Fabricio Werdum vs. Ben Rothwell added to UFC 203

A second Heavyweight fight will be added to UFC’s first trip to Cleveland.

Announced during the live airing of UFC Fight Night 88: Almeida vs. Garbrandt, Former Heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum will take on “Big” Ben Rothwell.

Werdum (20-6-1, 8-3 in UFC) most recently lost his UFC Heavyweight title in his first title defense earlier this month at UFC 198 against Stipe Miocic, who will be making his first title defense on this same card. Werdum defeated Cain Velasquez last year in Mexico City at UFC 188 become the Undisputed UFC Champion. Since returning to the UFC back in 2012, he has gone 6-1 and finished four of those fights.

Rothwell (6-4 in UFC) is coming off a tough decision loss to former Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos at UFC Fight Night 86. Prior to that loss, Rothwell held a four-fight win streak with all finishes against Brandon Vera, Alistair Overeem, Matt Mitrione, and also famously submitted Josh Barnett, becoming the first fighter to do so.

UFC 203 takes place on September 10 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. No other bouts have yet to be added to this card.

MMA Discussion Podcast – Episode 94 (Mayweather vs. McGregor, Nate Diaz, UFC Fight Night 88 Preview)

On the 94th episode of the MMA Discussion podcast, hosts John Franklin and Nick Peralta further discuss the growing saga that is Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor, where Nate Diaz fits in to it all, preview UFC Fight Night 88 on Sunday, and discuss Venator Fighting Championship, Jason Mayhem Miller, the UFC’s future and much more!

Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem set for UFC 203 in Cleveland

New UFC Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will be defending his title for the first time in his own backyard of Cleveland, Ohio against Alistair Overeem.

The fight was announced on UFC Tonight Wednesday night.

Miocic (15-2, 9-2 in UFC) most recently captured the Heavyweight title back at UFC 198 in a stunning upset and first round knockout of now former champion Fabricio Werdum. Earlier this year he defeated Andrei Arlovksi also by first round knockout. The bout marks the UFC’s first ever visit to Cleveland, and its first event in Ohio since UFC 96, which was held in Columbus in March of 2009. Miocic holds 11 knockout victories out of his 15 total wins.

Overeem (41-14 (1), 6-3 in UFC) is currently riding the biggest streak of his UFC career with four straight wins. Three of which have been knockout finishes against Stefan Struve, Junior dos Santos, and most recently Andrei Arlovski. Overeem’s overall fighting style has taken a notable turn as of late since joining the famed Jackson-Winklejohn gym in New Mexico. Currently holding the longest winning streak in the Heavyweight division at the moment, Overeem seems intent on adding to his long resume by adding a UFC championship to his already impressive mantle.

UFC 203 takes place on September 10 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. No other bouts have yet to be added to this card.

Colin Cowherd of ‘The Herd’ claims Mayweather vs. McGregor is happening in September

So yeah, this thing just won’t die.

Over the last few weeks, there have been rumblings of a possible Mayweather-McGregor match-up going around, building more and more momentum as the days go by. With Mayweather and McGregor both stating that they would love the fight to happen. With the buzz of this hypothetical match-up getting attention from nearly every sports media outlet, it’s hard for the noise to die down. Even as unrealistic as the bout seems, over time more and more angles keep leaving a foot in the door of this supposed fight.

Monday Morning, that angle came in the form of immediate boot stomp to the center of this door as Colin Cowherd, on his podcast “The Herd” which airs on Fox Sports said that the fight is going to happen in mid-September in Las Vegas, Nevada. Also noting that the fight would be announced in a couple of weeks. Colin claimed knowledge of this news from multiple sources.

“News I believe is gonna break here in about 2 weeks…I have already booked two rooms, September 17th and 18th in Las Vegas. My intel is Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is going to happen. It changed late last week. I got a call then somebody else sent me something [Sunday] and Saturday. We’ve booked rooms in Vegas. [It’s happening] this September.”

This is easily the most interesting new bit of information surrounding this fight. that has come out so far that, as stated prior, has breathed new life into this possible match-up. While not a breaking news reporter, Cowherd has worked in sports media a long while. Long enough to definitely have certain connections, as well as being an employee for Fox who is deeply integrated with the UFC. So to claim that multiple sources have given him this bit of hectic news is conceivably plausible. Up til this point, the voices sure that the fight was going to happen have been from Mayweather and McGregor themselves. Colin is also the first reporter to suggest an actual date that we can point to for this fight. Cowherd went on to discuss what may have lead to the actuality of this bout:

“Mayweather did have a very bad last pay per view gate. 550,000 people, he tries to get 2 to 3 million. So I think this is the most profitable fight for CBS and Mayweather. CBS has been working with Mayweather for years. That’s why his fights are on Showtime, because CBS owns Showtime. So Les Moonves [President and CEO of CBS] and the CBS peeps have decided, ‘let’s talk to the Fox – UFC peeps’ and you’ve got Fox and CBS, you’ve got UFC, you’ve got boxing, you’ve got Floyd, you’ve got Conor. It’s gonna make a lot of money for people.”

Well that’d be nice. To get a combined promotional push from CBS, Fox, Showtime, the UFC, Mayweather and McGregor would be not only phenomenal but unparalleled. With all these parties together pushing this fight, it could conceivably pull the biggest pay per view buys in combat sports history. However to get that many different promotional parties to agree the many various particulars that go into a Boxing fight these days seems highly unlikely still. Many big time Boxing fights in today’s time take quite awhile to formulate due to the many politics in creating the terms both sides can agree on. Hell, it took Mayweather-Pacquiao five years to happen. So for all these parties to have come together and agree on all terms in such a short time span seems highly implausible.

“I don’t think it’s going to be a good fight but it’s an event. Nik Wallenda, in Chicago, did a tightrope walk between condos and a parking garage. I watched. I don’t care about balance I don’t care about – that part of Chicago doesn’t interest me. It’s not Lake Shore Drive, it’s not one of my favorite lounges. I watched a guy walk across a tightrope on a windy night in Chicago. And I’m like, ‘this is fascinating.’ …

Should this miraculous fight happen however, it would certainly be one of the greatest combat sport spectacles we’ll undoubtedly ever see in our lifetime.

 

TUF 22 winner Ryan Hall makes his return at UFC Fight Night 91 against Alex White

After his unlikely concurring of the 22nd season of the Ultimate Fighter last December, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist Ryan Hall will make his return to the Octagon to face Alex White in Sioux Falls.

Hall (5-1, 1-0 in UFC) won a UFC contract in his Octagon debut after winning TUF with a victory over Team Europe’s Artem Lobov in the finals. Hall would replace Saul Rogers who had been removed from the Finale due to visa issues. Hall would go on to earn a dominate decision victory over Artem, who had knocked out each competitor he faced in the house to make it to the Finale. Hall has two knockouts and two submission victories inside of his five current wins, not counting his two heel hook submission victories earned in the Ultimate Fighter.

White (11-2, 2-2 in UFC) himself is also coming off a dominant decision victory over Artem Lobov in his last fight. That victory broke a two-fight losing skid against both Clay Collard and the infamously released Lucas Martins. His only other victory inside the Octagon is a knockout win over Estevan Payan in his debut back in April of 2014. White holds five submission victories and four knockouts out of his 11 total wins. White has thus far not been submitted in his MMA career.

UFC Fight Night 91 takes place July 13th at the Denny Sanford Primier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The event airs on Fox Sports 1 following early preliminaries on UFC Fight Pass. The fight card so far:

Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Chiesa
John Lineker vs. Michael McDonald
Tim Boestch vs. Josh Samman
Ryan Hall vs. Alex White
Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister
Keita Nakamura vs. Kyle Noke
Ben Nguyen vs. Louis Smolka
Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson
Alexey Oleinik vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
Matthew Lopez vs. Rani Yahya

 

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Francisco Rivera vs. Erik Perez added to UFC 201

A phenomenal Mexican clash is now set to unfold at UFC 201.

Announced Tuesday by Indicutido, Mexican-born star Erik “Goyito” Perez will face Francisco “Cisco” Rivera in a Bantamweight bout.

Perez (15-6, 5-2 in UFC) is coming off a minor but needed victory in his last fight against Taylor Lapius at The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 Finale last November. Prior to that Perez had gone 2-2 in his last four dropping losses to Takeya Mizugaki and Bryan Caraway while scaling wins over Byron Bloodworth and Edwin Figueroa. The pride of Guadalupe, Mexico has seven submission wins, and four knockouts out of his 15 total victories.

Rivera (11-6 (1), 4-4 (1) NC in UFC) is in desperate need of a victory in this bout as he is currently riding a two-fight losing skid coming into this bout after dropping a close decision to Brad Picket in his last fight this past February, and being submitted by former Flyweight John Lineker. Rivera holds wins over Edwin Figuroa, George Roop, and lastly defeated Alex Caceres last Summer. Rivera has eight knockouts out of his total 11 victories.

UFC 201 takes place on July 30th at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA. The card will be headlined by a Welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley. The rest of the card:

Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley (Welterweight Title)
Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis (Flyweight Title)
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Claudio Silva
Erik Perez vs. Francisco Rivera
Damien Brown vs. Cesar Arzamendia
Ian McCall vs. Justin Scoggins

Van Zant Places 2nd on Dancing With The Stars

Women’s Strawweight fighter Paige Van Zant and her partner were hoping to bring in the Dancing With The Stars globe, but ended up losing first place to deaf model Nyle DiMarco and his partner Peta Murgatroyd. 

Van Zant had the highest judge’s score for the season with 89 points, but DiMarco won over the audience vote. UFC Hall of Famers Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell also competed on DWTS, but didn’t compete nearly as well as Van Zant did. The 22-year old strawweight has made six figures on the show, and will be appearing with Jean Claude Van Damme in a sequel to 80s movie “Kickboxer.”

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Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis set for UFC 201

One of the sports arguable pound -for-pound best will return to the Octagon to face another challenge to his reign as champion.

Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis has been set for UFC 201 in July and will serve as the co-main event of the night.

Johnson (24-2-1, 12-1-1 in UFC) is coming off a destructive victory over Henry Cejudo at UFC 197. It was Johnson’s eighth title defense which now places him only two more away from tying Anderson Silva’s Middleweight record of 10. Johnson, fresh off of signing a new 8-fight deal with the UFC, has finished five of his last seven fights by knockout or submission. He is currently ranked #2 in the UFC’s pound for pound rankings.

In Johnson’s ninth title defense, he will face Wilson Reis (20-6, 4-2 in UFC). Reis is coming off a dominant unanimous decision victory over Dustin Ortiz. He has gone 3-1 since dropping down to Flyweight having also finished Scott Jorgenson and defeating Joby Sanchez. Wilson holds nine submission victories out of his 20 total victories.

UFC 201 takes place at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on July 30th, and will be headlined by a Welterweight championship fight between Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley.

Michael Bisping in for injured Chris Weidman at UFC 199

One of the longest reigning contenders in the Middleweight division will finally see his title shot.

Following the injury to former champion Chris Weidman that would remove him from the UFC 199 pay-per-view headliner, the UFC was on the hunt for a contender that would be willing to take on Luke Rockhold on short notice. Michael Bisping was quick to take to twitter and showing a willingness to take on the new champion.

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While Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza was the first choice from the promotion, the Brazilian contender required a knee surgery following his one-round domination of Vitor Belfort last Saturday at UFC 198. Leaving Bisping open to take his long awaited title shot.

Bisping (28-7 MMA, 18-7 in UFC) is currently riding a three-fight winning streak and is also coming off the biggest win of his career after taking a judges decision victory over former long-time champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva. Bisping currently holds the most fights ever in UFC Middleweight history and also holds the record for the longest active fighter in the UFC to have never fought for a UFC championship. That will finally come to an end on June 4th. Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping met before in November of 2014 where Rockhold won via Guillotine submission in the first round.

UFC 199 takes place June 4 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The main card, including the Rockhold vs. Bisping headliner, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

UFC 199 full card:

  • Luke Rockhold vs. Michael Bisping (UFC Middleweight championship)
  • Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber (UFC Bantamweight champion)
  • Max Holloway vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard
  • Bobby Green vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Cole Miller vs. B.J. Penn
  • Clay Guida vs. Brian Ortega
  • Beneil Dariush vs. James Vick
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Jessica Penne
  • Tom Breese vs. Sean Strickland
  • Luiz Henrique da Silva vs. Jonathan Wilson
  • Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic
  • “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim vs. Polo Reyes

MMA Outsider’s Men’s rankings update – May 17th, 2016

Heavyweight

1. Stipe Miocic +5
2. Fabricio Werdum -1
3. Cain Velasquez -1
4. Alistair Overeem +1
5. Junior Dos Santos -1
6. Ben Rothwell
7. Andrei Arlovski
8. Mark Hunt
9. Travis Browne
10. Josh Barnett
Light Heavyweight

1. Jon Jones
2. Daniel Cormier
3. Anthony Johnson
4. Alexander Gustafsson
5. Ryan Bader
6. Glover Teixeira
7. Phil Davis
8. Rashad Evans
9. Ovince St. Preux
10. Liam McGeary

Middleweight

1. Luke Rockhold
2. Chris Weidman
3. Yoel Romero
4. Jacare Souza
5. Michael Bisping
6. Anderson Silva
7. Lyoto Machida
8. Vitor Belfort
9. Gegard Mousasi
10. David Branch

Welterweight

1. Robbie Lawler
2. Rory Macdonald
3. Stephen Thompson
4. Johny Hendricks
5. Demian Maia +2
6. Tyron Woodley -1
7. Carlos Condit -1
8. Neil Magny
9. Matt Brown
10. Ben Askren

Lightweight

1. Rafael dos Anjos
2. Donald Cerrone
3. Khabib Nurmagomedov
4. Tony Ferguson
5. Eddie Alvarez
6. Gilbert Melendez
7. Nate Diaz
8. Edson Barboza
9. Will Brooks
10. Anthony Pettis

Featherweight

1. Conor McGregor
2. Jose Aldo
3. Frankie Edgar
4. Chad Mendes
5. Max Holloway
6. Charles Oliveira
7. Cub Swanson
8. Ricardo Lamas
9. Daniel Straus
10. Jeremy Stephens

Bamtamweight

1. Dominick Cruz
2. TJ Dillashaw
3. Renan Barao
4. Urijah Faber
5. Aljamain Sterling
6. Thomas Almeida
7. Marlon Moraes
8. Raphael Assuncao
9. Michael McDonald
10. Bibiano Fernandes

Flyweight

1. Demetrious Johnson
2. Joseph Benavidez
3. John Dodson
4. Henry Cejudo
5. Jussier Formiga
6. Ian McCall
7. Kyoji Horiguchi
8. John Moraga
9. Louis Smolka
10. Wilson Reis