UFC 155: Phil De Fries replaces Rob Broughton and faces Matt Mitrione in December

A new bout has been made for UFC 155 as Phil De Fries (9-1) steps in to replace an injured Rob Broughton (15-7-1) against Matt Mitrione (5-1). The event is expected to take place in Las Vegas on Dec. 29, but a venue has not yet been confirmed.

Shamar Bailey replaces Bryan Travers, will fight Justin “The Silverback” Wilcox at Strikeforce Challengers March 26 in Fresno

NEW YORK (Feb. 19, 2010) – A winner of four in a row, Shamar Bailey (10-1), of Chicago, will face Justin “The Silverback’’ Wilcox (8-3), of San Jose, Calif., on a stacked STRIKEFORCE Challengers mixed martial arts (MMA) fight card at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., on Friday, March 26. Bailey is a replacement … Read more

Mike Ciesnolevicz steps in for Justin McCully at UFC 95

It has been reported that IFL veteran Mike Ciesnolevicz, as a replacement for Justin McCully, will step in against Neil Grove for UFC 95 in London. An undisclosed injury has forced McCully off the card. Although Ciesnolevicz normally competes at light heavyweight, this fight will remain in the heavyweight division. The bout will be both fighters’ UFC debut.

The Miletich Fighting System’s product carried an undefeated record into the IFL in June of 2006. During his time in the promotion he went 5-3 with one ‘no contest’. Since the IFL closed their doors Ciesnolevicz has gone 3-0 bringing his career record to 16-3 (1 NC). Most recently he submitted Derek Mehman via guillotine choke at Adrenaline MMA’s second card.

See proof of Mike Ciesnolevicz’s hard head after the jump…

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Melvin Manhoef replaces Jerome Le Banner at K-1 Dynamite!!

Dream’s official website is reporting that K-1 veteran, Jerome Le Banner is pulling out of his scheduled match up with Mark Hunt due to the flu. Stepping into the MMA rules fight will be middleweight, Melvin Manhoef.

Manhoef last donned his MMA gloves as a participant in Dream’s Middleweight Grand Prix back in September. After violently dispatching Pride veteran and Japanese fan favorite, Kazushi Sakuraba, he was defeated via triangle choke by the eventual champion, Gegard Mousasi.

After his defeat, rumors circulated that the Dutch muay thai fighter had retired. German website groundandpound.de reported that Manhoef was retiring to spend more time with his family. This will be his first fight since the announcement. The former Cage Rage light heavyweight champion, who normally competes at middleweight, will be at a tremendous size disadvantage when he takes on Hunt.

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