Flashy kicks? Check. Superman punch? Check. Irresitable French Accent? Double Check. GSP makes his long awaited big screen debut in Captain America: Winter Soldier this weekend, and here is a teaser for his showdown with the good captain played by Chris Evans. Still not clear whether the fight will be contested under the unified rules but we're definitely checking this one out!
"We're just going to have to wait a liiiitle bit longer...."/image via Zuffa LLC)
Chris Weidman sustained a knee injury in practice for his upcoming title defense against Lyoto Machida forcing him to pull out of the main event at UFC 173.
Weidman will require minor surgery and means his opponent Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida will have to wait until UFC 175 in July to fight for the middleweight title. Dan Henderson has publicly offered to take Weidman's place against Machida, immediately after his impressive win over Shogun Rua. However the liklihood of that happening is slim to none. Machida has nothing to gain by fighting Henderson. A win gets him nothing, and a loss puts his contendership for the title in jeopardy.
In the meatime the Chris Wediman will hopefully be on the fast track to recovery as he will be facing an opponent not named Anderson Silva for the first time since winning the belt from the longtime champion. He will be putting his undefeated 11-0 record and the UFC belt on the line against a very dangerous opponent in Machida. The Dragon will need to rely on his elusive style and unpredictable striking to stand a chance against Weidman or risk being another big notch on the young champion's belt.
UFC has yet to announce a replacement main event. For complete fight schedule go to UFC.com. The official fight card to date is after the jump:
(video via Fox Sports)
Dan Henderson proved he’s got still some gas left in the tank and took out Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via a brutal KO in the main event of UFC Fight Night-Shogun vs Henderson 2 in front of a hostile crowd in Natal, Brazil. The much anticipated rematch capped of an exciting night of fights on a rare UFC Sunday fight night. Going up against college basketball March Madness the UFC on Fox Sports 1 did some very impressive numbers averaging 936,000 viewers, peaking for the main event at 1.25 million. It was the third most watched Fight Night in the history of Fox Sports 1.
The viewers were treated to some great fights with some impressive finishes. Notably, Hendo and CB Dolloway’s 39 second KO of Cezar Ferreira.
Hendo looked every bit of 43 years old in the beginning of the fight as he seemed to be on the losing end of several exchanges with Shogun. The Brazilian was more accurate with his striking and had Hendo rocked several times. Veteran referee Herb Dean gave Hendo every opportunity to come back from the brink of a KO. Once Hendo cleared the cobwebs he continued to stalk Shogun in the cage. Shogun growing more confident with the stand up exchanges made a crucial mistake and dropped his hands just enough for Hendo to land his patented H-Bomb ending the night.
A great display of heart and one more victory for the last of the true “Old School” MMA legends and if that wasn't enough to cement his "Like A Boss" status, he wasted no time in contacting Dana White to step in for an injured Chris Weidman to fight Lyoto Machida. Time might not be on his side, but Hendo is determined to make the little time he has left in the Octagon count.
Full fight results after the jump
(Victory tasted very sweet for Hendricks. /image via Zuffa, LLC/Getty Images/ video via FoxSports)
The wait is finally over for Johny Hendricks. After narrowly dropping a decision loss to former Welterweight champ Georges St Pierre in his previous fight, Hendricks got the judges nod in his decision victory over a very game Robbie Lawler at UFC 171. With the belt strapped to his waist Hendricks now becomes the number one target for a slew of very dangerous and hungry contenders in the UFC’s welterweight roster. In a closely fought main event, Hendricks and Lawler traded heavy leather testing both of their chins on multiple occasions. Lawler was stuffing every takedown attempt and seemed to smile after every punch combination thrown his way. While Lawler looked the fresher of the two throughout the fight, Hendricks finally started to wear him down with a combination of kicks and punches and landed a very important takedown in the final round of the fight sealing the victory and claiming the UFC welterweight title. To call this an exciting fight would be a gross understatement. Both men fought their hearts out and earned Fight of the Night honors and an additional $50,000 each for their efforts.
A few fellow welterweights were very quick to make a claim for the number one contender spot following their wins and some notable mainstays had their championship aspirations derailed.
Cuban Olympian Hector Lombard looked like an unstoppable punching and judo machine, for the first round at least, in his unanimous decision victory over Jake Shields. Lombard absolutely rag dolled Shields and rocked him with some very powerful shots but was never able to finish him. Shields was able to recover and secure his guard throughout the fight but never had an answer for Lombard's takedowns or really put him in any danger with the exception of a last minute guillotine attempt in the closing seconds of the last round. Whether it was fatigue or an unwillingness to go for the finish, Lombard seemed content to hang out in top position earning the boos of the crowd on several occasions. If Lombard can maintain the level of intensity shown in the first round throughout 5 rounds, he will be a very formidable force at 170 lbs.
Tyron Woodley came out very strong against Carlos Condit in their match and had the Natural Born Killer in danger of being put away early. Condit was able to keep moving forward and started to inflict some damage of his own by the end of the first round. A hard takedown attempt in the second frame saw Condit grimace in pain but still continue to fight on the ground. When stood up by the referee it became apparent that something was wrong. Woodley threw a hard kick which made Condit spin around and dislocate his knee causing him to fall on the floor writhing in pain. An unfortunate end to what was shaping up to being a great fight and a very disappointing injury to Condit who was inching back towards a title shot. Having gone the distance with Hendricks already, a win over Woodley would have put Condit in a very good position to fight for the title.
Myles Jury got the win over his first big name in the UFC by edging out Diego Sanchez in their lightweight scrap. While Sanchez later blamed his loss on food poisoning it became apparent early on the fight that while he posed a threat to Jury, Sanchez never could find an answer for Jury’s more technical striking. It’s back to the drawing board for Sanchez while Jury will find that the roster in the UFC’s lightweight division isn’t going to get any easier.
Ovince St. Preux started off the night strong for the PPV card by making short work of Ukraine’s Nikita Krylov. Krylov went for a quick guillotine submission but soon found himself in danger by not letting go of the hold once St. Preux passed his guard. The former Strikeforce standout saw the opening and sunk in his own choke causing the tap at 1:29 of the first round earning him Performance of the Night honors to share with featherweight Dennis Bermudez who finished his opponent in the prelims.
Overall UFC 171 was a great card full of very good fights. The crowd at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas was over 19,000 with an estimated gate of $2.6 million. They did not leave disappointed. The fans watching via Fight Pass, Fox Sports 2, and PPV saw a solid card full of entertaining fights. The main question remains now, who will be the next challenger for the newly crowned champ? With Condit out, will Woodley be given the call or will Rory MacDonald be given a chance to bring the UFC welterweight belt back to Tristar? The UFC match makers will have their hands full as the welterweight division just got alot more interesting.
Full fight card results after the jump.