Las Vegas – The score will be settled on June 4 when UFC® returns to Southern California for UFC® 199: ROCKHOLD vs. BISPING 2 at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. with two world titles on the line. Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold puts his 185-pound crown on the line for the first time against a familiar foe, No. 4 contender Michael Bisping in the main event; and a decade long rivalry will come to an end in a rubber match between championDominick Cruz and the only man to ever defeat him, No. 3 contender, Urijah Faber for the 135-pound championship.
(#1) HOLLY HOLM vs. (#9) VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO
(#2) ANTHONY JOHNSON vs. (#3) GLOVER TEIXEIRA
(#6) EDSON BARBOZA vs. GILBERT MELENDEZ
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Las Vegas – Elite strikers converges on the Windy City as UFC® returns to Chicago for UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: HOLM vs. SHEVCHENKO live on FOX from the United Center. In the main event, Holly Holm, who shocked the world in knocking out the seemingly invincible Ronda Rousey, takes on world class kickboxer and No. 9 women’s bantamweight Valentina Shevchenko. The co-main event will feature two of the most dangerous light heavyweights in the world as No. 2 Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and No. 3 Glover Teixeira collide in a bout that holds major title implications.
A former three-division world champion in boxing, Holm (10-1, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) is widely considered to be the best striker in her division. The former UFC champ has finished seven of her 10 professional fights by knockout, including the aforementioned second-round knockout of Rousey that earned her Performance of the Night honors. Shevchenko (12-2, fighting out of Lima, Peru) possesses lethal striking as well and is a 17-time World Muay Thai and K-1 champion. With the skillset to match Holm on the feet, the 28-year-old also has five submissions to her credit, giving Shevchenko the ability to finish the fight both on the feet or the ground.
In the co-main event, one of the most feared strikers in the entire sport, Johnson (21-5, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.) hopes to solidify his spot as next in line for a shot at the winner of the light heavyweight championship bout between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, taking place at UFC 200 on July 9. Since returning to the UFC in 2014, “Rumble” is 5-1 with four knockouts, three in the first round. With equally terrifying power in his hands, Teixeira (25-4, fighting out of Danbury, Conn.) is also likely one knockout away from a shot at the 205-pound title. The Brazilian is on a three-fight winning streak that includes two knockouts and a submission, and he’s also a jiu-jitsu black belt with six submission victories to accompany his 16 career knockouts.
In addition, No. 6 lightweight and one of the flashiest knockout artists in the game, Edson Barboza (17-4, fighting out of Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) welcomes former title challenger Gilbert Melendez (22-5, fighting out of San Francisco, Calif.) back to the Octagon. Brazil’s Barboza has recorded some of the most impressive knockouts in MMA history, including a spinning heel kick knockout of Terry Etim in 2012 that is widely considered the best of all-time. A champion in almost every promotion he’s fought in, Melendez is a black belt in jiu-jitsu under Cesar Gracie who also happens to have 11 knockouts to go with his slick ground game. The winner of this early “Fight of the Night” contender will take a huge step forward in the stacked lightweight title picture.
UFC® heads to Houston with a world title fight as light heavyweight CHAMPION Cormier takes on Gustafsson
The event was originally expected to be held at the Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil.However on May 15, the event was moved to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino inHollywood, Florida. This is the first time a Ultimate Fighter Brazil Finale will be held outside of Brazil.
The event was expected to be headlined by a welterweight bout between Rick Story and Erick Silva. However, due to the venue change, the bout was moved to the co-main event spot and the event will now be headlined by a middleweight bout between former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and Yoel Romero.
Also featured on the card will be the lightweight and bantamweight finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4.
MIDDLEWEIGHT STANDINGS AS OF JUNE 23, 2015
Champion : Chris Weidman
1 Luke Rockhold
2 Jacare Souza
3 Vitor Belfort
4 Lyoto Machida
5 Anderson Silva
6 Yoel Romero
7 Gegard Mousasi
8 Tim Kennedy
9 Thales Leites
10 Michael Bisping
11 CB Dollaway
12 Costas Philippou
13 Dan Henderson
14 Robert Whittaker
15 Roan Carneiro
The Fighting News presents
Ronda Rousey VS the number one contender Cat Zingano
UFC 184 SAT. FEB. 28, 2015
Los Angeles, California
The Fighting News presents Light Heavyweight title fight between Jon Bones Jones vs Daniel Cormier
Jan 3rd , 2015
The Fighting News presents the highly-anticipated rematch between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler and the lightweight title fight between Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez. Who do you think is going to win? UFC 181 on December 6 in Las Vegas.
The Fighting News Reports on UFC 178: Video Highlights , Full Fight Video UFC 178
WOW what a night of fights. Dominick Stole the show with a great first round smashing of Takeya Mizugaki. After a lay off of almost three years and lots of talking trash DC did not disappoint his fans.
Countdown to UFC 178: The Fighting News can’t wait for this fight night.
The fighting future of former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre may be in question, but one thing is for sure according to UFC President Dana White: if and when GSP returns to the Octagon, he can have whatever fight he wants.
“It would be tough to deny that GSP comes right back and doesn’t fight for the title, you know what I mean?” White told UFC.com in his weekly interview. “GSP can do whatever he wants. If he wants to come back and fight for the title, or if he wants a fight before that – he can do whatever he wants.”
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‘UFC Primetime: Rousey vs. Carmouche’
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva talks to Ariel Helwani (in English!) at the UFC 153 open workouts before his bout with Stephan Bonnar. He says he’s focused on a bout with Georges St. Pierre after this one.
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva stepped up for the UFC when the UFC 153 card fell apart due to injuries, and agreed to face off withStephan Bonnar at light heavyweight. He did an interview with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani at the open workouts today, and surprisingly, the entire thing was in English. He started off by saying that Dana White came to him and offered him a few fights, but he said that he’d fight anybody and Bonnar is the guy that got the bout. He tried to sell Bonnar as a tough opponent for a bit as well. When asked about not having to cut weight for the 205-pound bout, he plugged a few sponsors while answering the question:
“No, I’m fine, I’m good. This time I don’t cut weight, I’m good. I go for the Burger King, Coca Cola, ice cream. It’s good.”
He continued on about Bonnar, saying he’s very tough and he would go for the finish in the first round if he got the chance. The topic switched to what might be next for Silva after this bout, and he was asked specifically if a bout with Georges St. Pierre is what he wants:
Yeah. This is my focus.
Helwani led him with questions a bit after that, asking him if he might be done at middleweight and even drop the title. Silva said yes to some, then maybe, then I don’t know, but it might have been a language barrier issue. He followed that up by saying that he thinks he has 2-3 more fights at 185, but he doesn’t know if a fight with GSP would be in a different weight class or not.
Overall he doesn’t really say a whole lot in the interview, but it’s pretty cool to watch him do interviews in English and be so jovial about everything.
Jon Jones Vs. Vitor Belfort Official For September 22nd—
SHOW Las Vegas, Nevada – For the first time in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, a UFC® champion has refused to face an alternative challenger after an injury to his original opponent, forcing the organization to cancel an event.
After challenger Dan Henderson suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones refused an alternative opponent, forcing UFC president Dana White to cancel the entire UFC 151 card at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas next Saturday.
On a conference call today, White said Jones refused to fight two-time middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen, whom he proposed as a replacement for Henderson for the September 1 event.
“This is probably one of my all-time lows as being president of UFC,” White said. “Dan Henderson tried to train, he continued to work out and saw a doctor, but there was nothing we could do to save that fight.
“But Chael Sonnen stepped up accepted the fight with Jon Jones last night. As of 8pm last night, we thought we had a fight fans would love to see. Then at about 9pm the one thing I never thought would happen in a million years happened. Jon Jones said, “I won’t fight Chael Sonnen on eight days notice’. That has never happened in the history of the UFC, a guy who is a champion, and a guy who is supposed to be one of the best fighters in the world, pound-for-pound, refuses to fight.
“Chael is just coming up from 185pounds. He said that not only would he face Jones in eight days, he’d jump in a plane to Vegas and fight him that night if he was asked to. Jon Jones said ‘I’m not fighting Chael Sonnen with eight days’ notice. Jones’s trainer, Greg Jackson, told Jon that taking the fight with Chael would be the biggest mistake of his life. That’s what he told Jon Jones. Let me tell you, this guy (Greg Jackson) is a sport killer.
“When you are a champion, much less one of the guys who is supposed to be one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, you are supposed to step up. Jon Jones is a guy a lot of fans don’t like, and I don’t think this is going to make him any more popular. Lorenzo Fertitta (UFC chairman and CEO) and I are disgusted with Jon Jones and Greg Jackson.”
Ticket refunds are available at the point of purchase. Jones will now rematch with karate expert Lyoto Machida in the new main event of UFC 152 in Toronto, Canada. UPDATE: Later in the day, the UFC announced that Machida had opted not to take the fight. Instead, the UFC 152 headlining title fight will be between Jon Jones and Vitor Belfort.
White explained: “UFC 151 will be remembered as the event Jon Jones and Greg Jackson murdered.”
White said the fall-out for the UFC, its partners, fans and fighters was ‘huge’.
“It’s major, major deal,” said White. “We lose a lot of money, money that’s already been spent. We’re eight days out. We’ve spent tons of money on this fight. How long and how far it goes and how bad it hurts I don’t know because it’s the first time we’ve done it.
“One thing that you really have to think about are the fighters on the undercard. Sure, Jon Jones is rich what does he care if he cancels the fight? But 20 other fighters on the card added up to almost a half a million dollars in purse money that Jones and Greg Jackson’s decision stole from them. No champion or headliner in UFC history has ever done that. As difficult as Tito Ortiz could be… even Tito never bailed on a fight.”
“Many people, from fans to PPV distributors, TV networks, sponsors, and more importantly fighters who are working hard to support their families and build their careers are hurt badly by this selfish decision.”
Henderson said: “This is the first time that the champion wouldn’t step up and fight, and I was pretty shocked to hear that. It’s not like he’s injured. It’s unbelievable to me that he wouldn’t take that ‘the show must go on’ attitude. If there was any way I could have gone, and any way that I thought I could give myself a chance to compete, I would have done that.”
Sonnen said: “I was shocked that he refused to fight me. I had already gone to the gym to train. He had a chance look prove himself a champion, an ultimate fighter, and he didn’t take that chance.”
UFC 150: Benson Henderson beats Frankie Edgar to retain title in controversial split decision
1 hour 44 minutes ago
DENVER – Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar battled almost to a standstill Saturday in their lightweight title fight in the main event of UFC 150.
Henderson pulled out a split decision, winning 48-47 on two cards and losing 49-46 on the third to retain the title he won from Edgar at UFC 144 in Japan.
Edgar was elusive and difficult for Henderson to catch. Henderson, who had an 89-62 edge in strikes landed, was scoring well with kicks early in the fight. But as the bout wore on, Edgar was more in control.
Benson Henderson battered Frankie Edgar’s legs throughout the first two rounds. (Tracy Lee for Y! Sports)
The decision is sure to spark plenty of debate. It drew the ire of the crowd at the Pepsi Center on Saturday, and Edgar won 49-46 on the Yahoo! Sports card.
Henderson celebrated when the fight end, but admitted he wasn’t sure when it was announced that he’d kept his belt.
“Of course, you always have concern when it goes to the judges,” Henderson said.
His biggest concern was in the second after Edgar caught him in a choke. But Henderson has been the most difficult man to submit in the UFC and he kept that reputation intact, holding on before finding a way to get out of it.
Edgar wasn’t able to land the big shots that he had been in other fights, but he also didn’t take nearly as much damage as he had in others. He had a minor bloody nose and a nick around his right eye, but otherwise was clean.
“I thought I had it,” Edgar said, shrugging his shoulders.
In the end, it was probably Henderson’s volume of kicks that swayed the judges. Henderson will defend his belt against Nate Diaz next, according to UFC president Dana White.
Donald Cerrone and Melvin Guillard are friends and long-time training partners, but they sure didn’t fight like it. Just seconds into the fight, Guillard dropped Cerrone with a vicious counter left.
But about a minute later, Cerrone reversed things and scored one a brutal knockout of Guillard. Cerrone landed a kick to the head that wobbled Guillard and stopped him in his tracks. Cerrone then landed a crushing right hook to the chin that put Guillard down and out.
It was a devastating finish to a fight that was expected to be one of the year’s fiercest. Both are known for their high-energy style and finishing ability, and the fight lived up to the hype in just the 76 seconds it lasted.
Jake Shields’ return to middleweight was not exactly a big hit. Shields took Ed Herman down and would hold him on the ground for long periods as he worked for better position. The crowd hated it, though, and booed loudly throughout.
Jake Shields and Ed Herman’s middleweight fight left plenty to be desired. (Tracy Lee for Y! Sports)
And so, though Shields won a unanimous decision, he hardly helped himself. Even UFC president Dana White blasted the fight for its lack of action on his Twitter account, calling it terrible.
Shields, though, was in control most of the way and had little trouble neutralizing Herman’s offense.
Ex-middleweight title contender Yushin Okami snapped a two-fight losing streak, using his wrestling to control Buddy Roberts and pound out a second-round stoppage victory.
Okami took Roberts down late in the first and took his back. He nearly finished the bout then, pummeling Roberts with shots. Referee Herb Dean was close to jumping in, but the bell sounded to save Roberts.
But the second round picked up where the first left off. Roberts was taken down and Okami patiently maneuvered into position. He got into mount, but Roberts then rolled onto his stomach. At that point, Okami used the same tactic he did in the first. He landed 15-20 unanswered blows before it was stopped at 3:05.
“With this, I feel like I’m on the path back,” Okami said of snapping his losing streak. “I came to Denver early so that I would be in the best condition possible for this fight. I was able to use my ground and pound, which is my best weapon.”
In the pay-per-view opener, 20-year-old striker Max Holloway finished Justin Lawrence at 4:49 of the second round with a pair of perfectly placed body shots.
Benson Henderson celebrates his second win over Frankie Edgar. (Tracy Lee for Y! Sports)
Holloway was patient despite the fact he was having difficulty getting the distance correct early in the fight. But late in the second, he opened with a jab that backed Lawrence to the cage. He then ripped a pair of shots to the body that sent Lawrence slumping to the floor, covering up.
Holloway jumped on top of him and landed a series of shots before referee Josh Rosenthal stopped it.
“That was my best fight to date by far and I was able to go in there and get the finish,” Holloway said. “I don’t have too many finishes on my record, so that’s always a bonus. We’re both strong strikers and a lot of times when two strikers get in there, it can turn into a wrestling match. I’m glad Justin went in there and banged with me and I’m even happier that I came out on top. I saw the first knee and the body shot and he went down so I knew he didn’t want to fight anymore. I jumped in there and got the finish as quickly as I could.”
- Henderson outlasts Edgar for second time (espn.go.com)
- UFC 150 Fight Card: BR MMA Staff Predictions for the Entire PPV Card (bleacherreport.com)
- After The Crossfire – UFC 150: Henderson vs Edgar II (o.canada.com)
- UFC 150: Benson Henderson beats Frankie Edgar to retain title in controversial split decision (thefightingnews.wordpress.com)
- Experts’ predictions for UFC 150 (mma-boxing.si.com)
- Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone on fun ride to UFC 150 in Denver vs. Guillard (denverpost.com)
- UFC 150 Fight Card: Power Ranking Every Fight on the Main Card (bleacherreport.com)
- UFC 150: Henderson beats Edgar in title rematch (cbssports.com)
- UFC 150 Results: Henderson vs. Edgar (mmafighting.com)