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Florian Stops Lauzon in Denver


Kenny Florian throws a knee at Joe Lauzon. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The ‘Battle of Boston’ went in Kenny Florian’s favor last night as he relentlessly pressured fellow Massachusetts native Joe Lauzon before ultimately stopping his foe with an onslaught of unanswered strikes during the latest edition of UFC Fight Night at the at the Broomfield Events Center in Denver, Colorado.

What originally was booked as a friendly matchup between two lightweight contenders slowly evolved into a heated exchange of pre-fight trash talking. The tension between the two was evident from the start of the fight as an intense staredown changed into a quick exchange of punches.

Lauzon quickly down Florian down in the first minute. An unorthodox attempt by Florian to use elbows from the bottom was foiled by referee Herb Dean after one of the blows cut the back of Lauzon’s head open. Florian then used solid submission defense to escape knee bar and heel hook attempts before eventually closing out the round delivering strikes from the top position.

Florian turned up the heat at the start of the second round. A swift body kick led to Florian scoring a takedown and transitioning to half-guard. The veteran of the inaugural season of “The Ultimate Fighter” then rained down unanswered punches and elbows on Lauzon for nearly two full minutes. Despite a good job of covering up and limiting damage, Dean decided that Lauzon had enough, moving Florian even closer to another shot at the lightweight title that was once in his reach.

“Joe’s a great competitor and I knew it was gonna be a tough fight,” Florian said after the bout. “That’s what I wanted.”

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Irvin Hopes to Change Luck Against Alexander


James Irvin weighs-in for UFC 79: Nemesis. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

To say that James Irvin has had a run of bad luck recently is putting it lightly.

After an impressive stoppage of Hector Ramirez allowed Irvin to continue his career with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Irvin was unable to ride a wave of momentum through his next fight, courtesy of a brutal knee injury suffered against Thiago Silva last May.

Months of rehab followed and Irvin recovered well-enough to score a showdown with Luis Cane in December to close out the year. The first minute and a half of the fight went exactly as expected with both fighters exchanging bombs on the feet. However Cane ended the fight when he knocked Irvin out cold with an illegal knee, handing Irvin the victory but once again leaving him unable to put the outcome of a fight in his own hands.

With last year now in the past, Irvin enters his clash with Houston Alexander on Wednesday in dire need of a win if he wants to stay with the UFC. However more important to Irvin at this point, is starting off the new year with a clean slate.

“Last year was a terrible year for me,” Irvin said during a recent interview session. “The win over Hector Ramirez was huge because it kept me in the UFC. Then I hurt my knee and that stung really bad. Being a striker, my knees are so important to have, and I thought that my career might have been cut short. Luckily I was able to recover and the UFC stuck by me and gave me another chance. Now I’m ready to turn the page and start this year fresh.”

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Alexander-Irvin Moved to UFC Fight Night 13


Houston Alexander works out in preparation for his bout against Alessio Sakara at UFC 75. Photo courtesy of Houston Alexander.

It looks like the UFC’s tentative March event is all but cancelled now that one of it’s potential main card fights has been moved to another card.

Powerful light heavyweight Houston Alexander will now take on fellow striker James Irvin at UFC Fight Night 13, which will take place at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colorado on Wednesday, April 2nd.

The news comes from our friends at MMA Junkie and is also being reported by MMA Weekly as well.

It will be the first time that the UFC has held an event in the state of Colorado since the first Ultimate Ultimate tournament in 1995.

Alexander came out of nowhere to knock off Keith Jardine at UFC 71 in May of last year. The win was considered a huge upset considering that Alexander was not well-known at the time. Alexander followed up with another impressive stoppage victory over former professional boxer Alessio Sakara at UFC 75.

Alexander’s rise to the top was halted when the Nebraska native ran into Chute Boxe product Thiago Silva at UFC 78 this past November. The Brazilian punished Alexander on the ground, eventually putting him to sleep with a flurry of punches from the mount position.

To say that James Irvin has had some bad luck lately is putting it lightly. After defeating Hector Ramirez in his return to the UFC, Irvin’s bout against Thiago Silva was stopped when the California native suffered a knee injury in the first round. Irvin recovered and looked to slug it out with Luis Cane at UFC 79 but ended up being knocked out with an illegal knee, ultimately winning by disqualification.

Report: Alexander Signs to Fight Irvin in March

Houston Alexander has signed a bout agreement that will have him face fellow light heavyweight James Irvin when the UFC returns to London, England on March 8th.

The news comes from a report by MMA Junkie.

Apparently Alexander has accepted the fight and is now simply waiting to see if Irvin and his camp will do the same.

Michael Bisping is also rumored to be making his debut at middleweight at the event against former Ultimate Fighter cast member Charles McCarthy as well.

Alexander came out of nowhere to knock off Keith Jardine at UFC 71 in May of last year. The win was considered a huge upset considering that Alexander was not well-known at the time. Alexander followed up with another impressive stoppage victory over former professional boxer Alessio Sakara at UFC 75.

Alexander’s rise to the top was halted when the Nebraska native ran into Chute Boxe product Thiago Silva at UFC 78 this past November. The Brazilian punished Alexander on the ground, eventually putting him to sleep with a flurry of punches from the mount position.

To say that James Irvin has had some bad luck lately is putting it lightly. After defeating Hector Ramirez in his return to the UFC, Irvin’s bout against Thiago Silva was stopped when the California native suffered a knee injury in the first round. Irvin recovered and looked to slug it out with Luis Cane at UFC 79 two weeks ago but ended up being knocked out with an illegal knee, ultimately winning by disqualification.

UFC 78: Validation Live Blog

Tonight we will be going live at 8 PM EST, covering UFC 78: Validation with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the day and night…

While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, and much more:

UFC 78: Validation Weigh-In Results
Tap Selections: UFC 78
Goldberg and Rogan Preview UFC 78
Herman Wants Revenge Against Doerksen
Bisping and Evans Ready to Battle at UFC 78
Alexander Plans to be Quick and Exciting
UFC 78 Conference Call Notes
Terrell Replaced by Doerksen at UFC 78
Parisyan-Chonan; Alves-Lytle Now Set for UFC 78
Lombard Unable to Compete at UFC 78
Aurelio-Caudillo Agree to Terms
UFC Announces Bisping-Evans, Alexander-Silva

Main Card:

Rashad Evans vs Michael Bisping
Houston Alexander vs Thiago Silva
Karo Parisyan vs Ryo Chonan
Spencer Fisher vs Frankie Edgar
Joe Doerksen vs Ed Herman

Preliminary Fights:

Chris Lytle vs Thiago Alves
Joe Lauzon vs Jason Reinhardt
Marcus Aurelio vs Luke Caudillo
Akihiro Gono vs Tamdan McCrory

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Goldberg and Rogan Preview UFC 78

UFC commentators Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan break down tomorrow night’s two huge fights in the UFC’s light heavyweight division: Ultimate Fighter winners Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping square off in a bout that will see one fighter earn his first professional loss; Upstart Houston Alexander will try to continue his string of impressive stoppage wins when he takes on Chute Boxe product Thiago Silva.

UFC 78: Validation Weigh-In Results

Here are the official weigh-in results for UFC 78: Validation which is set to take place tomorrow night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. All 18 fighters scheduled to compete successfully made weight.

Main Card:

Rashad Evans (206 lbs) vs Michael Bisping (205 lbs)
Houston Alexander (203 lbs) vs Thiago Silva (204 lbs)
Karo Parisyan (170 lbs) vs Ryo Chonan (169.5 lbs)
Spencer Fisher (154.5 lbs) vs Frankie Edgar (154 lbs)
Joe Doerksen (185.5 lbs) vs Ed Herman (186 lbs)

Preliminary Fights:

Chris Lytle (170.5 lbs) vs Thiago Alves (171 lbs)
Joe Lauzon (155 lbs) vs Jason Reinhardt (155 lbs)
Marcus Aurelio (156 lbs) vs Luke Caudillo (155.5lbs)
Akihiro Gono (169 lbs) vs Tamdan McCrory (170 lbs)

Alexander Plans to be Quick and Exciting

Houston Alexander tells ESPN that he wants to make things quick and exciting for the fans against Thiago Silva at UFC 78 this weekend.

UFC 78 Conference Call Notes

The UFC held a conference call with the media yesterday afternoon to promote this weekend’s UFC 78: Validation which is set to take place live from the brand new Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey this Saturday. UFC President Dana White was the host of the call. Featured fighters included Michael Bisping, Rashad Evans, and Houston Alexander.

- White stated that Randy Couture contacted him and requested a face-to-face meeting. White said that the meeting will most likely take place at some point this week. White also noted that Couture has been offered an official title defense against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for early next year. Couture has not given an answer as of yet. White says that there are no plans for an interim heavyweight title if Couture chooses not to accept.

- When it comes to Sean Sherk, White says that Sherk will now most likely be stripped of his title if the California State Athletic Commission refuses to overturn his positive steroids test next month. That means Penn and Stevenson would fight for the actual title at UFC 80 and that Sherk would become a mandatory challenger once his suspension was over.

- No decision on whether or not UFC 80 will be broadcasted on PPV or Spike TV.

- The UFC held a meeting with all of it’s fighters last week in Las Vegas where a variety of topics were discussed. Topics included the steroids problem, contracts, taxes, organization policy, and how to deal with the media. Rumor has it that White told fighters they no longer be permitted to participate in internet radio shows. That seems to be false however as Spencer Fisher was on Sherdog yesterday.

- White says that he is slated to meet with officials in the New York State Athletic Commission to discuss the possible legalization of MMA in the state.

- White noted that rematches of Tito Ortiz-Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping-Matt Hamill were originally supposed to headline UFC 78 but both Hamill and Ortiz claimed that they were injured and couldn’t compete.

- The next UFC Fight Night is scheduled for January 23rd. No word on a location or potential participants on the card yet.

- The UFC plans on returning to Florida at some point next year but the show will most likely be a PPV instead of the usual UFC Fight Night cards that have taken place in the state.

- While White did not reveal which major network he was currently in discussions with, he admitted that he was indeed in talks to have the UFC air on a “prime-time” network in the future.

- White has no idea concerning who is next in line to challenge Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight Title. White noted that he has attempted multiple times to try and get Dan Henderson to drop down to middleweight but Henderson seems to want to stay at 205 lbs.

CKA: Oct 4, 2007

I know we haven’t posted it but a lot of other sites have. Here’s a promo for UFC WiRED, a new show hosted by UFC color commentator Joe Rogan that debuts this weekend.

News and Notes

- Adam Smith, who competed on last weekend’s Strikeforce at the Mansion card against K-1 veteran Dewey Cooper, has tested positive for cocaine and marijuana according to the California State Athletic Commission. Smith will be suspended until June 25th of next year and fined $1,500.

- Anyone watch Dog The Bounty Hunter? Dog’s son Leland will be making his MMA debut on October 20th at No Limits Fighting’s Brawl for it All event.

- UFC vice president Marc Ratner told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports yesterday that Anthony Torres tested positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone through the post-fight tests done after UFC 75. Torres is the first fighter to test positive under the UFC’s testing done when events are held outside of the United States. Torres was released from his contract by the UFC, not because of the positive test, but because of a poor performance against his opponent at UFC 75, Jess Liaudin.

All of the other fighters tested at UFC 75 - Quinton Jackson, Dan Henderson, Dennis Siver, Michael Bisping, Terry Etim, Houston Alexander and Gleison Tibau all passed. All of the fighters who competed at UFC 76 passed their tests for performance enhancing drugs as well.

- Keith Jardine has told MMA Weekly that he plans on returning to the Octagon in January:

“I’m thinking January, the early part of the year would be a good time,” said Jardine about the ideal time for his next fight.

- SUN Sports & Entertainment has announced the complete fight card for Art of War 4: Mississippi Mayhem, scheduled to take place on October 27th:

Ron Faircloth vs Chris Hawk
Rex Richards vs Shane Carwin
Mike Wessel vs Matt Thomas
Andrew Chappelle vs Adriano Nasal
DJ Watkins vs Kyle Gibbons
David Hulett vs David Brown
Keith Bach vs Mark Wiggins
Andy Uhrich vs Chris Gates

- Sam Caplan is reporting through Dave Meltzer that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cheick Kongo may not be fighting at UFC 79 after all:

According to Dave Meltzer in his latest FoxSports.com column, a rumored match between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cheick Kongo may not take place at UFC 79 on Dec. 29 as had been previously reported. It now appears that Nogueira vs. Kongo could take place in either January or February.

- Zach Arnold is reporting that the PRIDE FC Worldwide office in Tokyo has been shut down and all of the workers have been fired.

Radio Schedule

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3-5 PM EST - The Jordan Breen Show
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

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