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.

UFC 159′s Pat Healy: “I Was Worried That I Wasn’t Going To Get Into the UFC”

healyWe talk to Pat Healy as he prepares for his fight with Jim Miller at UFC 159. Healy discusses the fight with Millerand his final Strikeforce fight in January. We also get Healy’s thoughts on if he ever thought he would get into the UFC, thoughts on Gilbert Melendez vs Benson Henderson at UFC on Fox 7 and much more.

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The Ultimate Fighter Final Episode Results, Finals Set

tufsThe Ultimate Fighter® returned to FX on Tuesday night, with the final episode of its seventeenth season, featuring two semifinal elimination fights. New Yorker Uriah Hall and Kelvin Gastelum of Yuma, Ariz. secured their berths in the final and moved within reach of a lucrative contract with the UFC and a brand new Harley Davidson.

The episode opens up inside a Las Vegas Harley-Davidson shop for some “boot camp.” Since the winning fighter and his coach will receive a fully-loaded motorcycle, the remaining guys learn a few pointers and pick out a dream bike. Not certain which model he’d like, Chael Sonnen at least assures us that it will be black. We also learn that pretty much every guy in the final four has never ridden a motorcycle before, so what’s the worst that could happen? Speaking of calculated risks, everyone tells Uriah Hall that he looks good in a fedora.

Josh Samman vs. Kelvin Galstelum
Things immediately transition to the first semifinal fight between Josh and Kelvin. Josh has his usual confidence and Kelvin again flies under the radar. Adam Cella thinks that Josh wins easily while Coach Chael says, “[Kelvin’s] not great at anything. His biggest strength is that he’s effective.” Before you know it, it’s fight time.

The fight starts with a short feeling-out process. After Kelvin nails Josh with a 1-2, Josh rushes in and finds himself in a bodylock. Kelvin drags him to the ground and begins working from full guard. Josh throws up an armbar attempt; Kelvin defends and tries to pass. This gives Josh an opening and he stands up, forcing Kelvin against the fence. They exchange a few knees and Kelvin reverses positions. Josh attempts a hip toss, but Kelvin ends up on top. From half-guard, Kelvin starts dropping short elbows and stiff punches. Josh stays active on his back and tries to escape, but Kelvin suffocates him with hip control and ground-and-pound. Kelvin advances to side mount and Josh tries to use the small opening to escape. He gives up his back in the process and Kelvin locks in the rear naked choke. Josh quickly taps and Kelvin Gastelum is heading to the finals!

Jon Jones is obviously disappointed and calls it a “tough fight to watch.” Josh characteristically finds a way to compliment himself in defeat. Kelvin is all smiles and even busts out his Tony Montana impression.

Dylan Andrews vs. Uriah Hall
There’s a quick transition to the second semifinal match between Dylan and Uriah. Chael Sonnen can’t seem to find enough positive things to say about Hall. He talks about how much talent and skill Uriah possesses. He even says that Hall could beat middleweight champion Anderson Silva (though he won’t actually say the Spider’s name). It must be difficult for the other guys sitting there — they have to listen to their coach go on and on about how much better their teammate is than they are. Then again, Chael also taught them that emotions are fake so they should pretty much be numb by now.

On the Team Jones side, Dylan is receiving a pep talk from his assistant coach and father figure Stonehorse Goeman. Dylan then lets us in on what a Dana White congratulatory speech sounds like…I think. There were too many bleeps for the sentence to be coherent. Dylan makes the ill-fated Rocky comparison, Dana White enjoys an energy drink and it’s time for the second fight.

The first round begins with the two trading jabs, which Uriah wins handily. Dylan tries a looping hook to get in and tie Uriah up, but he’s easily brushed aside. Uriah throws some spinning stuff that misses, and Dylan appears much too tentative. Hall engages whenever he wants, while Dylan is too focused on defending to get anything offensive going. He finally lands a solid counter right, but does not follow it up. Hall continues to land kicks and tears up Dylan’s legs. He switches things up with a spin kick to the body. Hall is completely controlling the fight, but does not want to get involved in prolonged engagements. This pattern continues until the round ends.

In the corners, Chael has his usual lofty praise for Hall. Jon Jones tells Dylan, “You’re doing a lot of waiting,” and pushes him to step things up.

Uriah opens up the second round with a glancing head kick. He starts backing Dylan down and continues to pop his jab. It looks like Dylan’s nose may be broken. Despite this, he throws a big right hand and attempts a takedown. Hall easily brushes him again. Dylan keeps touching his face, so odds are that his nose is broken. Uriah keeps pumping that jab as Dylan tries to answer with big looping punches. Finally Dylan gets a tie-up and pushes Uriah against the fence. Dylan keeps working and finally brings Hall to the ground. He can’t relax since Uriah immediately locks up a kimura. Unable to get his arm free, Dylan keeps punching Uriah in the body to no avail. Hall releases the hold, starts punching from the bottom, rocks Dylan and uses that to sweep. Once on top, Uriah rains down punches, Dylan turtles up, and the ref jumps in to stop it.

Dana praises Uriah Hall for taking his time (no, really!) and picking his opponent apart. He also says it’s the first time he’s seen someone score a TKO from the bottom position. It’s bittersweet for Dylan. He’s disappointed that he lost, but he’s happy to going back home to his family. Jon Jones tries to wrap the season up and describe his opinion of Chael Sonnen. He even goes far enough to say that he respects Chael, but then immediately retracts the statement. Team Darkside teammates Kelvin and Uriah have what Dana White describes as “the worst faceoff ever,” and that’s it for TUF 17!

And now there are only two fighters left.

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