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Cody McKenzie vs. Sam Stout is the latest addition to UFC on Fox 9
Cody McKenzie returns to the lightweight division after splitting his two fights at 145 lbs. He started his featherweight campaign with a 31-second TKO loss to Chad Mendez a year ago in UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2. He bounced back this April when he defeated Leonard Garcia by unanimous decision. McKenzie is known for […]Read the rest of the article »
UFC returns to Australia for the UFC on FX 2, intros new flyweight division.
UFC returns to Australia for the UFC on FX 2 event that will feature a welterweight showdown between top contenders Thiago Alves and Martin Kampmann.
The event also marks the debut of their new flyweight division and opens with two flyweight bouts. The first will feature Joseph Benavidez and Yasuhiro Urushitani and Demetrious Johnson against Ian ‘Uncle Creepy’ McCall.Read the rest of the article »
Flyweight division is rumored to make its way to the UFC, but it's not likely to happen until early next year.
UFC has been long flirted with the idea of having a flyweight division, which is not likely to happen before the year closed. According to UFC President, Dana White, plans for the 125-pound division are still in place. However, it is more likely to make its way to the promotion by early 2012.
The flyweights were rumored to make a home at Zuffa since WEC days, but it is still awaiting in the largest MMA promotion yet. However, Dana White expects several fighters to drop down in weight once the flyweight is up and running. This could include Joseph Benavidez, Demetrious Johnson and Charlie Valencia. Ian McCall, who is currently ranked as the best flyweight MMA fighter, could make a return to Zuffa as well.
More fighters could follow Ian McCall to the UFC, but it looks like the plans for the 125-pound division will possibly happen next year.View Article Source »
Despite the short notice, Farkhad Sharipov will step in to replace Cole Escovedo - and face Tommy Vargas - at Tachi Palace Fights 9.
Cole Escovedo was supposed to face Tommy Vargas at Tachi Palace Fights 9 when UFC came calling. The former is now UFC bound, and will face Renan Pegado at UFC 130. The latter, however, was left with no opponent.
But last Monday, Tachi Palace Events Coordinator – Jeremy Luchau – revealed that Farkhad Sharipov will step in to face Tommy Vargas for Tachi Palace Fights 9. The events coordinator also noted that the winner of Sharipov vs Vargas fight will have a shot at the 135-pound title, which was relinquished by Michael McDonald.
The Tachi Palace Fights 9 will take place on May 6, at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California, and with live streaming at Sherdog. com. The night’s event will headline a flyweight duel between world-ranked fighter, Ian McCall, and undefeated prospect, Dustin Ortiz.View Article Source »
Sorry fans! But no Ulysses Gomez vs Jussier da Silva fight is in the horizon. However, you can expect a Darrell Montague vs Ian McCall title defense bout in the works.
It seems that MMA fans will not see a Ulysses Gomez vs Jussier da Silva bout in the coming days, as Darrell Montague took the championship belt from Gomez last Friday at TPF 8. After his defeat, former flyweight champion – Ulysses Gomez – would like a rematch against Montague. However, the current champ sees no point of putting Gomez in the front line.
“No disrespect to Ulysses, but there’s other challengers that deserve a shot at the belt more than he does. The judges saw it just like I did – all five rounds going to me. So yeah, I’d like to have new challengers.”Read the rest of the article »
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