Justin McCully

Report: Lesnar’s Next Bout Now in August


Brock Lesnar knocks Frank Mir down with a right hand at UFC 81: Breaking Point. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

It seems that Brock Lesnar will now fight for the second time inside the confines of the Ultimate Fighting Championship in August instead of an overseas event in June.

The news comes from Dave Meltzer in his latest Yahoo! Sports column, who grabbed the information from the mouth of Dana White at the pre-fight press conference for this weekend’s UFC 82: Pride of a Champion.

White also mentioned that Lesnar does not yet have an opponent. However Justin McCully remains the most likely candidate.

McCully, who served as one of three special guests on a recebt episode of HDNet’s Inside MMA, publicly stated that he is currently in discussions with UFC officials concerning a return fight from recent elbow surgery against the former professional wrestler.

“We’ve been talking about fighting this big huge guy that just crossed over from some wrestling promotion,” McCully told hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten. “Thats in talks right now. We’ll see what happens. I hope it comes through. I really like the fight.”

McCully also mentioned that if the bout didn’t come to fruition for whatever reason, he would still be back in action this summer regardless.

Former heavyweight champion Frank Mir withered a barrage of punishment from Lesnar in their fight at UFC 81: Breaking Point earlier this month before submitting the genetic monster with a patented kneebar midway through the first round.

After missing a deadline to accept a fight against heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo, Team Punishment’s McCully opted to undergo surgery to remove a number of bone chips and spurs that gradually contributed to a nagging elbow injury. McCully last won a unanimous decision over Antoni Hardonk at UFC Fight Night 9.

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Lesnar-McCully Being Discussed for June


Brock Lesnar knocks Frank Mir down with a right hand at UFC 81: Breaking Point. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

A possible opponent for one-time WWE superstar Brock Lesnar in his expected next fight with the Ultimate Fighting Championship overseas in June has revealed details about a potential heavyweight showdown between the two.

Justin McCully, who served as one of three special guests on last night’s episode of HDNet’s Inside MMA, publicly stated that he is currently in discussions with UFC officials concerning a return fight from recent elbow surgery against the former professional wrestler.

“We’ve been talking about fighting this big huge guy that just crossed over from some wrestling promotion,” McCully told hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten. “Thats in talks right now. We’ll see what happens. I hope it comes through. I really like the fight.”

McCully also mentioned that if the bout didn’t come to fruition for whatever reason, he would still be back in action this summer regardless.

Former heavyweight champion Frank Mir withered a barrage of punishment from Lesnar in their fight at UFC 81: Breaking Point earlier this month before submitting the genetic monster with a patented kneebar midway through the first round.

After missing a deadline to accept a fight against heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo, Team Punishment’s McCully opted to undergo surgery to remove a number of bone chips and spurs that gradually contributed to a nagging elbow injury. McCully last won a unanimous decision over Antoni Hardonk at UFC Fight Night 9.

UFC 85 in June is also expected to feature a light heavyweight dream match between former champion Chuck Liddell and Chute Boxe product Mauricio “Shogun” Rua as well as the next fight for welterweight contender Marcus Davis, who has won six straight fights inside the confines of the promotion.

Justin McCully to Undergo Elbow Surgery


Justin McCully grapples with Antoni Hardonk at UFC Fight Night 9. Photo by Mary Ann Owen.

Weeks after missing a deadline to accept a fight against heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo, Team Punishment’s Justin McCully has opted to undergo surgery that will remove a number of bone chips and spurs that have contributed to a nagging elbow injury that he is currently suffering from.

The Fight Network’s Ariel Helwani reports that McCully doesn’t even consider himself 100% at the moment:

“At this point, right now, I’m probably about 85 to 90 percent of myself,” McCully says. “I wouldn’t want to have to go into a fight with a man as good as Cheick Kongo and not give my best. It took 10 years to make it to the big dance [and] get to the UFC, and I don’t want to make any mistakes now that I am here. So, I’m going to get fixed, [and] I’m going to get back out there.”

McCully apparently hopes to face the winner of the Kongo-Heath Herring matchup that will most likely take place in March at UFC 82: Pride of a Champion.

Helwani also has an audio interview with McCully up at his Jarry Park website.

CKA: Dec 21, 2007

Photo courtesy of Xtreme Couture

Two of the best ever in their respective sports right there peoples.

News and Notes

- Our rumors page has been updated.

- HDNet has announced that Yarennoka! will be airing live from Japan at 6:00 AM EST on HDNet on New Year’s Eve. Additional re-broadcasts of the event will take place on the same day at 3:00 PM EST, January 4th at 10:30 PM EST, and January 5th at 3:00 AM EST and 3:00 PM EST.

- The Fight Network is reporting that Jesse Veium will replace an injured Cyrille Diabate against Travis Wiuff at IFO: Fireworks in the Cage IV on December 28th.

Diabate was forced to pull out of his bout against Wiuff after suffering a broken ankle during training.

- Justin McCully has apparently missed the deadline to accept a fight against Cheick Kongo at UFC 82 in February according to Brian Knapp of The Fight Network.

We reported yesterday that McCully had been offered a fight against Kongo but had not yet made a decision.

According to Knapp, McCully can still have the fight but only if he accepts before the UFC finds a replacement opponent for Kongo.

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Back to the Future: With A Bang

The UFC is certainly starting 2008 with a bang in terms of all of the fights they’ve put together already. Here’s some news on three more potential matchups that could be announced in the near future.

Sherdog’s Greg Savage is reporting that Michael Bisping will make his debut at middleweight against “Chainsaw” Charles McCarthy at an upcoming UFC event in London, England on March 8th. That gives us two UFC events in the month of March and both just six days apart. (UFC 82 is currently slated to take place on March 2nd at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio)

While we all know what Bisping has been up to these days, McCarthy has not fought in the UFC since submitting Gideon Ray with an armbar at The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale last year. McCarthy was stopped in his debut by David Loiseau at UFC 53: Heavy Hitters in June 2005.

The Fight Network is reporting two things of interest in the UFC’s heavyweight division.

According to Loretta Hunt, the UFC has offered Justin McCully a bout against Cheick Kongo for UFC 81 in February. McCully has apparently not yet made a decision on the offer but is expected to make one at some point this week.

It seems that the UFC was originally leaning on having Kongo take on fellow contender Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira but that all fell apart once Randy Couture resigned from the company.

Speaking of Nogueira, Hunt has also learned that he and former champion Tim Sylvia have both been sent bout agreements to face each other for the vacant UFC Heavyweight Title on February 2nd.

According to Sylvia’s manager Monte Cox, Sylvia has signed his paper:

“Tim signed the contract, and we haven’t heard anything else about it—if Nogueira has signed his contract or what,” said Cox.

Do You Know Tito Ortiz?

Something a little different here…

Tito Ortiz’s girlfriend (Jenna Jameson) and best friend (Justin McCully) battle it out to see who knows Tito better for ESPN The Magazine.

No offense, but this is terrible. I’d rather watch McCully’s fight against Antoni Hardonk and that’s saying something.

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