Aaron Simpson

The Daily Recap: Simpson Considering Move to Welterweight, Corassani Injured in Training & More

Aaron Simpson. 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.

Aaron Simpson is considering a drop down to the middleweight division following his split decision loss to Ronny Markes at last night's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event. “I just don’t cut for this weight class. I look at a guy like Frankie Edgar, thinking I can do the same thing, but I’m dealing with a lot of size. Maybe it means a move down to 170, I don’t know.  Right now it hurts to lose,” Simpson said after the fight. [MMA Weekly]

"TUF" 14 product Akira Corassani has been forced to bow out of his scheduled UFC on FUEL TV 2 featherweight bout against Jason Young after suffering an undisclosed injury during a recent training session. The UFC announced the news earlier this week. A replacement opponent for Young is expected to be revealed within the coming days. [UFC.com]

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UFC on FUEL TV Video Highlights

Courtesy of FOX Sports, here are some video highlights of last night's fights from the inaugural UFC on FUEL TV event, which saw hometown boy Jake Ellenberger outlast Diego Sanchez to earn a unanimous decision over three rounds in the main event.

Above is a video recap of Ellenberger and Sanchez's battle. After the jump, highlights from Stefan Struve vs. Dave Herman, Ronny Markes vs. Aaron Simpson and additional bouts can be seen.

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Ellenberger Outlasts Sanchez at First-Ever UFC on FUEL TV Show

Jake Ellenberger. Photo property of IFL.

Jake Ellenberger took all he could handle from tenacious veteran Diego Sanchez but ended up earning a unanimous decision in front of his hometown crowd in the main event of the first-ever UFC on FUEL TV event in Ellenberger's hometown of Omaha, Nebraska on Wednesday night.

The fight capped off an action-packed card at what looked to be a sold-out Omaha Civic Auditorium. The partisan crowd saw Ellenberger take one step closer to a UFC welterweight title shot with his six straight win in the division.

Ellenberger, who currently trains alongside Mark Munoz at Reign MMA, controlled the fight early on, frustrated Sanchez with good footwork and a steady diet of jabs and strong right hands. An always game Sanchez remained in the pocket and tried to keep up with his foe, landing occasional shots.

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Previewing UFC on Fuel 1: The Main Card

Diego Sanchez. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

Fresh off of an event last weekend, the UFC is getting right back into the swing of things with a special Wednesday show, their first-ever on FUEL TV. Luckily for Comcast subscribers and other who don’t have/aren’t able to get the network, this week is a free preview week and a lot of carriers are taking part.

So two days from now Jake Ellenberger is going to put his status at a top contender in the UFC’s welterweight division on the line against hard-nosed veteran Diego Sanchez, is who riding a win streak of his own and looking to return to the division’s upper-echelon.

UFC on Fuel TV 1 will also feature a heavyweight collision between Stefan Struve and Dave Herman as well as a middleweight battle pitting Aaron Simpson against Ronny Markes. Here’s a preview of the main card, which can be seen in its entirety after the jump.

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The Daily Recap: Pickett-Barao Set for UFC 138, Boetsch, Ring to Meet in October & More

Brad Pickett. Photo courtesy of ProElite.

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.

— Rising featherweight contenders Brad Pickett and Renan Barao have been signed to meet in a potential main card affair at UFC 138 on November 5 in Birmingham, England. Pickett has won ten out of his last eleven, most recently knocking off a returning Ivan Menjivar via unanimous decision at the WEC's final show in December. Barao has won all three of his bouts under the Zuffa banner to date, including a decision win over former WEC featherweight title holder Cole Escovedo in May. [The Daily Telegraph]

— Fresh off of a win oveR "TUF 3" winner Kendall Grove in his debut at middleweight, wrestling product Tim Boetsch is set to face undefeated Canadian grappler Nick Ring at UFC 135 on September 24. Boetsch opted to drop to 185 lbs after earning a 3-3 mark as a light heavyweight in the UFC. His opponent, Ring, is perfect thus far in his professional career. Some of his notable wins include submissions of Bill Mahood and James Head and a controversial decision over DEEP middleweight king Riki Fukuda. [UFC.com]

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Tap Selections: UFC 102


Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are our predictions (after the jump, winners in bold) for UFC 102.

The event will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between former UFC heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture and former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Also on the card will be a light heavyweight attraction featuring Keith Jardine and Thiago Silva.

Feel free to leave your predictions as well in our comments section.

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UFC Announces Bouts for April Events


Brian Stann. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship yesterday confirmed multiple previously rumored bouts that are scheduled to take place at the organization’s separate April events later this year.

Added to the UFC’s return to Canada on April 18 for UFC 97 were a total of four bouts. Former WEC Brian Stann will make his UFC debut against “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Krzysztof Soszynski on the event’s televised main card.

Stann was slated to take on Steve Cantwell in the third career bout between the two this past December, but was forced out of the bout with a foot injury. Soszynski comes into the fight with one UFC win already under his belt in the form of a second-round submission of Shane Primm.

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Reports: Bader-Marrerro, Simpson-McKenzie Set for UFC Fight Night 18


Ryan Bader. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

A pair of fights have reportedly been added to the yet-to-be-announced UFC Fight Night 18 show that is rumored to be taking place on April 1 in Nashville, Tennessee - Ryan Bader vs. Carmelo Marrero and Aaron Simpson vs. Tim McKenzie.

Five Ounces of Pain is reporting both fights as taking place at the event, citing sources close to some of the participating fighters.

Bader will be fighting for the first formal time in the UFC after defeating jiu-jitsu champion Vinicius Magalhaes to win the light heavyweight portion of the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” at the show’s finale in December. The Arizona Combat Sports product remains undefeated thus far in his professional career.

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WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown Live Results

We will be going live at 5:30 PM ET with complete results from tonight’s WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown event, which will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The show’s televised main card will air on Versus starting at 8 PM ET.

WEC 36 is headlined by Urijah Faber once again defending his featherweight title against gritty top contender Mike Thomas Brown. In addition, WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho will meet Chael Sonnen in a non-title rematch of their December 2007 fight and former UFC lightweight title holder Jens Pulver will look to get back on track against rising featherweight Leonard Garcia.

Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the evening. Detailed live results are after the jump. 

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Filho Misses Weight; Sonnen Fight Now Non-Title Affair


Paulo Filho. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

WEC middleweight title holder Paulo Filho came in an astounding seven pounds over the 185 lb. limit at the weigh-ins for WEC 36 on Tuesday afternoon, putting his championship rematch against Team Quest product Chael Sonnen in jeopardy.

After the two-hour allotted time limit, Filho was only able to cut down to 188 lbs, making his showdown against Sonnen a non-title affair. Sonnen will be awarded 25% of Filho’s purse.

In addition, featherweight title challenger Mike Brown came in a half pound over the featherweight limit and jiu-jitsu wizard Rani Yahya weighed-in one pound over the bantamweight requirements for his fight against Yoshiro Maeda. Brown was quickly able to shed the extra baggage while Maeda has agreed to face Yahya without forcing him to cut weight again.

Complete weigh-in results are after the jump.

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