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Changes to UFC 85, Additions to UFC 87


(Carneiro and Chonan during a DEEP match in 2005, which ended in a controversial TKO loss for Carneiro due to a cut.)

Joe Silva’s hands have been full this week piling on fighters for UFC 87, and scrambling to replace them for UFC 85. First, the word on “Bedlam” (London, England; June 7th):

Ryo Chonan has pulled out of his rematch with Roan Carneiro for unknown reasons. Replacing him will be Kevin “The Fire” Burns, a 4-1 UFC newcomer with possibly the cheesiest nickname we’ve ever heard. The UFC is doing Fire no favors by putting him against “Jucao,” who already boasts wins over Rich Clementi and Matt Horwich.

— Speaking of undercard bouts few people will care about, British fighter Neil Wain has broken his nose and won’t be able to face Antoni Hardonk. Filling in for him will be Eddie Sanchez, who has won his last two UFC matches against Soa Palelei and Colin Robinson, and will do his best to deal with fighting across the Atlantic Ocean on two weeks notice.

As for “Seek and Destroy” (August 9th; Minneapolis, MN):

Frankie Edgar, who took his first career loss against Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 13, will be returning at UFC 87 against an opponent to be named later. With Sean Sherk indicating that he wants to be part of the first UFC card in his home state of Minnesota, an Edgar/Sherk bout isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

Manny Gamburyan and Rob Emerson will reportedly meet in a lightweight bout. Gamburyan has won his last two fights in the Octagon, against Nate Mohr and Jeff Cox, while everyone’s favorite Lord of South County is coming off a split-decision victory over Keita Nakamura.

— A welterweight bout between Chris Wilson and UFC first-timer Steve Bruno is also being reported. Former IFL vet Wilson lost his UFC debut to Jon Fitch via unanimous decision at UFC 82, while Bruno most recently fought for Korea’s Spirit MC where he compiled a 3-0 record.

— Also, Roger Huerta has been told that the winner of his UFC fight against Kenny Florian will definitely get a title shot.

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Anonymous- June 16, 2008 at 3:03 pm
you wont beleive your eyes wen you see neil wain in ufc, im from his area, mean as fuck n hasn't lost a fight yet. POWER HIS ON ITS WAY never mind bispin, neil wain will be champ 1 day!!!
Anonymous- June 10, 2008 at 11:20 pm
except Jucao got BURNED by the FIRE.
Lil' Doomsday- May 28, 2008 at 3:52 am
Carneiro teaches across the street from me. Chalk one up for JUCAO!...or...however you spell it.
BIG CHRIS- May 27, 2008 at 9:10 pm
Putting Frankie Edgar in the cage with Sherk is almost as rediculous as putting the winner of kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta in the cage with BJ Penn....a complete waste of time if you ask me...
The Survivalist- May 27, 2008 at 8:55 pm
Big Chris: I hope that little ball of muscle puts on a Judo clinic!
Vrax- May 27, 2008 at 8:40 pm
Sanchez vs. Hardonk? Why even bother, ugh. I'm heading over national geographic and searching for "Walrus + sleepy" to study their training methods.

They will need coma medics in the house for the aftermath of that... um dare I even say "fight".

Sherk//Edgar on the other hand is pretty exciting.
BIG CHRIS- May 27, 2008 at 8:10 pm
I hope Manny Gamburyan rips Rob Emerson's leg off takes it home and makes Kairo Persian some kind of Armenian soup with it....
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