A trio of bouts have been added to "The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale", which is scheduled to take place on June 1 at The Pearl Theatre at The Palms Casino & Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Among the fights announced by the UFC on Friday included featherweight battles between slick grappler Charles Oliveira and former "TUF" winner Jonathan Brookins, Hawaii native Max Holloway and Minnesota prospect Pat Schilling and "TUF 14" alumnus John Albert and Byron Bloodworth.
Headlining the event will be a pivotal welterweight clash between top contenders Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann with the winner in line for a UFC welterweight title shot between injured reigning champ Georges St. Pierre and interim title holder Carlos Condit.
Jake Ellenberger took all he could handle from tenacious veteran Diego Sanchez but ended up earning a unanimous decision in front of his hometown crowd in the main event of the first-ever UFC on FUEL TV event in Ellenberger's hometown of Omaha, Nebraska on Wednesday night.
The fight capped off an action-packed card at what looked to be a sold-out Omaha Civic Auditorium. The partisan crowd saw Ellenberger take one step closer to a UFC welterweight title shot with his six straight win in the division.
Ellenberger, who currently trains alongside Mark Munoz at Reign MMA, controlled the fight early on, frustrated Sanchez with good footwork and a steady diet of jabs and strong right hands. An always game Sanchez remained in the pocket and tried to keep up with his foe, landing occasional shots.
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— Dave Meltzer and his Wrestling Observer Newsletter has released an estimate of pay-per-view buys for last weekend's UFC 141 event, which was headlined by Alistair Overeem sending Brock Lesnar into retirement with a first-round TKO win. According to Meltzer, the official number of buys hovers somewhere in between the 750,000 and 810,000 mark, which is good news for the UFC since it has been a down year in sales. Meltzer also added that if the event took place on New Year's Eve, buys could have exceeded one million. [Bloody Elbow via F4W]
— UFC veterans Brian Foster and Jon Madsen have both reportedly been booked to participate in Bellator's upcoming respective welterweight and heavyweight tournaments later this year. Foster will participate in an eight-man 170 lb tourney starting in March while Madsen is expected to be a contender in a field of heavyweights in the second half of 2012. [Sherdog & MMA Junkie]
Mike Brown. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
The Florida State Boxing Commission has released the official list of medical suspensions stemming from this week’s WEC 36: “Faber vs. Brown” event, which took place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on November 5.
American Top Team product Mike Brown upset top-ranked featherweight Urijah Faber in the show’s main event to claim the WEC featherweight title. Chael Sonnen was also victorious in his rematch against Paulo Filho and Leonard Garcia scored a first-round stoppage of Jens Pulver in televised bouts as well.
Brown has been suspended indefinitely, receiving the longest layoff by the commission after sustaining a rib injury during his win over Faber. David Avellan, who suffered a brutal 18 second knockout loss to Aaron Simpson, has been medically suspended for two months.
The remaining fighters have all been given 30-day medical suspensions: Urijah Faber, Jens Pulver, Nissen Osterneck, Jonathan Brookins, and Rafael Dias.
We will be going live at 5:30 PM ET with complete results from tonight’s WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown event, which will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The show’s televised main card will air on Versus starting at 8 PM ET.
WEC 36 is headlined by Urijah Faber once again defending his featherweight title against gritty top contender Mike Thomas Brown. In addition, WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho will meet Chael Sonnen in a non-title rematch of their December 2007 fight and former UFC lightweight title holder Jens Pulver will look to get back on track against rising featherweight Leonard Garcia.
Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the evening. Detailed live results are after the jump.
Paulo Filho. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
WEC middleweight title holder Paulo Filho came in an astounding seven pounds over the 185 lb. limit at the weigh-ins for WEC 36 on Tuesday afternoon, putting his championship rematch against Team Quest product Chael Sonnen in jeopardy.
After the two-hour allotted time limit, Filho was only able to cut down to 188 lbs, making his showdown against Sonnen a non-title affair. Sonnen will be awarded 25% of Filho’s purse.
In addition, featherweight title challenger Mike Brown came in a half pound over the featherweight limit and jiu-jitsu wizard Rani Yahya weighed-in one pound over the bantamweight requirements for his fight against Yoshiro Maeda. Brown was quickly able to shed the extra baggage while Maeda has agreed to face Yahya without forcing him to cut weight again.
Complete weigh-in results are after the jump.