by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
one of the best training camps in the world, American Top Team continues to
churn out top fighters on what seems like a daily basis. In the latest
installment of the American Top Team camp report, we catch up with the latest
fighters and match-ups from the Florida based team.
Calvancante And The Dream Grand Prix
dropping a unanimous decision to famed grappler Shinya Aoki at the recent Dream
event, rumors began circulating immediately that Aoki could possibly have to
withdraw from further fights in the tournament due to injuries sustained in his
fight with Calvancante.
began to circle that Calvancante turned down the opportunity because of
financial issues dealing with Dream. MMAWeekly.com has confirmed with American
Top Team representatives that Calvancante was unable to continue in the
tournament due to a nagging knee injury that would not have healed in time for his
next round opponent.
point, Calvancante is simply resting his injuries. While he wished he could have
stepped up and taken the fight, he could not because of health reasons.
Thomas Released From UFC; WEC Bound?
was recently released from his Ultimate Fighting Championship contract, as
confirmed by representatives at American Top Team. He most recently lost by
unanimous decision to Josh Neer at UFC Fight Night 13. Soon after the verdict
was in, Thomas learned that he would be released from his contract.
comes on the heels of Thomas stating his intent on dropping to 145 pounds, a
weight class the UFC currently does not utilize.
is no contract currently in place, Thomas is expected to end up fighting for
Zuffa’s other promotion, World Extreme Cagefighting, competing in their ever-growing
July 5 Event
Could Be Called UFC: ATT
American Top Team fighters are seemingly a part of every sizable event out
there, the July 5 UFC event featuring a headline bout between Quinton “Rampage”
Jackson and Forrest Griffin, will also have a number of ATT fighters on the
lightweight action, Gleison Tibau returns to action against former top
contender Joe Stevenson, Marcus Aurelio takes on Tyson Griffin, and Cole Miller
puts himself to the test against Jorge Gurgel.
Also on the
show will be Ben Saunders taking on former “Ultimate Fighter” housemate Jared
Rollins, while Steve Bruno takes a shot at Chris Wilson.
News & Notes from American Top Team:
featherweight Alexandre Franca Nogueira will be making the trip to American Top
Team in preparation for his upcoming fight against Jose Aldo.
featuring American Top Team fighters:
May 16 – Danillo Villefort vs. Mike Massenzio
World Victory Road: Sengoku II, May 18 – Jeff Monson vs. Josh Barnett;
Jorge Santiago vs. Yuki Sasaki
84: May 24 – Wilson Gouveia vs. Goran Reljic; Thiago Silva vs. Antonio
WEC: June 1 – Mike Brown vs. Jeff Curran; Antonio Franca Nogueira vs.
85: June 7 – Roan Carneiro vs. Ryo Chonan; Thiago Alves vs. Matt Hughes
Elite XC: June 14 – Yves Edwards vs. K.J. Noons
Fighter 7 Finale: June 21 – Luigi Fioravanti vs. Diego Sanchez