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Jon Fitch itching to avenge the loss to Josh Burkman

Written on October 22, 2013 by Hector

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Jon Fitch expects a rematch with Josh Burkman if both of them wins in WSOF 6 this coming Saturday

Former UFC contender Jon Fitch is looking to get back in the winning column when he steps to the cage against the hard hitting Marcelo Alfaya this coming Saturday at WSOF 6.

Fitch has been a top rated welterweight before he suffered a string of defeats that changed the course of his career. He started his UFC campaign with eight consecutive victories only to fall against Georges St-Pierre in his bid for the welterweight crown. He would again notch up 5 wins in a row before a draw with BJ Penn and a 12 second knockout loss to Johny Hendricks. He won another fight after that but he will be eventually released by UFC following a lopsided loss at the hands of Demian Maia. In his WSOF debut, Fitch was choked out in less than a minute by fellow UFC veteran Josh Burkman.

Marcelo Alfaya, who will be making his promotional debut against Fitch, is unbeaten in his last three bouts. He is coming off a 25 second knockout win against Valdir Araujo in CFA 9 last January.

“He’s a tough guy,” Fitch said. “Good jiu-jitsu, heavy-handed. He hasn’t had a super-active career in the last three years, but he had some good wins. He had a 30-second knockout in last fight. He’s a serious threat so I have to take him as a serious threat and do whatever I can to put him away as fast as I can.”

Fitch, despite claiming that he is focused on Alfaya, admits that he is pursuing a third match with Josh Burkman. Each fighter holds submission win over the other. Fitch submitted Burkman in his second octagon appearance and the latter avenged that loss with a 41 second guillotine choke in Fitch’s WSOF debut last June.

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UFC Fight Night 29 post-fight test returned clean results

Written on October 15, 2013 by Hector

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UFC Fight Night 29 post-fight test results: not a single fighter tested positive for banned substances

The Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) has released the results of the post fight tests of all the fighters that competed at UFC Fight Night 29 and surprisingly, all of them passed the test. Four men from the main cards had previously failed the test including the man of the night Jake Shields. Prior to the upset win over Maia, Shields was tested for an undisclosed substance that resulted in the overturning of the Ed Herman win to No Contest. The other three are Thiago Silva, Joey Beltran and the Rousimar Palhares.

Silva, who defeated Matt Hamill in his recent fight, has already failed the test twice. He faked a urine sample in the post-fight test of his decision win over Brandon Vera in UFC 125. Silva would again fail the drug test by testing positive for marijuana after handing the first career loss of Stanislav Nedkov in November last year.

Both Palhares and Beltran were suspended after failing the post-fight tests of UFC on FX 6 that was held last December in Australia. In that incident, Palhares tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone while Beltran was positive for anabolic steroids.

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Jake Shields likely to get the Condit vs. Brown winner

Written on October 11, 2013 by Hector

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Jake Shields sees Carlos Condit and Matt Brown as possible opponents for his next fight

Jake Shields already has an idea of whom he will face next after the upset win over Demian Maia in UFC Fight Night 29. He thinks that he will likely take on the winner between Carlos Condit and Matt Brown. Shields already holds a win over Condit when they locked horns way back in 2006. However, he says that he welcomes the idea of a rematch or a fight with any top rated welterweights.

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UFC Fight Night 29 recap: a night of upsets

Written on October 10, 2013 by Hector

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Jake Shields upsets Demian Maia in the main event of UFC FIght Night 29

UFC Fight Night 29, which took place earlier in Barueri, Brazil, featured a pair of upsets in its main cards. Below is the complete results and summary of the event:

Jake Shields def. Maia via split decision

Jake Shields narrowly edges hometown favorite Demian Maia. The two fighters showcased their exceptional grappling skills as both of them traded sweeps and dominant positions all throughout the bout. At the end of the fight, two judges favored Shields with scores of 48-47, 47-48 and 48-47

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Jake Shields expects GSP to win over Johny Hendricks

Written on October 07, 2013 by Hector

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Jake Shields expects GSP to win against Johny Hendricks, he also said that he would love to get another shot at the champion

Former welterweight contender Jake Shields knows what it’s like is to face George St-Pierre in the octagon. He was soundly beaten by the welterweight champion in their uneventful matchup in 2011. It was considered as an off night for GSP but he failed to take advantage and lost a lopsided decision.

Shields believes that Johny Hendricks will suffer the same fate once the current no.1 contender and GSP faces each other in the main event of UFC 167.

“St-Pierre vs. Hendricks is a good fight, I think it’s a really exciting fight and one I want to watch. But ultimately, I think ‘GSP’ is so good at what he does. He’s such a smart fighter.” I think ‘GSP’ will end up using his distance, range – his standup – and end up taking Hendricks down and wearing him down and winning a tough fight,” Shields said.

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Rodrigo Damm sidelined due to kidney stones, fight with Hacran Dias removed from UFC Fight Night 29

Written on October 07, 2013 by Hector

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Rodrigo Damm's kidney injury resulted in the removal of the featherweight showdown between him and Hacran Dias in UFC Fight Night 29

The upcoming featherweight matchup between Rodrigo Damm and Hacran Dias was removed from the UFC Fight Night 29 due to Damm’s injury. It was reported that Damm has suffered from kidney stone attack while cutting weight for his upcoming fight. Damm already has a history with weight cutting and kidney issues. He was pulled out from the semi finals of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil when he suffered the same injury.

UFC has decided not to seek for replacement and the event will now go on with just 10 matches. Here’s the updated lineup after the cancellation of the Damm vs. Dias bout:

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Maia and Shields winner likely to land in a “good spot” in welterweight division

Written on October 02, 2013 by Hector

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There is a lot at stake in the upcoming showdown between Demian Maia and Jake Shields

The upcoming UFC Fight Night 29 that will be headlined by Demian Maia and Jake Shields has not yet generated any buzz with just one week left prior to its schedule. Both fighters have not been in the main event for a period of time. Maia’s last was his middleweight title shot against Anderson Silva more than 3 years ago while Shield’s last headliner is a first round KO loss to Jake Ellenberger in 2011. However, UFC president Dana White believes that the showdown between the two accomplished grapplers is an important fight in the welterweight division.

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Mark Munoz Injured, Chael Sonnen To Face Michael Bisping

Written on January 19, 2012 by Markham Mencken

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Bisping replaces injured Mark Munoz and faces Chael Sonnen at UFC on Fox 2.

With less than two weeks before the event, Mark Munoz has been forced out of the UFC on FOX 2 co-main event. Munoz who was forced to withdraw from the fight due to an injured right elbow will be replaced by Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping.

“Munoz is injured and out of the FOX fight,” UFC President Dana White announced via Twitter. “Now it’s Chael Sonnen vs. Mike Bisping Jan. 28, and the winner will fight Anderson for the title.”

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Five Matches to Make After UFC 134

Written on September 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With UFC 134: Silva vs Okami now in the books, it's time to move on to the next chapter.

Last Saturday at UFC 134, Anderson Silva made Yushin Okami looked like less than ordinary, as the reigning middleweight champion defeated one of the best challenger in the sport. It was The Spider’s ninth successful title defense, with a 15-fight win streak. That said, it could be a no brainer if fans will run out of superlatives to describe Anderson Silva’s fighting prowess in the future.

But moving on, check out what matches would fans would like to see after UFC 134 by taking a leap.

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UFC 131: Dos Santos vs Carwin Main Card Preview

Written on June 11, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Before UFC 131 kicks off tonight, check out Fighting Insider's main card preview for the upcoming match.

Brock Lesnar’s forced withdrawal from his UFC 131 bout against Junior Dos Santos due to health issues opens the door for Shane Carwin. And with a heavyweight title shot possible to be the winner’s reward, fans can bet that both Junior Dos Santos and Shane Carwin will make a statement to get a crack at Cain Velasquez. The Dos Santos vs Carwin bout will surely end violently, but the rest of the main card is also ripe with meaningful plot.

Take a look at Fighting Insider’s UFC 131 main card preview after the skip.

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