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Jon Jones and Rampage Jackson, to Headline UFC 135

Written on June 16, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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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.

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Matt Hughes vs Diego Sanchez, Set for UFC 135 in Denver

Written on June 09, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With UFC 135 now set on September 24 in Denver, a Matt Hughes vs Diego Sanchez duel will be part of this upcoming tournament.

After UFC officials announced UFC 135 last April, the upcoming tournament has finally been pinned to an event. Set to take place on September 24 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Matt Hughes and Diego Sanchez agreed to lock horns in the forthcoming match. It was the former who first hinted UFC 135’s venue on his website, and was confirmed on the latter’s Twitter account.

Diego Sanchez recently earned his second consecutive victory, after defeating Martin Kampmann at UFC on Versus 3 via unanimous decision. Meanwhile, Matt Hughes hasn’t fought since November 2010, after suffering a 21-second knockout from BJ Penn. But prior to that, the H.I.T. squad earned a three-fight win streak from Matt Serra, Renzo Gracie and Ricardo Almeida.

Just keep it posted here at Fighting Insider for more UFC 135 updates.

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Diego Sanchez vs Matt Hughes, Tapped for UFC Fall Event

Written on April 29, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Sorry, Royce Gracie. But Matt Hughes is in line to face Diego Sanchez for a to-be-announced UFC fall event.

Last Thursday, UFC officials announced that Diego Sanchez and Matt Hughes will have a welterweight clash for a to-be-announced UFC fall event.

Diego Sanchez latest fight was a unanimous decision win over Martim Kampmann at UFC on Versus 3 last March. On the other hand, Matt Hughes has been idle in MMA active competition since November 2010. That was after he suffered a 21-second knockout from BJ Penn.

The upcoming UFC fall event has no date or location yet. However, this match-up only proves that Royce Gracie will nit have his rematch against Matt Hughes at UFC Rio.

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UFC on Versus 3: Sanchez and Kampmann Quick Results

Written on March 04, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC on Versus 3: Sanchez vs Kampmann has been concluded, and he results are all in. Who among the fighters went home victorious?

At long last, UFC on Versus 3: Sanchez vs Kampmann has ended and the results are in! At the event’s main card, Diego Sanchez defeated Martin Kampmann via unanimous decision.

The UFC on Versus 3 took place last Thursday at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Who among your bets went home victorious? Check out the quick results after the cut.

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UFC on Versus 3 Official Weigh-In Result

Written on March 03, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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UFC on Versus 3 fighters stepped on the scale fast and easy. Let's get it on!

No can stop the supremacy of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. First, UFC 127 gained a “quite good” rating and second UFC 129 tickets were sold out the moment it came out and now, many people are looking forward for UFC on Versus 3.

Speaking of UFC on Versus 3, the official weigh-ins of the event took place in Louisville, KY last Wednesday. Main men for the event Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann both achieved their target weights making the fight more official that it may seem.

A few fighters stepped on the scale naked to make it to the weight limits. Most fighters made it to the scale fast and easy.

Here are the official weights for UFC on Versus 3 card, airing Thursday starting on Facebook at 8pm ET then moving to Versus at 9pm ET.

MAIN CARD:

Martin Kampmann (171) vs. Diego Sanchez (171)
Mark Munoz (186) vs. C.B. Dollaway (185)
Alessio Sakara (186) vs. Chris Weidman (186)
Brian Bowles (135) vs. Damacio Page (136)

FACEBOOK PRELIMS:

Danny Castillo (155) vs. Joe Stevenson (155)
Steve Cantwell (206) vs. Cyrille Diabate (205)

NON-TELEVISED PRELIMS:

Shane Roller (156) vs. Thiago Tavares (156)
Takeya Mizugaki (136) vs. Reuben Duran (136)
Rob Kimmons (185) vs. Dongi Yang (186)
Rousimar Palhares (186) vs. Dave Branch (186)
Todd Brown (205) vs. Igor Pokrajac (204)

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UFC 121 and Strikeforce Challengers 11 — Clean and Drug Free

Written on December 09, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Just like other sports competitions, fighters undergo drug tests to assure a clean game. It was a fortunate event that UFC 121 and Strikeforce Challengers 11 fighters came out clean and drug free.

Good News! All the fighters who competed las October’s UFC 121 and Strikeforce Challengers 11 events are clean and free of drug abuse or any other performance-enhancing agents.

This news was today confirmed by a representative from the California State Athletic Commission.

The UFC 121 event took place last Oct. 23 in Anaheim, while Strikeforce Challengers 11 took place Oct. 22 in Fresno.

The current list of fighters tested were not disclosed, however CSAC traditionally tests headliners and other competitors chosen randomly from each card. UFC 121 featured a bout between Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez for heavyweight title fight, whereas Strikeforce Challengers 11 was headlined by welterweights Roger Bowling vs. Bobby Voelker.

All of the fighters tested negative for drugs of abuse (such as marijuana and cocaine), as well as anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancers.

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UFC 121: A Success

Written on October 28, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Unlike the past UFC events, UFC 121 made an exception. The UFC officials got more than what they expected. The promotion earned huge number of attendees and high ratings too.

Last weekend’s UFC 121 event featuring Lesnar vs Velasquez has drawn 14,856 attendees for a live gate of $2,237,070. These figures were given by the California State Athletic Commission. The event took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Even though the attendance was roughly identical to the estimated digits, the gate total increased a bit from the $2.15 million estimation.

The lastest UFC event was headlined by a title fight between Brock Lesanr vs Cain Velasquez. It also scored 8th place as the highest attendance on UFC’s 20 events so far. It also scored the biggest among the organization’s California-based events.

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UFC 121 Fighters on Medical Suspension

Written on October 27, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Just like on the previous UFC fights, the California State Athletic Commission released the list of fighters who will face medical suspensions due to injuries acquired from the fights.

As usual, the California State Athletic Commission has issued the medical suspensions of fighters from UFC 121 event last Saturday. There are 13 fighters all in all including the heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. He was suspended for six months. In addition to this, co-headliners Jake Shields, Diego Sanchez, Court McGee and Patrick Cote are also facing the six-month suspensions.

Lesnar loss via TKO on the first round is roughly out for 180 days with no contact due to eye injuries. He also faces a 60 day suspension due to left cheek laceration.

Shields, who won against Martin Kampmann, is suspended 180 days with no contact because of under bleeding of the eye and blurred vision.

Sanchez, who won over Paulo Thiago, has a right-wrist fracture, resulting to an 180-day suspension.

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Lesnar-Velasquez Plus Four More Bouts for UFC 121

Written on August 17, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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It's time for the heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar, to protect his belt from being snatched away. Cain Velasquez is not just an ordinary challenger, because two victories against Cheik Kongo and Ben Rothwell anchor his resume. Is the belt here to stay? Or will it have its new owner?

UFC made the Lesnar-Velasquez match-up official last Monday with four additional bouts. The heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar, will defend his title against the unbeaten Cain Velasquez in the UFC 121. The fight will headline the said event, that will take place on October 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Other match-ups featured for the pay-per-view event include a middleweight bout between Jake Shields and Martin Kampmann, a welterweight duel of Paulo Thiago and Diego Sanchez, a light heavyweight tilt between Tito Ortiz versus Matt Hamill, and Brendan Schaub will lock horns with Gabriel Gonzaga. Four unofficial matches between Todd Duffee and Jon Madsen, Patrick Cote versus Tom Lalwer, Court McGee against Ryan Jensen, and Dongi Yang contra Chris Camozzi are also lined up for UFC 121.

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Diego Sanchez vs Paulo Thiago on UFC 121

Written on July 23, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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"I am giving everything I have in the training camp this time around, I will show my fans and UFC that that last fight I was only performing at 70% with no one to blame but myself," Sanchez told Buffington. "I have found my focus again I am expecting a war."

According to walterweight Diego Sanchez, he will fight Paulo Thiago at UFC 121 on October 23 at the battle field of Anaheim California.

Sanchez revealed the match up with Penny Buffington of PennyJoMMA.com and the usually super motivated TUF 1 winner said he didn’t push himself during his last fight.

“I am giving everything I have in the training camp this time around, I will show my fans and UFC that that last fight I was only performing at 70% with no one to blame but myself,” Sanchez told Buffington. “I have found my focus again I am expecting a war.”

After being defeated last December by Penn, he returned to Welteweight against John Hathaway at UFC 114 last May. Unexpectedly he lost to the 22-year old Brit by unanimous decision.

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