Three medical suspensions for UFC on Versus 3, main event still pending

By MMAjunkie.com

Three competitors were suspended following this past Thursday’s UFC on Versus 3, though it’s highly likely another two will be added to that list: Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann.

The welterweight pair delivered a “Fight of the Year” candidate for a three-round brawl that left both bloodied and battered. Sanchez, in particular, took a tremendous amount of damage en route to a controversial unanimous decision.

Angela Robertson, Board Administrator for the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Authority, which oversaw last night’s event, said medical suspensions are not yet available for the headlining fight because the on-site doctor is conducting a follow-up examination on both Sanchez and Kampmann.

UFC on Versus 3 took place at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., and its main card aired live on Versus. Additionally, two preliminary card bouts streamed live on Facebook. The event drew a reported 8,319 fans for a $471,450 take at the box office.

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UPDATE: Martin Kampmann’s hand is not broken.

Tim Kennedy’s Doomsday Scenario

By Steven Kelliher

Strikeforce middleweight contender Tim Kennedy recently spoke with Tapology’s Steven Kelliher to articulate his thoughts on some negative trends in MMA and his hope for the future.

Kennedy last saw action six months ago when he made an unsuccessful bid for the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship belt currently held by RonaldoJacare” Souza. Since coming out on the wrong side of a somewhat controversial Unanimous Decision, Kennedy has expressed frustration over his opponent’s defensive approach to the fight.

“I was actually more disappointed with the way he wasn’t fighting me,” Kennedy said about Souza. “The numbers that we put up in five rounds—I think Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard put those same numbers up in one round.”

While personal experience undoubtedly influences Kennedy’s thoughts on the matter, the aggressive fighter fears that fighting to decisions is a trend that could do real damage to the sport, irrespective of intelligent arguments made by more conservative fighters.

 

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“Fancy Pants” In Flux: What’s Next For Strikeforce Lightweight Lyle Beerbohm?

By Phil Lanides

Heading into his main event fight with Pat “Bam Bam” Healy at Strikeforce Challengers 14 this past Friday night, Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm was riding one of the most dominant streaks ever to being an MMA career. With a combined 25-0 amateur/pro fight record, many were pegging the indomitable “Fancy Pants” as a future title challenger. In fact, rumors had surfaced that the winner of the Beerbohm-Healy fight would be one win away from a crack at the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship. Then came the unanimous decision loss to Healy.

So what’s next for “Fancy Pants?”

The Strikeforce lightweight division is one of the more competitive weight classes in the promotion, and has many options for Beerbohm. The Strikeforce commentators agreed that an immediate rematch with Healy would be in order. Will matchmaker Rich Chou agree with the assessment and make that fight? Only time will tell.

In the meantime, there are plenty of other competitors for Beerbohm to tangle with next. Here’s a list of the top five, and why they make sense:

 

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Chad Mendes Signs Four-Fight UFC Contract Extension

By Tom Ngo

Courtesy of a lopsided unanimous decision victory over Michihiro Omigawa this past Saturday at UFC 126, Chad “Money” Mendes has guaranteed his next paycheck.

MMAWeekly confirmed the featherweight’s four-fight contract extension with Mendes’ manager, Mike Roberts, late Wednesday evening.

“Chad’s excited to continue his career with the UFC, and he’s looking forward to fighting for the title in 2011,” said Roberts.

Mendes owns a perfect 10-0 resume and trains with the talented Team Alpha Male in Northern California.

 

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Former Champ Mike Brown Spared Cut, Recovering from Hand Surgery

By Mike Chiappetta

End the speculation about Mike Brown.

The former WEC featherweight champion, the rumor of a potential cut after suffering his third loss in four fights during the recent UFC Fight for the Troops 2 event, will be given another opportunity to get back into the win column.

American Top Team general manager Richie Guerriero confirmed to MMA Fighting that in the days since his unanimous decision loss to Rani Yahya, Brown has been told he would remain on the roster.

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Not Thrilled with Latest Win, Cormier Drawing on the Positives

By Kelsey Mowatt

It’s no secret that many of mixed-martial-arts greatest fighters are their harshest critics, as in order to succeed at a high level in the sport, one must regroup from his or her setbacks, admit that improvements are in order and work hard to evolve as a fighter. Often, lessons can be learned in victory as well as in defeat, and following Daniel Cormier’s recent unanimous decision win over veteran Devin Cole, the former Olympic wrestler is looking to build on his performance and move forward . (Pictured: Cormier hitting Gary Frazier)

“From what I do in training at the gym, I know I could have done better,” the American Kickboxing Academy heavyweight recently told FCF, when asked to assess his January 7th, Strikeforce Challengers win over Cole. “I’m not saying that we don’t have decisions, obviously, that would be a crazy statement, I’m saying that what Bob (Cook) and I see at the gym is normally a lot better than what I showed on Friday night.”

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Schafer Focused on Return as Middleweight

by Joe Myers

Eric Schafer has not fought since March, when he suffered a dislocated wrist in his unanimous decision loss to Jason Brilz at UFC Live 1. When he does return to the cage, the former light heavyweight aims to do so in another weight class.

“What I want to do is drop down to 185 pounds,” said the 33-year-old Schafer (Pictured), a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. “I want to be skinnier and be faster to take advantage of my quickness. Instead of bulking up and then cutting to 205, I’m just going to walk around at 210 pounds and make a more natural cut to 185. It’ll still be a tough division, but I think I’ll be able to fight more to my level of ability.”

The Milwaukee native has been far from idle during his time away from the cage, even with the injury he sustained against Brilz.

“A doctor told me I got misdiagnosed at the time and I needed surgery, but I didn’t get it,” said Schafer, who has nine finishes among his 11 professional MMA victories. “I didn’t do a lot of striking this summer, but I competed in a lot of gi and no-gi grappling tournaments with my hand and wrist taped up.”

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