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Sergio Moraes vs. Zak Cummings added in TUF 18 Finale

Written on October 16, 2013 by Hector

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Sergio Moraes will look for his third octagon win against submission specialist Zak Cummings on TUF 18 FInale

The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale which takes place on November 30 at Mandalay Bay Center, Las Vegas, has added the welterweight showdown between submission specialists Zak Cummings and Sergio Moraes in its lineup.

Zack Cummings, a member of Team Sonnen in TUF 17 is currently looking for his 2nd win in the octagon. He is coming off a submission victory over Ben Halloway in his UFC debut on the preliminary cards of Condit vs. Kampmann 2. The win over Halloway is Cumming’s third straight win and he will try to add Sergio Moraes to the list of his victims.

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UFC on FX 2: Alves vs. Kampman

Written on March 01, 2012 by Markham Mencken

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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.

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Flyweight Division, Making its Way to UFC on Early 2012?

Written on August 10, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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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.

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UFC 128 Preliminary Card Preview

Written on March 15, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With UFC 128: Shogun vs Jones fast approaching, Fighting Insider takes a peek at the fighters on the preliminary card.

It is safe to say that the best card for 2011 will take place this Saturday, at UFC 128: Shogun vs Jones. While the pay-per-view card will highlight a big UFC Light Heavyweight title fight, the preliminary roster green lits good action as well.

The preliminary fight card will kick off with a catch-weight brawl between Nick Catone and Constantinos Philippou. Though it has been more than a year since Nick Catone’s last fight, it was a victory over Jesse Forbes. Constantinos Philippou, on the other hand, will be making a UFC debut as a late replacement for Dan Miller. And it looks like the lack of preparation will hurt the latter, as Nick Catone will go for the win.

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Benavidez Replaces Bowles for WEC 52

Written on October 12, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Due to foot injury, Brian Bowles is out in the WEC 52 card. But hold down your horses because Joseph Benavidez is in to take Bowles' boots. Cross out the Bowles vs Fabiano on your calendar, because it's now Benavidez vs Fabiano for November 11.

The WEC announced last Monday that Joseph Benavidez will step in for Brian Bowles to face Wagnney Fabiano at WEC 52. Bowles was forced to withdraw, due to a broken foot that he acquired in training last week.

The former WEC Bantamweight title contender, Joseph Benavidez, is coming from a split decision loss to Dominick Cruz at WEC 50. Benavidez has ten finishes among his 12 professional fights. Victories over Miguel Torres, Rani Yahya, Jeff Curan and Danny Martinez anchors his resume. Wagnney Fabiano, meanwhile, is currently 2-0 at 135-pounds. Among his 14 victories, Fabiano got two knockouts and seven submissions. Notable wins over Bao Quach, John Gunderson, L.C. Davis, Akitoshi Tamura and Fredson Paixao is included in his record.

The WEC 52 is scheduled for November 11 in Las Vegas.

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Dominic Cruz Gets the WEC Bantamweight Crown

Written on August 19, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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“I just concentrated on doing what I do best: staying hard to hit. Obviously, it didn’t work out too well in all the exchanges, but that’s five rounds and I don’t look too bad I suppose.” - Dominic Cruz, WEC 50 Bantamweight Champion

Even with blood streaming down his face, Dominic Cruz was able to retain his crown in a split decision against Joseph Benavidez after a tough five rounds of pounding. The WEC bantamweight champion danced and dodged for the whole 25-minute event, scoring timely take downs. However, the world-ranked challenger, Benavidez, gave Cruz a brawny test. The first three rounds were highlighted by Cruz’s flying knee and solid counter punches from Benavidez. On the fourth round, the Team Alpha Male rep dealt with a cut on his hairline and appeared to have broken the champ’s nose. Still, Cruz was able to press down the action and scored four of his five take downs on the match. Though his hyper pace slowed, Cruz closed strongly in round five delivering a final slam in the last 15 seconds. Dominic Cruz rose from the battle with two arms raised, smiling, as the final bell sounded.

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WEC 50 Contenders’ Weigh-in Preview

Written on August 18, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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All were weighed and the rematch is ready to pave its way. Both weights 134 lbs but only one should wear the belt. Who is it this time? Will you go for Dominick Cruz, or will you place your bet on Joseph Benavidez?

Dominick Cruz just tipped the scales for his rematch against Joseph Benavidez in the WEC 50: “Cruz vs. Benavidez 2.” Both contenders, that will green lit the main event on Wednesday at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, weights 134 lbs. Eight more fighters, including Anthony Pettis and Shane Roller, also met their required weights for the official weigh-in last Tuesday.

Seven months after Cruz got his unanimous decision victory against Benavidez at the WEC 42, the 24-year-old Arizonan defeated Bryan Bowles to snatch the bantamweight crown. A six-fight winning streak anchors his resume. Benavidez, on the other hand, knocked down Miguel Torres at the WEC 47 where he last appeared. This 26 years old fighter got ten of his 12 wins via knockout, technical knockout or submission.

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Benavidez: It’s Going to be a Different Outcome

Written on August 16, 2010 by Clive Wilson

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Following his failure to win over Dominick Cruz on WEC 42, Joseph Benavidez is now on a roll to avenge his loss and claim this time the bantamweight title on WEC 50.

WEC 52 will broadcast live from The Pearl, Las Vegas on August 18, featuring the second-rounder face-off of Joseph Benavidez and Dominick Cruz. Although this is the first time the two have been pitched against each other in a headline fight, their first encounter saw Benavidez dropping a unanimous decision in favor of Cruz. The 26-year old cager from California is now set to get back at the competitor who had knocked him down with a first-ever loss on the WEC.

When asked why he thought he was the right choice for the title shot, the 135-pound athlete said he ha proven himself by “finishing two really good guys.” It had also been his dream to win a title since he has joined the sport. And now that he did what he could to change in his field, he is confident he can take Cruz down this time.

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