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Takanori Gomi fans should not be entirely upset about the news that his originally scheduled opponent, Joe "Daddy" Stevenson, sustained a knee injury in training and will be replaced by Tyson Griffin.  Like Stevenson, Griffin has the type of adept wrestling game to give Gomi fits, but he's been content to stand and bang lately, and isn't the physical hulk that Stevenson is.

Griffin should be game to joust with Gomi on the feet, and his more even keeled style and improving kickboxing repertoire should provide fireworks when they collide on the second run of "UFC on Versus" on August 1st.  Confirmation on the match-up shuffle came from Wrestling Observer via MMAFrenzy.

MMAWeekly brings us the news that UK scrapper Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy will re-engage in the welterweight race versus Carlos Condit at UFC 120 in another brilliant Joe Silva serving.  High on a poignant Greg Jackson cry for all out warfare, Condit turned the tide on Rory Macdonald in the final frame by finally gracing the octagon with the true prowess of his Muay Thai wrecking power, uncorking a violent combination that vanquished the talented youngster.

Hardy had the worst seat in the house for his title shot at UFC 111, which was directly underneath GSP's black hole of unstoppable wrestling.  Condit has a silky Jiu Jitsu game, but he usually only ends up there by his opponent's choice after they've had enough standing, a course of action Dan Hardy most likely considers extraterrestrial.  Go ahead and get the "Fight of the Night" checks printed in advance for this mutual massacre.

Though not official, MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani reports that Jake O'Brien is expected to clash with former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi across the pond at DREAM 15 on July 10th.  Considering that:  O'Brien is a former UFC heavyweight, strong as an ox, massive for 205, more known for effectively employing his D1 collegiate wrestling skills than finishing fights, a relatively unknown yet dangerous opponent; and that Mousasi was helplessly pinned and pelted by King Mo for twenty-five minutes in the last outing where he lost his title--the choice of opposition is beyond baffling, which makes it par for the course in Japan.

 

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