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UFC Roundup: UFC 76 Drug Tests, Ortiz’s Next Opponent, and More

With the slow-loading over the last 24-48 hours (which now appears to be subsiding) it’s time to catch up on all the UFC news from the past few days (and it’s been piling up):

  • Former UFC champion Vitor Belfort has jumped into the news in recent days by challenging Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and rumors of a possible match against Robbie Lawler in EliteXC. The proposed matchup has been denied and the fighters bout is not currently known.
  • Another former UFC champion, Ricco Rodriguez, will be appearing on a “Celebrity Rehab”, a reality show on VH1.
  • Wesley Correira, a former UFC fighter who faced Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski among others in his time with the UFC, has been taken off Hardcore Fighting Championship’s October 19th card for unknown reasons. PRIDE veteran Dan Bobish will fill in to face his opponent Aleksander Emelianenko, the younger brother of top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko.
  • MMAagents has added six additional fighters to their their roster. The new additions are Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Cyrille “Snake” Diabate, James “Colossus” Thompson, Carlo Prater, Carmelo “The Fury” Marerro and Todd Moore.
  • UFC vets Mark Hominick and Sam Stout were both in action this weekend at TKO 30 and both walked away victorious. Hominick defeated Ben Greer while Stout topped Martin Grandmont. Stout is rumored as a possible addition to the UFC 78 card in New Jersey while Hominick could be back in the WEC in December.

  • Twelve of the sixteen fighters who participated in bouts at UFC 76 have been cleared of using performance enhancing drugs. Tests on the remaining six fighters are still pending. The twelve fighters who passed are:
    • Matt Wiman
    • Michihiro Omigawa
    • Christian Wellisch
    • Scott Junk
    • Jeremy Stephens
    • Diego Saraiva
    • Anthony Johnson
    • Rich Clementi
    • Thiago Tavares
    • Tyson Griffin
    • Kazuhiro Nakamura
    • Lyoto Machida
  • Former UFC champion Kevin Randleman has joined Renato “Babalu” Sobral in signing with Strikeforce. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos has also signed with the promotion and the trio of new fighters may all be in action in December.
  • According to Fightlinker Tito Ortiz will be fighting Wanderlei Silva or Rashad Evans in his next bout. Which opponent he ultimately faces will likely determine when Ortiz will be back in action. A fight against Evans will likely headline UFC 78 in New Jersey while a bout against Silva likely means “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” will not be back in action until UFC 79 in December. Dan Henderson has also been mentioned as a potential opponent.
  • As I mentioned earlier this week Roger Huerta vs. Clay Guida is expected to headline The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale in December.
  • This past week Andrei Arlovski appeared on The Jerry Springer Show to promote one of his sponsors, a TV manufacturer.
  • Sean Salmon has been removed from HDNet Fight’s first fight card later this month as the result of a misunderstanding over his contract and a recent fight in Finland.
  • The UFC is in the process of securing another TV deal in Japan with WOWOW.
  • This week the UFC announced that UFC DVD’s are the top-selling sports DVD for the fourth week in a row.

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