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Jimi Manuwa and Alexander Gustafsson booked for UFC’s return to London

Written on November 06, 2013 by Hector

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Jimi Manuwa steps in for Lil Nog to face Alexander Gustafsson in London next year

Alexander Gustafsson has found a new dance partner for his octagon return and it will be none other than the undefeated Nigerian- English prospect Jimi Manuwa. UFC officials made the announcement this Tuesday, confirming that Manuwa will replace the injured Antonio Rogerio Nogueira as Gustafsson’s opponent in the headline bout of the upcoming UFC card in London.

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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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Jon Jones takes a shot at Daniel Cormier’s physique

Written on October 29, 2013 by Hector

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Jon Jones controls his diet to avoid looking like Daniel Cormier

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has started talking smack at potential rival Daniel Cormier and this time he took a shot at DC’s body. Bones, who is probably on a diet in preparation for his upcoming title defense against Glover Teixeira, took it to his twitter account. According to the weight conscious champ, he avoids over eating for the fear of looking like Cormier.

“With that being said I love these people. their hospitality is first class nothing but hugs and smiles eating so much Ill look like DC soon. “ wrotes Jones on his Twitter.

Obviously, Cormier does not like it. He immediately answered right after learning the tweet.

“@JonnyBones it’s much easier to talk when you know theres two fights seperating us. Keep running ur mouth kid! Jon u can’t beat me!”

DC has been clamoring for a fight with Jones way before his UFC career. He already said his goodbye to the heavyweight division in his lopsided win over Roy Nelson at UFC 166.After that he announced that he will be officially dropping to 205 to challenge Bones for the title. That being said, it will be a long road for him before he lands a superfight with Jones.

Alexander Gustafsson has already been promised a rematch with Bones should he win against Little Nog early next year in London. Of course, that depends on the outcome of Jones’ title defense against Glover Teixeira. If both of them wins, Cormier will likely have to win 2 or matches before finally earning his much awaited fight against Jon Jones.

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Daniel Cormier wants Gustaffson for his light heavyweight debut

Written on October 23, 2013 by Hector

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Daniel Cormier wants to fight Gustafsson before a title fight against Jon Jones

Javier Mendez, the chief trainer of Daniel Cormier has revealed that they are looking for a fight against Alexander Gustafsson for DC’s light heavyweight debut. Mendez believes that a win over Gus will legitimize Cormier’s shot at Jon Jones’ title. He also added that if DC were to beat Gustafsson, then they will clearly have an idea of the kind of fight he will put up against Bones.

Gustafsson, of course, is coming off from a Fight of the Night performance against Jon Jones. Gus may have fallen short on that night but he gave the champion the toughest challenge of his career.

Mendez also gave his take on the potential matchup of his fighter against the reigning light heavyweight champion. The AKA leader admits that he is not 100 percent sure on Cormier’s chances against Jones but believes that DC can take him down at will. Jones has been only taken down once in his UFC career, and that happened in his recent fight against Gus.

“I don’t think he’ll win (against Jones) easily, and I’m not 100-percent sure he’s going to win. I’m 100-percent sure that it’s going to be a hell of a fight and it’s going to be the biggest challenge of Jones’ life. Cormier’s going to meet an individual who’s got the height and knows how to use it really well. But Jones is going to meet a wrestler like he’s never faced before. Now Jones has got to be concerned about going on his back. He can’t be thinking about, ‘Okay, it’s going to be difficult to take me down.’ Now he 100 percent has a legit reason to be careful what he does, because he’s going to be on his back whether he likes it or not.”

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Aldo vs. Lamas targeted for Superbowl weekend card

Written on October 18, 2013 by Hector

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The featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas is rumored to headline UFC 169

UFC officials are planning to put the featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas in the annual UFC Super Bowl event. The card was supposed to be headlined by Jon Jones’ 7th title defense against Glover Teixeira, but it was scrapped after Jones asked for more time to recover from the injuries that he suffered in his recent bout against Alexander Gustafsson.

White has not indicated if Aldo and Lamas will headline the card. However, UFC’s biggest stars are all scheduled to fight before the end of this year so there is a high possibility that the proposed fight will be the main event of the Super Bowl weekend card.

Aldo is perhaps the biggest MMA star in Brazil outside of Anderson Silva and Junior dos Santos. He is ranked in the top 3 of several pound-for-pound lists but it seems that he has yet to achieve global stardom. It is very evident in his latest title defense against Chan Sung Jung when he only netted a total of 170,000 PPV buys. Jones, on the other hand bagged a whopping 550,000 buys in his bout against Chael Sonnen last April.

The Aldo-Lamas bout is a very good match although it may not be as attractive compared to any bout that involves Jones. The two featherweights has always been known as action fighters and a fight between them is a sure treat to all MMA fans.

[Photos from realpain-mma.com]

 

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JDS nearly missed the trilogy due to a facial cut

Written on October 17, 2013 by Hector

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JDS suffered a cut in his left eyebrow three weeks prior to the trilogy with Cain

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos has revealed that a cut nearly prevented him from competing for the much anticipated trilogy with Cain Velasquez. According to JDS, he suffered the cut three weeks ago while training for his upcoming fight.

“It was in the training and it was accidental,” says dos Santos in the most recent UFC 166 open workouts. “But I’m OK already. I’m 100 percent already.”

Although JDS asserts that he is 100 percent ready, the cut could still play a major part especially for a fight of this magnitude where one advantage could very well affect the outcome of the match. The scar is visible above Cigano’s right eyebrow and it can possibly play against him if Cain targets it once they lock horns in the main event of the PPV card this weekend.

Last April, a similar incident happened to UFC when a cut forced Alexander Gusafsson to pull out from the headline bout against Gerard Mousasi in UFC on Fuel TV 9. With just 4 days prior to the fight, UFC officials have no choice but to replace him with the relatively unknown Ilir Latifi. Fortunately, JDS recovered from the cut or Zuffa would have scrapped one of the biggest events of this year.

 [Photos from www.allwrestlingsuperstars.com]

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Dana White scrapped Jones – Teixeira from Super Bowl weekend event

Written on October 08, 2013 by Hector

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The UFC light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira will no longer headline UFC 169

It looks like fight fans will have to wait longer for the light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira. It was officially announced last week that the fight will take place in UFC 169 but Dana White scrapped the idea and told the media that the schedule of the fight has not been finalized yet.

“Jones vs. Teixeira on February 1 is never, ever a done deal” says Dana White in an interview last Monday. He made it clear that the fight will certainly happen but not on the rumored date.

“That’s going to be later. That was never a done deal. “Our people put it out, but they shouldn’t have” added the UFC president.

He then hinted that Jones and Teixeira would likely square off in March, around the same time with Alexander Gustafsson’s return bout in Sweden or London. White also promised that Jones and Gustafsson would surely meet again if both fighters win their next fights.

It was also announced last week that the heavyweight matchup between Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir was moved to the Super Bowl event (UFC 169) from its original schedule on November 16. The removal of the Jones – Teixeira fight leaves Mir vs. Overeem as the only match that was scheduled for UFC 169.

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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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UFC on FUEL TV 2 Event Draws 15,428 Attendees

Written on April 15, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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The recent bout, UFC on FUEL TV 2 earns $2.23 million live gate.

UFC president Dana White shares that the UFC on FUEL TV 2 event has drawn 15,428 attendees and a $2.23 million live gate.

The recent bout took place at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. The event was headlined by a light heavyweight fight between Thiago Silva and Alexander Gustafsson. Sweden’s Gustafsson earned a unanimous-decision victory over Thiago Silva.

UFC on FUEL TV 2 is now tagged as one of the most successful European shows in UFC history and the biggest non-pay-per-view UFC event ever.

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UFC 133 Prelims Gathered 1.4 Million Viewers on Spike TV

Written on August 10, 2011 by Lulu

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UFC 133 prelims, that was aired on Spike TV, obtained an average of 1.4 million viewers last Saturday night.

According to reports, last Saturday’s UFC 133 prelims gained an average of 1.4 million viewers on Spike TV, pulling an overall rating of 1.0. The recent UFC event was the No. 1 rated program among the key 18-49 male demographic for basic cable networks on Saturday night.

The said 1.4 million average is just too short to beat the UFC 131 numbers which gained 1.6 million viewers. However, UFC 133’s average viewer is enough to beat UFC 132 with 1.2 million viewers.

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