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Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos Forced Out Of Main Event

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Evangelista Cyborg Santos - via MMA Junkie

Strikeforce continues to have bad luck with the injury plague; one half of their main event at the “Challengers” show has been forced out of the bout due to a knee injury. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, the husband of the newly crowned women’s 145 pound champion, Cris “Cyborg” Santos, will not get a chance to showcase his skills against Tim Kennedy.

The beneficiary of “Cyborg’s” injury is Zak Cummings, as he steps into the main event against Kennedy in hopes of proving to the Showtime audience why he is such a promising prospect. Cummings is 10-0 and will be making his Strikeforce debut.

Kennedy last appeared on the second episode of Strikeforce “Challengers,” where he defeated Nick Thompson by submission in a controversial stoppage. Since losing his first professional mixed martial arts fight to Scott Smith, Kennedy has won 10 of his last 11 fights.

This upcoming Strikeforce event is scheduled for September 25 on Showtime, and takes place at the Spirit Bank Event Center in Bixby, Oklahoma.

UFC 104 Fight Updates: Gormley Vs. Struve, Velasquez Vs. Rothwell

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Cain Velsaquez by Justin McAllister

In the last twenty-four hours we have seen a bevy of heavyweight fights get changed around.  As reported earlier, Shane Carwin is no longer fighting Cain Velasquez (6-0) at UFC 104, and will instead be fighting for the title when he takes on Brock Lesnar.  Many wondered whom Velasquez would get in return.  Now Velasquez will get the former IFL heavyweight champion Ben Rothwell (30-6).

Ben Rothwell was originally schedule to fight Chase Gormley at “Affliction: Trilogy”, but after Josh Barnett failed a drug test, the event fell through and the UFC scooped up the fight for their UFC 104 card.

Now that Ben Rothwell will be taking on Cain Velasquez, that left his original opponent, Chase Gormley, without a fight.  Stephan Struve has stepped up to take Rothwell’s place against Gormley.

Prior to his last two fights, Ben Rothwell was on a thirteen fight win streak and then he ran into Andrei Arlovski at “Affliction: Banned”.  After losing to the “Pitbull” he would go on to submit Chris Guilen by strikes at “Adrenaline MMA 2” in December of 2008.

The undefeated Cain Velasquez is regarded by as one of the best fighters in the heavyweight division.  At “UFC 99: The Comeback” Velasquez had his first decision victory of his career when he was able to hold control Cheick Kongo for the entire fight.  Other than the Kongo fight, Velasquez had earned the technical knock victory in all of previous fights.

Chase Gormley is undefeated with a record of 6-0.  He was scheduled to fight Ben Rothwell at the now dead “Affliction: Trilogy” event.  Gormley last fought for the Canadian promotion MFC.

Stephan “Skyscraper” Struve stands at an impressive 6’11”.  He has gone 1-1 inside the octagon submitting Denis Stojnic in his last fight at “UFC 99: The Comeback”.

UFC 104 takes place Saturday October 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

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Shane Carwin Vs. Brock Lesnar At UFC 106

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UFC 106 just got a whole lot bigger.  MMAMadness.com is reporting that a UFC 104 fight between Shane Carwin (11-0) and Cain Velasquez (6-0) for the number one contender at the heavyweight champion has been scratch.  Instead, the undefeated Carwin will go toe-to-toe with Brock Lesnar (4-1) at UFC 106.

Shane Carwin is 11-0 and has never seen a fight last more than the halfway point of the first round.  While many assume Carwin is a knock out artist due to his three straight knock outs, he holds five victories via submission.  Carwin last competed at “UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardin” where he came from behind to knock out Gabriel Gonzaga.

If the bout agreements are signed, this will mark Brock Lesnar’s first official title defense as his last fight against Frank Mir was to unify the heavyweight and interim heavyweight title belts.

This could arguably be one of the biggest fights in UFC history as both fighters reportedly cut weight to make the 265lb limit.

UFC 106 takes place November 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Nevada and will also feature a fight between Mark “The Hammer” Coleman and Tito Ortiz.

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Thiago Tavares Out Of UFC 103 Due To Knee Injury

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Thiago Tavares - via UFC.com

MMAJunkie was informed that Thiago Tavares (14-3) has suffered a knee injury while training for his upcoming fight with Jim Miller (14-2) at “UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort”.  The scope of the injury has not been revealed, but it more than likely will require surgery.

Thiago Tavares last competed at at “UFC 94: St. Pierre vs. Penn 2” where he was able to earn a decision victory over Manny Gamburyan.  The victory snapped a two-fight losing streak, as he was just 3-3 leading up to the fight with Gamburyan.
Jim Miller meanwhile is 3-1 in his last four with wins over Matt Wiman and Mac Danzig.

At this time it is unknown if a replacement will be found to take on Miller or if the UFC will just cut the thirteen-fight card down to twelve.

UFC 103 now looks like:
MAIN CARD
* Vitor Belfort vs. Rich Franklin
* Junior Dos Santos vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
* Martin Kampmann vs. Mike Swick
* Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg
* Hermes Franca vs. Tyson Griffin

PRELIMINARY CARD
* Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller
* Jim Miller vs. TBA
* Dan Lauzon vs. Rafaello Oliveira
* Paul Daley vs. Brian Foster
* Tomasz Drwal vs. Drew McFedries
* Jason Brilz vs. Eliot Marshall
* Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Igor Pokrajac
* Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rob Emerson

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UFC To Take Over Spike TV On Saturday

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Spike TV has scheduled of a marathon of past events that have aired on the network.  The daylong event kicks off at 1pm ET/PT with a replay of “UFC Fight Night 4” and will conclude the night with “Ultimate Iceman: Chuck Liddell” at 2:30am ET.  Other events on schedule include UFC 75, UFC 89, and UFC Fight For The Troops.

“UFC Fight Night 4” was headlined by Stephan Bonnar vs Keith Jardine.  Also on the card Rashad Evans taking on Sam Hoger, Joe Stevenson versus Josh Neer, and Chris Leben fighting Luigi Fioravanti.

“UFC 75: Champion vs Champion” had former UFC light heavyweight champion Rampage Jackson taking on former Pride light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson.  Other noteworthy fights included Marcus Davis vs Paul Taylor, Houston Alexander vs Alessio Sakara, Cheick Kongo vs Cro Cop, and Michael Bisping vs Matt Hamill.

UFC 89 was headlined by Michael Bisping and Chris Leben.  In addition, Keith Jardine took on Brandon Vera, Sokoudjou fought Luiz Cane, Paul Taylor and Chris Lytle had a stand up war, and Paul Kelly versus Marcus Davis opened the night’s events.

UFC Fight For The Troops was one of the most brutal cards ever.  Josh Koscheck knocked Yoshiyuki Yoshida out cold, Mike Swick made extremely quick work of Jonathan Goulet, Steve Cantwell broke Razak Al-Hassan’s arm, Tim Credeur forced Nate Loughran to verbally tap in between rounds, Ben Saunders showed his impressive Muay Thai knees to Brandon Wolff and Corey Hill suffered one of the worst leg breaks ever against Dale Hartt.

UFC 105 Gaining Ground

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UFC 105 is set to take place on Saturday November 14 2009 from the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England.  While no bouts have been officially announced, Michael Bisping has stated he will be on the card.  Additionally sources close to the event have stated that fight agreements have been sent out and should be signed shortly between “The Ultimate Fighter 9” winner, James Wilks vs Matt Brown as well as DaMarques Johnson vs Peter Sobotta.

DeMarques Johnson (9-7) was the only “Team USA” cast member to make it to the finals of season 9 of “The Ultimate Fighter”.  Johnson was a favorite leading up to the finale, but he lost to James Wilks via submission.
Peter Sobotta (8-2) made his UFC debut at “UFC 99: The Comeback” where he lost a decision to Paul Taylor.  Sobotta has agreed to take the fight, however military commitments might make him unavailable for the show.

The fight between Johnson and Sobotta will likely take place on the night’s preliminary card and has potential walking paper ramifications to the loser.

James Wilks (6-2) who defeated Johnson to win season 9 of “The Ultimate Fighter” looks to continue his four-fight winning streak.  However he runs into arguably the stiffest competition any Ultimate Fighter winner has ever faced in their first fight after the finales in Matt Brown.

Matt Brown (9-7) took part of season 7 of “The Ultimate Fighter” and has since amassed a record of 3-1 inside the octagon.  His lone loss was a split decision awarded to Dong Hyun Kim at “UFC 88: Breakthrough”.

UFC 105 is set to air on SpikeTV via tape delay.

Instant Replay For MMA

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission decided Wednesday that referees in Nevada can use instant replay to take a look at a fight’s end to determine its legality.

“A referee at the conclusion of a contest or exhibition stopped immediately due to an injury to an unarmed combatant pursuant to NAC 467.718 and after making a decision may view a replay if available in order to determine whether the injury in question was caused a legal blow or a foul.”

This rule should be very beneficial to mixed martial arts as a sport. Recently, we have seen two bouts in particular that relate directly to this rule. At “UFC Fight Night 14” last July, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson was unintentionally poked in the eye by his opponent, Kevin “The Fire” Burns, which resulted in a TKO victory for Burns. Another eye poke incident occurred more recently at “UFC 99: The Comeback,” when Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic defeated Mustapha al Turk via TKO.

With this rule now instated, a referee has the option to view instant replay to determine whether the action that caused an injury was legal or a foul and make a decision on the fight’s result. The referee is the only one allowed to decide if he or she wants to use the replay.

This rule can take effect in as early as 30 days.

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Alessio Sakara Vs. Rousimar Palhares At Ultimate Fighter Finale 10

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According to Tatame, Alessio Sakara (14-7-1) is set to take on Rousimar Palhares (9-2) at “The Ultimate Fighter Finale 10” on December 10.  The fight was originally supposed to take place at UFC 99 but got pushed back to UFC 101.  Palhares suffered a leg injury and Sakara instead fought Thales Leites at UFC 101.

The fight will test the age old question of which is better a striker or a grappler as the heavy handed Sakara has finished eight of his fourteen victories by (technical) knock out.  Meanwhile Palhares has won two thirds of his fights via submission.

Sakara last fought at UFC 101 where he won a split decision over Thales Leites.  While he is 5-4-1 in the UFC, his losses have come against notable opponents such as Chris Leben, Houston Alexander, Drew McFedries and Dean Lister.

Palhares last competed at UFC 93 where he was able to earn a decision victory over Jeremy Horn.  In his second UFC outing, Palhares was faced with the extremely dangerous Dan Henderson whom he lost a decision to.

“The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale” has yet to be officially announced by the UFC at the time of this writing.

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Kyle Bradley Out, Phillipe Nover In Against Sam Stout

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Kyle Bradley

Kyle Bradley

Sources close to Kyle Bradley (14-6) have disclosed that Bradley has sustained an undisclosed injury and will have to withdraw from his fight against Sam Stout (15-5-1) at “UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard”.  The UFC has confirmed this and replaced Bradley with his last opponent, Phillipe Nover (6-2-1).

Kyle Bradley last competed at UFC 98 where he earned a TKO victory over “The Ultimate Fighter 8” finalist Phillipe Nover.  However many fans said that the 65 second fight was stopped too early as Nover was going for a submission when the referee stopped the flurry of punches being thrown by Bradley.

UFC Fight Night 19 takes place Wednesday September 16 from the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  The card is the lead in for the season premier of “The Ultimate Fighter 10”.

The full card now looks like:
MAIN CARD
* Nate Diaz vs. Melvin Guillard
* Roger Huerta vs. Gray Maynard
* Carlos Condit vs. Jake Ellenberger
* Tim Credeur vs. Nate Quarry

PRELIMINARY CARD
* Steve Cantwell vs. Brian Stann
* Mike Pyle vs. Chris Wilson
* C.B. Dollaway vs. Dan Miller
* Sam Stout vs. Phillipe Nover
* Justin Buchholz vs. Jeremy Stephens
* Brock Larson vs. Mike Pierce
* Ryan Jensen vs. Steven Steinbeiss

Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz To Meet Mark Coleman At UFC 106

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Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz

Fighters Only magazine was the first to report that a fight between Tito Ortiz (15-6-1) and Mark Coleman (16-9) will meet at UFC 106.  UFC 106 is scheduled to take place Saturday November 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ortiz and Dana White have had a very public and very nasty feud over contract negotiations since Ortiz left the UFC after his fight against Lyoto Machida.  Ortiz hasn’t won a fight since October 2006 losing to Chuck Liddell and Lyoto Machida while getting a draw against Rashad Evans.

Coleman had taken over two years off before returning to the UFC where he lost to Mauricio Rua.  Coleman most recently earned the unanimous decision victory against Stephan Bonnar at “UFC 100: Lesnar vs. Mir 2”.

At this time, the UFC has yet to announce UFC 106.