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Gilbert Melendez back to title contention after impressive showing in UFC 166

Written on October 21, 2013 by Hector

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Gilbert Melendez is back in the mix for a titleshot after his impressive win over Diego Sanchez

Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez moves back into title contention after he walked out with a W in the classic brawl against Diego Sanchez in the third featured fight of UFC 166 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Both fighters had promised to make a statement prior to the bout and they certainly lived up to the hype. Melendez and Sanchez clearly stole the show by providing nonstop action for the entire 15 minutes of their lightweight showdown. Dana White praised the performance of both fighters in an interview after the event.

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Dana White on Roy Nelson: I tried my best to like him but he’s delusional

Written on October 21, 2013 by Hector

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Roy Nelson is delusional according to UFC president Dana White

It’s no secret that UFC president Dana White and TUF 10 winner Roy Nelson are not very fond of each other. White however, dismissed that notion that he has ill feelings towards the TUF winner. Instead, he insists that he tried his best to like Nelson but it is the latter’s words that created the rough relation between them.
“Contrary to popular belief, I try so hard to like Roy Nelson. It’s like I saw him backstage before I came out to talk to you guys. I was like, ‘What’s up Roy? You looked good. You lost weight,’ and this and that. Then I come out and hear the stupid s–t he said to you guys right before I walk out there.”

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Fabricio Werdum next in line for the title shot

Written on October 21, 2013 by Hector

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Fabricio Werdum will be the next man that will try to unseat heavyweight champ Cain Velaquez

Fabricio Werdum will likely have the shot at the heavyweight gold according to Dana White. The UFC president made the announcement right after Velasquez’ destruction of longtime rival Junior dos Santos in the main event of UFC 166.

“We’ll probably do Werdum,” White said. “It probably makes the most sense. His whole game has improved. He’s a big, strong, tough, durable guy. His striking has improved.”

White added that Werdum, with his superior ground game, will provide a different challenge for Cain.

“He’s going to want to take it to the ground,” White said of Werdum. “It makes this fight really interesting. Stylistically, we will see who has the better stand-up, and if it goes to the ground, I think for the first time that is a dangerous, dangerous fight for Velasquez.”

Velasquez, who is known to utilize his wrestling skills in most of his fights, will face a legitimate submission artist for the second time in his career. The champ has already defeated Big Nog before wrestling the heavyweight strap from then champion Brock Lesnar. When asked how he feels on the possible Werdum fight, Cain says that he’s fine with facing Vai Cavalo.

“I’m fine with fighting Werdum next,” said Velasquez. “I just heard a while ago that he was next in line for a title shot. Werdum is a tough guy. I have the utmost respect for him, as well. That would be a good fight.”

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Hector Lombard wants a homecoming fight after the knockout win over Marquardt

Written on October 21, 2013 by Hector

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Hector Lombard requests to fight in UFC's upcoming event in Brisbane, Australia

Hector Lombard promised to put on an impressive performance a few days before his welterweight debut. The adopted Aussie believes it will be his ticket for the upcoming Brisbane card and he delivered his promise on fight night. He stopped former Strikeforce welterweight champ Nate Marquardt in the very first round of their fight.

“I want to fight in front of my son, friends and fans in Australia,” Lombard said post-fight.

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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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Ronda Rousey joins the cast of The Fast and the Furious 7

Written on October 19, 2013 by Hector

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Its official; Ronda Rousey confirms that she will be a part of the The Fast and the Furious 7

Rumors of Ronda Rousey appearing in The Fast and the Furious 7 has stemmed last August when Dwayne Johnson tweeted that he will be working alongside Rousey in the latest installment of the Action flick. However, it remained as a rumor when the undefeated athlete elected not to disclose the details of the role. Rousey finally confirmed this weekend that she is officially included in the cast of the movie. The UFC women’s bantamweight champion twitted the confirmation along with the schedule of the shoot.

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Daniel Cormier expects a tough fight against Roy Nelson

Written on October 19, 2013 by Hector

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Daniel Cormier is expecting a war when he faces Roy Nelson in the supporting bout of UFC 166

Houston – – Daniel Cormier will fight as a heavyweight for the last time this Saturday night against Roy Nelson in the co-main event of UFC 166. He has earlier said that he will come down to light heavyweight no matter the outcome of the Nelson fight. Cormier’s reasons for dropping to light heavyweight is no secret, he wants a shot at Jon Jones light heavyweight strap. That being said, the former Olympic wrestler stated that is not looking ahead at light heavyweight or past Roy Nelson.

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One FC Total Domination results: Fernandez unifies bantamweight title; Aoki victorious in featherweight debut

Written on October 19, 2013 by Hector

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Shinya Aoki and Bibiano Fernandez victorious in the recently held One FC: Total Domination

Bibiano Fernandez became One FC’s undisputed bantamweight champion when he outpointed the inaugural champ Soo Chul Kim in a hard fought unification match. Fernandez, a three time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion, imposed his game on his 21 year old opponent by taking him down at will. He spent the most part of the fight at the top of his opponent but he never came close to finishing the fight due to Kim’s excellent defense in the ground. The Korean will later have his brief moment of success when he landed a takedown of his own towards the closing parts of the 4th round. In the end, his efforts went in vain as Fernandez came out victorious after the five grueling rounds.

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UFC 166 weigh in results: Cain and JDS makes weight

Written on October 19, 2013 by Hector

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Official weigh in results for UFC 166: Cain, JDS and the rest of the main card fighters makes the weight limit

The official weigh in of UFC 166 took place at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas earlier this day. All fighters made the weight limit except from Andre Fil who took the fight on a two week notice. As a result, 20 percent of his earnings will be added to his opponent purse.

The champ, Cain Velasquez tipped the scales at 141, on the other hand, Junior dos Santos weighted a pound lighter at 140. During the weigh in, dos Santos promised the audience that he will give another knock out but the former heavyweight champ’s words received boos from the pro Mexican crowd.

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Bellator 104 results: Hawn and Keslar advances to welterweight tournament finals

Written on October 19, 2013 by Hector

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Bellator 104 winners Rick Hawn and Ron Keslar faces each other in the welterweight tournament finals

This Friday’s Bellator 104, which took place in Cedar Rapids Iowa, was headlined with a pair of match for Season 9’s welterweight tournament semifinals.

The main event was a rematch between the former US team judoka Rick Hawn and Brent Weedman. The two fighters met each other a year ago in Season 6’s lightweight finals and the rematch ended up with the same results. Hawn utilized his superior boxing to completely outclass his opponent. He hit Weedman with several combinations though he never had him in any serious trouble in the entire match. Hawn easily bagged the win with a lopsided score of 30-27 in all the judges’ scorecards.

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