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Quick Hits: UFC 102 Fighters Test Clean, Urijah Faber Can Punch Again, “JZ” Calvan Off Dream 11, Sotosho Ishii Gets An Opponent, And More

  • UFC 102 PosterAll six fighters that were drug tested for UFC 102 tested clean. The fighters tested included headliners Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and previously suspended Chris Leben, as well as Todd Duffee, Evan Dunham, and Aaron Simpson. [MMAWeekly]
  • Former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber announced via Twitter today that he has been given the go ahead to hit the punching bag and hopes to be back in action by January.
  • Weigh-ins for UFC 103 will take place this Friday, September 18 at the Dallas Convention Center Arena in Dallas, Texas at 5pm ET, while “Countdown to UFC 103,” the official preview show for Saturday’s pay-per-view event, debuts tonight on SpikeTV at 7pm ET/PT.
  • A knee injury has forced Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante to withdraw from his scheduled fight against Daisuke Nakamura at Dream 11 on October 6th. [WrestlingObserver]
  • Two time Olympic wrestler, and recent Strikeforce signee Daniel Cormier has an opponent for his MMA and promotional debut on September 25. Cormier will face off against fellow MMA rookie Gary Frazier at the Bixby, Oklahoma Strikeforce Challengers event. [FanHouse]
  • Satosho Ishii, the 2008 Olympic Judo Gold Medalist, will make his long awaited MMA debut against Hidehiko Yoshida, a 1992 Olympic Judo Gold Medalist, at Sengoku’s New Year event. The actual date of the event has yet to be scheduled, but it will happen some time around New Years Eve. [MMAMania]
  • World Victory Road, the company that runs the Sengoku events, is contemplating changing the names of the events to something more international, beginning with the New Years event. However, they haven’t indicated what that new name might be. [Nightmare of Battle]
  • The UFC’s traditional Las Vegas based “Year-End” pay-per-view has been penciled in as UFC 108 on January 2nd, 2010 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Though no fights have yet been rumored for the event. [MMAJunkie]
  • The Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino will soon continue it’s tradition of hosting MMA events. However, after it recently split with Palace Fighting Championships, it will have to come up with a name for the events. [FanHouse]

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