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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UFC 169 Recap: Renan Barao, Jose Aldo Retain Titles

faber-baraoBrian and Steve recap UFC 169 including Renan Barao retaining the bantamweight championship in a controversial decision against Urijah Faber and Jose Aldo defeating Ricardo Lamas to remain the featherweight champion along with the spectacular fight between Abel Trujillo and Jamie Varner, the upcoming fight between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort, a big ruling regarding TRT for the bout, Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen and more on other possible matchups.

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Jose Aldo And Renan Barao Retain Their Titles At UFC 169

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Last night’s UFC 169 can be deemed as a night of decisions with the main card going just as expected. In the main event, Renan Barao retained his UFC bantamweight championship by defeating Urijah Faber by first round TKO. In the co-feature Jose Aldo defeated Ricardo Lamas by unanimous decision to retain the UFC featherweight championship.

The main event to a lot of people seemed to end controversially. In what was a back and forth first round, Barao landed a kick and then an overhand hand that sent Faber stumbling and Barao pouncing on Faber, but Faber was able to get back up to his feet. Faber started swinging wildly and then Barao landed an overhanded right that sent Faber face planting. Barao pounced on Faber landing 14 unanswered shots to the side of the head. The champion was looking at referee Herb Dean. Dean told Faber to do something and Faber gave a thumbs and that wasn’t enough him as he stopped the fight.

Aldo made his eighth straight title defense in defeating Lamas last night. The champion controlled the fight from the get go with thunderous outside leg kicks and punch combinations. Lamas was game though as tried to push the pace, but was unable to do so. The challenger had a bright moment in the final round as he had top position on Aldo and landed some good ground and pound, but was unable to finish the fight.

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UFC 169 Preview, Chael Sonnen / Wanderlei Silva Dust Up and Julianna Pena Injury

UFC169posterBrian and Steve preview UFC 169 headlined by Renan Barao against Urijah Faber for the bantamweight championship along with the rest of the card for Saturday’s show.  Plus, they talk about the recent argument between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva in Brazil while filming The Ultimate Fighter, Julianna Pena’s major injury and news and notes about upcoming shows.

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The NFL Asks The UFC To Leave Super Bowl Media Day, Compares Them To Pro Wrestling

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The NFL’s Super Bowl takes place this Sunday at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The game features the AFC champion Denver Broncos battling the NFC champions Seattle Seahawks.

Typically on Tuesday’s during Super Bowl week, media day takes place where all credentialed media comes and asks the players and coaches about the big game.

The UFC is holding their annual Super Bowl card this weekend as UFC 169 takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey headlined by title fights featuring Renan Barao defending his UFC bantamweight championship against Urijah Faber. In the co-feature, Jose Aldo defends the UFC featherweight championship against Ricardo Lamas.

UFC reporter Megan Olivi was attending media day in conjunction with the company interviewing Denver Broncos players and asking them to pose with a UFC title belt. An NFL official by the name of Dennis Kayser, who is the Senior Director of On-Field Operations for the league saw Olivi and a cameraman and asked what she was doing.

Olivi told Kayser, “The UFC title belt, “Want to hold it?”

Kayser told her no and asked them to leave telling Olivi, “We don’t want this around here,”. “This is wrestling stuff, right? Yeah, we don’t want that associated with us and this event. This is the NFL.”

Olivi told Kayser that the UFC is MMA and they are corporate partner with Fox Sports and flagged down Fox Sports NFL reporter Jay Glazer to tell Kayser who they are. Kayser listened to what Glazer said and were eventually allowed to stay.

Kayser then told Olivi, “Alright, but only do it with players on the floor. No podiums.”

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Dominick Cruz Tears His Groin And Has To Vacate Bantamweight Title, Urijah Faber To Face Renan Barao At UFC 169

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Dominick Cruz cannot a catch a break. UFC President Dana White stated on ESPN’s Sportscenter that Cruz suffered a grade 2 or 3 tear in his groin and is out of his UFC 19 main event fight against Renan Barao.

White stated that the UFC was stripping Cruz of the title and making Barao the undisputed UFC bantamweight champion. Replacing Cruz in the fight at UFC 169 will be Cruz’s long-time nemesis Urijah Faber.

Cruz held the bantamweight title since defeating Brian Bowles in March of 2010 for the WEC title, which was then merged into the UFC title in December of that year. Cruz made two title defenses in the UFC defeating Faber and his last fight against Demetrious Johnson in October of 2011.

“The Dominator” then coached The Ultimate Fighter Live Season with Faber to lead to a fight at UFC 148 in July of 2012 and ended up tearing his ACL in training. Cruz then suffered a another setback in rehab and had to have another ACL surgery with the UFC stating that if he couldn’t be healthy to fight in early 2014 he would be stripped of the title.

Faber has won four fights in a row since losing to Barao at UFC 149 in July of 2012. “The California Kid” last fought at UFC on Fox 9 in December defeating Michael McDonald.

Barao hasn’t lost in 32 fights and defeated Eddie Wineland in his last fight at UFC 165 in September. The UFC has stated that Barao vs Faber will be the main event of the show.

UFC 169 takes place on Saturday, February 1 from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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Jose Aldo vs Ricardo Lamas, Dominick Cruz vs Renan Barao Set To Headline UFC 169

The MMA world was wondering when we would see Jose Aldo vs Ricardo Lamas and Dominick Cruz vs Renan Barao. Well that time is now as the Newsday announced and the UFC a short time ago that Aldo will battle Lamas for Aldo’s UFC featherweight title and Cruz and Barao will meet in a unification bout to determine the undisputed UFC bantamweight champion at UFC 169.

It had been rumored that Aldo and Lamas will battling next as UFC President Dana White has stated that was the fight he was trying to make for both guys.

We last saw Aldo in the octagon when he defeated Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163 in August. Aldo is 5-0 in the UFC and will looking to extend his winning streak to 17.

Lamas was last seen in the cage when he defeated Erik Koch at UFC on Fox 6 in January. The Illinois native has won four in a row and has been campaigning for the Aldo fight since his last fight in January.

We haven’t seen Cruz in the cage since October of 2011 when he defeated current UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. Cruz has been out of action due to two ACL surgeries.

Barao was crowned the interim bantamweight champion when he beat Urijah Faber at UFC 149 in July of 2012. The Brazilian has defended the interim title on two occasions defeating Michael McDonald and Eddie Wineland.

Aldo and Lamas will serve as the headliner and Barao and Cruz as the co-feature. UFC 169 takes place on Saturday, February 1 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Here is the updated card for UFC 169.

- Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas – UFC featherweight title
- Dominick Cruz vs. Renan Barao – UFC bantamweight title-unification bout
- Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem

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The Good, The Bad And The Dirty In The Week Of MMA

We are going to be doing different types of pieces here on the website on a variety of topics in MMA and pro wrestling. Today we are going to debut a new feature called the good, the bad and the dirty. Every Monday we will be doing this type of piece in MMA. Now we know what the good and bad means, but the dirty can mean really bad or really good. Let’s get started.

The Good

1) Renan Barao- Barao made the second defense of his interim UFC bantamweight championship when he defeated Eddie Wineland by KO in the second round with spectacular spinning back kick to the head on Saturday at UFC 165. The Brazilian became the first person to defend an interim UFC title two times. During the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White said that Barao is the closest thing in the UFC to Floyd Mayweather. With the win, Barao extended his winning streak to 21. White stated that Barao would face UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz in early 2014. If Cruz is unable to return in early 2014 from his two ACL surgeries, then Barao would get the interim title tag removed.

2) Khabib Nurmagomedov- Nurmagomedov extended his winning streak to 21 when he defeated Pat Healy by unanimous decision to kick off the main card at UFC 165. He tied Barao for the longest winning streak in MMA. “The Eagle” put on a tremendous performance using his improved striking and took Healy down anytime he wanted too. We really didn’t know how Nurmagomedov would perform considering this was his first time on a pay-per-view main card and facing a veteran of 57 fights in Healy. The Russian stated during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan that he wanted a title shot next.

3) Douglas Lima- The Bellator welterweight had one of the most vicious knockouts in 2013 when he knocked out Ben Saunders with a vicious head kick at Bellator 100 to win the welterweight tournament. What’s next for Lima is unknown since the current Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren is a free agent at this time.

The Bad

3) Francis Carmont vs Costa Philippou- This was the second fight on the main card of UFC 165 on Saturday. It wasn’t the most entertaining fight on the card as Carmont kept taking down Philippou, but really wasn’t trying to improve position to win the fight. The crowd was booing loudily as Phillipou had no answer for Carmont’s takedowns. Philippou was visibly frustrated in between rounds, looked like he didn’t want to be there and looked defeated. Dana White agreed with the crowd as he tweeted about the fight.

 

Carmont won the fight by unanimous decision, but didn’t win over any fans and Dana White with the victory.

The Dirty

4) Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson- This is a dirty in a great way. The main event was hyped as “Greatness Within Reach” and the hype sure delivered. Jones was 9-1 favorite heading into the fight and not many people giving Gustafsson any chance to win. We picked Gustafsson to win and were pretty close in our prediction. The fight went back and forth as “The Mauler” established early in the fight that he had the striking advantage as he used his jab and trademark uppercut effectively as he opened up Jones with the uppercut. Gustafsson started stuffing Jones’ takedowns and even took the champion down in the first round.

The challenger was stuffing Jones’ takedowns throughout the fight, which was visibly frustrating the champion. The man from Sweden was controlling the fight on feet moving in and out. Jones’s started to find his groove in the fourth round landing vicious elbows and imposing his will on the challenger. The fifth round started with the crowd on their feet and the fight very close. Both guys were visibly exhausted to start the round and Jones finally was able to land a takedown, but Gustafsson got up a few moments later. Both guys were trading shots even though they were extremely exhausted to end the fight.

The judges scored the fight for Jones (48-47×2,49-46). The crowd was mixed with the decision. A lot of people thought Jones won and a lot of people thought Gustafsson won. BetweenTheRopes.com scored the fight 48-47 for Gustafsson. Both men didn’t attend the press conference as Jones was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and Gustafsson was able to go under his own power.

Dana White was non-committal about a rematch, but from the tone of his voice makes it likely we will see a rematch in the next fight for both guys. This was without a doubt the fight of the year and the greatest fight in the history of the light heavyweight division.

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Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson Headline UFC 165 Fight Bonuses

UFC 165 took place tonight at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The main event featured Jon Jones defeating Alexander Gustafsson in what a lot of people are calling fight of the year to retain the UFC light heavyweight title. In the co-main event, Renan Barao beat Eddie Wineland by knockout to retain the UFC interim bantamweight title.

During the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White announced the fight night bonuses. White announced that Fight of the Night went to Jones and Gustafsson, Knockout of the Night went to Barao and Submission of the Night went to Mitch Gagnon. Each fighter got a $50,000 bonus.

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Watch The Whole Episode Of “Countdown To UFC 165″

UFC 165 takes place tonight from the Air Canada Centre from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The card has two titles with the main event being Jon Jones defending his UFC light heavyweight championship against Alexander Gustafsson. The co-main event will be Renan Barao defending his interim UFC interim bantamweight championship against Eddie Wineland.

The UFC aired their show preview show, “Countdown to UFC 165″, featuring the Jones vs Gustafsson, Barao vs Wineland and Brendan Schaub vs Matt Mitrione heavyweight tilt.

Here is the preview of the main event of Jones vs Gustafsson:

Here is the preview for the co-main event of Barao vs Wineland:

Here is the preview for Schaub vs Mitrione:

Make sure you stay tuned tonight for our coverage of UFC 165.

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UFC 165 Weigh-In Results: Jones, Gustaffson Make Weight

UFC 165 weigh-ins just took place at the Maple Leaf Square outside Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. All 26 fighters made weight including main event fighters Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.

Here are the weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 165:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- Champ Jon Jones (204.5) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (204.5)
- Champ Renan Barao (135) vs. Eddie Wineland (135.25)
- Matt Mitrione (260.5) vs. Brendan Schaub (237)
- Francis Carmont (186) vs. Constantinos Philippou (186)
- Pat Healy (155.75) vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (156)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
- Myles Jury (156) vs. Mike Ricci (155.5)
- Ivan Menjivar (137)* vs. Wilson Reis (135)
- Chris Clements (169.5) vs. Stephen Thompson (170.5)
- Mitch Gagnon (136) vs. Dustin Kimura (136)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6 p.m. ET)
- Renee Forte (155.5) vs. John Makdessi (155)
- Michel Prazeres (155) vs. Jesse Ronson (155.5)
- Alex Caceres (136) vs. Roland Delorme (136)
- Nandor Guelmino (230) vs. Daniel Omielanczuk (245.5)

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Watch UFC 165 Weigh-In Video Starting At 4 P.M. ET

UFC 165 takes place tomorrow night from the Air Canada Centre from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The main event will feature UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defending his title against Alexander Gustafsson, with the co-feature of UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao defending against Eddie Wineland.

Before that though, all 26 fighters will hit the scale today at the Maple Leaf Square outside Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. The first fighter will tip the scale at 4 p.m. ET

You can catch the video stream above right here at betweentheropes.com.

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Five Reasons To Watch UFC 165

UFC 165 takes place this Saturday night from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The main event will feature Jon Jones defending his UFC light heavyweight championship against Alexander Gustafsson, with the co-main featuring UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao defending his title against Eddie Wineland.

Before every UFC pay-per-view we will give you five reasons to watch that show and this is a good way to start with the pound for pound king in Jones.

1) Jon Jones: Every time Jon Jones fights, it is something special. Jones is quite arguably the best fighter in the world and gets to showcase his skills once again in the fight with Gustafsson. The New York native hasn’t fought since April when he defeated Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 when he won by first round TKO. The UFC has been building the fight using each fighters’ reach as Jones has an 84.5 reach and Gustaffson has an 81.5 reach. A lot of people resent Jones for how he comes off, but you cannot deny how great he is right now.

2) Renan Barao: The UFC interim bantamweight champion will defend his interim title for a second time against Wineland. Barao is 29-0-1 in his last 30 fights including winning 20 straight. The Brazilian last competed in February when he defeated Michael McDonald at UFC on Fuel 7 by fourth round submission. Barao has won 20 fights by stoppage and this is the biggest card he has ever fought on. A stoppage over Wineland with a lot of eyeballs on him could setup a unification bout with UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz in early 2014.

3) Next Challenger For UFC Lightweight Title: The UFC announced on Monday and we reported on Tuesday that UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will make his first title defense against Josh Thomson at UFC on Fox 9 in December. T.J. Grant was supposed to face Pettis, but Grant was still suffering symptoms from a concussion he suffered in June. People thought, including myself that maybe the UFC would wait until this weekend’s fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Pat Healy to decide Pettis’ next opponent. That fight kicks off the main card of UFC 165 with Nurmagomedov has 20 straight fights and Healy is 6-0-1 in his last seven. The winner of this fight should be next in line for a title against the Pettis/Thomson winner in December.

4) Two Title Fights: Who doesn’t like title fights? The UFC very rarely puts two title fights on one show, with the last event being UFC 112 in April of 2010 when Frankie Edgar defeated BJ Penn to win the lightweight title and Anderson Silva retained the middleweight title when he defeated Demain Maia. On UFC 165, we get Jones/Gustafsson and Barao/Wineland. Enjoy ladies and gentleman as this is a rarity.

5) History: The UFC has been around for about 20 years now and on Saturday night we could see more history being made. With a victory over Alexander Gustafsson, Jon Jones would make his sixth title defense, breaking the record of Tito Ortiz. Jones can also move into a tie with Chuck Liddell for most victories in the light heavyweight division with 13. Alexander Gustafsson with a win over Jones would be the first Swedish born fighter to win a UFC title. With a victory over Eddie Wineland, Renan Barao would be the first fighter in UFC history to make two defenses of an interim title. Barao and Nurmagomedov can also have the longest winning streaks in MMA at 21.

Here is the full card for UFC 165:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson – for light-heavyweight title
Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland – for interim bantamweight title
Matt Mitrione vs. Brendan Schaub
Francis Carmont vs. Constantinos Philippou
Pat Healy vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Myles Jury vs. Mike Ricci
Ivan Menjivar vs. Wilson Reis
Chris Clements vs. Stephen Thompson
Mitch Gagnon vs. Dustin Kimura

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6 p.m. ET)
Renee Forte vs. John Makdessi
Michel Prazeres vs. Jesse Ronson
Alex Caceres vs. Roland Delorme
Nandor Guelmino vs. Daniel Omielanczuk

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Renan Barao vs Eddie Wineland Interim Title Fight Rescheduled For UFC 165

Eddie Wineland will get his title shot after all.

The Star Phoenix has reported that UFC Interim Bantamweight Renan Barao(30-1, 1 NC MMA, 5-0 UFC) will square off against former WEC bantamweight champion Eddie Wineland (20-8-1 MMA,2-2 UFC) at UFC 165 in September.

BetweenTheRopes.com has been able to confirm from a source in Wineland’s camp that the fight will be taking place.

The fight was originally supposed to main event UFC 161 last month, but Barao had to bow out of the fight due to a foot injury.

The fight will serve as the co-main event of the evening as the main event will UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will be defending his light heavyweight championship against Alexander Gustafsson.

UFC 165 will be taking place on Saturday, September 21 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

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