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The Daily Recap: Valimaki-Al Hassan Cancelled, Denis Retires & More

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UFC veterans Victor Valamaki and Razak Al-Hassan were scheduled to fight yesterday at Aggression FC 14 in Edmonton, Alberta. The fight was cancelled when doctors refused to allow Valimaki to fight.

Valimaki apologized on Facebook, “Sorry guys, doc wouldn’t let me fight due to kidney failure from too big of a weight cut. Thanks everyone for the support, I feel like shit for letting everyone down. Time for a move up in weight so watch out heavyweights!”

Yves Edwards and Jeremy Stephens will finally lock horns at UFC on Fox 5 as it’s being reported that Stephens will step in and replace John Cholish who was forced to withdraw with a groin injury. Stephens and Edwards were originally slated to fight at UFC on FX 5 but the fight was scrapped when Stephens was arrested on an old warrant. [MMA Junkie]

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The Daily Recap: Two Fights Added to UFC on FOX 3, UFC on FUEL Ratings & More

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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.

Sengoku veteran Nick Denis will take on "TUF 14" cast member Johnny Bedford in a bantamweight bout inked for UFC on FOX 3 on May 5. Denis made a spectacular UFC debut last month, KO'ing Joseph Sandoval with standing elbows in just 22 seconds at UFC on FX 1. Bedford was also victorious in his first UFC appearance, handing a one-sided beatdown to Louis Gaudinot before finishing him with strikes in the third round at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale in December. [UFC.com]

The inaugural UFC on FUEL TV event garnered an average of 217,000 for this past Wednesday night's broadcast. It was the highest take-in for a live event in the channel's history. FUEL TV previously averaged 148,000 for the UFC on FX 1 prelims and 144,000 for the UFC on FOX 2 undercard. [Sherdog]

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The Daily Recap: Dos Santos Surgery Successful, Castillo Replaces Nijem & More

Junior dos Santos. Photo by Josh Hedges/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.

— UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos underwent successful surgery this morning to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee that was suffered in preparation for his victorious title bout against Cain Velasquez on UFC on Fox last month. “My knee surgery was great. I’m feeling very well. No pain and just resting a bit," dos Santos wrote on Twitter. The Brazilian is expected to return to the gym in the next month or so. [Sherdog.com]

— Team Alpha Male member Danny Castillo has agreed to replace an injured Ramsey Nijem in a lightweight affair against Anthony Njokuani at UFC 141 on December 30. Castillo recently rebounded with a stoppage win over Shamar Bailey, while Njokuani last won a unanimous nod over Andre Winner in July. [UFC.com]

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