There are four competitors left competing in the Ultimate Fighter Live tournament, however, all but two of them who were eliminated from the tournament before the semifinals will get a chance to compete once again for the UFC (barring injury suspension) at the Ultimate Fighter Live Finale which airs on FX on June 1st.
UFC President Dana White recently told the LA times that UFC will begin to do their own drug testing for performance enhancing drugs (PED’s). The need for extra testing of UFC athletes has been continually in the news after Alistair Overeem’s removal from UFC 146 after a high testosterone to epitestosterone ratio showed up from a random drug test. Overeem’s subsequent removal caused an avalanche of changes for the UFC 146 card.
The UFC has announced three featherweight matches for UFC on FOX 4 which takes place August 4th in Los Angeles, California. In each of the three announced matches, each featherweight fighter is looking to get back in the win column and rebound from a previous loss. Josh Grispi vs Pablo Garza, Nam Phan vs Cole Miller, and Manny Gamburyan vs Michihiro Omigawa have all been added to the UFC on FOX 4 event.
Bob Sapp fought in Australia yesterday, just six days after a 40 second loss to Mariusz Pudzianowski (4-2) at KSW at Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland. His loss to Pudzianowski was his sixth loss in a row and his 10th first round loss in his last 12 fights. His bout in Australia was for the Cage Fighting Championship organization and “The Beast” faced off against Soa Palelei (17 – 3).
Renan Barao (28 – 1) will face Urijah Faber’s for the Interim Bantamweight Championship at UFC 148. The announcement was made at the end of tonight’s Ultimate Fighter Live by UFC President Dana White. Renan Barao and Faber will battle for the Interim title as current UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominic Cruz has been sidelined with an ACL Injury.