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UFC 126 Press Conference: An Interview with Vitor Belfort

Written on February 03, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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Are you pro-Silva or pro-Belfort?

After being out of the octagon for a year and half, Vitor Belfort returns to the spotlight this Staurday at UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort. He will battle middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Last Wednesday, he answered the media’s questions about his plans on the fight.

Thinking about it, which side would you take? Contender Vitor Belfort or Champion Anderson Silva?

Watch the interview here after the break.

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UFC 126: Silva vs Belfort Calendar of Events

Written on February 02, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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Join your favorite UFC fighters on the week-long marathon of events in preparation for UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort.

The UFC 126 event is fast approaching, and UFC officials are inviting fans to take part in the fight-week activities.

While this Wednesday’s UFC 126 press conference will not be an open gate, fans need not to get disappointed since they are still invited to attend Thursday’s open workout sessions.

The session features Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin, Jon Jones, Ryan Bader, Antonio Banuelos and Miguel Torres. The event will conclude at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

The open workout takes place Thursday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT local time).

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Mario Yamasaki Officiating UFC 126: Silva vs Belfort

Written on January 29, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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Mario Yamasaki will officiate UFC 126 this coming February 5.

Mario Yamasaki, a veteran referee, will officiate next weekend’s UFC 126 main event between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort.

The report was confirmed today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Kieth Kizer. The jury behind the five-round bout will be Adalaide Byrd, Sal D’Amato and Glenn Trowbridge. UFC 126 will take place this Feb.5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

The night’s main card airs on Spike TV together with two preliminary fights.

The longtime martial arts enthusiast officiated fights for famous organizations like UFC, Strikeforce and PRIDE.

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Spike TV Announces 12 UFC Prelims for 2011 Led by UFC 126

Written on January 25, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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The year 2011 is a big year for Spike TV. The broadcasting company just announced that they will be airing 12 UFC Prelims and it will start next month with UFC 126.

As always, Spike TV will be broadcasting a dozen UFC Prelims this year. UFC Prelims is a one-hour program showcasing preliminary specials right before hitting the Pay-Per-View airing. The first special will be next month’s “UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort” event.

The February 5 broadcast will feature a lightweight fight between Donald Cerrone (13-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Paul Kelly (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and a featherweight fight between Chad Mendes (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (12-8-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

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“UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort” Kicks Off on Feb 4

Written on January 10, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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The next installment of UFC after the successful UFC 125: Resolution is on its way. The UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort will go official with the weigh-ins that takes its place on February 4 in Las Vegas. See you there!

Good news! The official fighter weigh-ins for February’s “UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort” event is set for Feb. 4. The weigh-ins will take place at the Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center, which also hosts the following day’s pay-per-view event and Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort headliner.

The gates during the event will open to the public at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT local time), and the first fighter hits the scale at 7 p.m. ET. To add-up some hype on the weigh-ins special, members of the UFC official fan club, the UFC Fight Club will participate in a Q&A Session with some fighters. An autograph session starts at 4 PM.

See the UFC 126 Fight Card after the break.

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Five More Bouts Official for UFC 126

Written on December 23, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Another five bouts were added to the line-up of UFC 126. UFC 126 features a title fight between champion Anderson Silva and top challenger Vitor Belfort.

UFC’s traditional Super Bowl weekend card is almost complete, and UFC officials has announced another five additional fights for “UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort.”

FightingInsider reported the fights though a featherweight matchup between Team Alpha Male fighter Chad Mendes and Japanese import Michihiro Omigawa had not yet been tied down to specific date on initial reports.

UFC 126 will feature a middleweight title bout between Anderson Silva and top challenger Vitor Belfort. The UFC 126 takes place Feb. 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

The Mendes vs. Omigawa matchup is in the preliminary card of UFC 126, also included are bouts of Gabe Ruediger vs. Paul Taylor, Demetrious Johnson vs. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Mike Pierce vs. Kenny Robertson.

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Paul Taylor and Gabe Ruediger for Next Target for UFC 126

Written on November 30, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Paul Taylor and Gabe Ruediger match-up is likely to happen on UFC 126. The earlier report says that both fighters are set for UFC 127. An unidentified source said that both fighters agreed on this fight. All that is needed is a signed contract to finalize the event.

Lightweights Paul Taylor (10-6-1 MMA, 3-5 UFC) and Gabe Ruediger (17-6 MMA, 0-2 UFC) are the next targeted match-up for UFC 126. The report was confirmed today by sources close to the promotion. Even though both fighters said yes to the plan agreements are yet to be official.

UFC 126 will take place on February 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The event will feature a middleweight title fight between champion Anderson Silva and contender Vitor Belfort.

Initially, it has been expected that Taylor and Ruediger will be meeting on UFC 127 that will take place on February 27 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.

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