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Rua vs Henderson Takes UFC 139 Main Event

Written on September 22, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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A light heavyweight match pitting Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Dan Henderson takes the main-event slot for UFC 139.

A light heavyweight bout between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Dan Henderson has officially taken the main-event slot of UFC 139. Co-headlining their match is a middleweight fight pitting Wanderlei Silva and Cung Le.

Wanderlei Silva was tapped to face Cung Le in the said event, following Vitor Belfort’s withdrawal from the match due to injury.

The UFC 139: Rua vs Henderson match will kick off on November 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The night’s main card will air on pay-per-view.

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Anderson Silva: Won’t Likely Fight Until Early 2012

Written on September 12, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Due to shouldered injury, Anderson Silva will remain on the sidelines until early 2012.

According to manager, Ed Soares, Anderson Silva’s injured shoulder would most likely keep the middleweight champ on the sidelines until early next year.

The fighter afflicted his shoulder during his training for UFC 134 against Yushin Okami. And while his camp feared that Anderson Silva might need to go surgery, Ed Soares cleared out that the fighter just need to rehab his shoulders to recuperate.

Ed Soares also hoped that Anderson Silva will be able to defend his title again in the first quarter of 2012. However, no opponent has been set yet for the fighter’s return. But fans could get some answers following Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann’s match for UFC 136.

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Leonard Garcia vs Nam Phan Rematch, Added to UFC 136 Fight Card

Written on September 08, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Nam Phan and Leonard Garcia will finally have their much-awaited rematch at next month's UFC 136 event.

Nam Phan is now slated to face his fellow featherweight, Leonard Garcia, in a rematch following the controversial TUF 12 Finale fight. Phan was supposed to face Matt Grice at the upcoming event, replacing the injured Josh Grispi. However, Grice was forced to withdraw from the card due to an injury.

UFC officials announced that verbal agreements have been set for the rematch. UFC 136 is scheduled on October 8 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The main card, which will be aired on pay-per-view, is highlighted by the lightweight championship bout between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. There are also two fights booked for Spike TV’s “UFC Prelims” special, and five bouts to be aired on Facebook.

See the current UFC 136 fight card after the skip.

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Darren Elkins vs Tiequan Zhang, Set for UFC 136 in Houston

Written on August 20, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Chinese fighter, Tiequan Zhang, will be making his return to the Octagon against featherweight, Darren Elkins, at October's UFC 136.

A 12th bout has just been added to October’s “UFC 136: Edgar vs Maynard III” card. UFC officials recently announced that featherweights – Darren Elkins and Tiequan Zhang – are set to meet on the upcoming event, which is expected to take place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on October 8.

The night’s main card, headlining the lightweight championship match-up between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard and featherweights Jose Aldo vs. Kenny Florian, will be aired on pay-per-view; while Elkins vs Zhang will be featured on the evening’s un-televised preliminary card. The event is also reported to go along with a 2-day UFC Fan Expo, which will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

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UFC 136: Edgar vs Maynard 3 Tickets, on Sale This Week

Written on August 17, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Tickets for UFC 136: Edgar vs Maynard 3 goes on sale starting today!

Set to take place on October 8 in Toyota Center in Houston, tickets for UFC 136: Edgar vs Maynard 3 will go on sale starting today. UFC Fight Club Members will get the first chance to purchase their tickets later at 10:00 am CT. Then on Thursday, August 18, UFC Newsletter subscribers can purchase theirs at 10:00 am CT. Ticket sales will go public on Friday, August 19 at 10:00 am CT as well.

The UFC 136: Edgar vs Maynard 3 will feature a rubber match between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, following their 125 fight which resulted to a draw. Also in the main card is a featherweight title match between reigning champion, Jose Aldo, and Kenny Florian.

More UFC 136 updates are sure to come, so just keep it posted here at Fighting Insider.

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UFC 136 Adds Josh Grispi vs Matt Grice Bout

Written on July 15, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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UFC 136 now highlights a new bout featuring Josh Grispi and Matt Grice.

UFC officials recently announced that former top WEC featherweight contender – Josh Grispi – and current UFC returnee – Matt Grice – will meet on the upcoming UFC 136 event, which be held on October 8th at the Toyota Center in Houston. The night’s main card will be aired on pay-per-view, however, the bout between Grispi vs Grice will be part of the preliminary card.

Josh Grispi (14-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) was suppose to face UFC 145-pound champ, Jose Aldo, at the UFC 125. Unfortunately, Aldo was ruled to abandon the fight due to an injury — leading Josh Grispi to fight Dustin Poirier wherein he obtained a unanimous-decision loss. This defeat, along with the TKO loss from George Roop during the Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale, ruined his 10-fight victory record.

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Gray Maynard Resumes Training, Possible for a Bout in UFC 136

Written on July 13, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Gray Maynard finally received a go signal to continue his training and prepare for a possible match in UFC 136.

Gray Maynard recently received a permission from his doctor, allowing him to continue his training after suffering from an injury. According to some reports, Gray Maynard (10-0-1 MMA, 8-0-1 UFC) is possible to be listed on the UFC 136 event in October. The Las Vegas-based fighter suffered from a knee injury during his preparation for a […]

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Carlos Condit and B.J. Penn Set Their Fight Through Social Network.

Written on July 13, 2011 by Lulu

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After sending several messages back and forth in a social network, Carlos Condit and B.J. Penn both agreed to face each other inside the Octagon on October.

It seems that Carlos Condit and B.J. Penn are about to face each other inside the Octagon for an October bout, after exchanging messages on a social network with their fellow top ten welterweight — Jon Fitch. Carlos Condit sent a challenge to B.J. Penn, with the latter accepting it quickly. Now, the UFC is on board to set a match between the two fighters.

Carlos Condit’s manager, Malki Kawa, said in an interview that UFC matchmaker – Joe Silva – is now in the process to schedule a fight between the two welterweight contenders. However, even if the two fighters agreed to face each other on October, the match’s date is still undetermined. According to sources, UFC is planning to have a third event in October which will be set between the two shows currently scheduled.

The two scheduled shows for October are the UFC 136 on October 8 in Houston Texas, and UFC 137 on October 29 that will feature the bout between Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz in Las Vegas. If there will be another event on October aside from the said tournaments, it might be a UFC Fight Night show.

More updates are sure to come, so just keep it posted here at Fighting Insider.

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Chael Sonnen, Returning from Exile at UFC 136 Against Brian Stann

Written on July 07, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Chael Sonnen will finally end his 14-month exile from action, as he faces Brian Stann on October for UFC 136.

Last Wednesday night, UFC President – Dana White – confirmed that Chael Sonnen will finally end his 14-month exile at UFC 136 against Brian Stann.

Chael Sonnen was put on the sidelines following his middleweight battle against reigning champ, Anderson Silva, at UFC 117 last August 2010. His post-fight drug test resulted to positive when his urine sample came back with high testosterone-to-estrogen level. Eventually, the California State Athletic Commission shortened Chael Sonnen’s one year suspension to six months. However, due to misleading statements to the commission, CSAC gave the middleweight fighter an indefinite suspension. UFC also froze Chael Sonnen’s contract while working on his money laundering case.

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Cain Velasquez, to Face the No. 1 Contender on October

Written on June 10, 2011 by Lulu

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After the match of Shane Carwin and Junior dos Santos is over, the winner will have to wait for his title shot against UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez for a several months.

During the UFC 131 press conference on Thursday, UFC President – Dana White – said that they hope to make the match between UFC heavyweight champion – Cain Velasquez – and the winner of Dos Santos vs Carwin happen sooner. However, the champion’s recovery from his shoulder injury might take a few more months. Furthermore, the plan for UFC 136 – where the match will take place – will be held in Houston, Texas on October 8.

After Cain Velasquez met Brock Lesnar last year, he underwent a shoulder surgery. But with the rehabilitation and recovery time, it was expected that the champion will have a rest off from the fights for several months until he is fully. The winner of Dos Santos vs Carwin match will have to wait for the heavyweight king to recover from his injury and then the schedule for the title fight will be set.

UFC is planning to hold their next Fan Expo in Houston as well, which will take place on Oct 7 and 8.

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