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Herman Out, Sonnen In Against Miller + More UFC Notes

(Sonnen gives Paulo Filho an intervention, Team Quest-style. Photo courtesy of

Although initial reports claimed that Ed Herman would be stepping in for the injured Yushin Okami against Dan Miller at UFC 98 (May 23rd, Las Vegas), there’s been another change in plans. It seems that Herman has declined the fight — likely because he just competed at UFC 97 and the five-week turnaround would be too short — and Okami’s actual replacement will be Herman’s Team Quest teammate Chael Sonnen.

Sonnen was most recently submitted by Demian Maia in his UFC return fight in February, which dropped his overall Octagon record to 1-3. The WEC/Bodog vet was slated to face Wilson Gouveia at UFC 102 (August 29th; Portland, Oregon) and still hopes to take that fight if his scrap with Dan Miller goes well. Though considering Miller’s skill with submissions (and Sonnen’s tendency to get submitted), Sonnen may be out of a job by this summer.

In other news…

— After compiling an official record of 0-2 in the Octagon, TUF 8 finalist Vinny Magalhaes has been released by the UFC. The BJJ specialist sliced through Lance Evans, Jules Bruchez, and Krzysztof Soszynski in the season’s light-heavyweight bracket, but lost to Ryan Bader via TKO in the finals, then dropped a unanimous decision to Eliot Marshall at UFC 97. Magalhaes’s overall MMA record now stands at 2-4 with 1 no-contest.

— To prepare for his must-win fight against Nate Diaz at the TUF 9 finale on June 20th, Joe Stevenson will be leaving his homebase of Cobra Kai to train at the Jackson’s MMA camp in Albuquerque. “We both agreed it would be better if he moved on and try to change a little bit so he can continue to stay in the UFC,” said Stevenson’s head trainer, Irvin Bounds. Speaking of Greg Jackson, the gameplan-guru thought Anderson Silva‘s UFC 97 fight against Thales Leites was totally sweet.

— And speaking of fighters trying out new camps, TUF 8 lightweight winner Efrain Escudero is taking some time off from Southwest MMA to train with the Nogueira brothers at their new gym in Miami. Escudero is slated to face Cole Miller at UFC 103 in September.

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SCM- May 2, 2009 at 10:30 am
Yea nub. Chael is a pansy.
Steve-O- May 1, 2009 at 11:10 pm
lol @ perma

you must be on team quest....clueless
Perma- May 1, 2009 at 5:18 pm
I like both Chael and Dan but Chael is on another level, Miller got hosed here, He could have walked through Herman or Okami, now he get a top 5 185'er as a replacement.
SCM- May 1, 2009 at 1:02 pm
Good shit NateGetsIrate. I feel exactly the same.

As for Chael Sonnen, i hope he gets fucking beat. Dude is not likable, and thinks hes the shit. Little bitch would get rocked by most ufc middleweight fighters. He thinks hes better than anderson and that he can beat him. YEA RIGHT. That idiot should retire before he embarasses himself anymore.
NateGetsIrate- May 1, 2009 at 9:45 am
I'm glad to see i'm not the only one that liked Anderson's performance at UFC 97. Wasn't his fault that Joe Silva couldn't find a contender that actually wanted to win.
Shatski- May 1, 2009 at 9:36 am
Greg Jackson's line about how he like to watch B.J. fight because "he is great, when he's at lightweight," was pretty good. And he was being nice! Subtle burn or genuine thoughts? You decide.
Jay Smith- May 1, 2009 at 9:25 am
That is actually a pretty good match up. Either one of them could get the "W", and to be honest with you, I couldn't care less which one of them it is.
ken-mura- May 1, 2009 at 9:11 am
Chael was robbed in that first fight he had with Paulo for the WEC belt. It seems like he hasn't been the same since.

Dana White rules!- May 1, 2009 at 9:08 am
CLH - lol your so gay it's funny.
I wonder if Chael Sonnen can work construction because he'll need to find a job after May 23.
CAPS LOCK HAL- May 1, 2009 at 8:51 am
Mark- May 1, 2009 at 8:31 am
I hope Cole Miller gets his fucken ass kicked by Efrain. I fucken hate that cocky son of a cock
the Canadian Chronic- May 1, 2009 at 7:50 am
thank god, that pussy malgahaes is out of the ufc. gotta be more well rounded if you wanna compete at a high level, and unafraid of getting punched in the mouth.

pretty boy.
Jeffro- May 1, 2009 at 7:50 am
Chael is such an unlikable cocksucker. I can't believe that anyone would buy real estate from that guy. He is a great athelete, but his skills are lacking. UFC talent pool is way too thick.

I think Miller will mug his ass.
Anonymous- May 1, 2009 at 7:39 am
KingAL- May 1, 2009 at 7:35 am
I don't care much for Chael. He has an odd name