Welterweight

Hughes and Lawler Set to Leave MFS

Former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes and current ICON Sport Middleweight Champion Robbie Lawler are set to leave Miletich Fighting Systems in Iowa to start their own gym in Granite City, Illinois.

MFS founder Pat Miletich confirmed the news on The Fight Network’s radio show earlier today.

“Matt’s been with me for almost a decade,” said Miletich on Fight Network Radio today. “We’ve had a lot of great years together. This is a natural progression for guys to eventually go out on their own.”

“I’m sure he’s had a lot of offers to do something like this and he got one close to home,” said Miletich. “I know it’s been tough on him driving up to Iowa all these years, spending the week up here and going home on weekends year after year.”

The gym will be named H.I.T (Hughes Intensive Training) and will officially open to the public in January of next year. Matt Pena and Rob Fiore are said to be two of the members of the gym’s staff. Various reports also have TUF 5 alumnus Corey Hill switching gyms to train with Hughes and Lawler as well.

UFC 74 Fighters Test Clean for Steroids

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced that all ten fighters tested for performance enhancing drugs after UFC 74 passed with flying colors. The results of the tests for drugs of abuse will be released in the coming weeks.

The ten fighters that were tested: Patrick Cote, Randy Couture, Alberto Crane, Gabriel Gonzaga, Kendall Grove, Antoni Hardonk, Roger Huerta, Josh Koscheck, Frank Mir, and Georges St. Pierre.

UFC 74 Fighter Salaries

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced the official fighter salaries from UFC 74.

Half of Renato Sobral’s total purse has withheld by the NSAC pending an investigation and review of his extended submission held on opponent David Heath after Heath had already tapped out and referee Steve Mazzagatti ended the fight.

Randy Couture: $250,000
Georges St. Pierre: $140,000
Frank Mir: $66,000
Renato Sobral: $50,000
Gabriel Gonzaga: $45,000
Roger Huerta: $34,000
Joe Stevenson: $32,000
Marcus Aurelio: $30,000
Patrick Cote: $24,000
Thales Leites: $18,000
Clay Guida: $14,000
Kendall Grove: $12,000
Josh Koscheck: $10,000
Antoni Hardonk: $8,000
Kurt Pellegrino: $8,000
David Heath: $6,000
Ryan Jensen: $4,000
Alberto Crane: $4,000

Total Payroll: $755,000

The Ultimate Fighter 6 Official Cast

MMA’s most popular reality show, The Ultimate Fighter 6, is set to return Wednesday, September 19th at 10 PM on Spike TV. Season six will feature 16 fighters all competing in the 170 lbs. division with the winner earning a three year contract with the UFC. The finals will air Dec. 8 live on Spike TV and 21 days later the coaches, Matt Hughes and Matt Serra, will compete for the UFC welterweight title at UFC 79 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Official TUF 6 Cast:

Matt Arroyo (2-1)
Daniel Barrera (1-0)
Blake Bowman (4-3)
Mac Danzig (17-4-1)
Paul Georgieff (7-1)
Richie Hightower (7-1)
John Kolosci (8-4)
Troy Mandaloniz (3-1)
Billy Miles (2-1)
Roman Mitchyan (8-1)
Dorian Price (8-2)
Jared Rollins (9-3)
Ben Saunders (4-0-2)
Joe Scarola (6-0)
George Sotiropoulos (7-2)
Tommy Speer (9-1)

Couture Defies The Odds Once Again

Randy Couture did it again.

For the second time in as many fights, Couture shocked the world and defeated a challenger that was supposed to run him over. This is nothing new to Couture. He’s been an underdog for the majority of his career. However after two huge wins over two dominate heavyweights, can Couture be an underdog any longer?

Couture dominated challenger Gabriel Gonzaga over two rounds and an assault of strikes on the ground two minutes into the third forced referee Herb Dean to stop the fight, allowing Couture to retain his UFC Heavyweight Title. Gonzaga laid in the Octagon, bloodied and exhausted, in front of the 11,118 in attendance at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. It was a sight that many did not expect to see.

Gonzaga put himself on the map with a vicious knockout of Mirko Cro Cop this past April at UFC 70. A single headkick from Gonzaga left the supposed best striker in MMA unconscious on the mat. Couture said that he had developed the perfect strategy to beat Gonzaga during training. Gonzaga (8-2) stated that he found that Couture (16-8) had a fatal flaw in his game. It was Couture that ultimately won the chess match.

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UFC 74: Respect Quick Results

Clay Guida def. Marcus Aurelio - Split Decision
Thales Leites def. Ryan Jensen - Submission (Armbar)
Frank Mir def. Antoni Hardonk - Submission (Kimura)
Renato Sobral def. David Heath - Submission (Anaconda Choke)
Patrick Cote def. Kendall Grove - TKO (Strikes)
Joe Stevenson def. Kurt Pellegrino - Unanimous Decision
Roger Huerta def. Alberto Crane - TKO (Strikes)
Georges St. Pierre def. Josh Koscheck - Unanimous Decision
Randy Couture def. Gabriel Gonzaga - TKO (Strikes)

Weir Injured at BodogFight Tapings; Chonan to Face Daley at Cage Rage 23

Mark Weir has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Paul Daley at Cage Rage 23 after sustaining an injury in his fight against Nick Thompson at the BodogFight: Vancouver tapings. Replacing Weir on September 23 will be Ryo Chonan according to MMA Weekly.

Daley stated that although he wanted to fight Weir, he can’t turn down Chonan as a replacement:

“Dave O’Donnell called me earlier today and said that Weir was unable to make the fight and asked if I fancied the fight against Ryo Chonan,” said Daley. “Of course I was disappointed to not be fighting Weir, but as it stands, Ryo is an excellent name for me and I am definitely up for that one.”

Daley also confirmed that the bout will still be for the Cage Rage World Welterweight Title.

UFC 74 Weigh-In Results

Here are the official results from the UFC 74 weigh-ins.

Thales Leites weighed in at 188 lbs, 3 lbs over the 185 lb limit at middleweight. He currently has two hours to lose the extra weight. Since his fight against Ryan Jensen is a non-title bout, he will be permitted to weigh-in at 186 lbs if need be. We will be sure to have an update on the situation as soon as we get the information.

Update 9:30 PM: Leites made the required weight within two hours and will be permitted to fight tomorrow night.

Randy Couture (228.5 lbs) vs Gabriel Gonzaga (252 lbs)
Georges St. Pierre (170 lbs) vs Josh Koscheck (170 lbs)
Joe Stevenson (155 lbs) vs Kurt Pellegrino (155 lbs)
Patrick Cote (184.5 lbs) vs Kendall Grove (184 lbs)
Roger Huerta (155 lbs) vs Alberto Crane (155 lbs)
Marcus Aurelio (155 lbs) vs Clay Guida (155 lbs)
Frank Mir (255 lbs) vs Antoni Hardonk (244 lbs)
Renato Sobral (204 lbs) vs David Heath (205 lbs)
Thales Leites (188 lbs) vs Ryan Jensen (185 lbs)

Salmon, Clementi Added to Fireworks in the Cage II

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

St. Pierre Discusses Improved Approach to Fighting

Former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre talks to ESPN about the mental changes that he made after losing the belt to Matt Serra at UFC 69. He also discusses his training with Greg Jackson and his strategy going into his fight against Josh Koscheck at this weekend’s UFC 74.

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