- Fedor Emelianenko’s manager, Vadim Finkelstein, has announced that the top-ranked heavyweight plans on fighting two more times in 2008. The first bout will be at an October Affliction-promoted event and the second will come in December at a New Year’s Eve event in Japan.
- UFC veteran Joe Jordan will take on Ryan Ford in the main event of MFC 17 on July 25th for the promotion’s middleweight title. Jordan replaces Drew Fickett, who was pulled from the bout due to breach of contract.
- Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson suffered no serious damage in his unanimous decision loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 86 and is set to return to the gym to resume training on Monday.
- Ranked lightweight Takanori Gomi will likely face DEEP lightweight champion Pang Sung Hwan at Sengoku 4 on August 24th in Japan.
- Affliction has announced that it has signed Edwin Dewees to a multi-fight contract. Filling in forÂ Vernon White, who was recently suspended due to a failed drug test, Dewees will debut against Antonio Rogerio Nogueria at Affliction “Banned” on July 19th.
- Hermes Franca has been cleared for his July 19th UFC bout against Frankie Edgar pending the results of a mandatory pre-fight drug test.
- ICON Middleweight Champion Kala â€œKoloheâ€ Hose will fight Rolando Dominique at an August 2nd event at the Blaisdell Arena in Hawaii. The fight will be a non-title bout contested at a catchweight of 180-pounds.
- UFC middleweight Martin Kampann, who is 4-0 inside the octagon, will undergo another surgery on his knee but is expected to be able to return to the cage in October or November.
- Portland, Oregon may host UFC 91 in November.
- The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released official gate figures for The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale and UFC 86. The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale had a live gate of $495,350 and a paid attendance of 1,853. UFC 86 had a live gate of $3,350,730 and a paid attendance of 9,630. The closed circuit broadcast of UFC 86 brought in an additional $33,650.
- Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante will meet Travis Galbraith on the Showtime card of EliteXC Saturday Night Fights 2.
- Female MMA promotion Smackgirl has postponed a July 24th event until September likely due to financial problems.
- Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Katsuyori Shibata, Joachim Hansen vs. Kultar Gill, and Mark Hunt vs. a to-be-announced opponent have been added to the July 21st DREAM 5 fight card.
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