Jake Shields Released From The UFC

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News broke earlier today that welterweight fighter Jake Shields has been released from his contract with the UFC. This comes off his loss to Hector Lombard at UFC 171.

Shields’ management released the following statement to mmafighting’s Ariel Helwani:

“Jake Shields has been released by the UFC. Jake appreciates the opportunities provided by the UFC and thanks Dana White and Lorenzo Fertita. Jake is an elite athlete who is one of the best welterweight fighters in the world with a long history of winning at a championship level.

“Jake and our team are already exploring options. I’m confident that Jake will have a new promotion to call home very soon. Jake thanks his fans for their support and looks forward to competing for them again soon.”

GSP Tore His ACL While Training

Screen shot 2014-03-27 at 10.04.06 PMIn what seems like deja-vu, Georges St-Pierre broke the news that he tore his ACL in his left knee during training. GSP stated the news over his facebook account and will no doubt be facing a lengthy recovery time, again. At least the UFC doesn’t have to shuffle any fights as a result this time around.

 

Chris Weidman Injured

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News broke today that middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, suffered a knee injury during training. Weidman was scheduled to defend his title against Lyoto Machida this coming May at UFC 173.

Weidman’s knee will need minor surgery, and as a result of his recovery time, will now face Machida this coming July. As of right now, a new main event for UFC 173 has not been set.

Melvin Guillard Released From UFC

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Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard has been released by the UFC following a nine year stint with the organization.

Ariel Helwani reported earlier today that according to Guillard’s manager, Malki Kawa, that the fighter is handling his new situation well, and they are actively searching for a new banner to fight under.

Guillard currently holds a fight record of 31-13-2, 2 NC.

Carlos Condit Has Torn ACL

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(Don’t look so impressed Miss Palmer)

It was confirmed recently that Carlos Condit had indeed done some substantial damage to his knee during his last fight with Tryon Woodley. On FOX’s UFC Tonight, Ariel Helwani stated that Condit has torn his ACL according to Condit’s trainer, Greg Jackson.

No timetable for a return to fighting has been set as of yet.