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Rafael Assuncao Vs. Yves Jabouin Promoted To Televised Portion Of WEC 43

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WEC 43 Poster

WEC 43 Poster

When Alex Karalexis had to withdraw from his fight with Anthony Pettis due to injury, it left many fans wondering if Pettis would get a replacement and if a different fight would get bumped up to the main card.  One of those questions has been answered as Rafael Assuncao (13-1) vs Yves Jabouin (14-4) has been promoted to the main card at “WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson”.

Yves Jabouin is making his WEC debut while riding a four-fight win streak.  Jabouin is a dangerous striker with eleven victories coming via (technical) knockout.

Assuncao made his successful WEC debut at “WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki” where he earned a decision victory over Jameel Massouh.  Assuncao is on a five-fight win streak, and has submitted eight of his opponents.

While a guest of MMAJunkie Radio, Assuncao spoke of his opponent. “”My next opponent is kind of unknown in the U.S.  He’s a badass. I’ve seen some of his highlights. They (WEC officials) probably want to test me.”

WEC 43 is now finalized an includes:
MAIN CARD

* Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson (for WEC interim lightweight title)
* Dave Jansen vs. Richard Crunkilton Jr.
* Damacio Page and Akitoshi Tamura
* Rafael Assuncao vs. Yves Jabouin

PRELIMINARY CARD

* Scott Jorgensen vs. Rafael Rebello
* Wagnney Fabiano vs. Erik Koch
* Manny Tapia vs. Eddie Wineland
* Muhsin Corbbrey vs. Anthony Njokuani
* Charlie Valencia vs. Coty Wheeler
* Mark Hominick vs. Deividas Taurosevicius

“Strikeforce: Carano Vs. Cyborg” Live Gate And Fighter Salaries

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Strikeforce: Carano vs Cyborg Poster

The California State Athletic Commission revealed today that “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” had 13,976 fans in attendance for a live gate of $736,000.   Additionally the CSAC confirmed that the total disclosed fighter payout for the event was $468,500.

In April, San Jose hosted “Strikeforce: Shamrock vs Diaz” and drew a crowd of 15,211.  However Strikeforce officials reported that the live gate for the show was $750,000.  Considering a drop of just more than eight percent in attendance, the event’s live gate only had a two percent decrease from the previous trip.

In non-shocking news, Gina Carano was the highest paid fighter of the night earning $125,000 in her loss to Cris Cyborg who earned just $25,000 in her victory.  Also of note is that the new light heavyweight title-holder, Gegard Mousasi, was the lowest paid fighter of the night earning only $2,000 according to disclosed payouts.  Obviously either Strikeforce or DREAM is compensating him outside of the official disclosed payouts.

Full fighter payouts are the following:
Cris Cyborg – $25,000 ($20,000 + $5,000 win bonus)
Gina Carano – $125,000
Gegard Mousasi – $2,000
Renato “Babalu” Sobral – $75,000
Gilbert Melendez – $50,000
Mitsuhiro Ishida – $30,000
Fabricio Werdum – $50,000 ($25,000 + $25,000 win bonus)
Mike Kyle – $14,000
Jay Hieron – $55,000 ($25,000 + $30,000 win bonus)
Jesse Taylor – $12,000
Scot Lightly – $4,000
Mike Cook  – $2,500
Justin Wilcox – $5,000 ($2,500 + $2,500 win bonus)
David Douglas – $5,500
James Terr – $6,000 ($3,000 + $3,000 win bonus)
Zak Bucia – $2,000
Alex Trevino – $3,500 ($2,000 + $1,500 win bonus)
Isiah Hill – $2,000

Nogueira Brothers

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira To UFC

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Nogueira Brothers

Nogueira Brothers

During a conference call with Randy Couture and Antonio Nogueira in preparation for their UFC 102 fight, a caller asked Nogueira if we would see his younger brother, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (Little Nog), in the UFC.  Nogueira didn’t hesitate and said that his brother and the UFC have been in discussions and that it was a done deal.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has amassed a record of 17-3 in his eight-year career.  He is currently riding a five-fight win streak and holds notable victories over Vladimir Matyushenko, Alistair Overeem, and Dan Henderson.

American fans most recently saw Little Nog compete at “Affliction: Day of Reckoning” where he avenged the first loss of his career against Vladimir Matyushenko.

While the UFC light heavyweight division is already extremely stacked, the addition of Little Nog will have an immediate impact inside the division.  While no official announcement has been made with regards to the signing, look for one in the near future.

Nick Diaz - Via The Telegraph

Nick Diaz In Discussions To Fight At DREAM Against Hayato Sakurai

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Nick Diaz - Via The Telegraph

Nick Diaz - Via The Telegraph

Strikeforce and DREAM are still working out the details of their partnership, but already we have seen Mitsuhiro Ishida and Gegard Mousasi compete under the Strikeforce banner.  Now it is time for Strikeforce to lend some of their talent to DREAM and a fight that is currently in discussions is Nick Diaz vs. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai.

According to Nick Diaz’s manager Cesar Gracie, he is in discussions for Diaz to compete for DREAM in October either on the 6th or 22nd and that he (Diaz) would like to fight Hayato Sakurai.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said he was open to Diaz competing overseas next with Diaz still fighting for the vacant welterweight title against Jay Hieron by years end.

Mitsuhiro Ishida - via MMA Junkie

Mitsuhiro Ishida Alleges Gilbert Melendez Greased

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Mitsuhiro Ishida - via MMA Junkie

Mitsuhiro Ishida - via MMA Junkie

According to reports by f4wonline.com, Mitsuhiro Ishida has filed a verbal protest alleging that Gilbert Melendez greased in their bout on August 15 Strikeforce card.  Ishida’s camp has five days from the verbal complaint to submit a written complaint to the California State Athletic Commission.

As of this writing, assistant executive officer Bill Douglas has not heard from the camp since Saturday.

In their first fight Ishida was able to take Melendez down with ease and control the action to win the decision victory.  However in their second outing, Ishida struggled to get a take down and was punished by Melendez’s striking ability.  Melendez would go on to get the technical knock out in the third round of their fight.

Melendez has yet to be informed of any allegation from the California State Athletic Commission.  When sherdog.com caught up with Melendez he had the following to say on the matter, “I did not grease in the fight. The athletic commission was with me the whole time. I didn’t bring any grease with me. I didn’t think there was much grappling in the fight anyway… It’s kind of funny, but kind of weak. I beat him good and there’s no way I greased.”

Alex Karalexis

Alex Karalexis Out Of WEC 43

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Alex Karalexis

Alex Karalexis

WEC officials have confirmed that Alex Karalexis (10-4) suffered an injury while training for his fight against Anthony Pettis (7-0) at WEC 43 and has been forced to pull out of the event.  The fight was scheduled for the telivsed portion of the card, and at this point no replacement has been named.

Alex Karalexis quickly put his name on the map with three straight victories in the WEC.  He then would go on to lose to Ed Ratcliff and Bart Palaszewski before recently defeating Greg McIntyre at WEC 39.

The undefeated Anthony Pettis made his WEC debut at WEC 41 where he made quick work of Mike Campbell submitting him in just 1:49 in the first round.

WEC 43 takes place on Wednesday September 2 at the Covelli Center in Youngstown Ohio and is headlined by an interim lightweight title fight between Donald Cerrone and Benson Henderson.

The full lineup now looks like:

MAIN CARD
* Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson (for WEC interim lightweight title)
* Dave Jansen vs. Richard Crunkilton Jr.
* Damacio Page and Akitoshi Tamura

PRELIMINARY CARD
* Rafael Assuncao vs. Yves Jabouin
* Scott Jorgensen vs. Rafael Rebello
* Wagnney Fabiano vs. Erik Koch
* Manny Tapia vs. Eddie Wineland
* Muhsin Corbbrey vs. Anthony Njokuani
* Charlie Valencia vs. Coty Wheeler
* Mark Hominick vs. Deividas Taurosevicius

Jake O'Brien

Jake O’Brien Released From UFC

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Jake O'Brien

Jake O'Brien

FiveOuncesOfPain has confirmed the release of Jake O’Brien (11-3) from the UFC with O’Brien’s agent, Ken Pavia.  O’Brien went 4-3 during his time in the UFC and has notable wins over Heath Herring and Chrisitan Wellisch.

Jake O’Brien entered the UFC in August of 2006 where he took on Kristof Midoux.  He would then go on to win his next two fights before running into top heavyweight talents in Andrei Arlovski and Cain Velasquez.

After the back to back losses, the Indiana native droped down to the light heavyweight division to take on Christian Wellisch at “UFC 94: St. Pierre vs. Penn 2” where he was able to get the split decision victory.

O’Brien’s last fight was at UFC 100 where he lost to fast raising star, Jon Jones, via a guillotine choke halfway through the second round.

While eight of O’Brien’s wins have come via (technical) knock out, his UFC debut is the only one adding to the impressive finishes.  O’Brien’s lack of ability to finish fights arguably played a role in why the UFC let him go with a record 4-3 inside the organization.

Don Frye

Frye Vs. Herman

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Don Frye

Don Frye

Don “The Predator” Frye and the heavy-handed, Dave “Pee Wee” Herman, are set to square off September 12th at “Shark Fights 6.”

Frye withdraw from a fight, supposed to occur later this month, against Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal after the M-1 show changed location from California to Kansas. “The Predator” has gone 2-2 in his last four fights, and the 43 year old is looking to establish a two fight winning streak after a successful rear naked choke victory over Rich Moss last May.

Herman bounced back from his sole defeat by defeating Josh Barnes via TKO at “Bellator Fighting Championships 4.” He now sports an overall record of 14-1 and looks to add a win over an MMA legend to his resume.

Matt Serra

Matt Serra Not Retired

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Matt Serra

Matt Serra

MMAWeekly caught up with Matt Serra to find out what his plans were for the future.  Serra talks about his training camp regimen, his fight with Matt Hughes, and when he expects to compete again.

Matt Serra last fought at “UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida” against longtime rival Matt Hughes.  The rivalry started back when Serra was watching season two of “The Ultimate Fighter” and said he found Hughes to be annoying and a dick.

Season four brought Serra back into the UFC fold with other “comeback” fighters.  Hughes made a guest stop during the show and Serra’s dislike of the champion grew even more.  He went on to win that season and upset Georges St. Pierre to win the welterweight title.

The upset set the stage perfectly for season six of the show when Serra and Hughes became opposing coaches.  But the fight that was supposed to happen at the end of the show did not happen due to Serra getting injured.  Nearly eighteen months later Hughes and Serra would finally meet in the octagon.

The fight would end up winning the coveted “Fight of the Night” award, but Serra did not earn the victory and still feels that it should have been in his favor or at least a draw.
“I’m not going to sit here and bad mouth the guy because we did fight. I’m not going to attack him personally, but at the same time I do feel I won that fight, or at least I should have got the nod. If not, it’s a draw and let’s do it again.”

Serra has been in discussions with Joe Silva about who his next opponent will be and when it will happen.  Serra told Silva “Look man, let’s talk about it, it’s just that I need a two and a half month to three month period to be were I want. That’s what I like to train. That’s how I like to do it. I felt so good in my last fight that that’s the recipe for the rest of my fights. That’s what I’m doing. As soon as you’ve got a date and you know what’s up, just give me that window of two and a half month – three month training camp.’ So that’s it. The ball is in their court, and we’re going to talk about it. I’m not done, that’s for sure.”

As for who his next opponent is, Serra obviously wants a rematch with Hughes, but any of the more recognized fighters will do.  He loved the adrenaline rush of seeing his name in the lights so to speak and feels that fighting someone with less recognition wouldn’t be the same.

“I’ve made my whole career fighting whoever they put in front of me, and that hasn’t really changed, but it has to be kind of exciting now. You know what I mean? I’ve got to see my name up there with someone else where I’m like, ‘Whew. I’d want to see that as a fight fan myself. I like that match up, and I like that name. He’s a legend.’ I want that type of thing around it. That’s what I want.

“A new guy is just as tough as some of these other guys, so it’s like why not at this stage of my career fight guys that, your name is up there, like when they had me versus Hughes. That was exciting. That’s what I’m looking for. I know Frank Trigg is back in the mix. That would be interesting.

“I want a fight that on paper is exciting as hell and a name that’s like a cemented name where it’s like ah, that’s a fight I’ve been wanting to see.”

Hopefully we will get to see the New York brazilin jui-jitsu ace before years end.

Cole Province

“WEC 42: Torres Vs. Bowles” Drug Test Results

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Cole Province

Cole Province

Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Kieth Kizer confirmed post fight drug test results to MMAFanhouse.  Only featherweight Cole Province, who was victorious in his fight against Fredson Paixao tested positive.

Cole Province tested postive for Methasterone Metabolite.  Methasterone has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency since 2005 and was regarded as a “designer steroid” that was used as a dietary supplement.

Among the other fighters who were randomly tested and came back clean are: Miguel Torres, Brian Bowles, Dominick Cruz, Takeya Mizugaki, Leonard Garcia, Shane Roller, Ed Ratcliff and Diego Nunes.

Keith Kizer also stated that at this time there is a possibility that Province’s win could be changed to a no contest as well as receive a full suspension and fine.