UFC on Versus 3 suspensions: Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann out indefinitely

By Jesse Holland

The Dream” is required to have his left orbital bone cleared by a maxillofacial surgeon before returning to action (click here to see why) while “The Hitman” must get clearance from an orthopedic doctor (right hand) prior to re-entering the Octagon.

But that’s not all

Here is the complete list of UFC on Versus 3 injuries and their medical instructions:

Todd Brown: Suspended for 60 days (precautionary reasons).

Thiago Tavares: Suspended for 60 days (precautionary reasons).

C.B. Dollaway: Suspended for 60 days (precautionary reasons).

Martin Kampmann: Suspended indefinitely unless right hand cleared by an orthopedic doctor.

Diego Sanchez: Suspended indefinitely unless left orbital bone cleared by a maxillofacial surgeon.


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Bibiano Fernandes possible for Dream bantamweight GP

By Erik Engelhart

Former Dream featherweight champion, the Brailian Jiu-Jitsu black-belt Bibiano Fernandes is celebrating the greatest victory of his entire life: the coming of his second heir, Gabriel. The newest tough little guy was born three weeks ago, the goofy dad doesn’t let go of his child for one second. “Thanks God everything’s fine, it’s the third week he’s around and he came in a great moment, he’s healthy and handsome like his dad. This is the second, I’ve adopted a boy of two years old and when you adopt is the same love a birth father has for your son, I have Elias and now Gabriel”, commented Bibiano, who revealed the feeling of conquering a title ain’t enough to compare to the feeling that it’s to be a daddy.

“To me, family comes first and when I watched my son being born it was really touching, it’s a God’s gift, man… It’s a life that God gives you to take care of, it’s much more exciting than winning a belt. There’s no comparison, man, it’s the ‘product’ of something you did, I can’t explain, it’s a miracle, it’s a God’s thing indeed”, said the Brazilian, who’s having trouble sleeping, but willing to return to the rings, probable on a bantamweight GP of Dream.


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FEG in no hurry to return in 2011

By Daniel Herbertson

If you were anxiously sitting on the edge of your seat while waiting for news of DREAM and K-1 promoter Fight and Entertainement Group’s life or death, you might as well sit back and get comfortable. You are in for a long wait.

FEG USA‘s Mike Kogan this week confirmed to MMA Fighting that the leading Japanese promoter’s internal restructuring will not be completed until at least May and no FEG events are expected until at least July.

At the moment, FEG is planning to continue all three of its major events (K-1, K-1 MAX and DREAM), although that is obviously subject to change and it is clear that the events will be scaled down.


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Gegard Mousasi plans to compete in boxing at 2012 Olympics

By Jon Lunther

If one was to refer to Gegard Mousasi as ‘jack of all trades,’ they wouldn’t be far off. Mousasi has an accomplished and ever-evolving career in mixed martial arts and recently nabbed a victory over a top-ranked kickboxer in Kyotaro at a K-1 rules fight in Japan.

And it appears that Mousasi is looking to compete at the highest level of yet another martial arts discipline. Sources close to the fighter have informed MMAFA.tv that Mousasi has started the qualification process to compete in boxing at the Olympics in 2012 in London. Mousasi is training in Holland and plans to represent the country at the events, should he qualify.

Apy Echteld, Mousasi’s manager, says that his success in the sport of boxing could only help his career in mixed martial arts.

“[Gegard] is getting better each and every time, so let’s see what this brings. All of us are very excited about the idea. He’s done well with every other thing he has taken up so far. If he does well with this, it could have a huge impact on his mixed martial arts career. This is a wish of his.”


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At long last, Kid Yamamoto enters the Octagon!

By Frank Curreri

Enjoy Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto while you can, because the Japanese sensation is not on the Randy Couture career plan, or even the Chuck Liddell longevity plan, for that matter.

Not even close.

Couture, 47, is still fighting. Liddell, at 41, recently retired. Yamamoto, a 33-year-old bantamweight, aims to crown his legacy with a UFC title and fight for two or three more years before walking away from the sport that made him famous in his homeland.

“I can fight when I’m older, but I don’t want to fight at that age,” said Yamamoto (18-3, 1 NC). “Maybe a couple more years and then I’ll quit. I always wanted to fight in the US and now the UFC has my weight (135), so it’s the right time. This is my last season.”

It’s been quite a wait – taking nearly a decade to finally land the ultra-aggressive knockout artist into the Octagon. For too long, when American fans debated the top bantamweights, it was begrudgingly wrapped in theory (which makes for a rather poor proving ground). Go back five years or so to when there was much talk about what would happen if Japan’s “Kid” clashed in a Super Fight with California’s “Kid” (Urijah Faber)? Miguel Angel Torres vs. Kid Yamamoto, who takes it?


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Strikeforce in Japan: Why it’ll work and UFC won’t

By Dave Walsh

There have been rumors since the announcement of the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP that Strikeforce’s head honcho Scott Coker had plans on running a leg of the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP in Japan, of all places. He wants this tournament to have a “global” feel to it, and running in a new market like Japan seems like a no-brainer.

I really haven’t given this much thought, as it seemed like big plans with no follow-through. Especially after Coker had all of this big talk about running Cowboys Stadium in Texas, a feat that a Manny Pacquiao fight sold 50,000+ tickets to. A bit of insanity if you ask many, as UFC has yet to even approach such a large stadium. Japan, on the other hand, seems to be a very real possibility. On Tuesday night I spoke with MMA Torch about the announcement from the UFC in regards to their “Japanese expansion” and Jamie surprised me with a question about Strikeforce running Japan.

Honestly, Strikeforce has a much better chance of running Japan than the UFC does, this year next year or after. The logic behind this is very, very simple, but also very solid. The big thing is that to run in Japan, you have to be ready to make concessions and promote in Japan. UFC’s expansion is, well, underwhelming. They have an obscure pay-TV network they run on and will now feature some mobile video services, but none of this is very interesting to fans in Japan. Without live shows, a broadcast television network and some star power the UFC has no real hopes. Their attitude of “all or nothing” will be their achilles heel in Japan.


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JZ Cavalcante upset with inactivity, wants rematch with Josh Thomson

By FiveKnuckles.com

As the sport of mixed martial arts has grown and expanded, public perception has evolved to where many fans think that fighters are making exponential amounts of money, and that they fight simply out of passion.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

Fighters have bills and responsibilities, and many compete in order to put food on their family’s table. In short, if they’re not fighting, they’re usually not earning. Hopefully, this will change in the future as more opportunities come along. But for now, that’s the way it is.

Such is the case of Gesias “JZCavalcante (15-4-1), one of the top lightweight mixed martial artists in the world. From a fighting perspective, he utilizes a well-rounded mix of kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu which has served him well in his time in MMA. JZ began his career with a stellar 14-1-1 record in his first sixteen professional fights. He won the K-1 Hero’s Middleweight tournament in 2006 and 2007, beating notables such as Hiroyuki Takaya, Rani Yahya, Vitor Ribeiro, and Andre Armade along the way. In the finals of the 2006 tournament, Cavalcante won a majority decision over former UFC lightweight title challenger Caol Uno.


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