Chris Leben. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here are your fight announcements for the morning of April 7, 2009.
Chris Leben will reportedly return from a nine-month suspension for a positive steroids test when he takes on former collegiate standout wrestler Jake Rosholt at UFC 102, which is slated for August 29 in Portland, Oregon. Leben dropped a unanimous decision to Michael Bisping in his last fight at UFC 89. Rosholt recently fell victim to a quick first-round submission by Dan Miller in his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 17. [MMA Junkie]
“Ultimate Fighter 7” winner Amir Sadollah will likely fight for the first time in over a year against Team Takedown member Johny Hendricks at UFC 101 on August 8 in Philadelphia. Sadollah announced his participation at the event during last week’s season premiere of “The Ultimate Fighter 9” and is said to have verbally agreed to a fight with Hendricks. Bout agreements are expected to be signed in the coming days. [Five Ounces of Pain]
A welterweight bout between rising prospects Tamdan McCrory and John Howard is currently in talks to occur at UFC 101 in August. McCrory recently bounced back from a dissappointing submission loss to skilled grappler Dustin Hazelett at UFC 91 to defeat UFC newcomer Ryan Madigan at UFC 96 on short notice. Meanwhile Howard picked up his first UFC win via a unanimous decision over Team Quest product Chris Wilson at UFC 94 in January. [MMA Mania]
We will be going live at 8:00 PM ET with live results of UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine, which takes place at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The card will be broadcast live on pay-per-view starting at 10:00 PM ET.
The event is headlined by light heavyweight contenders bout between former champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Keith Jardine. A heavyweight clash between undefeated prospect Shane Carwin and former title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga will serve as the co-main event.
Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the afternoon and evening. Detailed live results are after the jump.
Jose Aldo. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Fresh off of his first-round stoppage of Rolando Perez at WEC 38 on January 25, fast-rising featherweight contender will reportedly take on WEC newcomer Chris Mickle in a bout that will likely be added to WEC 39, which takes place on March 1 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
According to MMA Junkie, the fight will partially take the place of the canceled WEC welterweight title fight between Carlos Condit and Brock Larson, who are both now headed to the UFC due to the rumored demise of the WEC’s 170 lb. division.
Aldo has won his first three fights in the WEC and another win under his belt could vault him to the top half of the featherweight division. Mickle, who has spent the majority of his career fighting in small shows in the midwest, will come into the bout with a two-fight winning streak.
Frank Mir. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
- A planned middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Thales Leites might not be the only championship bout at UFC 97. Fighters Only Magazine is quoting UFC President Dana White as saying that the heavyweight title unification rematch between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir could take place in April, which is when the UFC plans to return to Montreal, Quebec, Canada for the second time in the last two years. “Mir took little damage in his fight with Nog, and Lesnar wants to fight him soon, so April may be the time and place for that,” White said.
- Canadian welterweight Jonathan Goulet has told Sherdog.com that he has been offered a fight against Tamdan McCrory for April’s UFC 97 event also, but will be unable to accept the bout until Thursday at the earliest due to medical clearance needed to begin training again after injuring his right knee in his recent loss to Mike Swick at the UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” event in December. McCrory is coming off a loss as well - He fell to Dustin Hazelett via submission at UFC 91. Keep in mind thought that the UFC has yet to secure a date at the Bell Centre because of the Montreal Canadiens’ pending playoff schedule.
Brock Lesnar def. Randy Couture - TKO (punch)
Kenny Florian def. Joe Stevenson - Submission (rear naked choke)
Dustin Hazelett def. Tamdan McCrory - Submission (armbar)
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Josh Hendricks - TKO (punch)
Demian Maia def. Nate Quarry - Submission (rear naked choke)
Aaron Riley def. Jorge Gurgel - Unanimous Decision
Jeremy Stephens def. Rafael dos Anjos - KO (punch)
Mark Bocek def. Alvin Robinson - Submission (rear naked choke)
Matt Brown def. Ryan Thomas - Submission (armbar)
In the second round Lesnar landed a punch that sent Couture to the mat. Lesnar then jumped on Couture, landing a big hammer-fist, and then continued to punch and punch until the fight was stopped. Four fights into his MMA career, and Brock Lesnar is the UFC heavyweight champion. It was good to finally see a heavyweight championship fight, but with Lesnar becoming champ so fast it’ll be interesting to see how the former WWE star is received as UFC champ by MMA fans, and general sports fans alike.
Here are our predictions (after the jump, winners in bold) for tonight’s UFC 91 event.
The main card will be broadcast on pay-per-view and Yahoo! Sports starting at 10 PM ET.
Amir Sadollah. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today that “Ultimate Fighter 7” winner Amir Sadollah has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against newcomer Nick Catone at this weekend’s UFC 91 event due to a leg infection.
The UFC attempted, but was unable to secure a replacement opponent for Catone, meaning that the fight has been removed from the fight card completely. A welterweight contenders bout between Dustin Hazelett and Tamdan McCrory has been moved up to the televised pay-per-view portion of UFC 91.
Dustin Hazelett. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A welterweight bout between skilled grapplers Dustin Hazelett and Tamdan McCrory will likely take place at UFC 91 on November 15 in Las Vegas according to a report from Sherdog.com.
McCrory has confirmed that the two have verbally agreed to fight and bout agreements are expected to be signed and returned at some point this week. No word as of yet concerning the possibility of the main being featured on UFC 91’s televised main card.
After being submitted in his UFC debut against Tony DeSouza, Hazelett went on to win three straight bouts before losing to standout wrestler Josh Koscheck at UFC 82 in March. Hazelett recently submitted one-time “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Josh Burkman at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale in June.
McCrory surprised many as he quickly submitted former UFC welterweight title contender Pete Spratt in his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 10 in June of last year. Following his loss to Akihiro Gono at UFC 78, McCrory bounced back to win a unanimous decision over Luke Cummo at UFC 87 on August 9.
Jason MacDonald. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Despite his best efforts to hang with the touted grappling skills of Demian Maia, Canadian veteran Jason MacDonald eventually succumbed to the Brazilian, tapping out to a rear naked choke late in the third round of what was arguably UFC 87’s most technical undercard bout Saturday night.
With dozens of grappling championships under his belt, Maia was expected to make quick work of MacDonald if he opted to hit the ground with him. However MacDonald surprised many, continually escaping various attempts throughout the first two rounds, even putting Maia in his own predicaments at certain points.
It only took Maia a minute or so to lock in an extremely deep triangle but MacDonald was able to keep his composure and fight his way out of the hold. Multiple rear naked choke attempts followed but MacDonald persevered, even catching Maia in a guillotine before the end of the first round.
We will be going live at 8:00 PM ET tonight with live results of UFC 87: Seek and Destroy, which will take place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The show’s televised main card will air on pay-per-view and Yahoo! Sports starting at 10 PM ET.
The event will be headlined by Georges St. Pierre defending his UFC welterweight title against gritty top contender Jon Fitch, who will be challenging Royce Gracie’s age-old record for consecutive wins. Additional featured fights include Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring and Kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta.
Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Detailed live results are after the jump.