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Vitor Belfort expects middleweight title shot if he defeats Hendo at UFN 32

Written on November 08, 2013 by Hector

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The Phenom eyeing a middleweight title shot if he gets past Dan Henderson in their rematch at UFC Fight Night 32

Multidivisional contender Vitor Belfort, whose just days away from a rematch with Dan Henderson is already visualizing his future should he win in their headline bout at UFC Fight Night 32. The Phenom believes that a win over the heavy handed Henderson will earn him a shot at the middleweight belt despite the fight happening at 205. However, a loss to Henderson, a man known for his fight ending right hand will put Vitor back in the line of 185 contenders that includes the likes of Ronaldo Souza and the reinvigorated Lyoto Machida. Belfort states that while he is very much aware of the consequences, the reward is worth all the risk.

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Rockhold wants Carmont for his octagon return

Written on October 18, 2013 by Hector

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Luke Rockhold is planning for a comeback before the end of the year and he wants "Limitless" or Costa Philippou for that fight

Luke Rockhold plans to return to the octagon before the end of this year and the former Strikeforce middleweight champ is eyeing Francis Carmont and Costa Philippou as possible opponents. “Rocky” was supposed to fight this weekend against Tim Boetsch but a knee injury yanked him out of the bout. In the recent edition of UFC Tonight, Rockhold revealed that he is nearing full recovery and he targets to compete in UFC’s year end card.

“Rockhold is hoping to be cleared for MMA training in 2 weeks. Wants to fight @franciscarmont at UFC 168. If not, @Philippou185UFC”

Carmont responded to the tweet and stated that he is willing to fight Rockhold at any given point.

“Luke Rockhold wants to fight me, he is the champion of Strikeforce, I’m ready, let’s go.”writes Carmont on his twitter account.

Rockhold, who wrestled the Strikeforce 185 belt from the highly touted Jakare Souza, was stopped by Vitor Belfort in the first round of his UFC debut. The loss to Belfort ended Rocky’s 9-fight winning streak. Meanwhile, Francis Carmont is just coming off a win against Costa Philippou in last month’s UFC 165. He is undefeated in his 6 UFC fights and the said victory was his 11th win in a row.

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Yushin Okami cut from the UFC

Written on September 28, 2013 by Hector

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Former middleweight contender Yushin Okami has been cut in the UFC after his TKO loss to Ronaldo Souza

This perhaps is the most surprising of UFC’s roster cuts since the promotion released welterweight contender John Fitch early this year. Officers of UFC have confirmed in MMAjunkie.com that they have released former middleweight contender Yushin Okami.

Okami, who was branded by UFC president Dana White as the best fighter to come out of Japan has been a top ranked fighter since he joined UFC in 2006. He won his debut fight with a decision against Alan Belcher in the preliminary card of UFC 69. Throughout his seven years in the UFC, Okami compiled a record of 18 wins and 5 losses. His impressive resume includes wins over the likes of Mark Munoz, Mike Swick and former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt.

The 32 year old Japanese has been riding on a three fight winning streak before losing by 1st round TKO to Ronaldo Souza in his most recent outing.

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