Dennis Hallman. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
— Slick grappler and longtime veteran Dennis Hallman will reportedly make his official return to the UFC against John Howard at UFC 106, which will likely take place on November 21 in Las Vegas. Hallman has not fought in the UFC since dropping a unanimous decision to Jorge Rivera at UFC 55. Howard has earned a pair of split decisions over Tamdan McCrory and Chris Wilson in his two UFC bouts. [MMA Junkie]
— Dan Miller has reportedly been forced to withdraw from his scheduled UFC Fight Night 19 bout against “Ultimate Fighter” product C.B. Dollaway and will be replaced by UFC newcomer Jay Silva. Miller is said to be suffering from an undisclosed infection. Silva will make his UFC debut carrying a five-fight winning streak to start his professional career, including three wins by way of knockout. [MMA Madness]
Chris Leben. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here are your fight announcements for the morning of April 7, 2009.
Chris Leben will reportedly return from a nine-month suspension for a positive steroids test when he takes on former collegiate standout wrestler Jake Rosholt at UFC 102, which is slated for August 29 in Portland, Oregon. Leben dropped a unanimous decision to Michael Bisping in his last fight at UFC 89. Rosholt recently fell victim to a quick first-round submission by Dan Miller in his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 17. [MMA Junkie]
“Ultimate Fighter 7” winner Amir Sadollah will likely fight for the first time in over a year against Team Takedown member Johny Hendricks at UFC 101 on August 8 in Philadelphia. Sadollah announced his participation at the event during last week’s season premiere of “The Ultimate Fighter 9” and is said to have verbally agreed to a fight with Hendricks. Bout agreements are expected to be signed in the coming days. [Five Ounces of Pain]
A welterweight bout between rising prospects Tamdan McCrory and John Howard is currently in talks to occur at UFC 101 in August. McCrory recently bounced back from a dissappointing submission loss to skilled grappler Dustin Hazelett at UFC 91 to defeat UFC newcomer Ryan Madigan at UFC 96 on short notice. Meanwhile Howard picked up his first UFC win via a unanimous decision over Team Quest product Chris Wilson at UFC 94 in January. [MMA Mania]
Anthony Johnson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
According to Anthony Johnson, he doesn’t have an opponent anymore for his scheduled fight at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale in June. John Howard, whom Johnson was supposed to face, has reportedly “backed out” of the fight for reasons that Johnson isn’t aware of.
I was supposed to fight John Howard for the Ultimate Fighter Finale, but supposedly he backed out, so uh, I don’t know. I don’t know why he backed out, you know, he’s a fighter, he fights for the UFC, he shouldn’t back out of any fight. But it’s up to him. If he don’t think he’s ready for the competition don’t sign up for the UFC, you know what I mean?
The rumor was that Dustin Hazelett would be stepping in to face Johnson, but many have pointed out that he’s recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL. (Remember he was scheduled to face Ben Saunders at UFC 96?) He’ll probably be out for the rest of the year. The Fiend also notes that Howard’s decision to pull out of the fight may have something to do with his contract, which has him making $5,000 to show and $5,000 to win and is standard for a UFC newcomer without much prior experience, but nothing has been confirmed.
Clay Guida. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship once again handed out two separate “Fight of the Night” bonuses following the conclusion of Saturday night’s UFC 94 event.
UFC newcomer John Howard’s upset win over Chris Wilson earned both fighters $65,000 for putting on one of the night’s best bouts. Clay Guida and Nate Diaz earned the same for their back-and-forth lightweight on the show’s pay-per-view telecast. Guida ended up handing Diaz his first loss in the UFC by way of a hard-fought split decision, one of eight fights that went the distance on the card.
Rising light heavyweight contender Lyoto Machida earned “Knockout of the Night” honors, and $65,000 as well, for his first-round stoppage of fellow undefeated Brazilian Thiago Silva.
Jon Fitch. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Jon Fitch’s journey back to the top of the UFC’s welterweight division started off with a win on Saturday night as the former collegiate wrestler grinded out a unanimous decision over Japanese pioneer Akihiro Gono in UFC 94’s most high-profile preliminary bout.
After a spectacular and somewhat odd walk to the Octagon by Gono (29-14-7), the PRIDE veteran spent the first few minutes of his bout against Fitch (18-3) defending constant takedown attempts. Fitch, an American Kickboxing Academy product, was eventually able to bring his opponent to the mat, where the majority of the fight took place.
The former UFC welterweight title challenger nearly finished the fight in the second round with an armbar just before time expired, and survived a last-minute comeback effort from Gono on the feet to win a clear-cut decision on the scorecards.
Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 94 event, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.
The event is headlined by a highly-anticipated rematch for the UFC welterweight title between reigning champion Georges St. Pierre and UFC lightweight king B.J. Penn. Undefeated light heavyweights Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva will collide as well.
Georges St. Pierre (170 lbs) vs. B.J. Penn (168 lbs)
Lyoto Machida (206 lbs) vs. Thiago Silva (206 lbs)
Karo Parisyan (170 lbs) vs. Dong-Hyun Kim (171 lbs)
Nate Diaz (156 lbs) vs. Clay Guida (156 lbs)
Stephan Bonnar (206 lbs) vs. Jon Jones (206 lbs)
Jon Fitch (171 lbs) vs. Akihiro Gono (171 lbs)
Manny Gamburyan (155 lbs) vs. Thiago Tavares (155 lbs)
Chris Wilson (170 lbs) vs. John Howard (171 lbs)
Jake O’Brien (205 lbs) vs. Christian Wellisch (206 lbs)
Matt Arroyo (171 lbs) vs. Dan Cramer (171 lbs)
Roy Nelson and Brad Imes weigh-in for their heavyweight title bout at tonight’s IFL event at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
The official weigh-in results for tonight’s International Fight League event at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut are below. All fighters successfully made weight on their first try with the exception of Josh Souder, who needed only a few minutes to cut his extra weight.
The event will feature a total of three title bouts. IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson will defend his title against last-minute injury replacement Brad Imes, who was the heavyweight runner-up on the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter”.
IFL middleweight king Ryan McGivern will also take on New Jersey native Dan Miller and lightweight champion Ryan Schultz will make his second title defense against submission artist Deividas Taurosevicius.
Roy Nelson (264.2 lbs) vs. Brad Imes (249.2 lbs)
Ryan Schultz (154 lbs) vs. Deividas Taurosevicius (154 lbs)
Ryan McGivern (181.2 lbs) vs. Dan Miller (180.5 lbs)
Matt Horwich (185.7 lbs) vs. Joey Guel (185.5 lbs)
Zac George (155.2 lbs) vs. Josh Souder (155.2 lbs)
Lamont Lister (205.2 lbs) vs. Aaron Stark (205.7 lbs)
John Franchi (155 lbs) vs. Frank Latina (152 lbs)
Nick Calandrino (170 lbs) vs. John Howard (170.5 lbs)
Mike Massenzio (185.2 lbs) vs. Danillo Villefort (184.7 lbs)