Travis Lutter def. Jason MacDonald – Decision (Unanimous)
Antonio McKee def. Carlo Prater – Decision (Unanimous)
John Alessio def. Luigi Fioravanti – KO (Punches)
Mike Nickels def. David Heath – Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Ryan Jimmo def. Marvin Eastman – Decision (Split)
Pete Spratt def. Nathan Gunn – KO (Punch)
Dwayne Lewis def. Jared Kilkenny – TKO (Punches)
Jason Heit def. Paapa Inkumusah – TKO (Punches)
Joe Christopher def. Andrew Buckland – Submission (Guillotine)
Nick Hryuchyshyn def. Jesse MacDougall – TKO (Punches)
Jason MacDonald. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Maximum Fighting Championship has announced that UFC veterans Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald and Travis Lutter will do battle at MFC 22: Payoff on Friday, October 2 at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta.
“This is a mega-fight – the best matchup and exactly the fight we wanted for our fans,” said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich. “Both MacDonald and Lutter are tremendous competitors with great skills, and I think there is a grudge building up between them.
Travis Lutter. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Despite previous reports stating that Travis Lutter would be returning to the UFC to face Joe Doerksen at UFC 91 on November 15, it seems that a bout between the two at the event is unlikely. Lutter has denied the news, saying that a potential fight against Doerksen at the event is nothing more than a rumor in a recent interview with MMA Rated.
“That was never true,” Lutter said in the article. “I’m hoping to make it back to the UFC at some point, but right now I’m not under contract with the UFC. I talked to (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva when the rumors came out and he knew nothing about it. I don’t know how these things get started.”
Both Lutter and Doerksen were released from the UFC following their respective losses at UFC 83 on April 19. Lutter hasn’t fought since while Doerksen recently won a split decision over John Meyer at a Vipers MMA promoted event in Calgary on August 29.
Travis Lutter. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
While it seems like an eternity ago, it’s only been three months since the UFC decided to release Travis Lutter following his disappointing loss to former middleweight champion Rich Franklin in Canada back in May. After a pair of short stints inside MMA’s biggest promotion, Lutter has hit a crossroads in his career.
He’s primarily stayed out of the limelight since his departure - spending time with his family and running his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academies in Forth Worth, Texas. However his fans will be happy to hear that Lutter has no intention of hanging up the gloves just yet.
“Right now I’ve just been spending my time running my schools and training, keeping in shape,” Lutter said during a recent interview with MMA on Tap. “The schools have been going great. We’ve been growing really well and really getting the sport out there. With more and more students coming in and learning, I’ve had more and more great guys to train with.”
Carlos Condit. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Here’s a little recap of what went on this past weekend, starting with Carlos Condit reportedly signing a contract extension with World Extreme Cagefighting according to USA Today‘s Sergio Non. The new deal comes after Condit’s most recent victory over Carlo Prater in February. The fight against Prater was Condit’s second to last fight on his previous deal. Condit expects the new deal to kick in with a potential fight in August against an opponent yet to be named.
The promotion also confirmed two additional bouts for their next scheduled event on June 1st in Sacramento, California over the weekend via their official website. A rumored bantamweight title bout between champion Miguel Torres and injury replacement Yoshiro Maeda has been made official as well as Mark Munoz’s WEC debut against fellow newcomer Chuck Grigsby.
UFC Releases Travis Lutter
Fresh off of his disappointing loss to former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin at UFC 83 last weekend, Travis Lutter, the middleweight winner of the fourth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, has been released from his contract by the UFC. The news was first reported by Pramit Mohapatra of Fight Ticker and has since been confirmed by Lutter himself, who stated that his agent received a call Sunday morning informing him of his release due to consecutive losses in his last two fights.
Report: Southworth-Ruiz Rematch Possible for June
Bobby Southworth, one of the cast members on the original season of “The Ultimate Fighter” will attempt to avenge a recent loss to Anthony Ruiz at Strikeforce’s upcoming planned event in June according to MMA Mania. The two fought in November - Ruiz scored a TKO win over Southworth after the UFC veteran suffered a fight-ending cut over his left eye early in the second round.
However Southworth remains Strikeforce’s world light heavyweight champion due to the fight being a non-title bout. It’s unknown whether or not the belt will be on the line in June. Southworth has not fought since losing to Ruiz. Meanwhile Ruiz has recorded back-to-back wins over Jimmy Ambriz and Brad Imes since then.
Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
One year removed from his original upset loss to Matt Serra, Georges St. Pierre was finally able to avenge the defeat, dominating Serra on the mat over two rounds en route to regaining his UFC welterweight title in UFC 83’s historic main event.
The raucous crowd packed inside Montreal, Quebec’s Bell Centre saw St. Pierre surprise many in the opening seconds of the fight as he opted to take Serra down. After being on the receiving end of an array of strikes, Serra eventually worked his way back to his feet before finding himself on his back once again.
Any chances for another first-round Serra knockout were spoiled in a big way. With a mouse forming under Serra’s right eye, the Long Island native came out from his corner looking to throw down at the start of the second round. St. Pierre unfortunately had a different idea.
St. Pierre scored yet another early takedown. Serra mounted a bit of offense once the fight hit the feet, connecting with a head kick. However with fatigue setting in, Serra was unable to capitalize, allowing St. Pierre to land a handful of stiff jabs before shooting in for a takedown.
Once on the mat, St. Pierre unleashed a barrage of unanswered punches and knees to the body that forced Serra to cover up and referee Yves Lavigne to ultimately stop the fight, handing St. Pierre the title that he likely should have never lost in the first place.
“My strategy going in was to make it a physical fight,” St. Pierre said in his post-fight interview with Kenny Florian, who filled in for usual color commentator Joe Rogan. “I wanted to make him tired as much as I could because I know have the conditioning. I was trying to mix it up as much as I could.”
Matt Serra and Georges St. Pierre pose at the pre-fight press conference for UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II show are below. All fighters successfully made weight.
The event will be headlined by current welterweight champions Georges St. Pierre and Matt Serra unifying their belts in a main event rematch of their fight at UFC 69: Shootout last year, where Serra stopped St. Pierre with strikes to win the UFC welterweight title.
Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin will also be in action, taking on the middleweight winner of the fourth season of “The Ultimate Fighter, Travis Lutter. Additional main card bouts include Nate Quarry vs. Kalib Starnes, Michael Bisping vs. Charles McCarthy, and Mac Danzig vs. Mark Bocek.
Matt Serra (169.5 lbs) vs. Georges St. Pierre (169.5 lbs)
Rich Franklin (185.5 lbs) vs. Travis Lutter (185 lbs)
Nate Quarry (185.5 lbs) vs. Kalib Starnes (186 lbs)
Michael Bisping (185.5 lbs) vs. Charles McCarthy (186 lbs)
Mac Danzig (154.5 lbs) vs. Mark Bocek (154.5 lbs)
Jason MacDonald (185 lbs) vs. Joe Doerksen (184.5 lbs)
Sam Stout (155.5 lbs) vs. Rich Clementi (155 lbs)
Ed Herman (185.5 lbs) vs. Demian Maia (184.5 lbs)
Jonathan Goulet (169.5 lbs) vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka (170 lbs)
Alan Belcher (185 lbs) vs. Jason Day (183.5 lbs)
Cain Velasquez (235.5 lbs) vs. Brad Morris (225.5 lbs)
Screenshots from this afternoon’s weigh-ins featuring St. Pierre and Serra are after the jump, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports.
Travis Lutter, the winner of the fourth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” discusses his troubles cutting weight before his scheduled title fight against current middleweight champion Anderson Silva in his last bout and his upcoming fight against former champion Rich Franklin at UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II this weekend with ESPN.
Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The last time we saw Travis Lutter in action, he was doing something that no one else has been able to do since – give Anderson Silva some trouble during the course of a fight.
While hopes of an eventual rematch against Silva loom in the distance, Lutter’s first task on the road back after a layoff of over a year will be defeating former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin this Saturday night, not exactly the greatest welcome back gift in terms of an opponent.
Still, Lutter maintains his confidence that a win over Franklin will ultimately help give him exactly what he is looking for.
“Going out there and doing well against Anderson really gave me a lot of confidence,” Lutter said during a recent media conference call. “Franklin is a different kind of opponent style-wise but he’s still just as tough. If I beat someone of his skill set and rank, it’ll definitely help me on my way to get a shot at Anderson again.”
Georges St. Pierre and Matt Serra square off at the weigh-ins for UFC 69: Shootout. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
After years of waiting, the Ultimate Fighting Championship finally made their first trek up to Canada official when they announced UFC 83: St. Pierre vs Serra II during a press conference earlier today at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada earlier this morning.
In attendance at the press conference were UFC President Dana White and current welterweight champions Georges St. Pierre and Matt Serra who will unify their belts in a main event rematch of their fight at UFC 69: Shootout last year, where Serra stopped St. Pierre with strikes to win the UFC welterweight title.
“I’m actually excited to go to Canada and fight St-Pierre in his hometown,” Serra said at the press conference earlier today. “I think this puts more pressure on him than it does me. I know he’s going to come at me hard, but I’m ready for that and I’m preparing for a great fight. I know that’s what I would do if a guy knocked me out like that. But I plan on staying the champ and taking my belt back home to Long Island.”
St. Pierre, a native of Montreal, will be fighting in front of his hometown under the UFC banner for the first time in his career. After originally speculating that St. Pierre would not be ready in time for the event due to his bout against Matt Hughes in December, St. Pierre came away with the interim welterweight belt relatively unscathed, allowing him to partake in the historic event.
“I am at the same point as I was last year when I fought Matt Serra, except this time I am fighting as the contender not the champion,” said St-Pierre. “It’s a dream come true to have this historic UFC event in Canada, I’ve waited my whole life for this opportunity, and especially fighting for – and winning – the world title in front of my people.”