Rashad Evans, less then 2 weeks away from fighting former Heavyweight and current friend, Daniel Cormier, has suffered a leg injury and has been forced out of UFC 170's co-main event. UFC officials made the announcement Wednesday. First to report the sad new was Yahoo Sports.
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Due to the injury being such short notice and close to fight night, a replacement opponent hasn't been located for Cormier. Evans and Cormier have both been scratched form the UFC 170 fight card.
What was slated to take place before the co-main event, Rory MacDonald vs. Damian Maia, they will most likely be promoted to the co-main event.
Dana White, President of the UFC gave word that Evans sustained a knee injury and that the Evans/Cormier fight will be booked for a later date.
There is one man we can always count on to step up and take any fight that's lacking a fighter, and that's Chael P. Sonnen. Sonnen, 5 minutes after new had broke about Evans leg injury had stated via: Twitter - "@dc_mma ya know I haven't been crazy about you attitude as of late. Daddy ain't ready, but he's ready enough. Feb 22 just say my name...".
Shortly after, Cormier expressed that despite Evan's being injured, he would also still like to preform at UFC 170, in Las Vegas, Nevada (where the event takes place). He says via: Twitter - "I'm so sad, but I wanna fight. I've trained so hard. @sonnench, @Anthony_Rumble, anybody Maybe a heavyweight. Anyone please! @danawhite". Though Anthony Johnson turned it down, waiting for his fight with Phil Davis, Sonnen was quick to reply with: "I accept. See you in LV.".
Even with Chael Sonnen stepping up and Cormier wanting the fight, it's un announced that it will happen.
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Ultimate Fighting Championship's own Thiago Silva reportedly ran into the Brazilian jiu-jitsu school of Pablo Popovitch in Fort Lauderdale, Florida., "armed" with a deadly weapon and shouting threats.
According to the official police report:
"A suspect who had barricaded himself in his Oakland Park home was taken into custody late Thursday night, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.
Authorities had set up a perimeter around the home at 2041 Coral Heights Blvd. after the suspect threatened people inside a Jiu Jitsu school earlier, the BSO said.
The armed suspect went to the school at 777 E. Oakland Park Blvd. and threatened the people there, but no one was injured, said the BSO, which was called about the situation at about 7:45 p.m.
He then went to his home and locked himself inside it, according to the BSO.
The SWAT team responded to the scene, and authorities were trying to establish contact with the suspect, the BSO said.
The agency confirmed at about 11:15 p.m. that the suspect had been taken into custody."
Thankfully, no one was injured during this fiasco.
Join us after the jump for more info on incident including the arrest video
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UFC 169 opened up with one decision after another in the prelim fights but the main card opened up with a good old fashioned scrap to make up for it. Abel Trujillo vs. Jamie Varner was a slug fest, resulting in a huge knockout victory for Trujillo over Varner in a Fight of the Night performance. It was a heartbreaking loss for Varner as both men swung for the fences and Trujillo was rocked. Varner sensing the finish went in for the kill but left his hands too low which left him wide open for a vicious hook from Trujillo which turned off the lights for Varner.
Ali Bagautinov would grind out the unanimous decision over tough competitor, John Lineker. The tough Russian might not have won any bonuses but he definitely scored the most “Like a Boss” moment of the card as he finished the fight by stepping on Lineker and hitting a double bicep pose as time ran out.
Overeem in his fight with Mir had a very changed approach to his game. Overeem was well composed and not looking to gas early on like in his last few bouts.
Early on in the fight, Mir was the one pushing the pace on the 'Reem’. However Mir looked like a fighter past his prime as he seemed to not have an answer to solve Overeem’s conservative game plan. He was considerably out struck by the Dutch fighter and when the fight went to the ground he was not able to hit any of his once feared submissions except for a failed guillotine attempt. Overeem was victorious via unanimous decision and laid out a welcome back/call out to Brock Lesnar. He warned the WWE star that he would be waiting for him should he decide to return to The Octagon.
For the first of two title fights of the evening, Jose Aldo was set to defend his Featherweight championship against Ricardo Lamas and he did just that.
Aldo, as we've witnessed before, rained leg kicks upon his opponent. Lamas able to take the leg kicks surprising well and did his best to move forward. It was a dominant fight for Aldo until the fifth and final round, where Lamas would get top control on a fading Aldo and punish the champion with big shots for nearly 3 minutes while on top position however he was unable to the champ. It was too little too late as Aldo had already dominated the early rounds by a substantial margin. The fight would go the distance with Jose Aldo successfully defending his title.
Heading into your main-event of the evening, Renan Barao, newly crowned Bantamweight champion would look to defend his title against former foe, Urijah Faber.
Faber came out very aggressive moving very light and fast inside the octagon. While Faber was looking to land big shots on Barao connected with a huge shot rocking and putting him in dangerous territory. Barao jumped on top making sure to keep heavy pressure. Faber who seemed to be face planted managed to base up and hang on to Barao’s leg. Barao for his part seemed to be pleading with Herb Dean to end the fight. Faber gave a thumbs up sign to let the ref know he was ok but Dean had seen enough and ended the fight.
Moments after the main-event ended, Twitter and the fans reacted many protesting an early stoppage by the ref. Faber although visibly disappointed defended the call in the post fight press conference.
Full fight results and video highlights after the jump
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Super Bowl weekend has always been a huge weekend for football and the UFC. As the Seattle Seahawks meet the Denver Broncos either Saturday or Sunday (depending on the weather), the UFC delivers a huge PPV fight card with two championship title fights. In the main-event, Urijah Faber steps up to take on newly crowned Bantamweight champion Renan Barao. Jose Aldo also defends his title against Ricardo Lamas in the co-main event of this stacked card. This is UFC 169 and (pardon the pun) it should be pretty super.
Before we head into the title fights of the night, we head over to the Heavyweight division for Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem.
Mir and Overeem are both on losing streaks and looking for a huge victory this weekend at UFC 169 to get back on the win column. Mir's most recent defeat to Josh Barnett and Overeem's to Travis Browne has both men being victim’s of brutal knock outs. The question remains are they ready to get back on track?
Does the loser of this bout get cut from the UFC? A topic talked about by all fight fans. Though it seems possible, UFC president Dana White is unsure. He stated: "it depends on how the fight goes. If these guys come out and put on an amazing performance, of course no one's going to want to cut them". With that being said, we can only imagine both these Heavyweights giants are going to come out looking for an impressive finish to prove they still belong in the UFC and climb back up in the rankings.
In the co-main event of the evening, Jose Aldo will be defending his Featherweight title against number 3 ranked Ricardo Lamas.
Aldo, as we know is one of the best P4P mixed martial artists we've ever seen; his performances are nearly flawless inside the octagon against some very dangerous opponents. The one flaw we have seen out of Also is his cardio fading in the later rounds of a fight. Ricardo Lamas has proven before has outstanding cardio to carry him through any five round scrap. He poses a serious threat to Aldo, provided he can take the champ into deep waters. And that’s a big if considering Aldo has a rare gift in making dangerous men look very ordinary if they step inside the cage with him.
Jose Aldo, in the past has stated he has rough weight-cuts to make the 145lbs division. Talks of him possibly moving up a weight class to Lightweight may happen. Dana White likes the idea, he then could move forward and make the Aldo vs. Pettis superfight at the 155lbs division. However, that’s another topic all together and for now he has to get pass Lamas.
Renan Barao is a dominant champion who's on a 31 fight win streak (not counting his NC back in 2007) and hasn't lost a fight since 2005. He puts his impressive streak and his brand new undisputed champion status on the line against the “California Kid” Urijah Faber for the 2nd time.
Urijah Faber's last defeat was to the current champion Barao in a fight for the interim championship title. Faber fell short, crowning Barao the champion in waits for Dominick Cruz to return from injury for the champion vs. champion bout.
As we all know Faber steps up on short notice to rematch Barao as Dominick Cruz and his string injuries and bad luck continued to keep him on the sidelines and forced him to relinquish his belt after not being able to defend it for almost two years.
Faber is currently riding a 4 fight win streak. Always falling just short of winning a UFC championship, he again gets another opportunity to wear the belt. Faber has never looked this good since his days in the WEC and poses a big threat to Barao. He can push the pace and his cardio is never in question. With Duane “Bang” Ludwig fine tuning his striking at the Team Alpha Male Camp, the California Kid hopes to wear gold around his waist again. Don’t blink this card should be action packed.
Aftet the jump video preview and full fight card
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Monday, January 27th Dana White told MMAFighting media that both coaches of TUF Brasil Chael Sonnen and Wanderei Silva got into a fight on set during taping of the show.
White said: “Wanderlei and Chael fought. Just today, they literally fought.”
Detailed information isn’t clear as of yet on how the altercation started. White stated it went on for awhile before being broken up.
While Silva and Sonnen were in a scuffle, one of Wanderlei’s guys sucker punched Chael. White said: “They went crazy, crazy shit happened there. We’re dealing with it right now too… They literally fought today and it went on for awhile.”
For years Chael Sonnen & Wanderlei Silva have been vocal about how they dislike each other and to say they have been wanting to fight would be an understatement. It was only a matter of time before an ‘incident’ would happen during the filming of TUF Brazil 3.
More info as it becomes available.
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The 10th UFC on FOX event drew in 2.55 million viewers and delivered some fights that did not disappoint... for some, that is. Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone with a huge high-kick knockout victory gets back to his winning ways and stops Adriano Martins. Alex Caceres derailed the Sergio Pettis hype train by submitting the lightweight champ's brother via rear naked choke and earning a cool $100,000 in bonus money. Last but not least we got a main-event with a controversial finish and (surprise, surprise) Benson Henderson in the middle of it all.
In the co-main event of the evening, Stipe Miocic vs. Gabriel Gonzaga, what looked to have been a slow moving and gassed Gonzaga was no match for the former Golden Gloves champion. Throughout the fight, though Gonzaga was able to avoid being finished but he was dominated by the striking ability of Miocic.
In the 3rd round of the fight, Gonzaga on the ground was nearly begging for Miocic to enter into his guard. Miocic had other plans making sure he kept Gonzaga on the ground and in control, he then got on top of Gonzaga to open up some ground and pound. With both Heavyweights making it back to their feet, neither could finish the fight before it was all over. Stipe Miocic was victorious via unanimous decision - (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
In the main event Josh Thomson took a big risk opting to take a fight instead of waiting for his title shot against Anthony "Showtime" Pettis while the champ recovers from injury. It proved to be a costly one.
Benson Henderson stepped up as his main event opponent and in typical Bendo style, fought a hard fought 5 rounder and managed to squeak by in a split decision victory that many thought could have easily gone the other way.
Through out the 5 round battle between Henderson and Thomson, both wrestled for dominant positions on the mat. It was either Thomson with back control and a body triangle or Henderson with control up against the cage. Thomson coming out strong in the start of the fight would quickly slow down due to breaking his hand early in the fight affecting his ability to get take downs and strike as effectively. Thomson still remained game and did his best to take it to the former light weight champ.
In the end the judges saw it 48-47, Thomson. 48-47, Henderson & 49-46 in favor of Henderson.
Twitter wasn't happy about the judges decision. Most gave the victory to Thomson. Many also uncertain how Henderson got "49,46" on the score cards. A heart breaking loss for Thomson, he hinted at the post fight press conference that "This might be it."
(video via FOX Sports)
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With the already the year already getting off to a successful start the UFC hopes to keep the ball rolling as they visit the United Center in Chicago for UFC on Fox 10 Henderson vs. Thomson January 25th.
To start, we head on over to the co-main event of the evening, Stipe Miocic vs. Gabriel Gonzaga.
Ranked #8, Miocic and #12 Gonzaga are both coming off impressive victories. Miocic stopping Roy Nelson, and Gonzaga railing off 1st round KO wins over Dave Herman and Shawn Jordan.
With big victories on the resume's of both these Heavyweights, they show no signs of slowing down. This fight may not be the highest ranked fight inside the HW division but with an impressive win for either of these warriors, it pushes them that much closer to gold.
Your main event of the evening is not what was originally planned for UFC on FOX 10. Thomson, who stormed into the UFC with a huge knockout victory over Nate Diaz was granted a title shot against current champion, Anthony Pettis. With Pettis injured, he was forced to pull out of the fight.
Thomson was unwilling to wait on the sidelines and opted for a new fight. Benson Henderson, former Lightweight champion stepped up to the plate with plans to get himself back in title contention with an impressive win.
The card is rounded out by Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone taking on Adriano Martins and Darren Elkins squaring off against Jeremy Stephens.
Full fight card is below:
Main Card (Fox)
Benson Henderson vs. Josh Thomson
Stipe Miocic vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Donald Cerrone vs. Adriano Martins
Darren Elkins vs. Jeremy Stephens
Preliminary card (Fox Sports 1)
Alex Caceres vs. Sergio Pettis
Eddie Wineland vs. Yves Jabouin
Chico Camus vs. Yaotzin Meza
Junior Hernandez vs. Hugo Viana
Daron Cruickshank vs. Mike Rio
George Sullivan vs. Mike Rhodes
Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)
Walt Harris vs. Nikita Krylov
World Series of Fighting 8 returned to South Florida at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. The very vocal crowd was treated to some great fights and two champions emerged. Jessica Aguilar of American Top Team became the promotion's firght ever women's strawweight champion. In the lightweight division, Justin Gaethje made a statement by taking it to Rich Patishnock, connectring repeatedly with devasting power until the referee stepped in to prevent any further damage. WSOF continues to impress with their production value and with their roster rapidly expanding we are truly looking forward to the next card! All photos and full fight gallery can be seen at MADCreativity.com
Justin Gaethje vs. Rich Patishnock : Gaethje makes quick work of Patishnock and gets a 1st round KO
Anthony Johnson vs. Mike Kyle: Johnso KO's Kyle at 2:03 of 1st round
Jessica Aguilar vs. Alida Gray: Aguilar wins first WSOF women's title via side choke 2:45 in 1st round
Cody Bollinger vs. Tyson Nam: Bollinger wins Unanimous Decision over Nam 29-28
Luis Palomino vs. Jorge Patino: Palomino KO's Patino 4 minutes into the 1st round
WSOF kicks off with stong showing by all fighters. Tyler Stinson gets an impressive finish over Vladir Arujo. Derrick Mehmen comes out on top after an all out brawl with Scott Barrett. More action to come!
Valdir Araujo vs. Tyler Stinson: Stinson KOs Araujo 2:23 RD3
Scott Barrett vs. Derrick Mehmen: Mehmen def Barret via unanimous decision
Sidemar Honorio vs. Alexis Vila: Vila def Honorio visa unanimous decision
Freddy Assuncao vs. Brenson Hansen: Assuncao def Hansen via split decision
Jose Caceres vs. Anderson Melo: Melo def Caceres via heel hook 1st round
Full Fight Gallery pics can be seen here.
Reknown kickboxer Tyrone Spong has renewed his contract with World Series of Fighting as reported by MMAFighting.com. WSOF executive VP Ali Abdel-Aziz announced Spong will continue to hone his MMA skills with their promotion. Spong is known for his dangerous striking. He has an undefeated 2-0 record in MMA which pales in comparison to his 73-6-1 kickboxing record. He will continue fighting for GLORY kickboxing as well. With GLORY's new deal with SPIKE TV, Spong is poised to be one of MMA's most visible fighters, which is good news for World Series of Fighting as they keep expanding their roster. His next opponent in MMA is yet to be named.