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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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.

UFC Fight Night 36 Preview; The Latest On Alistair Overeem And Gilbert Melendez

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UFC Fight Night 36 takes place on Saturday night from Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The main event features a middleweight bout with former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida facing former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi. The co-feature has former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza battling Francis Carmont.

We talk to Fighthype.com lead writer Percy Crawford to preview the card and the latest on Jessica Eye and Thiago Silva. Also we discuss, the Gilbert Melendez/UFC contract talks, Alistair Overeem/Dana White, the cancellation of the Rashad Evans and Daniel Cormier fight at UFC 170 and much more.

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Lyoto Machida vs Gegard Mousasi To Headline UFC Event In Brazil On February 8

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For those thinking Lyoto Machida was going to get a shot at the UFC middleweight title in his next fight were wrong. Globo.com

The event will take place at the Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The card will be a UFC Fight Night event and will be tlelvised on Fox Sports 2.

Machida made his middleweight debut last week at UFC Fight Night 30 when he knocked out Mark Munoz in the first round.

Mousasi last fought in April when he made his UFC debut when he defeated Ilir Latifi at an event in Sweden. The former Strikeforce champion is 6-0-1 in his last seven fights and hasn't fought at middleweight since 2008.

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UFC Fight Night 30 Results: Machida Knocks Munoz’s Head, Guillard vs Pearson Ends in Controversy

A lot of questions were surrounding Lyoto Machida as he was making his long anticipated debut at middleweight. Machida had spent his entire career at light heavyweight and becoming the champion. In front of Machida was his friend and occasional training partner, Mark Munoz.

The two battled in the main event of UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester, England.

The fight started with feeling each other out for the first 70 seconds of the fight until Machida came in wwith a two punch combination. Munoz lunged at a takedown but missed badly. Machida then lands with two jabs and then a moment later a body kick.

Lyoto Machida defeated Mark Munoz via KO at 3:10 of Round 1

Each man is circling each other and then Machida a left head kick that knocked down Munoz and was going to throw a punch, but referee Leon Roberts came in and stopped the fight.

The co-main event feature lightweights Melvin Guillard and Ross Pearson. Fight started with both gusy trading shots in the first minute of the opening round. Guillard started opening up throwing combinations and bobbing and weaving Pearson’s shots.

With 3:10 left in the opening round Pearson attempted a flying knee, Pearson grabbed went Guillard and they to the ground. Guillard then threw a knee and then another knee with Pearson’s hand on the ground, which is illegal.

Pearson had a horrible gash on his forehead. Referee Marc Goddard said that the second knee was illegal and the doctor looked at Pearson’s cut and wasn’t allowed to continue.

Since the fight was still in the first round, the fight was deemed a no contest.

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UFC Fight Night 30 Weigh-In Results: Machida, Munoz on Weight For The Main Event

UFC Fight Night 30 weigh-ins just took place at the Manchester Central in England. 23 of the 24 made weight as flyweight John Lineker weighed in at 128 pounds and has one hour to lose two pounds. Here are the weigh-in results.

MAIN CARD
- Lyoto Machida (185) vs. Mark Munoz (186)
- Melvin Guillard (155) vs. Ross Pearson (156)
- Ryan Jimmo (204) vs. Jimi Manuwa (205)
- Norman Parke (155) vs. Jon Tuck (155)
- Nicholas Musoke (186) vs. Alessio Sakara (185)
- Phil Harris (125) vs. John Lineker (128)

PRELIMINARY CARD
- Piotr Hallmann (155) vs. Al Iaquinta (155)
- Luke Barnatt (185) vs. Andrew Craig (186)
- Jessica Andrade (134) vs. Rosi Sexton (135)
- Cole Miller (146) vs. Andy Ogle (145)
- Jimy Hettes (145) vs. Robert Whiteford (145)
- Michael Kuiper (185) vs. Brad Scott (186)

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Watch UFC Fight Night 30 Weigh-Ins Today Starting At 11 AM ET At BetweenTheRopes.com

UFC Fight Night 30 takes place tomorrow night from the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England. The main event will feature former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida making his debut at middleweight as he will square off with Mark Munoz. The co-main event will feature Melvin Guillard facing off with Ross Pearson in lightweight action.

Before the card takes place, all 24 fighters will weigh-in today to make their fights official. Weigh-ins take place at Manchester Central in England and the first fighter will tip the scale at 11 a.m. ET.

You can watch today’s weigh-ins at the video above.

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Dana White UFC Fight Night 30 Video Blog: Behind The Scenes Of UFC 165

UFC Fight Night 30 takes place on Saturday night from the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England. The main event will feature former UFC light heavyweight Lyoto Machida making his middleweight debut against Mark Munoz.

Before every event UFC President Dana White comes out with a video blog. This new video blog takes a look back at UFC 165, which took place last month. The video goes behind the scenes of the including great footage of right before and after the epic main event of UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, with Jones winning by a close unanimous decision.

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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast – UFC 166 Recap, Cain is the Man

Brian and Steve look back at UFC 166 from over the weekend including Cain Velasquez retaining the heavyweight championship with a dominating win against Junior dos Santos, the all-time classic between Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez and the rest of the card, who could be next for Velasquez, Daniel Cormier moving to light heavyweight and the upcoming UFC Fight Night show headlined by Mark Munoz vs. Lyoto Machida.

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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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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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Nick Diaz Offered To Fight Lyoto Machida At Middleweight

Could we see Nick Diaz come out of retirement? UFC President Dana White hopes so, as White revealed during a special Q&A at Barrio Cantina in Boston for a fundraising effort for The Shawn Thornton Foundation that he talked to Diaz today and offered him a fight against Lyoto Machida at middleweight.

“I talked to Diaz today, and I made him an offer, so we’ll see what happens,” White said. “He had been talking about going to 185 pounds. Machida has been talking about going to 185 pounds. So we wanted to see if he wanted to fight Machida at 185.”

White said that Diaz told him that he would get back to him.

We haven’t seen Diaz in the octagon since his welterweight title loss to champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158 in March. The former Strikeforce champion stated after the fight that he was retiring from the sport.

Machida was last seen in the octagon ten days ago when he lost a controversial decision to Phil Davis at UFC 163. The former light heavyweight champion has stated in the past that he would be willing to make the move to the 185 pound division.

It had been rumored in the last few days that Machida would possibly be facing off with Vitor Belfort in November.

“I wanted Machida to fight Vitor Belfort, but Vitor Belfort is his own matchmaker, apparently,” White stated. “He wants to make his own fights.”

Machida and Diaz have never fought at 185 in their respective careers. We will give you an update on if this fight can be agreed too.

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UFC 163 Results: Jose Aldo Defeats Korean Zombie, Phil Davis Wins Controversial Decision

UFC 163 was a very entertaining card, with a hint of controversy as well.

In the main event of the evening, it took Jose Aldo a little while to figure out Chan Sung Jung, but he was able to figure out the puzzle.

In the fourth round while throwing a punch, “The Korean Zombie” blew out his surgically repaired shoulder and the champion capitalized as Jose Aldo retained his UFC featherweight champion by fourth round TKO.

The first three rounds went at an unusual pace considering the styles of each guy. The champion relied on his wrestling and took down Jung at will, while Jung looked tentative.

Aldo has now won 16 fights in a row and is now the second longest reigning champion in the UFC behind welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

In what ended up being the most talked about fight of the night, Phil Davis defeated Lyoto Machida by unanimous decision in a very close fight.

Machida controlled the majority of the first two rounds until Davis scored late takedowns in each of the stanzas. The former light heavyweight champion in the third round was able to stuff Davis’ takedowns and use his counterstriking, but that wasn’t enough to win the fight.

Davis thought he did enough to win the fight.

“The late takedowns definitely helped. That’s always my strategy is to get takedowns, work all the time, it’s just part of what I do,” said Davis.

The crowd mercifully booed the decision and Machida agreed with the crowd.

“I really don’t know what the UFC rules are, I really don’t know what they are judging. Just listen to the crowd, they’re telling you what happened,” said Machida.

Here are the results of UFC 163:

Jose Aldo def. Chan Sung Jung via TKO (strikes) – Round 4, 2:00 – to retain UFC featherweight title
•Phil Davis def. Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
•Cezar Ferreira def. Thiago ‘Marreta’ Santos via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:47
•Thales Leites def. Tom Watson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
•John Lineker def. Jose Maria via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:03
•Anthony Perosh def. Vinny Magalhaes via KO (punches) – Round 1, 0:14
•Amanda Nunes def. Sheila Gaff via TKO (elbows) – Round 1, 2:08
•Sergio Moraes def. Neil Magny via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:13
•Ian McCall def. Iliarde Santos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
•Rani Yahya def. Josh Clopton via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
•Francimar Barroso def. Ednaldo Oliveira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
•Viscardi Andrade def. Bristol Marunde via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:36

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Video: Countdown to UFC 163

UFC 163 takes place tonight from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main event will feature UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his title against Chan Sung Jung. Also, the co-main event will feature former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida squaring off with Phil Davis.

Check out the full episode of the show, “Countdown to UFC 163″, as the show previews the co-main and main event of tonight’s UFC 163.

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Video: UFC 163 Weigh-Ins Live Starting At 3 P.M. ET

UFC 163 takes place tomorrow night at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janiero, Brazil with the main event of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his title against Chan Sung Jung. In the co-main event, former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida squares off against Phil Davis in light heavyweight action.

The weigh-ins for UFC 163 take place today at the HSBC Arena, with the fighters tipping the scales starting at 3 p.m. ET.

Watch the video stream above.

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Video: UFC 163 Press Conference

The UFC returns to pay-per-view as UFC 163 takes place on Saturday night from the HSBC in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main event will feature UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defends his title against Chan Sung Jung with the co-main event featuring former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida facing off with Phil Davis.

Earlier today the UFC 163 press conference took place featuring Aldo, Jung, Machida, Davis, Cezar Ferreira, Thiago Santos, John Lineker and Jose Maria.

Watch the complete press conference featuring these fighters competing at UFC 163.

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