alan Belcher and Sean Salmon – tested negative for steroids and stimulants prior to May 26’s UFC 71. Drugs of abuse tests results are still pending.
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Here’s a collection of media links focusing on last night’s event UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson.
Sherdog: Rampage Ices Liddell, Captures UFC Title; Video: “Rampage” Celebrates Victory; Liddell’s Trainer Talks Disappointing Loss; Beatdown After the Bell: UFC 71
MMAWeekly: Henderson to Challenge for UFC Title; UFC 71 Review: Rampage Makes it 2-for-2; Dan Henderson on Fighting Rampage
The Fight Network: Hendo Octagon Bound; Ice Breaker
Gracie Mag: For a Big House
UFC HP: Crushed Ice – Rampage KO’s Liddell to Win Light Heavy Crown; Next in Line - Hendo’s Back
InsideFighting: “Rampage” KOs Liddell
ESPN: Gettin’ Jacked Up
NBC Sports: Rampage’s right hand melts the Iceman; Iceman Melted
Houston Chronicle: Jackson stuns Liddell to continue UFC upset string
Yahoo! Sports: Anything’s Possible; Rampage Ices Liddell
Press Telegram: Jackson KOs the champ for title
KCAL: Video: Rampage Jackson knocks out Iceman Liddell for the UFC Title
LA Times: Jackson busts through opening left by Liddell
Newsday: Rampage TKOs Liddell at UFC 71
OC Register: Jackson goes on rampage (with audio)
Daily Herald: UFC’s popularity no suprise
CBS: Rampage doesn’t just have Liddell’s number—he has his belt
Washington Post: Jackson Scores Stunning First-Round KO to Take Liddell’s Title
TSN: On The Rampage
Sportsnet: Rampage shocks The Iceman; Canuck Starnes cripples Leben; UFC upsets Continue; Alexander upsets Keith Jardine
CBC: Rampage lives up to his name, dethroning Chuck (The Iceman) Liddell at UFC 71
The Globe and Mail: Jackson takes light heavyweight title from Liddell
Toronto Sun: Sunflashes
Tonight we will be going live at 10 PM EST, covering UFC 71: Liddell vs Jackson 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 an official preview, predictions, media coverage, and much more:
UFC 71: Liddell vs Jackson
Main Card Bouts:
Chuck Liddell vs Quinton Jackson
Karo Parisyan vs Josh Burkman
Ivan Salaverry vs Terry Martin
Keith Jardine vs Houston Alexander
Chris Leben vs Kalib Starnes
Din Thomas vs Jeremy Stephens
James Irvin vs Thiago Silva
Wilson Gouveia vs Carmelo Marrero
Alan Belcher vs Sean Salmon
News and Notes
- UFC lightweight Roger Huerta will battle Leonard Garcia at UFC 69: Shootout. It was originally thought that Huerta would throw punches with Alvin Robinson but he will now be facing Garcia who is 13-1. Garcia was originally expected to make his debut against Spencer Fisher at UFC 60: Gracie vs. Hughes but due to an injury Garcia was forced to withdraw.
- Jonathan Goulet will make his return to the cage Saturday, March 17th when he fights Jesse Bongfeldt at “TKOMMA Tourney 2007” in Victoriaville, Quebec.
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