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UFC 154 Pre-Fight Presser Video & Quotes

UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and interim champion Carlos Condit met with the media today to hype up their UFC 154 bout set for Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

Above is the video of the UFC 154 pre-fight press conference and after the jump you can find quotes from both St. Pierre and Condit.

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Carwin Injures Knee, Withdraws From Nelson Fight

Shane Carwin, Photo property of Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Shane Carwin. Photo property of Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The dreaded injury bug has struck again. UFC president Dana White has announced via Twitter that TUF 16 coach Shane Carwin has suffered a knee injury and been forced to withdraw from his upcoming bout with Roy Nelson. No replacement has been announced at this time.

White tweeted, “WOW!! It never ends Carwin blew his knee out. Looking for a new opponent for Roy on the TUF Finale on FX.”

The knee marks the second major injury for Carwin over the past two years. Before stepping onto TUF 16, Carwin spent the better part of a year rehabbing after undergoing back surgery. Carwin last appeared in the octagon on June 11 in a losing effort to UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos.

Overeem & “Bigfoot” Silva Set For Superbowl Showdown

Alistair Overeem. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

The Las Vegas Review Journal is reporting that heavyweight contenders Alistair Overeem and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will clash at UFC 156 on February 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The framework for this fight began taking shape a few weeks ago when Bigfoot spoke with MMA Junkie and said, "If Overeem really doesn't want to have to wait for a fight after his suspension is up, I am here ready to welcome him. I respect him as an athlete. After all, he was K-1, DREAM and Strikeforce champion. But I am not worried about titles or belts right now. Overeem is big and strong, but I know I can beat him. Even if was created in the lab, I can beat him."

Overeem has been on the sidelines for the past year after he tested positive for testosterone following a random drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Overeem has continuously expressed his interest in fighting on the UFC’s New Year’s Eve show but the UFC informed him that wasn’t a possibility as he still has to go through the process of getting his license reinstated when his suspension is up on December 27.

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Pokrajac Replaces Perosh at UFC on FX 6

Igor Pokrajac. Photo courtesy of Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that Igor Pokrajac will replace Anthony Perosh and now face Joey Beltran at UFC on FX 6. Perosh was forced to withdraw from the bout after suffering a gruesome broken toe while training.

Pokrajac enters the fight with a professional MMA record of 20-8. Pokrajac holds UFC victories over Fabio Maldonado, Krzysztof Soszynski, Todd Brown and James Irvin. His last outing came at UFC 152 where he suffered a submission loss to BJJ specialist Vinny Magalhaes.

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St. Pierre and Condit Prepare for Title Unification

Georges St. Pierre. Photo courtesy of Ultimate Fighting Championship.

This Saturday, UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will step into the octagon for the first time in over a year and a half.

St. Pierre last fought on April 30, 2011 at UFC 129 against Jake Shields. Since then he’s battled a different opponent; his surgically repaired ACL. After rigorous rehab, many questions still loom regarding St. Pierre’s future but all indications are that the champ will be back and better than ever.

Firas Zahabi told The Fight Network, “In practice he’s looking phenomenal and he’s performing at the level he was before and more. He’s more technical, he’s wiser, he’s smarter, he’s more cerebral when he spars now. I really think he’s going to do extremely well.”

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UFC Primetime “St. Pierre vs. Condit”, Episode Two


Above is the second episode from the latest installment of UFC Primetime. The series follows UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit as they prepare for their UFC 154 showdown on November 17 in Montreal, Quebec.

UFC Primetime “St. Pierre vs. Condit”, Episode One



Above is the first episode from the latest installment of UFC Primetime. The series follows UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit as they prepare for their November 17 showdown in Montreal, Quebec.

The Daily Recap: Three Fights to Headline Stacked UFC on FOX 5, OneFC and Invicta News & More

Benson Henderson. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

For those complaining about the lack of depth for UFC cards recently, the announcement of a title fight and two high-profile bouts between contenders for the UFC's next show on FOX should be enough to generate some excitement again.

UFC on FOX 5 will be headlined by Benson Henderson, who defended his UFC lightweight championship just this past weekend against Frankie Edgar, taking on Nate Diaz in a 155 lb title bout.

Also featured on the network television broadcast will be decorated veteran Mauricio "Shogun" Rua facing top rising light heavyweight prospect Alexander Gustafsson and the return of future hall-of-famer B.J. Penn against highly-touted youngster Rory MacDonald.

The show will take place on December 8 at a location yet to be announced. A fourth fight will also be featured on the main card and will be announced in the coming weeks.

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The Daily Recap: Sonnen to Face Forrest at 205 lbs, Curran Suffers Orbital Fracture & More (Updated)

Chael Sonnen. Photo by Esther Lin/MMA Fighting.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

Two-time UFC middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen made a bombshell announcement on tonight's episode of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV, revealing that he'll be making an expected move up to the light heavyweight division and will face former champ Forrest Griffin at the UFC's year-end show on December 29.

In talking about the matchup, Sonnen praised Griffin for his achievements inside the cage and stated that he felt that he was underlooked. He also went on about current champion Jon Jones and the fact that he would be able to steal his title like "halloween candy". (Update - Video of Sonnen's announcement is after the jump.)

Sonnen and Griffin met once before at IFC's talent-stacked light heavyweight tournament at their "Global Domination" event in September 2003. Griffin submitted Sonnen with a triangle choke in the quarterfinals of an eight-man tournament that night. Not much of a surprise there.

The bout will be Sonnen's first at 205 lbs since he fell to Renato "Babalu" Sobral all the way back at UFC 55 almost seven years ago. Griffin is coming off of a unanimous decision over Tito Ortiz last month in a rubber match between the two.

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The Daily Recap: Mayhem Miller Naked & Arrested in Church, No Cause of Death for Tyrone Mims & More

Jason "Mayhem" Miller. Photo courtesy of FEG/DREAM.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

Well, it's been a hell of a day to say the least. Let's get to it.

Jason "Mayhem" Miller was arrested today in an Orange County, California church after police found the building broken into, covered in fire extinguisher spray, various materials broken and scattered all over and "Mayhem" sitting naked on a couch. The arrest comes just a couple of days after he and UFC president Dana White got into a spat on Twitter, which ended up with Miller telling White to kill himself at one point.

I've already seen some comments from people saying that "Mayhem" is punch drunk or on drugs. It's sad. I really don't hope that is the case. And for some reason, part of me really wants to give him the benefit of the doubt here. We all know he's had a history of problems. Terrible childhood on top of being a generally wild dude for years. He's spoken openly about suffering from depression and stuff like that. Had the whole incident with his sister last year, plus more in the past.

I heard that he was in a bad place even before the Twitter back-and-forth with Dana White this weekend and now this. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with his poor showing in his return to the UFC, plus getting cut over what Dana says was a backstage ordeal caused by him. Who knows.

Either way, I hope he gets some help. It's sad to see him like this.

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