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Tap Selections: UFC 102


Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are our predictions (after the jump, winners in bold) for UFC 102.

The event will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between former UFC heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture and former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Also on the card will be a light heavyweight attraction featuring Keith Jardine and Thiago Silva.

Feel free to leave your predictions as well in our comments section.

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Two More Fights Set for UFC 102 in August


Brandon Vera. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

A scheduled light heavyweight bout between Brandon Vera and “Ultimate Fighter 3” product Matt Hamill has reportedly been moved from UFC 101 in Philadelphia to UFC 102, which is expected to take place at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon on August 29.

According to MMA Junkie, a reason for the fight being moved has not been given, but the bout is currently in the process of being finalized for the event, which will likely be headlined by former Oregon resident Randy Couture taking on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

After a fall from grace in the heavyweight division resulting in two straight losses, Vera dropped down to the 205 lb weight class where he has posted a 2-1 record. A lackluster split decision loss to Keith Jardine is currently sandwiched in between wins over Reese Andy and Mike Patt.

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Ciesnolevicz to Replace McCully at UFC 95


Mike Ciesnolevicz. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Longtime veteran Justin McCully has been forced out of his scheduled heavyweight bout against Neil Grove at UFC 95 after suffering a cut during a recent training session that will not be healed in time for the event later this month.

According to MMA Weekly, former International Fight League fighter Mike Ciesnolevicz will be serving as an injury-replacement for McCully, who is expected to only be sidelined until next month.

Ciesnolevicz, a Miletich Fighting Systems product, fought nine times in the IFL before it’s demise last year, winning five of those bouts, including two against “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Alex Schoenauer. The 29-year-old most recently competed at Adrenaline MMA’s second show, where he scored a first-round submission win over Derek Mehman.

Koscheck Blasts Yoshida at “Fight for the Troops”


Josh Koscheck. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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”


Josh Koscheck. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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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UFC 86 Medical Suspensions

And people say leg-kicks don’t hurt? MMAjunkie.com posted the medical suspensions for UFC 86 with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson out until possibly January 2nd, 2009!:

  • Quinton Jackson - suspended until Jan. 2 due to possible left knee, tibia, fibia and thumb injuries (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor); minimum suspension until Aug. 5 with no contact until July 27 for precautionary reasons
  • Forrest Griffin - suspended until Sept. 4 due to right-upper-eyelid laceration (can be cleared early by doctor)
  • Chris Lytle - suspended until Sept. 4 due to laceration near right eye (can be cleared early by doctor)
  • Josh Koscheck - suspended until Aug. 5 with no contact July 27 for precautionary reasons
  • Marcus Aurelio - suspended until Jan. 2 due to possible left-thumb ligament injury (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor); minimum suspension until Aug. 5 with no contact until July 27 for precautionary reasons
  • Justin McCully - suspended until Jan. 2 due to possible left-shoulder injury (can be cleared early by doctor)
  • Cole Miller - suspended until Sept. 4 due to facial lacerations (can be cleared early by doctor)
  • Jorge Gurgel - suspended until Jan. 2 due to right tibia, fibia and elbow injuries (can be cleared early by orthopedic doctor)
  • Dennis Siver - suspended until Aug. 20 with no contact until Aug. 5 for precautionary reasons
  • Justin Buchholz - suspended until Sept. 4 due to scalp laceration (can be cleared early by doctor)

CKA: July 8, 2008

Forrest Griffin
Forrest Griffin, by Becky Bollom on Flickr

The main bout of UFC 86, Forrest Griffin vs Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, is still the talk of the MMA world.

Sherdog weighs-in on the general displeasure of the decision and possible rematch, along with fighters’ opinions on who won the fight.  An official count wasn’t made, but giving it a casual read, it does seem that most think Griffin won the fight.

The number one reason for Griffin not winning - and notice it’s not written Jackson winning or even Griffin losing - is that “you have to beat the champ”, a quote from Jackson’s coach Juanito Ibarra, some fighters, and even readers of this site.  The concept is well understood, but scoring systems don’t change for championship fights and champions don’t get awarded bonus points (although we’ve all seen some fights where it seemed like they were).  The UFC does increase the number of rounds for a title fight, but that’s the lone rules change, and no scoring changes come along with that.  Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports has similar thoughts.

Payouts

Griffin’s win made him the highest paid fighter of the night according to MMA Weekly.  The $150k win bonus helped him top former champ Rampage.  The two also were awarded fight of the night bonuses of $60k.  The third highest paid fighter wasn’t even on the main card.  Gabriel Gonzaga, who defeated Justin McCully on the preliminary card, received $100k with the win bonus.

Nogueira tests positive

MMA Weekly is reporting Alexandre “Pequeno” Nogueira has allegedly tested positive for the Boldenone according to the CSAC.

Kolohe to defend title Aug 2

Kala “Kolohe” Hose will defend his ICON middleweight title against Rolando Dominique in his home state of Hawaii on Aug 2.

Bosse to take on the Colossus

Former hockey enforcer Steve Bosse is scheduled to take on James “The Colossus” Thompson at TKO 35 on Oct 3 in Montreal.  Bosse’s last fight was a controversial win against Wes Sims, while Thompson was “that guy who fought Kimbo” at Elite XC’s initial CBS show.

Kicking a live horse

Our Cage Potato buds are already having fun with the UFC’s swat at Affliction’s Fedor card

UFC 86 Results

Forrest Griffin def. Quinton Jackson - Unanimous Decision
Patrick Cote def. Ricardo Almeida - Split Decision
Joe Stevenson def. Gleison Tibau - Submission (guillotine choke)
Josh Koscheck def. Chris Lytle - Unanimous Decision
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Justin McCully - Submission (americana)
Cole Miller def. Jorge Gurgel - Submission (triangle choke)
Melvin Guillard def. Dennis Siver - TKO
Justin Buchholz def. Corey Hill - Submission (rear naked choke)

Update Jul 6 7:45pm: Adding post-fight video reaction.

First, Forrest Griffin:

Others after the jump.

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UFC Announces Three Additions to “Jackson vs. Griffin”


Frank Mir weighs-in for UFC 65: Bad Intentions. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced three additional fights will take place at UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin on July 5th.

The event will be headlined by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s first light heavyweight title defense in nearly a year as he will take on Forrest Griffin, who is currently serving as one of the coaches alongside Jackson on the current seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir will try to continue a successful road back from a near career-ending motorcycle accident when he takes on Team Punishment member Justin McCully, who has not fought since winning a unanimous decision over Antoni Hardonk at UFC Fight Night 9, leaving him inactive since last year.

Joe Stevenson will attempt to bounce back from a failed bid for the UFC lightweight title in January when he challenges American Top Team’s Gleison Tibau. German native Dennis Siver will also return to action against Melvin Guillard, who recently took a leave of absence from the UFC in order to fight in smaller shows.

The rumored fight card for the event now looks like this:

Quinton Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin
Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Lytle*
Joe Stevenson vs. Gleison Tibau
Frank Mir vs. Justin McCully
Ricardo Almeida vs. Patrick Cote*
Melvin Guillard vs. Dennis Siver
Justin Buchholz vs. Corey Hill*
Tyson Griffin vs. TBA*
Cole Miller vs. TBA*
Steve Bruno vs. TBA*
Ben Saunders vs. TBA*

* - not yet confirmed by UFC.

Report: Mir-McCully Set for UFC 86 in Vegas


Frank Mir weighs-in for UFC 65: Bad Intentions. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir will try to continue a successful road back from a near career-ending motorcycle accident when he takes on Team Punishment member Justin McCully at UFC 86 on July 5th.

The news comes from a report by MMA Weekly, confirming the fight through a source close to both fighters.

Mir is now riding a wave of two straight impressive performances and slowly sliding himself back into the UFC heavyweight title picture after his submission win over former professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar at UFC 81: Breaking Point.

McCully has not fought since winning a unanimous decision over Antoni Hardonk at UFC Fight Night 9, leaving him inactive since last year.

After missing a deadline to accept a fight against heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo, McCully opted to undergo surgery to remove a number of bone chips and spurs that gradually contributed to a nagging elbow injury. This reported fight likely confirms that he is recovering well.

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