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Ellenberger to Step in for Foster, Sanchez to Compete in UFC Fan Expo Grappling Tourney in Toronto


(If only all of Jake Shields fights were sped up and accompanied with Benny Hill theme-like music. Video courtesy of YouTube/JayCosta7)

The UFC announced last night that Jake Ellenberger will step in for Brian Foster against Sean Pierson at UFC 129 later this month in Toronto and that fellow welterweight Diego “The Dream” Sanchez has been added to a four-man grappling tournament at the weekend’s UFC Expo.

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Mandated Pre-Fight MMA Medical Testing Catches Another Potentially Tragic Injury


(Lucky for Foster, the OAC is dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.)

With as much rhetoric opponents of mixed martial arts spew about how unsafe and barbaric the sport is, you would think that the number of fighters dying from MMA-related injuries would vastly outweigh the number of fighters who have been saved from potentially tragic circumstances by the sport.

Well, you can chalk another one up for the good guys.

According to MMAJunkie, an Ontario Athletic Commission-mandated MRI has revealed a dangerous brain abnormality in UFC welterweight Brian Foster that has forced him out of his upcoming UFC 129 bout with Sean Pierson, but more importantly may have saved his life.

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UFC Newcomer Sean Pierson Dropped by the Toronto Police Service Due to Former ‘Pimp Daddy’ Persona and Octagon Aspirations


(Pierson now (left) and in 2002 (right). The TPS would have been smart to put him undercover to infiltrate the Toronto sex trade.)

When UFC newcomer Sean Pierson stepped into the Octagon for his Fight of the Night worthy performance against Matt Riddle at UFC 124, I couldn’t help but wonder why he wasn’t sporting the familiar fur hat and glam rock glasses that had become synonymous with the "Pimp Daddy" persona he built while fighting in the UCC and TKO promotions here in Canada.

It turns out, Pierson has been trying to distance himself from his former image at the suggestion of his new employer,  the Toronto Police Service.

Now it appears that Pierson dropping the nickname and persona wasn’t enough to appease the TPS brass.

According to a story in today’s Toronto Star, the department has decided to rescind an offer of employment they made him in October to begin work next Tuesday as an officer in training.

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And Now He’s Fired (Again): Joe Doerksen


("So if you lose two in a row, you’re still OK, right?")

Despite logging a tough split decision loss to Dan Miller at UFC 124, Joe Doerksen yesterday had insult added to the injury of losing in front of his fellow Canadians in Montreal Saturday night when he was informed by the UFC that he was being let go by the promotion.

Fiveouncesofpain was first to report the New Bothwell, Manitoba native’s firing.

The loss was Doerksen’s second in a row since handing Tom Lawlor his second loss in a row in his Octagon return at UFC 113. He was submitted in his last bout at UFC 119 by C.B. Dollaway.

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Aided by Their Dumb-Ass Fans, UFC Hands Out $400,000 in Bonuses for ‘St. Pierre vs. Koscheck’ [UPDATED]

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(Pierson and Riddle’s three-round battle wasn’t enough to win FOTN, but Riddle did go home with the $100 Snot Rocket of the Night bonus. Photo courtesy of MMAFighting.com.)

The performance bonus payouts for Saturday’s UFC 124 event were notable for several reasons: For the first time ever, the UFC allowed fans to choose the "Fight of the Night" in an online vote. Update: The FOTN and Knockout bonuses were $100,000 apiece — the largest bumps since UFC 100 — and two separate [$50,000] Submission of the Night awards were handed out, which meant the total bonus money added up to $400,000, half of which arguably went to the wrong guys. Here’s how the UFC 124 bonuses shook out, in order of most deserving to least deserving…

Submission of the Night #1: Jim Miller, for surviving the relentless grappling offensive of Charles Oliveira, then ending the fight himself with a kneebar just shy of the two-minute mark. Submitting the young, formerly undefeated jiu-jitsu phenom is a major accomplishment for Miller, and should hopefully earn him a fight with a big name in his next outing.

Submission of the Night #2: Mark Bocek, for his first-round triangle choke of Dustin Hazelett (who’s no slouch on the ground either). The way that Bocek set up the triangle from the top then rolled underneath Hazelett to secure it was pretty freakin’ brilliant.

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W-1: New Ground to Feature Rogers, Yager, Romero, Pierson and Hollett October 23 in Halifax


(You smell that? That’s tire grease, son!!)

In an interesting development, Strikeforce is lending out onetime heavyweight contender Brett Rogers to compete on Warrior One MMA’s upcoming October 23 “New Ground” card in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

W-1 announced the card on its website yesterday.

The news is good for the fast-rising Canadian promotion, but is somewhat baffling, considering that Strikeforce’s heavyweight division is in a bit of disarray at the moment and the extra body might be needed before year’s end.

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