(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.