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Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz out of TUF 11 and Liddell fight.

Last week, it was widely reported that something may have happened to Tito Ortiz causing his proposed fight with Chuck Liddell to be called off.  Rumor was that Rich Franklin would be stepping into his place.  Dana White vehemently denied the rumor, but more signs are pointing to that as being fact. 

Recent days have seen Twitter posts from both Tito and his girlfriend Jenna Jameson confirming that Ortiz was in the hospital, posting that it was that it was due to a severe case of the flu.  But another recent report on 5 Ounces of Pain suggests that Tito has stepped down due to disk herniations in his neck.  Seventeen months ago, Ortiz underwent back surgery on his lumbar (low back) spine to fix herniations there.

Dream’s May card shaping up nicely

Dream’s May 30 show is set to launch the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix.  It will feature returning Middleweight Grand Prix winner, Gegard Mousasi, pending the outcome physically from his April 17 matchup in Strikeforce with Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.  Recently signed to compete in the tourney are two fighters whom Mousasi has defeated in Strikeforce, Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. 

Also slated to make his return to the Dream ring is Marius Zaromskis, who last saw action in Strikeforce, suffering a TKO defeat at the hands of Nick Diaz. 

Lashley on Strikeforce’s April card

Bobby Lashley, now training full-time in MMA, has been added to Strikeforce’s April 17th card on CBS.  Strikeforce’s Scott Coker confirmed the news with MMAWeekly but declined to name an opponent pending athletic commission approval.  With three title fights headlining the card, the fight is expected to be the swing bout that may or may not make the airwaves pending time available.

Fedor-Barnett in Jeopardy; Belfort to Step In?

Josh Barnett. Photos by Gene Blevins/Golden Boy Promotions.

It looks like the epic heavyweight showdown between Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett may be in serious jeopardy. According to reports, Barnett’s pre-fight drug test, administered by the California State Athletic Commission, may have come back with positive results. spoke with Barnett, who said, “I took my test three weeks ago. I would have thought I would have heard something by now. No matter what happens with this. I can assure you I will clear my name. This will not be something that I am defined by.”

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Prangley, Lashley Victorious at “Hard Knocks”

Trevor Prangley. Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.

Veteran Trevor Prangley outlasted defending champion Emanuel Newton to take a five-round unanimous decision and the MFC world light heavyweight championship at MFC 21: Hard Knocks Friday night at the River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta.

After a weathering an early storm and appearing to be out of gas, Prangley (20-5) picked up the pace after three rounds and began to wear down Newton (11-4-1) with crisper strikes and kicks. By the time the fifth round came around, both of Newton’s eyes were half-closed due to precise shots and the effects of well-placed bodyshots from punches, knees, and kicks had taken their toll on Newton.

The fight’s most compelling moment came with one second remaining in the fifth round as Prangley clipped Newton with a punch combo and then connected point-blank with a crushing high kick that caught Newton square on the chin. Both fighters went down in a heap – Newton from the blast and Prangley from a bruised foot – as referee “Big” John McCarthy jumped in with the horn blowing. The sold-out crowd at The Venue at River Cree gave both fighters a standing ovation for their impressive performances.

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MFC Announces Full Card for “Hard Knocks”

Trevor Prangley. Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.

The Edmonton-based Maximum Fighting Championship has released the complete card for MFC 21: “Hard Knocks”, which will take place on May 15 at the River Cree Resort & Casino.

The show’s main event will feature UFC and Strikeforce veteran Trevor Prangley returning to action to challenge Emanuel Newton for his MFC light heavyweight title. Former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley will also battle California product Mike Cook in a featured attraction.

Additional main card bouts include former WEC and UFC title challenger John Alessio against Andrew Buckland, seasoned veteran Marvin Eastman facing Aron Lofton, and a light heavyweight clash between journeymen David Heath and Travis Galbraith.

The complete card for the event is as follows.

Main Card:

Emanuel Newton vs. Trevor Prangley (MFC Light Heavyweight Title)
Bobby Lashley vs. Mike Cook
John Alessio vs. Andrew Buckland
Marvin Eastman vs. Aron Lofton
David Heath vs. Travis Galbraith
Ryan Jimmo vs. Mychal Clark

Preliminary Bouts:

William Richey vs. Ryan Fortin
Jeremy Combrink vs. Jason Heit
Dwayne Lewis vs. Jay Whitford
Nolan Clarke vs. George Belanger

Lashley Inks Deal With Canada’s MFC

Bobby Lashley. Photo courtesy of World Wrestling Entertainment.

One of the most dominating up-and-coming fighters in the world has signed on with the Maximum Fighting Championship.

Former WWE star Bobby “The Dominator” Lashley will step into the MFC ring on Friday, May 15 at MFC 21: Hard Knocks live from the River Cree Resort and Casino and airing live throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico on HDNet Fights.

A chiseled and imposing figure at six-foot-three and 265 pounds, Lashley is the premier heavyweight prospect in all of mixed martial arts.

“Bobby Lashley is a phenomenal athlete and a very impressive fighter who wants to make a big name for himself in mixed martial arts,” noted MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich. “He is a very exciting prospect and he will get a monumental opportunity to break into the spotlight at MFC 21.”

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Lashley vs. Sapp to Headline Prize Fight Promotions Debut MMA Show

Bobby Lashley. Photo courtesy of World Wrestling Entertainment.

Upstart boxing promotion Prize Fight Promotions has teamed up with local Mississippi mixed martial arts promoters Fight Force International to put on quite the MMA event in Biloxi, Mississippi on June 27. The show will be headlined by an intriguing (to say the least) heavyweight bout between former professional wrestler Bobby Lashley and PRIDE and K-1 veteran Bob Sapp.

There are plenty of other notable bouts on the card as well. Dangerous strikers Gilbert Yvel and Pedro Rizzo will clash following their respective losses to Josh Barnett in recent Affliction show in the co-main event. Din Thomas will take on fellow longtime veteran Javier Vasquez, who is coming out of a temporary retirement, in a featherweight bout, and former IFL lightweight standout Chris Horodecki will face William Sriyapai.

Even Affliction VP Tom Atencio is on the card. (For those who are unaware, Atencio already has a pro fight under his belt. He earned a decision over David Martinez at Total Combat 7 in January 2005)

The current lineup for the event is below. Not all of the fights have been officially signed as of yet and more details regarding the event are expected to come at a press conference in Biloxi in two weeks. The event will be televised on IN DEMAND and Direct TV PPV.

Bobby Lashley vs. Bob Sapp
Pedro Rizzo vs. Gilbery Yvel
Chris Horodecki vs. William Sriyapai
Din Thomas vs. Javier Vasquez
Brett Cooper vs. Waachim Spiritwolf
Tom Atencio vs. TBA
James Orso vs. Colby McMahan

Lashley-Jones Not Set for XFC 8 After All

Bobby Lashley. Photo courtesy of American Top Team.

Various reports circulated last week stating that former professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Bobby Lashley would compete in his third professional bout against Marcus Jones at XFC 8: “Regional Conflict” on April 25 in Nashville, Tennessee. It turns out that those reports are false.

From a press release sent out by the XFC today:

It’s come to our attention that a rumor has started circulating that Bobby Lashley will be fighting Marcus Jones at XFC 8: ‘Regional Conflict’ on Saturday, April 25 – a show featuring the fastest-rising young prospects and top emerging superstars from Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky and North Carolina in contender-versus-contender bouts, airing exclusively nationwide on HDNet. That rumor is false, and no such statement was ever issued by the XFC, Bobby Lashley, or Bobby Lashley’s manager.

“It is true that the XFC and Bobby Lashley have had numerous conversations, and both parties hope to find a way to work together in the very near future. Bobby has publicly stated his interest in fighting for the XFC, and we can confirm that the interest is mutual. We look forward to continuing to grow our relationship.

Monson, Lashley Win at “March Badness”

Jeff Monson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former World Wrestling Entertainment star Bobby Lashley took a step up in competition and won in just his second professional fight, grinding out a unanimous decision over experienced veteran Jason Guida in a featherweight bout at Square Ring Promotions “March Badness” event on Saturday in Pensacola, Florida.

Also victorious was one-time UFC heavyweight title contender Jeff Monson, who earned a controversial unanimous nod over former IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson. Notable veterans Din Thomas and Dennis Hallman also found the win column during the show as well. Future boxing hall-of-famer Roy Jones Jr. scored a fifth-round TKO of Omar Sheika in the night’s boxing main event.

Complete results (MMA) from the show:

Bobby Lashley def. Jason Guida - Unanimous Decision
Jeff Monson def. Roy Nelson - Unanimous Decision
Din Thomas def. Gabe Lemley - KO (Knee), R1
Dennis Hallman def. Danny Ruiz - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), R1
James Freeman def. John Mowry - KO (Punch), R1

Roy Jones Separates Bobby Lashley and Jason Guida

Roy Jones Jr, played the part of peacemaker in stepping in between Bobby Lashley and Jason Guida at the press conference for Jones’ hybrid boxing-MMA event, March Badness.

Guida to Replace Shamrock Against Lashley

Jason Guida. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Just one day after it was announced that Ken Shamrock would no longer be able to take on fellow former professional wrestler Bobby Lashley at the Roy Jones Jr-promoted “March Badness” boxing and MMA card next weekend due to a positive steroids test in California, it seems that Lashley already has a new opponent.

According to Ariel Helwani of, Lashley will now be facing one-time EliteXC and “Ultimate Fighter” veteran Jason Guida at the event: can exclusively report that Jason Guida (17-19) will replace Ken Shamrock as Bobby Lashley’s (1-0) opponent on next weekend’s “March Badness” pay-per-view. Guida, the younger brother of UFC lightweight star Clay Guida, is best known for failing to make weight prior to his qualifying match on the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” The Florida State Boxing Commission is honoring Shamrock’s steroid suspension levied by the California State Athletic Commission earlier this week.

Despite his actions over the last year or so that have brought him down in the eyes of many MMA fans, Guida’s experience presents a whole new challenge for Lashley, who only has one professional fight under his belt so far. It’s a far more compelling matchup (and more dangerous for Lashley) than if he were still to face an aging Shamrock.

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