UFC Matches Offer For Gilbert Melendez, Will Coach “TUF 20″ Opposite Anthony Pettis

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Gilbert Melendez was the first big name fighter to agree to an offer from Bellator and the UFC had the right to match the offer. The question of whether the UFC would match the offer loomed over the MMA world since it was announced that Melendez had agreed to a deal with Bellator about ten days ago.

UFC officials announced late last night that they were matching Bellator’s offer to Melendez. The company also announced that “El Nino” would be a coach of The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 opposite lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. The two will fight later in 2014.

“The Ultimate Fighter 20″ begins filming in May and as previously reported will feature the launch of the promotion’s women’s strawweight division. The winner of the season, which debuts Sept. 10 on FOX Sports 1, will become the first UFC women’s 115-pound champion. The UFC has already signed some of the world’s best fighters for the series, including Carla Esparza, Alex Chambers, Claudia Gadelha, Felice Herrig, Bec Hyatt, Emily Kagan, Juliana Lima, Rose Namajunas, Tecia Torres, Paige VanZant and Joanne Calderwood.

Melendez is also expected to make an appearance on the recently-announced “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America” series, which debuts this summer. Broadcast plans for that series are expected to be announced shortly.

No terms were announced regarding Melendez’s contract.

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Anthony Pettis vs Jose Aldo May Not Be Happening After All

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Jose Aldo successfully defended the UFC featherweight title for the eighth time defeating Ricardo Lamas in the co-main event on Saturday night at UFC 169. During the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White stated that Aldo vs lightweight champion Anthony Pettis for the title would be next and Aldo would have to vacate his title. It seems like though Aldo’s camp has already changed their stance.

In an interview with Ta na Area in Brazil, Aldo’s manager Andre Pederneiras stated that Aldo wants to keep his title and have the fight with Pettis take place at a catchweight of 150 pounds.

“Now we have to decided in which weight division this fight is going to happen, if Pettis is coming down, like he once said he would do (for UFC 163), but didn’t due to an injury, if Aldo will move up, or if it’s going to be (a catchweight) at 150 pounds”, Pederneiras said.

“(A catchweight) would be interesting for both, they would keep the belts and do the fight everybody wants to see. Nobody wants to take the other’s title, we want to see the fight and do a great show for everybody. Aldo would move up a little, Pettis cuts a little, and it’s good for everybody.”

Pettis’ manager Mike Roberts told MMAFighting.com that’s not what he was told and if Aldo doesn’t want to fight for the title, then Pettis will move on.

“It’s not an option that was given to us,” Roberts said. “[The UFC] wants the fight at 155 pounds.”

“The way we understand it is that Aldo doesn’t want give up his featherweight title, so fighting Pettis is not an option at this point.

“We’re interested in Anthony defending his belt against the top guys at 155. If Aldo doesn’t want to fight for the belt, we’ll fight someone else.”

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UFC on Fox 10′s Benson Henderson: It Didn’t Take Long To Get Over The (Anthony) Pettis Fight

We talk to lightweight Benson Henderson who fights Josh Thomson in the main event of UFC on Fox 10. Henderson discusses whether he considered not taking the fight close to his wedding, how long it took him to get over the loss to Anthony Pettis and more.

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Anthony Pettis To Undergo Knee Surgery in December

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We had reported last week that UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis was still battling a bum knee and wouldn’t be able to headline UFC on Fox 9 against Josh Thomson. After seeing a few doctors, “UFC Tonight” reported that Pettis will have knee surgery to repair a torn PCL in his left knee.

The lightweight champion suffered the injury in his title win over Benson Henderson at UFC 164 in August. Pettis at first tried to rehab it, then after he went back to training for the Thomson fight, he hurt it again. “Showtime” will have surgery on December 12th out in Los Angeles. A timetable for how long Pettis will be out is unknown, but the normal time to come back from a PCL surgery is six to nine months.

Pettis told the show that he plans to be back by the summertime of 2014. When do you think Pettis will return to the company?

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Gray Maynard vs Nate Diaz Bumped Up To Headline TUF 18 Finale

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The UFC has announced that Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard is the new main event for The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale on November 30 replacing the Demetrious Johnson-Joseph Benavidez flyweight title fight.

The reason Johnson-Benavidez, which was originally scheduled for the TUF 18 was moved to the Fox show was due to UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis had to bow out of his title fight with Josh Thomson due to a knee injury.

This will be the third time that Diaz and Maynard have squared off, but the second time officially as they fought each other when they were on the fifth season of TUF, with Diaz winning by submission. The two battled at UFC Fight Night 20 in January of 2010 with Maynard winning by split decision.

Diaz comes into the fight on a two fight losing streak, defeated by Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson. Maynard is 2-2-1 in his last five fights losing most recently to T.J. Grant by knockout at UFC 160 in May.

Usually main event fights are five rounds, but due to this fight being in 19 days, it will be a three round affair. The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale takes place on Saturday, November 30 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

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Demetrious Johnson vs Joseph Benavidez II Will Now Headline UFC On Fox 9

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After it was announced that the Pettis-Thomson was off due to Pettis’ knee injury, Johnson and Benavidez has been promoted to the main event of UFC on Fox 9.

The Johnson-Benavidez rematch was originally supposed to take place on The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale on Saturday, November 30 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The two flyweights first squared off last September at UFC 152 for the inaugural flyweight title, with Johnson winning by split decision.

Since that time, Benavidez has won three in a row defeating Ian McCall, Darren Uyenoyama and most recently Jussier da Silva. Johnson is 4-0-1 in last five fights will be looking to make his third title defense this year, all on Fox broadcasts. The champion has defeated John Dodson and John Moraga so far this year.

UFC on Fox 9 takes place on Saturday, December 14 from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.

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Anthony Pettis Suffers Knee Injury, Out Of UFC On Fox 9 Main Event

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Anthony Pettis will have to wait on making his first title defense as UFC lightweight champion. It was announced on “Fox Sports Live” on Fox Sports 1 that Pettis has suffered a knee injury and is out of his UFC on Fox 9 main event fight with Josh Thomson.

Pettis won the lightweight title against Benson Henderson at UFC 164 in August. The Wisconsin native was originally was supposed to face T.J. Grant at the event, but Grant is still suffering the effects of a concussion suffered in June. That was when the UFC replaced Grant with Thomson, who had an impressive return to the UFC when he defeated Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 7 in April.

UFC on FOX 9 will take place on Saturday December 14 from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.

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Dana White UFC Fight Night 29 Video Blog

The UFC returns to action tonight as UFC Fight Night 29 takes place from the Jose Correa Arena in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The main event features a key welterweight between Demian Maia and Jake Shields. The co-main event will feature another welterweight bout as Dong Hyun Kim faces off with Erick Silva.

Before all fight cards UFC President Dana White releases a video blog to promote an upcoming card and a look back at previous events. The latest blog from White previews tonight’s card and takes a look back at UFC 164 at the end of August.

The card featured Anthony Pettis defeating Benson Henderson in the main event to capture the UFC lightweight title. The co-main event featured Josh Barnett beating Frank Mir.

The video blog takes a look at White getting a custom Harley Davidson motorcycle designed for him and takes a look back at the UFC 164 event.

You can watch the video above.

Here is the card for tonight’s UFC Fight Night 29.

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)
- Demian Maia vs. Jake Shields
- Dong Hyun Kim vs. Erick Silva
- Matt Hamill vs. Thiago Silva
- Joey Beltran vs. Fabio Maldonado
- Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Pierce
- Raphael Assuncao vs. T.J. Dillashaw

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 5 p.m. ET)
- Igor Araujo vs. Ildemar Alcantara
- Yan Cabral vs. David Mitchell
- Chris Cariaso vs. Iliarde Santos
- Alan Patrick vs. Garett Whiteley

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UFC on Fox 9 Kickoff Press Conference on BetweenTheRopes.com Starting At 4 PM ET

UFC on Fox 9 takes place on Saturday, December 14 from the MTS Centre in Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. The main event will feature UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis defending his title against former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson.

The event will be officially announced today takes at the Sleep Train Arena. Participating at the press conference will be UFC President Dana White, Pettis, Thomson, Urijah Faber, Michael McDonald, Chad Mendes, Nik Lentz, Carlos Conditand Matt Brown.

You can the press conference starting at 4 p.m. at betweentheropes.com on the video above.

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Anthony Pettis vs Josh Thomson Headlines UFC On Fox 9

Anthony Pettis became the UFC lightweight champion a little over two weeks ago at UFC 164 when he defeated Benson Henderson. Pettis has a date and an opponent for his first title defense.

Pettis will be squaring off with former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson in the main event of UFC on Fox 9 on Saturday, December 14.

Thomson last fought in April at UFC on Fox 7 when he became the first to ever stop Nick Diaz when stopped Diaz in the second round. The Calfornia native got the shot at Pettis when T.J. Grant announced on Twitter last night that he was still experiencing the effects of a concussion he suffered in June.

UFC on Fox 9 will take place at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. Here is the updated card for UFC on Fox 9.

- Anthony Pettis vs. Josh Thomson – for UFC lightweight title
- Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald
- Nik Lentz vs. Chad Mendes

Anthony Pettis Out About Two Months, Will Fight TJ Grant Next

Anthony Pettis had stated after UFC 164 on Saturday night that he had heard a pop in his knee. Everyone can breath a little bit easier now as an MRI revealed yesterday that Pettis has a Grade 2 knee sprain and will be sidelined for about seven to eight weeks. That news was broken by UFC President Dana White who made the announcement on ESPN’s “Sportscenter” last night. It was also announced that the new champion already has an opponent for his first title defense.

Yahoo Sports MMA reporter Kevin Iole announced on Twitter last night that Pettis will face off with TJ Grant at a event, date and venue to be determined.

A lot of speculation was that Pettis may face featherweight champion Jose Aldo next, but White stuck with Grant.

The Canadian lost fought in May at UFC 160 when he defeated former two time UFC lightweight title challenger Grey Maynard by first round TKO.

When an announcement is made regarding when Grant and Pettis will square off, we will bring it to you here at betweentheropes.com.

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UFC 164 Medical Suspensions With Anthony Pettis Out Indefinitely

UFC 164 took place on Saturday Night with Anthony Pettis submitting Benson Henderson to capture the UFC lightweight championship. BetweenTheRopes.com contacted the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services to receive the medical suspensions and official results from this past Saturday’s card.

Here the medical suspensions from Saturday’s UFC 164:

Al Iaquinta suspended for 45 days; lacerations to nose an upper left eye lid
Nikita Krylov suspended for 30 days; mandatory for TKO
Soa Palelei suspended for 30 days; mandatory for lacaerations
Soa Palelei suspended for 180 days; or clear x-ray of ribs
Pascal Krauss suspended for 60 days; mandatory rest for left ankle
Pascal Krauss suspended for 180 days; or clear x-ray of left ankle
Dustin Porier suspended for 45 days; mandatory rest for laceration to left cheek
Eric Koch suspended for 30 days; mandatory rest for lacerations
Brandon Vera suspended for 30 days; mandatory rest for TKO
Clay Guida suspended for 30 days; mandatory rest for TKO
Frank Mir suspended for 30 days; mandatory rest for TKO
Anthony Pettis suspended for 30 days; mandatory rest of left knee
Anthony Pettis suspended indefinitely; must provide clearance by physician of left knee
Benson Hendrson suspended for 180 days or clear x-ray and MRI of right elbow

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UFC News: Dana White Says Anthony Pettis Injured His Knee In His Title Win Against Benson Henderson

Newly crowned UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis called out UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo after his win over Benson Henderson at UFC 164 last night. It looks like the brakes need to be pumped a little bit on that for now.

During the UFC 164 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White said that Pettis’s knee popped during the fight.

“Anthony’s knee popped in the fight,” White said. “So I don’t know what’s going to happen. No sense in even talking about another fight right now.”

Pettis had a limp while walking to the stage and told reporters how the knee actually popped out and stated he will get the knee looked it in the coming days.

“Henderson threw a kick and I went to check with my left leg, and he hit like right in the crook in the knee,” Pettis said. “I felt it go back and forth and I stepped on it, it was hurting a lit bit, when he had me against the cage I was going to put my leg down because it was starting to lock up. I’m not sure what happened yet, I’ll get an MRI. We’ll see what happens.”

The lightweight champion and Aldo were supposed to battle at UFC 163 on August 3, but Pettis had to bow out of the fight due hurting his LCL in his right knee. After the injury occurred and the bout had to scrapped, Aldo’s coach said that Pettis faked the injury to get out of the fight. Pettis stated though, he would love to fight Aldo.

“I’m here to prove I’m the best in the world,” Pettis said. “Anybody around my weight class who’s contemplating coming to 155 or even at 145. His coach said I faked an injury. I would never fake an injury, I’m not afraid to fight anybody. That’s what this was all about. If he wants to fight me, let’s make it happen.”

We will provide with an update on Anthony Pettis’ injury when the information becomes available to us.

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UFC News: Anthony Pettis, Chad Mendes, Pascal Krauss and Hyun Gyu Lim Earn $50,000 Bonuses

UFC 164 took place moments ago in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with Anthony Pettis defeating Benson Henderson by verbal submission to win the UFC lightweight championship in the main event.

After every UFC event, the UFC hands out fight bonuses for their efforts.

Fight bonuses went to Pettis for submission of the night over Henderson, Chad Mendes got knockout of the night for his win over Clay Guida and Pascal Krauss and Hyun Gyu Lim earned fight of the night for their fight on the preliminary portion of the card.

Each of those fighters earned $50,000 bonuses for their efforts.

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UFC News: Anthony Pettis Defeats Benson Henderson To Win The UFC Lightweight Title

Anthony Pettis was telling the world the rematch with Benson Henderson wouldn’t go five rounds. He was right on the mark as Pettis defeated Henderson in the main event of UFC 164 to win the UFC lightweight championship by verbal submission (armbar) at 4:31 of the first round.

The fight started with the former champion pushing Pettis into the cage and using his clinch game on the Wisconsin native. After getting out of the clinch and a single leg takedown attempt, was when Pettis went to work as he threw a variety kicks at Henderson. Pettis then attempted a cartwheel kick that ended up with his right knee getting Henderson in his ribs, with the former champion able to still get Pettis to the ground.

Henderson was in Pettis’ guard when the man known as “Showtime” was able to grab an arm and then started to float Henderson over when the Arizona native verbally tapped out to referee Herb Dean.

Here are the results of UFC 164, which took place at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Anthony Pettis def. Benson Henderson via verbal submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:31, to become new lightweight champion
•Josh Barnett def. Frank Mir via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:56
•Chad Mendes def. Clay Guida TKO (punches) – Round 3, 0:30
•Ben Rothwell def. Brandon Vera via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:54
•Dustin Poirier def. Erik Koch via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
•Gleison Tibau def. Jamie Varner via split decision (29-28, 27-29, 29-28)
•Tim Elliott def. Louis Gaudinot via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
•Hyun Gyu Lim def. Pascal Krauss via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:58
•Chico Camus def. Kyung Ho Kang via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
•Chico Camus def. Kyung Ho Kang via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
•Soa Palelei def. Nikita Krylov via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:34
•Al Iaquinta def. Ryan Couture via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
•Magnus Cedenblad def. Jared Hamman via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:57

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UFC Podcast: UFC 164 Preview

In today’s podcast Steve talks to Fighthype.com lead writer Percy Crawford. Steve and Crawford preview tonight’s UFC 164 featuring the main event between UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson defending his title against Anthony Pettis, with the co-main event of Josh Barnett facing off with Frank Mir.

The guys also recap UFC Fight Night 27 from Wednesday night and what is next for the main card winners and losers from the show, discuss the situation between Bjorn Rebney and Dana White and all the latest news in the MMA world.

Crawford and Steve then discuss the latest involving the fight between Canelo Alvarez and Floyd Mayweather on Saturday, September 14, the All Access ratings and if Showtime should be worried and all the latest news in the world of boxing.

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UFC Video: First Fight Between Anthony Pettis and Benson Henderson

Tonight at UFC 164, the main event is a rematch between UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson facing off with Anthony Pettis. These two squared off at the final WEC event, WEC 53 in December of 2010.

It was a very close fight going into the fifth and final round, with Pettis landing the “Showtime Kick” late in the round to secure the victory. Since then Henderson has gone undefeated in the UFC in seven fights and became the lightweight in February of last year defeating Frankie Edgar.

Pettis has gone 3-1 in his UFC run, winning his last three fights.

Who will win the rematch tonight at UFC 164? Watch the video above of the first fight.

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UFC Video: Countdown To UFC 164

UFC 164 takes place tonight from the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The main event features a rematch between UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson defending his title against Anthony Pettis. The co-feature is a bout between two former UFC heavyweight champions as Josh Barnett battles Frank Mir.

For every UFC pay-per-view, the UFC produces a countdown show that features some of the featured bouts on the card. On this episode of “Countdown to UFC 164, the show features Henderson and Pettis, Barnett and Mir and a key featherweight showdown between Chad Mendes and Clay Guida.

Watch the full episode of the show above.

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