UFC Wednesday Video Preview

Wednesday is a big day for the UFC as UFC Fight Night 28 takes place and the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter Season 18. UFC Fight Night 28 places in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, with the headlining fight between Glover Teixeira battling Ryan Bader in light heavyweight action. With a dominating win over Bader, Teixeira has been promised a title shot at the winner of Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 later in the month.

The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 features the first ever season of having women on the show with the men. The season will feature the bantamweight weight class, with the coaches being UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. Rousey and Tate will be facing each other in the co-main of UFC 168 on December 28.

You will be able to watch both shows on Fox Sports 1 with UFC Fight Night 28 starting at 5 P.M. ET, then The Ultimate Fighter starting at 10 ET.

Watch the video above previewing UFC Wednesday.

Here is the card for UFC Fight Night 28 on Wednesday:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)
Ryan Bader vs. Glover Teixeira
Yushin Okami vs. Ronaldo Souza
Joseph Benavidez vs. Jussier Formiga
Piotr Hallmann vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Rafael Natal vs. Tor Troeng
Ali Bagautinov vs. Marcos Vinicius

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 5 p.m. ET)
Felipe Arantes vs. Edimilson Souza
Ramiro Hernandez vs. Lucas Martins
Elias Silverio vs. Joao Zeferino
Ivan Jorge vs. Keith Wisniewski

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 4:30 p.m. ET)
Sean Spencer vs. Yuri Villefort

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UFC News: Jessica Eye Talks Leaving Bellator And Signing With The UFC

On today’s podcast, Steve talks to top-ranked women’s fighter, UFC women’s bantamweight fighter Jessica Eye. “Evil” discusses what led to her no longer being with Bellator MMA, what organizations talked to her right after her release from Bellator and what led Eye to signing with the UFC.

Eye also tells Steve if Sarah Kaufman is the next opponent, how soon she wants to face the winner of Ronda Rousey/Miesha Tate, who her favorite football team is and much more.

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UFC Releases Cast For Upcoming Season Of The Ultimate Fighter

The UFC released today the full cast of fighters who will be on this upcoming season of the Ultimate Fighter. The 18th season of the reality show starts on September 4th with a two hour premiere on Fox Sports 1 featuring 16 men and 16 women bantamweight fighters who will then fight to just get into the house. The coaches will be UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.

“This season of The Ultimate Fighter was monumental, as we had women as coaches and competitors – fighting and living together with the men – for the first time ever,” UFC president Dana White said. “Obviously the fierce rivalry between Ronda and Miesha is going to get everyone’s attention, but it doesn’t take away from their dedication and success as coaches and the level of talent this season. One of the things that always makes The Ultimate Fighter great is the fights, and this season continues to deliver. Since we added the women’s division earlier this year, they’ve been putting on awesome fights, and the streak continues on the show, giving the men some serious competition and setting up some Fight-of-the-Night worthy battles.”

“FOX Sports 1 is now the exclusive home of the UFC. To have a show that packs this kind of power and gives our viewers a raw, emotional look into becoming an MMA professional is reality television at it’s best. We can’t wait for the September 4th premiere,” said FOX Sports 1 Co-president Eric Shanks.

Here are the 32 fighters that will compete to be on this season’s Ultimate Fighter:

Shayna Baszler (15-8), 33, Sioux Fall, S.D.
Revelina Berto, (3-1), 24, Winter Haven, Fla.
Jessamyn Duke (2-0, 1NC), 27, Richmond, Ky.
Tonya Evinger (11-6), 32, Lake St. Louis, Mo.
Laura Howarth (4-0), 26, Hove, East Essex, ENG
Tara LaRosa (21-3), 35, Albuquerque, N.M.
Valerie Letourneau (4-3), 30, La Prairie, CAN
Bethany Marshall (4-1), 25, Newport News, Va.
Sarah Moras (3-1), 25, Kelowna, CAN
Margaret “Peggy” Morgan (2-0), 33, Nashua, N.H.
Gina Mazany (3-0), 25, Seattle, Wash.
Roxanne Modafferi (15-10), 30, Yokohama, JPN
Julianna Pena (4-2), 24, Spokane, Wash.
Raquel Pennington (3-3), 24, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Jessica Rakoczy (1-3), 36, Las Vegas, Nev.
Colleen Schneider (4-3), 31, Las Vegas, Nev.
Christopher Beal (7-0), 28, Somis, Calif.
Cody Bollinger (14-3), 22, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Louis Fisette (6-1), 23, Winnipeg, CAN
Rafael Freitas (6-0-1), 29, Albuquerque, N.M.
David Grant (8-1), 27, Bishop Auckland, ENG
Tim Gorman (9-2), 30, West Des Moines, Iowa
Anthony Gutierrez (4-0), 22, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Emil Hartsner (4-0), 23, Luberod, SWE
Joshua Hill (9-0), 26, Binbrook, CAN
Chris Holdsworth (4-0), 25, Woodland Hills, Calif.
Patrick Holohan (9-0-1), 25, Dublin, IRL
Sirwan Kakai (9-1), 23, Coconut Creek, Fl
Daniel Martinez (18-4), 28, San Diego, Calif.
Matthew Munsey (4-1), 26, Hollywood, Fla.
Lee Sandmeier (9-0), 30, Knoxville, Iowa
Michael Wootten (6-0), 24, Liverpool, ENG

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The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 Finale Tentatively Set For November 30

The UFC has requested the Nevada State Athletic Commission to have The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 Finale for November 30 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

The NSAC confirmed to BetweenTheRopes.com that the UFC requested the date yesterday.

A hearing on the UFC’s application will take place next Thursday, August 15 at the commission’s monthly hearing.

The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 starts on Wednesday September 4 on Fox Sports 1, which will feature men’s and women’s bantamweights.

The coaches for this season of The Ultimate Fighter are UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. Rousey and Tate will then face each other on the co-main event of UFC 168 on December 28 in Las Vegas.

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Report: Ronda Rousey Could Be In The Next “Fast & Furious” Movie Franchise

It looks like Ronda Rousey could be in for an even busier end of 2013.

Variety is reporting that current UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is in negotiations to be in the next installment of the “Fast & Furious”.

It would be the seventh installment of the movie as the sixth installment, which came out this year has raked in more than $740 million.

Variety is also reporting that stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker will be returning while Rousey would be the first major role for the next film.

Ronda Rousey will be appearing in her first movie as she will be filming, “The Expendables 3″ really soon. if Rousey does agree to a deal to do “Fast & Furious 7″, then Rousey would head to Atlanta to shoot the film right after filming her scenes for “The Expendables 3″.

Rousey while shooting the films will continue to be training as her training team will be accompanying her during this time.

Ronda Rousey is scheduled to defend her women’s bantamweight title as she will be squaring off against Miesha Tate in the co-main event of UFC 168 on December 28.

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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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UFC Video: The Ultimate Fighter 18 Preview ‘Rousey vs. Tate’

There is a lot of hype going into The Ultimate Fighter 18 with Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate as the coaches.  And to say there is no love lost between these two would be an understatement.

Hate would be much closer to the truth.

And when a couple of women don’t like one another — especially in an adrenaline filled combat sport — you know there will be fireworks.

Even UFC President Dana White recently described the upcoming season as “pure f***ing mayhem”.

TUF 18 debuts on September 4 at 10p.m. ETon the new FOX Sports 1.  Here is the preview trailer:

“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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Report: Anderson Silva Wants His Rematch With Chris Weidman This Year

Well that didn’t take Anderson Silva long to change his tune about facing Chris Weidman again.

MMAFighting.com is reporting that people close to former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva are saying Silva wants his rematch with Weidman sooner rather than later. The former champion had stated immediately to Joe Rogan after his loss to Weidman that he wasn’t going to fight for the title again.

Silva then stated at the post-fight presser that he needed some time to think about it. Apparently it only took about 24 hours for Silva to want his rematch.

The report also states that Silva would like to face Weidman this year and not at the rumored February 1 show in New Jersey in conjunction with Super Bowl weekend.

UFC President Dana White told Lance Pugmire from the Los Angeles Times earlier this week that the company has been thinking about putting the Silva-Weidman rematch for UFC 168 on December 28 and moving the original main event of Ronda Rousey vs Miesha Tate to February 1.

Weidman appeared on a CBS Sports Radio show this morning stating that Dana White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta that the rematch will take place in either December or February.

When an announcement is official, we will bring it to you.

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Ronda Rousey vs Miesha Tate II Set For UFC 168

We knew the rematch was going to happen this year and now we have a date.

UFC President Dana White announced on Monday that the rematch between UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey(7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate(13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 168.

This is the annual year-end show for the UFC and will be taking place on December 28 with a venue to be determined.

Rousey and Tate first squared off in a highly anticipated bout in March of 2012 while both of them were in Strikeforce. Tate gave Rousey her toughest test at the time, but the champion won in the first round by submission due to an armbar.

Rousey entered the UFC and became their first women’s bantamweight champion and made a successful title defense against Liz Carmouche winning by first round submission due to an armbar at UFC 157 in February.

Tate is coming off a loss as she was defeated by Cat Zingano by third round TKO at The Ultimate Fighter Finale in April. Zingano was then slated to coach this upcoming season of TUF with Rousey and fight later in the year, but a few days the season was supposed to start taping, Zingano tore her ACL.

The UFC then went to Tate for the spot on the show and subsequently the fight in December. All reports coming out from the show have said the two rivals haven’t really gotten along on the show.

White told MMAJunkie.com earlier this week regarding Tate and Rousey, “It’s not reality bulls–t,” White said. “It’s complete and total hatred. They hate each other.”

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UFC on Fox Sports 1 3 Set With Bader-Teixeira Headlining

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The busy fall season continues for the UFC.

The organization made official today that UFC on Fox Sports 1 3 will be taking place September 4 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The card will be headlined Ryan Bader(15-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) facing off with Glover Teixeira(21-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC) in light heavyweight action. The co-main event will feature former UFC middleweight title contender Yushin Okami(29-7 MMA, 13-4 UFC)facing off with former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacre” Souza(18-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC).

Bader was last seen in action when he defeated Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC on Fox 6 in January. Teixeira was last seen last month when he defeated James Te Huna at UFC 160.

The card will then be followed by The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 featuring UFC Women’s bantamnweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.

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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast – May 31, 2013

MayweatherOn this week’s MMA podcast we talk to Fighthype.com lead writer Percy Crawford. We recap UFC 160 from last Saturday and the latest on Roy Nelson. Also we break down the TUF 18 situation with Cat Zingano’s injury, which led to Miesha Tate replacing her opposite of UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey.

Crawford then breaks down the big announcement in the boxing we get the superfight of Floyd Mayweather facing off with Canelo Alvarez. We go over why Floyd is taking the fight, if this is the pinnacle and climax in the career of Canelo.

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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast 1- Duane Finley

We have decided to not only get more into the pro wrestling side, but we are now getting more into the MMA side as well. We will be doing a weekly podcast with either me and Brian Fritz or one of us with another journalist.

BetweenTheRopes.com talks to MMA Columnist Duane Finley as we preview the UFC TUF 17 Finale that takes place tomorrow night. We also get Duane’s thoughts on the Matt Mitrione/Fallon Fox controversy. We then get into a variety of topics in the world of MMA.

So take a listen below and give us your thoughts.

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