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Dana White praises Andre Fili despite missing weight for UFC 166

Written on October 21, 2013 by Hector

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UFC 166’s Andrew Fili puts on an impressive performance when he stopped Jeremy Larsen in his octagon debut

Andre Fili, the only fighter who missed weight in the recently held UFC 166 has received an exemption from UFC president Dana White. According to White, there will be no hard feelings for Fili missing weight. After all, the team Alpha Male member has took the fight in 10 days notice as a replacement for the injured Charles Oliveira.

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The Injury bug has bitten Charles Oliveira, “Do Bronx” out of UFC 166

Written on October 05, 2013 by Hector

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Do Bronx injured and out of his bout with Jeremy Larsen

Charles Oliveira will not be competing against Jeremy Larsen in UFC 166. His coach, Ericson Cardozo has disclosed to MMAfighting.com that the 23 year old Brazilian has strained his thigh muscle and will not be able to walk for three to four weeks. He also added that Oliveira will be possibly out for the rest of the year.

Charles Oliveira was initially schedule to face Estevan Payan, but Payan suffered a broken foot and was forced out of the card. He was replaced with Jeremy Larsen who is still looking for his first win in the octagon. Oliveira’s injury left him without an opponent with just 2 weeks remaining before the event.

Do Bronx has expressed his frustrations in an interview in MMA premium:

“I’m really sad because I knew how important this fight was and I know how ready I was for this,” said Oliveira.  “The doctors told me that I can’t even move or this injury can get worse.”

UFC 166 will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on October 19, 2013. It will be headlined with the trilogy of Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos. The event will also feature a heavyweight showdown between Daniel Cormier and Roy Nelson.

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BJ Penn willing to fight Bendo first as stepping stone for Edgar Trilogy

Written on October 01, 2013 by Hector

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BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar will meet in the octagon for the third time after their stint as coaches of The Ultimate Fighter 19

Dana White has told a small of group of reporters in Brazil about BJ Penn’s original plans before dropping to featherweight. He said that Penn originally asked for a fight with Benson Henderson as stepping stone for a trilogy with Frankie Edgar. Dana then decided that the former 2 division champion didn’t need to take an extra step. He asked Frankie if he wanted to fight BJ again and pitted them against each other as head coaches of the upcoming TUF season.

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Charles Oliveira: Moving to Featherweight?

Written on August 18, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Charles Oliveira is said to consider moving to featherweight following his setbacks.

After loosing two of his last three fights, Charles Oliveira will consider moving down from lightweight to featherweight. His manager, Wade Hampel, said that the latter is planning to discuss the possibility with the fighter and the coaching staff. However, the decision is not as simple as cutting down a few pounds. According to the manager, Charles Oliveira – who usually walks at around 164 pounds – is still growing. Charles Oliveira signed his UFC contract last summer, and his height then was 5′ 2″. Now, he is 6′ 2″.

But when asked if Charles Oliveira has a preference, Wade Hampel said that the fighter is willing to compete at any weight division. He also added that the lightweight talent fought at 170 pounds in Brazil before joining the promotion. But after starting his professional career, Charles Oliveira received his first setbacks.

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UFC on Versus 5 Prelims Stream on Facebook

Written on August 11, 2011 by Lulu

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UFC announced that they will stream the preliminary bouts of their upcoming UFC on Versus 5 on Facebook for free.

UFC officials announced that UFC on Versus 5: Hardy vs Lytle will stream eight of its preliminary matches for free on its official Facebook Fan Page. This move – which will begin on Sunday, August 14, at 5:45 p.m. ET – will give UFC fans a chance to watch the entire event as if they are inside the arena.

While the Dan Hardy vs Chris Lytle bout will be in the main event, the rest of the card fills out well. Check the full card after the break.

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Donald Cerrone vs Charles Oliveira, Moved to Main Card on UFC on Versus 5

Written on July 13, 2011 by Lulu

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After replacing the slots of John Makdessi and Paul Taylor on UFC on Versus 5, Donald Cerrone and Charles Oliveira's bout were moved to the event's main card.

The lightweight showdown between Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and Charles Oliveira was moved to the UFC on Versus 5’s main card matches that will take place in Milwaukee.

However, the two fighters are not the original ones that are scheduled for the August card. The original fight was a showdown between John Makdessi and Paul Taylor. But the former had an injury that forced him to pull out from the said match. Then Donald Cerrone stepped in to replace him. Several days later, Paul Taylor was forced out of the bout and the UFC officials get Charles Oliveira to face the Cowboy.

Both fighters are widely known for their exciting and non-stop action performance on their every fights, and that’s the reason why the match between them was moved on the main card that will be televised for UFC on Versus 5. UFC on Versus 5 will take place on August 12 in Milwaukee at the Bradley Center.

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Charles Oliveira Replaces Paul Taylor For UFC on Versus 5 Against Donald Cerrone

Written on July 08, 2011 by Lulu

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After his fight against Nick Lentz at UFC 132 which resulted to a no contest, Charles Oliveira will now face Donald Cerrone at UFC on Versus 5.

According to a source, Charles Oliveira has stepped in to replace Paul Taylor for the upcoming UFC on Versus 5 against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Paul Taylor backs out of his upcoming match due to undisclosed injury. Charles Oliveira will replace Paul Taylor just two weeks after his match against Nik Lentz in Pitsburgh at UFC on Versus 4, which was declared by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission to a no contest. Now, Charles Oliveira will step again inside the Octagon to face another dangerous opponent — the former WEC title contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.

See the current UFC on Versus 5 fight card after the break.

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PSAC Declares Oliveira vs Lentz a No-contest

Written on June 30, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After a review of the fight, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission has overturned Charles Oliveira's heavily panned UFC on Versus 4 victory over Nik Lentz, and declared it a no-contest.

After a review of Charles Oliveira vs Nik Lentz bout at UFC on Versus 4, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission has overturned the former’s victory to a no-contest. According to a statement from PSAC:

“After review of the tape of this contest and after consultation with the referee, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission has ruled that the results of this match will be changed to a no-contest. This change is a direct result from an accidental kick to the head by Mr. Oliveira to a grounded Mr. Lentz.”

Early in the second round of their match, Charles Oliveira gave a kneeling Nik Lentz a knee to the face. The latter’s eye socket and cheek bleed and became swollen, resulting to a lengthy medical suspension. Following that, Charles Oliveira gave Nik Lentz a rear-naked choke.

But despite that, both of them were given $50,000 each for the Fight of the Night performance.

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Oliveira’s Win Over Lentz at UFC on Versus 4, Changed to ‘No Contest’?

Written on June 28, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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The Pennsylvania Athletic Commission (PSAC) is still undecided on whether to declare the Oliveira vs Lentz fight a "no contest" or not.

During the UFC on Versus 4 event at the CONSOL Energy Center last Sunday, Charles Oliveira took the victory after giving Nik Lentz’s head an illegal knee on the second round. The fight’s referee was not able to witness the said foul, but some witnesses claimed that the former’s knee was just an accident.

According to PSAC executive director, Greg Sirb, “I want to double-check everything and spend some time with the referee on that. We should have it done, I would say, probably Tuesday night.”

Due to this issue, the monetary award that is supposed to be given to Charles Oliveira has been hold by the UFC. Although they know about this plan, Greg Sirb pointed out that they have no idea of how much money Charles Oliveira won, since they don’t obtain winnings for their fighters. What the PSAC exec can only share is that both fighters were granted $50,000 each for the “Fight of the Night” bonus.

PSAC concluded that if ever a foul affects the results of a game, then it is possible for them to declare the match as a “no contest”. If this happens, Charles Oliveira would never have the chance to receive his win purse. Meanwhile, Greg Sirb is still thankful for having a successful event last Sunday. He said that referee Chip Snider was a professional one, so there’s no doubt that he would likely to ruin the game. “No problem. Missed call possibly, but I thought everything was handled very well – particularly, ‘Big’ Dan (Mirgliotta) in the main event”, the PSAC executive director said.

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The Official Trailer for UFC 124

Written on November 25, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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The UFC 124 is coming in a few weeks. The anticipation from UFC fans is on its peak. Fighting Insider stirs more the excitement of people with an exclusive trailer of the event.

In less than two weeks, UFC welterweight champions Georges St-Pierre and UFC top contender Josh Koscheck will meet on the octagon. The two fighters will headline the coming UFC 124. The event will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal and airs live on pay-per-view.

FightingInsider.com embedded the video trailer together with the full fight card.

UFC 124 just ended the latest season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which featured St-Pierre and Koscheck as coaches. There will be no “TUF 12″ episode airing this week due to Thanksgiving celebration. But, a two-hour season finale next week will determine the last two finalists who will meet at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale on Dec. 4 in Las Vegas.

The coach versus coach bout is a much awaited part of the reality show. Koscheck needled the champion all throughout the three-month long series on Spike TV, but St. Pierre gains victory most of the time.

St-Pierre and Koscheck fought in 2007 at UFC 74. St-Pierre dominated Koscheck for a unanimous-decision victory.

St-Pierre has reclaimed the title after a year during UFC 83, where he had a rematch with Serra and scored a magnificent TKO win during the promotion’s first trip to the Bell Centre. Since that event, he had continuously defended his title four times. Winning over Jon Fitch, B.J. Penn, Thiago Alves and Dan Hardy. On the other hand, Koscheck has a 6-2 record since his first St-Pierre fight. This record included victories over Dustin Hazelett, Chris Lytle, Frank Trigg and Anthony Johnson. He secured his victory on the title shot with a decision win over Paul Daley.

See the list of fights and trailer after the skip.

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