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Bout with Chris Leben is a must win for Uriah Hall

Written on October 02, 2013 by Hector

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Uriah Hall will be cut in the UFC if he loses his next fight

Ultimate Fighter Season 17’s Uriah Hall is in for the most important fight of his life, a fight that he needs to win in order to keep his slot in the UFC.

Uriah Hall, a native of Jamaica, has been one of the most talked about fighter coming from the reality series. He has delivered several highlight reel knockouts in his stint in the TUF. His first round destruction of Adam Cella was dubbed by Dana White as the most brutal knockout in the entire history of the series. Hall went on to finish Bubba McDaniels in the first round of his succeeding fight. He was again praised by Dana White as the most dangerous fighter to ever come out of TUF. His coach Chael Sonnen added that Hall is a future contender in UFC’s middleweight division.

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UFC 138: Mark Scanlon Withdraws, John Maguire Steps in to Face James Head

Written on September 22, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Newcomer, John Maguire, replaces Mark Scanlon on his scheduled bout with James Head at UFC 138.

Mark Scanlon (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) was scratched off of the UFC 138 fight card for unknown reasons. He was supposed to meet James Head on the night’s preliminary card, but was now replaced by fellow UK Welterweight, John Maguire, as reported by a source close to the event.

UFC 138 will be held on November 5 at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England. The evening’s main card, which headlines the middleweight bout between Chris Leben and Mark Muñoz, will be aired on Spike TV via same-day delay. As of now, UFC officials have not yet formally confirmed the new bout.

John Maguire (16-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a former UCMMA welterweight champion who also competed in BAMMA, is now set to make his UFC debut. He currently holds a five-fight win streak, which includes a notable victory over Dean Amasinger at UCMMA 18 event.

James Head (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), on the other hand, is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt holder who started training in 2008. He opened his MMA career with a 7-1 record, which consisted of a unanimous decision victory over UFC veteran Gerald Harris. James Head just made his Octagon debut at UFC 131 last June, where he attained a submission loss to Nick Ring.

Stay tuned to Fighting Insider for more UFC 138 updates.

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Fights to Make After UFC 133

Written on August 15, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With UFC 133 now written in MMA's history books, what other match-ups would you like to see afterwards?

Former UFC light heavyweight champion – Rashad Evans – proved that there is nothing rusty about him, as he was able to defeat Tito Ortiz at UFC 133 last August 6. Indeed, Suga came back in the cage after more than a year, and he made it with a vengeance.

That said, posted after the cut are five matches that fans would like to see after UFC 133.

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Wanderlei Silva Will Keep on Fighting

Written on July 28, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"In my opinion, he has to keep fighting. He has the will to be competitive for years to come." --- Rafael Cordeiro, Trainer and mentor to Wanderlei Silva

Following his defeat against Chris Leben at UFC 132, Wanderlei Silva was stormed with talks about his possible retirement. However, The Axe Murderer remained silent about the issue.

And while UFC President – Dana White – believes that the fighter must consider retirement, Wanderlei Silva’s trainer and mentor – Rafael Cordeiro – revealed that the fighter plan to return to action despite loosing six of the eight recent bouts.

“The decision to keep fighting or not is something very personal. No one can tell you when to retire because no one knows what’s going on in your mind or heart. You have to think about the human side of the situation and Wanderlei’s desire to fight, which he has always had with him.

“In my opinion, he has to keep fighting. He has the will to be competitive for years to come. He never thought about quitting fighting because of that loss [to Leben]. That’s not a champion’s philosophy. The champion stands up again after a loss.”

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Spike TV will Air UFC 138 for Free

Written on July 26, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After UFC 120, Spike TV is airing another UFC tournament for free with UFC 138: Chris Leben vs Mark Munoz.

Last Monday morning, Spike TV announced that UFC 138 will air on a same-day tape-delay starting at 8:00 pm ET. The said tournament will take place on November 5, at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England.

UFC 138 will feature is first five-round, non-title fight, pitting Chris Leben and Mark Munoz. Other bouts set for the telecast are bantamweight Brad Pickett against Renan Barao, and lightweights Paul Taylor versus Anthony Njokuani.

The current UFC 138: Chris Leben vs Mark Munoz lineup is posted after the jump.

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Knockout Loss at UFC 132 Might End Wanderlei Silva’s Career

Written on July 04, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Due to a loss against Chris Leben at UFC 132, Dana White concluded that the end may come much sooner for Wanderlei Silva.

For more than ten years, Wanderlei Silva proved himself as a threat inside the Octagon. His fights, his styles, and his victories had certainly lived inside the minds of his fans. However, due to a knockout loss against Chris Leben at UFC 132 last Saturday, Wanderlei Silva seems to be leaving the world of MMA.

Chris Leben knocked off a straight left, forcing his opponent into the ground with an uppercut. He finished Wanderlei Silva at the 0:27 mark, while still giving the defeated fighter more left hands. This loss was considered to be Wanderlei Silva’s fourth over his past eight fights. And even though he plans to battle for another five years under the UFC, Dana White declared that the end may come sooner for him. Perhaps this decision made by the UFC President was not really that surprising, as he usually did this to previous MMA legends who garnered a series of losses.

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Wanderlei Silva Vows to ‘Kill’ Chael Sonnen

Written on July 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Wanderlei Silva is itching to feed Chael Sonnen some dust, now that the former middleweight top contender is free from CSAC's suspension.

Prior to Wanderlei Silva’s preparation for his UFC 132 bout against Chris Leben this weekend, he has spent 16 months in the sideline due to injury. And the whole time, he endured hearing derogatory things about him from Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort.

As Fighting Insider reported yesterday, Chael Sonnen is now free to fight after a lengthy suspension from CSAC. But in order to become the top middleweight contender again, he must beat at least one big name in the division — and Wanderlei Silva is ready to teach Chael Sonnen some lesson.

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UFC 132: Cruz vs Faber Main Card Preview

Written on July 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With Fighting Insider's preview for UFC 132 preliminary card done, it's time to settle your bets with the help with this main card follow-up.

Following Fighting Insider’s preview for the UFC 132 preliminary card, we are giving our betting aids for the tournament’s main card. Do you have the same bet and insights as ours?

Check out Fighting Insider’s UFC 132: Cruz vs Faber main card preview after the break.

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Wanderlei Silva, Striking His Way Back to UFC

Written on June 30, 2011 by Lulu

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A video from MMAWeekly featuring Wanderlei Silva saying that he will never change his fighting style for anybody.

For his upcoming comeback at the UFC 132, Wanderlei Silva, known as one of the most dangerous striker in MMA’s history may become older but he will remain as dangerous as he are on his previous fights.

The ‘Axe Murderer’ plans to have an exciting fight against Chris Leben. He may train on his camp to work on his wrestling skills, but he will still take the fight face to face striking Leben with series of brutal punches until the fight ends.

See Wanderlei Silva’s interview at MMAWeekly.com after the break.

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Wanderlei Silva Returns to Beat Chris Leben at UFC 132

Written on June 22, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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The Axe Murder, Wanderlei Silva, hasn’t fought since 2010 due to injuries. Now, he is expected to face Chris Leben at UFC 132.

Wanderlei Silva was unable to fight for the past 17 months due to injuries. But now, a more motivated fighter gets back on the scene to finish Chris Leben at UFC 132. “I want to show the best Wanderlei Silva for my fans around the world in this fight,” Silva said during a conference call.

Before suffering from a broken rib, Wanderlei Silva was originally slated to meet Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 116 last July. The said injury was followed by a serious knee affliction, which pushed the fighter to undergo a surgery. The moment he recovered, Wanderlei Silva immediately started his training at his own gym in Las Vegas in order to get back into his original shape.

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