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UFC unveils its plans for 2014

Written on October 24, 2013 by Hector

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UFC has revealed their plans for 2014 as well as the location and dates of UFC on Fox 10, UFC 169 and UFC 170

UFC president Dana White has revealed the company’s plans for 2014 and that involves hosting at least 35 cards for the coming year. It is the most number of event in a single year for the organization. White presented the outline of UFC’s schedule in his appearance on the Wednesday edition of Fox Sports Live.

UFC’s full schedule for 2014:

  • 13 Pay-Per-View events
  • 4 UFC on FOX fights
  • 14 live events on FOX Sports 1 (including two TUF Finales)
  • 4 live events on FOX Sports 2

In addition, he also announced the official date and locations of the three PPV events that will follow the 2014 kick off at Singapore. UFC on Fox 10 will be held at Chicago on January 25 and it will be followed by a stop at New Jersey for UFC 169 (Super Bowl weekend) on February 1. After that, the promotion will head off to Sin City on February 22 for UFC 170, the PPV event will take place at The Mandalay Resorts and Casino, Las Vegas.

Last August, it was revealed that six of the “Fight Night” events will be held in Europe to allow the audience of the region to watch the events at primetime, instead of the usual where they have to watch it in the middle of the night due to the conflicting time zones of Europe and USA. It was also said that UFC is planning for international versions of The Ultimate Fighter in Canada, Australia, India and China.

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Aldo vs. Lamas targeted for Superbowl weekend card

Written on October 18, 2013 by Hector

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The featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas is rumored to headline UFC 169

UFC officials are planning to put the featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas in the annual UFC Super Bowl event. The card was supposed to be headlined by Jon Jones’ 7th title defense against Glover Teixeira, but it was scrapped after Jones asked for more time to recover from the injuries that he suffered in his recent bout against Alexander Gustafsson.

White has not indicated if Aldo and Lamas will headline the card. However, UFC’s biggest stars are all scheduled to fight before the end of this year so there is a high possibility that the proposed fight will be the main event of the Super Bowl weekend card.

Aldo is perhaps the biggest MMA star in Brazil outside of Anderson Silva and Junior dos Santos. He is ranked in the top 3 of several pound-for-pound lists but it seems that he has yet to achieve global stardom. It is very evident in his latest title defense against Chan Sung Jung when he only netted a total of 170,000 PPV buys. Jones, on the other hand bagged a whopping 550,000 buys in his bout against Chael Sonnen last April.

The Aldo-Lamas bout is a very good match although it may not be as attractive compared to any bout that involves Jones. The two featherweights has always been known as action fighters and a fight between them is a sure treat to all MMA fans.

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Frank Mir considering retirement if he will be released from UFC

Written on October 08, 2013 by Hector

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Frank Mir while protesting the stoppage loss to Josh Barnett at UFC 164

Former heavyweight champion Frank Mir is thinking of retirement once the promotion cuts him if he loses to Alistair Overeem in UFC 169. The fight between the two is considered as a “loser leaves town” battle since both fighters is coming off consecutive losses. Mir is in a 3 fight losing skid while Overeem has suffered back to back losses. Both men were stopped twice in those defeats.

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Dana White scrapped Jones – Teixeira from Super Bowl weekend event

Written on October 08, 2013 by Hector

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The UFC light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira will no longer headline UFC 169

It looks like fight fans will have to wait longer for the light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira. It was officially announced last week that the fight will take place in UFC 169 but Dana White scrapped the idea and told the media that the schedule of the fight has not been finalized yet.

“Jones vs. Teixeira on February 1 is never, ever a done deal” says Dana White in an interview last Monday. He made it clear that the fight will certainly happen but not on the rumored date.

“That’s going to be later. That was never a done deal. “Our people put it out, but they shouldn’t have” added the UFC president.

He then hinted that Jones and Teixeira would likely square off in March, around the same time with Alexander Gustafsson’s return bout in Sweden or London. White also promised that Jones and Gustafsson would surely meet again if both fighters win their next fights.

It was also announced last week that the heavyweight matchup between Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir was moved to the Super Bowl event (UFC 169) from its original schedule on November 16. The removal of the Jones – Teixeira fight leaves Mir vs. Overeem as the only match that was scheduled for UFC 169.

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Overeem vs. Mir moved to Super Bowl event as the supporting bout for Jones vs. Teixeira

Written on October 04, 2013 by Hector

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Alistair Overeem vs. Frank Mir moved to UFC 169

The light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira is now officially booked as the main event of UFC 169 that will be held at on the Super Bowl weekend. Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem will also square off as the supporting bout of the event. The news was announced this Thursday night on Newsday and was later confirmed by UFC officials.

The UFC also noted that they moved the Overeem-Mir fight to give Mir ample time to recover after his knockout loss to Josh Barnett last August. The fight was originally scheduled in November 16 as a part of the 20th anniversary of UFC.

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