The injury bug continues to wreak havoc on the UFC as Eddie Yagan and Gray Maynard join Shane Carwin as the next group fighters to withdraw from upcoming bouts.
Yagan was forced to pull out of his fight with Dennis Siver after he was hospitalized with swelling around his brain. According to the report, Yagan returned home following a training session and after suffering from a headache and vomiting, Yagan went to the ER and was subsequently hospitalized. Yagan’s doctor stated that he didn’t feel that surgery was necessary and that the swelling should go down in the next few days. Nam Phan will replace Yagan and face Siver at UFC on FX 5. [MMAWeekly]
In other news, Joe Lauzon announced on Facebook that Maynard was injured and his new opponent would be Jim Miller. No details were released regarding Maynard’s injury.
UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and interim champion Carlos Condit met with the media today to hype up their UFC 154 bout set for Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
Above is the video of the UFC 154 pre-fight press conference and after the jump you can find quotes from both St. Pierre and Condit.
It looks like there is another hurdle to overcome before we'll finally see a super fight between Cris Cyborg and Ronda Rousey. Cyborg’s camp is saying that their fighter visited with her heart doctor and a cut to 135lbs is not safe based on her personal physical health. According to the report, Cyborg walks around at 160lbs and the cut could prohibit Cyborg from carrying a child in the future. [MMAWeekly]
Ronda Rousey’s camp wasted no time formulating a response stating that if you talk to five doctors, you’ll get five different opinions. In regards to moving up to 145lbs, Rousey’s manager Doug Harvey told Yahoo! Sports, “At the end of the day, it’s up to Ronda. I would advise against it because I would like to do everything to get Cyborg down to 135 pounds, but I know it’s the fight the world wants to see.”
Jason High was angry after his 29-second submission win over Nate Moore was nixed from last Saturday's Strikeforce broadcast on Showtime.
He had every right to be, especially since he's probably the most worthy choice for Nate Marquardt's first welterweight title defense. Showtime was kind enough to put High's win up for everyone to see. A title shot would be even nicer.
"Alistair doesn't have a license with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, so how are they testing him in the first place when he doesn't have a license with them? By what jurisdiction are they testing him? And 'B,' everyone seems to be hanging Alistair out to dry. They've been nailing him to the cross and crucifying him, but it's still two months away from his fight. You know, he hasn't technically cheated. Because, unless he pisses hot on the fight night, how could he possibly have cheated? There's still an opportunity he can get from the 14:1 down to the allowed 6:1 level by fight time. But we're calling him out as a cheat, two months out from a fight?
Longtime MMA play-by-play announcer Michael Schiavello takes the alternative route and questions whether or not Alistair Overeem has done wrong following his positive test for elevated levels of testosterone under the watch of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
It's an interesting point, but one that misses the mark completely if you're against PED's in the sport altogether.
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.
SPIKE TV TEAMS UP WITH BERTRAM VAN MUNSTER, CO-CREATOR OF “THE AMAZING RACE,” FOR A NEW BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS REALITY SHOW
New York, NY, April 3, 2012 - Spike TV and Bellator Fighting Championships are partnering with one of television’s most acclaimed producers, eight-time Emmy Award winner Bertram van Munster, the visionary behind “The Amazing Race,” to create a cutting-edge new unscripted reality show. The one-hour original Spike series will premiere in 2013 and will showcase the fighters from the emerging mixed martial arts league, Bellator Fighting Championships. Details of the show will be kept closely under wraps until later this year.
“Some of the most physically-gifted and fascinating athletes in the world fight in Bellator, and I believe they make ideal subjects for an innovative new non-scripted series,” noted van Munster.
“We are thrilled to partner with an industry legend such as van Munster, whose creativity and ingenuity will help expose Bellator to an expanded new audience next year on Spike,” said Bjorn Rebney, CEO and Founder of Bellator.
The UFC's decision to move their "Ultimate Fighter" franchise to FX has been a breath of fresh air for hardcore fans, but not so great in grabbing the attention of the casuals. The ratings for "TUF: Live", the 15th season of the reality show have remained below expectations, dipping down slightly after week four.
Ratings for the fourth episode of "The Ultimate Fighter: Live" were down slightly and resulted in an average audience of 1.1 million viewers.
Friday's episode, which featured the season's third opening-round matchup, followed the 1.2 million viewers who tuned in for the third episode and the 1.3 for the season debut.
The figure marked an eight percent ratings decrease from week to week.
The bad blood between Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz continues to boil and is going to make for a very interesting season of "TUF". In the above video, the two coaches discuss their feud and past fights with each other with Todd Harris on this week's episode of "UFC Tonight".
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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]