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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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GSP’s Trainer: Champ has no plans on retiring after the Hendricks fight

Written on October 17, 2013 by Hector

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GSP's chief trainer denies the rumor that "Rush" is planning to retire after his upcoming title defense against Johny Hendricks

It was reported a week ago that long time welterweight champ and p4p fighter Georges St-Pierre is considering retirement after his upcoming title defense against Johny Hendricks. The rumors has stemmed after GSP’s chief trainer,Firas Zahabi was interviewed in the French speaking program TVA sports.  In the interview, Zahabi has stated that the champ has told him about a possible retirement if he loses the desire to train.

“George told me if the occasion should retire after this fight. If he still has the motivation for another training camp, it will continue. Otherwise, he will take his retirement.”

However, the entire MMA world must have misinterpreted Zahabi’s statement as he later denied the rumor in an interview with Ariel Helwani. He revealed to the UFC Tonight reporter that GSP is not planning to retire regardless of the outcome of his title fight. Zahabi also added that their current camp is the best that they had in the past two years.

“GSP has always that said if he loses the drive to really go through with a great training camp and push himself, then he will retire,” Zahabi said through Ariel Helwani. “GSP’s camp has been his best in years, last two not so great, because he was so rusty because of the knee injury.”

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UFC returns to the big screen with UFC 167

Written on October 08, 2013 by Hector

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UFC returns to the big screen with UFC 167: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks

UFC 167, which is headlined by a welterweight title fight between George St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks marks the return of UFC to the big screen after almost a year. The last event to hit the theaters was GSP’s successful return against Carlos Condit in UFC 154, it was held a year ago in Montreal, Canada. The upcoming event will be shown in more than 350 theaters nationwide. The complete line up of theaters and locations are listed in NCM Fathom Events website.

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Maia expects a title shot if he wins convincingly against Jake Shields

Written on October 08, 2013 by Hector

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Demian Maia believes a title shot is next if he beats Jake Shields in an exciting fashion

Sao Paolo, Brazil – BJJ black belt Demian Maia expects that he will get the winner of George St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks if he beats Jake Shields in an impressive fashion tomorrow at UFC Fight Night 29. Maia is on a tear since dropping to 170 lbs. He won all three of his welterweight bouts against notable oppositions in Dong Hyun Kim, Rick Story and most recently Jon Fitch. After an open training in Barurei Brazil, Meia spoke to the media and says that he is anticipating a title fight if he wins convincingly against Shields.

“I hope I can get the chance after I win,” Maia said. “It will be four wins in a row. I’ve already fought for the title in the middleweight (division), so I’ll be better ranked. The other fighters ranked higher than me already fought for the (welterweight) title.”

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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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Jake Ellenberger eyeing a rematch with Martin Kampmann this December

Written on October 03, 2013 by Hector

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Jake Ellenberger plans to return in December with a fight against Kampmann

Jake Ellenberger is planning to get back in the octagon in UFC 168 and he has set his sights in Martin Kampmann as a possible opponent. He said that he is currently on a negotiation to fight in December and is aiming for a fight against a top rated welterweight.

“I’m just looking for someone one the top 10,” he said. “(Kampmann) is a good possibility right now. That’s something I’d definitely look forward to. UFC hasn’t offered me yet so I just have to wait. I’m always highly motivated to fight. I’m excited be back in there against a top 10 opponent.”

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Following the footsteps of big brother: Sergio Pettis signs with UFC

Written on October 02, 2013 by Hector

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Sergio Pettis will make his octagon debut against Vaughan Lee in UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks

Sergio Pettis, the younger brother of UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will make his octagon debut next month. He will face off against Vaughan Lee as part of the card of UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks.

The 20 year old Milwaukee native branded as “The Phenom” is earlier regarded as a flyweight prospect. However, he will campaign as a bantamweight in the UFC. He is unbeaten in his 9 professional fights with only 3 of those fights going the distance. In his latest outing, Pettis submitted James Porter with a kimura in the 2:33 mark of the first round.

His opponent, Vaughan Lee (13-9-1, 3-2 in UFC) has split his last 2 fights. He beat Motonobu Tezuka via unanimous decision last February but was submitted by Raphael Assuncao in his succeeding fight.

UFC 167 will take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14. The event is headlined by a welterweight title fight between Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks. It will also feature Chael Sonnen and former light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans in the co-main event as well as a possible “loser leaves town” battle between Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir.

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Tickets for ‘UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit’ Goes On Sale This Week

Written on September 26, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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The "UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit" event will serve as St-Pierre's octagon return after recovering from an injury

UFC fans will be happy to know that the tickets for the well awaited “UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit” event is set to go on sale this week. The UFC show will feature a main event bout between welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and and interim title holder Carlos Condit.

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Jon Fitch vs Johny Hendricks, Set for UFC 141

Written on September 13, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Jon Fitch and Johny Hendricks have verbally agreed to meet at UFC 141 this December 30.

One time welterweight title contender, Jon Fitch, will return to action to face Johny Hendricks on UFC’s year-end pay-per-view card.

Jon Fitch has not seen action since the February draw against BJ Penn at UFC 127 — the first stalemate of his career. They were supposed to meet for a rematch last July, but a serious shoulder injury sidelined the former title contender. Johny Hendricks, on the other hand, has compiled a 6-1 record since transferring from WEC to UFC. He suffered a unanimous decision loss to Rick Story last December, but has rebounded with a knockout win over TJ Waldburger and split-decision victory against Mike Pierce.

The Jon Fitch vs Johny Hendricks match was announced by the promotion last Monday, and they will face each other at UFC 141. The said tournament will take place on December 30 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The show will green lit a heavyweight battle between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem.

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Fights to Make After UFC 133

Written on August 15, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With UFC 133 now written in MMA's history books, what other match-ups would you like to see afterwards?

Former UFC light heavyweight champion – Rashad Evans – proved that there is nothing rusty about him, as he was able to defeat Tito Ortiz at UFC 133 last August 6. Indeed, Suga came back in the cage after more than a year, and he made it with a vengeance.

That said, posted after the cut are five matches that fans would like to see after UFC 133.

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