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UFC Booking Update: Marquardt and Sakara Get New Opponents, Lauzon Booked for Boston + More

("The creepy guy behind the ring? Don’t worry Rachelle, that’s just James McSweeney. He’ll probably ask you for a lock of your hair before you leave, but he’s cool." / Photo courtesy of

– Though Nate Marquardt and Alessio Sakara were slated to meet at UFC 116 in July, Sakara has postponed his Octagon return due to the”>recent death of his father. So, the UFC did some re-shuffling and came up with the following: Sakara will now compete at UFC 118 (August 28th, Boston) against Jorge Rivera, who picked up his third-straight win in March when he wrecked Nate Quarry. As for Marquardt, he will also likely return in August (either UFC 118 or UFC 117), against Rousimar Palhares, who you may know as the asshole who holds his submissions for too long.

– Speaking of the UFC’s Boston show, hometown kid Joe Lauzon will try to rebound from his lopsided decision loss against Sam Stout when he meets up with British contender Terry Etim. Etim had a four-fight UFC win-streak snapped last month in Abu Dhabi when he fell to an armbar submission against Rafael Dos Anjos.

– In other news, Brian Stann is getting ready to make his middleweight debut after being run out of the light-heavyweight division by rising prospect Phil Davis. Stann will reportedly face Mike Massenzio at UFC on Versus 2, August 1st in Salt Lake City. Due to injuries, Massenzio hasn’t competed since his first-round TKO loss to CB Dollaway at The Ultimate 2008.

According to MMA Junkie, Chris Leben will make his next cage-appearance at the TUF 11 finale (June 19th, Las Vegas) against fellow middleweight Aaron Simpson. Following back-to-back losses against Michael Bisping and Jake Rosholt, Leben saved his job with a decision win over Jay Silva at Maynard vs. Diaz in January. Simpson (7-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is coming off his Fight of the Night performance against Tom Lawlor at the same event. Other matches that will support the Hamill vs. Jardine headliner include Spencer Fisher vs. Dennis Siver, and James McSweeney vs. undefeated ass-kicker Travis Brown.

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Kimbos Bread- May 6, 2010 at 5:57 am
@ Shatski

It's a pleasure.

"Love to go swimmin' with bow-legged women, and swim between their legs!"

Good bless them blow legged women.
Almost North- May 5, 2010 at 4:59 pm
I'm sure you can get a job there as long as you do a good job cleaning up the place.
El Famous Burrito- May 5, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Yeah, just threw that out there to see who got it.
ghostboner- May 5, 2010 at 2:11 pm
@ ben - Awesome. I was thinking of the same photo. "McSweeney: It wares a douche-baggey smirk and hangs out at Greg jacksons."
ghostboner- May 5, 2010 at 2:06 pm
Was that an MST3K reference? You guys are getting out of control on here.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 5, 2010 at 1:41 pm
I always wondered how much access "All Access" meant.
Shatski- May 5, 2010 at 11:24 am
Kimbos Bread. I haven't heard or read that phrase in a long time. Thanks for the flood of memories that came along with that, like a four year old (me) running around singing something inappropriate like that. Along with a little ditty about Daniel Boone and a bear. Man, kids are so impressionable.
El Famous Burrito- May 5, 2010 at 11:12 am
I want to work at Jimbonics Institute.

Just another face in a red jump suit.

jimbonics- May 5, 2010 at 10:57 am

I was fully expecting your link to be this:

El Famous Burrito- May 5, 2010 at 10:30 am
SouthSideEssay- May 5, 2010 at 10:23 am
@El Famous Burrito
Big Trouble in Little China?
Deathcheat7- May 5, 2010 at 10:15 am
"According to MMA Junkie, Chris Leben will make his next cage-appearance at the TUF 11 finale (June 19th, Las Vegas) against fellow middleweight Aaron Simpson."

How about according to the UFC website as of atleast a week ago :P
peanutbuttter- May 5, 2010 at 10:07 am
Rachelle is HOT! omg bro!
El Famous Burrito- May 5, 2010 at 9:10 am
@ KingZipperhed

"Machida with the mumps." Nice.

Maybe we can save taht for after the Shogun fight. It may come in handy.

I have no Photoshop skills, but I'd like to see a side by side of my pic, and the pic of Lesnar taunting the bloody and swollen Mir after the fight.

Kimbos Bread- May 5, 2010 at 9:01 am
I thought Palhares was given a suspension for his submission stunt on the quiet Polish dude in his last fight?
PERPATRAITOR- May 5, 2010 at 8:57 am
All we need is Jason "mayhem" Miller to announce this fight as a bully beatdown. Give Palhares a lesson!
Kimbos Bread- May 5, 2010 at 8:55 am


Freggin' hilarious.

The pics are often funnier than the jokes.
Viva Hate- May 5, 2010 at 8:51 am
You know the UFC 118 card is looking mighty interesting as it unfolds, good for those nice young fellas up there in Boston. I am sure those nice young sober kids will be well behaved and enjoy that card.
KingZipperhed- May 5, 2010 at 8:51 am
EFB>>> hahaha that does look more like machida with the mumps though
cecils_pupils- May 5, 2010 at 8:47 am
What's the line on whether Palhares will hold the Marquardt submission too long?
El Famous Burrito- May 5, 2010 at 8:44 am

Yeah, what's up with that? Posting pictures directly would be nice too.

I had this great pic of Frank Mir post-UFC 100 fight with Lesnar, but no one got to see it...


KingZipperhed- May 5, 2010 at 8:44 am
Ratel>>> No doubt I think that fight screwed up alot of fightpicker pools. Not alot of us saw that one coming well I didn't anyways. But I don't think this an easy fight to get back into the W column. Palhares is no joke thats for sure and Nate better stay off his back this time or his leg WILL be broken.
Ratel- May 5, 2010 at 8:38 am
@Kimbos - agreed!
Kimbos Bread- May 5, 2010 at 8:35 am

I was hoping Nate would have a rematch with Silva. Outside of Belfort, he may be the only guy to pose a real threat to the Spider.
ReX13- May 5, 2010 at 8:31 am
That's a photobomb, for sure.

And Ben, why can't you post links in the comments? That just doesn't seem right. Admin geeks holding you down? You can take 'em, man; i bet they don't even train.