UFC Fight Night 36 Preview; The Latest On Alistair Overeem And Gilbert Melendez

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UFC Fight Night 36 takes place on Saturday night from Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The main event features a middleweight bout with former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida facing former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi. The co-feature has former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza battling Francis Carmont.

We talk to Fighthype.com lead writer Percy Crawford to preview the card and the latest on Jessica Eye and Thiago Silva. Also we discuss, the Gilbert Melendez/UFC contract talks, Alistair Overeem/Dana White, the cancellation of the Rashad Evans and Daniel Cormier fight at UFC 170 and much more.

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Jose Aldo vs Ricardo Lamas, Dominick Cruz vs Renan Barao Set To Headline UFC 169

The MMA world was wondering when we would see Jose Aldo vs Ricardo Lamas and Dominick Cruz vs Renan Barao. Well that time is now as the Newsday announced and the UFC a short time ago that Aldo will battle Lamas for Aldo’s UFC featherweight title and Cruz and Barao will meet in a unification bout to determine the undisputed UFC bantamweight champion at UFC 169.

It had been rumored that Aldo and Lamas will battling next as UFC President Dana White has stated that was the fight he was trying to make for both guys.

We last saw Aldo in the octagon when he defeated Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163 in August. Aldo is 5-0 in the UFC and will looking to extend his winning streak to 17.

Lamas was last seen in the cage when he defeated Erik Koch at UFC on Fox 6 in January. The Illinois native has won four in a row and has been campaigning for the Aldo fight since his last fight in January.

We haven’t seen Cruz in the cage since October of 2011 when he defeated current UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. Cruz has been out of action due to two ACL surgeries.

Barao was crowned the interim bantamweight champion when he beat Urijah Faber at UFC 149 in July of 2012. The Brazilian has defended the interim title on two occasions defeating Michael McDonald and Eddie Wineland.

Aldo and Lamas will serve as the headliner and Barao and Cruz as the co-feature. UFC 169 takes place on Saturday, February 1 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Here is the updated card for UFC 169.

- Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas – UFC featherweight title
- Dominick Cruz vs. Renan Barao – UFC bantamweight title-unification bout
- Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem

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Jon Jones vs Glover Teixeira To Main Event Super Bowl Weekend Card, Mir/Overeem On Tap

We won’t get the immediate rematch that the MMA world was looking forward to seeing. Newsday first reported and the UFC later confirmed that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will defend his title against Glover Teixeira at UFC 169 on Saturday, February 1, which is the day before the Super Bowl. The co-feature will have former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem battles former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.

Jones defeated Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 about two weeks ago in a very close fight that people have deemed fight of the year and perhaps the greatest fight in the history of the light heavyweight division. Fans were clamoring for a rematch, but the champion stated in a press release last week that he rewatched the fight ten times and thought he won rounds 2, 4 and 5.

Teixeira last competed last month at UFC Fight Night 28 when he stopped Ryan Bader in the first round after a sluggish start to the fight. The Brazilian will take a 20 fight winning streak heading into the fight, which is the second longest streak in MMA.

The Mir/Overeem fight was supposed to take place at UFC 167 in November, but the fight was pushed back to let Mir have more time to recover from his loss by knockout to Josh Barnett at the end of August at UFC 164.

Mir has lost three straight fights and Overeem is on a two-fight losing as he last competed and lost by knockout to Travis Browne at UFC Fight Night 26 in August.

UFC 169 takes place on Saturday, February 1 from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Super Bowl takes place the next day at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Alistair Overeem Battling Frank Mir At UFC 167

It was announced yesterday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and confirmed by the UFC that former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will fight former two time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir at UFC 167. This show has been dubbed as the 20th anniversary show of the organization.

This is a big fight for Mir and Overeem as Mir has lost three fights in a row and Overeem has lost two straight and the loser could out of the UFC.

Mir last fought about a week ago at UFC 164 when he was defeated by Josh Barnett by TKO, even though Mir had questioned the stoppage of referee Rob Hinds. Before that fight, Mir had lost to Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix winner Daniel Cormier and former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos.

We last seen Overeem about three weeks ago when he lost to Travis Browne by TKO at UFC Fight Night 26. Before that fight, Overeem had lost to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156 in February.

UFC 167 will be taking place at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, with the card headlined by UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre facing off with Johny Hendricks.

Here is the card right now for UFC 167:

• Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks – for welterweight title
• Rashad Evans vs. Chael Sonnen
• Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem
• Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald
• Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley

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Between The Ropes Podcast – UFC Fight Night 26 Recap

Brian and Steve recap UFC Fight Night 26 which was its debut on Fox Sports 1, Chael Sonnen getting the huge win against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Travis Browne with a big knockout win versus Alistair Overeem and the rest of the card along with the ratings for the show and more.

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UFC Fight Night 26 Results: Chael Sonnen Submits Shogun Rua

sonnenufcfightnight26Chael Sonnen has always been one to talk a big game and on this night, he backed it up with one of the biggest wins in his career.

Sonnen earned an impressive first-round victory over former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua by making him submit at the 4:47 mark with a guillotine choke in the main event of UFC Fight Night 26 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA.

Sonnen (29-13-1) took control off the fight from the opening bell, immediately taking Rua down and controlling him on the ground with his wrestling skills and pounding on him until he was able to get in position for the choke.

After the fight, Sonnen quickly went into trash talk mode to call out his latest target:  Wanderlei Silva.

“I’m the man of the hour too sweet to be sour,” Sonnen exclaimed. “Wanderlei Silva, in three months, it’s you and the bad guy.”

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UFC Fight Night 26 Weigh-In Results

UFC Fight Night 26 participants weighed-in yesterday at the TD Garden in Boston, where the event will be taking place taking place.

All 26 fighters on the card made weight. Here are the results of the weigh-ins and a highlight video included above.

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET) • Mauricio Rua (205) vs. Chael Sonnen (205)
• Travis Browne (236) vs. Alistair Overeem (255.5)
• Yuri Alcantara (136) vs. Urijah Faber (135.5)
• Matt Brown (171) vs. Mike Pyle (170)
• Uriah Hall (184) vs. John Howard (185)
• Michael Johnson (156) vs. Joe Lauzon (156)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 6 p.m. ET) •Michael McDonald (135.5) vs. Brad Pickett (135.5)
•Max Holloway (145) vs. Conor McGregor (146)
•Mike Brown (145.5) vs. Steven Siler (145.5)
•Diego Brandao (146) vs. Daniel Pineda (144.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 4:30 p.m. ET) •Manny Gamburyan (145.5) vs. Cole Miller (146)
•Cody Donovan (204) vs. Ovince St. Preux (205.5)
•Ramsey Nijem (156) vs. James Vick (155)

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Between The Ropes Podcast Previewing UFC on Fox Sports 1

Brian and Steve look ahead to Saturday’s UFC on Fox Sports 1: Shogun vs. Sonnen show and discuss the show including the main event of Shogua Rua vs. Chael Sonnen, Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne and the undercard, winners and losers, who could be a breakout star in the UFC and more.

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UFC Fight Night 26 Press Conference Starting At 1 P.M. ET

UFC Fight Night 26 takes place on Saturday from the TD Garden in Boston with the main event featuring Chael Sonnen facing off with Shogun Rua.

Before Saturday’s fights, the press conference for the event takes place today at 1 p.m. ET. The press conference will be taking place at the Wang Theatre in Boston.

Those attending the press conference will be: UFC president Dana White, Rua, Sonnen, Alistair Overeem, Travis Browne, Urijah Faber, Yuri Alcantara, Joe Lauzon and Michael Johnson.

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