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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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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Vitor Belfort Says He Didn’t Voluntarily Withdraw From UFC 173; Says He’s Fighting Weidman-Machida Winner

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It was announced by the UFC last night that Vitor Belfort was out of the main event of UFC 173 against middleweight champion Chris Weidman. The man replacing Belfort would be former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.

Belfort released a statement a short time ago stating he didn’t voluntarily withdraw from the Weidman fight and has been promised by the UFC that he will face the Weidman-Machida winner.

Translation from Google:

“I never give up the fight at UFC 173 and never said that. … The UFC decided to put another opponent in my place because I didn’t have time to fit the new rules of the NSAC. According to the UFC, I will face the winner of Weidman vs Lyotto within the new regulations of all the athletic commissions.

I’m sorry that this happened, and I appreciate the strength and understanding of all fans, sponsors, UFC and athletic commissions”.

That is different from the statement Belfort made last night through the UFC.

“The Nevada State Athletic Commission recently altered its policy and no longer will permit testosterone use exemptions, and will not permit a TRT program,” Belfort stated. “As other jurisdictions may follow suit, I am going to drop my TRT program and compete in MMA without it.

“Given the time constraints involved between now and my proposed next bout in May, I have determined not to apply for a license to fight in Nevada at this time.”

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Vitor Belfort Out of UFC 173, Lyoto Machida to Face Chris Weidman

belfortposeJust hours after the Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to ban therapeutic use exemptions for testosterone replacement therapy, Vitor Belfort pulled out of his upcoming middleweight title bout against Chris Weidman at UFC 173.  Former champion Lyoto Machida has already agreed to square off against Weidman for the title.

“The Nevada State Athletic Commission recently altered its policy and no longer will permit testosterone use exemptions, and will not permit a TRT program,” Belfort said in a statement.  “As other jurisdictions may follow suit, I am going to drop my TRT program and compete in MMA without it.  Given the time constraints involved between now and my proposed next bout in May, I have determined not to apply for a license to fight in Nevada at this time.”

UFC 173 takes place on May 24 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Belfort was riding a three-fight winning streak, defeating Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson, all by knockout.  All three of these bouts took place in Brazil where he was allowed to continue to use TRT.

That was going to come under scrutiny once Belfort was given the title shot against Weidman in Las Vegas.  He would first have to apply for a license in Nevada where he failed a drug test for elevated testosterone in 2006.  Belfort would have been required to go before the NSAC and apply for a license as well as an exemption for TRT use.

Now, Machida get his chance to reclaim the UFC middleweight championship against Weidman at UFC 173.  Machida is coming off a unanimous decision win over Gegard Mousasi at UFC Fight Night on February 15.

Anderson Silva And Georges St-Pierre Fight Almost Happened

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One year ago, the biggest possible fight in the history in MMA was a superfight between Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre. Now at this current time, Silva has lost two times and in his most recent fight against UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, Silva broke his leg in the fight. St-Pierre defeated Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in November and announced he was vacating the welterweight title and isn’t sure if he will return. The possible superfight was a lot closer though than people ever realized.

Marcos Villegas was in California at media day for the Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley fight that will take place on April 12. Villegas spoke to Pacquiao head trainer Freddie Roach, who has helped St-Pierre work on his standup in the past. Roach gave some insight into the possible superfight and more.

You can see why St-Pierre took a break especially with the migraine headache issue. Do you think the superfight would have happened if Silva would have beat Weidman?

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UFC 169 Recap: Renan Barao, Jose Aldo Retain Titles

faber-baraoBrian and Steve recap UFC 169 including Renan Barao retaining the bantamweight championship in a controversial decision against Urijah Faber and Jose Aldo defeating Ricardo Lamas to remain the featherweight champion along with the spectacular fight between Abel Trujillo and Jamie Varner, the upcoming fight between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort, a big ruling regarding TRT for the bout, Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen and more on other possible matchups.

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Anderson Silva Should Retire From The UFC

Anderson Silva at UFC 168 on Saturday night was looking to regain the UFC middleweight championship in the rematch with Chris Weidman. In the second round, Silva threw a leg kick in which Weidman checked and Silva went down in a heap.

Silva ended up breaking his leg. Steve talked to Bleacher Report Lead MMA writer Duane Finley and the guys discuss whether Silva should retire from the UFC.

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Anderson Silva Leads UFC 168 Salaries At $600K

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UFC 168 will go down as the most horrific night in the career of Anderson Silva. The Brazilian was looking to regain his UFC middleweight champion and was unsuccessful as he broke his leg in a horrific fashion while throwing a leg kick to Weidman, who checked the kick and his leg snapped. His return to the company is unknown at this time.

BetweenTheRopes.com had requested and did receive the payouts for the event that took place over the weekend. Silva headed the salaries making $600,000 for his performance, while Weidman had the second highest at $400,000, which $200,000 was a win bonus. Total salaries of the event totaled $1,872,000. Here are all the salaries from the event, which do include win bonuses. These do not include any fight night bonuses or discretionary bonuses.

-Chris Weidman: $400,000
-Anderson Silva: $600,000
-Ronda Rousey: $100,000
-Miesha Tate: $28,000
-Travis Browne: $56,000
-Josh Barnett: $170,000
-Jim Miller: $92,000
-Fabricio Camoes: $8,000
-Dustin Poirier: $46,000
-Diego Brandao:$20,000*
-Uriah Hall: $20,000
-Chris Leben: $51,000
-Michael Johnson: $36,000
-Gleison Tibau: $39,000
-Dennis Siver: $66,000
-Manny Gamburyan: $25,000
-John Howard: $32,000
-Siyar Bahadurzada: $17,000
-William Macario: $20,000
-Bobby Voelker: $12,000
-Robert Peralta: $24,000
-Estevan Payan: $10,000

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Anderson Silva Undergoes Successful Leg Surgery, Could Be Out Up To Six Months

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Anderson Silva suffered one of the most traumatic injuries in the history of the UFC. Silva was throwing a leg kick in his main event fight against middleweight champion Chris Weidman and when Weidman checked it, Silva legs snapped. Silva crumbled to a heap and the fight was stopped.

The former champion was immediately rushed to the hospital to undergo leg surgery. Silva underwent successful surgery to his broken fibula and is recovering in a Las Vegas hospital.

The UFC released a statement to the media earlier this morning regarding Silva.

“Following Saturday evening’s UFC 168 main event, former champion Anderson Silva was taken to a local Las Vegas hospital where he underwent surgery to repair a broken left leg. The successful surgery, performed by Dr. Steven Sanders, the UFC’s Orthopedic Surgeon, inserted an intramedullary rod into Anderson’s left tibia. The broken fibula was stabilized and does not require a separate surgery. Anderson will remain in the hospital for a short while, but no additional surgery is scheduled at this time. Recovery time for such injuries may vary between three and six months.

“Anderson is deeply touched by the outpouring of support from his fans and the entire MMA community. There has been no immediate decision about his future, and he would kindly ask for privacy at this time as he deals with his injury and prepares to return home to recover.”

We send wishes out to Anderson Silva and hope for a successful recovery.

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UFC 168: Anderson Silva Breaking His Leg (GRAHPIC VIDEO)

In what was perhaps one of the most gruesome injuries in the history of MMA happened tonight in the main event of UFC 168 when Anderson Silva attempted to throw a leg kick to UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman. The champion checked the leg kick and the rest can speak for itself.

If you have a sensitive stomach please turn away from the Vine video that we received a few moments ago.

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UFC 168: Anderson Silva Being Stretchered Out Of The Octagon With A Horrific Leg Injury (Video)

Moments ago in the main event of UFC 168, Chris Weidman defeated Anderson Silva to retain the UFC Middleweight Championship.

In the opening parts of the second round, Silva throws a leg kick, Weidman checks it and then Silva’s legcracks and Silva lands in a heap with referee Herb Dean stopping the fight.

A Vine video was posted that you can watch above with Silva in obvious pain.

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UFC 168 Results: Chris Weidman Defeats Anderson Silva In Gruesome Fashion

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The MMA world was expecting Anderson Silva to rebound quite easily from UFC 162 and regain his UFC Middleweight Championship. Chris Weidman had another plan in mind, but the ending wasn’t what the world expected.

Round 1

The fight starts both guys touching gloves. Both guys start out circling each circle to gauge distance and then Weidman throws a front kick. Weidman scores a takedown but Silva gets right back up. Silva lands a knee. Weidman trying for that takedown. Silva lands another knee, but Weidman knocks Silva down and lands some ground and pound. Silva is able to get Weidman into guard.

Silva landing punches from the bottom and Weidman then lands a series of elbows. Silva gets Weidman in a body triangle, but Weidman gets out and lands more ground and pound. Silva then lands an elbow. Weidman smothers Silva and lands another elbow. Silva with a series of hammerfists. Another elbow by Weidman and a right hand to end the round.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 1 to Weidman, 10-9.

Round 2

Weidman bleeding to start the round. Silva lands an inside leg kick. Both guys circle and Silva lands a left hand. each guys trades jabs. Silva throws an inside leg kick, Weidman checks the kick and Silva goes down in heap with what appears to be a broken leg. Referee Herb Dean then stops the fight.

Chris Weidman defeats Anderson Silva at 1:16 of Round 2 by TKO to retain the UFC Middleweight Championship.

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UFC 168: Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman Breakdown

UFC 168 takes place on tonight from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event features the rematch as Chris Weidman defends the UFC Middleweight Championship against Anderson Silva.

Steve talks to FightHype.com lead writer Percy Crawford as the guys break down the main event and how each guy can win, the significance of the bout for each guy and more.

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UFC 168 Preview Show

UFC 168 takes place on tonight from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event features the rematch as Chris Weidman defends the UFC Middleweight Championship against Anderson Silva, with another rematch in the co-feature as Ronda Rousey defends her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship against Miesha Tate. Also in a key heavyweight bout, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett faces off against Travis Browne.

Steve talks to FightHype.com lead writer Percy Crawford as the guys break down the three main bouts of the card, the price increase of this card and more. Crawford and Steve also discuss the rumors of former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar returning to the octagon, whether he would return and more.

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UFC 168 Video: Ronda Rousey Submits Miesha Tate

The top two fights for UFC 168 on Saturday night are rematches as Anderson Silva looks to regain the middleweight title against Chris Weidman. In the co-feature, Ronda Rousey defends her UFC women’s bantamweight title against Miesha Tate.

Rousey and Tate squared off the first time under the Strikeforce banner in March of 2012, with Rousey submitting Tate in the first round by armbar to win the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title.

Strikeforce closed shop at the beginning of last year and Rousey was made the UFC women’s bantamweight champion. Rousey defended her title one time so far defeating Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 in February. Tate has fought one time in the UFC as well, losing to Cat Zingano at the TUF 17 Finale in April.

Zingano was supposed to battle Rousey and coach together on this past season’s TUF, but Zingano suffered a knee injury before the taping. Tate was brought to coach and face Rousey. You can watch their entire fight in the video above.

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UFC 168 Video: Chris Weidman Knocks Out Anderson Silva To Win The UFC Middleweight Title

UFC 168 takes place on Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main event will feature Chris Weidman defending the UFC middleweight title against former long-time middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

The two squared off in July when Weidman knocked out Silva in the second round to win the title at UFC 162. The UFC has released the full fight, which you can view at the top of the page.

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Herb Dean To Referee Chris Weidman vs Anderson Silva Rematch At UFC 168

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Herb Dean was the referee when Chris Weidman stopped Anderson Silva to win the UFC middleweight championship at UFC 162 in July. At a Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing this morning, it was announced that Dean will once again be the man in the middle when Silva-Weidman rematch at UFC 168 later this month.

“The first fight was quite strange, and I normally don’t recommend the same ref for the rematch, but here, I think it would actually be very appropriate,” NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer said to the commission during the hearing. Moments later the commission approved Kizer’s request.

The judges for the main event were also announced as Junichiro Kamijo, Chris Lee and Patricia Morse-Jarman will be cageside.

UFC 168 takes place on Saturday December 28 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Watch the Entire Fight Of Chris Weidman Knocking Out Anderson Silva

The UFC all week has been releasing videos all week celebrating their 20th anniversary. The week will culminate at UFC 167 tonight with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre defending against Johny Hendricks.

BetweenTheRopes.com has released a variety of fight videos and top countdown videos. In the final video that you can watch above, the UFC has released will feature the entire fight of Chris Weidman defeating Anderson Silva to capture the UFC middleweight title at UFC 162 in July.

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