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The Baddest man on the Planet: Cain Velasquez defeated Junior dos Santos in their rubber match at UFC 166
Houston, Texas – The much anticipated trilogy between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos turned out pretty similar to their rematch, albeit with more definitive results. The 32 year old champ played the perfect game; he dominated dos Santos in all the aspects of the fight, even in the striking department, where Cigano supposedly had an advantage. Just like their last fight, Velasquez negated the heavy hands of dos Santos by backing him up into the cage. The rest of the fight played out the same scenario; Velasquez controlling dos Santos in the clinch while chipping at him with dirty boxing. Cigano eventually succumbed due to the accumulation of punishment in the 5th round, he fell face first in to the canvass after a failed front choke attempt. Seeing Cigano’s vulnerable state, Referee Herb Dean decided to put a halt to the contest with 3:09 remaining in the final round.Read the rest of the article »
Before you place your bets for UFC 132, check out Fighting Insider's preview for the tournament's preliminary card.
Last June, MMA fans were spoiled with three UFC events. However, the promotion will pull the first truly stacked card of the summer with UFC 132: Cruz vs Faber.
Bantamweight champ, Dominick Cruz, will defend his UFC title belt for the first time against the only man who was able to beat him — Urijah Faber. The match-up is worth the pay-per-view, while the whole fight card is full of superstars and especially compelling match-ups.
That said, check out Fighting Insider’s UFC 132 preliminary card preview after the break.Read the rest of the article »
UFC fighter Vet Kurt Pellegrino is retiring as a fighter and he said "This might be the right decision for me."
Many was surprised when Kurt Pellegrino declared in his website that he will be retiring as a fighter. But to his close friends and families, it likely didn’t come as a surprise at all.
“I’ve been thinking about retirement since (fighting) Josh Neer (at UFC 101 in August 2009),” Pellegrino told host Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of “The MMA Hour.” “I’ve been talking to my wife about it since then, anyway. When it was time to do it, I just said, ‘Do it now.'”
He also mentioned that he wrote the post on his site, published it, and tried to not look back. “I wrote this thing all out and pressed send,” Pellegrino added. I left my house and drove around for a bit. That was how I dealt with it, because it was a hard thing to do. Do I want to fight again? Right now, I kind of don’t.”Read the rest of the article »
Rafael Dos Anjos steps in for Evan Dunham, as the latter pulls out from his UFC 132 bout against George Sotiropoulos.
UFC lightweight fighter, Evan Dunham, has pulled out from his UFC 132 bout against George Sotiropoulos due to an undisclosed injury. That said, the promotion has tapped Rafael Dos Anjos to take his post at the event.
His withdrawal from the match is considered a setback, while he’s still regarded as a bright lightweight prospect despite his 0-2 record. Evan Dunham won his 11 professional fights before dropping a split decision to Sean Sherk last September, followed by a first-round TKO loss from Melvin Guillard.
UFC 132 is set to take down at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, featuring a bantamweight title match between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber.View Article Source »
Another match-up was added to the upcoming UFC 132's fight card. Who's your bet between Evan Dunham and George Sotiropoulos.
BJ Penn and Jon Fitch has fought to a draw last February at UFC 127. And it seems that fans are going to see a definite conclusion soon, as an immediate rematch will take place on July 2.
In addition to this, UFC also announced in its official Twitter account that an Evan Dunham vs George Sotiropoulos match is also part of the UFC 132 roster. Evan Dunham and George Sotiropoulos are two lightweight fighters excited to get back on track for contention.
Here is how UFC 132’s fight card is shaping up:
B.J. Penn vs. Jon Fitch
Evan Dunham vs. George Sotiropoulos
Melvin Guillard vs. Shane Roller
As the UFC 127 event draws near, fans are having more and more reasons to tune in on Saturday. And Fighting Insider is giving you the top five reasons to watch UFC 127.
On February 26 (27 in Australia), the UFC will hold its much-awaited UFC 127: Penn vs Fitch event. The bout will feature a welterweight showdown between BJ Penn and Jon Fitch, with the UFC Welterweight Championship shot on the line. In addition to this, Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera will settle a heated rivalry when they step inside the Octagon.
But some fans might still be asking: Why should I watch UFC 127 on Saturday? Let Fighting Insider give you five reasons to watch the Penn vs Fitch event.Read the rest of the article »
The UFC president breaks away from his modus operandi and rolls out the two much-awaited fights for UFC 127 which will take place in Australia.
UFC president knows how to keep the adrenaline rush going. White revealed after the post-fight press conference that B.J. Penn, who is fresh from winning against Matt Hughes, will face Jon Fitch at UFC 127 in the Land Down Under.
On the other hand, the Australian fighter George Sotiropoulos will fight against Dennis Siver.
“Both guys are on win streaks; both guys look good,” commented White. “It’s gonna be a fun one.”
Aside from Penn vs. Fitch, other fighters who will take part at the UFC 127 are Carlos Condit and Chris Lytle.View Article Source »
Two of The Ultimate Fighting Championships' top lightweight performers are set to topple each other with only one to be hailed triumphant in the end.
Just outside Detroit, at the Palace Auburn Hills, Joe Lauzon and George Sotiropoulos (pictured) will again prove their mettle in the lightweight division as they face each other at the UFC 123: Jackson vs Machida on November 20. Whoever wins emerges as the best man, but the bout will undeniably lead to title contendership possibilities.
Veteran Lauzon previously flexed his MMA muscles in last month’s UFC 118 in Boston, where he defeated his fellow “Ultimate Fighter 5″ competitor Gabe Reudiger. His Octagon record runs 6-2, starting with his debut at the UFC 63 knocking out former lightweight champion Jens Pulver four years ago.
The older Sotiropoulos is flawless in his Octagon performances at 6-0. He won over decision nods in his recent fights with April 2007 Joe Stevenson and Kurt Pellegrino. He is a veteran of “The Ultimate Fighter 6″ with a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt.View Article Source »
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