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Previewing UFC 87: Seek and Destroy


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.

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UFC 87: Seek and Destroy Weigh-In Results


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.

Main Card:

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)

Preliminary Fights:
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)

UFC Announces “Seek and Destroy” Prelims


Hermes Franca throws a left hook at Spencer Fisher during their bout in January 2007. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced four previously rumored preliminary bouts that will take place as part of the organization’s upcoming “Seek and Destroy” event, which will take place on August 9th at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

UFC heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo will attempt to bounce back from a heartbreaking decision loss to Heath Herring back in March when he takes on newcomer Dan Evensen, a BodogFight veteran who has won his last four fights, most recently a decision win over Konstantin Gluhov last November.

Former lightweight title contender Hermes Franca will fight for the first time since testing positive for steroids, along with his last opponent, Sean Sherk, under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission. He will go up against standout wrestler Frankie Edgar, who suffered his first professional loss against Gray Maynard in April.

Additional non-televised matches that were announced include a battle between cast members of the sixth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, pitting Ben Saunders against Jared Rollins, as well as a welterweight bout featuring Chris Wilson and Steve Bruno.

UFC 87 is headlined by newly crowned UFC welterweight champion George St. Pierre’s first title defense against top contender Jon Fitch, who has won his first eight bouts with the promotion. A bout between lightweight contenders Roger Huerta and Kenny Florian will also take place. Former professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar will return to action against longtime veteran Heath Herring as well.

UFC 82: Pride of a Champion Weigh-In Results


Anderson Silva and Dan Henderson weigh-in for UFC 82: Pride of a Champion. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tonight’s UFC 82: Pride of a Champion are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

UFC 82 features a main event, middleweight title unification bout between current UFC title holder Anderson Silva and PRIDE champion Dan Henderson.

The show will also include a heavyweight affair between Cheick Kongo and Heath Herring as well as the return of former champion Evan Tanner as he takes on Japanese sensation Yushin Okami.

Main Card:

Dan Henderson (184.5 lbs) vs Anderson Silva (185 lbs)
Heath Herring (248 lbs) vs Cheick Kongo (233.5 lbs)
Yushin Okami (184.5 lbs) vs Evan Tanner (185 lbs)
Chris Wilson (169.5 lbs) vs Jon Fitch (170 lbs)
Alessio Sakara (185 lbs) vs Chris Leben (185 lbs)

Preliminary Fights:

Jake O’Brien (231.5 lbs) vs Andrei Arlovski (241 lbs)
Luigi Fioravanti (170.5 lbs) vs Luke Cummo (170 lbs)
Dustin Hazelett (170 lbs) vs Josh Koscheck (169.5 lbs)
David Bielkheden (170 lbs) vs Diego Sanchez (169.5 lbs)
John Halverson (155 lbs) vs Jorge Gurgel (154.5 lbs)

Video of the weigh-ins are after the jump, courtesy of ESPN:

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Previewing UFC 82: Pride of a Champion

Here’s a little preview breaking down tomorrow night’s UFC 82: Pride of a Champion, fight-by-fight, including detailed predictions along the way.

UFC 82 features a main event, middleweight title unification bout between current UFC title holder Anderson Silva and PRIDE champion Dan Henderson.

The show, which will take place at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, will also include a heavyweight affair between Cheick Kongo and Heath Herring as well as the return of former champion Evan Tanner as he takes on Japanese sensation Yushin Okami.

A total of ten fights round out the card.

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UFC Unveils Full Card for “Pride of a Champion”

The Ultimate Fighting Championship earlier today announced the complete card for it’s upcoming UFC 82: Pride of a Champion event, which will take place on March 1st at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

The event is headlined by a middleweight title unification bout between current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and PRIDE middleweight champion Dan Henderson. Previously announced main card bouts include a heavyweight affair between Cheick Kongo and Heath Herring as well as the return of former champion Evan Tanner as he takes on Japanese sensation Yushin Okami.

The two other televised bouts that were officially announced this morning involved former Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Sanchez challenging newcomer David Bielkheden and Jon Fitch, who remains undefeated inside the confines of the UFC going up against Team Quest’s Chris Wilson.

Luigi Fioravanti and Luke Cummo will both return to action in a welterweight bout together. Ohio natives Dustin Hazelett and Jorge Gurgel will both be in action at the event. Gurgel will face off against fellow lightweight John Halverson and Hazelett will take on powerhouse wrestler Josh Koscheck, who will be fighting in a preliminary bout after two consecutive lackluster performances.

The most high-profile preliminary bout includes an undefeated Jake O’Brien attempting to pass the biggest test of his career against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski. This will mark the first time in over five years that Arlovski has not been promoted as part of the main card of an event, further confirming the notion that he has decided to not re-sign with the company.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that a rumored bout between Chris Leben and Alessio Sakara was not annnounced as being part of the card.

Wilson Likely to Replace Gono Against Fitch


Chris Wilson throws a left hand at Brad Blackburn. Photo courtesy of IFL.

Team Quest’s Chris Wilson will most likely replace an injured Akihiro Gono against top welterweight contender Jon Fitch when the promotion travels to Columbus, Ohio for UFC 82: Pride of a Champion on March 1st.

The news comes from MMA Mania, who are known to have close ties to Fitch.

Gono was forced to pull out of the bout after learning that he is required to undergo surgery on an injury to his right hand. Gono apparently suffered the injury during his unanimous decision loss to Karo Parisyan at UFC 78 in November.

Wilson is currently riding a four-fight winning streak. His last fight was a unanimous decision win over Derrick Noble at an October Sportfight event.

During a recent stint in the IFL, Wilson dropped a decision to Brad Blackburn while defeating Rory Markham and current IFL welterweight champion Jay Hieron in consecutive fights after the Blackburn loss.

Fitch meanwhile, is undefeated thus far inside the confines of the UFC, racking up seven straight victories. His last win was a unanimous decision over Diego Sanchez at UFC 76.

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