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Rashad Evans & Ryan Bader Want To Fight At UFC 192

Top-10 ranked light heavyweights Rashad Evans and Ryan Bader are ready to face off at UFC 192 in Houston on October 3, they’re just waiting on the UFC’s blessing to […]

Top-10 ranked light heavyweights Rashad Evans and Ryan Bader are ready to face off at UFC 192 in Houston on October 3, they’re just waiting on the UFC’s blessing to make the fight official.

Evans has been looking at an October return after recovering from knee surgery that kept him on the sidelines all of 2014, he’s told sources UFC 192 would be perfect for him. Baders manager has said Bader will gladly take a spot on the UFC 192 card.

While Bader was looking for to get a chance at the UFC light heavyweight title, the promotion decided to give the fight to Alexander Gustafsson instead.

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Fights Announced For UFC Return to Japan

The UFC® is headed back to Japan with another stacked card headlined by heavyweight’s Josh Barnett and Roy Nelson. This clash will take place at the Saitama Super Arena on […]

The UFC® is headed back to Japan with another stacked card headlined by heavyweight’s Josh Barnett and Roy Nelson. This clash will take place at the Saitama Super Arena on the 27th of September, the organization’s fourth visit to Japan.

Former UFC® heavyweight champion Josh “The Warmaster” Barnett (33-7, fighting out of Fullerton, Calif., USA) equally packs a punch with 10 wins by knockout and 18 submissions in his MMA career. With 13 fights in his career having taken place in Japan, including a legendary PRIDE clash with Mirko Cro Cop in 2006, Barnett will feel right at home in Saitama Super Arena. Barnett has thrilled loyal fans over the years with wins over UFC heavyweight champions Frank Mir, Rodrigo ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira and Randy Couture and looks to add Nelson to his impressive resume. Not to be outdone, former Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights champion, Roy “Big Country Nelson (21-11, fighting out of Las Vegas, NV, USA.) will be looking to make one more run at UFC® glory after a career made famous by an iron chin and hands of stone. All seven of Nelson’s wins in the UFC have been by KO or TKO, with signature victories over Minotauro Noguiera, Matt Mitrione, Mirko Cro Crop and Stefan Struve.

In contrast to the immense knockout power of the heavyweights, No. 7 ranked middleweight Gegard Mousasi (37-5-2, fighting out of Leiden, The Netherlands) brings technical excellence to the card with precision striking honed through his kickboxing background. After recently defeating former pro boxer Costa Philippou in Manila, Mousasi is again showing what made him a champion in Strikeforce® as he makes his way back to the top. Standing in his way is fifteenth-ranked Brazilian Roan “Jucao” Carneiro (20-9, fighting out of Atlanta, Georgia, USA), a former Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion who knows a win over a name like Mousasi will announce that no one in the 185lb. weight class is out of reach.

Fans can expect an action packed international card featuring UFC fighters from around the world, who will all be looking to make their mark in Japan.

Other confirmed bouts for UFC FIGHT NIGHT® JAPAN: NELSON vs. BARNETT include:

Rising Japanese UFC star, Kyoji Horiguchi (15-1, fighting out of Tokyo, Japan), the eighth-ranked flyweight recently fought UFC champion, Demetrious Johnson in Montreal, Canada. Horiguchi will be looking to triumph once again in the Saitama Super Arena. Horiguchi’s opponent will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

A welterweight bout between China’s “The Leech” Li Jingliang (10-3, fighting out of Beijing, China) taking on Japan’s own, “Strasser” Kiichi Kunimoto (18-6-2, fighting out of Osaka, Japan) who has won three out of his last four fights.

Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (18-6, fighting out of Tokyo, Japan), once compared to Bruce Lee has an incredible 13 wins by knockouts, he will be looking to continue this form against Matt Hobar “The Crowbar” (9-3, fighting out of Dallas, TX, USA), who has been wrestling from the age of four.

UFC Fight Night Japan®: Nelson vs. Barnett will also include the finale of the UFC’s newest TV format, Road to UFC®: Japan. The program will follow 8 fighters from Japan, all dreaming of becoming a UFC fighter. Throughout the series, we will see these athletes train at home and in the USA at the world famous TUF gym in Las Vegas. They will be split into two teams, one lead by UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson and the other Josh Barnett who are the main event of UFC Fight Night Japan. The athletes will bring their honed skills, strength and pure will, as they battle it out inside the Octagon®. The last two fighters who emerge will go on to fight at UFC Fight Night Japan®: Nelson vs. Barnett in front of thousands of fans inside the Saitama Super Arena and millions of fans watching from around the world. The winner of this momentous fight will receive the much coveted UFC contract and will join the fittest athletes on the planet. This exciting new format will be aired on TV Tokyo and BS Japan.

Road to UFC: Japan:

TV Tokyo
Tuesday’s from 7th July, 1am Japan Time

BS Japan
Sunday’s from 12th July, 12am Japan Time

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT® JAPAN: NELSON VS. BARNETT go on sale Thursday, Jul 2 at 12 p.m. Japan time and are priced at JPY100,000 (VIP), JPY24,000 (RS), JPY 9,800 (S), JPY4,800 (A), plus applicable service charges. Tickets are available via Lawson, Ticket Pier, Kyodo Tokyo, e-plus, Boardwalk and Tokyo Weekender. UFC Fight Night Japan will be broadcast on WOWOW.

For more information or current fight news, visit ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

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Jose Aldo On The Path To Medical Clearance For UFC 189

Last week the main event for UFC 189 was in question after Jose Aldo obtained an injury while training. This week Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Bob Bennett has […]

Last week the main event for UFC 189 was in question after Jose Aldo obtained an injury while training. This week Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Bob Bennett has spoken and and said he believes it is “highly unlikely” that Aldo will not be medically cleared. Heres what he had to say:

“Right now, according to Dr. Trainor’s communications with Dr. Davidson, it appears Aldo had a rib contusion and a cartilage injury, Dr. Trainor is currently awaiting to see the medical documents and at this point in time, we think it is highly unlikely Aldo will have any trouble competing. Dr. Trainor has told me this type of injury (rib contusion) is fairly common and usually improves within a few days. We already have Dr. Trainor in communication with the UFC and we are making sure Aldo’s injury is not going to prevent him from fighting, We’re already working on it now.”

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Paige VanZant vs. Alex Chambers At UFC 191

A women’s strawweight face off pinning Team Alpha Male fighter, Paige VanZant against TUF 20 cast member, Alex Chambers was revealed today for the UFC 191 PPV event set to […]

A women’s strawweight face off pinning Team Alpha Male fighter, Paige VanZant against TUF 20 cast member, Alex Chambers was revealed today for the UFC 191 PPV event set to take place on September 5th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The UFC announced the news overnight. At this time it is thought verbal agreements are in place on both sides.

VanZant scored a third-round TKO of Kailin Curran in her promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 57 in November. “12 Gauge” followed the “Fight of the Night” performance against Curran with a dominant victory over veteran Felice Herrig at UFC on FOX 15 in April. Chambers convincingly lost the first two rounds of the fight before she rallied to secure a submission with less than two minutes left in the bout.

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Holbrook In for Injured Koch vs. Nijem

Unbeaten as a professional, Indiana’s Andrew Holbrook will make his UFC debut close to home, as he faces Ramsey Nijem in a lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night in Chicago […]

Unbeaten as a professional, Indiana’s Andrew Holbrook will make his UFC debut close to home, as he faces Ramsey Nijem in a lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night in Chicago on July 25.

Holbrook replaces the injured Erik Koch on the FOX-televised card, which is headlined by the long-awaited rematch between UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and former titleholder Renan Barao.

A pro since 2012, Holbrook has finished all ten of his pro fights, nine in the first round and seven by way of submission. He will get a stern test in the form of former Ultimate Fighter finalist Nijem, who has won two of his last three in the Octagon.

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Lyoto Machida Suspended Indefinitely After UFC Fight Night 70

The California State Athletic Commission released their full list of medical suspensions today after UFC Fight Night 70: Machida vs. Romero event in Hollywood, California this weekend, leaving two fighters […]

The California State Athletic Commission released their full list of medical suspensions today after UFC Fight Night 70: Machida vs. Romero event in Hollywood, California this weekend, leaving two fighters on the shelf indefinitely.

Former light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida and featherweight live wire, Hacran Dias are left not knowing when they’ll be back.

The full list of suspensions included:

Lyoto Machida: Suspended indefinitely until receiving medical clearance for possible head and ENT injuries
Santiago Ponzinibbio: Suspended 30 days for precautionary reasons
Eddie Gordon: Suspended 30 days due to a nose abrasion
Steve Bosse: Suspended 90 days for precautionary reasons
Hacran Dias: Suspended indefinitely until receiving medical clearance for possible right-foot injury
Lewis Gonzales: Suspended 30 days due to a right-eyebrow laceration
Steve Montgomery: Suspended 30 days for precautionary reasons

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Criminal Case Against Jon Jones Paused Due To Lack Of Evidence

News broke today that the criminal case for Jon Jones has been put on pause as the prosecutor lacks two key pieces of evidence against him to proceed, although the […]

News broke today that the criminal case for Jon Jones has been put on pause as the prosecutor lacks two key pieces of evidence against him to proceed, although the authorities are confident that they will once again pick up the mantel.

Sources revealed this on the matter:

The prosecutor in charge of the ex-titleholder’s case lacks two key pieces of evidence to move forward: medical records for the accident’s alleged victim and dispatch reports from the Albuquerque Police Department, according to the public information officer for the Bernalillo County (N.M.) District Attorney.

While a 60-day deadline to move forward on Jones’ case expires today, the prosecutor can still pursue charges against him. If the prosecutor’s office had met the deadline, the case would have gone before a grand jury, which would then decide whether or not to indict him and proceed with a criminal trial.

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Aldo Out of 189; Mendes to Face McGregor

UFC 189 has a new main event, as featherweight champion Jose Aldo has withdrawn from his July 11 title defense against Conor McGregor due to an injured rib. Chad Mendes, […]

UFC 189 has a new main event, as featherweight champion Jose Aldo has withdrawn from his July 11 title defense against Conor McGregor due to an injured rib. Chad Mendes, who had been on standby since news of Aldo’s injury broke, will now face McGregor for the interim 145-pound crown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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UFC Fight Night 70 Bonuses

UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Romero is sending four fighters home with an extra $50K for their performances. The bonuses, as announced at the post-fight press conference, are as follows: […]

UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Romero is sending four fighters home with an extra $50K for their performances.

The bonuses, as announced at the post-fight press conference, are as follows:

Fight of the night: Lorenz Larkin vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

Performance(s) of the night: Yoel Romero and Thiago Santos

Larkin and Ponzinibbio put on a show, landing punches and kicks throughout the fight, until Larkin finished it in the second round.

Romero exploded in the third round of his fight with Lyoto Machida and got a quick takedown. From there he started landing massive elbows over and over again. Machida went limp and the referee stopped the fight.

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GSP Back Training 3 Times A Week, Could Return As A “Colossal Name”

Firas Zahabi, trainer of former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, said this week that GSP is back training three times a week, even going so far as to say […]

Firas Zahabi, trainer of former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, said this week that GSP is back training three times a week, even going so far as to say he thinks GSP will return to action against a “colossal name” down the road.

Zahabi, speaking via sources said:

“He’s training like he used to train when he was preparing for a fight. I think he’ll come back and he’ll do it, but I think he’ll do it for the adventure. He’s not very much into a title. He’s not very much interested in being the most famous guy. That’s not his thing. He loves the thrill of competition. I just don’t think he will walk away.”

“When they put his name on a poster again there’s gonna have to be another colossal name, an historical name next to it.”

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