A heavyweight tilt between Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem (30-11) and former EliteXC and Cage Rage fighter James Thompson (14-10) is now official for Sunday’s DREAM.12 event.
Joe Warren, previously announced as the opponent for Rumina Sato, has been scratched from the line-up of Vale Tudo Japan 2009 due to an injury. tore a ligament in his left knee while practicing submission defense with his teammates at Team Quest. Warren’s current teammate and fellow former UMich wrestler, Cory Grant, has stepped in to face Sato.
Returning to the UFC for the first time since a solid 3-1 run in the organization, Paul Buentello (27-10 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is faces fast-rising heavyweight prospect Todd Duffee (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in December at UFC 107; Penn vs. Sanchez. The fight is the first fight on the main card.
Former Abu Dhabi world champion Dean Lister signed a multi-fight deal last night with Maximum Fighting Championships and immediately agreed to meet Leites at MFC 23: “Unstoppable” on Friday, December 4 at the River Cree Resort and Casino.
The bout will be the main event of the fight card broadcast live throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico on HDNet Fights.
A UFC 106 bout has been struck from the night’s main card; welterweight Jon Fitch (19-3 MMA, 10-1 UFC) says opponent Ricardo Almeida (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) “blew out his knee” and was forced out of the event. Fitch made the announcement via Facebook and said he’ll get a “bigger fight instead,” – one “lots of you have been waiting for” – possibly on a later card. UFC 106 takes place Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view.
A bout between rising middleweight contenders Wilson Gouveia (12-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Alan Belcher (14-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC) is set for UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez. Both men will look to rebound from losses their last time out in the Octagon.
UFC veteran Matt ‘Suave’ Horwich defeated fellow Octagon veteran Jason ‘The Punisher’ Lambert via split decision last night in the main event of Aggression MMA 1 that took place in Edmonton, Alberta. Lambert has now lost 5 straight fights while Horwich snapped a three fight losing streak.