(In Russia, knee blows out *you*!)
— Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has pulled out of DREAM.5 (July 21st; Osaka, Japan) due to nagging injuries to his elbow and knee, as well as an absence of opponents; Mighty Mo Siligia, who was slated to replace Jerome LeBanner against Filipovic, recently withdrew from the event. Cro Cop expects to be ready to compete at DREAM.6 on September 23rd. “I would really like to fight Alistair Overeem, we all know why and I won’t let it go,” Filipovic said. “My career is far from being over, I’ll be fighting some strong competitors soon again and hopefully I’ll meet Fedor in the ring once more in 2009.”
— Speaking of Fedor, Michael Bisping claims that the Last Emperor will be going into his July 19th Affliction fight against Tim Sylvia less than 100%. “It’s going to be good to see if Fedor is still the man but I’ve heard on the grapevine from inside sources that he could be injured,” Bisping told The Sun. “But this is time for Fedor to step up. Everyone knows what Tim Sylvia is all about but Fedor’s had an aura about him for a long time.”
— James Thompson’s back-to-back losses in EliteXC (against Brett Rogers and Kimbo Slice) were enough to get him bounced from the league, at least temporarily. His next fight will be against Steve Bosse for Canada’s TKO Championship Fighting; the match is slated to go down October 3rd at Montreal’s Bell Centre. Bosse, who also plays professional hockey in the North American Hockey League, holds a 3-1 MMA record and is coming off a submission victory over Wes Sims at TKO 34 last month. The October 3rd TKO event is also rumored to feature IFL lightweight standout Chris Horodecki.
— Frank Trigg has signed a non-exclusive three-fight deal with World Victory Road, and has agreed to make his debut with the organization at Sengoku 4 on August 24th, against an opponent to be named later. The 37-year-old fighter hasn’t competed since his submission victory over Edwin Dewees at HDNet Fights: Reckless Abandon last December. WVR is reportedly planning a middleweight tournament for next year that would include Trigg as well as Kazuo Misaki, who Trigg defeated at PRIDE 33.
— WEC featherweight Alexandre Nogueira has joined such MMA luminaries as Stephan Bonnar, Kit Cope, and Phil Baroni by catching a suspension for testing positive for the anabolic agent Boldenone. Nogueira pissed dirty after his WEC 34 loss to Jose Aldo last month, and will be suspended until May 31, 2009, and fined $2,500.