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Mike Whitehead To Replace Marsh At Ufc 50

Mike Whitehead

Mike Whitehead to Replace Marsh at UFC 50
By Joe Hall

Mike Whitehead, a heavyweight from the Miletich camp, will replace an injured John Marsh against Tra Telligman at UFC 50. The 23-year-old wrestled at the University of Missouri in 2004, finishing fifth in the powerhouse Big 12 Conference. Since wrestling season concluded, he has been training in Iowa with Tim Sylvia, Justin Eilers and others at Miletich Martial Arts. Two years ago in San Diego Whitehead won the heavyweight division of the ADCC North American Trials.

Check back tomorrow for a more in-depth profile of Whitehead.

UFC 48: Payback

UFC 48: Payback

The premier mixed martial arts event in the world returns to Las Vegas for UFC 48: Payback.

In the main event, hall of famer Ken Shamrock meets Hawaiian fighting legend Kimo in a rematch of their battle 8 years ago.

The co-main event is a battle for the UFC Heavyweight Championship between former champion Tim Sylvia and top submission fighter Frank Mir.

Also on the card, Frank Trigg crushes Dennis Hallman in their rematch from the controversial WFA bout years ago.

The undercard features such UFC stars as Phil Baroni, Evan Tanner, Matt Hughes, “Charuto” Verissimo, Georges St. Pierre, and Matt Serra.

Matt Lindland Works Out With John Hackleman
Baroni vs. Tanner the Rematch
Baroni vs. Tanner Post-Fight
Matt Hughes Post-Fight
Mir and Sylvia Prepare for War
Mir vs. Sylvia Post-Fight Controversy
Shamrock Vs. Kimo Payback
Ken Shamrock Post-Fight
UFC 48: Payback Highlights
Event Bouts
Trevor Prangley vs. Curtis Stout (Prelim)
Georges St. Pierre vs. Jay Hieron (Prelim)
Matt Serra vs. Ivan Menjivar (Prelim)
Phil Baroni vs. Evan Tanner
Matt Hughes vs. Renato Verissimo
On the Mat With Mark Laimon
(Demonstration) Frank Mir vs. Tim Sylvia
Frank Trigg vs. Dennis Hallman
Ken Shamrock vs. Kimo Leopoldo

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Prangley Out, Fryklund in UFC 50
By Joe Hall

Ivan Salaverry was told Monday that UFC 50 opponent Trevor Prangley had separated a rib and would not be standing across from him Oct. 22 in Atlantic City.

Instead, Salaverry will be facing Tony Fryklund, a middleweight from the Miletich camp. Fryklund last fought in the UFC in June 2002, when he stopped Rodrigo Ruas in the second round. Since that victory at UFC 37.5, he has won four of six fights outside the octagon, including a loss by decision to Matt Lindland in May and a win over Chris Myers on Sept. 5.

With the change, the bout that was Phil Baroni vs. Trevor Prangley has become Ivan Salaverry vs. Tony Fryklund. Salaverry was initially added to UFC 50 as a light heavyweight replacement slated to take on Patrick Cote. He was then dropped down to a middleweight bout against Prangley, and will now fight Fryklund, his third scheduled opponent.

"It sucks, but what can I do?" he says. "It’s part of fighting, especially (MMA). A lot of guys get hurt prior to the fight, and you just have to deal with it. It’s a little annoying because you prepare for one person, his style and certain situations, and then they switch it up on you."

While some fighters will say they train the same way regardless of foe, Salaverry specializes his preparation. "You try as much as possible to train specific to (your opponent), whatever strengths or weaknesses that he has," he says.

Prangley’s greatest strength is wrestling, which Salaverry had been honing a strategy to counter. Now that he’s fighting Fryklund, though, whose strength is on the feet, Salaverry will adjust his last week of training to focus on striking. His game plan is to use kickboxing to foil Fryklund’s boxing prowess. "I’m going to try to use my legs, try to use my kicks," says the 33-year-old, who has been preparing with Maurice Smith and Josh Barnett among others.

Compared to Prangley, Salaverry feels his new opponent is better rounded. However, he sees endurance as a potential weakness accompanying Fryklund into the cage next weekend. Says Salaverry, "For him to take a fight on 10 days notice, even though he said that he was (already) training for another fight, that could be a situation."

By "situation," Salaverry means a soft spot in Fryklund’s game that he’ll strive to rip into a gaping hole. The plan calls for a fervent pace that challenges his foe’s cardio. "Nowadays," he says, "you always try to come out strong and push the pace of the game. We’ll see who really has it in the third round, you know? You push and push and push and say, let’s see what happens in the third round, (let’s see) who’s really got the gas."

From the event’s promoter:

Sportfight 7: Frightnight

SportFight poster
Sportfight returns to the Dome on Ocober 23rd with the best card yet, as Ed "Shortfuse" Herman takes on UFC vet and Canadian mma sensation Joe Doerkson in the main event! Matchmaker Alexander Oxendine has outdone himself with the most complete card Oregon has ever seen. Frightnight will live up to its name, as a freakish assembly of the world’s toughest fighters battle for supremacy in the "Terror Dome."

The matchup between Herman and Doerkson is a much anticipated opportunity for Herman to avenge teammate Chris "Light Out" Leben’s only loss. Leben lost by decision to Doerkson earlier this year, in what was described by Badbreed.tv as "The best mma fight ever." Doerkson is coming off his first loss in over two years, suffered at the hands of Joe "Diesal" Riggs, and will be looking to make a strong showing. Herman is one of the fastest rising stars at Team Quest, and is 6-1 since making his pro debut earlier this year. Since that time he has fought all comers, and has victories over some very tough opponents such as Brian Ebersole and Jacen "The Sin" Flynn. Herman has dominated all his opponents this year; even in his sole loss he was dominant before a mistake led to him being choked unconscious. Doerkson will be the most high-profile fight for Herman yet, so we can expect he will be in top shape.

Joining Herman and Doerkson as co-main event, UFC veteran Dennis "Superman" Hallman will face off with kickboxer Landon "The Show" Showalter. Hallman is perhaps best known for armbarring Matt Hughes in the UFC in less than a minute, and has recently moved up in weight class to middleweight. He beat Mike Seal at Sportfight Battleground: Reno in September. Sportfight fans will remember Landon Showalter from his epic main event battle with Chris "Lights Out" Leben that left both fighters bloody after three rounds and an overtime round. Showalter also has a submission win over Drew Fickett, who beat Hallman in King of the Cage last year.

In a lightweight title fight months in the making, "The Piranha" Dennis Davis will defend his belt against BJJ brown belt Trevor Burnell. Burnell earned the right to compete for the strap by beating Dave Cochran at Sportfight: Stadium in August, and immediately made the fight more interesting by calling Davis "the fish" in a public call-out. Davis, one of the most popular fighters in Oregon, is coming off a first minute submission win over LW champ Donnie Raines in Utah’s Cagefighting Championships.

The battle to establish the next #1 lightweight contender continues with two more big matchups, as bruiser Dave Cochran takes on undefeated grappling specialist Cam Ward, and Paul "The Apostle" Morris faces kickboxer Chad Nelson. Cochran has had trouble when his fights have gone to the mat quick, but he is also responsible for some of the most exciting knockouts in Sportfight, including a five-second KO over previously undefeated Canadian Len Smith. Ward has impressive wins in Sportfight over slugger Chris Wilson and a knee bar victory over Pedro Castaneda. Morris is coming off a win he earned in impressive fashion after a war with Enoch Wilson. Chad Nelson has been clamoring for a rematch with "The Piranha" since being knocked out by him two years ago. He holds the amateur belt from the FCFF, which he earned by knocking out the very tough Jon Gunderson.

The pro card is rounded off by Art Santore facing off with Justin Davis, and Buck Meredith taking on David Banks. Both Santore and Meredith train with Pride fighting phenomenom "Dangerous Dan" Henderson, and are veterans of Pankrase and King of the Cage.

Highlights of the talent-laden amateur card include Bristol Murunde vs. Shaun Caitlin, Eddie Blackburn vs. JD Stanley, and a very promising matchup between featherweight toughies Ian Loveland and JT Horner. Both Loveland and Horner are undefeated and have shown the incredible toughness it takes to be successful pros someday.

An explosive card packed with some of the toughest fighters in the world guarantees that with "Frightnight" Sportfight will continue to set the standard for mma in the Pacific Northwest. The Sportfight crew, including mma icons Matt "The Law" Lindland and Randy "The Natural" Couture are dedicated to ensure that Sportfight keeps its reputation as "The Ultimate in One on One Combat"

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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