Watch The Whole Episode Of “Countdown To UFC 165″

UFC 165 takes place tonight from the Air Canada Centre from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The card has two titles with the main event being Jon Jones defending his UFC light heavyweight championship against Alexander Gustafsson. The co-main event will be Renan Barao defending his interim UFC interim bantamweight championship against Eddie Wineland.

The UFC aired their show preview show, “Countdown to UFC 165″, featuring the Jones vs Gustafsson, Barao vs Wineland and Brendan Schaub vs Matt Mitrione heavyweight tilt.

Here is the preview of the main event of Jones vs Gustafsson:

Here is the preview for the co-main event of Barao vs Wineland:

Here is the preview for Schaub vs Mitrione:

Make sure you stay tuned tonight for our coverage of UFC 165.

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UFC 165 Weigh-In Results: Jones, Gustaffson Make Weight

UFC 165 weigh-ins just took place at the Maple Leaf Square outside Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. All 26 fighters made weight including main event fighters Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.

Here are the weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 165:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- Champ Jon Jones (204.5) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (204.5)
- Champ Renan Barao (135) vs. Eddie Wineland (135.25)
- Matt Mitrione (260.5) vs. Brendan Schaub (237)
- Francis Carmont (186) vs. Constantinos Philippou (186)
- Pat Healy (155.75) vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (156)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
- Myles Jury (156) vs. Mike Ricci (155.5)
- Ivan Menjivar (137)* vs. Wilson Reis (135)
- Chris Clements (169.5) vs. Stephen Thompson (170.5)
- Mitch Gagnon (136) vs. Dustin Kimura (136)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6 p.m. ET)
- Renee Forte (155.5) vs. John Makdessi (155)
- Michel Prazeres (155) vs. Jesse Ronson (155.5)
- Alex Caceres (136) vs. Roland Delorme (136)
- Nandor Guelmino (230) vs. Daniel Omielanczuk (245.5)

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Watch UFC 165 Weigh-In Video Starting At 4 P.M. ET

UFC 165 takes place tomorrow night from the Air Canada Centre from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The main event will feature UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defending his title against Alexander Gustafsson, with the co-feature of UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao defending against Eddie Wineland.

Before that though, all 26 fighters will hit the scale today at the Maple Leaf Square outside Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. The first fighter will tip the scale at 4 p.m. ET

You can catch the video stream above right here at betweentheropes.com.

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Five Reasons To Watch UFC 165

UFC 165 takes place this Saturday night from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The main event will feature Jon Jones defending his UFC light heavyweight championship against Alexander Gustafsson, with the co-main featuring UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao defending his title against Eddie Wineland.

Before every UFC pay-per-view we will give you five reasons to watch that show and this is a good way to start with the pound for pound king in Jones.

1) Jon Jones: Every time Jon Jones fights, it is something special. Jones is quite arguably the best fighter in the world and gets to showcase his skills once again in the fight with Gustafsson. The New York native hasn’t fought since April when he defeated Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 when he won by first round TKO. The UFC has been building the fight using each fighters’ reach as Jones has an 84.5 reach and Gustaffson has an 81.5 reach. A lot of people resent Jones for how he comes off, but you cannot deny how great he is right now.

2) Renan Barao: The UFC interim bantamweight champion will defend his interim title for a second time against Wineland. Barao is 29-0-1 in his last 30 fights including winning 20 straight. The Brazilian last competed in February when he defeated Michael McDonald at UFC on Fuel 7 by fourth round submission. Barao has won 20 fights by stoppage and this is the biggest card he has ever fought on. A stoppage over Wineland with a lot of eyeballs on him could setup a unification bout with UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz in early 2014.

3) Next Challenger For UFC Lightweight Title: The UFC announced on Monday and we reported on Tuesday that UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will make his first title defense against Josh Thomson at UFC on Fox 9 in December. T.J. Grant was supposed to face Pettis, but Grant was still suffering symptoms from a concussion he suffered in June. People thought, including myself that maybe the UFC would wait until this weekend’s fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Pat Healy to decide Pettis’ next opponent. That fight kicks off the main card of UFC 165 with Nurmagomedov has 20 straight fights and Healy is 6-0-1 in his last seven. The winner of this fight should be next in line for a title against the Pettis/Thomson winner in December.

4) Two Title Fights: Who doesn’t like title fights? The UFC very rarely puts two title fights on one show, with the last event being UFC 112 in April of 2010 when Frankie Edgar defeated BJ Penn to win the lightweight title and Anderson Silva retained the middleweight title when he defeated Demain Maia. On UFC 165, we get Jones/Gustafsson and Barao/Wineland. Enjoy ladies and gentleman as this is a rarity.

5) History: The UFC has been around for about 20 years now and on Saturday night we could see more history being made. With a victory over Alexander Gustafsson, Jon Jones would make his sixth title defense, breaking the record of Tito Ortiz. Jones can also move into a tie with Chuck Liddell for most victories in the light heavyweight division with 13. Alexander Gustafsson with a win over Jones would be the first Swedish born fighter to win a UFC title. With a victory over Eddie Wineland, Renan Barao would be the first fighter in UFC history to make two defenses of an interim title. Barao and Nurmagomedov can also have the longest winning streaks in MMA at 21.

Here is the full card for UFC 165:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson – for light-heavyweight title
Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland – for interim bantamweight title
Matt Mitrione vs. Brendan Schaub
Francis Carmont vs. Constantinos Philippou
Pat Healy vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Myles Jury vs. Mike Ricci
Ivan Menjivar vs. Wilson Reis
Chris Clements vs. Stephen Thompson
Mitch Gagnon vs. Dustin Kimura

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6 p.m. ET)
Renee Forte vs. John Makdessi
Michel Prazeres vs. Jesse Ronson
Alex Caceres vs. Roland Delorme
Nandor Guelmino vs. Daniel Omielanczuk

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Jon Jones Agrees To A Deal With Gatorade

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones keeps on breaking barriers in terms in sponsorship deals. Jones’ management team, First Round Management announced in a press release that Jones has agreed to deal with the most popular sports drink in the world, Gatorade.

The press release also stated that Jones will have the Gatorade logo on his shorts this Saturday when he defends his light heavyweight championship at UFC 165 against Alexander Gustafsson.

“It’s great that a company like Gatorade sees the value that their products bring to MMA athletes,” Jones stated. “They’re one of the biggest brands in sports worldwide, and I am honored to have their support moving forward. It does not get any better than Gatorade when it comes to fueling your body, during training and competition.”

Jones signed another monumental deal last year when he became the first MMA fighter to land worldwide deal with Nike. Jones’ manager Malki Kawa stated in the press release that the Gatorade deal is another landmark deal for MMA fighters.

“This is a historic day for UFC competitors,” Kawa stated. “Gatorade is one of the most recognized brands in the world. Jon has earned this relationship through hard work, determination and pure dominance inside the octagon.”

Gatorade first came out in the 1960′s and started to become the leader in sports drink in the 1980′s due to the deal the company signed with basketball legend Michael Jordan. In the United States, Gatorade accounts for a reported 75 percent of the sports drink market.

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Jon Jones Not Very Impressed With Glover Teixeira’s Performance

Glover Teixeira defeated Ryan Bader last night by TKO at 2:55 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 28. After the card had ended, the UFC confirmed that Teixeira would face the winner of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. That fight takes place in 16 days at UFC 165 in Toronto.

During the post-fight interview with Jon Anik, Teixeira wasn’t happy with his performance and knows their is room for improvement.

“To tell you the truth, I wasn’t happy with this fight,” Teixeira said immediately after the fight. “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.”

It doesn’t seem like the light heavyweight kingpin wasn’t very impressed with Teixeira’s performance.

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Jones and Texieira have two common opponents in Bader and Rampage Jackson. The champion defeated Bader by submission in the second round at UFC 126 in February of 2011 and Jackson by submission in the fourth round at UFC 135 in September of 2011.

Teixeira defeated Jackson by unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 6 in February and the first round stoppage of Bader last night.

Only time will tell if these two will square off.

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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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Jon Jones Appears in Nike’s 25 Year Anniversary “Just Do It” Commercial

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones signed a deal last year with Nike, but with all big name athletes we have seen them in commercials. We hadn’t seen Jones in any Nike commercials, until now.

Nike has released a commercial celebrating the 25 year anniversary of the “Just Do It” campaign. The commercial, which was directed by Nicolai Fuglsig features Nike athletes like Jones, LeBron James, top-ranked tennis player Serena Williams, boxing champion Andre Ward, soccer star Gerard Pique with actor Bradley Cooper doing the voiceover for the commercial.

Jones will next be in the cage on Saturday, September 21 when he defends his title against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165.

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Video: UFC World Tour 2013 in New York Starting at 1 P.M. ET

The UFC World Tour 2013 continues today as the UFC stops in New York as the press conference takes at the Beacon Theatre starting at 1 p.m. ET.

You can watch the video live on the player above.

The people that were in Los Angeles yesterday for the UFC World Tour 2013 are in New York today. Those people are: UFC President Dana White, UFC 165 headliners Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, UFC 166 headliners Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, UFC 167 headliners Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks, and UFC 168 co-headliners Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.

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Video: UFC World Tour in Los Angeles

The UFC announced about two weeks ago that a world tour would ensue to promote UFC 165, UFC 166, UFC 167 and UFC 168.

Today was the first time all eight participants on the tour were all together. The tour stop today was at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The fighters that were there today were: UFC 165 headliners Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, UFC 166 headliners Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, UFC 167 headliners Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks, UFC 168 co-headliners Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate and UFc President Dana White.

The video above is the full video of today’s UFC World Tour press conference.

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Chris Weidman vs Anderson Silva Fight Estimated To Do 550,000 Pay-Per-View Buys

For the prediction that UFC President Dana White made about UFC 162 trending to about 800,000 buys was a little bit off.

According to Dave Meltzer from MMAFighting.com, UFC 162 featuring Chris Weidman knocking off Anderson Silva to win the UFC middleweight championship did about 550,000 buys on pay-per view.

The promotion based around the fight was that fighters were picking Weidman to knock off Silva and it seems like it was a success for the organization.

The number of buys for UFC 162 would be right around the projection of UFC 159 when Jon Jones defeated Chael Sonnen to make the second highest number of buys in 2013. The highest number of buys would be 950,000 buys for UFC 158 when Georges St-Pierre defeated Nick Diaz.

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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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Floyd Mayweather Bests Anderson Silva and Jon Jones For 2013 ESPY

Boxing is still more popular than MMA in terms of who the fans think is the best fighter.

It announced last night at ESPN 2013 ESPY awards that boxing kingpin Floyd Mayweather won the award for best fighter. Mayweather beat out UFC stars Anderson Siva and Jon Jones, with fellow boxers Canelo Alvarez and Danny Garcia. The winner was determined a fan vote.

Mayweather fought only once in the one year time frame as he was in prison for three months. The pay-per-view king of combat sports returned in May and dominated Robert Guerrero in winning by unanimous decision. Mayweather returns on September 14 as he will be facing off with Alvarez, which has a chance of setting the most buys ever on pay-per-view, which is a record Mayweather holds with over 2.4 million buys in his fight with Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.

This was Mayweather’s fifth time he has won an ESPY for best fighter as he also won in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013.

Jones and Silva have been nominated three times for the award.

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Video: UFC 165 Jones vs Gustafsson Introductory Press Conference Starting at Noon ET

The UFC officially announced yesterday that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will be defending his championship against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165.

That event takes place on Saturday, September 21 from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Both main event participants and UFC Director of Canadian Operations Tom Wright will be at the Real Sports Bar and Grill in Toronto to officially announce the event.

Watch the video below starting at Noon ET when the press conference will begin.

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Renan Barao vs Eddie Wineland Interim Title Fight Rescheduled For UFC 165

Eddie Wineland will get his title shot after all.

The Star Phoenix has reported that UFC Interim Bantamweight Renan Barao(30-1, 1 NC MMA, 5-0 UFC) will square off against former WEC bantamweight champion Eddie Wineland (20-8-1 MMA,2-2 UFC) at UFC 165 in September.

BetweenTheRopes.com has been able to confirm from a source in Wineland’s camp that the fight will be taking place.

The fight was originally supposed to main event UFC 161 last month, but Barao had to bow out of the fight due to a foot injury.

The fight will serve as the co-main event of the evening as the main event will UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will be defending his light heavyweight championship against Alexander Gustafsson.

UFC 165 will be taking place on Saturday, September 21 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

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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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UFC News: Jon Jones Will Face Alexander Gustafsson This Fall

UFC President had some time on his hands after landing in Winnipeg last night for UFC 161.  So, he decided to use some time to respond to some fans questions on Twitter.

 

The Mauler is, of course, Alexander Gustafsson.  And Jon Jones added that he has some news coming soon too:

While “Bones” never says he will be fighting Gustafsson, it looks like that will be the next matchup for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.

It was believed that Lyota Machida would be getting the next shot at the title but that was not well received by many fans with Jones already beating Machida by chokeout in 2011.  Gustafsson – now 15-1 and having won six in a row – had never received a title shot and would be a fresh challenger.

UPDATED:  White confirmed the match to the media today and said it will take place at UFC 165 on September 21 in Toronto.

Chael Sonnen vs Shogun Rua Set to Headline UFC on Fox Sports 1 1

August is going to one of the busiest months in the history of the UFC.

The UFC will have two pay-per-view events, UFC 163 and UFC 164 at the beginning and end of the month. Then you have the debut of Fox Sports 1 channel debuting on August 17 with the UFC having two shows that month on the channel.

UFC President Dana White promised one heck of a card for UFC on Fox Sports 1. Now we have a headlining fight.

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That event will take place on Saturday, August 17 from TD Garden in Boston.

The fight came about when Rua ((21-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC) was supposed to square off with Antonio Rogerio Nogueiranext week at UFC 161, but Nogueira had to bow out due to injury. Sonnen (27-13-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) then stated on Twitter that he would step in and face Rua.

Sonnen though was not able to get the necessary paperwork to be able to compete in Canada for next weekend. The native of Oregon is coming off a loss to UFC lightweight champion Jon Jones in April at UFC 159. Rua is coming off a loss to Alexander Gustafsson in December at UFC on Fox 5.