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UFC News Roundup: Lister Quits, Da Spyder’s Next Fight + More


(You know, Dean, if you keep making that face it’ll stay that way forever. Photo courtesy of UFC.com.)

— The fact that middleweight submission specialist Dean Lister is out of the UFC isn’t too surprising after his terrible performance last month against Yushin Okami, but Lister reportedly requested the contract release himself. He is already in talks with several rival promotions, including Affliction and DREAM, for a new deal. Lister compiled a record of 4-2 in the UFC, and is 11-6 overall.

Anthony Johnson and Luigi Fioravanti have agreed to face each other at UFC Fight Night 17 (February 7th; Tampa, Florida). Both welterweights are coming off of victories last month; Johnson knocked out Kevin Burns at the TUF 8 finale, and Luigi Fioravanti notched a unanimous decision win over Brodie Farber at "Fight for the Troops."

TUF 3 middleweight winner Kendall Grove has also been booked for his next scrap. "Da Spyder" is slated to face Jason Day at UFC 96 (March 7th; Columbus, Ohio). Grove last competed in June, when he broke a two-fight losing streak with a split-decision victory over Evan Tanner at the TUF 7 finale. Day has also been out of action since June, losing to Michael Bisping via first-round TKO at UFC 85.

— During an interview with the local NBC news affiliate in Des Moines, Josh Neer apologized to his friends and fans for his New Year’s Eve DUI arrest; he will find out this week if his upcoming fight with Mac Danzig will still take place, and if he still has a job with the UFC. According to reporter Elias Johnson, "once you’re done in the UFC, it’s over." 

— Nearly one-third of UFC 92′s 14,166 spectators didn’t pay for their seats.

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da thunder- February 11, 2009 at 8:34 pm
That reporter used to wrestle for asu! Funny shit!
you_know_it- February 7, 2009 at 10:03 pm
the reporter is right...there are so many guys willing to take his spot who would not screw up like he continues to do
Bootylam!- January 8, 2009 at 1:24 pm
Rumble's going to smash this fool. I bet it will get harder and harder to get guys in there with him.
Anonymous- January 5, 2009 at 9:19 pm
no shit nog said hes never had that long of a lay-off wonder if that had something to do with his loss. they should only tie up mediocre fighters as coaches not the fucking champions. was nog sick? injured? anyone heard? i still can't believe he lost.
ryan- January 5, 2009 at 8:40 pm
the tuf show kills all the ex pride guys there next fight, it's to long of a friggen layoff. I think that show could use a break anyway. I hope Dan Henderson doesn't take the job as coach poor nog.

Dan if you listening kill franklin and don't do that shit show thanks
Criminally Negligent - January 5, 2009 at 3:00 pm
Arlovski isn't out of the UFC because of his skills or behavior, they couldn't agree on how much he was worth/ terms of his contract. Once you get cut because of you skills, or lack thereof, you are effectively done... at least until you improve.
DDT- January 5, 2009 at 8:35 am
One and done huh? I guess that's why Neer is on his second stint in the UFC.

Also I would really like to have seen Rumble take a step up in competition. Luigi is kind of a step sideways.
evil- January 5, 2009 at 8:15 am
lister totally pulled guard on his contract
bold- January 5, 2009 at 8:06 am
um actually arlovski can come back to the ufc whenever he wants it was stated at a press confence
Anonymouzzzz- January 5, 2009 at 7:40 am
Anybody other than Arlovsky?? If your done with the UFC you better be the best of the pack if you want in again.. nippletwist--goes hand in hand with your stupid comment..SNAP!
BuckWild- January 5, 2009 at 7:19 am
When it said Da Spyder in the beginning, I thought they were talking about Anderson and just being "silly"

Man was I disappointed... JK.. you're ok Spyda !
nippletwist- January 5, 2009 at 6:27 am
ya its definitely over once your done in the ufc. i mean look at andrei arlovsky. has a chance to beat maybe the best fighter in the world. poor guy, too bad things didnt work out with him and the ufc.
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