- Jeff Monson plead guilty to charges related to spray-painting graffiti on the Washington state Capitol on Tuesday, and was forced to surrender his passport as part of a plea deal, which may force his to withdraw from several upcoming bouts abroad. [The Olympian]
- Bantamweights Damacio Page and Akitoshi Tamura will meet in the cage at WEC 43 on September 2nd in Youngstown, Ohio. [Fanhouse]
- Coty Wheeler and Charlie Valencia will also face off in a bantamweight bout at WEC 43. [MMAJunkie]
- Richard Crunkilton vs. Dave Jansen is also set for the Versus-televised WEC 43 event. [NWI.com]
- As previously rumored, Jay Hieron will replace Joe Riggs and take on Nick Diaz for the Strikeforce welterweight title at the promotion’s August 15 event. The former Affliction fighter Hieron also had a contract offer from the UFC but was forced to turn in down in part due to his commitment to EA Sport’s MMA video game. [Fanhouse]
- UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman says light heavyweight prospect Jon Jones could be his next opponent. [U Weekly]
- Gegard Mousasi has signed a three-fight deal with Strikeforce, with hopes of also competing on the Showtime boxing series [The Fight Network]
- Tim Kennedy has quit the Army to focus on his MMA career full-time. [Army Times]
- Starting with WEC 42 on August 9 featuring Miguel Torres vs. Brian Bowles, the WEC will broadcast its events for fans outside of North America to purchase online for $9.99.
- A recent shoulder surgery will sideline UFC welterweight Brad Blackburn until 2010. [MMA Weekly]
- DREAM 12 will take place on October 25 in Osaka, Japan.
- UFC veterans Jason MacDonald and Travis Lutter will square off at MFC 22 in October.
- Jorge Gurgel vs. Billy Evangelista will headline an October 25 Strikeforce Challengers event.
- The WEC has signed lightweight EliteXC veteran Muhsin Corbbrey to a mutil-fight deal, with his debut to-be-determined. [MMAjunkie]
- Current UFC fighter Houston Alexander and veterans Jeremy Horn and Tim Sylvia are scheduled to fight at Adrenaline IV on September 18 in Omaha, Nebraska. Alexander, who fights out of Omaha, remains under contract with the UFC, but has not fought in nearly a year and is a loser of three-straight bout, with the UFC making an exception by allowing him a tune-up fight outside of the organization. [NWI.com]
Pictured: Jeff Monson
[Kris Karkoski contributed to this post]