Houston Alexander. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The injury bug as continued to riddle UFC 98 of some of its biggest draws. Just days after Yushin Okami and James Irvin were replaced by Chael Sonnen and Xavier Foupa-Pokam in their respective bouts, fan favorite Houston Alexander has been forced out of his light heavyweight matchup against Andre Gusmao as well.
From the UFC’s new Twitter account:
Houston Alexander broke his hand. A new light heavyweight opponent for Andre Gusmao at UFC 98 to be announced quickly.
Not included with the aforementioned fighters was Josh Koscheck, who withdrew from a welterweight bout against Chris Wilson after suffering a foot injury during training. The event seems cursed in a way. Credit goes to the UFC though for replacing the injured participants with quality names that will still be able to draw interest.
Andre Gusmao. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Europe Top Team product Antonio Mendes will reportedly return to action at a yet-to-be-announced UFC event on January 17 in Dublin, Ireland, which will most likely serve as UFC 93, according to Tatame.com.
Although he gave Thiago Silva trouble early on at his UFC debut at UFC 84 in May, Mendes eventually fell to Silva, tapping out due to strikes at 2:24 of the first round. Prior to the bout, Mendes had gone on an eleven-fight winning streak.
Mendes could possibly take on Andre Gusmao at the UFC’s first overseas event of the new year. Gusmao was also defeated in his UFC debut, dropping an unanimosu decision to fellow newcomer Jon Jones at UFC 87 in August.
We will be going live at 8:00 PM ET tonight with live results of UFC 87: Seek and Destroy, which will take place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The show’s televised main card will air on pay-per-view and Yahoo! Sports starting at 10 PM ET.
The event will be headlined by Georges St. Pierre defending his UFC welterweight title against gritty top contender Jon Fitch, who will be challenging Royce Gracie’s age-old record for consecutive wins. Additional featured fights include Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring and Kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta.
Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Detailed live results are after the jump.
Roger Huerta. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Just two weekends after Anderson Silva destroyed James Irvin on cable television, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns with it’s latest offering: UFC 87: Seek and Destroy, which is headlined by Georges St. Pierre defending his UFC welterweight title against gritty top contender Jon Fitch, who will be challenging Royce Gracie’s age-old record for consecutive wins.
The UFC didn’t come alone on it’s first trip to the state of Minnesota - hometown products Roger Huerta and Brock Lesnar have come to participate in the biggest fights of their respective careers. Huerta will challenge Kenny Florian for the assumed right to take on UFC lightweight champ B.J. Penn while Lesnar will look to bounce back from an embarrassing first defeat against experienced veteran Heath Herring.
Here’s a little breakdown of what you can expect and what you should watch for during tonight’s event. The televised main card will air on pay-per-view and Yahoo! Sports starting at 10 PM ET. MMA on Tap will have complete play-by-play coverage of the event starting at 8 PM ET, so be sure to check back here throughout the night.
Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 87: Seek and Destroy, which will take place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, are below. The show’s televised main card will air on pay-per-view starting at 10 PM ET. All fighters successfully made weight.
Georges St. Pierre (170 lbs) vs. Jon Fitch (170 lbs lbs)
Heath Herring (250 lbs) vs. Brock Lesnar (265 lbs)
Kenny Florian (155 lbs) vs. Roger Huerta (155 lbs)
Jason MacDonald (185 lbs) vs. Demian Maia (185 lbs)
Rob Emerson (155 lbs) vs. Manny Gamburyan (155 lbs)
Cheick Kongo (235 lbs) vs. Dan Evensen (244 lbs)
Luke Cummo (167 lbs) vs. Tamdan McCrory (170 lbs)
Andre Gusmao (205 lbs) vs. Jon Jones (205 lbs)
Chris Wilson (170 lbs) vs. Steve Bruno (170 lbs)
Ben Saunders (170 lbs) vs. Ryan Thomas (170 lbs)
Jon Jones (left) is interviewed by Kevin “The Garv” Garvey following his title win over Moyses Gabin. Photo courtesy of Battle Cage Xtreme.
Battle Cage Xtreme veteran Jon Jones will step in as a late replacement opponent against fellow UFC newcomer Andre Gusmao at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy on August 9th in Minnesota. The UFC officially announced the bout earlier today.
Gusmao was originally rumored to be fighting Iowa fighting scene prospect Razak Al-Hussan after his first opponent, Tomasz Drwal, withdrew from the bout due to unknown reasons. However our friends at MMA Junkie now report that Al-Hussan has suffered a chest injury that will leave him unable to compete at the event. Al-Hussan still remains under contract with the UFC and is expected to make his debut with the promotion later this year.
Jones is currently riding a six-fight winning streak. He most recently earned a TKO win over Moyses Gabin on July 12th, which also gave him the vacant USKBA light heavyweight title. His opponent, Gusmao, is entering the UFC after a two-year stint with the IFL. He has not fought since knocking out Miletich Fighting Systems product Mike Ciesnolevicz with a knee at the IFL Team Championships in September of last year. It was the Brazilian’s second career win over Ciesnolevicz.
Tomasz Drwal. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Iowa fighting scene prospect Razak Al-Hussan will reportedly replace Tomasz Drwal in his scheduled preliminary bout against IFL veteran Andre Gusmao at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy on August 9th in Minnesota.
The news comes from our friends at MMA Junkie, who was informed by sources close to Al-Hussan that the light heavyweight formally accepted the bout with Gusmao this past week. The reason for Drwal’s withdraw remains unknown at this time.
Al-Hussan has won his first four professional fights to begin his young career. He most recently scored a second-round TKO of Todd Monghan at a Mainstream MMA event in April. Both he and Gusmao will be making their UFC debuts at the show.
Gusmao, who also remains undefeated thus far in his career, has not fought since knocking out Miletich Fighting Systems product Mike Ciesnolevicz with a knee at the IFL Team Championship in September of last year. It was the Brazilian’s second career win over Ciesnolevicz.