Roy Nelson Signs A New UFC Contract, Will Fight Daniel Cormier At UFC 166

Daniel Cormier and Roy Nelson have been calling out each other for months now. All that was needed was a new UFC contract for Nelson and that was delivered yesterday with the fight as well.

It was announced by the UFC that Roy Nelson will be facing Daniel Cormier at UFC 166 on October 19 from the Toyota Center in Houston. Nelson has agreed to a nine fight deal with the UFC, which then led to the announcement of the fight.

Cormier is coming off an unanimous decision over Frank Mir in April at UFC on Fox 7. Nelson is coming off a loss to Stipe Miocic at UFC 161 last month.

Cormier and Nelson were jabbing each other on Twitter late last week trying to get the fight made and a handwritten contract was posted on Twitter as well.

This fight will serve as the co-main event of UFC 166, as the main event will feature the trilogy fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight championship.

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“UFC World Tour” Is Official

In the UFC we have seen press tours for the event headliners in that the main event will travel to the city to drum up interest for the card. Now the organization has expanded beyond that idea.

The UFC officially announced late yesterday that they will be doing a “UFC World Tour”, where they will be taking the headliners from UFC 165, UFC 166, UFC 167, UFC 168 around the world spanning five countries in five days.

The organization announced in the press release that the fighters on the tour will feature UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and challenger Junior Dos Santos; UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and challenger Alexander Gustafsson; UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and challenger Johny Hendricks; UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Miesha Tate.

UFC 165 will be taking place on September 21 from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto with the Jones defending his light heavyweight title against Gustafsson. UFC 166 will be taking place on October 19 from the Toyota Center in Houston with the trilogy fight of Velasquez defending his heavyweight title against Dos Santos. UFC 167 will be taking place on November 16 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with St-Pierre defending his welterweight title against Hendricks. UFC 168 will be taking place on December 28 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with Rousey defending her women’s bantamweight title against Tate in the co-main event. The headliners of the card will be Chris Weidman defending his middleweight title against Anderson Silva, but neither guy will be apart of the tour.

The tour will feature cities where the cards will be taking place, where some of the fighters reside and major cities around the world.

Here is the information for the UFC World Tour:

July 30 – Los Angeles, California –Club Nokia at Nokia Live, 11 AM PT: UFC president Dana White hosts a press conference live with UFC® heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos, UFC® light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson, UFC® welterweight champion George St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, UFC® women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. Free and open to the public; streamed live on UFC.com.

July 31 – New York, New York –Beacon Theatre, 1 PM ET: UFC president Dana White hosts a press conference live with UFC® heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos, UFC® light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson, UFC® welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, UFC® women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. Free and open to the public; streamed live on UFC.com.

August 1 – Montreal, Canada – Complexe Desjardins, 12:30 PM ET: UFC Director of Canadian Operations Tom Wright hosts a press conference with UFC® welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks. Free and open to the public; streamed live on UFC.com.

August 1 – Houston, Texas –Toyota Center, 1 PM CT: Open workouts and interviews with UFC® heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos. Free and open to the public.

August 1 – Stockholm, Sweden: Press tour with UFC® light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.

August 2 – Dallas, Texas – Cowboys Stadium, 1 PM CT: Open workouts and interviews on the field UFC® welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks. Free and open to the public.

August 2 – Chicago, Illinois: Press tour with UFC® women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.

August 2 – London, England: Press tour with UFC® light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.

August 2 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – HSBC Arena, 3 PM BRT: UFC® heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos to participate in joint Q & A session prior to weigh-ins for UFC 163. Free and open to the public.

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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast UFC 161 Preview – June 14, 2013

UFC-161-SmallBrian and Steve preview UFC 161 with includes Rashad Evans against Dan Henderson and Roy Nelson squaring off against Stipe Miocic as well as the rest of the card.  Plus, the look ahead to fights later this year including Jon Jones against Alexander Gustaffson, Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos and Georges St. Pierre against Johny Hendricks and more UFC talk.

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Cain Velasquez vs Junior Dos Santos III Likely For October in Houston

It didn’t take long for this announcement.

Photo from UFC.com

Photo from UFC.com

The fight will likely take at UFC 165 in Houston in October.

No date and venue were announced by White, but he did state the event will be in an arena and not the stadium show that was rumored.

The rubber match was setup at UFC 160 last month when Velasquez defeated Antonio Silva by TKO and Dos Santos knocked out Mark Hunt.

The first fight between these two took place at the first UFC on Fox show in November of 2011 with Dos Santos stopped Velasquez in just 64 seconds.

The second fight this past December at UFC 155 had a different result with Velasquez controlling all five rounds and regaining his title by unanimous decision.

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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast – May 31, 2013

MayweatherOn this week’s MMA podcast we talk to Fighthype.com lead writer Percy Crawford. We recap UFC 160 from last Saturday and the latest on Roy Nelson. Also we break down the TUF 18 situation with Cat Zingano’s injury, which led to Miesha Tate replacing her opposite of UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey.

Crawford then breaks down the big announcement in the boxing we get the superfight of Floyd Mayweather facing off with Canelo Alvarez. We go over why Floyd is taking the fight, if this is the pinnacle and climax in the career of Canelo.

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