Source: MMANews, MMAMania.com
– According to Carmichael Dave, James Irvin is out of UFC 102 due to suffering a knee injury in training. Irvin was scheduled to face Wilson Gouveia on the preliminary card of UFC 102. No word on a replacement for Irvin, who will reportedly undergo reconstructive knee surgery in the next few days. This will leave him out of action anywhere from 6-10 months.
– Brock Larson vs. Mike Pierce has been added to the UFC Fight Night 19 card. The bout will be a part of the night’s preliminary card.
– After a ton of back and forth and changes to the UFC 103 card, Sean Sherk vs. Gleison Tibau, which has been bounced between the prelim and main card of UFC 103 has been shifted again, to UFC 104. No word on if the bout will be on the PPV portion or the prelim card.
– An incredulous UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva tells Philly.com that he still doesn’t understand the chorus of boos he received against Thales Leites at UFC 97 despite the fact that prior to the hands-off approach he took against Patrick Cote at UFC 90, “The Spider” finished the first seven of his UFC opponents in devastating fashion, including top contenders Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson. Silva said:
“Sometimes, I can’t believe it, man, I can’t believe it. Every time I step inside of the cage, I put my life in danger. Sometimes when you are standing outside of the Octagon, it’s a lot different than being inside. I am there for the fans, but for the fans that boo, it comes down to a lack of knowledge”