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Dominick Cruz and Renan Barao headlines UFC 169 alongside Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas

Written on October 30, 2013 by Hector

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UFC 169 will be headlined by a double header title fight featuring Cruz vs. Barao and Aldo vs. Lamas

Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will finally return to the octagon after being sidelined for more than 2 years. He will be fighting in a unification bout with interim titleholder Renan Barao in the co-main event of the annual Super Bowl weekend event of UFC. Newsday was the first to report the news and it was confirmed by UFC officials afterwards.

Cruz has been out in the octagon since his second title defense against Demetrious Johnson in October 1, 2011. The injury occurred midway of the filming of the 15th season of The Ultimate Fighter where he coaches opposite to Urijah Faber. The two are set for a rubber match in a bout that will serve as a bantamweight title fight but to the injury, Cruz was replaced by Renan Barao. With the champion sidelined for the year, Barao and Faber fought for the interim title instead. Barao won that fight by unanimous decision. Since then, he defended the interim title twice against Michael McDonald and Eddie Wineland.

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Pablo Alfonso and Miguel Torres completes WSOF 6 line up

Written on October 14, 2013 by Hector

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Miguel Torres will look for his first win in WSOF against newcomer Pablo Alfonso

This October’s WSOF 6, which features the organization’s first ever welterweight championship fight, is finally complete with the addition of a featherweight clash between Pablo Alfonso and Miguel Torres. The two fighters will be looking to grab their first WSOF win in the preliminary cards of the event.

Torres, a former WEC bantamweight champion has lost his recent outing when he dropped a razor thin decision to Marlon Baroes in the inaugural event of WSOF. Prior to that, he was knocked out by Michael McDonald in what turned out to be his final UFC appearance. He has only suffered 6 losses in 46 fights but 3 of them came in his last four bouts.

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Pat Healy and Jamie Varner added to UFC on Fox 9

Written on October 07, 2013 by Hector

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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.

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Cody McKenzie battles Sam Stout in UFC on Fox 9

Written on October 04, 2013 by Hector

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Cody McKenzie vs. Sam Stout is the latest addition to UFC on Fox 9

Cody McKenzie returns to the lightweight division after splitting his two fights at 145 lbs. He started his featherweight campaign with a 31-second TKO loss to Chad Mendez a year ago in UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2. He bounced back this April when he defeated Leonard Garcia by unanimous decision. McKenzie is known for […]

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Renan Barao wants to prove that he is the number 1 bantamweight in the UFC

Written on October 01, 2013 by Hector

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Interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao wants to be the best by fighting Dominick Cruz

Fresh from his highlight reel knock out of Eddie Wineland in UFC 165, Renan Barao has told MMAfighting.com that Dana White informed him that he won’t be defending the interim bantamweight in his return to the octagon.

The UFC has decided to strip Dominick Cruz of the regular title if “The Dominator” will not be cleared by the start of 2014. According to Barao, that decision makes a lot of sense since Cruz has been out for 2 years. Cruz last fought in the octagon when he defended his bantamweight title with a unanimous decision win over Demetrious Johnson in October of 2011.

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UFC on Fox 9: Pettis vs. Thomson main card update

Written on September 30, 2013 by Hector

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Anthony Pettis and Josh Thomson headlines the highly stacked UFC on Fox 9 this coming December 14

UFC fox 9 is already taking shape 2 months prior to its schedule. The event will be headlined with the UFC lightweight title fight between current champion Anthony Pettis and Josh Thomson.

It will be Pettis’ first defense of the title that he took from Benson Henderson by submitting him in the first round. Thomson on the other hand has won his last fight via 1st round TKO over Nate Diaz, whom has not been stopped prior to his bout with Thomson.

The main card will also feature former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit against Matt Brown as well as a fight between high ranking bantamweights in Urijah Faber and Michael McDonald.

The most recent addition to the highly stacked card is a flyweight scrap between one time flyweight contender John Moraga and Darren Uyenoyama. Both fighters have lost their most recent outings. Moraga suffered a fifth round submission loss in his bid to take the title away from Demetrious Johnson. Meanwhile, Uyenoyama was stopped in the 2nd round by Joseph Buenavidez at UFC on Fox 7 last April.

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Kid Yamamoto Out, Michael McDonald In for UFC 130

Written on April 29, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC 130 had another change of match-up, as Michael McDonald replaces Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto to face Chris Cariaso.

Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto will have to wait a while before getting in the winner’s column, as he was forced out of the upcoming UFC 130 match due to an injury. Stepping in for him to face Chris Cariaso is the 20-years-old, Michael McDonald.

UFC’s youngest fighter debuted a month ago at UFC Fight Night 24, where he defeated Edwin Figueroa via unanimous decision. Michael McDonald also bagged a Fight of the Night bonus at the said event.

UFC 130 will feature a trilogy rematch between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. The Edgar vs Maynard 3 event is set to take action on May 28, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Figueroa Steps in for Nick Pace at UFC Fight Night 24

Written on March 17, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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At the upcoming UFC Fight Night 24, Edward Figueroa steps in for Nick Pace to meet Michael McDonald.

A change in fight card has been made for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 24 in Seattle. After sustaining an injury from his training, Nick Pace was forced withdraw from his bout against Michael McDonald. Stepping in for him will be undefeated prospect, Edwin Figueroa.

Edwin Figueroa joins the UFC after pulling a successful career in regional promotions, mostly in Texas. And on March 26, he will have his toughest test by the longest mile in Michael McDonald.

The Figueroa vs McDonald Card will remain on the undercard of UFC Fight Night 24 in Seattle.

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