Ricardo Almeida (11-3-0) was originally scheduled to face Jon Fitch (19-3-0) at UFC 106 on November 21. According to a recent Tweet by Fitch, Almeida has blew out his knee and will not be able to fight on November 21st. The tweet went on to say "My fight on Nov. 21st is off, Almedia blew out his knee, but I get a bigger better fight instead. Cant say who yet, but lots of you have been waiting for this fight a long time.". We can all assume that Fitch, who is riding a two fight winning streak, will still be competing on November 21st at UFC 106. However, it is unknown who is opponent is.
Fresh off a win over Frank Trigg, Koscheck has it eyes on current UFC welterweight champion George St-Pierre. Koscheck's next opponent appears to be Mike Pierce. Koscheck broke the news through his official Twitter account found here. According to the tweet, Koscheck will face off against Pierce at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 20 which takes place on January 11, 2010.
Strikeforce has just announced bouts for their upcoming card on November 7 which is headlined by a heavyweight showdown between Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers. A total of four match ups have been confirmed for the televised portion of the card. The card features a middleweight title fight between Jake Shields and Jason "Mayhem" Miller. Gegard Mousasi faces off with UFC vet Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and heavyweights Fabricio Werdum and Antonio "Big Foot" Silva will do battle.
Forrest Griffin is apparently stepping in for Mark Coleman to face Tito Ortiz at UFC 106. The two did battle back at UFC 59 in early 2006. The fight was back and forth and the decision could have gone either way. Ortiz was given the split decision victory in a somewhat controversial decision. It seems as though the two will face off once again. Ortiz was originally slated to fight Mark Coleman. An injury forced Coleman out of the fight which paved the way for the rematch between Griffin and Ortiz.
It seems as though Mark Coleman will be forced out of his upcoming fight with Tito Ortiz at UFC 106. The fight was supposed to mark the return of Tito Ortiz to the Octagon. It now appears as though Ortiz will need a new opponent. Rumor has it that Coleman has suffered an injury which will force him out of the fight. Coleman pulling out of the fight has yet to be confirmed with the UFC which still has the fight listed on their website. It is unknown whether Ortiz will receive a new opponent or the fight will be rescheduled all together.
Lots of UFC updates have taken place since we last updated. The full card for the upcoming UFC 105 event headlined by Randy Couture vs Brandon Vera has finally been announced. The newest addition to the card is a welterweight showdown between Mike Swick and Dan Hardy which could possibly decide who is next in line for a title shot at George St-Pierre. The full card currently looks like this:
Randy Couture vs. Brandon Vera
Michael Bisping vs. Denis Kang
Dan Hardy vs. Mike Swick
Matt Brown vs. James Wilks
Ross Pearson vs. Aaron Riley
Check out this week's MMA Live brought to you by ESPN. This week's episode includes the MMA Live crew discussing the retirement of former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson as well as last Saturday's UFC 103. The crew talks with Rashad Evans and gets his thoughts on Jackson's retirement.
Props to FanHouse for the interview. Kenny discusses his split his long time trainer MarK DellaGrotte and his upcoming fight with Clay Guida.
With Quinton "Rampage" Jackson on the edge of retirement and becoming a movie star, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans' future is unknown. The two were formerly supposed to fight after the current season of The Ultimate Fighter ended. Rashad lost the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Lyoto Machida in his last fight. Rashad entered the fight undefeated with a solid record of 18-0-1. The Karate master, Lyoto Machida, also entered the fight undefeated with a record of 15-0-0. Lyoto took the title with a second round knockout.