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Jon Jones graces the cover of the newest UFC video game alongside a fan-voted fighter

Written on November 05, 2013 by Hector

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Fight fans will decide on who will share the cover of the newest UFC game with Jon Jones

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones finally bagged the slot of a UFC video game cover after losing his spot to Anderson Silva in 2011. He will now join the company of Brock Lesnar, Forrest Griffin and Anderson Silva as fighters who became faces of the game. The UFC and EA Sports made the announcement this Monday and they confirmed that Jones will appear in the cover of EA’s inaugural UFC game along with another fighter who will be determined through a voting process.

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Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao headlines UFC 169 alongside Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas

Written on October 30, 2013 by Hector

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UFC 169 will be headlined by a double header title fight featuring Cruz vs. Barao and Aldo vs. Lamas

Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will finally return to the octagon after being sidelined for more than 2 years. He will be fighting in a unification bout with interim titleholder Renan Barao in the co-main event of the annual Super Bowl weekend event of UFC. Newsday was the first to report the news and it was confirmed by UFC officials afterwards.

Cruz has been out in the octagon since his second title defense against Demetrious Johnson in October 1, 2011. The injury occurred midway of the filming of the 15th season of The Ultimate Fighter where he coaches opposite to Urijah Faber. The two are set for a rubber match in a bout that will serve as a bantamweight title fight but to the injury, Cruz was replaced by Renan Barao. With the champion sidelined for the year, Barao and Faber fought for the interim title instead. Barao won that fight by unanimous decision. Since then, he defended the interim title twice against Michael McDonald and Eddie Wineland.

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Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen set as coaches in TUF Brazil 3

Written on October 22, 2013 by Hector

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Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen will settle the score inside the octagon after their stint as coaches of TUF Brazil 3

Bitter rivals Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva are finally booked for an official MMA match. But before that, they will have to serve as coaches in the third season of TUF Brazil.

Dana White made the announcement on the Monday edition of Fox Sports Live:

UFC stars Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva have made no secret of wanting to fight one another, and now it seems that will happen — but only if they make it through a season of working together as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: Brasil…. Sonnen, no stranger to picking fights against Brazilians, has waged a campaign to fight “The Axe Murderer,” writing him a series of poems and using his victory interview at UFC Fight Night in Boston to call him out. The two also had to be separated when they came face-to-face at an expo last month.”

The announcement points out to the Mr. Olympia expo last month. It that incident, Silva confronts the unsuspecting Sonnen with his own crew filming the action on his back. The two traded verbal slurs and they nearly went at it before being separated by the crowd. Sonnen, would later fire back at Silva in the organization’s weekly news and information show, UFC Tonight.

As with the tradition of TUF, the coaches will face each other after the finale of the series. Both fighters have served as coaches before. Silva was the head coach in the first Brazilian edition of the reality series while Sonnen had his stint in the seventeenth season of TUF.

 

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UFC 166 results: Velasquez stops Cigano in 5 rounds

Written on October 20, 2013 by Hector

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The Baddest man on the Planet: Cain Velasquez defeated Junior dos Santos in their rubber match at UFC 166

Houston, Texas – The much anticipated trilogy between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos turned out pretty similar to their rematch, albeit with more definitive results. The 32 year old champ played the perfect game; he dominated dos Santos in all the aspects of the fight, even in the striking department, where Cigano supposedly had an advantage. Just like their last fight, Velasquez negated the heavy hands of dos Santos by backing him up into the cage. The rest of the fight played out the same scenario; Velasquez controlling dos Santos in the clinch while chipping at him with dirty boxing. Cigano eventually succumbed due to the accumulation of punishment in the 5th round, he fell face first in to the canvass after a failed front choke attempt. Seeing Cigano’s vulnerable state, Referee Herb Dean decided to put a halt to the contest with 3:09 remaining in the final round.

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JDS: Trilogy will not end the Velasquez – dos Santos rivalry

Written on October 14, 2013 by Hector

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JDS expects to fight Velasquez again regardless of the outcome of the third fight

Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos will face each other for the third time this coming Saturday at UFC 166. Each fighter holds decisive wins over the other with JDS drawing the first blood when he knocked out Cain within a minute of their first fight. Last December, Cain bounced back by beating up Dos Santos for 5 rounds en route to a lopsided decision victory. In an interview last week, Cain stated that he believes the third fight will end the rivalry once and for all.

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UFC cuts Palhares following controversial submission win over Pierce

Written on October 11, 2013 by Hector

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Rousimar Palhares will not be competing in the octagon after his prolonged submission of Mike Pierce

The UFC has decided to release Rousimar Palhares following the controversial submission over Mike Pierce yesterday. Palhares quickly submitted Pierce in the first round but it seemed that he held on to his submission beyond the initial stoppage of the referee. After the event, Dana White stated that Palhares will receive further punishment in addition for denying him of the post fight bonus.

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UFC Fight Night 29 recap: a night of upsets

Written on October 10, 2013 by Hector

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Jake Shields upsets Demian Maia in the main event of UFC FIght Night 29

UFC Fight Night 29, which took place earlier in Barueri, Brazil, featured a pair of upsets in its main cards. Below is the complete results and summary of the event:

Jake Shields def. Maia via split decision

Jake Shields narrowly edges hometown favorite Demian Maia. The two fighters showcased their exceptional grappling skills as both of them traded sweeps and dominant positions all throughout the bout. At the end of the fight, two judges favored Shields with scores of 48-47, 47-48 and 48-47

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UFC to enforce strict time limits on interim titles

Written on October 08, 2013 by Hector

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Dominick Cruz will be stripped off his bantamweight belt if he will not be ready to defend it by February next year

It seems like bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz will be the last fighter to hold on to his the belt without defending it for a long period of time. The Dominator was injured in May of 2012 and is sidelined up to February next year. That is more than 2 years of inactivity and the champ would probably have fought 3 times if weren’t for the injury. He was supposed to face Urijah Faber in a rematch for the bantamweight belt before he suffered from a torn ACL. He was replaced by Renan Barao and the Brazilian eventually won the interim title. He has defended the belt two times and he won both of those fights in a spectacular fashion. It should also be noted that it is the first time for an interim champion to defend the belt twice.

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Overeem vs. Mir moved to Super Bowl event as the supporting bout for Jones vs. Teixeira

Written on October 04, 2013 by Hector

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Alistair Overeem vs. Frank Mir moved to UFC 169

The light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira is now officially booked as the main event of UFC 169 that will be held at on the Super Bowl weekend. Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem will also square off as the supporting bout of the event. The news was announced this Thursday night on Newsday and was later confirmed by UFC officials.

The UFC also noted that they moved the Overeem-Mir fight to give Mir ample time to recover after his knockout loss to Josh Barnett last August. The fight was originally scheduled in November 16 as a part of the 20th anniversary of UFC.

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Ben Rothwell suspended due to high levels of testosterone

Written on October 04, 2013 by Hector

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Big Ben received 9 months suspension for high testosterone levels following the win over Vera

Ben Rothwell received a nine-month suspension after he was tested with elevated levels of testosterone following his TKO win over Brandon Vera in UFC 164. The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional service has issued a letter to UFC about the results of Rothwell’s post-fight tests and it is the promotion itself that handed him the punishment. The news was first reported in MMAjunkie.com.

Rothwell has been granted an exemption to undergo testosterone replacement therapy prior to his most recent bout. The 31 year old native of Wisconsin has stated that he was shocked about the results since he was supervised by a doctor and was tested weekly coming into the fight. He also added that WDSP has elected to give him an administrative warning. The UFC however, has decided to put him on shelf. The promotion has released a statement regarding the incident:

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