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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UFC 163 Results: Jose Aldo Defeats Korean Zombie, Phil Davis Wins Controversial Decision

UFC 163 was a very entertaining card, with a hint of controversy as well.

In the main event of the evening, it took Jose Aldo a little while to figure out Chan Sung Jung, but he was able to figure out the puzzle.

In the fourth round while throwing a punch, “The Korean Zombie” blew out his surgically repaired shoulder and the champion capitalized as Jose Aldo retained his UFC featherweight champion by fourth round TKO.

The first three rounds went at an unusual pace considering the styles of each guy. The champion relied on his wrestling and took down Jung at will, while Jung looked tentative.

Aldo has now won 16 fights in a row and is now the second longest reigning champion in the UFC behind welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

In what ended up being the most talked about fight of the night, Phil Davis defeated Lyoto Machida by unanimous decision in a very close fight.

Machida controlled the majority of the first two rounds until Davis scored late takedowns in each of the stanzas. The former light heavyweight champion in the third round was able to stuff Davis’ takedowns and use his counterstriking, but that wasn’t enough to win the fight.

Davis thought he did enough to win the fight.

“The late takedowns definitely helped. That’s always my strategy is to get takedowns, work all the time, it’s just part of what I do,” said Davis.

The crowd mercifully booed the decision and Machida agreed with the crowd.

“I really don’t know what the UFC rules are, I really don’t know what they are judging. Just listen to the crowd, they’re telling you what happened,” said Machida.

Here are the results of UFC 163:

Jose Aldo def. Chan Sung Jung via TKO (strikes) – Round 4, 2:00 – to retain UFC featherweight title
•Phil Davis def. Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
•Cezar Ferreira def. Thiago ‘Marreta’ Santos via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:47
•Thales Leites def. Tom Watson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
•John Lineker def. Jose Maria via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:03
•Anthony Perosh def. Vinny Magalhaes via KO (punches) – Round 1, 0:14
•Amanda Nunes def. Sheila Gaff via TKO (elbows) – Round 1, 2:08
•Sergio Moraes def. Neil Magny via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:13
•Ian McCall def. Iliarde Santos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
•Rani Yahya def. Josh Clopton via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
•Francimar Barroso def. Ednaldo Oliveira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
•Viscardi Andrade def. Bristol Marunde via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:36

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Video: Countdown to UFC 163

UFC 163 takes place tonight from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main event will feature UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his title against Chan Sung Jung. Also, the co-main event will feature former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida squaring off with Phil Davis.

Check out the full episode of the show, “Countdown to UFC 163″, as the show previews the co-main and main event of tonight’s UFC 163.

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Video: UFC 163 Weigh-Ins Live Starting At 3 P.M. ET

UFC 163 takes place tomorrow night at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janiero, Brazil with the main event of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his title against Chan Sung Jung. In the co-main event, former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida squares off against Phil Davis in light heavyweight action.

The weigh-ins for UFC 163 take place today at the HSBC Arena, with the fighters tipping the scales starting at 3 p.m. ET.

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Video: UFC 163 Press Conference

The UFC returns to pay-per-view as UFC 163 takes place on Saturday night from the HSBC in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main event will feature UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defends his title against Chan Sung Jung with the co-main event featuring former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida facing off with Phil Davis.

Earlier today the UFC 163 press conference took place featuring Aldo, Jung, Machida, Davis, Cezar Ferreira, Thiago Santos, John Lineker and Jose Maria.

Watch the complete press conference featuring these fighters competing at UFC 163.

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