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Quick Hits: Koscheck To Return at UFC 98, Duffee vs. Al-Turk Added to UFC 99, and More

Josh Koscheck

Josh Koscheck

  • Welterweight Nick Thompson has signed with Strikeforce.
  • After undergoing a knee surgery following his UFC 92 loss to CB Dollaway, UFC middleweight Mike Massenzio will soon undergo neck surgery to repair several bulging discs that are causing stingers. He’ll be sidelined for six months to recover from the surgeries.
  • A heavyweight boxing match featuring Tim Sylvia and Ray Mercer will headline Adrenaline MMA’s third event, which will take place on May 30th in Atlantic City.
  • Sengoku Seventh Battle will air live on HDNet while DREAM 7 will be broadcast on the network on tape delay.
  • Following his UFC 95 unanimous decision win over Troy Mandaloniz (which earned “Rude Boy” his release from the promotion), Paul Kelly will drop to the 155-pound lightweight division.
  • Rory Markham fought (and ultimately lost) to Dan Hardy in the UFC 95 co-main event with a collapsed lung.
  • Tickets for UFC Fight Night 18, which takes place on April 1st at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee and is headlined by Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann, start at just $20 with floor seats maxing out at a mere $200.
  • Following his loss to newcomer Paulo Thiago at UFC 95, Josh Koscheck will return to action at UFC 98 in May.
  • Bellator Fighting Championship this week announced the signings of lightweight Daniel Morales, welterweights Omar De La Cruz and Jorge Ortiz, and featherweights Estevan Payan and Luis Palomino. The promotion also announced that its April 3rd event will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and will feature the first round of featherweight, lightweight, and middleweight tournaments.
  • Georges St-Pierre’s camp filed an official response to the NSAC this week concerning allegations of intentional greasing during his UFC 94 win over BJ Penn.
  • UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon will be sidelined a minimum of twelve months to recover from a knee surgery he’ll undergo next week.
  • UFC veteran Din Thomas has signed a three-fight contract with Affliction.
  • Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Ross Ebanez has been added to DREAM 7 on March 7th.
  • Todd Duffee vs. Mustapha Al-Turk has been added to rumored lineup for UFC 99.


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