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UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit Weigh-In Results

Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the UFC/Zuffa LLC.

All of the participants for the UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit card successfully made weight in preparation for their bouts Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

The event will be headlined by a UFC welterweight title unification bout featuring current champion Georges St. Pierre and interim champion Carlos Condit. The co-main event will feature a number one contender bout between Martin Kampmann and Johny Hendricks.

The offical weights can be found after the jump.

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The Daily Recap: “TUF Brazil” Premieres Sunday, Six UFC Fights Announced & More

Vitor Belfort. Photo courtesy of Zuffa LLC.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

The debut episode of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" will stream live on Sunday at 11:30 PM ET on TUF.tv with subtitles. The reality show was originally thought to be airing in real time on FUEL TV, but will stream on the internet instead. FUEL will still broadcast the season at some point, when exactly still remains unknown. The lineup for the 16 elimination-round matchups to get into the house have also been set. Click the link. [MMA Junkie]

The UFC announced six more fights for this summer. Those include Demian Maia making his welterweight debut against Dong Hyun Kim and Constantinos Philippou facing Riki Fukuda at UFC 18 as well Rick Story returning against Rich Attonito, Dan Miller dropping down to 170 lbs to take on Ricardo Funch and Matt Riddle colliding with Luis Ramos at UFC on FX 4. [UFC.com]

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The Daily Recap: Two Bouts Set for UFC 145, Ken Stone Catches Injury Bug & More

Mark Hominick. Photo by Al Iaquinta/Sherdog.com.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— The UFC today announced a pair of bouts for UFC 145, which is slated for the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on March 24. Mark Hominick will attempt to bounce back from a devastating knockout loss to Chan Sung Jung in a featherweight bout against California fight scene veteran Eddie Yagin. In addition, skilled grappler Mark Bocek will lock horns in a pivotal lightweight affair against "Ultimate Fighter" alumnus Matt Wiman. [UFC.com]

— Just one day after it was announced that Ken Stone would face Mike Easton on the undercard of UFC on FX 1, the Massachusetts native has been forced to withdraw from the bout due to an undisclosed injury suffered during a recent training session. A replacement opponent for Easton has not yet been named. [MMA Weekly]

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The Daily Recap: Strikeforce Lands Japanese PPV Deal, Daley Targeted for Title Shot & More


A Strikeforce Championship Belt. Photo by Jon Swenson.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Strikeforce has reportedly struck a deal with Japanese cable station SkyPerfect to broadcast pay-per-view events featuring the organization's upcoming heavyweight grand prix tournament, of which the first part kicks off on February 12. Fedor Emelianenko, Josh Barnett and Sergei Kharitonov have competed under the PRIDE, Sengoku and DREAM banners in Japan for a number of years and have shown to be proven draws. [Fighters Only Magazine]

— Hard-hitting welterweight contender Paul Daley is expected to meet the winner of this Saturday's Strikeforce welterweight title fight between champion Nick Diaz and challenger Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos according to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker today. Daley has also been granted permission to headline a BAMMA show next month in his native country of England, pending on his opponent. [MMA Weekly]

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Quick Hits: Gouveia-Belcher Likely for UFC 107, Vera Inks Deal With Strikeforce & More


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— A middleweight bout between Wilson Gouveia and Alan Belcher is reportedly likely to take place at UFC 107, which is currently scheduled for Memphis, Tennessee on December 12. Both fighters have apparently verbally agreed to the bout. Gouveia has not fought since being brutally stopped with strikes by Nate Marquardt at UFC 95 while Belcher is coming off of a razor-close split decision loss to Yoshihiro Akiyama. [MMA Weekly]

— Kerry Vera, the wife of UFC light heavyweight contender Brandon Vera, has reportedly agreed to a four-fight deal with Strikeforce and will debut with the promotion in November. An opponent for Vera has not yet been found. Vera was victorious in her pro MMA debut at Bellator VI in May, earning a unanimous decision win over Leslie Smith. [Sherdog.com]

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Report: Riddle vs. Bruno Likely at UFC Fight Night 17 in February


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Matt Riddle, a cast member of the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show, is expected to take on former Spirit MC middleweight champion Steve Bruno in a welterweight preliminary matchup at UFC Fight Night 17 on February 7.

News of the fight comes from Five Ounces of Pain, citing sources close to Riddle.

Riddle, who currently trains at Arizona Combat Sports along with WEC champions Jamie Varner and Carlos Condit, was victorious in his UFC and professional debut at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale in June, winning an unanimous decision over house rival Dante Rivera.

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Brown Gets Thomas on Short Notice at UFC 91


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Matt Brown, a cast member of the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show, will replace one-time housemate Matt Riddle against midwestern product Ryan Thomas in a welterweight preliminary bout that will take place at UFC 91 on November 15 according to MMA Weekly.

Riddle was forced to withdraw from the bout after sustaining a knee injury during a recent training session. The injury will likely require surgery and could keep him out of action for 6-8 weeks.

Brown, a former member of Tito Ortiz’s Team Punishment who now trains with Jorge Gurgel, has split his first two UFC fights. Brown stopped Matt Arroyo via second-round TKO due to strikes at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale in June but dropped a hard-fought unanimous decision to Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 88 two months later.

Thomas was a substitute for another “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus, Jared Rollins, when he took on American Top Team product Ben Saunders on the undercard of UFC 87 in August. Saunders submitted Thomas with an armbar in the second round.

Report: Riddle Forced Off UFC 91 With Injury


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Former “Ultimate Fighter 7” contestant Matt Riddle has been forced out of his welterweight bout against Ryan Thomas at UFC 91 on November 15 after sustaining a knee injury during a recent training session according to MMA Weekly.

The Arizona Combat Sports product was victorious in his UFC debut in June, winning an unanimous decision over fellow ‘TUF’ cast member Dante Rivera. The fight was also Riddle’s first as a professional.

According to the report, Riddle’s knee injury will likely require surgery and could keep him out of action for 6-8 weeks. The UFC has yet to announce a replacement opponent for Thomas and it remains unknown at this time if the promotion will be able to secure one with the event just two weeks away.

TUF 7: Finale Live Results

Results from The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale:
Rob Kimmons def. Rob Yundt - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Dean Lister def. Jeremy Horn - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Matt Brown def. Matt Arroyo - TKO
Drew McFedries def. Marvin Eastman - TKO
Tim Credeur vs. Cale Yarbrough - Cancelled
Dustin Hazelett def. Josh Burkman - Submission (Armbar)
Matt Riddle def. Dante Rivera - Unanimous Decision
Spencer Fisher def. Jeremy Stephens - Unanimous Decision
Diego Sanchez def. Luigi Fioravanti - TKO
Amir Sadollah def. CB Dollaway - Submission (Armbar)
Kendall Grove def. Evan Tanner - Split Decision

Mini-commentary:
- Dollaway protested his loss, suggesting he didn’t tap out.  It did appear that he tapped once.  It resulted in a good-looking hanging armbar from Sadollah.
- Tanner could not solve Grove’s size.  He walked into a few punches, and looked surprised by the reach of Grove’s legs.  Tanner had a good third round, but nothing that compared to the first two, which easily went to Grove.  The split decision result was curious.

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Sadollah-Dollaway II Completes “TUF Finale” Lineup


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Last night’s episode of “The Ultimate Fighter” showed us that everything isn’t always set in stone, especially when it comes to who will be fighting to become this season’s winner.

After Amir Sadollah pulled off a third-round upset of highly touted wrestler C.B. Dollaway, he was set to join Jesse Taylor in the finals of the reality show’s middleweight bracket for this season. However when a few of the fighters opted to stay in Las Vegas following the filming of the show, Taylor’s infamous drunken escapades continued.

Taylor smashed a limousine window, upset guests at Palace Station, a casino owned by UFC co-owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, and then gave security all they could handle on the fighter’s final night in Sin City. UFC President Dana White had seen enough and ultimately decided to kick Taylor off of the show, additionally asking Dollaway and fellow semi-finalist Tim Credeur to fight in another exhibition bout to decide who would go on to fight Sadollah in the finals.

Dollaway used his wrestling skills to earn a hard-fought unanimous decision over Credeur, moving on to rematch Sadollah this Saturday night. This season’s finale will see the fewest amount of ‘TUF’ cast members in history - only seven from this season will be on the card. The remainder will have a slew of UFC veterans complete a stacked undercard.

The show will also feature a welterweight battle between Diego Sanchez and American Top Team product Luigi Fioravanti. Former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner will collide with Kendall Grove, the middleweight winner of the show’s third season, in the night’s main event.

The complete card for the event is as follows:

Main Card:

Evan Tanner vs. Kendall Grove
Diego Sanchez vs. Luigi Fioravanti
Amir Sadollah vs. C.B. Dollaway
Spencer Fisher vs. Jeremy Stephens
Matt Riddle vs. Dante Rivera

Preliminary Bouts:

Josh Burkman vs. Dustin Hazelett
Marvin Eastman vs. Drew McFedries
Dean Lister vs. Jeremy Horn
Tim Credeur vs. Cale Yarbrough
Rob Yundt vs. Rob Kimmons
Matt Arroyo vs. Matt Brown