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The Phenom eyeing a middleweight title shot if he gets past Dan Henderson in their rematch at UFC Fight Night 32
Multidivisional contender Vitor Belfort, whose just days away from a rematch with Dan Henderson is already visualizing his future should he win in their headline bout at UFC Fight Night 32. The Phenom believes that a win over the heavy handed Henderson will earn him a shot at the middleweight belt despite the fight happening at 205. However, a loss to Henderson, a man known for his fight ending right hand will put Vitor back in the line of 185 contenders that includes the likes of Ronaldo Souza and the reinvigorated Lyoto Machida. Belfort states that while he is very much aware of the consequences, the reward is worth all the risk.Read the rest of the article »
Brandon Vera will probably stay with UFC according to Dana White
The UFC has decided to keep Brandon Vera despite going 1-4 with 1 No Contest his last six fights. Vera, who was recently stopped by Ben Rothwell, has been lobbying in the cut list in the latter parts of his career. In fact, several MMA sites have predicted that he will be released from the promotion if he loses to Big Ben, which he eventually did.
Fortunately for Vera, his loss was once again tainted with controversy as his opponent tested positive for testosterone. A similar scenario has happened to him more than two years ago when he lost a unanimous decision to Thiago Silva. Vera was subsequently released from the UFC but they will later re-sign him when it was discovered that Silva submitted a fake urine sample in the post-fight test.Read the rest of the article »
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:Read the rest of the article »
UFC heavyweight ‘Big’ Ben Rothwell suffered an ankle injury
Another UFC fighter has been bitten by the injury bug. UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell has been forced to withdraw from the UFC on FOX 4 card, due to an ankle injury. Rothwell was scheduled to face Travis Browne in the upcoming eventRead the rest of the article »
A rumored UFC light heavyweight title match pairing champion, Jon Jones, and top contender, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, is now nearly official for UFC 135.
Last Wednesday, UFC announced that light heavyweight champion – Jon Jones – and no. 1 contender – Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson – verbally agreed to face each other at UFC 135 on September 24, at the Pepsi Center in Denver. In addition to this, the upcoming tournament will also feature a welterweight duel between Matt Hughes and Diego Sanchez, and a heavyweight battle pitting Ben Rothwell and Mark Hunt.
Jon Jones was last seen snatching the championship belt from Mauricio Shogun Rua at UFC 128. The new champ’s first title defense was supposed to take place on August 6 at UFC 133. Unfortunately, Jon Jones was forced to withdraw due to thumb injury. On the other, Rampage Jackson recently won his UFC 130 match against Matt Hamill last May 28. Prior to that, the former light heavyweight champ outpointed Lyoto Machida after losing to Rashad Evans in May 2010.
More UFC 135 updates are sure to come, so just keep it posted here at Fighting Insider.View Article Source »
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