Here’s a bullet point look at some MMA stories that are currently making the rounds:
* Fedor’s manager Vadim Finkelstein has quashed rumors in an article on Sherdog.com that his client has signed a contract. There were separate rumors that Fedor had signed with EliteXC and another claiming he had signed a five fight deal with K-1.
* Various outlets are reporting that Marvin Eastman has claimed he’ll be fighting Demian Maia in a clash of middleweights at UFC 77.
* UFCjunkie.com was the first to report yesterday that Eric Schafer will be fighting Stephan Bonnar at UFC 77.
* The Fight Network is reporting that Niko Vitale will be facing Riki Fukuda in a bout between middleweights during the Sept. 15 EliteXC show in Hawaii. The main event will be Murilo “Ninja” Rua vs. Robbie Lawler for the EliteXC middleweight title with other matches including Jake Shields vs. Renato “Charuto” Verrisimo and Nick Diaz vs. Mike Aina. Gina Carano is also slated for the card. It had been thought that she would fight Shayna Baszler following Baszler’s win over Jan Finney on the ShoXC undercard last month but that doesn’t appear to be the case at the moment.
* Charuto was the featured fighter on TapouT last night. It was another good show as they showed you a little bit of the MMA scene in Hawaii and took you inside B.J. Penn’s camp. I recommend you check out the replay!
* The next ShoXC will take place from Vicksburg, Miss. on Saturday, August 25. FiveOuncesOfPain.com was the first site to report that the main event will be Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett vs. Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuela. Combat in the Cage and Extreme Challenge (Northeast) promoter Ed Hsu announced on the Underground forum at MMA.TV that “War Machine” Jon Murphy will be taking on Tony Bonello on the undercard. This will be a good heavyweight clash. Murphy is a beast and Bonello is undefeated. I believe Murphy is looking for sponsors and you can contact Ed Hsu at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
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