TUF Nations Finale Weigh-In Results: Michael Bisping And Tim Kennedy On Weight For Main Event

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UFC TUF Nations Finale takes place tomorrow night from the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The main event is a battle of top ten middleweights as Michael Bisping battles Tim Kennedy. The co-feature has the TUF Nations coaches as Patrick Cote faces off with Kyle Noke in welterweight action.

Before the fights can happen, all 26 fighters stepped on the scale today to weigh-in to make the fights official.

MAIN CARD
•Michael Bisping (186) vs. Tim Kennedy (186)
•Patrick Cote (170) vs. Kyle Noke (171)
•Elias Theodorou (185) vs. Sheldon Westcott (184)
•Olivier Aubin-Mercier (169) vs. Chad Laprise (170)
•Akira Corassani (145) vs. Dustin Poirier (145)

PRELIMINARY CARD
•K.J. Noons (168) vs. Sam Stout (169)
•Sarah Kaufman (135) vs. Leslie Smith (135)
•Ryan Jimmo (205) vs. Sean O’Connell (204)
•Dustin Kimura (136) vs. George Roop (135)
•Mark Bocek (156) vs. Mike De La Torre (156)
•Vik Grujic (186) vs. Nordine Taleb (185)
•Chris Indich (170) vs. Richard Walsh (171)
•Mitch Gagnon (135) vs. Tim Gorman (135)

You can watch the card starting at 3:15 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass and then the last half of the preliminary card will start at 5 ET on Fox Sports 1 and the main card starts at 7 ET on Fox Sports 1 as well.

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Michael Bisping Cleared To Start Training, Wants To Fight In March Or April

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Michael Bisping hasn’t competed inside the octagon since he defeated Alan Belcher at UFC 159 in April. Bisping was scheduled to headline UFC Fight Night 30 last month against Mark Munoz, but had to bow out of the fight due to a detached retina. “The Count” gave an update tonight on “UFC Tonight” regarding his status and it was good news.

“If people don’t know, I had a detached retina,” Bisping stated. “I was at the doctor’s this morning and they’ve given me the green light to start properly training again. I’ve been running and lifting weights for a while. Now I can get back in the MMA gyms to work on a few things. He actually said, ‘call the UFC and book a fight. You’re definitely going to be able to fight around March or April of next year.”

Bisping has been having a war of words as of late with UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy and stated that Kennedy wouldn’t be his first choice, but would never turn down an opponent.

“I wouldn’t say there’s been back and forth with Tim Kennedy,” Bisping said. “I’d say there’s been Tim Kennedy chomping at the bit, trying to make a name for himself. he came over from Strikeforce, he’s had a couple wins over people I’ve never heard of, and he’s trying to get some notoriety. Of course, people like to call me out, I’m no stranger to that. Good for him.

“I’ve never turned down an opponent once, I’m not going to start with Tim Kennedy,” Bisping continued. “If that’s who the UFC wants, I’ll be happy to fight him. Myself personally, I would like someone ranked a little higher up the ladder, someone in the top five maybe. But it’s down to the UFC.”

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Watch Top 20 Knockouts In The History Of The UFC

The 20th anniversary show takes place on Saturday night with UFC 167. The organization has been releasing videos this week highlighting 20 years of the organization. In the video above shows the top 20 knockouts in UFC history. Here are the top five, which included a tie for the top spot.

5) Chuck Liddell vs Randy Couture II at UFC 52
4) Dan Henderson vs Michael Bisping at UFC 100
3) Gabriel Gonzaga vs Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 70
2) Edson Barboza vs Terry Etim at UFC 42
1) Chris Weidman vs Anderson Silva at UFC 162
1) Anderson Silva vs Vitor Belfort at UFC 126

would you change the top five?

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Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort Have Been Issued TRT Exemptions For UFC Fight Night 32

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Photo from Yahoo Sports

Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort will battle in a rematch this Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night 32 from the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Goias, Brazil.

It has been confirmed by MMAJunkie.com that both Belfort and Henderson have been given TRT exemptions for their bout on Saturday.

Belfort has been more or less criticized intensely for being on TRT and fighting in Brazil for third straight fight and four of his last five affairs. People have speculated that the UFC is protecting Belfort by having him fight in Brazil, but UFC President Dana White has steadfast in saying that isn’t the case and the reason Belfort fights in Brazil is because he’s a draw there.

“The Phenom” has fought two times in Brazil this year defeating Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold by devasting head kick knockout wins.

Henderson has been granted a TRT exemption since 2007 and it has never been a big issue regarding his exemption. The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion has last two fights in a row, having last fought at UFC 161 in defeat to Rashad Evans. Henderson wasn’t issued a TRT exemption for the Evans fight when “Hendo” didn’t send the application when he felt like the commission wasn’t going to approve it.

Belfort and Henderson fought the first time at Pride 32 in October of 2006, with Henderson winning by unanimous decision.

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Jon Jones To Be On The Cover Of New EA Sports UFC Video Game, Fan Vote For Second Fighter

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Another day, another accomplishment for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. It has been announced that Jones will be on the cover of the new EA Sports UFC video game titled, “EA Sports UFC”. The game will be coming out in 2014.

To add a wrinkle to the game, EA Sports and the UFC announced that a second fighter will be added to cover of the game through a fan vote. 16 fighters have been announced that will partake in an head to head weekly elimination tournament, with the last fighter standing will grace the cover alongside Jones. The fighters in the game are:

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, Michael Bisping, Daniel Cormier, Junior dos Santos, Urijah Faber, Alexander Gustafsson, Benson Henderson, Johny Hendricks, Chael Sonnenand Miesha Tate.

You can vote on the fighters starting today at ufc.com/covervote.

Jones was thrilled with the honor of being of the new video game.

“It’s another one of those surreal moments, one of those moments you just have to step back and pinch yourself and realize I’m not dreaming,” Jones said in the official release.

“EA Sports UFC” will replace the most recent game in the UFC division, THQ’s “UFC Undisputed.”

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Between The Ropes Talks UFC 166, Palhares, Shamrock Doc – October 16, 2013

Brian and Steve preview this Saturday’s UFC 166 show headlined by Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight championship, the Mount Rushmore of heavyweights and if it should include the winner of this fight, Rousimar Palhares being cut by the company, the idea of a Michael Bisping – Nick Diaz fight, the Frank Shamrock documentary “Bound by Blood” 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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UFC on Fox 7′s Lorenz Larkin Ready to Put The Strikeforce Days Behind Him and Move Forward in the UFC

larkinWe talk to UFC middleweight Lorenz Larkin, as we preview Lorenz’s fight coming up this Saturday at UFC on Fox 7 against Francis Carmont. Larkin discusses the controversy of not getting the Luke Rockhold fight in Strikeforce and finally being in the UFC. We also discuss reality TV, motorcycles, rugby and if he would ever fight Michael Bisping. Take a listen below and give us your thoughts.

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