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Cantwell Receives Bonus for Submission Win at “Fight for the Troops”


Steve Cantwell. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Former WEC light heavyweight champion Steve Cantwell received a $30,000 bonus after earning “Submission of the Night” honors following his first-round submission win over UFC newcomer Razak Al-Hussan during the UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” card in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Wednesday night.

Cantwell forced referee Mario Yamasaki to halt his main card bout against Al-Hussan in the first round after Cantwell dislocated his opponent’s right elbow with a fight-ending armbar. Contrary to reports immediately after the event, Al-Hussan’s arm was never broken and he has since been treated at a nearby hospital and released.

Josh Koscheck also received “Knockout of the Night” honors for his brutal first-round stoppage of Japanese welterweight Yoshiyuki Yoshida while lightweights Matt Wiman and Jim Miller were awarded for the night’s best fight. Koscheck, Wiman, and Miller each received $30,000 bonuses as well.

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Fight of the Day: Hill-Hartt Available for Free Viewing on UFC.com

A lightweight preliminary bout between “Ultimate Fighter” veteran Corey Hill and Dale Hartt, which features the gruesome leg injury that Hill suffered last night, is now available for free viewing on UFC.com. In addition, a welterweight contest between Steve Bruno and Johnny Rees is also currently able to be seen on the website, without charge, right now as well.

Koscheck Blasts Yoshida at “Fight for the Troops”


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Josh Koscheck bounced back from a disappointing decision loss to Thiago Alves in October by knocking out Japanese welterweight sensation Yoshiyuki Yoshida in the featured attraction of the UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” card in Fayetteville, North Carolina last night.

The evening was focused on the UFC’s attempts to raise money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which will go towards building a state-of-the-art facility that will help soldiers that have suffered tramuatic brain injuries. Following his stoppage of Yoshida, Koscheck asked those watching around the world what else it would take for them to make a small donation towards the cause.

“If that wasn’t worth $5 bucks from every UFC fan, I don’t know what else I can do,” Koscheck said.

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Spike Announces Full Card for “Fight for the Troops”


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JOSH KOSCHECK AND YOSHIYUKI YOSHIDA HEADLINE “UFC FIGHT FOR THE TROOPS” EVENT ON SPIKE TV

NEW YORK, NY -  Fighting with a truly meaningful purpose in front of some real American heroes, “The Ultimate Fighter” alums Josh Koscheck, Mike Swick, Matt Wiman will be featured on Spike TV’s telecast of “UFC Fight For The Troops” live from the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Wednesday, December 10 at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT.

The special live UFC fight card will raise funds to build a hospital for traumatic brain injuries for the brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces.  Thousands of soldiers from nearby Fort Bragg, the proud home of the U.S. Airborne and Special Operations Forces, will be in attendance.  More information about the facility, including ways to donate, can be found online at http://www.fallenheroesfund.org or by calling 1-800-340 HERO

The fight card also showcases five current UFC fighters who are all U.S. military veterans including Luigi Fioravanti, Tim Credeur, Dale Hartt, Brandon Wolff, and Steve Bruno.  An additional fight will be added to the main event and announced at a later date.

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Report: Rees to Replace Cummo Against Bruno


Johnny Rees. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Johnny Rees has reportedly been tapped to replace an injured Luke Cummo against Steve Bruno at UFC Fight Night 16, which will take place at a yet-to-be-announced location in North Carolina on December 10, according to Five Ounces of Pain.

The nature and extent of Cummo’s injury is reportedly unknown. The Rees-Bruno bout is expected to take place on the event’s non-televised undercard. Although bout agreements have yet to be signed, MMA on Tap has learned from a source close to the fight that paperwork has been sent out to both fighters.

Bruno was signed by the UFC over the summer but fell in his first UFC fight at UFC 87 in August, losing an unanimous decision to Team Quest member Chris Wilson. The loss snapped a four-fight winning streak for Bruno.

Rees, a Legends of Fighting product, was also defeated in his UFC debut by Nate Loughran on July 19, succumbing to a triangle choke in the first round. He replaces Cummo, a veteran of the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter” who was lost his last two bouts.

Silva Cruises Through Irvin in Las Vegas


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Moving up to the light heavyweight division proved to be no problem at all for pound-for-pound phenom and current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, as he made quick work of hard-hitting striker James Irvin in the main event of UFC Fight Night 14, which was organized promptly to counter Affliction Entertainment’s debut show happening just one state over.

What was expected to be somewhat of a test for Silva, who has completely cleaned out the UFC’s 185 lb division of viable contenders, proved to be nothing at all. After exchanging kicks with Silva early, Irvin attempted to go inside with a high kick. Unfortunately for him, it was caught, allowing Silva to come right down the pipe with a straight right hand. Irvin was sent crashing to the canvas. Silva pounced on him, landing unanswered punch after punch until the final one finished Irvin off for good.

After the fight, Silva, who originally expressed uncertainty when questioned if he would like to remain at light heavyweight, stated that he’d be willing to do whatever Dana White and the UFC asked of him. It’s the exact way of thinking that landed him an impressive win over Irvin.

“It doesn’t matter where I have to fight, at middleweight or light heavyweight, I’ll do whatever the UFC wants me to do,” Silva said. “I want to help setup the biggest fights I can and I want to be a part of them. I’m here to challenge myself and test my skills against the best fighters in the world.”

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UFC Silva vs. Irvin Live Results

We will be going live at 7:00 PM ET with live results of tonight’s UFC: Silva vs. Irvin event, (also known as UFC Fight Night 14) which will take place this evening at the Pearl Theatre inside the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The show’s main event features reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva moving up to the light heavyweight division to take on fellow heavy-hitter James Irvin. Additional main card bouts include heavyweight convert Brandon Vera against Reese Andy in his debut at 205 lbs and a lightweight clash between former title challenger Hermes Franca and standout wrestler Frankie Edgar.

Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Details live results are after the jump.

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UFC Fight Night 14 Weigh-In Results


Anderson Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official-weigh in results for tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 14, (also being billed as UFC: Silva vs. Irvin) which will take place at The Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, are below. All fighters made weight with the exception of headliner James Irvin, who weighed one and a half pounds over the light heavyweight limit at 207.5 lbs. However Irvin lost the extra weight and the bout is now official.

Irvin will fight in the main event against reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who will be moving up to light heavyweight for the first time in his career. Additional featured fights pit heavyweight convert Brandon Vera against Reese Andy in his debut at 205 lbs and a lightweight clash between former title challenger Hermes Franca and standout wrestler Frankie Edgar.

Main Card:

Anderson Silva (206 lbs) vs. James Irvin (206 lbs)
Brandon Vera (204 lbs) vs. Reese Andy (206 lbs)
Frankie Edgar (155 lbs) vs. Hermes Franca (155 lbs)
Jake O’Brien (236 lbs) vs. Cain Velasquez (236 lbs)
Anthony Johnson (170 lbs) vs. Kevin Burns (171 lbs)
Jesse Taylor (184 lbs) vs. C.B. Dollaway (186 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Tim Credeur (185 lbs) vs. Cale Yarbrough (186 lbs)
Rory Markham (170 lbs) vs. Brodie Farber (171 lbs)
Brad Blackburn (170 lbs) vs. James Giboo (170 lbs)
Nate Loughran (183 lbs) vs. Johnny Rees (183 lbs)
Dale Hartt (156 lbs) vs. Shannon Gugerty (156 lbs)

Loughran-Rees Booked for UFC Fight Night 14


Nate Loughran (right) has his hand raised by referee Herb Dean following his PFC middleweight title win over Kenny Ento in May 2008. Photo courtesy of the Palace Fighting Championship.

Undefeated middleweight prospect and reigning Palace Fighting Championship title holder Nate Loughran will make his debut with the UFC when he takes on Legends of Fighting veteran Johnny Rees, who also remains unbeaten, at the promotion’s next scheduled “Fight Night” event on July 19th in Las Vegas.

MMA on Tap has learned through a source close to both fighters that they have verbally agreed to fight. Bout agreements have been sent out and are expected to be signed and returned shortly.

Loughran submitted former PFC middleweight champion Kenny Ento last month to capture the belt and extend his career-winning streak to eight straight fights. All but one of Loughran’s wins have come by way of submission. He currently trains out of the Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance, which is headed by former UFC title challenger David Terrell.

Like his counterpart going into this fight, Rees has also won his first eight bout to start his professional career. He most recently overcame nearly being knocked out in the first couple seconds of his November 2007 fight against Jeremy Wingler before submitting his fellow Midwest compatriot at a Legends of Fighting show.

The night’s main event will feature reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva moving up to light heavyweight for the first time in his career to battle fellow heavy-hitter James Irvin in a sure-fire slugfest on the feet. Also making his debut at 205 lbs will be former heavyweight contender Brandon Vera, who will try to snap a two-fight losing streak against IFL veteran Reese Andy.