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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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Benson Henderson wants Rafael dos Anjos for his octagon return

Written on October 29, 2013 by Hector

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Bendo has set his sights on Rafael dos Anjos as possible opponent for his comeback fight

Former UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson finally broke his silence after losing his belt to rival Anthony Pettis last August. He discussed some of his plans for his return bout and the injury that he suffered following the loss. To his credit, Henderson has not mentioned any excuses or factors that might have affected his performances that night. The former champ just stated some clarifications regarding his “controversial” verbal tap.

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Jose Aldo seeks legacy, wants a superfight with Pettis at 155

Written on October 23, 2013 by Hector

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Jose Aldo wants Anthony Pettis' lightweight belt for a chance of to hold titles in two weight classes

Anthony Pettis was supposed to drop to 145 to challenge featherweight king Jose Aldo but an injury yanked him out of the fight. He later won a title of his own when he submitted Benson Henderson in UFC 164. Now, with Pettis as the lightweight champ, Jose Aldo feels that it is his turn to come after Pettis’ belt.

“I want it at lightweight,” states Aldo regarding a potential fight with Pettis. “That’s where his belt resides, so I can steal it. It would be better for me since I already have a belt of my own. My belt is already up on the wall at my home.”

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No immediate title shot for TJ’s return

Written on October 22, 2013 by Hector

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TJ Grant won't be having an immediate title shot upon his octagon return according to Dana White

Canadian lightweight contender TJ Grant is tearing on the lightweight division before an injury altered his shot at the lightweight gold. He suffered a concussion while training for his title fight against then-champion Benson Henderson. As a result, he was pulled out of the bout and was replaced by Anthony Pettis who eventually wrestled the belt from Bendo. Grant has retained his number 1 status but the same injury would again force him out of the championship bout with Pettis.

Dana White, while saying that he feels bad for what happened to Grant, believes that the Canadian might have lost his chance for the title after missing it twice.

“T.J. Grant’s in one of those unfortunate situations where he had the title shot and he had to pull out twice,” says White after last Saturday’s UFC 166 in Houston. “He’s in limbo. He might come back and have to fight another fight. We’ve got to keep this thing rolling.”

Gilbert Melendez, who put on an impressive show in UFC 166, will likely be the man to take the spot of TJ Grant. White admits that El Nino’s performance makes it difficult to deny him of a title shot. Meanwhile, Grant is still on the process of recovering from the injury. The exact date of his octagon return has not been revealed up to now.

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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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Rafael dos Anjos: I’m one win away from a titleshot

Written on October 16, 2013 by Hector

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Rafael dos Anjos believes that a win over TJ Grant will put him closer to a lightweight titleshot

Rafael dos Anjos believes that he is one win away before getting his first ever UFC titleshot and he wants TJ Grant for that fight. The product of Kings MMA has racked up 5 wins in a row when he outpointed Donald Cerrone last August in the undercard of the Condit-Kampmann rematch.

“One more win and I should fight for the title,” says dos Anjos. “I won my last five fights. I’m in the UFC for five years, so I deserve a shot at the title after my next win.”

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Diego Sanchez confident on his chances against Anthony Pettis

Written on October 16, 2013 by Hector

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Diego Sanchez believes he has the right "style" to beat lightweight champion Anthony Pettis

Diego Sanchez has already set his sights on Anthony Pettis despite being just days away from facing Gilbert Melendez at UFC 166. “The Dream” believes that he has the right tools to take away the belt from the current lightweight champ.

“I love the way I match up with Anthony Pettis,” says Sanchez. “We’re a contrast in styles, and I feel my style beats his style.”

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Jose Aldo wants to move to lightweight but Dana White and his coach says no

Written on October 09, 2013 by Hector

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Jose Aldo will move to 155 only if Dana White allows him to

Talks of a superfight between featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo and Anthony Pettis have already started even before Showtime won the lightweight championship over Benson Henderson. It was announced early this year that Pettis would drop to 145 lbs to challenge Aldo but the 26 year old Milwaukee native suffered an injury and was pulled out of the fight. Aldo defended his belt against Chan Sung Jung instead. He broke his right foot early in the fight but managed to pull a TKO victory due to an injury in The Korean Zombie’s shoulders. Pettis on the other hand, stayed at 155 and went on to win the belt last August 31. He is scheduled to make his first title defense against Josh Thomson in December.

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Pat Healy and Jamie Varner added to UFC on Fox 9

Written on October 07, 2013 by Hector

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UFC on Fox 9 gets deeper with the addition of Jamie Varner and Pat Healy

The highly stacked UFC on Fox 9 gets even more loaded with the addition of the lightweight showdown between Jamie Varner and Pat Healy. The two lightweights are known to put up highly entertaining fights and both are recipients of Fight of the Night honors.

However, both of them have also lost their previous matches. Varner is 1 – 2 after defeating Edson Barboza in a fight that is considered as the Upset of the Year of 2012. He dropped a split decision loss to Gleison Tibau in his last fight. Pat Healy also lost his recent outing. He was outclassed by the Russian prospect Khabib Nurmagomedov last September in UFC 165. Prior to that fight, Healy submitted Jim Miller but the win was overturned when Healy tested positive in marijuana in his post-fight test.  He is 0-2 with 1 No Contest in his UFC career.

The event which will take place on December 14 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California is headlined with a lightweight title bout between Anthony Pettis and Josh Thomson. It also features several top names in the UFC including former interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit and former title contenders in Urijah Faber, Michael McDonald and Chad Mendes.

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Cody McKenzie battles Sam Stout in UFC on Fox 9

Written on October 04, 2013 by Hector

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Cody McKenzie vs. Sam Stout is the latest addition to UFC on Fox 9

Cody McKenzie returns to the lightweight division after splitting his two fights at 145 lbs. He started his featherweight campaign with a 31-second TKO loss to Chad Mendez a year ago in UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2. He bounced back this April when he defeated Leonard Garcia by unanimous decision. McKenzie is known for […]

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