Former Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski Returns To The UFC

That was from UFC President Dana White confirming that former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski has resigned with the UFC. When his return fight will be is unknown, but Brendan Schaub has been rumored as the opponent.

Arlovski was last seen in November, having defeated Andreas Kraniotakes by second round TKO under the Fight Nights promotion. Before that, “The Pitbull” competed under the World Series of Fighting Banner and having a 2-1 record. The lone loss was to Anthony Johnson, who will be in the co-main event of this weekend’s UFC 172.

Arlovski’s contract had recently expired with WSOF and executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz told MMAFighting.com that Arlovski’s contract did expire and had one fight left on it. The organization had the option to extend the contract, but Arlovski had to pull out of the last fight due to an injury. The Belarus native though wanted the chance to go back to the UFC and the company obliged to his request.

The former heavyweight champion last competed in the UFC in March of 2008 defeating Jake O’Brien, winning by second round TKO at UFC 82. Arlovski is 6-1-1 since leaving Strikeforce in early 2011.

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Next Live WWE NXT Show Announced

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During the first week of the WWE Network, we seen a live WWE NXT special titled, “ArRIVAL”, which seen matches like Antonio Cesaro vs Sami Zayn and Bo Dallas vs Adrian Neville.

The WWE sent us a press release today stating that another WWE NXT live taping will be taking place.

STAMFORD, Conn., April 24, 2014 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced that NXT Takeover, a live, two-hour action-packed special, will air exclusively on WWE Network on Thursday, May 29 at 8 pm ET. Following the success of NXT ArRIVAL™, the special will once again showcase the best and brightest from WWE’s Performance Center and include appearances by WWE Superstars and Legends.

Thirty minutes prior to the event, the NXT Takeover pre-show will air at 7:30 pm ET and include exclusive interviews and appearances by NXT Superstars, WWE Superstars and Legends.

“As NXT continues to grow in popularity and our fans demand to see more of the next generation of WWE Superstars, we are going to deliver live, in-ring programs featuring up-and-coming talent on WWE Network,” said Paul “Triple H®” Levesque, Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative, WWE. “Our live NXT specials on WWE Network bring out the very best in our performers and make for must-see TV for the WWE Universe.”

On February 27, NXT ArRIVAL on WWE Network had 21 worldwide Twitter trends and was No. 3 in overall social mentions for primetime programs on both cable and broadcast. The event had more social mentions than American Idol, the Vikings premiere on History Channel, college basketball on ESPN and Vampire Diaries on CW.

No matches have been announced yet for the show and when they are announced, we will bring them to you.

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Chael Sonnen Feels “A Slowed Down Jon Jones Is Gunna Still Be The Baddest Man On The Planet”

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Jon Jones defends the UFC light heavyweight title for the seventh time against Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 172 this Saturday night. Chael Sonnen faced Jon Jones last year at UFC 159 with Jones winning by first round stoppage.

Sonnen who is a UFC on Fox analyst previews the UFC 172 card, concerns he has about Jones going into the fight, who he thinks will win, the co-main event between Phil Davis and Anthony Johnson, Davis calling out Jones over the past week and more.

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Hulk Hogan Returns To Japan In July

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Hulk Hogan returned to the WWE in February after a six and half year hiatus. The WWE has announced that Hogan will be apart of the companies tour of Japan in July.

TOKYO, Japan, April 24, 2014 – WWE® today announced that WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan will appear at WWE Live in Tokyo on Friday, July 11 and in Osaka on Saturday, July 12.

A larger-than-life pop-culture icon, Hogan is one of the biggest names in WWE history. Earlier this month, Hogan was the host of WrestleMania® 30 at a sold out Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. He has also appeared on WWE’s flagship television program Monday Night Raw® and on WWE Network.

“Hulkamania™” was officially born on January 23, 1984 when Hogan defeated The Iron Sheik to become WWE Champion at Madison Square Garden. He headlined WrestleMania III, where he successfully defended the WWE Championship against Andre The Giant in front of a record 93,173 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome. Hogan went on to win six WWE Championships, starred in movies, television shows and became an idol to a vast legion of fans he dubbed “Hulkamaniacs™.” Hogan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 by Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone.

“Words cannot express how excited I am to be back in the WWE family,” said Hulk Hogan. “I only have one question for the WWE Universe in Japan: ‘whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild in Tokyo and Osaka, brother?’”

WWE Live takes place on Thursday, July 10 and Friday, July 11 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo and on Saturday, July 12 at Maishima Arena in Osaka. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Saturday.

Hogan before he started full time would wrestle for New Japan Pro Wrestling and then would go to Japan during his early WWE days.

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WWE NXT Non Spoilers For Tonight’s Show

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WWE NXT returns tonight at 9 p.m. ET on the WWE Network. Tonight’s show was taped on March 13. Here are the matches that you will see on tonight’s show.

-Paige and Emma vs Charlotte and Sasha Banks

-Alexander Rusev vs Travis Tyler

-Mason Ryan vs Tyson Kidd

-Tyler Breeze vs Angelo Dawkins

-The Usos and Sami Zayn vs The Ascension and Corey Graves

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Jon Jones Challenges Chuck Liddell To A Superfight

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Jon Jones will be looking to defend the UFC light heavyweight title for the seventh time as he battles Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 on Saturday night. Long time friend and training partner of Teixeira, former light heavyweight kingpin Chuck Liddell has been vocal when it has come to Jones.

“The Iceman” has been telling everyone who will listen, that Teixeira will beat Jones and the fight won’t last past the third round. Liddell told FoxSports.com early in the week, that if he was still in his prime, he would have “walked through his punches” and beat “Bones”.

Jones appeared last night on “UFC Tonight” and was asked about Liddell. While initially seeming to laugh it off, Jones got serious.

“At the end of the day, if Chuck wants to come out retirement, I welcome him to a superfight,” Jones said.

Liddell hasn’t competed in the octagon since his loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 115 in June of 2010 and was 1-4 in his last five fights.

Would you like to see a fight between Liddell and Jones? Do you think Liddell would accept the challenge?

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Christopher Daniels Done In TNA, Now A Free Agent

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Christopher Daniels hasn’t been seen in TNA Wrestling since their last pay-per-view, Lockdown in March. Rumors were that Daniels wasn’t going to be with the company too much longer after he didn’t appear in the set of television tapings after the Lockdown show. Daniels addressed the rumors today on Twitter saying that he is no longer in the company and is now a free agent.

I became a free agent & a published comic book writer on the same day! http://t.co/X5y9tUV0pu

— Christopher Daniels (@facdaniels) April 23, 2014

The former TNA star was a tag team and X Division champion in his time with the organization. Where do you think Daniels ends up going?

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Court Bauer On Ring Of Honor Going On TV Pay-Per-View, Working With Jim Ross

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Ring of Honor announced last week that they will be debuting on traditional pay-per-view on Sunday, June 22 in Nashville, Tennessee.

We talk to ROH consultant Court Bauer as we discuss the company heading to PPV, how many PPV’s ROH will have in 2014, did the WWE Network help influence them to go in that direction.

Bauer also discusses the latest on the Jim Ross shows, how many more shows will Ross do in 2014, will they involve Steve Austin, his thoughts on the passing of The Ultimate Warrior and much more.

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UFC Announces Daniel Cormier vs Dan Henderson For Co-Main Event At UFC 173

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The MMA world kept hearing rumblings that Dan Henderson would be fighting Daniel Cormier at UFC 173, but UFC President Dana White kept saying nothing had been finalized. Until now.

White announced this morning on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” that Cormier will be battling Henderson in the co-main event of UFC 173. The UFC President said that the winner of this fight will get the next title shot after Alexander Gustafsson, who will battle the winner of the light heavyweight title fight this weekend at UFC 172 featuring champion Jon Jones defending against Glover Teixeira.

Cormier last competed in February defeating late replacement Patrick Cummins by unanimous decision at UFC 170 in his debut at light heavyweight. Henderson competed last month at UFC Fight Night 38 winning by third round knockout over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

UFC 173 takes place on Saturday, May 24 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event of the show features Renan Barao defending his UFC Bantamweight Championship against T.J. Dillashaw.

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Mick Foley Opting Not To Sign WWE Legends Due To “Extremely Weak” Video Game Payoffs

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WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley has been outspoken in 2014. Foley was critical of the WWE not using Daniel Bryan in the Royal Rumble, his thoughts on CM Punk to name a few topics. Foley took to his Facebook page to explain why he isn’t renewing his WWE Legends deal. Foley also had an ambassador contract with the company, but that expired a short time ago.

“I’ll be writing in more detail about this in the next week or so, but it would be fair to say that, despite strong sales, I have found the payoffs for the past two video games to be extremely weak – in the 25% range of what most talent was expecting,” Foley wrote on Facebook.

Last year, the explanation had something to do with the video game company going bankrupt – a real shame for me, since I was heavily featured as three characters from the “Attitude” era, complete with voice work. I haven’t heard this year’s explanation yet, but, personally. I think the #WWE just wants to see if the talent will accept a far lower percentage than had previously been given.

“If so, it would probably be a good business move for #WWE, since very few current wrestlers are going to jeopardize their standing with the company by offering resistance – and most legends will probably come to feel like anything they get from merchandise is better than nothing. As for me: until I hear a valid reason, I’m opting out.”

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WWE Friday Night Smackdown Spoilers For Friday April 25, 2014

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WWE Friday Night Smackdown tapings took place last night in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.

The show opened with Vickie Guerrero announcing the Authority had the night off and The Shield would have another 3 on 11 match. She set a debate between Paul Heyman and Zeb Colter. Heyman used most of his time to talk about Brock Lesnar. Zeb and Heyman argued until it was broken up.

-Cesaro (w/Paul Heyman) beat Jack Swagger (w/Zeb Colter). Cesaro pinned Swagger with the Neutralizer. Cesaro was getting face reactions. The Shield hit the ring after the match and took out Swagger with the Superman punch and a Triple Powerbomb. They said Swagger didn’t adapt. It looks like they will be doing this all night, as they said they weren’t done.

-Tamina defeated Natalya. Tamina dominated most of the match and got the pin after a superkick.

The Shield took out 3MB backstage. Triple H called Vickie and told her to take the night off. Brad Maddox showed up and said he’d take care of it.

-Curtis Axel pinned Jey Uso. Axel won with a swinging neckbreaker. Very flat match.

The cage lowered and the Wyatt Family came to the ring. Bray Wyatt said John Cena was losing his people and it’s their fault for what happened. He received a big pop, especially from a Hershey crowd, which has always been pro Cena. He ended by singing on top of the cage.

-Erick Rowan and Luke Harper defeated Cody Rhodes and Goldust. Cody was on the top rope and Goldust was pushed into him and he flew off.

The Shield attacked Brad Maddox in the GM office… Santino and Emma came to the ring, followed by Fandango and Layla. The Shield stopped Fandango on the stage and have him the Triple Powerbomb off the stage.

-The Shield defeated Ryback, Titus O’Neil, Damien Sandow, Alberto Del Rio, and Bad News Barrett in a handicap match. Barrett was protected and ran off, but The Shield took out everyone and got a decent reaction. This concluded the Smackdown television taping.

After the taping, The Shield fought The Wyatt Family, but it was not an actual match.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Rating Drops, Loses 600,000 Viewers In Final Hour

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Last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw featured some highlights and some lowlights. This week’s rating indicates that. The rating for last night’s Raw was a 3.0 with an average of 4.14 million viewers. That is down from last week’s show, which did a 3.3 rating with an average of 4.77 million viewers.

The first hour averaged 4.22 million viewers, which featured the opening segment with Daniel Bryan, Kane and Stephanie McMahon. The second hour rose to an average of 4.40 million viewers, which saw the segment with The Shield and Evolution. The third and final hour had the huge drop, which featured the closing segment with The Wyatt Family facing John Cena.

The dip was to be expected as the last two Raw’s featured the show after Wrestlemania 30 and last week’s show featuring the tribute of The Ultimate Warrior, but not this big of a drop.

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Daniel Bryan To Miss Weekend House Shows Due To Passing Of His Father

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WWE.com reported last night that the father of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan passed away at the age of 57. Bryan insisted to be on last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw. The champion kicked off the show to build his program with Kane, as they will battle at Extreme Rules in 12 days for the title.

The Wrestling Observer is reporting that Bryan will miss this weekend’s house shows due to his father’s passing. The house shows Bryan will be missing this weekend are in Toronto, Canada, Rockford and Peoria, IL. The Observer also states that Bryan’s status for next week’s Raw is unknown at this time. It would seem unlikely given the fact his father did pass away and the way the angle with Kane played out on last night’s show.

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The Good, The Bad And The Dirty From Last Night’s WWE Monday Night Raw

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The buildup to Extreme Rules continued last night on WWE Monday Night Raw from Baltimore, Maryland. Some of the highlights of the show included the return of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan, the latest in the ongoing saga’s of Evolution vs The Shield and John Cena vs Bray Wyatt. Their were good and bad points of the show, so here is the good, the bad and the dirty from last night’s show.

The Good

1) Sheamus vs Wade Barrett: A really good, physical match in the semifinals to determine the number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship. It was really good to see WWE give Barrett a clean win over a top guy in Shemaus. It was weird to see the company not play up the Sheamus knee injury from last week and went this route instead. Now let’s see WWE give Barrett a sustained push as he does have the fan support behind him and the talent to back it up.

2) Evolution/The Shield segment: Was good to see WWE play old clips of Evolution for the newer fans of wrestling, even though it was weird to see Ric Flair in the clips and he isn’t involved with the group at this time. Some people were down on Seth Rollins with his talking points, but he is improving each time he is handed the microphone including last night. Liked how when The Shield were walking up the ramp to get to Evolution, the same eleven fighters came out to protect the group. Very smart to keep The Shield from getting their hands on the group until the event. A simple, yet effective build.

The Bad

1) Emma and Santino Marella: This is bad and needs to end immediately. It has been a waste of Emma’s time as she should have been put in the Divas division right when she debuted. With the skill set of Marella, it is a shame that he has never been given a serious role within the company. Simulated arm sleeve makeout session? Pass

The Dirty

1) Kane brutalizes Daniel Bryan: WWE had announced earlier in the day that Bryan’s dad had passed away at the age of 57. It was rough to see him come out when Raw opened up as you can tell he just wanted to cry. This was a smart move by the company they made Kane from someone no cares about to a serious threat to Bryan in one segment. Really liked the use of Brie Bella and the fact a tombstone piledriver was used three times in different areas outside the ring. The move isn’t used often and when it is, it should be used in spots like this. It definitely sold some pay-per-views and subscribers to the WWE Network.

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Dana White UFC 172 Video Blog Going Behind The Scenes At UFC 171

The UFC returns to pay-per-view this Saturday night as UFC 172 takes place at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. The main event features Jon Jones defending his UFC light heavyweight title against Glover Teixeira. The co-main event features Phil Davis facing off against the returning Anthony Johnson.

Before pay-per-view events, UFC President Dana White releases a video blog from previous shows. In this latest video blog, White takes a look back at UFC 171 which featured Johny Hendricks defeating Robbie Lawler to win the vacant UFC welterweight title. The video also shows Johny Hendricks trying to make 170 pounds after coming in overweight.

You can watch the entire video in the stream above.

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Updated Card For WWE Extreme Rules

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WWE Extreme Rules takes place in 12 days on Sunday, May 4th from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Last week, WWE announced three matches for the show and two more were added during last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw. Here is the updated lineup for WWE Extreme Rules.

-Daniel Bryan vs Kane for the WWE Championshop- Extreme Rules match
-The Shield vs Evolution- Six Man Tag Team Match
-John Cena vs Bray Wyatt- Steel Cage Match
-Paige vs Tamina Snuka- WWE Divas Title Match
-Alexander Rusev vs R-Truth & Xavier Woods in a handicap match

More matches will be announced as we get closer to the show. As of right now, you can see the show on the WWE Network and In Demand PPV.

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What To Expect On Tonight’s WWE Monday Night Raw

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WWE Monday Night Raw comes back tonight as it takes place at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. The end of last week’s show featured Evolution reforming and took out The Shield. The show also featured the beginning of the Intercontinental Tournament to determine a number one contender and the Kane going back to his old devil ways wanting to take out WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan. What can we expect on tonight’s show?

Bryan does return to the show tonight after his wedding ten days ago to Brie Bella and their subsequent honeymoon. It does look like that we are towards a Bryan vs Kane title program for Extreme Rules in two weeks. Will be interesting to see how they get there, but would assume that Kane takes out Bryan on the show to lead to the title match or possibly do something to Bella to get the match.

Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista reformed Evolution last week and gave The Shield a beatdown with all three guys hitting their finishers on the young trio. It was announced on Smackdown by the COO that a six man tag would be taking place at Extreme Rules. The Shield does need to come back strong tonight against the reformed group.

Two matches have been announced as the semifinal matches take place to determine the number one contender for IC title as Rob Van Dam takes on Cesaro and Sheamus battles Bad News Barrett. One would assume that Cesaro beats Van Dam and Barrett gets by Sheamus as the WWE is building up both guys.

WWE Monday Raw airs on the USA Network starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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UFC on Fox 11 Preview Show

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UFC on Fox 11 takes place on Saturday night from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. The main event features two of the top three ranked heavyweights in the UFC as Fabricio Werdum battles Travis Browne. The co-feature has Miesha Tate battling Liz Carmouche in women’s bantamweight action.

To preview Saturday’s event, we talk to UFC on Fox analyst Brian Stann and Fighthype.com lead writer Percy Crawford.

Stann previews the card, if Travis Browne is the best heavyweight in the UFC not named Cain Velasquez, if this is the best Fox main card top to bottom and more.

Crawford also previews the card, the Jon Jones saga, does he think Gina Carano comes back to MMA, are the Diaz brothers right in their contract stance and more.

You can start watching UFC on Fox 11 starting at 3:30 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass, then at 5 ET on Fox Sports 1 and the main card starts at 8 ET on FOX.

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