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BJ Penn willing to fight Bendo first as stepping stone for Edgar Trilogy

Written on October 01, 2013 by Hector

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BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar will meet in the octagon for the third time after their stint as coaches of The Ultimate Fighter 19

Dana White has told a small of group of reporters in Brazil about BJ Penn’s original plans before dropping to featherweight. He said that Penn originally asked for a fight with Benson Henderson as stepping stone for a trilogy with Frankie Edgar. Dana then decided that the former 2 division champion didn’t need to take an extra step. He asked Frankie if he wanted to fight BJ again and pitted them against each other as head coaches of the upcoming TUF season.

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Matt Hughes: Not Ready to Retire Yet

Written on September 24, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Matt Hughes is not yet ready to leave the Octagon, but a "Chuck Liddell job" looks appealing.

UFC Hall of Fame inductee, Matt Hughes, admits that he’s not quite ready to leave the sport that paid his bills for the past 13 years. However, his family has a different opinion on what should happen after his UFC 135 match against Josh Koscheck. But while Matt Hughes insists that the UFC 135 result will not determine his choice, he said that UFC President – Dana White – offered a job where he could “stick around and get paid to do nothing.”

However, that doesn’t mean that Matt Hughes is ready to take the position just yet. His love for action, the hunger to be the best, the camaraderie of his teammates and training partners are still one of his source of joy in every aspect of MMA. But he also admits that the 21-second loss against BJ Penn at UFC 123 made him consider all possibilities. Regardless, he wants nothing more than to end his career on the strength of a win. Still, he hopes that his competitive drive doesn’t led him into hanging around too long.

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UFC 135: Jones vs Jackson Conference Call Audio

Written on September 21, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Before you get ready for a UFC 135 action, check out their conference call audio last Monday.

The Ultimate Fighting Championships has finally decided to take full steam ahead to downtown Denver with UFC 135: Jones vs Jackson. The reigning light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, will put his belt on the line against former title holder — Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Also in the fight card is Matt Hughes, who will step in to face returning welterweight contender — Josh Koscheck.

The promotion held a UFC 135 conference call last Monday to field questions from the press. In relation to this, MMA Weekly posted the full audio of the call. Hit the play button at the video after the break.

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What’s next with Matt Hughes After UFC 135?

Written on September 20, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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“After this fight, win or lose doesn’t matter, I’ll talk to the UFC and we’ll figure out what we’re gonna do." --- Matt Hughes

Matt Hughes is carrying 54 professional bouts on his resume. He held the UFC welterweight championship belt twice, he had seven title defenses, and he is a UFC Hall of Fame inductee. With UFC 135 as his last fight of contract, what lies ahead for Matt Hughes? Short and sweet, the answer really is… Nothing.

However, the 37-year-old fighter remains a staple in the promotion. Matt Hughes will make a come back in the Octagon after a 10-month layoff at UFC 135 against Josh Koscheck. His original opponent, Diego Sanchez, stepped out of the match due to broken hand. And while Matt Hughes loves his life inside the Octagon, constantly testing his skills against increasingly younger opponents, how long will his competition be enough?

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Invitation: UFC 135 Pre-fight Press Con and Open Workout

Written on September 14, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Fans are invited to see UFC 135 pre-fight press conference, open workout sessions and official weigh-ins.

The Ultimate Fighting Championships will come back to Colorado next week with the much anticipated UFC 135: Jones vs Rampage event. In relation to this, the promotion invites the public to the official pre-fight press conference and open workout sessions. Fans are also invited to the official UFC 135 weigh-ins, but a venue for the event is yet to be determined.

UFC President, Dana White, along with Jon Jones, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Josh Koscheck and Matt Hughes are expected to attend the UFC 135 pre-fight press conference. And in case you can’t come, the event will be streamed live at UFC.com.

UFC 135: Jones vs Jackson will highlight a light heavyweight title match between current champ, Jon Jones, and former title holder, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. The tournament will take place on September 24 at Denver’s Pepsi Center.

See more info after the cut.

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Matt Hughes vs Josh Koschek, Official for UFC 135

Written on September 07, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Matt Hughes gets a new opponent, as Josh Koscheck officially replaces Diego Sanchez for UFC 135.

Last Tuesday, UFC President – Dana White – announced that Matt Hughes will officially face Josh Koscheck for the upcoming UFC 135: Jones vs Jackson event.

Matt Hughes was supposed to meet Diego Sanchez on the said tournament, but the latter withdrew due to hand injury. Stepping in for him is Josh Koscheck, who’s coming off a loss from reigning UFC welterweight champion – Georges St-Pierre – at UFC 134 last December. Meanwhile, Matt Hughes is making a return for the first time since UFC 123 after losing to BJ Penn.

Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck will lock horns as the co-main event for UFC 135. The said tournament, which will go down on September 24 in Denver, will headline a light heavyweight title bout pitting Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

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Josh Koscheck, Facing Matt Hughes at UFC 135

Written on September 06, 2011 by Lulu

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Josh Koscheck to face Matt Hughes for UFC 135 in lieu of Diego Sanchez.

UFC matchmaker, Joe Silva, didn’t have a hard time finding a replacement for Diego Sanchez at UFC 135. Josh Koscheck was tapped to step in for the latter, and will face Matt Hughes on September 24. On early Monday, Diego Sanchez was confirmed out for the Denver card after he suffered a broken hand during training.

Josh Koscheck has been out of the Octagon since last December, when he lost a unanimous decision to UFC welterweight champion — Georges St-Pierre. He suffered a broken orbital bone during UFC 124, which required him to undergo surgery. In August, he announced his plans of competing for UFC 139 in San Jose — possibly even at middleweight. But assuming that Matt Hughes accepts the fight, he’ll be fighting in just over 3 weeks — and at welterweight.

Meanwhile, there’s still no official statement from UFC if Matt Hughes decided to take the fight against Josh Koscheck or not.

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Diego Sanchez Injured, Out of UFC 135 Fight Card

Written on September 06, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Diego Sanchez was forced out of his match-up with Matt Hughes due to hand injury.

The upcoming UFC 135 fight card will see a little change in its co-main event, as UFC President – Dana White – confirmed via Twitter that Diego Sanchez (23-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) broke his hand and was forced to withdraw from his bout against Matt Hughes (45-8 MMA, 18-6 UFC). “Diego Sanchez broke his hand,” White noted. “Looking for a replacement for Hughes.”

UFC 135 will be held on September 24, 2011 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The evening’s main card, which headlines the light heavyweight championship bout between Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, will be aired on pay-per-view.

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Video: Dana White Said They Always Plan to Come Back to Denver

Written on July 25, 2011 by Lulu

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According to MMAWeekly's interview with Dana White, UFC planned to go back to Denver a long time ago.

The successful Ultimate Fighting Championship made a journey in Denver almost 20 years ago. However, the said promotion hasn’t done any pay-per-view event in the Mile High City since “The Ultimate Ultimate” in 1995. The promotion is still not under the Zuffa LLC back then.

Dana White, the president of UFC, said in an interview with MMAWeekly.com that the company already planned their return to Denver. Now, they can finally do it. The big event that is set to take place in Denver will be UFC 135, where the UFC light heavyweight champion – Jon Jones – put his title on the line against the former champ — Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. UFC 135 also pits UFC Hall of Famer – Matt Hughes – against inaugural “Ultimate Fighter” winner – Diego Sanchez – as its co-main event on September 24 at the Pepsi Center.

Check out Dana White’s full interview at MMAWeekly.com after the jump.

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Jon Jones and Rampage Jackson, to Headline UFC 135

Written on June 16, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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A rumored UFC light heavyweight title match pairing champion, Jon Jones, and top contender, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, is now nearly official for UFC 135.

Last Wednesday, UFC announced that light heavyweight champion – Jon Jones – and no. 1 contender – Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson – verbally agreed to face each other at UFC 135 on September 24, at the Pepsi Center in Denver. In addition to this, the upcoming tournament will also feature a welterweight duel between Matt Hughes and Diego Sanchez, and a heavyweight battle pitting Ben Rothwell and Mark Hunt.

Jon Jones was last seen snatching the championship belt from Mauricio Shogun Rua at UFC 128. The new champ’s first title defense was supposed to take place on August 6 at UFC 133. Unfortunately, Jon Jones was forced to withdraw due to thumb injury. On the other, Rampage Jackson recently won his UFC 130 match against Matt Hamill last May 28. Prior to that, the former light heavyweight champ outpointed Lyoto Machida after losing to Rashad Evans in May 2010.

More UFC 135 updates are sure to come, so just keep it posted here at Fighting Insider.

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