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Дата: 25-ти Август

Mестонахождение: Mandalay Bay, Лас Вегас



Main Card:

Randy Couture [c] срещу Gabriel Gonzaga - UFC HW Title

Georges St. Pierre срещу Josh Koscheck

Joe Stevenson vs. Kurt Pellegrino

Kendall Grove срещу Patrick Cote

Alberto Crane срещу Roger Huerta


Renato Sobral срещу David Heath

Antony Hardonk срещу Frank Mir

Marcus Aurelio срещу Clay Guida

Ryan Jensen срещу Thales Leites


-Clay Guida победи Marcus Aurelio с Decision (Split)

-Thales Leites победи Ryan Jensen със Submission (Armbar) в 3:47 минута на първия рунд

-Frank Mir победи Antoni Hardonk със Submission (Kimura) в 1:17 минута на първия рунд

-Renato Sobral победи David Heath със Submission (Anaconda Choke) в 3:30 минута на втория рунд

-Patrick Cote победи Kendall Grove с TKO (Strikes) в 4:45 минута на първия рунд

-Joe Stevenson победи Kurt Pellegrino с Decision (Unanimous)

-Roger Huerta победи Alberto Crane с TKO (Strikes) в 1:50 минута на третия рунд

-Georges St-Pierre победи Josh Koscheck с Decision (Unanimous)

-Randy Couture победи Gabriel Gonzaga и запази своята титла с TKO (Strikes) в 1:37 минута на третия рунд

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Respect.. respect но не виждам такъв за тъпака Gonzaga.. Всички си мислят, че е The next big thing в Heavyweight дивизията след като касметлийски събори Кро Коп, но затова Ранди е там за да сложи край! Последно време много изненади стават в UFC и е задължително The Natural да измъкне победата тук и да защити титлата си. Очаквам победа на St. pierre след голямата загуба от The Terror! Ремач между двамата ще е много як.. надявам се пак Serra да го разбие! :) Виждам, че слуховете определят Sylvia, че ще се бие.. няма да е зле да го видим на ринга, след загубата на титлата.

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Popular Canadian fighter Patrick Cote (10-4 MMA, 1-4 UFC) has confirmed that he will face The Ultimate Fighter 3 middleweight winner Kendall Grove (8-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at UFC 74 on Aug. 25.

Cote made the fight announcement in a recent Internet forum posting. A UFCjunkie.com (www.ufcjunkie.com) source close to the UFC today confirmed the fight is “in the works.“

Cote, a UFC veteran who appeared on The Ultimate Fighter 4 “Comeback season, was a runner-up to Travis Lutter in the show’s finale.

He remained winless in the UFC after the loss, but the second-place finish eventually earned him another shot in the organization. Cote made the most of it, and he will now look to build upon the success of his UFC 67 unanimous-decision win over Scott Smith.

It was Cote’s first victory in five career UFC fights.

The BTT Canada fighter, who most recently defeated Jason Day (12-5 MMA) at a June 1 TKO event, won’t have any easy task at hand, though.

Grove, who’s riding a four-fight win streak, has emerged as one of the most-improved fighters to come out of The Ultimate Fighter reality series.

Grove defeated Ross Pointon and Kalib Starnes in exhibition bouts on the show, and he then went on to beat Ed Herman in The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale. He’s since posted victories over Chris Price at “Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter this past October and Alan Belcher at UFC 69 in April.

The 6-foot-6, 185-pound fighter has already been tabbed a future middleweight contender by many fight experts. The UFC matchmakers haven’t rushed him into contention, but Grove will face one of his toughest opponents to date. Cote is a six-year professional MMA veteran who’s fought some of the sport’s top talent.

UFC 74 takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Aug. 25.

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The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season four middleweight winner Travis Lutter (9-4) has signed a bout agreement to fight UFC newcomer Ryan Jensen (11-1) at UFC 74: "Respect" on August 25.

Lutter confirmed the bout with UFCmania earlier this afternoon.

Despite his accomplishments on the show — beating Scott Smith and Pete Sell en route to an impressive first round submission win over Patrick Cote in the Finale — Lutter is notorious for failing to make weight for the bout against middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 67 earlier this year.

The title fight was his reward for winning the show, but he couldn't make the 185-pound limit. It was then relegated to a three-round nontitle bout.

Lutter — who was gaunt and weak from the drastic weight cut — performed well against the powerful striker early on. He achieved full mount and had many fans believing that he would indeed pull off the upset.

But during the second round, Lutter got caught in a tight triangle and was forced to tap.

He retreated to his Brazilian jiu-jitsu school in Texas after the loss, and hasn't really been heard from since.

Until now.

This will mark the first fight for Jensen inside the Octagon. He has primarily competed in smaller shows such as Victory Fighting Championships and International Fighting Championship throughout his career, putting together a solid run.

In fact, his only loss is to the top welterweight contender in the WEC, Brock Larson.

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The David Heath vs. Renato “Babalu" Sobral fight that UFCjunkie.com (www.ufcjunkie.com) first reported earlier today will take place Aug. 25 at UFC 74.

When we first learned the deal had been inked this morning, we didn’t know which upcoming event it had been scheduled for. However, we heard from Heath this afternoon, and he confirmed that the light-heavyweight bout will take place at UFC 74, which is set for the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

The fight further strengthens a solid lineup. Although next weekend’s UFC 73 card officially has been dubbed “Stacked, UFC 74 is shaping up to be nearly as impressive.

The main event features UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture vs. rising contender Gabriel Gonzaga. The UFC has also confirmed that former welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will battle Josh Koscheck in a fight that guarantees the winner a title shot in 2008. Additionally, The Ultimate Fighter 3 middleweight winner Kendall Grove will take on UFC veteran Patrick Cote that night.

Tickets for the event go on sale next week.

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BJ Penn срещу Diego Sanchez?

B.J. Penn (Pictures) and Diego Sanchez (Pictures) have agreed to fight on the undercard of the heavyweight title fight between UFC champion Randy Couture (Pictures) and challenger Gabriel Gonzaga (Pictures), Aug. 25 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, a source speaking on the condition of anonymity told Sherdog.com.

The 28-year-old Penn (11-4-1) recently finished longtime rival Jens Pulver (Pictures) in a lightweight clash on the finale of The Ultimate Fighter 5. Meanwhile the 25-year-old Sanchez (17-1-0) has not fought since suffering the first defeat of his career, a decision loss to Josh Koscheck (Pictures) in April.

Source: Sherdog.com

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Jon Fitch срещу Diego Sanchez

Rising welterweight contender Jon Fitch (14-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC) could put his spotless UFC record on the line with a fight against Diego Sanchez (17-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) at UFC 76.

Early this morning, a reliable source close to one of the fighters told UFCjunkie.com (www.ufcjunkie.com) that the fight is in the works and expected to take place at UFC 76 on Sept. 22. The bout would be on the main card, and according to our source, may even be billed as a co-main event.

Fitch, who most recently defeated Roan Carneiro at UFC Fight Night 10 last month, has won 13 straight fights — which includes a remarkable six-fight win streak in the UFC. The American Kickboxing Academy team member hasn’t lost a professional bout in nearly five years.

The former captain of the Purdue University wrestling team has faced a solid roster of 170-pounders during his streak, but Sanchez would likely be Fitch’s toughest test to date.

Sanchez, of course, has been involved in a rash of recent headlines. Since Sanchez’s loss to Josh Koscheck at UFC 69, rumors of potential bouts with PRIDE standout Hayato Sakura and UFC legend B.J. Penn have both fizzled out — and the rumors may have come from none other than Sanchez himself. (Last month, for example, UFCjunkie.com confirmed with an Albuquerque TV station that its Sanchez vs. Sakura report actually resulted from information they received directly from Sanchez.)

If the fight with Fitch does take place, Sanchez would have no easy road back to title contention. Taking into account his loss to Koscheck and the UFC’s extremely crowded 170-pound division, Sanchez’s need for a win is pretty much a requirement at this point. The middleweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter 1 was expected to get a title shot had he beaten Koscheck back in April.

Instead, he suffered a unanimous-decision loss. Afterward, it was revealed he had been suffering from a nasty staph infection that nearly prompted his early retirement from the sport. Now healthy, he’s looking to reclaim that title shot.

The 170-pound championship picture, though, is currently on hold. Welterweight champion Matt Serra will fight former champ Matt Hughes at the conclusion of The Ultimate Fighter 6 (most likely at a pay-per-view event on Dec. 29), and the winner of that fight has been told he will face the winner of Josh Koscheck vs. Georges St. Pierre (who meet at UFC 74) sometime in early 2008.

The soonest Fitch — or Sanchez — could fight for the belt is mid-2008.

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- Marcus Aurelio (155) vs. Clay Guida (155)

- Thales Leites (188) vs. Ryan Jensen (185)

- Antoni Hardonk (244) vs. Frank Mir (255)

- Renato "Babalu" Sobral (204) vs. David Heath (205)

- Roger Huerta (155) vs. Alberto Crane (155)

- Kendall Grove (184) vs. Patrick Cote (184.5)

- Joe Stevenson (155) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (155)

- Georges St. Pierre (170) vs. Josh Koscheck (170)

- Randy Couture (228.5) vs. Gabriel Gonzaga (252)

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UFC 74 Salaries:

Randy Couture: $250,000

Georges St. Pierre: $140,000

Frank Mir: $66,000

*Renato Sobral: $50,000

Gabriel Gonzaga: $45,000

Roger Huerta: $34,000

Joe Stevenson: $32,000

Marcus Aurelio: $30,000

Patrick Cote: $24,000

Thales Leites: $18,000

Clay Guida: $14,000

Kendall Grove: $12,000

Josh Koscheck: $10,000

Antoni Hardonk: $8,000

Kurt Pellegrino: $8,000

David Heath: $6,000

Ryan Jensen: $4,000

Alberto Crane: $4,000

Total Payroll: $755,000

*На Renato Sobral му бяха отнети 1/2 от парите му заради непристойно поведение по време на мача му с David Heath.

+ UFC 74 medical reports/suspensions:


Las Vegas, NV

----- vs -----


Ludlow, MA

Couture won by TKO 1:37 of the 3rd round.

**Couture retains UFC Heavyweight title

Gonzaga must have broken nose cleared by an ENT Dr. or no contest until 02/22/08 minimum suspension no contest until 10/25/07, no contact until 10/10/07

Referee: Herb Dean


Austin, TX

----- vs -----


Glendale, CA

Huerta won by TKO 1:50 of the 3rd round.

Crane must have right medial orbital blowout fracture cleared by an ophthalmologist Dr. or no contest until 02/22/08 minimum suspension no contest until 10/25/07, no contact until 10/10/07


Las Vegas, NV

----- vs -----


Jupiter, FL

Stevenson won by unanimous decision.

Stevenson – Pellegrino

30-27; 30-27; 29-28

Crosby, LeBell, Peoples

Suspend Stevenson until 09/25/07

No contact until 09/16/07

Referee: John McCarthy


Las Vega, NV

----- vs -----


Beauport, Quebec, Canada

Cote won by TKO 4:45 of the 1st round.






Suspend Grove until 10/10/07

No contact until 09/25/07

Referee: Herb Dean


Costa Mesa, CA

----- vs -----


Broken Arrow, OK

Sobral won by tap out 3:30 of the 2nd round- Anaconda choke.

Suspend Heath until 10/10/07

No contact until 09/25/07


Las Vegas, NV

----- vs -----


Weesp, Netherlands

Mir won by tap out 1:17 of the 1st round – Kimura.

Hardonk must have a MRI of right shoulder and be cleared by a Dr. to fight again or no contest until 02/22/08; minimum no contest until 10/10/07, no contact until 09/25/07

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UFC 74 Bonus Awards:

The UFC issued hefty $35,000 bonuses for the Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night, and Submission of the Night for last weekend’s UFC 74 event in Las Vegas.

The event took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and aired on pay-per-view.

According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer, the winners included:

* Fight of the Night: Randy Couture and Gabriel Gonzaga

* Knockout of the Night: Patrick Cote

* Submission of the Night: Thales Leites

In the night’s main event, heavyweight champ Couture capitalized on Gonzaga’s broken nose — and even endured his broken arm — and earned a third-round TKO victory. The Fight of the Night bonus is the only the only one awarded to the fight’s winner and loser.

Cote earned a stunning first-round TKO of “The Ultimate Fighter 3” middleweight winner Kendall Grove and may have secured a second life in the UFC.

Leites, though, may have won the bonus by default. The fighter (who was a late replacement for Travis Lutter), defeated Ryan Jensen with a first-round arm-bar submission. Renato “Babalu” Sobral could have been the primary choice for the bonus, but after holding a choke on opponent David Heath seconds after the referee tried to break the grip, the veteran was kicked out of the organization and had half his pay withheld by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

The UFC doesn’t publicly release the bonus figures and recipients, but Meltzer’s been privy to the info for the past couple years. Based on his previous reports, the fight-night bonuses have grown from $10,000 to $25,000 to its current level of $35,000.

Source: ufcjunkie.com

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