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UFC seeking for solutions to eliminate eye pokes

Written on October 22, 2013 by Hector

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Tim Boetsch always finds himself in the receiving end of eye pokes

UFC officials are still having a dilemma on how to eliminate or at least lessen the possibility of eye pokes during an MMA match. The organization has started to look for an alternative gloves after UFC 159 but it haven’t helped the situation until now.

In the said PPV card, the co-main event between Alan belcher and Michael Bisping was stopped in the third round when Bisping unintentionally poked the eye of Belcher which rendered him unable to continue. Bisping, who was not deducted for the foul has won the fight via technical decision.

Before that incident, Tim Boetsch suffered an eye poke that resulted in a TKO loss to Costa Philippou in the rematch of Cain and JDS last December. That fight was pretty even until Philippou inadvertently poked Boetsch in the eye in the second frame. The poke clearly affected his performance and Boetsch eventually lost the fight via TKO. He would be again in the receiving end of eye pokes in the recently held UFC 166. In that event, Boetsch was accidentally poked twice by C.B. Dalloway. Dalloway was deducted a point and Boetsch takes the W with a split decision.

Dana White admits that the promotion is having a tough time regarding the issues of accidental eye pokes. He believes that the most possible solution is to remind the fighters to keep their hands closed.

“Keep your f—ing fingers closed. The eye-poke is the most dangerous thing that happen out there. Tim Boetsch already had surgery on his [poked eye], and he pokes him twice. It’s bad. Keep your hands closed.”

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UFC 166 results: Velasquez stops Cigano in 5 rounds

Written on October 20, 2013 by Hector

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The Baddest man on the Planet: Cain Velasquez defeated Junior dos Santos in their rubber match at UFC 166

Houston, Texas – The much anticipated trilogy between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos turned out pretty similar to their rematch, albeit with more definitive results. The 32 year old champ played the perfect game; he dominated dos Santos in all the aspects of the fight, even in the striking department, where Cigano supposedly had an advantage. Just like their last fight, Velasquez negated the heavy hands of dos Santos by backing him up into the cage. The rest of the fight played out the same scenario; Velasquez controlling dos Santos in the clinch while chipping at him with dirty boxing. Cigano eventually succumbed due to the accumulation of punishment in the 5th round, he fell face first in to the canvass after a failed front choke attempt. Seeing Cigano’s vulnerable state, Referee Herb Dean decided to put a halt to the contest with 3:09 remaining in the final round.

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Hector Lombard might return to 185 after the Marquardt fight

Written on October 17, 2013 by Hector

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Hector Lombard is currently battling weight issues with just two days remaining before the official weigh in of his upcoming fight with Nate Marquardt

Former Bellator middleweight titleholder Hector Lombard is already facing a major challenge before his welterweight debut has even begun. It was revealed in UFC Tonight that Lombard is struggling to make the transition to welterweight with just days away before the official weigh in of his UFC 166 showdown against Nate Marquardt.

Lombard, who is a top prospect before competing in UFC, has previously stated that it would be impossible for him to drop to 170. However, he decided to make the transition after going 1-2 in his UFC campaign. Lombard made his UFC debut with a disappointing loss to Tim Boetsch in a fight that snapped his 25-fight winning streak. He bounced back with a first round KO over the infamous Rousimar Palhares but he would again drop a decision to Yushin Okami in his subsequent bout.

Lombard owns 18 KOs in his 32 wins and a lot of people are wondering on how the weight cut would affect his vaunted KO power. All those questions will be answered this weekend when Lombard faces former Strikeforce welterweight champion and UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt in the Fox Sports 1 preliminary cards of UFC 166.

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Tim Boetsch Calls Hector Lombard “A Bully in The Ring

Written on July 18, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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UFC veteran Tim ‘The Barbarian’ Boetsch is scheduled to face UFC newcomer and former Bellator champ, Hector Lombard in the upcoming UFC 149 event. The middleweight bout between Boetsch and Lombard is set to be featured at the event’s main card.

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Hector Lombard To Duel with Tim Boetsch At UFC 149

Written on June 08, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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Hector Lombard was originally set to fight the injured, Brian Stann at UFC on FOX 4

Hector Lombard is set to make his UFC debut at the upcoming UFC 149 event. He will now face Tim ‘The Barbarian’ Boetsch, who was originally set to fight Michael Bisping, who was forced to withdraw from the event after suffering from an injury.

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Tim Boetsch vs Nick Ring, Set for UFC 135 in Denver

Written on July 20, 2011 by Lulu

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Tim Boetsch will return to Denver to redeem himself, as he faces Nick Ring on a middleweight bout for UFC 135 this September.

As he returns to Denver this September, Tim Boetsch will be on a middleweight showdown against Nick Ring for the upcoming UFC 135. The said fight announcement was made by UFC officials on Tuesday.

It will be Tim Boetsch’s chance to redeem himself, after he loss his last match against Matt Hamill in 2008. However, he said that the altitude really affects his cardio leaving him lacking of air that he needs to last on a fight. But now as a middleweight, Tim Boetsch is hoping to obtain another win after his victory against Kendall Grove.

On the other hand, the former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor – Nick Ring – wants to improve his career stats in UFC. After his recovery from an injury, the former TUF contestant performed well and has gone 2-0. Nick Ring is hoping to win again on his upcoming match to make it to 3-0.

The match between the two fighters will be a part of the preliminary card for UFC 135 that will take place in Denver in September.

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Spike to Air UFC 130 Prelims Two Interesting Fight Cards

Written on May 18, 2011 by Alvin Guerro

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Spike will not let the viewers to miss an interesting UFC 130 fight cards featuring Miguel Torres vs. Demetrious Johnson and Tim Boetsch against Kendall Grove.

Spike will broadcast two preliminary UFC 130 card featuring Miguel Torres vs. Demetrious Johnson and the bout between Kendall Grove and Tim Boetsch on May 28, at 8 pm ET.

It is a tough match between Miguel Torres and Demetrious Johnson. Johnson, 9-1, remains undefeated in his last three consecutive fights including his victory against Kid Yamamoto at UFC 126. On the other hand, Torres, 39-3, won his most recent bout against Antonio Banuelos via unanimous decision.

Meanwhile, Kendall Grove and Tim Boetsch are looking for a victory after they were both defeated in their last bout. Grove lost to Demian Maia last December while Boetsch was defeated by Phil Davis via submission at UFC 123. Tim Boetsch have 12-4 record and Kendall Grove have 12-8 (with one no contest decision) record.

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UFC 130 Signs Nine Fights

Written on March 22, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC signs nine official match-ups for UFC 130 fight card, including a trilogy rematch between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.

UFC 130: Edgar vs Maynard 3 signs nine official match-ups for the upcoming May 28 event.

TUF season 3 winner, Kendall Grove, will welcome Tim Boetsch in the Octagon for a middleweight brawl. Meanwhile, Demetrius Johnson will square off with Renan Barao in a 135-pound showdown. In addition to this, UFC 130 will also highlight a light heavyweight match between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Matt Hamill. Also in the card is a heavyweight duel pitting Frank Mir and Roy Nelson.

See the complete fight card after the skip.

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UFC 123 Fighters Take Home Big Bonuses

Written on November 22, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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As expected, the UFC 123 fighters always have their fair share of hefty bonuses from the promotional show. Here's the inside scoop about the UFC 123 bonuses.

B.J. Penn, Phil Davis, George Sotiropoulos and Joe Lauzon each earned $80,000 “Fight Night” bonuses from their fantastic performances during last Saturday’s “UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida” event.

Penn earned the night’s “Knockout of the Night” award making it his rebound revenge. Davis picked up the “Submission of the Night” bonus; Sotiropoulos and Lauzon shared “Fight of the Night” honors.

UFC 123 took place at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. The main card aired on pay-per-view, while Spike TV aired a pair of preliminary card fights. Penn stunned his main card opponent, Matt Hughes and the Michigan crowd with a 21-second finish. After that, Penn had dropped Hughes with a right hand and was quick enough to jump on his opponent with stiff blows that followed a stoppage. He was declared winner and also awarded with a big bonus.

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Dana White Speaks of Jackson’s UFC and Movie Career

Written on November 20, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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"The reality is this is where he makes his money. The money isn't in the movie business unless you're (George) Clooney. I think he's taking it serious." ---Dana White

A few months ago , UFC president Dana White was not pleased to put the fight between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans on hold. Now, Jackson is focused on fighting again, White believes he’ll never have the same problem.

“The reality is this is where he makes his money. The money isn’t in the movie business unless you’re (George) Clooney. I think he’s taking it serious.”

Jackson, delayed his UFC 114 fight with Evans for almost half a year in order to portray B.A. Baracus on a feature-film version of “The A-Team.” Evans earned a unanimous decision victory, and Jackson later said that he knew his chances of winning were dimmed due to the events that took place outside of the cage.

White believed that the things happened outside the octagon somehow affected Jackson’ fighting goals.

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