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Big Country will keep his beard in UFC 166

Written on October 17, 2013 by Hector

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DC will have to deal with Big Country's beard once they lock horns in UFC 166

Daniel Cormier has been very vocal about wanting Roy Nelson to shave his beard before their fight in UFC 166. He made it official just a few weeks ago when he filed a formal complaint in Texas Athletic Commission regarding his opponent’s trademark bush. The former Olympic wrestler stated that Nelson’s beard might be giving him an advantage particularly when fighting at close range and he wanted it to be shaved or at least trimmed.

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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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Jim Miller vs. Fabricio Camoes added to UFC 168 card

Written on October 03, 2013 by Hector

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Jim Miller looks to get back on track versus BJJ black belt Fabricio Camoes in UFC 168

The latest addition to the loaded year-end event of the UFC is a lightweight bout between Jim Miller and Fabricio Camoes. The event takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 28 and will feature the most anticipated rematch of Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman.

Both lightweight veterans are looking to return in the winning column. Jim Miller was once included in the mix of the best lightweights in the UFC. He is riding in a 7 fight winning streak before losing to Benson Henderson in August of 2011. He is 2 – 2 with 1 NC after that loss. Miller was submitted by Pat Healy in his latest fight but the decision was later overturned into a No Contest after Healy tested positive in marijuana. That fight earned Miller his 3rd Fight of the Night Award; it is his 2nd consecutive after his unanimous decision win over Joe Lauzon. He has also won the Submission of the Night three times.

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Gilbert Melendez Injured, “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy” Event Cancelled

Written on September 24, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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The cancelled "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy" event was set to take place this September 29, 2012

Just like UFC 151, a Strikeforce event was scrapped after a main event fighter sustained an injury. Strikeforce promotion has announced the cancellation of the scheduled “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy” event. Event headliner, Gilbert Melendez was forced to withdraw from his bout after suffering from an injury while training.

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Maximo Blanco Moves to UFC’s Featherweight Division

Written on September 15, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Top lightweight prospect, Maximo Blanco, drops down to featherweight division following his loss over Pat Healy at "Strikeforce - Barnett vs. Kharitonov" event.

After attaining a submission loss over Pat Healy at the Strikeforce event last weekend, Maximo Blanco’s management has announced that the MMA fighter would now be moving down from lightweight to featherweight division; and that his next bout will be under the UFC promotion.

“[Blanco] will be back strong, very soon, this time at 145 pounds in the UFC,” Blanco’s team at Sucker Punch Entertainment posted on Twitter last Tuesday.

UFC officials have not yet formally confirmed this move.

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Maximo Blanco will Meet Pat Healy at Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix

Written on August 31, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Maximo Blanco's debut in the American soil will not be preempted, as he is now set to face Pat Healy at Stirkeforce's Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinal.

Originally scheduled to face Josh Thomson, Maximo Blanco will now meet Pat Healy at Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinal this September 10 in Cincinnati. It should be recalled that Josh Thomson withdrew from the said bout after acquiring a severe foot injury in training.

That said, Maximo Blanco will still have his opportunity to showcase his MMA skills in America, while Pat Healy will have a chance to prove that he belongs in title contention.

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Strikeforce Added Two New Bouts for Their Challengers Fight Card

Written on July 08, 2011 by Lulu

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Two new bouts were added to the upcoming Strikeforce Challenger fight cards, set for July 22 and August 12 shows.

The matches for the upcoming Strikeforce Challengers fight cards are updated with two new bouts.

The first match will be a lightweight showdown between Lionel Lanham and Guto Inocente that is scheduled on July 22 at Strikeforce Challengers 17. Lionel Lanham is the newest fighter who seems to have a bright career in MMA. Having a career stats of 3-0, he wants to continue he’s winning streak on his Strikeforce debut. Standing against Lionel Lanhan is Carlos Augusto ‘Guto’ Inocente, who will also makes his Strikeforce debut.

The the other fight will be a lightweight match-up pitting Pat Healy and Eric Wisely for August 12’s Strikeforce Challengers 18 in Las Vegas. Pat Healy is one of Strikeforce’s veteran, and has notable wins over Carlos Condit, Ryan Ford and Lyle Beerbohm. On the other hand, Eric Wisely is new to Strikeforce. However, he has a lot of experience fighting inside the cage, including his victory over former UFC title contender – Hermes France – and Matt Veach.

Do you have any other Strikeforce match-up that would like to see? Let it be known by leaving a comment.

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Strikeforce Challengers 14 Quick Results

Written on February 21, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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The Strikeforce Challengers 14 just came to an end, and all the results are in. Who among your favorite fighters went out of the cage victorious, and who went home empty-handed?

Last February 18, Pat Healy stained Lyle Beerbohm’s clean record in an entertaining fight at Strikeforce Challengers 14. Lyle Beerbohm is no longer undefeated, as Pat Healy gave him the his first loss via unanimous decision. The former’s record dropped to 15-1, while the latter improved his resume with 26-17.

In other Strikeforce Challengers 14 action, Ryan Couture submitted Lee Higgins via rear-naked choke, just 19 minutes before the first round ended. Carlo Prater also put a solid show last Friday, as he dispatched Bryan Travers with an anaconda choke. David Douglas, on the other hand, submitted Nick Gonzales in 65 seconds, while Ryan Larson finished Erik Apple with a triangle choke on the second round.

Check out the Strikeforce Challengers 14 quick results after the skip.

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Strikeforce Challengers 14, Ready for Action

Written on February 15, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With the first couple of fights in the historic Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix out of the way, the San Jose-based promotion now turns its attention to the upcoming Strikeforce Challengers 14 card set this weekend.

After the first Heavyweight Grand Prix, Strikeforce now turns its attention to the upcoming Challengers 14 card. Set to take place on February 18, in Austin, Texas, the Strikeforce Challengers 14 will green lit a lightweight bout between Lyle Beerbohm and Pat Healy.

Also included in the card is a 160lbs. catchweight fight between Carlo Prater and Bryan Travers. Ryan Couture will also be back in action after acquiring a staph infection, as he faces Lee Higgins in a lightweight bout at Strikeforce Challengers 14. A welterweight clash between Erik Apple and Ryan Larson is also featured in the event. Nick Gonzalez will also lock horns against David Douglas in a catchweight battle at 150lbs.

The Strikeforce Challengers 14 will kick off on Showtime at 11 pm ET/PT on Saturday, February 18.

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