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UFC on Fox 9 gets deeper with the addition of Jamie Varner and Pat Healy
The highly stacked UFC on Fox 9 gets even more loaded with the addition of the lightweight showdown between Jamie Varner and Pat Healy. The two lightweights are known to put up highly entertaining fights and both are recipients of Fight of the Night honors.
However, both of them have also lost their previous matches. Varner is 1 – 2 after defeating Edson Barboza in a fight that is considered as the Upset of the Year of 2012. He dropped a split decision loss to Gleison Tibau in his last fight. Pat Healy also lost his recent outing. He was outclassed by the Russian prospect Khabib Nurmagomedov last September in UFC 165. Prior to that fight, Healy submitted Jim Miller but the win was overturned when Healy tested positive in marijuana in his post-fight test. He is 0-2 with 1 No Contest in his UFC career.
The event which will take place on December 14 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California is headlined with a lightweight title bout between Anthony Pettis and Josh Thomson. It also features several top names in the UFC including former interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit and former title contenders in Urijah Faber, Michael McDonald and Chad Mendes.View Article Source »
UFC veteran Rich Clementi sees possibility to have a toe-to-toe fight against Shinya Aoki at DREAM 'Fight for Japan.'
Rich Clementi, a UFC veteran, has the nearest chance to fight Shinya Aoki at Dream “Fight for Japan” on May 29 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitam, Japan. This report was according to FEG USA’s Mike Kogan. Kogan has twitted that both parties has already agreed in the bout and they only have to sign the contract to make it official.
Rich Clementi has 7-7 record in the UFC including back to back losses to Gray Maynard and Gleison Tibau that led into his release by the organization.
In connection to Rich Clementi and Shinya Aoki bout, Jamie Varner was also named as possible opponent for Aoki but he and William Freire was unable to the fight due to various reasons. BJ Penn’s student Shane Nelson was also in the list for Aoki’s possible opponent but its possibility has not push through.View Article Source »
Antonio McKee, being unable to obtain a visa, has slipped his chance to take his much-anticipated bout with Shinya Aoki at the DREAM 'Fight for Japan.'
Antonio McKee will not be able to fight Shinya Aoki on DREAM’s “Fight for Japan” on May 29, after he was unable to present his visa. FEG promoter – Mike Kogan – reacted to this report, insisting that the bout between Antonio McKee and Shinya Aoki is canceled due to other reasons and not in the former’s visa.
That said, Jamie Varner was tapped to replace Antonio McKee and facing Shinya Aoki. The DREAM “Fight for Japan” is a charity event that would help the victims last March’s Japan earthquake, and will take place at Saitama Super Arena.View Article Source »
Jeff Curran gets a new foe, while Jamie Varner returns at the active MMA competition at XFO 39's main event.
Jeff “The Big Frog” Curran is set to face a new competitor in Xtreme Figthing Organization (XFO) 39 at Sears Center. He will fight Billy Vaughan, who was defeated in his first fight in March at Strikeforce against Jorge Gurgel. Jeff Curran’s original opponent was Joe Pearson who will not able to face him after a car incident happened.
Jeff Curran’s management said that he have to move up his weight class to 145 pounds from 135 in this fight. The former WEC title challenger has working out to be fit in 135 pounds, but this consequence has given him another adjustment to do.
Meanwhile, Jeff Curran and Joe Pearson’s bout will have co-main event which features former WEC lightweight champion, Jamie Varner, against Tyler Combs. Jamie Varner’s management said that he will give his best in this fight at XFO where he has signed a three-fight contract.View Article Source »
As WEC joins the UFC family, the biggest MMA promotion in the land just got bigger and gained great fighters. That being said, Fighting Insider is listing the best WEC fighters of all time.
Just because WEC merged to UFC, it does not mean that Fighting Insider can no longer give recognition to the best fighters of the promotion. Being a home of the world’s toughest lightweight, bantamweight and featherweight fighters since 2001, WEC features some of the most exciting cage warriors in Mixed Martial Arts.
The best WEC Fighters of all time are listed after the break.Read the rest of the article »
WEC 51--Sixteen cagefighters. Eight matchups. One fight. All has been set for the extreme action happening on September 30 at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.
The title match between featherweight defending champion Jose Aldo and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5 finalist Manny Gamburyan headlines WEC 51, which will be broadcast live on Versus network. Gamburyan previously knocked out another fellow-enlisted fighter, Mike Thomas Brown. Meanwhile, Maine native Brown has not experienced defeat in consecutive fights for almost six years now. His victories include toppling former featherweight king Urijah Faber twice.
Brown will go against four-time national wrestling championship Cole Province. This will be Province’s first time to get back inside the cage after serving a nine-month suspension after being tested positive for the anabolic steroid Methasterone.Read the rest of the article »
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