UFC 168: Ronda Rousey Highlights By Winning Two Fight Bonuses

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It was a great night at UFc 168 in more ways than one for UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. The former Olympian successfully defended her title by defeating Miesha Tate by third round submission.

It was announced during the post-fight press conference by UFC President Dana White that $75,000 bonuses were going to Rousey for her “Fight of the Night” with Miesha Tate and for “Submission of the Night”. Tate gets “Fight of the Night”, Travis Browne got “Knockout of the Night” for his win over Josh Barnett.

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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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Josh Barnett Gets A License In Nevada, UFC Will Pay For WADA Testing

Their was a long standing question when Josh Barnett came back to the UFC was whether he would be able to get a license to fight in the state of Nevada. The question was answered this morning when Barnett was approved for a license to fight at UFC 168 against Travis Browne during a hearing today with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Their was a catch to the license though.

Barnett was told by the commission that he would have to submit himself to random testing up until his fight with Browne as well as to random drug testing done by the commission for all of 2014. Barnett will be also be subjected to enhanced, intensive and weekly testing by the WADA lab at the expense Barnett or the UFC along with the testing in the state of Nevada even Barnett doesn’t fight in the state next year.

The former UFC heavyweight champion attended the hearing along with his attorneys had to explain his previous drug test failures in 2001 and 2002 in Nevada and 2009 in the state of California. Barnett stated that the failed 2001 and 2002 tests were due to the use of supplements that were later reclassified as anabolic steroids while contending the 2009 test was likely due to contaminated supplements. Barnett said he now largely avoids supplements due to the past issues.

“The Warmaster” said to the commission that he understands what is on the list and he is responsible for everything that is put into his body.

“I understand the prohibited list, and that’s what’s necessary,” Barnett said. “I have to watch what I put it in my mouth, in my body. No one’s giving me anything under the table and putting things in my system. This is my responsibility.”

UFC executive Marc Ratner was at the hearing and said the company would be willing to foot the bill for all additional testing.

Barnett will be the first mixed martial artist in Nevada to undergo WADA certified random drug testing.

If Barnett can get by Browne, his next fight would likely be for the UFC heavyweight championship he once held.

UFC 168 takes place on Saturday, December 28 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main event will feature Chris Weidman defending the UFC middleweight championship against Anderson Silva. The co-feature will have UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defending against Miesha Tate.

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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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Jon Jones vs Glover Teixeira To Main Event Super Bowl Weekend Card, Mir/Overeem On Tap

We won’t get the immediate rematch that the MMA world was looking forward to seeing. Newsday first reported and the UFC later confirmed that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will defend his title against Glover Teixeira at UFC 169 on Saturday, February 1, which is the day before the Super Bowl. The co-feature will have former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem battles former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.

Jones defeated Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 about two weeks ago in a very close fight that people have deemed fight of the year and perhaps the greatest fight in the history of the light heavyweight division. Fans were clamoring for a rematch, but the champion stated in a press release last week that he rewatched the fight ten times and thought he won rounds 2, 4 and 5.

Teixeira last competed last month at UFC Fight Night 28 when he stopped Ryan Bader in the first round after a sluggish start to the fight. The Brazilian will take a 20 fight winning streak heading into the fight, which is the second longest streak in MMA.

The Mir/Overeem fight was supposed to take place at UFC 167 in November, but the fight was pushed back to let Mir have more time to recover from his loss by knockout to Josh Barnett at the end of August at UFC 164.

Mir has lost three straight fights and Overeem is on a two-fight losing as he last competed and lost by knockout to Travis Browne at UFC Fight Night 26 in August.

UFC 169 takes place on Saturday, February 1 from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Super Bowl takes place the next day at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Alistair Overeem Battling Frank Mir At UFC 167

It was announced yesterday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and confirmed by the UFC that former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will fight former two time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir at UFC 167. This show has been dubbed as the 20th anniversary show of the organization.

This is a big fight for Mir and Overeem as Mir has lost three fights in a row and Overeem has lost two straight and the loser could out of the UFC.

Mir last fought about a week ago at UFC 164 when he was defeated by Josh Barnett by TKO, even though Mir had questioned the stoppage of referee Rob Hinds. Before that fight, Mir had lost to Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix winner Daniel Cormier and former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos.

We last seen Overeem about three weeks ago when he lost to Travis Browne by TKO at UFC Fight Night 26. Before that fight, Overeem had lost to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156 in February.

UFC 167 will be taking place at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, with the card headlined by UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre facing off with Johny Hendricks.

Here is the card right now for UFC 167:

• Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks – for welterweight title
• Rashad Evans vs. Chael Sonnen
• Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem
• Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald
• Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley

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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: Countdown To UFC 164

UFC 164 takes place tonight from the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The main event features a rematch between UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson defending his title against Anthony Pettis. The co-feature is a bout between two former UFC heavyweight champions as Josh Barnett battles Frank Mir.

For every UFC pay-per-view, the UFC produces a countdown show that features some of the featured bouts on the card. On this episode of “Countdown to UFC 164, the show features Henderson and Pettis, Barnett and Mir and a key featherweight showdown between Chad Mendes and Clay Guida.

Watch the full episode of the show above.

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UFC Video: UFC 164 Weigh-In Video

Fighters took the scale yesterday before they fight today at UFC 164. The weigh-ins took place where the event is tonight, at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. All 24 fighters on the card made weight.

The main event of tonight’s UFC 164 is a rematch featuring UFC lightweight Benson Henderson facing off with former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. The challenger won the first bout between the two at the final WEC show in 2010. The co-feature is a battle of former UFC heavyweight champions as Josh Barnett battles Frank Mir.

Watch the video above of the weigh-ins.

Here are the results of yesterday’s weigh-ins:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
• Benson Henderson (155) vs Anthony Pettis (154.5)
• Josh Barnett (255) vs Frank Mir (248)
• Clay Guida (146) vs Chad Mendes (145)
• Ben Rothwell (262) vs Brandon Vera (241)
• Erik Koch (145) vs Dustin Poirier (145.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
•Gleison Tibau (155) vs Jamie Varner (156)
•Tim Elliott (125.5) vs Louis Gaudinot (125)
•Pascal Krauss (170) vs Hyun Gyu Lim (171)
•Chico Camus (135) vs Kyung Ho Kang (136)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:30 p.m. ET)
•Nikita Krylov (236) vs Soa Palelei (265)
•Ryan Couture (156) vs Al Iaquinta (156)
•Magnus Cedenblad (185) vs Jared Hamman (185.5)

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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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