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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Full Episode Of “Road To The Octagon: UFC On Fox 11″

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The UFC returns to Fox as UFC on Fox 11 takes place on Saturday night from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. The main event features a battle of heavyweights as Travis Browne faces Fabricio Werdum. The winner will face UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez later this year. The co-feature has the first two challengers for Ronda Rousey’s UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship as Liz Carmouche squares off against Miesha Tate.

Before every Fox event, the UFC features a show titled, “Road To The Octagon”, which highlights the main fights on the show. In this episode, you will go behind the scenes of Browne vs Werdum, Carmouche vs Tate and lightweight battle between Donald Cerrone and Edson Barboza.

You can watch the episode here.

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Cheick Kongo Says “Experience In Bellator Is Way Better” Than When He Was In The UFC

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Bellator 115 takes place tonight from the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. The main event features Bellator heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov defending his title for the first time against Cheick Kongo.

On today’s podcast we talk to Kongo. We discuss the keys to the fight with Minakov, why his experience in Bellator is better than when he was in the UFC, being at the “Sabotage” movie premiere, MMA in France and more.

You can watch tonight’s main card of Bellator 115 on Spike TV starting at 9 p.m. ET.

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Gina Carano “Kinda Considering” Fighting In The UFC, Meeting With Dana White Next Week

Gina Carano hasn’t fought inside the cage since her August 2009 loss to Cris Cyborg under the Strikeforce banner. Carano has gone on to shooting including movies including “In The Blood”, which comes out today in theatres. Rumors have been circulating that Carano and her team have been talking to the UFC about a possible return, which would be a fight against women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

Carano was on “The Arsenio Hall” Show last night to promote the movie and was asked by Hall if she misses fighting.

“There’s not a workout that I go through that I’m not fighting somebody in my mind,” she said, “and it’s never gone away.”

Hall then asked “Conviction” if she would fight again.

“Yea, I’m actually kinda considering it.”

Carano then confirmed that she will be meeting with UFC President Dana White next week. “I love it (fighting), it’s something I can do that makes everything else disappear. I dream about it. I just didn’t know if I was ever going to get placed with the opportunity to make a comeback. So I’m either going to do it now or retire and say, I’m never going to do it. So now is the moment.”

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Jon Jones: “I’ve Never Taken Any Performance Enhancing Drug”

Jon Jones returns to the octagon to defend his UFC light heavyweight championship when he battles Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 172. Jones was last seen in the cage in September at UFC 165 when defeated Alexander Gustafsson in an instant classic.

The champion appeared last night on “UFC Tonight” and at the beginning of interview stated that he was randomly drug tested by the Maryland State Athletic Commission.

“The Maryland Commission sent a lab to drug test me and I’m glad they did,” Jones stated on the show. “It was urine and blood. They had a test for HGH, I think it was HGH, then they had a urine test that detects all other type of stuff.”

Jones says him and his management team wanted the test not because he thinks Teixeira is dirty, but wants to see the sport be clean.

“It’s great to know the athletes who are competing are competing clean. I’ve never taken any performance enhancing drug. I’ve probably fought people in the past who have. I want to see our sport be a clean sport. I have no right to accuse (Glover) of anything. The only edge you should have is your work ethic.”

UFC 172 takes place on Saturday, April 26th from the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland.

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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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Georges St-Pierre Suffers Another Torn ACL, Return Uncertain

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Georges St-Pierre announced in December that he was taking a break from MMA and was uncertain if he would ever return. Well it looks like if the former UFC welterweight champion returns, it won’t be until 2015 at the earliest. St-Pierre announced a short time ago on his Facebook and Twitter pages that he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.

“Just got confirmation that I tore my left knee ACL during training this week… Surgery in a few days and rehab starts right away. We all face challenges in our lives and I know only one way to take this one: Pain, hard work, no shortcuts and I will soon be back at 100%. Stay tuned and thanks for your amazing support, as always”.

St-Pierre had torn his ACL in 2011 and didn’t return until November of 2012 when he fought three times in a one year span defeating Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz and current UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

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UFC Fight Night 38 Preview Show With Brian Stann

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UFC Fight Night 38 takes place tonight at Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. The main event features a rematch between Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Their first fight took place at UFC 139 in November of 2011 with Henderson winning the fight by a very close unanimous decision. The fight has been deemed by some as the greatest fight in the history of the UFC.

We talk to UFC on Fox analyst Brian Stann, who will be calling tonight’s action alonside Jon Anik in Brazil. Stann helps us break down the main event, what sleeper fights to watch out for on the card and more.

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Anderson Silva Says “This Year Is Over For Me”, Promises Return In 2015

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The last time we seen Anderson Silva in the octagon was when he threw a leg kick, which was checked by Chris Weidman and snapped Silva’s leg like a pretzel at UFC 168 in December. Silva has begun walking on his own and even started to do some light training. UFC President Dana White has been stating that Silva would return by the end of this year. The former middleweight kingpin put the kibosh on that.

In an interview with Combate.com in Brazil, Silva stated that he will not be returning this year, but promised he will return in 2015.

“These rumors that I’ll fight at UFC 181 or any other event around that date aren’t true,” Silva told Combate. “This year is over for me. There’s a chance I’ll fight in the first half of 2015.”

“The Spider”, who signed a ten fight contract last year says he isn’t sure if he will complete the contract.

“I don’t see myself stopping (right now), but I don’t know if I will fulfill my 10-fight contract,” he said. “My family has been asking me for years to stop fighting, and they need to understand that this is what I love to do and that I need to have my time. My goal in the sport was to become a reference in this sport, and I’m achieving this.”

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Dana White States That The UFC Is “Not Interested” In Female Standout Holly Holm

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For all the MMA fans that were looking forward to seeing UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey fight former boxing standout Holly Holm this year, don’t hold your breath.

UFC President Dana White stated last night on “UFC Tonight”, that talks were “not good at all” with Holm’s camp this past weekend in Dallas, Texas, where UFC 171 took place.

White also stated that they are “not interested whatsoever” in the former female boxer who went 33-2-3 in boxing. She’s 6-0 in MMA, fighting in promotions like Bellator and Legacy Fighting Championships. Holm’s next fight will be for Legacy on April 4 where she fights Juliana Werner in the main event for the inaugural Legacy women’s bantamweight championship.

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Johny Hendricks Suffers Torn Bicep, Will Have Surgery On Monday

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Johny Hendricks became the UFC welterweight champion defeating Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC 171 on Saturday night. The first title defense for the new champion seems like it will be pushed back for the time being.

It was revealed during an interview on KROQ Radio in Los Angeles today that Hendricks suffered a torn bicep before his fight with Lawler and will have surgery on Monday to repair the tear. Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com first reported the news on Twitter.

By this timeline for Hendricks, he will return no earlier than late summer or early fall.

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Watch Perhaps The Greatest Fight In UFC History As Dan Henderson Faces Shogun Rua (Video)

The UFC has never held a Sunday card until now as UFC Fight Night 38 goes down at Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. The main event features a rematch between former Pride and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson battles Maurcio “Shogun” Rua. The two first squared off in perhaps the greatest fight in UFC history at UFC 139 as Henderson ended up winning the bout by unanimous decision.

You can watch the entire fight in the video above.

The main and preliminary card airs Fox Sports 1 starting at 5 p.m. ET and the first two fight of the card can be seen on UFC Fight Pass starting at 4 p.m. ET.

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Benson Henderson vs Rustam Khabilov To Headline First UFC Event in Albuquerque

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The UFC has never headed to the state of New Mexico, until now. It was first reported by the Albuquerque Journal and later confirmed by the UFC that former lightweight champion Benson Henderson will battle Rustam Khabilov.

The fight will be the main event of a UFC Fight Night event and will take place on Saturday, June 7 from the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was announced that tickets go on sale to the public, Friday April 18. It also isn’t known at this time where the broadcast will end up on.

We last saw Henderson in the cage in January at UFC on Fox 10 when he defeated Josh Thomson by split decision. Khabilov last competed in November at UFC Fight For The Troops 3 defeating Jorge Masvidal by unanimous decision.

No other fights have been announced for the card at this time.

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UFC 171 Full Fight Video Hightlights Including Johny Hendricks Title Win

UFC 171 took place this Saturday night from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The main event featured Johny Hendricks capturing the UFC welterweight title defeating Robbie Lawler in a five round classic. The co-feature saw Tyron Woodley defeating Carlos Condit with fights that saw Myles Jury defeating Diego Sanchez and Hector Lombard defeating Jake Shields.

Watch the video below with full fight highlights of the main card.

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UFC 171 Results: Johny Hendricks Defeats Robbie Lawler To Win The UFC Welterweight Title

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Johny Hendricks went into tonight’s UFC 171 main event like a man on a mission. Hendricks felt that he got robbed when he lost to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 167 in November. The Texas native this time delivered in the biggest fight of his life.

Hendricks defeated a very game Robbie Lawler to claim the UFC welterweight championship by unanimous decision (48-47×3).

The fight was largely contested on the feet as both guys stood toe to toe for most of the 25 minute affair. The fight was contested like a football game. Each guy won two round with the fifth round being overtime.

BetweenTheRopes.com had Hendricks winning the first two rounds and Lawler winning the third and fourth rounds. The fifth round began with Lawler landing a left hook and moments later Hendricks attempting a takedown that was stuffed by Lawler.

Hendricks went back to throwing leg kicks and connecting, but “Ruthless” kept going forward and punching at Hendricks. With about 90 seconds, Hendricks was able to connect with leg kick/jab combination and then was able to land a takedown to end the fight.

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Nick Diaz Mocks Johny Hendricks During His Second Weigh-In Attempt (Video)

We haven’t seen Nick Diaz in the cage since he lost his chance last March at the UFC welterweight title against Georges St-Pierre. Diaz stated after the fight that he was retiring from active competition. The UFC has reached out to Diaz for numerous fights, but has declined them as he only wants to fight for the title.

Diaz was backstage today at the weigh-ins for tomorrow night’s UFC 171 featuring the main event of Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight championship. Lawler had made the required 170 pounds on his initial attempt, but Hendricks had weighed in at 171.5. Hendricks was weighing in on his second attempt and Diaz was mocking him by saying things like “170 pounds, 170″. Hendricks did end up making the required 170 pounds.

You can watch the antics of Diaz in the video above.

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UFC 171 Weigh-In Results: Johny Hendricks Finally Makes Weight on Second Attempt

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UFC 171 tomorrow night almost lost their main event title fight. The feature fight has Johny Hendricks battling Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight title. Weigh-ins were earlier today and took place about two hours. Lawler made the required 170 pounds, but when Hendricks weighed in, he weighed 171.5 pounds. Hendricks had two hours to make weight. If he didn’t make weight, then if Lawler had won, he becomes the champion and if Hendricks won, then the title would still be vacant. On his second and final attempt, Hendricks made 170 pounds.

25 of the 26 fighters on the card made weight as Renee Forte initially weighed 157.5, but was only able to get down to 157 and had to forfeit 20% of his purse to his opponent Frank Trevino. Here are the UFC 171 weigh-in results:

•Johny Hendricks (170) vs. Robbie Lawler (170)
•Carlos Condit (170.5) vs. Tyron Woodley (170)
•Myles Jury (156) vs. Diego Sanchez (155)
•Hector Lombard (170) vs. Jake Shields (171)
•Nikita Krylov (205) vs. Ovince St. Preux (205)
•Kelvin Gastelum (171) vs. Rick Story (170.5)
•Jessica Andrade (135) vs. Raquel Pennington (135.5)
•Dennis Bermudez (146) vs. Jimy Hettes (145.5)
•Alex Garcia (1705.) vs. Sean Spencer (170)
•Renee Forte (157)+ vs. Frank Trevino (155)
•Will Campuzano (125.5) vs. Justin Scoggins (125)
•Robert McDaniel (184.5) vs. Sean Strickland (185)
•Daniel Pineda (145) vs. Robert Whiteford (145)

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Watch UFC 171 LIVE Weigh-Ins On BetweenTheRopes.com At 5 PM ET

UFC 171 takes place tomorrow night from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The main event features Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight title. The co-feature has former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit battling Tyron Woodley.

Before the fights can be made official, all 26 fighters competing on the card have to weigh-in. You can watch the weigh-ins live starting at 5 PM ET at the video stream above.

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