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MMA Weekly Roundup: September 19 – 23

Written on September 25, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Did you missed a MMA news?

Another week has passed, and a lot surely happened in the MMA world. Did you missed something? Fighting Insider brings you various MMA news from different MMA sites that you might overlooked last week.

Check them all out after the cut.

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Rua vs Henderson Takes UFC 139 Main Event

Written on September 22, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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A light heavyweight match pitting Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Dan Henderson takes the main-event slot for UFC 139.

A light heavyweight bout between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Dan Henderson has officially taken the main-event slot of UFC 139. Co-headlining their match is a middleweight fight pitting Wanderlei Silva and Cung Le.

Wanderlei Silva was tapped to face Cung Le in the said event, following Vitor Belfort’s withdrawal from the match due to injury.

The UFC 139: Rua vs Henderson match will kick off on November 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The night’s main card will air on pay-per-view.

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Wanderlei Silva Steps in to Face Cung Le for UFC 139

Written on September 22, 2011 by Lulu

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Dana White had confirmed that Wanderlei Silva will steps in to replace Vitor belfort for his upcoming match against Cung Le at UFC 139.

UFC president, Dana White, posted on Twitter last Wednesday that Cung Lee will replace Vitor Belfort for his upcoming match for UFC 139 against Wanderlei Silva. Vitor Belfort was forced out of the bout due to injury.

Wanderlei Silva steps in just a few months after his entire UFC career came into question, following a knockout loss to Chris Leben in July. The said legendary PRIDE fighter has gone 1-3 in his last four fights. However, he still wants to fight so he’ll get his chance this November against former Strikeforce middleweight champion — Cung Le. The bout between Wanderlei Silva and Cung Le will remain as the co-main event slot for UFC 139.

UFC 139 will take place on November 19 in San Jose, featuring a light heavyweight fight between Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

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Shogun Rua Faces the Returning Dan Henderson at UFC 139

Written on September 20, 2011 by Lulu

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Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Dan Henderson will face each other for the upcoming UFC 139 on November 19.

Maurico “Shogun” Rua and Dan Hernderson have verbally agreed to face each other at the upcoming UFC 139 on November 19, 2011. Sources confirmed the said bout, which will serve as the return of Dan Henderson in the Octagon after defeating Fedor Emelianenko in Strikeforce. The Shogun Rua vs Dan Henderson match is expected to be the new main event for UFC 139, which saw its prior main event between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos moved to November 12’s UFC on Fox fight card.

The return of Dan Henderson to UFC will signal the start of his third tenure in the promotion after spending some time in Strikeforce, where he won the light heavyweight crown last March. He remains a viable competitor even at his age for both middleweight and light heavyweight division, and will look to hold the same status in his return to the Las Vegas-based organization.

On the other hand, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is coming off a win over Forrest Griffin in a rematch at UFC 134 — where he knocked out the TUF season 1 winner. He has seen mixed results during his time in the UFC with career stats of 4-3. The fight with Dan Henderson will show that the road back to the title for Shogun Rua will not be easy for him. However, it ensures him a great match.

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UFC: Slated for a Japan Return in 2012

Written on September 06, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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It's official! UFC will make a comeback in Japan next year.

UFC President, Dana White, and Head of UFC Asian offices, Mark Fischer, announced via taped message that the promotion would be coming to Saitama Super Arean in Japan on February 26, 2012. But while details on who would be appearing in the show are still vague, it’s likely that several of UFC talents from Japan and surrounding areas would be part of the February card.

Other fighters, such as Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria, expressed their interest in competing in Japan. Big Nog spent several years fighting in the Land of the Rising Sun when he was part of Pride Fighting Championships. UFC still houses Pride veterans – like Mirko Cro Cop, Wanderlei Silva, and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua – who made their names for themselves in Japan.

The UFC will return in Japan for the first time in more that 14 years when the promotion lands in the country on February 2012.

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UFC 134: Silva vs Okami Quick Results

Written on August 29, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC 134 is now in the books, and the results are in!

Fighting Insider now has the results of last Saturday’s UFC 134: Silva vs Okami in Rio de Janeiro.

In the main event, Anderson Silva will defend his middleweight title against Yushin Okami. Meanwhile, former champions – Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Forrest Griffin – clashed in the co-main event.

See the complete the UFC 134 results after the jump.

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Rua vs Griffin, Set for UFC Rio

Written on April 18, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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It now official! Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Forrest Griffin, another former UFC titleholder, will meet at UFC: Rio, on Aug. 27 in Rio de Janeiro.

Following his loss to defend his UFC light heavyweight title to Jon Jones, Mauricio Shogun Rua will face Forrest Griffin at UFC Rio for a rebound. He was considered the no. 1 light heavyweight fighter in the world before losing his title at UFC 128 last month. But prior to that, it was Forrest Griffin who welcomed him in the sports back in 2007.

Though Forrest Griffin was the underdog during UFC 76, he was able to upset Mauricio Shogun Rua via submission. That victory led him to a title fight against Quinton Rampage Jackson at UFC 86, where he won via unanimous decision. Since then he was 2-2, including a loss to Rashad Evans.

The UFC Rio will take place on August 27 at Rio de Janiero. Let your bets be known by leaving a comment.

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Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Making a UFC Rio Comeback

Written on April 07, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After loosing his light heavyweight title in an emphatic fashion, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua is now working to comeback in the Octagon. And he's eyeing UFC Rio.

After Mauricio “Shogun” Rua lost his light-heavyweight title to Jon Jones at UFC 128, he is almost certain to return in the Octagon at UFC Rio.

“We are already talking to the UFC about his next fight. They are really very supportive of us and after the bout, Dana [White] came into the locker room to show support and said he felt rhythm was important for Shogun, so whenever I was ready, I should call him cause they wanted him to fight soon again.”

It makes perfect sense to see Brazil’s famous MMA fighter to be part of UFC’s August 27 event in Rio the Janeiro. However, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s next opponent is yet to be known.

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

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Jon Jones Becomes Youngest UFC Champion

Written on March 21, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"Champion 2011. It feels so good. It's a testament that dreams can come true, guys. They really can." --- Jon Jones, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion

Jon Jones’ victory at UFC 128 was a hard-to-believe tale, that one day, it will be part of a movie that the audience will assume as fiction. Still, it began when the 23-year-old UFC fighter foiled a robbery, and ended late in the same night when earth encountered the Perigee once again after 18 years.

Jon Jones controlled the action since the opening touch of gloves, until referee Herb Dean pulled him off a grounded Shogun Rua. He won via TKO, and at 23, he is the youngest champion in the UFC history. The road to fame was filled with green lights and short cuts, but Jon Jones just sped through it with ease when he encountered a bump.

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UFC 128 Results – New Champ Jon Jones

Written on March 20, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Jones defeat Shogun which announce the new light-heavyweight champion.

UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones – marks a new record for Jon Jones to steal the belt form Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, the event take place at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. In addition to the night’s pay-per-view main card, which also features Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland and Brendan Schaub vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, among others – UFC 128 features two bouts that stream for free on Here are the UFC 128 results of the matches if ever you miss it.

– Erik Koch def. Raphael Assuncao via KO (punch) – Round 1, 2:32
– Nick Catone def. Costantinos Philippou via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
– Joseph Benavidez def. Ian Loveland via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
– Gleison Tibau def. Kurt Pellegrino via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
– Mike Pyle def. Ricardo Almeida via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
– Edson Barboza def. Anthony Njokuani (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
– Luiz Cane def. Eliot Marshall via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:15
– Brendan Schaub def. Mirko “Cro Cop” FIlipovic via TKO (punch) – Round 3, 3:24
– Nate Marquardt def. Dan Miller via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
– Jim Miller def. Kamal Shalorus via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:15
– Urijah Faber def. Eddie Wineland via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Jon Jones def. champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:37 (becomes new light-heavyweight champ)

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