Dana White Says Nate Marquardt is Out of UFC After Failing Physical

The UFC 4 on Versus card Sunday night took a major blow when Nate Marquardt failed his physical, taking him out of the main event. As if that wasn’t a bad enough break for Marquardt, Dana White released a video announcing that Marquardt had been dropped by the UFC.

“I’m sure you heard that Nate Marquardt is out,” White said in a video clip. “It’s true. He failed his medicals. Not only is he out of this fight, out of the main event on Versus, he will no longer be with the UFC.”

Charlie Brenneman will replace Marquardt and fight Rick Story. Additionally, the heavyweight fight between Pat Barry and Cheick Kongo has been promoted to the main event.

Nate’s team released a statement after he failed the physical, saying “Nate is really disappointed. He really was looking forward to making his welterweight debut, and he plans to be back in there as soon as possible.”

Marquardt was moving down in weight from middleweight to welterweight for the fight, so it’s possible the cut had something to do with his issues. Unfortunately getting kicked out of the UFC will make it tough to live his wish of shutting up Michael Bisping.

Neil Melanson Had His Toe Amputated Instead of Sitting Out a Year

Neil Melanson is the head jiu-jitsu trainer at Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas, specializing in catch wrestling, guard, leg locks and triangle chokes. He’s trained some of the best fighters in the world, including Randy Couture, Gray Maynard, and Vitor Belfort. As you could imagine, things get pretty physical during training.

Two summers ago Melanson had one of his toes snapped out of place during training. It’s the same toe that he broke during his first ever competition, so it had been problematic for quite some time. When the toe made it too painful for him to walk, he sought medical attention.

A doctor told Melanson they could try to put a screw in the crooked toe to straighten it out, but that would have meant a year out of the gym. Melanson wasn’t down with that, so he opted to have the toe chopped off instead. To him, it’s no real loss.

“It’s really not a big deal to me,” Melanson told Brett Okamoto. “It’s just a toe. I guess when you love the sport and you’re committed to it, you don’t let little things like toes get in the way.”

After learning this story, it’s no surprise to hear that Melanson is a former U.S. Military and Federal Air Marshal. He also is no stranger to being without all his parts — he lost sight in one of his eyes due to Behcets disease.

We’ve seen some pretty nasty injuries suffered during fights, including guys getting nasty golf ball eyes and fighters having their ears torn off. I guess sacrificing body parts is just part of the MMA culture.

Here’s another picture of the foot without the bandage, this one from Melanson’s website where he says he’s getting the stitches out soon (warning, it’s somewhat graphic):

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Fabricio Werdum Apologizes for Crap Performance Against Alistair Overeem

Fabricio Werdum put together one of the sorriest excuses for a fight Saturday night in the Strikeforce Grand Prix. His opponent Alistair Overeem, who won by unanimous decision, said Werdum should be ashamed of the way he fought. He’s right. At least Werdum recognized that and apologized for his poor showing.

“I’m still trying to figure out what happened to me that night,” Werdum told Sherdog.com. “It wasn’t me fighting. What I did was awful, ugly to see. I want to apologize to Brazilian fans and MMA fans.”

“I felt he was much, much stronger than me,” Werdum said of Overeem. “I tried to take him down many times, with double-legs, single-legs… but it was like hitting a wall. He was impressively strong.”

Alright, so at least he apologized and hopefully he won’t pull that crap again. I don’t mind his strategy of trying to take the fight to the mat to work his jiu-jitsu, but laying on the mat the way he did and refusing to engage was pathetic. Still, you can’t help but feel somewhat badly for the guy after hearing his description of Overeem’s strength.

When the two fought for the first time in 2006, Overeem wasn’t the superhuman beast he is now. He’s put on around 40 pounds of muscle since then, raising suspicion from other fighters. His build looks unnatural to say the least. I just can’t understand why Werdum says he wants a rematch; he’d have no chance.

James Toney and Ken Shamrock Will Have MMA Fight in September

There are some fights that are made that really get you pumped up. For me, Fedor-Henderson, Overeem-Silva, and Mayweather-Ortiz all spark interest. Then there are some fights that are strict pay days which we cover because it’s part of our job. And of course you inevitably have fights that never should be going on. Jose Canseco has had quite a few of those. Roy Jones Jr. has sadly joined the same category. And now, disappointingly, we can add one more.

Boxer James Toney and legendary UFC fighter Ken Shamrock will square off on September 23rd in El Paso, Texas according to BJPenn.com. Toney is a 42-year-old boxer who got destroyed by Randy Couture in his lone MMA fight. Toney looked so bad even Mike Tyson was laughing at him. The good news for Lights Out is he’s facing Shamrock who has gone 2-7 since 2005. The 47-year-old isn’t in top condition, but that doesn’t matter — Couture was the same age when he pummeled Toney.

Toney stands little chance to beat an MMA fighter in a mixed martial arts fight. If it were a boxing match, I’d install him as a 1:10 favorite. In the cage? The odds are the reverse. I would ask why he’s doing it to himself, but we all already know the answer — it’s to make money and remain relevant. LBS has a really interesting story on Toney we’ll be sharing later, so make sure you follow me on twitter @LBSports so you don’t miss it.

Lastly, any surprise Texas may be the venue? Keep in mind both fighters have been busted for PED-usage in the past and Texas’ athletic commission is lax when it comes to testing. Why do you think so many fights have been staged there recently?

Rener Gracie Pranks His Students Using Bubba Gracie Dummy (Video)

Rener Gracie and Brian Ortega decided to pull a prank at the Gracie Academy by dressing Ortega up as a Bubba Gracie dummy. Check out the video courtesy of Bloody Elbow:

Pretty funny, but I’d only give it a three on a scale of 1-10. We’ve shared many more baseball pranks and basketball pranks that have blown that one away, but that’s not a bad first effort by Rener.

Alistair Overeem: Fabricio Werdum Did Not Hit Hard, Should be Ashamed

Alistar Overeem beat Fabricio Werdum in Dallas Saturday evening as part of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. The fight was a major disappointment because of Werdum’s strategy. Werdum tried to take the fight to the ground and tried to do it anyway possible — by going for takedowns, by flopping, or just by laying on the ground and begging Overeem to join him. Because of that, the fight was extremely boring and it resulted in a unanimous win for Overeem.

Overeem expressed his disappointment with Werdum’s performance, telling Fighter’s Only Magazine “It takes two to tango. I’m disappointed but I think Fabricio should be ashamed of his performance. Looking back on the fight, I don’t believe he came to fight and he was stalling a lot.”

“I’m just a little but frustrated he didn’t try do more in his stand up,” The Reem continued. “Because then it would have been a far more interesting fight and probably a knockout.”

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Video: Sam Stout Knockout Punch on Yves Edwards at UFC 131

This my friends, is how to throw a left hook. Towards the end of the first round in the fight between Sam Stout and Yves Edwards Saturday night, Stout delivered this clean knockout punch that was good enough to earn him the knockout of the night bonus. Check out the video:

Glove touch to ESPN Radio 1100 for the video