UFC News: Thomas, Speer and Hironaka Cut

Reported in the print edition of the Wrestling Observer, MMA veteran Din Thomas (22-8), TUF 7 Finalist Tommy Speer (9-3) and Shooto veteran Kuniyoshi Hironaka (11-5) have been cut by the UFC.

This latest trimming is part of a overall plan to cut 25% of the current UFC fighter roster. UFC officials have stated that the cuts are to insure that fighters are able to schedule fights and avoid long layoffs.

UFC 83: Half The Available Tickets Sold To UFC Fight Club Members

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In a press confrence to announce UFC 83, Dana White announced that 13k+ of the avalible 21.5k tickets have alrady been sold to UFC Fight Club Menbers. Tickets go on sale Thurday to the general public, so if you plan on going, you better act fast.

[White] “IMore than 13,000 tickets were sold for UFC 83 in the first 24 hours of the UFC® Fight Club“„¢ presale,”

“I don’t think anyone realizes how many Canadian fans are here,……….I don’t care where we go, there’s always a ton of Canadian fans there, so we’ll keep bringing events [to Canada].“

UFC 83 Confirmed Fights

Matt Serra vs. Georges St. Pierre
Travis Lutter Vs. Rich Franklin
Marc Bocek vs. Mac Danzig
Nate Quarry Vs. Kalib Starnes
Charles McCarthy Vs. Michael Bisping
Jonathan Goulet vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Joe Doerksen vs. Jason MacDonald
Rich Clementi vs. Sam Stout
Ed ‘Short Fuse’ Herman vs. Demian Maia
Patrick Cote vs. TBA