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Weekend Recap: April 28, 2008


Carlos Condit. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Here’s a little recap of what went on this past weekend, starting with Carlos Condit reportedly signing a contract extension with World Extreme Cagefighting according to USA Today‘s Sergio Non. The new deal comes after Condit’s most recent victory over Carlo Prater in February. The fight against Prater was Condit’s second to last fight on his previous deal. Condit expects the new deal to kick in with a potential fight in August against an opponent yet to be named.

The promotion also confirmed two additional bouts for their next scheduled event on June 1st in Sacramento, California over the weekend via their official website. A rumored bantamweight title bout between champion Miguel Torres and injury replacement Yoshiro Maeda has been made official as well as Mark Munoz’s WEC debut against fellow newcomer Chuck Grigsby.

UFC Releases Travis Lutter

Fresh off of his disappointing loss to former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin at UFC 83 last weekend, Travis Lutter, the middleweight winner of the fourth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, has been released from his contract by the UFC. The news was first reported by Pramit Mohapatra of Fight Ticker and has since been confirmed by Lutter himself, who stated that his agent received a call Sunday morning informing him of his release due to consecutive losses in his last two fights.

Report: Southworth-Ruiz Rematch Possible for June

Bobby Southworth, one of the cast members on the original season of “The Ultimate Fighter” will attempt to avenge a recent loss to Anthony Ruiz at Strikeforce’s upcoming planned event in June according to MMA Mania. The two fought in November - Ruiz scored a TKO win over Southworth after the UFC veteran suffered a fight-ending cut over his left eye early in the second round.

However Southworth remains Strikeforce’s world light heavyweight champion due to the fight being a non-title bout. It’s unknown whether or not the belt will be on the line in June. Southworth has not fought since losing to Ruiz. Meanwhile Ruiz has recorded back-to-back wins over Jimmy Ambriz and Brad Imes since then.

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Riggs-Gates Cancelled Again


Joe Riggs weighs-in for UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

For the second time in four months, a scheduled bout between Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Joe Riggs and Mike Gates has been scrapped.

Riggs and Gates were slated to meet this Saturday at Phoenix Fighting Promotions “Street Justice” event in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but Riggs will be unable to make it to the event after learning that the Washington Department of Licensing for Professional Athletics declined to clear him due to insufficient evidence that he was medically fit to fight according to Sherdog.com.

Riggs and Gates were originally paired up for a King of the Cage event back in December but weather-related issues prevented Riggs from being able to make it to the event in time for the fight.

Saturday’s bout against Gates would have been Riggs’ first fight since re-injuring his surgically-repaired back against Cory Devela at “Strikeforce at the Dome” in February. Riggs underwent successful surgery to repair nerves that were pinched by a bulging disc just days after the event.

Gates, who most recently submitted Neil Berry with a guillotine choke at a Rumble in the Cage event in March, will now take on TKO Championship Fighting veteran T.J. Grant.

Riggs-Gates to Headline “Street Justice”


Joe Riggs weighs-in for UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Joe Riggs will fight for the first time since re-injuring his surgically-repaired back when he takes on Mike Gates at Phoenix Fighting Promotions: Street Justice on April 26th at the Halifax Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The news comes from our friends at TKO Xtreme. The fight, which headlines a card featuring nine additional bouts, will be held at a catch-weight of 180 lbs.

Riggs and Gates were originally paired up for a King of the Cage event back in December but weather-related issues prevented Riggs from being able to make it to the event in time for the fight.

Riggs’ scheduled return will come just over two months since the longtime veteran suffered a scary back injury against Cory Devela at “Strikeforce at the Dome” in February. Riggs underwent successful surgery to repair nerves that were pinched by a bulging disc just days after the event.

Gates has already fought three times so far this year but has dropped two of those bouts. Gates submitted Neil Berry with a guillotine choke at a Rumble in the Cage event last weekend.