Efrain Escudero. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
“Ultimate Fighter 8” lightweight winner Efrain Escudero kept his perfect record intact on Saturday night, scoring a devastating first-round stoppage of fellow “TUF” alumnus and skilled grappler Cole Miller during the preliminary portion of UFC 103.
Both Escudero and Miller opted to spend the first couple minutes of their Spike TV-televised attraction feeling each other out on the feet. Miller used a substantial reach advantage to land a number of jabs and stiff right hands while Escudero timed some of Miller’s leg kicks and put Miller on the mat on two separate occasions.
We will be going live at 6:00 PM ET with live results of UFC 103: “Franklin vs. Belfort”, which will take place at a sold out American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The event’s televised main card will be broadcast live on pay-per-view starting at 10:00 PM ET. An additional hour of preliminary bouts will also be shown on Spike TV starting at 9:00 PM ET prior to that.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort headlines the event, returning to the UFC in a 195 lb catchweight bout against former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. A heavyweight contenders clash between formidable strikers Mirko Cro Cop and Junior Dos Santos serves as the co-main event.
Spike TV has officially announced that it will air a portion of UFC 103’s undercard live and commercial-free on Saturday, September 19 at 9 PM EST.
“Providing an action-packed UFC pay-per-view, live and commercial free to our viewers on both coasts, further illustrates Spike TV and the UFC’s commitment to its fans,” Spike TV president Kevin Kay said to UFC.com.
We will be going live at 7:00 PM ET with live results of “The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K. Finale”, which takes place at the Pearl at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. The show’s main card will be televised live in North America starting at 9 PM ET on Spike TV.
The event will be headlined by an anticipated lightweight matchup between Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida. Past “Ultimate Fighter” winners Joe Stevenson and Nate Diaz will also clash on the main card.
Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the afternoon and evening. Detailed live results are after the jump.
David Loiseau. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here are your quick hits for the morning of May 5, 2009.
— Just one day after Jason MacDonald was handed his walking papers by the UFC, three other fighters were as well: David Loiseau, Ryo Chonan and David Bielkheden. Loiseau’s UFC return last just one fight as he dropped a lackluster unanimous decision to Ed Herman at UFC 97. Chonan and Bielkheden fell at the event as well, and both fighters had posted unfavorable 1-2 records inside the Octagon. [Sherdog.com]
— Rick Roufus-trained Eric Schafer has reportedly been forced to withdraw from his scheduled light heavyweight bout against Tomasz Drwal at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale in June because of a rib injury. Drwal’s new opponent will apparently be Miletich Fighting Systems product Mike Ciesnolevicz according to the The Times of Northwest Indiana. Ciesnolevicz last fought at UFC 95, earning his first UFC win with a first-round submission of Neil Grove. [MMA Junkie]
— Seasoned MMA veteran Dennis “Superman” Hallman will reportedly return to action as part of the second edition of Sho MMA’s “Strikeforce Challenger Series” on June 19 in Kent, Washington. An opponent for Hallman has not yet been finalized. Hallman last competed at Square Ring Promotions “March Badness” show in March, submitting Danny Ruiz in the first round. [MMA Weekly]
Tomasz Drwal. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Iowa fighting scene prospect Razak Al-Hussan will reportedly replace Tomasz Drwal in his scheduled preliminary bout against IFL veteran Andre Gusmao at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy on August 9th in Minnesota.
The news comes from our friends at MMA Junkie, who was informed by sources close to Al-Hussan that the light heavyweight formally accepted the bout with Gusmao this past week. The reason for Drwal’s withdraw remains unknown at this time.
Al-Hussan has won his first four professional fights to begin his young career. He most recently scored a second-round TKO of Todd Monghan at a Mainstream MMA event in April. Both he and Gusmao will be making their UFC debuts at the show.
Gusmao, who also remains undefeated thus far in his career, has not fought since knocking out Miletich Fighting Systems product Mike Ciesnolevicz with a knee at the IFL Team Championship in September of last year. It was the Brazilian’s second career win over Ciesnolevicz.
David Heath weighs-in for UFC 74: Respect. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that they will not find a replacement opponent for light heavyweight David Heath, thus making next weekend’s UFC 81: Breaking Point an event with only eight fights.
The promotion announced the decision on their official website earlier today.
Heath’s scheduled opponent, Tomasz Drwal, was forced to pull out of the fight after suffering a knee injury during training.
The last UFC event to only have eight fights take place was UFC 72: Victory this past June.
Thiago Silva delivers a body kick to Tomasz Drwal at UFC 75. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Light heavyweight striker Tomasz Drwal has reportedly been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against David Heath at UFC 81: Breaking Point next month after suffering an injury during a recent training session.
Drwal was stopped by light heavyweight contender Thiago Silva in his debut at UFC 75: Champion vs Champion back in September. The loss snapped a 13-fight winning streak for Drwal. The slick striker has won half of his sixteen career fights by either knockout or technical knockout and has never gone the distance.
A potential replacement opponent for Heath has not yet been announced.
David Heath will face Tomas Drwal in a light heavyweight bout at UFC 81: Breaking Point on February 2nd according to a report from MMA Junkie.
Heath has dropped his last two bouts in the UFC after previously winning his first two. Wins over Cory Walmsley and Victor Valimaki have been countered back losses to Ryoto Machida and Renato “Babalu” Sobral.
Drwal was unsuccessful in his UFC debut, being stopped with strikes at the hands of Thiago Silva at UFC 75 in September.
For at least one more night, it was UFC vs PRIDE.
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and PRIDE Middleweight title holder Dan Henderson clashed last night in order to determine who currently is the best fighter in the world at 205 lbs. It was Jackson that came away victorious after five long and hard fought rounds at the sold out O2 Arena in London, England.
Jackson overcame being down on points earlier in the fight to win the final two rounds in convincing fashion and to give the judges more than enough reason to award him an unanimous decision.
Henderson (22-6) controlled the fight early on, clinching early and often to keep Jackson (28-6) at bay and unable to let his hands go. Jackson fought hard to prevent the two-time U.S. Olympic wrestler from taking him down but Henderson’s skill proved too much in the first few rounds.
However the rounds quickly caught up to Henderson and Jackson used his size and strength to wear down his opponent. The final stages of the fight saw Jackson beat Henderson at his own game, showing off newly polished ground skills that have become yet another weapon in Jackson’s dangerous arsenal. The final round saw both fighters lay everything on the line. Both were content to slug it out until the final bell where Henderson collapsed due to fatigue, allowing Jackson to pound away until the referee was forced to let the fighters know that the bout was over.
After the fight, Jackson let everyone know that his success on the ground wasn’t a fluke.
“A lot of people don’t know but I’ve got Jiu-Jitsu,” exclaimed Jackson.