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Matt Mitrione vs Cheick Kongo Match on UFC 137

Written on July 15, 2011 by Lulu

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UFC officials announced the latest addition to the UFC 137, with a heavyweight showdown between Matt Mitrione and Cheick Kongo.

UFC officials confirmed on Thursday that a heavyweight showdown between Matt Mitrione and Cheick Kongo will be added to the UFC 137 fightcard.

Matt Mitrione is considered to be one of the most powerful knockout fighters, as he looked much better everytime he steps in the Octagon. He also have a flawless record, including his recent victory at UFC on Versus 4 over Christian Morecraft. On the other hand, Cheick Kongo also fought in the UFC on Versus 4, where he showcased one of the most memorable comeback victory in the history of promotion. He knocked out Pat Barry on their match after getting dropped twice to the mat.

The two fighters are scheduled to face each other inside the Octagon in October at the UFC 137.

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After Three Losses, UFC Releases John Howard

Written on July 12, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Following his decision loss to Matt Brown at UFC on Versus 4, John Howard is now out of the UFC banner.

The 28-year-old UFC fighter – John Howard – announced in a video message last Monday that he was released by the promotion, following his unanimous decision loss to Matt Brown at UFC on Versus 4. His recent defeat marks his third consecutive loss.

“The rumors are true. I got released today. They finally announced it. … You get three straight losses in the UFC, and this is what happens. I’m not too mad about it. It’s whatever man. I tried my best. My last fight with Matt Brown, I didn’t think I lost, but when it goes to the judges, that’s what happens.

“My plan right now is to either go to Bellator or DREAM … or whoever makes the best offer, I’m going there. To UFC, Dana White, Joe Silva, thank you for the opportunity.”

Heading to the June 26 tournament, both John Howard and Matt Brown expected the loser to be terminated from the promotion. The former earned a decision loss via 28-29 scores across the board.

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Charles Oliveira Replaces Paul Taylor For UFC on Versus 5 Against Donald Cerrone

Written on July 08, 2011 by Lulu

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After his fight against Nick Lentz at UFC 132 which resulted to a no contest, Charles Oliveira will now face Donald Cerrone at UFC on Versus 5.

According to a source, Charles Oliveira has stepped in to replace Paul Taylor for the upcoming UFC on Versus 5 against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Paul Taylor backs out of his upcoming match due to undisclosed injury. Charles Oliveira will replace Paul Taylor just two weeks after his match against Nik Lentz in Pitsburgh at UFC on Versus 4, which was declared by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission to a no contest. Now, Charles Oliveira will step again inside the Octagon to face another dangerous opponent — the former WEC title contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.

See the current UFC on Versus 5 fight card after the break.

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PSAC Declares Oliveira vs Lentz a No-contest

Written on June 30, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After a review of the fight, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission has overturned Charles Oliveira's heavily panned UFC on Versus 4 victory over Nik Lentz, and declared it a no-contest.

After a review of Charles Oliveira vs Nik Lentz bout at UFC on Versus 4, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission has overturned the former’s victory to a no-contest. According to a statement from PSAC:

“After review of the tape of this contest and after consultation with the referee, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission has ruled that the results of this match will be changed to a no-contest. This change is a direct result from an accidental kick to the head by Mr. Oliveira to a grounded Mr. Lentz.”

Early in the second round of their match, Charles Oliveira gave a kneeling Nik Lentz a knee to the face. The latter’s eye socket and cheek bleed and became swollen, resulting to a lengthy medical suspension. Following that, Charles Oliveira gave Nik Lentz a rear-naked choke.

But despite that, both of them were given $50,000 each for the Fight of the Night performance.

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Oliveira’s Win Over Lentz at UFC on Versus 4, Changed to ‘No Contest’?

Written on June 28, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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The Pennsylvania Athletic Commission (PSAC) is still undecided on whether to declare the Oliveira vs Lentz fight a "no contest" or not.

During the UFC on Versus 4 event at the CONSOL Energy Center last Sunday, Charles Oliveira took the victory after giving Nik Lentz’s head an illegal knee on the second round. The fight’s referee was not able to witness the said foul, but some witnesses claimed that the former’s knee was just an accident.

According to PSAC executive director, Greg Sirb, “I want to double-check everything and spend some time with the referee on that. We should have it done, I would say, probably Tuesday night.”

Due to this issue, the monetary award that is supposed to be given to Charles Oliveira has been hold by the UFC. Although they know about this plan, Greg Sirb pointed out that they have no idea of how much money Charles Oliveira won, since they don’t obtain winnings for their fighters. What the PSAC exec can only share is that both fighters were granted $50,000 each for the “Fight of the Night” bonus.

PSAC concluded that if ever a foul affects the results of a game, then it is possible for them to declare the match as a “no contest”. If this happens, Charles Oliveira would never have the chance to receive his win purse. Meanwhile, Greg Sirb is still thankful for having a successful event last Sunday. He said that referee Chip Snider was a professional one, so there’s no doubt that he would likely to ruin the game. “No problem. Missed call possibly, but I thought everything was handled very well – particularly, ‘Big’ Dan (Mirgliotta) in the main event”, the PSAC executive director said.

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Matt Brown Finishes John Howard at UFC Live 4

Written on June 27, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Matt Brown gained the victory against John Howard at UFC Live 4 -- a win which saved his job.

The Sunday’s welterweight match-up is probably one of the most unforgettable fights for Matt Brown, as he beats up John Howard by unanimous decision.

Aiming hard for the title, the two players have performed a really great game. However, only one has the right to own the victory — and it seems that John Howard failed to do so. Albeit the event is not thrilling as expected, the UFC Live event last Sunday was already enough for Matt Brown to save his career. He hadn’t gained any victories after defeating James Wilkes in 2009.

“I just had fun. Mad props to Howard — what a f**king warrior he is”, Brown commented without promptly realizing that he just said these words on live television.

Meanwhile, John Howard is wondering if he would still get the chance to show off his skills inside the ring. The match had brought Matt Brown a record of 12-10, while 14-7 for John Howard.

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Joe Stevenson, on the Verge of Losing His MMA Career

Written on June 27, 2011 by Lulu

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Joe "Daddy" Stevenson might lose his MMA career, after gaining his fourth defeat from Javier Vasquez at UFC on Versus 4.

After losing his match on Sunday’s UFC on Versus 4 against Javier Vazquez, Joe “Daddy” Stevenson is on the verge of losing his mixed martial arts career. The Ultimate Fighter season two winner gained his four-fight loss streak from Javier Vasquez via unanimous decision.

His losing streak started on his February 2010 against George Sotiropoulos. Joe Stevenson’s line of defeats continued with Mac Danzig and Danny Castillo.

However, UFC still hadn’t releases Joe Stevenson after having a four straight loses. But one thing is for sure, Joe Steveson must train harder and win his next match. Otherwise, his next match will not be under the UFC banner.

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Cheick Kongo Wins Over Pat Barry with a Stunning Victory

Written on June 27, 2011 by Lulu

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After hitting the mat two times, Cheick Kongo returned to his feet to finish Pat Barry with an uppercut at last Sunday's UFC Live 4.

The end of the bout between Pat Barry and Cheick Kongo in UFC Live 4’s main event on Sunday is one the most unpredictable endings in UFC history. After being the dominant fighter during their match, Pat Barry hits the floor – unconscious – as Cheick Kongo strikes him with a deadly uppercut.

Cheick Kongo received tremendous amount of brutal attacks from Pat Barry that causes him to hit the floor two times. Meanwhile, the latter almost knocked out his opponent with ground and pound. But Cheick Kongo regained his composure and hit Pat Barry with two enormous punches that knocks the latter unconscious. That punch from nowhere ended their match. Shocking almost everybody watching the UFC Live 4 tournament.

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UFC Releases Nate Marquardt

Written on June 27, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Another fighter was released from UFC, as Dana White announced that Nate Marquardt will be out of the promotion.

After last Saturday’s news that Nate Marquardt was forced out of UFC Live 4’s match before its official weigh-ins, UFC President – Dana White – posted a video on his official Twitter account announcing that the middleweight fighter will be released from the promotion.

“He failed his medicals. Not only is he out of this fight, and out of the main event on Versus, he will no longer be with the UFC.”

Nate Marquardt was slated to face Rick Story at last Sunday’s UFC Live 4. However, he was pulled from the card due to unknown medical issues. That said, his opponent met Charlie Brenneman at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh instead.

More news are sure to come, so just stick it here at Fighting Insider.

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T.J. Grant, Scrapped on UFC on Versus 4 Due to Ilness

Written on June 23, 2011 by Lulu

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Four days before the UFC on Versus 4 event, the promotion announced the withdrawal of T.J. Grant on his scheduled match against Charlie Brenneman.

UFC confirmed on Wednesday that T.J. Grant, after having an illness, withdrew from his scheduled fight against Charlie Brenneman in UFC on Versus 4. The event that will take place at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Sunday is now off with 11 total fights.

After losing on his previous match against Ricardo Almeida on UFC 124 last year, T.J. Grant was originally scheduled to fight Matt Riddle. Unfortunately, the fight was cancelled due to Matt Riddle’s injury. Then Charlie Brenneman replaced Matt Riddle to fight T.J. Grant. Charlie Brenneman, on the other hand, is hoping to get his second winning streak after his decision victory against Amilcar Alves.

UFC on Versus 4 will feature a welterweight bout pitting Nate Marquardt and Rick Story.

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