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November 12, 2011, the deal with Zuffa and FOX would finally come to life by having their first live UFC event, Velasquez vs. Dos Santos, and it was nothing but a huge success. Just years later, FOX is set to host UFC on FOX 11 in Orlando, FL, this Saturday, April 19th.
Generally, FOX fight-cards are stacked and this weekend we're far from being let down. Not only are there big fights, but the main-event was requested by FOX to headline the card. Dana White and the rest of the organization couldn't refuse.
The Lightweight division is stacked with exciting, fast-paced fighters and just before the co-main event, we're presented possibly one of the best Lightweight match-ups we've seen in awhile. Ranked #9 in the division, Donald Cerrone takes on Edson Barboza who is ranked just outside of the top 10. Barboza will be looking to push himself into the top 10 Lightweight pool of talent.
If you've ever witnessed a Cerrone or Barboza fight, you have already predicted this fight is going to be outstanding. Both are known for great striking abilities and the speed their able to maintain inside the octagon. Both are currently riding on win streaks and look to further their resume, searching for the top spot in the division.
Remember Edson Barboza's spinning-back-kick on Terry Etim? How about Donald Cerrone's most recent victory over Adriano Martins? Both ended in deviating fashion and you can expect fireworks like that this Saturday.
Just a couple of years back, Dana White was telling TMZ and other reporters that women would never be in the UFC. Remember that? Well, this weekend we've got a big fight in the women's Bantamweight division (taking place inside the octagon(inside the UFC)). Most can also argue, the women's division is one of the most exiting, and action packed divisions the octagon maintains.
Miesha Tate, who is ranked #3 takes on Liz Carmouche, ranked #7 inside the co-main event of the evening.
This fight is one of those possible "make-or-break" fights. Both are riding losses and are in desperate need of a big victory. You can bet your a** both are going to come out like raging bulls, looking to get their hand raised. Tate and Carmouche have both been victims of champion, Ronda Rousey, but a victory for either Tate or Carmouche puts them back into championship conversation.
Your main-event of the evening (the fight FOX asked the UFC for), is Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum - Dana White has already confirmed that winner of this fight is going to Mexico to take on Heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez.
Both Browne and Werdum are riding impressive win streaks (3), one of the highest in the Heavyweight division, right behind the champ, Velasquez (4). Whoever grabs hold of the 4th victory is guaranteed a shot at the gold.
With Browne entering the UFC looking somewhat out of shape and Werdum let go from the UFC just a few years back, they've become completely different fighters in making it to the position their in. Travis Browne as we know will be looking for that big knockout finish, Fabricio Werdum has his eyes set on the limbs of Browne, in search of a submission victory.
Saturday, April 19th, Cain Velasquez receives a new opponent. We can't wait to see who it will be!
Full fight card after the jump. For complete card info be sure to check out UFC.com
(photos by Ryan Astamendi- www.ryanastamendi.com)
Meet Hope Alexa, a beautiful blonde multi-tasking fitness model who seems to have her goals set on big things. Currently on the roster for Gamma Labs as one of their sponsored athletes she hopes to do her part to inspire others to take their journey to a healthy and active lifestyle. Between her spokesmodel and fitness work, designing her own clothing line and training to keep her body on point, she also finds time to be a loving mom, cook some amazing meals, and is always trying new things to keep her active lifestyle going. In other words, this is one bad chick who we will most likely be seeing a lot more of in the near future. We managed to catch up with her for an interview and she was kind enough to share some of her pics with us. Be sure to check out more of Hope online on her official website, twitter, and instagram.
Check out one of her video here and join us after the jump for more Hope!
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It feels like months since the last UFC event took place (for us at least). Friday, April 11th, we the fans are treated to a Heavyweight main-event that couple possibly give the loser a one way ticket out of the organization. Nothing is for sure, but before we go in-depth with the main-event, lets take you over to the Featherweight division for Clay Guida vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri --
In your co-main event of the evening, Clay Guida, ranked #9 in the Featherweight division will take on former Pride, ONE FC, Dream, Strikeforce and now current UFC competitor, Tatsuya Kawajiri.
With some previous poor performances by Guida, this Friday (2pm EST), he'll look to make a statement in taking on Kawajiri. Though Guida is an insane ball of energy and a difficult opponent for anyone to keep up with, Kawajiri isn't going to let up or give the "W' that easily.
Kawajiri has great wrestling, as well as submission and if anyone's going to take control of Guida and pose a huge threat, it just might be the newcomer, Tatsuya.
Clay Guida's currently 1-4 in his last 5 fights, 1-1 in the Featherweight division. His last 5 bout don't look very impressive, but with a win this Friday, it's certainly putting him (Clay Guida) on the right path.
For your main-event of the evening, we have heavy hitter, Roy Nelson taking on MMA legend and jiu-jitsu specialist, 'Minotauro' Nogueira.
This could be the fight that makes or breaks either of these Heavyweight veterans. With Roy Nelson coming off of two consecutive loses and 'Big Nog' on a rocky road for the past few years, another loss wouldn't be doing any favors.
Fans love him, but no matter the love you show, Dana White on numerous occasions has shown his dislike towards 'Big Country' Nelson. With another loss on his record (that making 3 in a row), it wouldn't be shocking to see him let go. Roy Nelson does have something on his side that could save all this "chance of release" talk and that's his heavy, one punch knockout hands. In order to land with with a devastating punch, he'll have to keep the fight standing.
'Minotauro' Nogueira has already stated he'll be looking to not only finish Nelson, but do it by way of submission. That leads me to believe 'Big Nog' is looking to take this fight to the mat (your classic submissions vs. strikes type match up).
A win, however sends both these Heavyweights back onto the road to gold. Nogueira has also stated that after this fight with Nelson, he plans on making another run for the title.
Main Card (UFC Fight Pass):
Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Roy Nelson
Clay Guida vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
John Howard vs. Ryan LaFlare
Ramsey Nijem vs. Beneil Dariush
Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass):
Jared Rosholt vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
Rani Yahya vs. Johnny Bedford
Thales Leites vs. Trevor Smith
Chris Camozzi vs. Andrew Craig
Alan Omer vs. Jim Alers
(video courtesy of WWE)
We know it’s not MMA related, but before all of this MMA stuff was around, the closest thing a lot of us had growing up to live combat was the WWF (now known as the WWE). Of those childhood memories The Ultimate Warrior was one of the most dynamic and unforgettable characters created and this writer spent much of his parents hard earned money watching pay per views as a child to see him “wrestle” some of the biggest names in the sport like Hulk Hogan and Randy “Macho Man” Savage. More comic book character than athlete, the guy was all hair and muscles and earned quite a fanatical following, myself included, who thought he was the baddest man on the planet. I eventually moved on from watching pro wrestling and started getting involved in martial arts and eventually MMA. It never captured my interest again. When news came of The Ultimate Warrior’s passing it stuck a nostalgic chord from days long past. Seeing his last speech being accepted in the WWE Hall of Fame what struck me is how much time flew by. Gone was the crazy haired guy that ran into the ring, lifted even larger men over his head and raged his way to victory. In his place stood an older silver haired man in a goatee wearing a mask addressing a crowd of kids who more than likely have only seen him wrestle on highlight reels.
A bittersweet reminder that time waits for no one.
The Ultimate Warrior had the “IT” factor regardless of whether his fights were scripted or not. In a way it’s the same stuff that made me get into MMA so eagerly. A personality that made you want to see him compete. He delivered intense performances that made the kid in you get out of your seat and cheer. Win or lose, he helped his sport grow into what it is now. Same can be said of the Chuck Liddels or Randy Coutures who in turn inspired so many young athletes to compete in mixed martial arts today. It’s a bygone era as we see more and more athletes come and go through so many different promotions. It’s harder and harder to become a household name if you get into a ring or cage.
But thanks to guys like the Ultimate Warrior and the memories they leave behind, it can inspire all of us to keep trying.
RIP James “Ultimate Warrior” Hellwig (June 16, 1959 - April 8, 2014)