Video: The Ultimate Fighter 18 Episode 7 Preview

The 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter continues tonight with the seventh episode of the season. On tonight’s episode we will see Team Tate’s Josh Hill battle Team Rousey’s Michael Wootten.

Also on the show, a member of Miesha Tate’s team pulls a prank on Ronda Rousey and it gets worse as UFC President Dana White has to step in and intervene.

You can watch tonight’s episode starting at 10 p.m. ET On Fox Sports 1.

Watch the video above with a preview of tonight’s episode.

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The UFC Releases A Statement Regarding Rousimar Palhares’ Release

The UFC made headlines in the wrong way on Wednesday night at UFC Fight Night 29 when welterweight Rousimar Palhares refused to break a leg lock he had in his bout with Mike Pierce.

Palhares had won the bout by submission 0:31 into the fight. The UFC didn’t give Palhares the submission of the night bonus due to his actions.

Everyone was wondering what actions the UFC was going to take on the Brazilian. The UFC took immediate action.

UFC President Dana White was doing an interview with Jeremy Schaap on ESPN and the topic of Palhares was brought up. White told Schaap that Palhares was released from the UFC and will never be allowed back due to his actions.

The UFC then released a statement on why Palhares was released from the organization:

As announced by UFC president Dana White, the UFC organization has elected to terminate its contract with Rousimar Palhares based on repeated incidents of unsportsmanlike conduct violating the UFC Fighter Code of Conduct and his Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC.

At ‘UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields’ on Oct. 9, 2013, Palhares won his welterweight bout against Mike Pierce via heel hook submission in 31 seconds. Pierce appeared to tap several times physically and verbally and the ref intervened physically before Palhares let go. Despite being the only submission win on the card, Palhares was denied the Submission of the Night bonus. Managing Director of International Development Marshall Zelaznik announced at the post-fight press conference that the local commission would be investigating the length of time that Palhares held the submission.

The controversy is not Palhares’ first: In 2010, the New Jersey State Athletic Commission suspended Palhares for 90 days following his heel hook win over Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111 for not letting go after the referee stoppage.

In 2012, Palhares was again suspended for nine months after testing positive for elevated testosterone after UFC on FX 6.

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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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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast – October 3, 2013

ken-shamrock1Brian and Steve talk some MMA including the UFC winning a court case to sue the state of New York to get the sport legalized, the decision to have Jon Jones defend the light heavyweight championship against Glover Teixeira next rather than a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson, the latest war of words between Dana While and Ken Shamrock, if Shamrock and other legends should be invited to next month’s 20th anniversary show, Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva and more.

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Michael Bisping Out With Eye Injury, Lyoto Machida Faces Mark Munoz At UFC Fight Night 30

The UFC announced that Michael Bisping is out with an eye injury and Lyoto Machida will replace Bisping and face Mark Munoz in the main event of UFC Fight Night 30.

Bisping had suffered a detached earlier this year and had complications with the eye in training and therefore had to bow out of the fight. MMAFighting.com is reporting that Bisping will not need corrective surgery, but he will be out of action for five to six months.

UFC President Dana White stated to ESPN.com that he will get Bisping the best treatment possible.

“We’re going to get [Bisping] the best treatment possible,” White stated. “Hopefully he’ll be able to get through this thing.”

Machida was scheduled to face Tim Kennedy in his debut at middleweight in the main event at UFC Fight For The Troops event on November 6.

UFC Fight Night 30 takes place on Saturday, October 26 from the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England.

Here is the card for UFC Fight Night 30:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 2, 3 p.m. ET)
- Lyoto Machida vs. Mark Munoz
- Melvin Guillard vs. Ross Pearson
- Ryan Jimmo vs. Jimi Manuwa
- Norman Parke vs. Jon Tuck
- Magnus Cedenblad vs. Alessio Sakara
- Phil Harris vs. John Lineker

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 11:45 a.m. ET)
- Piotr Hallmann vs. Al Iaquinta
- Luke Barnatt vs. Andrew Craig
- Jessica Andrade vs. Rosi Sexton
- Cole Miller vs. Andy Ogle
- Jimy Hettes vs. Mike Wilkinson
- Michael Kuiper vs. Brad Scott

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The Good, The Bad And The Dirty In The Week Of MMA

We are going to be doing different types of pieces here on the website on a variety of topics in MMA and pro wrestling. Today we are going to debut a new feature called the good, the bad and the dirty. Every Monday we will be doing this type of piece in MMA. Now we know what the good and bad means, but the dirty can mean really bad or really good. Let’s get started.

The Good

1) Renan Barao- Barao made the second defense of his interim UFC bantamweight championship when he defeated Eddie Wineland by KO in the second round with spectacular spinning back kick to the head on Saturday at UFC 165. The Brazilian became the first person to defend an interim UFC title two times. During the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White said that Barao is the closest thing in the UFC to Floyd Mayweather. With the win, Barao extended his winning streak to 21. White stated that Barao would face UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz in early 2014. If Cruz is unable to return in early 2014 from his two ACL surgeries, then Barao would get the interim title tag removed.

2) Khabib Nurmagomedov- Nurmagomedov extended his winning streak to 21 when he defeated Pat Healy by unanimous decision to kick off the main card at UFC 165. He tied Barao for the longest winning streak in MMA. “The Eagle” put on a tremendous performance using his improved striking and took Healy down anytime he wanted too. We really didn’t know how Nurmagomedov would perform considering this was his first time on a pay-per-view main card and facing a veteran of 57 fights in Healy. The Russian stated during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan that he wanted a title shot next.

3) Douglas Lima- The Bellator welterweight had one of the most vicious knockouts in 2013 when he knocked out Ben Saunders with a vicious head kick at Bellator 100 to win the welterweight tournament. What’s next for Lima is unknown since the current Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren is a free agent at this time.

The Bad

3) Francis Carmont vs Costa Philippou- This was the second fight on the main card of UFC 165 on Saturday. It wasn’t the most entertaining fight on the card as Carmont kept taking down Philippou, but really wasn’t trying to improve position to win the fight. The crowd was booing loudily as Phillipou had no answer for Carmont’s takedowns. Philippou was visibly frustrated in between rounds, looked like he didn’t want to be there and looked defeated. Dana White agreed with the crowd as he tweeted about the fight.

 

Carmont won the fight by unanimous decision, but didn’t win over any fans and Dana White with the victory.

The Dirty

4) Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson- This is a dirty in a great way. The main event was hyped as “Greatness Within Reach” and the hype sure delivered. Jones was 9-1 favorite heading into the fight and not many people giving Gustafsson any chance to win. We picked Gustafsson to win and were pretty close in our prediction. The fight went back and forth as “The Mauler” established early in the fight that he had the striking advantage as he used his jab and trademark uppercut effectively as he opened up Jones with the uppercut. Gustafsson started stuffing Jones’ takedowns and even took the champion down in the first round.

The challenger was stuffing Jones’ takedowns throughout the fight, which was visibly frustrating the champion. The man from Sweden was controlling the fight on feet moving in and out. Jones’s started to find his groove in the fourth round landing vicious elbows and imposing his will on the challenger. The fifth round started with the crowd on their feet and the fight very close. Both guys were visibly exhausted to start the round and Jones finally was able to land a takedown, but Gustafsson got up a few moments later. Both guys were trading shots even though they were extremely exhausted to end the fight.

The judges scored the fight for Jones (48-47×2,49-46). The crowd was mixed with the decision. A lot of people thought Jones won and a lot of people thought Gustafsson won. BetweenTheRopes.com scored the fight 48-47 for Gustafsson. Both men didn’t attend the press conference as Jones was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and Gustafsson was able to go under his own power.

Dana White was non-committal about a rematch, but from the tone of his voice makes it likely we will see a rematch in the next fight for both guys. This was without a doubt the fight of the year and the greatest fight in the history of the light heavyweight division.

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B.J.Penn Drops Down To 145, Will Fight And Coach TUF 19 Opposite Frankie Edgar

The MMA world thought we had seen the last of B.J.Penn after losing soundly to Rory MacDonald at UFC on Fox 5 last December. We were all mistaken as the UFC announced that the former two division champion will be returning to the UFC, but this time as a featherweight as he will coach the 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter alongside former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Penn and Edgar will then fight for third time at an event that wasn’t announced at this time.

The pairing was announced earlier this evening on “UFC Tonight”. UFC President Dana White said this was a fight that Penn wanted really bad.

“B.J.Penn is moving down to 145 lbs. to coach The Ultimate Fighter against Frankie Edgar,” said UFC President Dana White. “BJ really hates the fact that he lost to Frankie Edgar. It’s something that’s been burning deep inside of him for three years now. So he’s moving down to 145 lbs. to not only avenge those defeats, but to try and become the first fighter in UFC history to win titles in three different weight classes.

“When B.J.Penn gets fired up about something, he goes, crazy, you know what I mean?” UFC president Dana White said. “The kid’s fired up, he’s got me fired up about this, he believes he can beat Frankie Edgar, he can compete at 145 pounds. It’s tough to say no to B.J.”

Penn (16-9-2 in MMA) is one of only two men to win UFC world titles in two separate divisions. The former welterweight and lightweight champion has defeated a Who’s Who of MMA, including UFC champions Matt Hughes, Matt Serra and Sean Sherk. His reign over the UFC’s 155lbs. division was ended in 2010’s Upset of the Year, when he was outpointed by Frankie Edgar. “The Prodigy” not only returns to the UFC but also The Ultimate Fighter, after coaching season five back in 2007.

After defeating Penn in two fights, Edgar (15-4-1) established a reputation for lightweight excellence. “The Answer” defended the lightweight championship in a pair of all-time classic battles with Gray Maynard before losing the title on a controversial decision to Benson Henderson. Edgar then dropped to featherweight where he lost to featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 156 in February and rebounded with an unanimous decision over Charles Oliveira at UFC 162 in July. Many believe he will join Penn as a two-division world champion.

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The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 Team Rousey vs. Team Tate Episode 1 Recap

The long awaited season premiere of The Ultimate Fighter season 18 took place last night. The coaches on the show are UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and her longtime rival Miesha Tate. This is the first season where it is not only the men, but women are involved in the season as well.

The episode opened up with a video montage of the fighters expressing their desire to become the next ultimate fighter. UFC President Dana White explains the changes to the 18th season of the reality show, noting this will be the first time the cast consists of both male and female bantamweight fighters.

Rousey then walks into the gym awaiting Cat Zingano and then Tate ends up coming up through the door and tells Rousey she’s here to coach and Rousey storms off. White then tells Rouset that Zingano tore her ACL and is having surgery as he is talking, with Tate replacing her.

Now the fights are about to begin and here are the results of the fights:

JESSAMYN DUKE vs LAURA HOWARTH

The fight begins with Duke pressing forward with strikes and controlling the distance in the standup with kicks and punches. Howarth initiates the clinch and gets Duke up against the fence. Duke reverses position and takes down Howarth, and she ends up in half guard. A scramble results in Howarth on top, but Duke immediately works a high guard and nearly gets an armbar. Howarth escapes and takes Duke’s back, but Duke scrambles to her back and reestablishes guard, where she works for more submissions from the guard. Another scramble for position results in Duke securing a tight triangle choke submission for the tap-out.

Jessamyn Duke def Laura Howarth via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1

DAVID GRANT vs DANNY MARTINEZ

The two fighters meet in the middle of the cage and immediately exchange a series of haymakers. Martinez presses Grant up against the cage twice in a row and attempts takedowns with no luck. While defending, Grant throws an illegal 12-to-six elbow to Martinez’s spine, and referee Herb Dean breaks up the action. Grant is given a warning for illegal strikes. The fight resumes with more striking exchanges from a distance with Grant landing with the cleaner punches and knees. Martinez once again presses Grant against the cage, but this time he is successful with the takedown. Grant nearly locks in a triangle choke, but the round ends before he can finish.

The second round begins with more striking exchanges until Grant knocks down Martinez. As Martinez works out of danger and back to his feet, Grant connects with an illegal knee to the head of his downed opponent. The referee again breaks up the fight and takes one point away from Grant. Action continues with more big punches from both men on the feet. Grant sprawls on a Martinez takedown attempt and transitions to the armbar, forcing Martinez to give up.

David Grant def Danny Martinez via submission (armbar) – Round 2

REVELINA BERTO vs JESSICA RAKOCZY

Performance highlights show dominance and several near-submission attempts from Berto in the early going from both top and bottom positions. Unable to finish the fight, Rakoczy rallies back with significant strikes from the top and locks in a submission of her own. In what starts as an armbar, Rakoczy rolls over the shoulder and gets Berto in a rare submission using the omoplata technique.

Jessica Rakoczy def Revelina Berto via submission (omoplata) – Round 1

MICHAEL WOOTTEN VS. EMIL HARTSNER
Performance highlights show a lot of clinch and cage work by both fighters. White consistently chimes in as highlights of the fight play, putting down the performance of both men and stating the matchup was far from memorable and admitting he has no interest in seeing either man fight again. The bout goes all three rounds, and Wootten takes the decision.

Michael Wootten def Emil Hartsner via decision

PEGGY MORGAN vs BETHANY MARSHALL

Morgan has a noticeable size advantage from the outset and uses it to her fullest advantage in a completely one-sided performance. Marshall fails on a takedown attempt early and is reversed directly into mount, where Morgan tees off with strikes until referee Steve Mazzagatti mercifully stops the fight.

Peggy Morgan def Bethany Marshall via TKO (punches) – Round 1

VALERIE LETOURNEAU vs ROXANNE MODAFFERI

Modafferi opens the fight as the more aggressive striker on the feet and proceeds to press Letourneau against the cage, where she lands a takedown. Modafferi passes guard to side control, and Letourneau gives up her back. Modafferi goes for the rear-naked choke, and after some hand fighting, locks in the submission.

Roxanne Modafferi def Valerie Letourneau via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1

TIM GORMAN vs LEE SANDMEIER

Sandmeier rushes forward and walks right into a Gorman takedown. Gorman improves position while landing big punches and elbows. Sandmeier gives up his back, and Gorman gets his hooks in. Sandmeier manages to roll over into mount, where Gorman reigns down heavy shots. Sandmeier shows courage in throwing punches from his back while mounted, but the damage ultimately catches up to him, and the referee stops the fight.

Tim Gorman def Lee Sandmeier via TKO (punches) – Round 1

TONYA EVINGER vs RAQUEL PENNINGTON

Performance highlights show both fighters landing respectable strikes in the standup and clinch. Evinger looks to be winning the fight until Pennington catches her in a guillotine choke with her neck exposed for the second-round finish.

Raquel Pennington def Tonya Evinger via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2

CHRIS BEAL vs SIRWAN KAKAI

Performance highlights show Beal getting the better of the striking exchanges early in the fight as he drops Kakai with a hard left hand. Beal continues to get the edge on the feet, but Kakai has his moments with takedowns, ground strikes and submissions attempts. Beal keeps it on the feet more often than not, though, and outpoints his way to a decision victory.

Chris Beal def Sirwan Kakai via decision

PATRICK HOLOHAN vs JOSH HILL

Performance highlights show a grappling-heavy affair with Hill out-positioning his way to the win. White criticizes Hill for his wrestling-centric approach to the match, but nevertheless, the Canadian gets the decision win.

Josh Hill def Patrick Holohan via decision

COLLEEN SCHNEIDER vs SHAYNA BASZLER

Baszler is the aggressor early, and after some work against the cage, she takes Schneider to the ground. Schneider tries desperately to wall-walk back to her feet, but Baszler takes her back and begins working for a choke. Schneider defends well and manages to escape from danger back to her feet. That doesn’t last long, though, as Baszler wins the scramble for a takedown and ends up in side control. After a few punches, Schneider gives up her arm, and Baszler takes it home for the submission victory.

Shayna Baszler def Colleen Schneider via submission (armbar) – Round 1

LOUIS FISETTE vs CHRIS HOLDSWORTH

Serious aggression from both men early, but it’s Fisette who clinches Holdsworth against the fence and tries for a trip takedown. He fails but then switches to a body lock and gets the slam. Holdswroth immediately threatens with submissions from his back. He nearly gets an armbar and triangle choke, but he can’t finish with either. Fisette displays tremendous toughness by refusing to quit, and after spending a good portion of the round avoiding chokes, finally escapes. Fisette shows desperation in his wild attempt to do something meaningful, which allows Holdsworth to get back on top and secure mount. Holdsworth goes for an arm-triangle choke, and Holdsworth’s run of tight submission escapes is over.

Chris Holdsworth def. Louis Fisette via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1

JULIANNA PENA vs GINA MAZANY

Performance highlights show Pena getting the better of the action on the feet and especially on the ground. White, Rousey and Tate all praise Pena’s performance as she picks up a lopsided unanimous decision win.

Julianna Pena def Gina Mazany via decision

MATT MUNSEY vs ANTHONY GUTIERREZ

Performance highlights show minimal clips of Gutierrez landing strikes on the feet with some submission attempts on the ground en route to a decision win.

Anthony Gutierrez def Matt Munsey via decision

TARA LAROSA vs SARAH MORAS

Performance highlights show LaRosa landing clean shots to the chin right off the bat. Moras decides she wants no part of a striking battle and opts to take the fight to the ground. Moras attempts several submissions on the ground but cannot finish LaRosa, whom coach Tate reminds viewers has never been submitted before. Moras continues to utilize her wrestling ability to neutralize LaRosa’s offense for the win and what could be considered the biggest upset of the elimination round.

Sarah Moras def Tara LaRosa via decision

RAFAEL DE FREITAS vs CODY BOLLINGER

De Freitas and Bollinger waste no time exchanging punches until Bollinger lands a takedown. De Freitas immediately threatens with an armbar from the bottom; however, Bollinger displays his power and slams his way out of danger. De Freitas gets back to his feet, and more punches are thrown. Bollinger goes for a slam takedown, but De Freitas counters with a guillotine choke that appears close. Bollinger escapes the choke and is free for a brief moment before De Freitas locks in a tight triangle choke. Bollinger stays calm, gives the referee a thumb up, and the round ends with Bollinger in the choke.

Round 2 is underway, and both men are clearly tired, with De Freitas being noticeably more fatigued. Bollinger turns up the pressure and starts connecting with punches, kicks, elbows and knees on his Brazilian opponent. De Freitas eats several flurries and looks out on his feet. Bollinger remains composed and eventually lands the fight-ending combination for the knockout win.

Cody Bollinger def Rafael De Freitas via TKO (strikes) – Round 2

With the elimination-round fights in the books and the final 16 established, the winners are brought back to the gym, where White informs them that fan voting at the conclusion of the season will reward $25,000 to the “Knockout of the Season,” “Submission of the Season” and “Fight of the Season.”

The winning male and female fighters will receive a six-figure UFC contracts as well as custom Harley Davidson motorcycle for them and their respective coach.

It’s time for team selection. White flips the coin and Rousey wins. The reigning champion opts to pick the first fight of the tournament, giving Tate the first choice of fighter.

The team selection went as follows:

Team Tate

1. Julianna Pena
2. Sarah Moras
3. Raquel Pennington
4. Roxanne Modafferi

1. Cody Bollinger
2. Chris Holdsworth
3. Josh Hill
4. Tim Gorman

Team Rousey

1. Shayna Baszler
2. Jessamyn Duke
3. Peggy Morgan
4. Jessica Rakoczy

1. Chris Beal
2. David Grant
3. Anthony Gutierrez
4. Michael Wootten

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UFC Fight Night 28 Results: Glover Teixeira Stops Ryan Bader In Main Event

Dana White said after UFC 163 that Glover Teixeira needed to look impressive against Ryan Bader to get a title shot at the winner of Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165. Teixeira made that statement to Jones and Gustafsson.

After going through some danger early in the fight, Glover Teixeira defeated Ryan Bader by TKO at 2:55 of the first round in the main event of UFC Fight Night 28 from the Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazi.

Bader started the fight with a jab and then tried for takedown that the Brazilian was able to stuff. The Arizona native hit a right hand that staggered Teixeira and Bader locked in a guillotine choke, but Teixeira was able to get out of it.

Teixeira was able to score a takedown, but Bader got up quickly. a few moments later Bader lands an uppercut and Teixeira attempts a high kick over the top, but misses Bader.

The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 winner lands another uppercut and Teixeira is wobbled. Teixeira though preserved and landed a right hook, left hook combination that drops Bader. Teixeira pounces on Bader until referee Herb Dean comes in and stops the fight.

Teixeira wasn’t happy with his performance, but says the title is his and doesn’t matter if he has to go through Jones or Gustafsson.

“To tell you the truth, I wasn’t happy with this fight,” he said. “I was disappointed he was able to knock me down. … But I’m telling you, this belt is going to be mine. It doesn’t matter if it’s Jon Jones or Gustafsson. It’s mine.”

Here are the results from UFC Fight Night 28:

Glover Teixeira def. Ryan Bader via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:55
•Ronaldo Souza def. Yushin Okami via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:47
•Joseph Benavidez def. Jussier Formiga via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:07
•Piotr Hallmann def. Francisco Trinaldo via submission (kimura) – Round 2, 3:50
•Rafael Natal def. Tor Troeng via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
•Ali Bagautinov def. Marcos Vinicius via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:28
•Edimilson Souza def. Felipe Arantes via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
•Lucas Martins def. Ramiro Hernandez via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:10
•Elias Silverio def. Joao Zeferino via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
•Ivan Jorge def. Keith Wisniewski via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
•Sean Spencer def. Yuri Villefort via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

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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 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 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: UFC 164 Pre-Fight Press Conference

The UFC returns to pay-per-view for the first time in four weeks on Saturday for UFC 164. The event takes place at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The main event will feature a rematch between UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson facing off against Anthony Pettis. The two squared off at the final WEC show in December 2010 with Pettis winning by unanimous decision and hitting the infamous “Showtime Kick” late in the fight.

The co-main event will feature two former UFC heavyweight champions and current top ten fighters as Josh Barnett returns to the UFC after 11 year run in various organizations as he will square off against Frank Mir.

Also on the card, top ten featherweights battle as Chad Mendes battles Clay Guida.

The UFC held the UFC 164 pre-fight press conference at the BMO Harris Bradley Center with the six fighters we mentioned along with UFC president Dana White. You can see the video above.

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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast – August 29, 2013

Brian and Steve recap UFC Fight Night 27 which saw Carlos Condit defeat Martin Kampmann in the main event, what could be next for Condit, Chael Sonnen’s possible next opponent, Dana White comments on Bjorn Rebney and their picks for Saturday’s UFC 164 headlined by Benson Henderson against Anthony Pettis for the UFC lightweight championship.

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UFC News: Dana White Video Blog For UFC Fight Night 27

UFC President Dana White always comes out with video blogs during fight week. This week is no exception as UFC Fight Night 27 takes place tonight in Indianapolis, Indiana and then UFC 164 takes place on Saturday night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

White came out with a video blog hyping tonight’s UFC Fight Night 27 card, which features a main event rematch between former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann with the co-feature of Donald Cerrone facing Rafael dos Anjos.

In this latest video blog, White takes a look back at UFC Fight Night 26 which took place 11 days ago in Boston.
You see Conor McGregor backstage after his fight talking to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya, Travis Browne and Matt Brown talking to White and much more.

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UFC News: Conor McGregor Out Around 10 Months With A Torn ACL

The hype train surrounding Conor McGregor will be derailed for awhile. UFC President Dana White told Fox Sports Live that a MRI McGregor took today revealed a torn ACL, posterior horn meniscal tear and a MCL strain. White said that McGregor would out for about nine to ten months.

McGregor fought this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 26 defeating Max Holloway by unanimous decision. The Irishman stated after the fight that he felt a pop in his knee during the fight and in the proceeding days had thought he had suffered an LCL injury.

The surging featherweight in recent days had made inflammatory comments towards top contenders in the featherweight division including UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

We wish McGregor the best in his recovery.

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Lyoto Machida Drops To 185 And Faces Tim Kennedy At UFC Fight For The Troops 3

It had been said since last year at UFC on Fox 4 when Lyoto Machida weighed in at 201 pounds for his fight against Ryan Bader that he could make 185 pounds. Now you will get the chance to see that.

UFC President Dana White announced on Fox Sports Live on Fox Sports 1 that Machida will make his debut in the middleweight division against Tim Kennedy at UFC Fight For The Troops 3.

That event will take place on Wednesday, November 6 at the Fort Campbell Army Base in Kentucky.

Machida last fought almost three weeks ago at UFC 163, where he lost a controversial split decision to Phil Davis. We had reported last week that Machida was rumored to fight Nick Diaz, but White stated last Saturday that the fight was off the table.

Kennedy most recently fought in July at UFC 162 when he defeated Roger Gracie by unanimous decision. A few weeks back, Kennedy called out Vitor Belfort, but Belfort had turned down the fight. The two time Strikeforce middleweight title challenger last week stated that he would be interested in fighting Machida.

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