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Ortiz injury opens doors for Phil Davis

It’s been a week of musical chairs in the UFC as the organisation announced that Tito Ortiz would be unable to face Rogerio Nogueira due to stitches.

The UFC had to quickly review a few options and Phil Davis was given the opportunity to fight in the main event against Nogueira which he duly accepted with both hands.

Davis was originally set to meet Matt Hamill but the TUF3 veteran was pulled in as a replacement for Thiago Silva against Quinton Jackson at UFC 130.

Davis was also linked with a bout with Jason Brillz, who now looks set to face gritty veteran Vladimir Matyushenko instead.

BAMMA 5 main event made non title fight after Daley misses weight

When a title’s on the line it seems like a miss is as good as a mile and, partially due to venue complications, Paul Daley missed out on making weight by just 0.8 pounds.

The British bomber was bitterly disappointed but will still meet Shirai in a three round non title bout on Saturday.

Former UFC champion Ricco Rodriguez also missed the mark in his catchweight bout with James McSweeney, weighing in at 217 pounds.

It was the hotel’s controversial policy of withdrawing the sauna facilities for fighters early in the afternoon that threw a spanner in the works and Daley’s camp were quick to voice their disappointment.

Reprise for Eliot Marshall as Vemola injury leaves Luiz Cane without an opponent

One man’s sunset has, once again, proved to be another man’s dawn as Karlos Vemola’s injury has opened the door for Eliot Marshall to take another shot at the UFC.

Marshall, a TUF8 veteran, posted a 3-1 record in first stint with the promotion but was still cut following a loss to Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones.

That was back in March 2010 and Marshall has recorded three straight wins since that encounter and will meet dangerous Luiz Cane at UFC 128 in March.

Facebook to air more free prelims at UFC 127

Dana White announced that UFC 127 would feature a whole host of free preliminary fights across a variety of media platforms.

A Facebook stream will air two bouts before the main card between Zhang Tie Quan and Jason Reinhardt and also Anthony Perosh vs. Tom Blackledge.

Nick Ring vs. Riki Fukuda, Ross Pearson vs. Spencer Fisher and James Te-Huna vs. Alexander Gustafsson will also be shown over Ion Television in the States and ESPN in the UK.

It’s a great opportunity for the UFC to give the fans some great fights for free and to give the card, which isn’t the promotion’s strongest, a chance to get yet more exposure.

Further fights slated for TUF 13 finale

MW: Tim Credeur vs. Ed Herman
BW: Renan Barao vs. Demetrious Johnson

Sonnen calls out Bisping over Twitter

The rumoured match up between Bisping and Sonnen continues to gain more momentum as the Twitter war heated up this week between the two.

Sonnen responded to Bisping’s video of his training camp by saying:

Hey, stupid. When they are teaching you how to box, “cutting off the ring,” doesn’t mean taking jewelry off a corpse.”

When your coach tells you to hit the “speed bag,” he’s not telling you grab your ballon of meth, you tweaker.”

Next time hire living sparing partners. The guy I watched you pounding, looked like Shaun Ryder. Y’gonna be workin’ over Bez next?”

Cage Warriors returns to London with McVeigh vs. Bernhard at CWFC 40

Cage Warriors has long been considered one of the more critically respected organisations in Europe and this Saturday sees CWFC 40 at the HMV Forum in London.

The event is topped off by a phenomenal bout between Rosi Sexton and Roxanne Modafferi but also on the card is highly touted bantamweight prospect and reigning Cage Warriors champion Paul Mcveigh, who a lot of people are tipping to make the UFC this year.

Matchmaker Ian Dean may resemble a James Bond villain but his surgical approach to assembling fight cards has long represented the beating heart and ethos of Cage Warriors.

Cage Warriors has always been about pushing not only the best up-and-coming guys in the UK, but also the European scene.  People forget Cage Warriors were bringing over European fighters in 2003 and we have been lucky enough to have some of Europe’s best fighters over the last 10 years fight on our show and they continue to want to fight on our show because they know they will be treated fairly, respected and pushed as an athlete.

I like CWFC to be just a little bit different, that’s why we have put on some huge European superfights in the past and right now are promoting fights featuring some top female fighters.  We are using the talent we have available and looking for fights that will make people sit-up and take notice not just in the UK but outside of it too.” – Ian Dean

The event is also available to watch via live stream from the Cage Warriors website.

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