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Urijah Faber: Almost Positive for a Cruz vs Faber Trilogy

Written on July 11, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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“I’m almost positive we’re going to have a rematch." --- Urijah Faber, UFC Bantamweight fighter

Despite his unanimous decision loss against Dominick Cruz at UFC 132, he’s confident that he will have another crack for the title sometime in the future. As he stated on Bruce Buffer’s ‘It’s Time’ show on Shedog Radio Network:

“I’m almost positive we’re going to have a rematch. I think it needs to happen to find out who’s the boss. I don’t feel like I was threatened at all. I feel like I could have done more. He probably feels like he could have done more. I think it needs to happen.”

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Expected Matches After UFC 127

Written on March 05, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With UFC 127 already over, people are now making their own match-ups. What matches would fans want to see after UFC 127?

With the tactical 15-minute match between BJ Penn and Jon Fitch at UFC 127 ending in a majority draw, the result left more questions than answers. And both fighters still have a vague path before them. Jon Fitch, who aims to have a rematch against George St-Pierre, may still find himself on the outside looking in. But BJ Penn has even more uncertainty around him. He lost two consecutive fights, and his draw against Jon Fitch has prolonged the drought.

What lies ahead for the both of them? That is a mystery yet to be unfold. For the mean time, check out five matches that fans would like to see after UFC 127 by hitting the cut.

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Rampage Jackson, Up Next for a Light Heavyweight Title Match

Written on January 25, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"There are so many guys at 205. Rampage is probably next in line. Rampage is still in the mix." ---Dana White, UFC President

UFC President, Dana White, revealed that Quinton Rampage Jackson is likely to have a shot at the light heavyweight title. That is, if he beats Thiago Silva at UFC 130. Though Rampage Jackson’s clash against Thiago Silva is not yet official, sources claim that the deal is already slated.

With Ryan Bader set to face Jon Jones at UFC 126, the current 205lbs title picture is getting hot. However, whoever wins between Ryan Bader and Jon Jones is likely to be given one more shot before getting a chance for the belt. That being said, Rampage Jackson is on course for a rematch with either Rashad Evans or Mauricio Shogun Rua.

And just like how Dana White said it: “There’s so many great guys in the 205lbs division. The big problem has been Shogun’s injury clogging up the division. Now he’s healthy and going to fight, and we’ll get everything rolling.”

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Edgar vs Maynard Rematch, in the Works

Written on January 12, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After some considerations, Dana White already decided that Frankie Edgar will face Gray Maynard in a rematch once again. Will the next fight declare a winner this time?

UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, will make another title defense against Gray Maynard. Although it was generally believed that Anthony Pettis would get the next title shot, Edgar and Maynard fought to a draw at UFC 125. The decision made it hard for Dana White to deny the challenger another shot. Maynard had never lost a fight as a professional. In fact, he have a decision win over Edgar. And that was the only loss that the lightweight champ ever acquired in his professional career.

Anthony Pettis, on the other hand, took the situation in stride after being informed that he wouldn’t be Frankie Edgar’s next opponent. Meanwhile, Gray Maynard did not hesitate when asked if he wanted an immediate rematch. During the UFC 125 post-fight news conference, UFC Vice President of Operations and Production, Craig Borsari, told the press that Anthony Pettis would face Edgar next. However, Dana White told ESPN that he had not yet decided who’s going to be the next contender. But after further considerations, the UFC president decided that Maynard will get Edgar next.

Here at Fighting Insider, we think that an immediate rematch is the right thing to do. Do you think the same way? Tell us your opinions by leaving a comment.

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Ed Soares Talks About the Sonnen-Silva Rematch

Written on August 10, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Though a Sonnen-Silva rematch seems to be possible, manager Ed Soares doesn't look happy about it. For him, Chael Sonnen already got his opportunity. But anyway, if that's what UFC wants, so be it.

Ed Soares, Anderson Silva’s manager, doesn’t look like excited for a Sonnen-Silva Rematch. According to the manager though, Chael Sonnen fought his fight and there’s no reason not to give him another shot at the champion. For Soares, whatever the UFC wants is their command.

“The way I look at it is, Chael fought his fight. And Chael had Anderson on his back for twenty-two minutes of that fight. …The way I feel is that Chael had Anderson in the position he wanted him, and if he wasn’t able to finish Anderson in twenty-two minutes in the position you said you wanted him in, then, hey man, you had your shot. No offense, not saying you can’t get another shot, but you know what I mean?”

Soares hadn’t spoken to White yet about who might be Silva’s next opponent, but still it doesn’t matter what the manager and the fighter wants. It’s the company’s call. In a discussion with Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour,” Ed Soares talked about the fright’s lopsided end. He thought Silva was holding on to Sonnen’s arms when the referee stepped in. It’s a matter of confusion whether the match was really over. This also played a role with his minor strike against the men in the other corner. Upset with Sonnen’s denial that he tapped, Soares saw how the opponent’s boxing trainer put a thumbs down toward his man. He lost his cool and emotions got the best of him, letting some words to be said.

“I was pissed. But like I said many times before, these guys are not just my clients. These guys are my friends and my family. I love these guys. I love every one of my guys. When you see your guy go through what [Silva] went through, when I walked in and saw that, it just struck a nerve. If I offended anybody, I seriously apologize.”

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