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UFC Bookings and Replacements: Condit, Larson, Kang, Saunders + More

(No man has seen Xavier Foupa-Pokam‘s real face and lived.

As previously rumored, WEC welterweight champ Carlos Condit has signed on to face Martin Kampmann in the main event of UFC Fight Night 18 (April 1st, Nashville). Brock Larson, who Condit was originally scheduled to face in a title defense at WEC 39, will also be competing on the Fight Night 18 card, likely against UFC newcomer Jesse Sanders. Larson has fought twice in the UFC, losing a decision to Jon Fitch in 2005, and winning a decision over Keita Nakamura in 2006.

Denis Kang, who took an upset loss to Alan Belcher in his Octagon debut at UFC 93, will try to redeem himself in front of his fellow Canadians at UFC 97 (April 18th, Montreal). Kang will be taking on Xavier "Professor X" Foupa-Pokam, a French Cage Rage/Palace Fighting Championships vet and UFC first-timer who has won his last seven fights by stoppage

— Undefeated TUF 6 standout Ben Saunders has been forced to drop off the UFC 96 card due to a foot injury, and has been replaced by Tamdan McCrory. Saunders was originally supposed to face welterweight submission specialist Dustin Hazelett — who most recently submitted McCrory via armbar at UFC 91 — until Hazelett dropped off the card with an undisclosed injury and was replaced by 5-0 prospect Ryan Madigan. So now we’ve gone from Saunders vs. Hazelett to McCrory vs. Madigan. The world is not fair. 

— Another TUF 6 vet, George Sotiropoulos, has sustained a rib injury and will no longer be facing Matt Grice this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 17. Replacing him will be Matt Veach, who has racked up a 10-0 record in midwestern promotions, with nine wins by stoppage in the first two rounds. Grice hasn’t fought since his UFC 77 Fight of the Night decision victory over Jason Black in October 2007, as he put his MMA career on hold to complete training at the Oklahoma City Police Department academy. Sotiropoulos is the third fighter to drop off the Tampa, Florida, card with an injury, after Hermes Franca and Amir Sadollah.

TUF 8 lightweight runner-up Phillipe Nover will look to get his first pro win in the Octagon at UFC 98 (May 23rd, Las Vegas), as he takes on Kyle Bradley. After entering the UFC on a seven-fight win-streak, Bradley was immediately thrown into the deep end, and has taken consecutive TKO losses to Chris Lytle and Joe Lauzon. One more, and he’s dunzo.

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WalksInTheDarkness- February 4, 2009 at 3:43 pm
Go Professor X! It's punishment time!
Scott- February 3, 2009 at 12:46 pm
Sotiropoulos is the 4th fighter to drop off this Saturday's UFN 17 card, not the 3rd: Alessio Sakara dropped out of his fight with Rosholt a few weeks ago and was replaced by Dan Miller.
Bootylam!- February 3, 2009 at 11:51 am
Yeah Shagen, think before you post. Condit ducks no man! And what is up with all these injuries? These guys should worry about what part nutrition plays in keeping their bodies healthy and not just survive off "supplements". Believe it or not the food you eat plays a HUGE part in keeping your body strong. Note the words food and eat. Not powder you drink or aa pills you take.
Clue-by-Four- February 3, 2009 at 10:09 am
Condit is ducking Larson? Yeah, he ducked Larson right into an armbar the last time they fought. If Mazzagatti didn't stop it, Condit would have taken home Larson's arm as a souvenir.
Shagen- February 3, 2009 at 9:20 am
Carlos Condit continues to duck Brock Larson with a little help from Zuffa. I can't wait until these two meet up and Brock destroys him!
Anonymous- February 3, 2009 at 8:21 am
are canadians taking over mma? they are like cold brazilians. but seriously for a country with only about 30 million people they put out a hell of alot of good talent
passoutortapout44- February 3, 2009 at 8:08 am
Nice picture, looks like Clay Guida has been out in the Vegas sun a little too long
hiphopanonymous- February 3, 2009 at 7:49 am
hell yeah, i'm glad that madigan is getting a shot in the ufc. i saw him fight in charlotte a few months ago. he looked good. i've never seen someone who loves to kick as much as he does though. he has an awesome entrance. i hope they let him do it in the UFC. he has two guys rap his own theme song while he walks out. it's pretty catchy too.
machete for hands- February 3, 2009 at 6:59 am
im pretty sure Phillipe Nover will be ready. i mean c'mon the dude has a black belt! he needs a win.
Derekrva- February 3, 2009 at 6:45 am
Yeah that Saunders v. Hazelett fight would have been a good one. Hopefully they can still pull it off soon.
Cap'n- February 3, 2009 at 6:34 am
That would be kinda cool if atleast half of the original fighters somehow didn't fuck themselves up in training and actually be able to show up for the fight.
mayhem420- February 3, 2009 at 6:24 am
Should be a good night of free fighting on TV.... which is always a good thing!
Billy Bad Ass- February 3, 2009 at 6:20 am
Damn. I really wanted to see Saunders with some more death by Thai Clinch...

That being said, Ahem... WAR BARNCAT!!!