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Alves Hands Hughes Another Loss in London

Thiago Alves. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

All things must eventually come to an end.

Matt Hughes hasn’t officially retired, but his career is now visibly coming to an end. While two straight losses to current welterweight king Georges St. Pierre are nothing to be alarmed about, Hughes, who once said that he would hang up the gloves before becoming anyone’s highlight reel, was stunned again yesterday afternoon at the UFC’s latest event in London courtesy of a Thiago Alves’ flying knee.

Alves, who failed to make weight for the fight and forced the bout to take place at a catch-weight of 174 lbs, was in control from the start of the fight, evading multiple takedown attempts from Hughes, a former All-American collegiate wrestler.

However Hughes was eventually able to take Alves down to the canvas late in the first round. Despite not mounting much offense, Hughes was able to control Alves from top position for a good portion of the round before Alves reversed position and worked some ground-and-pound of his own before the horn sounded to end the stanza.

The second round saw Hughes take a knee to the face after trying another early takedown. The blow opened a cut near the former champion’s mouth and Hughes found himself on his back and avoiding strikes from Alves yet again. After landing a few hard punches, a scramble allowed both fighters to get back to their feet.

Alves then rushed Hughes and connected with a flying knee that sent the Miletich Fighting Systems product crumbling to the mat, his left knee awkwardly bending behind him. Alves pounced on a defenseless Hughes and connected with a couple of unanswered shots before referee Herb Dean stepped in to halt the bout.

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UFC 85: Bedlam Results

Antoni Hardonk def. Eddie Sanchez - TKO
Paul Taylor def. Jess Liaudin - Split Decision, R3
Luis Cane def. Jason Lambert - TKO
Kevin Burns def. Roan Carneiro - Submission (Triangle Choke)
Matt Wiman def. Thiago Tavares - KO
Martin Kampmann def. Jorge Rivera - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Fabricio Werdum def. Brandon Vera - TKO
Thales Leites def. Nate Marquardt - Split Decision
Mike Swick def. Marcus Davis - Unanimous Decision
Michael Bisping def. Jason Day - TKO
Thiago Alves def. Matt Hughes - TKO

Evans Pulled from Finalized “Bedlam” Card

Rashad Evans. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Just hours after Brazilian striker Luis Cane stepped in for an injured James Irvin against former collegiate standout wrestler Rashad Evans, the UFC has decided to remove Evans from the card when the organization travels overseas to London, England on June 7th for UFC 85: Bedlam.

The promotion made the announcement this morning via their official website.

Evans was originally slated to take on Thiago Silva at this weekend’s UFC 84: Ill Will event in Las Vegas but was moved to the June card after Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was forced to pull out of his main event showdown against former champion Chuck Liddell.

After a torn hamstring forced Liddell off the show, Irvin was brought in as a late replacement opponent for Evans, eventually succumbing to the injury bug as well in the form of a broken foot suffered during a recent training session. No word as of yet on the extent of his injury nor how long he will be sidelined.

Cane will now once again take on Jason Lambert in a preliminary bout, capping off the card at a total of eleven fights. A middleweight bout between former title challenger Nate Marquardt and Thales Leites has been moved up to the televised portion of the event.

UFC 85 will be headlined by a main event welterweight clash between former longtime champion Matt Hughes and rising American Top Team product Thiago Alves. England native Michael Bisping will also be in action, taking on Canadian middleweight Jason Day.

Five Bouts Made Official for UFC 85

Marcus Davis throws a right hand at Paul Taylor. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship today made five previously rumored bouts official for their next event overseas: UFC 85: Liddell vs Evans.

The event will be highlighted by a light heavyweight contenders clash between former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell and Rashad Evans, who will be replacing an injured Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Heavyweights Brandon Vera and Fabricio Werdum are also slated to collide.

Among the bouts that will be featured on the televised portion of the pay-per-view includes a much-anticipated showdown between exciting welterweights Marcus Davis and Mike Swick, who only hold one loss each in a combined total of fourteen fights.

Martin Kampmann will return to action for the first time since submitting Drew McFedries at UFC 68 last March against Jorge Rivera, who is coming off of an upset stoppage of Kendall Grove in January.

Additional fights that were announced include the following: Nate Marquardt vs. Thales Leites, Martin Kampmann vs. Jorge Rivera, Thiago Tavares vs. Matt Wiman, and Luis Arthur Cane vs. Jason Lambert .

The rumored fight card for the event now looks like this:

Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans
Fabricio Werdum vs. Brandon Vera
Nate Marquardt vs. Thales Leites
Marcus Davis vs. Mike Swick
Martin Kampmann vs. Jorge Rivera
Ryo Chonan vs. Roan Carneiro*
Thiago Tavares vs. Matt Wiman
Jess Liaudin vs. Paul Taylor*
Luis Arthur Cane vs. Jason Lambert
Neil Wain vs. Antoni Hardonk*

* - not yet confirmed by UFC.

Report: Marquardt-Leites Signed for June

Nate Marquardt weighs-in for UFC Fight Night 8. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Nate Marquardt and Thales Leites will reportedly attempt to fight again in June when the Ultimate Fighting Championship travels overseas to London, England for UFC 85.

Both MMA Weekly and MMA Junkie have confirmed the bout with members of Marquardt and Leites’ respective camps.

UFC 85 will feature a light heavyweight contenders match between former champion Chuck Liddell and “Ultimate Fighter” season two winner Rashad Evans. Heavyweight standouts Fabricio Werdum and Brandon Vera will also clash.

Marquardt and Leites were originally slated to meet in a middleweight bout at UFC 81: Breaking Point. However Leites was forced to pull out of the bout after suffering a broken hand during training and was required to undergo surgery. He was replaced by Jeremy Horn, whom Marquardt submitted at the event.

The win over Horn was Marquardt’s first fight since he was stopped by current champion Anderson Silva last summer. It was Marquardt’s first defeat in close to three years.

After dropping a unanimous decision to Martin Kampmann in his UFC debut, Leites has gone on to win three consecutive fights, the most recent a submission win over journeyman Ryan Jensen last August.

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.

UFC 77 Post-Fight Notes

As you probably already heard, the UFC has officially announced the signing of former pro wrestler Brock Lesnar.

Lesnar is expected to make his UFC debut in February.

Ricardo Almedia’s signing with the UFC has also been made official by the company.

No formal announcement of Wanderlei Silva’s next opponent was made, despite claims that Silva was set to do so himself.

MMA Junkie ran into Silva at the event and asked him about the rumored matchup:

MMA Junkie bumped into the former PRIDE champion in downtown Cincinnati on Saturday, and the fighter couldn’t help smile when we asked him about a rumored fight with Liddell.

“Dec. 29 I go into the ring and finally beat (Liddell),” Silva said. “Unless Chuck (is) scared, we fight then.“

Tim Sylvia challenged fellow heavyweight Cheick Kongo after his victory over Brandon Vera:

“We don’t know what’s going on with Randy [Couture] right now,” Sylvia said. “He’s a little bit in limbo. I don’t want to sit my ass down and wait for him, so I think Cheick and I should fight.”

However White has stated that Sylvia will most likely fight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the UFC Heavyweight Title early next year.

UFC President Dana White announced the winners of the usual performance bonuses at the post-fight press conference:

Knockout of the night - Anderson Silva
Submission of the night - Demian Maia
Fight of the night - Jason Black vs Matt Grice

Each fighter will receive a bonus of $40,000, the highest that has ever been given out.

White also announced that UFC 77 broke the official gate record at the U.S. Bank Arena, bringing in a total of $2.54 million.

Randy Couture will hold a public press conference this coming Thursday to discuss his depature from the UFC.

White mentioned that the UFC would return to Ohio next March. He also said that Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta are all being considered to host shows next year.

Alex Marvez of FOX Sports is reporting that Franklin is expected to consider retirement.

Yushin Okami’s contract with the UFC apparently expired after last night’s fight with Jason MacDonald.

When asked about a future opponent for Silva, White threw Thales Leites, Ricardo Almeida, and David Terrell out there as possibilities.

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