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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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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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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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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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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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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UFC on Fox 11 Weigh-In Results Feature Travis Browne And Fabricio Werdum On Weight

UFC on Fox 11 weigh-ins took place earlier today from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. The main event features Travis Browne vs Fabricio Werdum in a heavyweight title eliminator, with the winner facing heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez later this year. Before the fights are made official, all 26 fighters weighed in. Here the weigh-in results.

MAIN CARD
-Travis Browne (245.5) vs. Fabricio Werdum (232.5)
-Liz Carmouche (135) vs. Miesha Tate (135.5)
-Edson Barboza (156) vs. Donald Cerrone (155.5)
-Yoel Romero (185.5) vs. Brad Tavares (185)

PRELIMINARY CARD
-Rafael dos Anjos (155.5) vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (155)
-Thiago Alves (170.5) vs. Seth Baczynski (170.5)
-Pat Healy (156) vs. Jorge Masvidal (155.5)
-Estevan Payan (146) vs. Alex White (146)
-Caio Magalhaes (185.5) vs. Luke Zachrich (185.5)
-Jordan Mein (170.5) vs. Hernani Perpetuo (170.5)
-Ray Borg (125.5) vs. Dustin Ortiz (125.5)
-Mirsad Bektic (146) vs. Chas Skelly (145)
-Derrick Lewis (256) vs. Jack May (252.5)

The action begins on UFC Fight Pass starting at 3:30 p.m ET, then moving over to Fox Sports 1 at 5 ET and the main card on FOX starting at 8 p.m.

You can the entire UFC on Fox 11 weigh-ins in the video stream above.

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Brian Stann Explains If Travis Browne Is The Best Heavyweight In The UFC Not Named Cain Velasquez

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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.

We talked to UFC on Fox analyst Brian Stann earlier today. 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.

You can watch the main card for UFC on Fox 11 starting at 8 p.m. ET, the preliminary card on UFC Fight Pass starting at 3:30 p.m. ET and then moving to Fox Sports 1 starting at 5 p.m. ET.

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Watch UFC On Fox 11 Pre-Fight Press Conference Starting at 1 PM ET

The UFC returns to Fox on Saturday with UFC on Fox 11 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.

The pre-fight press conference takes place at 1 PM ET from the home of former NBA star Shaquille O’Neil. Taking part in today’s presser include UFC President Dana White, Browne, Werdum, Tate, Carmouche, lightweights Donald Cerrone and Edson Barboza and welterweights Brad Tavares and Yoel Romero.

You can watch at the video stream above.

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TUF Nations Finale Weigh-In Results: Michael Bisping And Tim Kennedy On Weight For Main Event

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UFC TUF Nations Finale takes place tomorrow night from the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The main event is a battle of top ten middleweights as Michael Bisping battles Tim Kennedy. The co-feature has the TUF Nations coaches as Patrick Cote faces off with Kyle Noke in welterweight action.

Before the fights can happen, all 26 fighters stepped on the scale today to weigh-in to make the fights official.

MAIN CARD
•Michael Bisping (186) vs. Tim Kennedy (186)
•Patrick Cote (170) vs. Kyle Noke (171)
•Elias Theodorou (185) vs. Sheldon Westcott (184)
•Olivier Aubin-Mercier (169) vs. Chad Laprise (170)
•Akira Corassani (145) vs. Dustin Poirier (145)

PRELIMINARY CARD
•K.J. Noons (168) vs. Sam Stout (169)
•Sarah Kaufman (135) vs. Leslie Smith (135)
•Ryan Jimmo (205) vs. Sean O’Connell (204)
•Dustin Kimura (136) vs. George Roop (135)
•Mark Bocek (156) vs. Mike De La Torre (156)
•Vik Grujic (186) vs. Nordine Taleb (185)
•Chris Indich (170) vs. Richard Walsh (171)
•Mitch Gagnon (135) vs. Tim Gorman (135)

You can watch the card starting at 3:15 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass and then the last half of the preliminary card will start at 5 ET on Fox Sports 1 and the main card starts at 7 ET on Fox Sports 1 as well.

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Full Episode Of “Road To The Octagon: UFC On Fox 11″

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The UFC returns to Fox as UFC on Fox 11 takes place on Saturday night from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. The main event features a battle of heavyweights as Travis Browne faces Fabricio Werdum. The winner will face UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez later this year. The co-feature has the first two challengers for Ronda Rousey’s UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship as Liz Carmouche squares off against Miesha Tate.

Before every Fox event, the UFC features a show titled, “Road To The Octagon”, which highlights the main fights on the show. In this episode, you will go behind the scenes of Browne vs Werdum, Carmouche vs Tate and lightweight battle between Donald Cerrone and Edson Barboza.

You can watch the episode here.

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Cheick Kongo Says “Experience In Bellator Is Way Better” Than When He Was In The UFC

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Bellator 115 takes place tonight from the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. The main event features Bellator heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov defending his title for the first time against Cheick Kongo.

On today’s podcast we talk to Kongo. We discuss the keys to the fight with Minakov, why his experience in Bellator is better than when he was in the UFC, being at the “Sabotage” movie premiere, MMA in France and more.

You can watch tonight’s main card of Bellator 115 on Spike TV starting at 9 p.m. ET.

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Gina Carano “Kinda Considering” Fighting In The UFC, Meeting With Dana White Next Week

Gina Carano hasn’t fought inside the cage since her August 2009 loss to Cris Cyborg under the Strikeforce banner. Carano has gone on to shooting including movies including “In The Blood”, which comes out today in theatres. Rumors have been circulating that Carano and her team have been talking to the UFC about a possible return, which would be a fight against women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

Carano was on “The Arsenio Hall” Show last night to promote the movie and was asked by Hall if she misses fighting.

“There’s not a workout that I go through that I’m not fighting somebody in my mind,” she said, “and it’s never gone away.”

Hall then asked “Conviction” if she would fight again.

“Yea, I’m actually kinda considering it.”

Carano then confirmed that she will be meeting with UFC President Dana White next week. “I love it (fighting), it’s something I can do that makes everything else disappear. I dream about it. I just didn’t know if I was ever going to get placed with the opportunity to make a comeback. So I’m either going to do it now or retire and say, I’m never going to do it. So now is the moment.”

Do you want to see Carano return and face Rousey?

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Jon Jones: “I’ve Never Taken Any Performance Enhancing Drug”

Jon Jones returns to the octagon to defend his UFC light heavyweight championship when he battles Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 172. Jones was last seen in the cage in September at UFC 165 when defeated Alexander Gustafsson in an instant classic.

The champion appeared last night on “UFC Tonight” and at the beginning of interview stated that he was randomly drug tested by the Maryland State Athletic Commission.

“The Maryland Commission sent a lab to drug test me and I’m glad they did,” Jones stated on the show. “It was urine and blood. They had a test for HGH, I think it was HGH, then they had a urine test that detects all other type of stuff.”

Jones says him and his management team wanted the test not because he thinks Teixeira is dirty, but wants to see the sport be clean.

“It’s great to know the athletes who are competing are competing clean. I’ve never taken any performance enhancing drug. I’ve probably fought people in the past who have. I want to see our sport be a clean sport. I have no right to accuse (Glover) of anything. The only edge you should have is your work ethic.”

UFC 172 takes place on Saturday, April 26th from the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.

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UFC Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao vs TJ Dillashaw To Main Event UFC 173

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It was announced earlier in the week that UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman’s main event fight against Lyoto Machida at UFC 173 was getting moved to UFC 175 in July. The movement was due to the fact that Weidman was having minor surgery on both of his knees. We now have a new main event for UFC 173.

It was first reported by MMAJunkie.com that Renan Barao will defend his UFC bantamweight championship against TJ Dillashaw. Barao was last seen in the cage last month at UFC 169 when he stopped Urijah Faber and will look to extend his unbeaten streak to 33.

Dillashaw was last seen in the octagon in January defeating Mike Easton by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 35 in January in a fight he thoroughly dominated.

MMAJunkie also reported that the UFC had originally asked Raphael Assuncao to fight Barao, but Assuncao has some lingering injuries that won’t allow him to take the fight.

UFC 173 takes place on Saturday, May 24 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Georges St-Pierre Suffers Another Torn ACL, Return Uncertain

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Georges St-Pierre announced in December that he was taking a break from MMA and was uncertain if he would ever return. Well it looks like if the former UFC welterweight champion returns, it won’t be until 2015 at the earliest. St-Pierre announced a short time ago on his Facebook and Twitter pages that he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.

“Just got confirmation that I tore my left knee ACL during training this week… Surgery in a few days and rehab starts right away. We all face challenges in our lives and I know only one way to take this one: Pain, hard work, no shortcuts and I will soon be back at 100%. Stay tuned and thanks for your amazing support, as always”.

St-Pierre had torn his ACL in 2011 and didn’t return until November of 2012 when he fought three times in a one year span defeating Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz and current UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

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UFC Fight Night 38 Preview Show With Brian Stann

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UFC Fight Night 38 takes place tonight at Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. The main event features a rematch between Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Their first fight took place at UFC 139 in November of 2011 with Henderson winning the fight by a very close unanimous decision. The fight has been deemed by some as the greatest fight in the history of the UFC.

We talk to UFC on Fox analyst Brian Stann, who will be calling tonight’s action alonside Jon Anik in Brazil. Stann helps us break down the main event, what sleeper fights to watch out for on the card and more.

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Anderson Silva Says “This Year Is Over For Me”, Promises Return In 2015

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The last time we seen Anderson Silva in the octagon was when he threw a leg kick, which was checked by Chris Weidman and snapped Silva’s leg like a pretzel at UFC 168 in December. Silva has begun walking on his own and even started to do some light training. UFC President Dana White has been stating that Silva would return by the end of this year. The former middleweight kingpin put the kibosh on that.

In an interview with Combate.com in Brazil, Silva stated that he will not be returning this year, but promised he will return in 2015.

“These rumors that I’ll fight at UFC 181 or any other event around that date aren’t true,” Silva told Combate. “This year is over for me. There’s a chance I’ll fight in the first half of 2015.”

“The Spider”, who signed a ten fight contract last year says he isn’t sure if he will complete the contract.

“I don’t see myself stopping (right now), but I don’t know if I will fulfill my 10-fight contract,” he said. “My family has been asking me for years to stop fighting, and they need to understand that this is what I love to do and that I need to have my time. My goal in the sport was to become a reference in this sport, and I’m achieving this.”

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