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Heads were turned earlier this month (August 5, 2014) when news broke that No. 8-ranked UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt had supposedly been “cut” prior to his UFC Fight Night 52 bout with No. 9 Roy Nelson from Saitama, Japan. UFC President Dana White was quick to remedy the situation with an emphatic “Hell no,” when asked if Hunt had been released, signifying that fan favorite Hunt was obviously still employed with the UFC. The finding was no surprise given Hunt’s propensity to put...
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Demian Maia Out Indefinitely With Bone Infection

Posted on August 27, 2014, 07:52 PM by Mike Drahota
No. 7-ranked UFC welterweight Demian Maia was recently forced out of his previously scheduled UFC Fight Night 49 bout versus Mike Pyle with a staph infection. The infection was initially thought to be a relatively normal occurrence MMA, where fighters come into contact with ton of bacteria from training mats and other equipment. However, on this evening’s UFC Tonight, Ariel Helwani revealed that Maia’s staph infection turned into something much worse: “I spoke to Demian Maia’s manager...
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Healing from a multitude of injuries since his unanimous decision win over Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida in the main event of July 5’s UFC 175, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has shifted his focus to the next challenge on his list. Weidman will face controversial No. 1 contender Vitor Belfort in the main event of December 6’s UFC 181 after “The Phenom” was granted a license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) despite the fact that he failed a drug test...
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Featherweight champion Jose Aldo will look for his seventh-straight UFC title defence on October 25 when he faces Chad Mendes in the main event of UFC 179. The bout is a rematch from their previous encounter in 2012 where Aldo stopped Mendes with a first round knockout. Heading into their rematch in Rio De Janeiro, the champion doesn't see any difference in the challenger and thinks the results will be the same this time around: "The only different thing now is the age. The rest remains the same," Aldo media...
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UFC light-heavyweight veteran Stephen Bonnar retired in 2012, in a somewhat controversial end to a storied career. After his three-fight win streak was snapped in spectacular fashion by Anderson Silva, the Ultimate Fighter 1 runner up was popped for the anabolic steroid drostanolone. After some procrastination, “The American Psycho” called it quits. Forrest Griffin's retirement also supported the common opinion that it was time for the new generation of fighters to shine, but it looks like Bonnar...
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Matt Brown Still Wants Carlos Condit Over Tyron Woodley

Posted on August 27, 2014, 08:24 AM by Rory Kernaghan
UFC welterweights Matt Brown and Carlos Condit were once booked in to fight each other, in a dream match up for fans. That was back in December at UFC on FOX 9, but “The Immortal” suffered a back injury and the fight was scrapped. “NBK” went on to fight Tyron Woodley at UFC 171, losing by injury TKO. “The Chosen One” has his hype train stopped by Rory MacDonald at UFC 174, but got it right back on track with a knockout win against Dong Hyun Kim at Fight Night 48. Woodley...
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Does TJ Dillashaw Have Renan Barao's Number?

Posted on August 26, 2014, 09:33 PM by Mike Drahota
This weekend (Sat., August 30, 2014) UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw will take on former champ Renan Barao in the main event of UFC 177 from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. “The Viper” finished Barao in the fifth round of their first encounter at May’s UFC 173 from Las Vegas in a fight that was anything but close. It will go down as one of the biggest upsets in UFC history, but what transpired proved that Dillashaw was without a doubt the better fighter that night. Regardless...
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The MMA world breathed a collective sigh of relief last Tuesday (August 19, 2014) when news broke that Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez had finally been released from his contract. Alvarez was quickly signed on to face top-ranked lightweight Donald Cerrone in the co-main event of UFC 178, fulfilling the promise of a bout that was rumored a few weeks before. After a long and drawn out contract dispute with former Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney that kept Alvarez out of action for the majority of 2013,...
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The UFC held a press conference today (August 26, 2014) for the upcoming UFC 180 (pay-per-view) in Mexico City, Mexico, on November 15, 2014. Up until today, we had only known the main event of this card, but the company has now announced the rest of the fights that will round out the main card. The headliner for this card features the return of reigning UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. Coming off shoulder surgery, Velasquez will look to defend his belt against No.1 contender Fabricio “Vai Cavalo”...
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Tyron Woodley Looking To Square Off With 'The Immortal'

Posted on August 26, 2014, 02:36 PM by Buster Evans
Former Strikeforce title challenger Tyron Woodley got himself back to winning ways this weekend with a first round knockout over Dong Hyun Kim in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 48. Now, just a few days after his spectacular win, Woodley has expressed who he would like to fight next: "A fight against Matt Brown seems most interesting," Woodley told MMAFighting.com. "Fans want it. He has a ton of heart and is tough as nails." Brown, who most recently fought in July losing a unanimous decision to Robbie...
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UFC president Dana White revealed at the UFC Fight Night 48 press conference some rather interesting news. During the prelims card of the Macau, China based card, he had pulled an 'incompetent' judge from the panel, and told him to sit in the crowd. After some sketchy scoring during the first two bouts, Howard Hughes was banished to the stands. The news may have come as music to the ears of fans who are angered by poor judging, but it looks like the UFC isn't on board with White's decision. The promotion...
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'Korean Zombie' Injured, Out Of UFC Fight Night 53

Posted on August 26, 2014, 11:30 AM by Rory Kernaghan
UFC featherweight contender Chan Sung Jung has suffered yet another setback due to injuries. After taking more than a year out following his brutal TKO loss to Jose Aldo at UFC 163, “The Korean Zombie” was slated to return at UFC Fight Night 53 against Akira Corassani. It would appear that the punishment he received against Aldo last year is still taking it's toll on Jung. Indeed, the feisty featherweight has been pulled from his October booking against Corassani, as MMAFighting.com received confirmation...
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UFC Rankings Updated Following UFN 48 & UFN 49

Posted on August 26, 2014, 06:30 AM by Buster Evans
The official UFC rankings have been updated following the promotion's double-header this weekend. Rafael Dos Anjos was the big mover in the rankings after he handed former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson the first knockout loss of his professional career at Fight Night 49 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The monumental win on Saturday at the BOK Center shot the Brazilian two places up the 155 pound ladder into the No.3 position. With his second loss in the UFC, “Bendo” drops from the No.1 spot down...
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Nik Lentz: I Was A Complete Waste Of Talent

Posted on August 25, 2014, 09:53 PM by Mike Henken
Nik Lentz has been competing in the UFC since 2009, boasting a record of 9-3-2 inside of the Octagon. But “The Carny” hasn’t quite been able to reach the top, his most pivotal bout a loss to No. 1-ranked Chad Mendes at UFC on FOX 9 last year (December 14,2013) where he was controlled and dominated by Mendes’ wrestling over three rounds. Lentz has recently made the move to Florida’s American Top Team and dropped from lightweight to featherweight. Lentz actually said he should...
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