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The Daily Recap: Fitch-Maia at UFC 156, St. Pierre-Silva News & More

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The UFC has announced that welterweight contenders Jon Fitch and Demian Maia will lock horns at UFC 156. UFC president Dana White said, “Maia hopes to move up the welterweight rankings by taking out perennial contender Fitch. Fitch wants to build on his Fight of the Night-winning victory over Erick Silva." [UFC]

Despite earlier reports of The Ultimate Fighter being moved to Wednesday nights on FX, a FX official has stated that it’s highly unlikely TUF will air on Wednesday nights. An official announcement is expected to come within the next two or three weeks. [MMA Fighting]

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Arona Decisions Eastman at Bitetti Combat

Ricardo Arona. Photo by Scott Petersen/

Former PRIDE Fighting Championships standout Ricardo Arona looked rusty in his first fight in over two years, but managed to put together enough offense to stifle challenger Marvin Eastman en route to a unanimous decision victory in the main event of Saturday night’s Bitetti Combat 4 event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Arona (14-5) started the fight on a high note, connecting with a pair of leg kicks to Eastman’s thigh, one of them sending the UFC veteran falling to the canvas. A couple of successful takedowns saw Arona control the majority of the first round on the mat. However, Arona’s infamous lack of cardio began to show at the start of the second round, which featured very little, if any offense from either fighter.

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Weekend Preview: Arona Returns at Bitetti Combat, Horn Headlines Arena Rumble & More

Ricardo Arona. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

Former PRIDE Fighting Championships standout Ricardo Arona will return to active competition for the first time in over two years when he takes on fellow veteran Marvin Eastman at Bitetti Combat 4 this Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

It will be the first fight for Arona since losing three out of four bouts under the PRIDE banner, including a brutal knockout at the hands of a streaking Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at PRIDE 34 in April 2007. Eastman is coming off of a second-round TKO of Aron Lofton at a Maximum Fighting Championship show in May.

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Quick Hits: Struve Tapped to Face Gormley, Weekend Preview & More

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— Towering heavyweight prospect Stefan Struve has reportedly been tapped to face undefeated All-American collegiate wrestler Chase Gormley at UFC 104, which takes place on October 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.. Bout agreements have apparently been signed. Gormley was originally slated to face Ben Rothwell at the event but Rothwell was recently moved into a main card matchup against Cain Velasquez. [Fighters Only Magazine]

— A number of notable MMA veterans are in action this weekend. Art of Fighting’s latest offering in Tampa, Florida includes Seth Petruzelli, competing for the first time since his 14-second win over Kimbo Slice, going up against Chris Baten. Marcio Cruz and Delson Heleno will be on the AOF card as well. Neil Grove and Brad Pickett will also be defending their respective Ultimate Challenge UK titles in London, England while Dokonjonosuke Mishima, Masakazu Imanari, and Ryo Chonan are in action at DEEP 43 in Japan. [Bloody Elbow]

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Quick Hits: Belfort Reportedly Added to Bitetti Combat Card, Monson Pleads Guilty & More

Vitor Belfort. Photo by Tracy Lee/

— Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort has reportedly been added to a star-studded card being put on by Bitetti Combat on September 12 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Belfort is said to be facing Europe Top Team’s Moise Rimbon, despite repeated rumors that he is all but set to be joining the UFC following last week’s demise of Affliction Entertainment. [JB Online via Bloody Elbow]

— One-time UFC heavyweight title challenger Jeff Monson pleaded guilty to malicious mischief in Washington court today after being caught spray-painting an anarchist symbol on the Washington state Capitol in an ESPN the Magazine photo earlier this year. Monson faces a potential 90-day jail sentence, a $21,894 fine, and the loss of his passport, which will now prevent from traveling overseas to fight in the near future. [Cagewriter]

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Monson, Lashley Win at “March Badness”

Jeff Monson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former World Wrestling Entertainment star Bobby Lashley took a step up in competition and won in just his second professional fight, grinding out a unanimous decision over experienced veteran Jason Guida in a featherweight bout at Square Ring Promotions “March Badness” event on Saturday in Pensacola, Florida.

Also victorious was one-time UFC heavyweight title contender Jeff Monson, who earned a controversial unanimous nod over former IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson. Notable veterans Din Thomas and Dennis Hallman also found the win column during the show as well. Future boxing hall-of-famer Roy Jones Jr. scored a fifth-round TKO of Omar Sheika in the night’s boxing main event.

Complete results (MMA) from the show:

Bobby Lashley def. Jason Guida - Unanimous Decision
Jeff Monson def. Roy Nelson - Unanimous Decision
Din Thomas def. Gabe Lemley - KO (Knee), R1
Dennis Hallman def. Danny Ruiz - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), R1
James Freeman def. John Mowry - KO (Punch), R1

Monson Charged With Vandalism After Police See Photo in ESPN Magazine

Jeff Monson. Photo courtesy of ESPN the Magazine.

Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Jeff Monson has been charged with vandalism after Olympia, Washington police discovered a photo published in the December 29 edition of ESPN the Magazine of Monson spray-painting an anarchy symbol on the Washington state capitol building.

According to The Olympian, Monson has been charged with first-degree malicious mischief, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The damage reportedly cost $19,000 to clean up and a warrant has been issued for Monson’s arrest.

Monson also told the newspaper that he has claimed responsibility for the crime and will contact local authorities, but refuses to pay any sort of fine that is levied on him and isn’t sure if he will turn himself in.

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Monson Submits Kerr at Vengeance FC

Jeff Monson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Jeff Monson handed fellow veteran Mark Kerr yet another loss during Kerr’s return to active competition, submitting him in the first round of their main event bout at Vengeance Fighting Championships’ inaugural show in North Carolina on Saturday night.

The event was the first foray into mixed martial arts for Don King Productions, which has put on some of the biggest boxing matches in history.

With the win, Monson bounced back from a lackluster decision loss to close friend Josh Barnett at Sengoku II earlier this year. Kerr suffered his fourth consecutive loss at the hands of Monson, potentially signaling a quicker return to retirement than the former standout wrestling expected in returning to the sport that he dominated a decade ago.

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“Godz of War” Postponed Until Fall

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Global Fighting’s upcoming “Godz of War” event, which was set to take place this weekend at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, has apparently been postponed until an unknown date this fall.

The arena’s official website reported the postponement earlier today. An official announcement from the promotion has yet to be made.

The cancellation likely stems from a lack of ticket sales, which weren’t helped by the constant troubles involving the show’s main event. Longtime veterans Kevin Randleman and Jeff Monson were originally set to collide until Randleman was forced to bow out due to injury.

He was replaced by fellow former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez and while a lingering broken hand caused Monson to withdraw from his featured bout against fellow PRIDE alumnus Mike Russow this past weekend at Adrenaline MMA’s show in Chicago, he was still being advertised as competing.

Former UFC and PRIDE standout Murilo Bustamante was also slated to make his return to active competition against one-time “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Josh Haynes. Those who purchased tickets for the event can either have their tickets honored on the new date or can receive a full refund at the place of purchase.

HT: MMA Weekly

Injury Forces Monson Out of Adrenaline

Jeff Monson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Jeff Monson has reportedly been forced to pull out of his upcoming scheduled bout against PRIDE veteran Mike Russow at Adrenaline MMA’s inaugural show in Chicago this weekend.

The news comes from Sergio Non of USA Today.

Monson has yet to recover from a broken hand suffered during his recent loss to Josh Barnett at World Victory Road’s second “Sengoku” show last month and thus will be unable to compete in the show’s main event. He has been replaced by longtime veteran Jason Guida, a fellow Chicago native along with Russow.

Adrenaline promoter Monte Cox apparently attempted to sign Ricco Rodriguez as a late replacement but the former UFC champion is slated to take on none other than Monson at Global Fighting’s Godz of War show next weekend. Despite his lingering hand injury, Monson is still advertised as participating at the event.

“He [Monson] found that the thing wasn’t healing properly and he wasn’t going to be able to fight,” Cox said in the report. “It made sense for me at this point to go with two Chicago guys fighting each other, and they come from different camps in the same city and I just thought, you know what, this will probably sell me more tickets than anyone I can get on a week’s notice.”

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