Video: The Ultimate Fighter 18 Episode 7 Preview

The 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter continues tonight with the seventh episode of the season. On tonight’s episode we will see Team Tate’s Josh Hill battle Team Rousey’s Michael Wootten.

Also on the show, a member of Miesha Tate’s team pulls a prank on Ronda Rousey and it gets worse as UFC President Dana White has to step in and intervene.

You can watch tonight’s episode starting at 10 p.m. ET On Fox Sports 1.

Watch the video above with a preview of tonight’s episode.

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The Ultimate Fighter Season 18: Team Rousey vs Team Tate Episode 2 Recap

The episode opens up with a recap of the last week’s premiere and showing which fighters ended up with each coach.

Then the fighters pull up to the house and the females run to get the rooms upstairs, figuring out where to put stuff in their rooms and wondering how five women are going to share one bathroom.

Some of the women then go into the hot tub and Team Tate Fighter Chris Holdsworth looks at the women and wonders if sexual relationships can occur and Julianna Pena from Team Tate says she’s here to win and not to find a boyfriend.

A group of competitors discussing how training sessions will play out when members of the opposite sex spar and grapple with one another.

The discussion heats up with the women insisting they would be insulted if the men take it easy on them. Team Tate’s Tim Gorman is the most vocal of the male fighters, saying that regardless of circumstances he will not go 100 percent in training.

Then we go to the TUF gym in where Team Tate trains first and the team has a recovery day with light training since the elimination bouts had taken place the previous day.

Miesha Tate notices that Tim Gorman hasn’t been moving well and Gorman admits that he has a hamstring injury. Gorman shows off the bruise on the back of his leg and describes that his ankle is swollen as well.

As Team Tate is finishing up their training session when Ronda Rousey storms into the gym and says that their time is up and to leave the gym immediately.

Rousey talks her team and discusses cutting corners and the importance of minor details.

At the house, there’s more discussion about potential relationships between cast members, but the women continue to say they are taking the competition and nothing will interfere with that.

Then at the next Team Tate training session, UFC President Dana White goes into Team Tate’s locker room and says he needs to see Miesha Tate and Gorman. The UFC doctor is in the room with White, Tate and Gorman. The doctor tells them that Gorman has a torn hamstring and shouldn’t be in the competition anymore.

Gorman is devastated by the news, but wanted to continue. White told them that he is no longer in the competition. White told Tate that he already had a replacement in Louis Fisette, who was submitted by Holdsworth in the elimination round .

Shayna Baszler and Pena then weigh-in to make the fight official.

Members of both teams discuss the matchup, saying Baszler should have her way with Pena.

Baszler talks about her path as one of the most experienced female fighters in the sport. The 33-year-old is highly confident going into the quarterfinal matchup, calling Pena an unworthy opponent who doesn’t deserve to be in the same cage as her.

The fight then starts with Pena coming forward early with a big flurry of punches and clinches Baszler against the cage. Baszler works her way out of the position and secures a takedown. Pena quickly gets back to her feet, but is taken down again, this time into side control. Baszler takes the back and works for a rear-naked choke to no avail. Pena brings it back to guard and Baszler throws big punches and elbows from top position. Pena eventually escapes to a standing position and goes for a takedown of her own. Several scrambles ensue on the ground and both fighters exchange turns in top position, but neither is able to inflict any significant damage. The round ends with Baszler in Pena’s half-guard throwing strikes.

Second round then gets underway as Pena appears to be the fresher of the two fighters and opens the round by connecting with a straight right hand. A firefight breaks out on the feet with heavy strikes going both ways. Baszler repeatedly clinches in an attempt to get a takedown, but Pena shrugs it off and presses forward with strikes. Pena clinches Baszler against the cage where she remains active with knees and punches. Pena completes a takedown and continues to hit a now bloodied Baszler, who is quickly losing the little steam she has left. Baszler gives up her back and Pena capitalizes by locking in a rear-naked choke, flattening Baszler out on her stomach and forcing the tap-out.

Julianna Pena def. Shayna Baszler via submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 2.

The gym reacts to the major upset and Pena reflects on her stunning victory, saying she shouldn’t be underestimated due to her good looks and she has just as realistic a chance of winning the entire competition as anyone else.

A moment backstage shows Rousey comforting Baszler. Rousey reminds Baszler that while she may have lost her opportunity to win the six-figure UFC contract, many TUF cast members have gone on to do big things in the UFC and the experience of being on the show is still significant.

In confessional, Rousey talks about her failure to coach Baszler to a win and voices her displeasure with how opposing coach Tate reacted to Pena’s win, saying, “When I looked across and saw Shayna hurting like that, then I looked over and saw Miesha just smiling at her pain, she’s going to pay for every fucking smile she smirks today.”

It’s time for the next fight announcement, and with Baszler’s loss, control switches over to Team Tate, who must now pick the first matchup between male fighters.

After Rousey went after Tate’s top female pick in week one, Tate decides to flip the script by selecting the champion’s top pick. The matchup will see Team Tate’s No. 2 pick Holdsworth go up against Team Rousey’s top selection Chris Beal, who earlier in the episode had complained about an injured hand.

Tate explains the reasoning behind her selection, saying, “We wanted Chris Beal quickly because we noticed he had a hand injury and at this point any kind of advantages like that you want to take advantage of. So I know he’s a pretty heavy-handed fighter and it kind of takes away 50 percent of his game.”

An enraged Rousey reacts, saying, “She specifically picked Chris because they know he has a hurt hand. It’s some pussy ass bullshit. Chris is going to beat him with one fucking hand, I know it.”

The episode closes with both teams leaving the gym and as Rousey walks by Tate, she angrily whispers, “Just so you know, you smiling at my girl’s pain today is one more reason I’m going to fucking destroy you again.”

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The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 Team Rousey vs. Team Tate Episode 1 Recap

The long awaited season premiere of The Ultimate Fighter season 18 took place last night. The coaches on the show are UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and her longtime rival Miesha Tate. This is the first season where it is not only the men, but women are involved in the season as well.

The episode opened up with a video montage of the fighters expressing their desire to become the next ultimate fighter. UFC President Dana White explains the changes to the 18th season of the reality show, noting this will be the first time the cast consists of both male and female bantamweight fighters.

Rousey then walks into the gym awaiting Cat Zingano and then Tate ends up coming up through the door and tells Rousey she’s here to coach and Rousey storms off. White then tells Rouset that Zingano tore her ACL and is having surgery as he is talking, with Tate replacing her.

Now the fights are about to begin and here are the results of the fights:

JESSAMYN DUKE vs LAURA HOWARTH

The fight begins with Duke pressing forward with strikes and controlling the distance in the standup with kicks and punches. Howarth initiates the clinch and gets Duke up against the fence. Duke reverses position and takes down Howarth, and she ends up in half guard. A scramble results in Howarth on top, but Duke immediately works a high guard and nearly gets an armbar. Howarth escapes and takes Duke’s back, but Duke scrambles to her back and reestablishes guard, where she works for more submissions from the guard. Another scramble for position results in Duke securing a tight triangle choke submission for the tap-out.

Jessamyn Duke def Laura Howarth via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1

DAVID GRANT vs DANNY MARTINEZ

The two fighters meet in the middle of the cage and immediately exchange a series of haymakers. Martinez presses Grant up against the cage twice in a row and attempts takedowns with no luck. While defending, Grant throws an illegal 12-to-six elbow to Martinez’s spine, and referee Herb Dean breaks up the action. Grant is given a warning for illegal strikes. The fight resumes with more striking exchanges from a distance with Grant landing with the cleaner punches and knees. Martinez once again presses Grant against the cage, but this time he is successful with the takedown. Grant nearly locks in a triangle choke, but the round ends before he can finish.

The second round begins with more striking exchanges until Grant knocks down Martinez. As Martinez works out of danger and back to his feet, Grant connects with an illegal knee to the head of his downed opponent. The referee again breaks up the fight and takes one point away from Grant. Action continues with more big punches from both men on the feet. Grant sprawls on a Martinez takedown attempt and transitions to the armbar, forcing Martinez to give up.

David Grant def Danny Martinez via submission (armbar) – Round 2

REVELINA BERTO vs JESSICA RAKOCZY

Performance highlights show dominance and several near-submission attempts from Berto in the early going from both top and bottom positions. Unable to finish the fight, Rakoczy rallies back with significant strikes from the top and locks in a submission of her own. In what starts as an armbar, Rakoczy rolls over the shoulder and gets Berto in a rare submission using the omoplata technique.

Jessica Rakoczy def Revelina Berto via submission (omoplata) – Round 1

MICHAEL WOOTTEN VS. EMIL HARTSNER
Performance highlights show a lot of clinch and cage work by both fighters. White consistently chimes in as highlights of the fight play, putting down the performance of both men and stating the matchup was far from memorable and admitting he has no interest in seeing either man fight again. The bout goes all three rounds, and Wootten takes the decision.

Michael Wootten def Emil Hartsner via decision

PEGGY MORGAN vs BETHANY MARSHALL

Morgan has a noticeable size advantage from the outset and uses it to her fullest advantage in a completely one-sided performance. Marshall fails on a takedown attempt early and is reversed directly into mount, where Morgan tees off with strikes until referee Steve Mazzagatti mercifully stops the fight.

Peggy Morgan def Bethany Marshall via TKO (punches) – Round 1

VALERIE LETOURNEAU vs ROXANNE MODAFFERI

Modafferi opens the fight as the more aggressive striker on the feet and proceeds to press Letourneau against the cage, where she lands a takedown. Modafferi passes guard to side control, and Letourneau gives up her back. Modafferi goes for the rear-naked choke, and after some hand fighting, locks in the submission.

Roxanne Modafferi def Valerie Letourneau via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1

TIM GORMAN vs LEE SANDMEIER

Sandmeier rushes forward and walks right into a Gorman takedown. Gorman improves position while landing big punches and elbows. Sandmeier gives up his back, and Gorman gets his hooks in. Sandmeier manages to roll over into mount, where Gorman reigns down heavy shots. Sandmeier shows courage in throwing punches from his back while mounted, but the damage ultimately catches up to him, and the referee stops the fight.

Tim Gorman def Lee Sandmeier via TKO (punches) – Round 1

TONYA EVINGER vs RAQUEL PENNINGTON

Performance highlights show both fighters landing respectable strikes in the standup and clinch. Evinger looks to be winning the fight until Pennington catches her in a guillotine choke with her neck exposed for the second-round finish.

Raquel Pennington def Tonya Evinger via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2

CHRIS BEAL vs SIRWAN KAKAI

Performance highlights show Beal getting the better of the striking exchanges early in the fight as he drops Kakai with a hard left hand. Beal continues to get the edge on the feet, but Kakai has his moments with takedowns, ground strikes and submissions attempts. Beal keeps it on the feet more often than not, though, and outpoints his way to a decision victory.

Chris Beal def Sirwan Kakai via decision

PATRICK HOLOHAN vs JOSH HILL

Performance highlights show a grappling-heavy affair with Hill out-positioning his way to the win. White criticizes Hill for his wrestling-centric approach to the match, but nevertheless, the Canadian gets the decision win.

Josh Hill def Patrick Holohan via decision

COLLEEN SCHNEIDER vs SHAYNA BASZLER

Baszler is the aggressor early, and after some work against the cage, she takes Schneider to the ground. Schneider tries desperately to wall-walk back to her feet, but Baszler takes her back and begins working for a choke. Schneider defends well and manages to escape from danger back to her feet. That doesn’t last long, though, as Baszler wins the scramble for a takedown and ends up in side control. After a few punches, Schneider gives up her arm, and Baszler takes it home for the submission victory.

Shayna Baszler def Colleen Schneider via submission (armbar) – Round 1

LOUIS FISETTE vs CHRIS HOLDSWORTH

Serious aggression from both men early, but it’s Fisette who clinches Holdsworth against the fence and tries for a trip takedown. He fails but then switches to a body lock and gets the slam. Holdswroth immediately threatens with submissions from his back. He nearly gets an armbar and triangle choke, but he can’t finish with either. Fisette displays tremendous toughness by refusing to quit, and after spending a good portion of the round avoiding chokes, finally escapes. Fisette shows desperation in his wild attempt to do something meaningful, which allows Holdsworth to get back on top and secure mount. Holdsworth goes for an arm-triangle choke, and Holdsworth’s run of tight submission escapes is over.

Chris Holdsworth def. Louis Fisette via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1

JULIANNA PENA vs GINA MAZANY

Performance highlights show Pena getting the better of the action on the feet and especially on the ground. White, Rousey and Tate all praise Pena’s performance as she picks up a lopsided unanimous decision win.

Julianna Pena def Gina Mazany via decision

MATT MUNSEY vs ANTHONY GUTIERREZ

Performance highlights show minimal clips of Gutierrez landing strikes on the feet with some submission attempts on the ground en route to a decision win.

Anthony Gutierrez def Matt Munsey via decision

TARA LAROSA vs SARAH MORAS

Performance highlights show LaRosa landing clean shots to the chin right off the bat. Moras decides she wants no part of a striking battle and opts to take the fight to the ground. Moras attempts several submissions on the ground but cannot finish LaRosa, whom coach Tate reminds viewers has never been submitted before. Moras continues to utilize her wrestling ability to neutralize LaRosa’s offense for the win and what could be considered the biggest upset of the elimination round.

Sarah Moras def Tara LaRosa via decision

RAFAEL DE FREITAS vs CODY BOLLINGER

De Freitas and Bollinger waste no time exchanging punches until Bollinger lands a takedown. De Freitas immediately threatens with an armbar from the bottom; however, Bollinger displays his power and slams his way out of danger. De Freitas gets back to his feet, and more punches are thrown. Bollinger goes for a slam takedown, but De Freitas counters with a guillotine choke that appears close. Bollinger escapes the choke and is free for a brief moment before De Freitas locks in a tight triangle choke. Bollinger stays calm, gives the referee a thumb up, and the round ends with Bollinger in the choke.

Round 2 is underway, and both men are clearly tired, with De Freitas being noticeably more fatigued. Bollinger turns up the pressure and starts connecting with punches, kicks, elbows and knees on his Brazilian opponent. De Freitas eats several flurries and looks out on his feet. Bollinger remains composed and eventually lands the fight-ending combination for the knockout win.

Cody Bollinger def Rafael De Freitas via TKO (strikes) – Round 2

With the elimination-round fights in the books and the final 16 established, the winners are brought back to the gym, where White informs them that fan voting at the conclusion of the season will reward $25,000 to the “Knockout of the Season,” “Submission of the Season” and “Fight of the Season.”

The winning male and female fighters will receive a six-figure UFC contracts as well as custom Harley Davidson motorcycle for them and their respective coach.

It’s time for team selection. White flips the coin and Rousey wins. The reigning champion opts to pick the first fight of the tournament, giving Tate the first choice of fighter.

The team selection went as follows:

Team Tate

1. Julianna Pena
2. Sarah Moras
3. Raquel Pennington
4. Roxanne Modafferi

1. Cody Bollinger
2. Chris Holdsworth
3. Josh Hill
4. Tim Gorman

Team Rousey

1. Shayna Baszler
2. Jessamyn Duke
3. Peggy Morgan
4. Jessica Rakoczy

1. Chris Beal
2. David Grant
3. Anthony Gutierrez
4. Michael Wootten

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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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