Tecia Torres replaces injured Justine Kish, re-enters The Ultimate Fighter 20 tournament
An injury to Justine Kish has resulted in the re-entry of one the season's early favorites, Tecia Torres, into The Ultimate Fighter 20's bracket.
Kish (4-0), the No. 9 seed of Team Pettis who has battled lingering knee issues throughout the course of the show, was discovered to have a torn ACL by doctors on Wednesday's episode. An undefeated 26-year-old who owns a win over fellow TUF 20 castmate Randa Markos and was scheduled to fight No. 8 seed Bec Rawlings, Kish's injury ultimately forced her to drop out of the competition to undergo reconstructive surgery.
"I'm not going to be able to continue this tournament, and that's just what I worked really, really hard for," said a tearful Kish. "I'm really disappointed I don't get to compete for the title. If I'm going to go out, I'd much prefer losing, at least competing, and not having to walk out like this."
Rather than allowing Rawlings a bye into a second-round match-up against No. 1 seed Carla Esparza, UFC President Dana White instead elected to bring back No. 3 seed Torres, Team Melendez's number-one pick and the highest-ranked fighter to lose thus far on the season.
Torres (4-0), a 25-year-old Invicta FC veteran with wins over Paige VanZant, Rose Namajunas, and Felice Herrig, was considered to be one of the early favorites to win the entire show before being upset via unanimous decision by unheralded Team Pettis No. 14 seed, Randa Markos, in the very first episode.
Due to her re-entry into the contest, Torres was forced to switch over to Team Pettis and will now be slated to fight Rawlings (5-3), with a potential match-up against new teammate, Esparza, looming in the second round.
"I didn't know exactly what Dana had in mind," said Torres. "But for him to allow me a second opportunity, I want to make sure when I get in the ring again with Bec, that I'm coming in there with a vengeance."
The Ultimate Fighter 20 airs Wednesday nights on FOX Sports 1. The winner of the season will be declared the inaugural UFC strawweight champion at The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale on Dec. 12 at Las Vegas' Palms Casino Resort.
Urijah Faber media scrum in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO -- UFC bantamweight Urijah Faber discusses the upcoming challenges for his teammates Chad Mendes and Andre Fili at UFC 179, against Jose Aldo and Felipe Arantes, his next UFC bout against Francisco Rivera, if he would ever fight fellow Team Alpha Male member T.J. Dillashaw, his thoughts on another bout with Dominick Cruz and much more.
Anthony Johnson's manager optimistic about his situation with UFC
Glenn Robinson, the manager of suspended light heavyweight Anthony "Rumble" Johnson, remains optimistic regarding a return to the organization.
After his wins over Phil Davis and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in his UFC return this year, Anthony "Rumble" Johnson went from UFC washout to one of the scariest fighters in the organization.
He may have been only one win away from a UFC light heavyweight title fight when he was suspended last month after it was revealed domestic abuse allegations were filed against him. The timing couldn't have been worse, when the leading sports story was about the NFL's Ray Rice knocking out his fiance in an elevator.
Johnson's manager, Glenn Robinson, said in a report on UFC Tonight that Johnson (18-4), has a hearing at the end of the month and he's "optimisitc" about it. Ariel Helwani reported that the UFC did not respond to questions updating Johnson's status.
Johnson is on indefinite suspension pending results of a third party investigation ordered by UFC to look at the veracity of of different claims against Johnson.
The company has announced a zero tolerance policy on domestic abuse cases
Johnson is currently ranked as the No. 5 contender in the light heavyweight division after a 44-second knockout over Nogueira on July 26 in San Jose.
Dana White said that at the time the company suspended him, they had just completed talks for a Johnson vs. Alexander Gustafsson fight. Such a fight would have likely led to the winner getting a title shot against the winner of the Jan. 3 Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier title fight.
Joe Lauzon out of bout with Diego Sanchez at UFC 180
Directly on the heels of the news UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is out of his UFC 180 main event bout opposite Fabricio Werdum, UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon is no longer set to face Diego Sanchez on the very same card. MMA Junkie was the first to report the news, which was later confirmed by UFC Tonight on Fox Sports 1.
According to reports, the reasons for Lauzon's removal from the bout are unclear. No replacement has been named for Sanchez yet. It's also not clear if Sanchez will still be retained as part of the main or fight card.
Lauzon was a replacement for Sanchez's first announced opponent, Northern Ireland's Norman Parke. Parke withdrew from the bout in early October after suffering a knee injury.
Lauzon, 24-9, was set to enter the bout after defeating Michael Chiesa via second-round TKO at UFC Fight Night 50 in September. Sanchez is coming off of a controversial split decision win over Ross Pearson from UFC Fight Night 42 in June.
UFC 180 takes place at the Arena Cuidad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexcio on November 15. The main card airs on pay-per-view.
Georges St-Pierre says Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta didn't try to convince him to return
Georges St-Pierre, who is back training at Tristar Gym in Montreal, said that Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White did not try and convince him to return to the Octagon in their meeting on Oct. 14.
St-Pierre told Ariel Helwani, who reported the news on Wednesday's UFC Tonight, the lunch meeting at the high-end restaurant Toque in downtown Montreal went well.
"Great, a lot of fun," he said. "We laugh a lot."
St-Pierre (25-2), who vacated the UFC welterweight title shortly after a controversial decision win over Johny Hendricks on November 16, 2013, is back after reconstructive knee surgery from a torn ACL earlier this year. He's made no commitments regarding fighting again, making it clear he has never stated he was retiring, nor stated that he will come back.
St-Pierre was the company's biggest pay-per-view drawing card at the time he announced he was taking a break from the sport. The knee injury, suffered a few months later, delayed even the consideration of a return.
The 33-year-old St-Pierre was not superman in the gym from day one.
"Humiliating, but better than before, when I came back for Condit," St-Pierre described his first few days back.
St-Pierre suffered a torn ACL in early 2012 while preparing for a fight with Nick Diaz. He returned on November 17, 2012, to beat Condit via decision.