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Thanksgiving UFC News Dump: Bookings, Replacements, Firings + More


("COME AT ME, BRO!")

Happy Thanksgiving, Potato Nation! If you’re reading this right now, you should probably consider disconnecting from the Internet and spending time with your family. If you came here to escape those horrible people, brother we can relate. (*Pours another glass of scotch*) Let us know what you’re thankful for in the comments section, and keep up-to-date with this grab-bag of UFC headlines…

– Replacing the unfortunately injured Jose Aldo at UFC 125 against Josh Grispi will be Dustin Poirier, an 8-1 featherweight prospect who just knocked out Zach Micklewright in 53 seconds earlier this month at WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki. Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann will now be the event’s co-headliner, in support of the Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard lightweight title fight.

– Coming off an ugly knockout loss against George Roop at WEC 51, "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung has his win-or-go-home fight booked, as he’ll be taking on Rani Yahya at Fight for the Troops 2 on January 22nd. It’ll be the only fight on the card where you won’t be able to chant "U!S!A!" in support of at least one of the fighters. Expect a lot of fans in the arena to make trips to the bathroom.


– Following his third consecutive loss at UFC 122, TUF 9 welterweight castmember Nick Osipczak has been released by the promotion

– After notching a split-decision win over Paul Taylor at UFC 121, Sam Stout will take on Taylor’s teammate Paul "The Other Paul" Kelly at UFC 126 (February 5th, Las Vegas). Kelly is coming off of a dominant TKO victory over TJ O’Brien last weekend at UFC 123.

– Speaking of lightweights, a bout between Spencer Fisher and TUF 9 lightweight winner Ross Pearson has been added to UFC 127 in Australia. Fisher recently snapped a two-fight losing streak by outpointing Kurt Warburton at UFC 120, while Pearson just suffered his first Octagon loss at UFC Fight Night 22 in September, losing by rear-nake choke to Cole Miller.

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fatbellyfrank- November 27, 2010 at 4:16 pm
I'm thankful that my hands can reach my penis and that UFC is coming back down under, happy TG Drano
Fried Taco- November 26, 2010 at 8:00 am
That turkey looks really buff. Phil Baroni kind of buff. I'm betting he'd gas half-way through the first round.
Kimbos Bread- November 26, 2010 at 6:51 am
@Karma

Chill it was a joke. Was just wondering why no reason was given when the champ canceled his first UFC match. But now we know. Though, I am ecstatic that you found a person who displays everything you'd hope for in a man fighter.
dranokills- November 25, 2010 at 9:01 pm
Dude calm down, you are so upset you are fucking up your last sentence, and leaving off the very important "IS" in there.
It's sounding kinda EMO and shit...just don't want you to go there.
No one with a real brain is gonna say shit about Aldo Nova, uhh I mean Jose and the pussy cats, errrr Jose aldo.....FUCK! See you got me even going a little apeshit, just chill bro, next thing you know some doucheasaurus rex named red something or another will come in here telling us we are NOT the warriors he dreamed he, and the world could be, and be a complete tard. Aldo's badass-ary is still very much intact.

Here eat this turkey leg, and have some dressing....the pumpkin pie is on the table waiting.
Happy thanksgiving karma.
KarmaAteMyCat- November 25, 2010 at 7:14 pm
Anyone sitting here talking shit about Aldo can eat a dick hard. The dudes straight up humble for being an all around beast and only being caught once in twenty fights. Everyone gets hurt all fighters get hurt, WE TRAIN combat sports no one and I mean NO ONE goes into a fight 100% so just get off the horse and quit pretending you don't like watching the dude fight. He EVERYTHING an MMA fan could hope for in a fighter.
SnallTrippin- November 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm
God I will laugh if Leb ever wins a title...
Maine Blazer- November 25, 2010 at 1:51 pm
At least 125 is a pretty stacked card throughout. Knocking on wood that Leben doesn't get arrested... again
Kimbos Bread- November 25, 2010 at 1:14 pm
Happy TG to you too Drano, and the rest of CP.

I am thankful for the time I had with my best friend/my dog Tom(may he rest in peace), the Arianny Celeste Playboy issue (which I hide under the mattress), and my wife (who's a dirty, dirty tramp. The way I like it).

All in that order.

hooligun- November 25, 2010 at 12:50 pm
This card needs a Diaz.
dranokills- November 25, 2010 at 12:50 pm
Happy Thanksgiving to all the potato nation crazy's.
I must go digest, lay around and do nothing, and do it (like a boss).
BryanF- November 25, 2010 at 12:47 pm
I am not thankful that Chan Sung Jung has vowed never to use the zombie style ever again =(

hXXp://www.mmamania.com/2010/11/3/1790812/korean-zombie-no-more-chan-sung-jung-vows-change-in-fighting-style
Jugger- November 25, 2010 at 12:35 pm
Anybody who goes to the bathroom during a Korean Zombie fight is a moron.
Sudos KFC- November 25, 2010 at 12:18 pm
^i am thankful for california and the emerald triangle. Also the caption + picture was hilarious.
Canadian Chronic- November 25, 2010 at 11:39 am
I'm thankful that MMA is finally sanctioned in Ontario!!!! Now if we can just get the sweet leaf decriminalized I would be superfuckin thankful!

Get on it Tater Nation!
JamesTChrist- November 25, 2010 at 11:32 am
I am thankful Chad Dundas found gainful employment. Although, he was the best janitor the Missoula Independent ever had...
Lysol- November 25, 2010 at 10:45 am
Stann vs. Leben as a co-headliner? I like both guys as fighters, so this might be crazy enough to work. Just don't ask me to pay to find out.
Jack Bauer- November 25, 2010 at 10:00 am
I care less about every fighter named in this post COLLECTIVELY as I do about Aldo. What a bleak couple of months for the UFC.

@Kimbos Bread - I read it was a back injury, herniated disc or something along those lines.
Kimbos Bread- November 25, 2010 at 9:59 am
Do we know why Aldo pull out?

Did he tear his ego? I hear that can be pretty painful.
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