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UFC 138: Mark Scanlon Withdraws, John Maguire Steps in to Face James Head

Written on September 22, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Newcomer, John Maguire, replaces Mark Scanlon on his scheduled bout with James Head at UFC 138.

Mark Scanlon (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) was scratched off of the UFC 138 fight card for unknown reasons. He was supposed to meet James Head on the night’s preliminary card, but was now replaced by fellow UK Welterweight, John Maguire, as reported by a source close to the event.

UFC 138 will be held on November 5 at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England. The evening’s main card, which headlines the middleweight bout between Chris Leben and Mark Muñoz, will be aired on Spike TV via same-day delay. As of now, UFC officials have not yet formally confirmed the new bout.

John Maguire (16-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a former UCMMA welterweight champion who also competed in BAMMA, is now set to make his UFC debut. He currently holds a five-fight win streak, which includes a notable victory over Dean Amasinger at UCMMA 18 event.

James Head (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), on the other hand, is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt holder who started training in 2008. He opened his MMA career with a 7-1 record, which consisted of a unanimous decision victory over UFC veteran Gerald Harris. James Head just made his Octagon debut at UFC 131 last June, where he attained a submission loss to Nick Ring.

Stay tuned to Fighting Insider for more UFC 138 updates.

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Brad Pickett All Geared up for His UFC 138 Debut

Written on September 19, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"With Barao, everyone is raving about him and it’s my job to find out if he is the real deal." --- Brad Pickett

Brad Pickett is looking forward to UFC 138, as it will mark his promotional debut against Renan Barão. However, he slightly tempers his enthusiasm since he has been in this position before.

But one thing is for sure, Brad Pickett – albeit very keen to be back in action after his injury – is both disappointed for not having a shot against Miguel Torres and relieved that he had overcome his affliction. Moving on and focusing on his training for UFC 138, Brad Pickett is remarkably relaxed about Renan Barão’s fearsome reputation and 26-fight win streak.

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Chris Cope vs. Che Mills Bout, Booked for UFC 138 Event

Written on August 02, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Newcomer Che Mills agreed to fight against Chris Cope at UFC 138 event in England.

A UFC welterweight title belt is now seeking for a new holder. Could it be “The Ultimate Fighter 13″ challenger Chris Cope or former Cage Rage British welterweight champ Che Mills?

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Spike TV will Air UFC 138 for Free

Written on July 26, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After UFC 120, Spike TV is airing another UFC tournament for free with UFC 138: Chris Leben vs Mark Munoz.

Last Monday morning, Spike TV announced that UFC 138 will air on a same-day tape-delay starting at 8:00 pm ET. The said tournament will take place on November 5, at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England.

UFC 138 will feature is first five-round, non-title fight, pitting Chris Leben and Mark Munoz. Other bouts set for the telecast are bantamweight Brad Pickett against Renan Barao, and lightweights Paul Taylor versus Anthony Njokuani.

The current UFC 138: Chris Leben vs Mark Munoz lineup is posted after the jump.

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Josh Koscheck, Returning on UFC 138 as Middleweight

Written on July 09, 2011 by Lulu

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Former welterweight contender, Josh Koscheck, plans to return inside the Octagon at UFC 138 as a middleweight fighter.

The former No. 1 welterweight contender, Josh Koscheck, is planning to make his return in the Octagon after almost a year in the sideline. He will step in as a middleweight fighter at UFC 138, which is set take place on November 19, 2011 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

Josh Koscheck announced that he intends to fight at the 185 pounds catch weight one more before returning to the 170 pound division. He also added that he will do this because it is something fun for the fans. Josh Koscheck, is one of the most active MMA fighters before he lose to welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, on December 2010. He suffered a broken face after his match with GSP, requiring a surgery to repair the damage and a long layoff from action.

If ever Josh Koscheck really return in San Jose, he’ll be joining his American Kick Boxing Academy stablemate, Cain Velasquez, who will defend his heavyweight title against his No.1 contender, Junior Dos Santos.

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Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger, to Face for Fall UFC Fight?

Written on June 27, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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A battle of Jake's are said to come this fall, as Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger are said to face at the rumored UFC 138 card.

After his unanimous decision loss to Georges St-Pierre last April, Jake Shields will reportedly face Jake Ellenberger next. Sources close to the match-up revealed that both fighters agreed to meet this fall, while the venue is not yet certain. However, it is possible that UFC will set the bout on November 19 in San Jose, California. The event is also said to be UFC 138, albeit the promotion hasn’t made it official yet.

The Jake Shields vs Jake Ellenberger fight is a match that the latter is not ashamed to ask for. Last May, Jake Ellenberger told the media that he wants to fight Jake Shields, and he also believes that he has what it takes to beat the notable MMA fighter.

For the first time, Jake Shields was defeated and his 15-fight win streak was snapped by Georges St-Pierre. On the other hand, Jake Ellenberger is carrying a four-fight win streak — including his first-round knockout victory over Sean Pierson at UFC 129.

Will Jake Shields be able to redeem his loss this time? Or will Jake Ellenberger improve his record with a five-fight win streak after the match?

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Jon Fitch, Ready for the UFC 138 at San Jose

Written on June 22, 2011 by Lulu

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After being away from the Otagon for a long time due to his shoulder surgery, Jon Fitch is now planning to start his training for the rumored UFC 138 tournament in San Jose.

Former UFC title contender, Jon Fitch, will be back in training to return inside the Octagon by November after recovering from a shoulder surgery. It should be recalled that the injury forced him out of his scheduled bout at UFC 132 against B.J. Penn.

Based on his Twitter post, Jon Fitch’s doctors gave him the good news and said that he could return in training on September 1. This will make him more than ready for the upcoming UFC 138 at San Jose.

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UFC 138: Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos

Written on June 17, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Los Angeles Times announced the tentative schedule of UFC 138, wherein Junior Dos Santos will compete against Cain Velasquez for the first time.

After a long break, heavyweight champion – Cain Velasquez – is now ready to put his title on the line. He will battle Junior Dos Santos for the first time at UFC 138, which will be held on Novemeber 19, 2011 at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, Calif.

After finishing Brock Lesnar during UFC 121 last year, Cain Velasquez has not yet been committed in any fights. This is because he suffered from a severe injury on his shoulder, which required him to undertake a minor surgery. On the other hand, since his début way back in 2008, contender Junior Dos Santos has been literally breaking bones, cracking skulls, and winning several titles. He takes pride in having seven consecutive victories, and finishing five of the most renowned and greatest fighters in the industry. In a recent match, Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos finished Shane Carwin through a unanimous decision at UFC 131. He won the title of second best heavyweight champion in their division.

As of today, UFC 138 is not yet official. But stay attached to Fighting Insider for more updates regarding this upcoming UFC event

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