TRYOUTS FOR THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER TO BE HELD MARCH 29 IN LAS VEGAS

Mar 4, 2015

TRYOUTS FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON OF THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER® OPEN TO LIGHTWEIGHT AND WELTERWEIGHT MEN

 

Tryouts to be held in Las Vegas on Sunday, March 29

 

Las Vegas, Nevada – Following the 10-year anniversary of its successful reality series, The Ultimate Fighter®, the UFC® announces tryouts for the next season. Tryouts are open to 155 and 170-pound men with a winning professional record.

 

The winner of this season of The Ultimate Fighter® will win a lucrative contract with the UFC. This season of The Ultimate Fighter will begin filming in May and will premiere on FOX Sports 1 in September 2015.

 

Official tryouts will take place at Palace Station in Las Vegas, Nev. on Sunday, March 29. Candidates must be male, between the ages of 21 and 34 years of age, have the legal ability to live and work in the United States, and have professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight experience – holding a winning record with a minimum of three professional fights (with verifiable records). Applications, which should be completed and brought to the tryouts, can be found online at http://www.ufc.com/tuf22. Tryout details are provided below:

 

Where:

Palace Station Hotel, 2411 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89102

Tryouts will be held in the Grand Ballroom

 

When:

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Registration begins @ 8:00 a.m. PT

 

Fighters will be required to grapple & hit pads. Please bring appropriate gear.

 

*Applicants will be notified at the end of the tryouts if they have been selected to participate in the casting finals process. If selected, applicants must be prepared to stay in Las Vegas until April 4, 2015.

 

Questions can be directed to: TUFcasting@ufc.com

 

The Ultimate Fighter®, which debuted in 2005, has launched the careers of some of the UFC’s most recognizable names and successful athletes. The series has produced champions such as Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, TJ Dillashaw, Carla Esparza and Matt Serra, as well as season winners Michael Bisping, Ryan Bader, Nate Diaz and John Dodson.

 

For more show information, bios, videos and photos, visit ultimatefighter.com and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @UltimateFighter or on Facebook.com/TUF.

 

 

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UFC® CONGRATULATES THE LABOR GOVERNMENT FOR REGULATORY CHANGE IN VICTORIA

Mar 4, 2015

 

UFC® CONGRATULATES THE LABOR GOVERNMENT FOR REGULATORY CHANGE IN VICTORIA

Ministerial directive formally legalizes fenced-in enclosures for professional mixed martial arts in the State of Victoria

 

UFC confirms Melbourne pay per view event November 2015

 

Melbourne, Australia – The UFC® today applauded the State of Victoria Labor Government for executing a ministerial directive designed to increase safety within the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) by allowing the sport to be conducted in a much safer fenced-in enclosure.  The directive was announced this morning at a press conference held by The Honourable John Eren, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Major Events.  “This is a major milestone for mixed martial arts in Victoria, which will allow the sport to flourish while at the same time better protecting its competing athletes,” said Tom Wright, UFC Executive Vice-President and General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

 

Prior to the passing of today’s ministerial directive, MMA competitions in the State of Victoria were required to be conducted in boxing rings which were never designed for MMA competitions. The UFC uses a unique, octagon-shaped enclosure which prevents fighters from falling out of the structure or becoming entangled in the ropes as could occur with a boxing ring.  “The Octagon® is purpose-built for MMA competition and was designed and developed to optimize safety and to create a level playing field.  The UFC thanks the Labor Party for spearheading this initiative and focusing on the safety of the competitors,” added Wright.

 

With this new ministerial directive in place, the UFC confirmed that it will bring a global pay per view event, UFC 193, to Melbourne on Sunday, November 15, 2015 locally, to be broadcast live in North America on Saturday, November 14.

 

Since 2010, the UFC has hosted six live events in Australia with each experiencing tremendous success. Collectively, the six events have seen more than 75,000 fans in attendance and millions worldwide watching on Pay-Per-View and broadcast television. The three host cities to date – Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane – have had a cumulative gross gate of more than $12 million and millions more in economic impact. The UFC will host its seventh Australian event, UFC® FIGHT NIGHTTM: MIOCIC vs. HUNT, at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on May 10.

 

For more information or current fight news, visit ufc.com.

 

 

Quotes from some of Australia’s top mixed martial artists

 

No.5 ranked UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt (10-9-1, fighting out of Sydney)

“Just like a jockey needs a horse or a tennis player needs a racquet or a V8 driver needs a car – mixed martial artists, UFC fighters need the Octagon®. It’s our tool for competition – to make competition fair and safe. I’m excited that the UFC can now come to Melbourne and trust me, I want to be there competing to make sporting history.”

 

Robert Whittaker (13-4, fighting out of Sydney)

“This progress in Melbourne is an amazing opportunity for the Australian MMA community. The UFC is already bringing more events to Australia and this new destination opens up more opportunities for aspiring mixed martial artists. As a MMA fighter myself, it would be an honour and privilege to compete in Melbourne and make history!”

 

Vik Grujic (7-5, fighting out of Melbourne)

“MMA in Melbourne will no longer fall behind the rest of the world because of ignorance.”

 

Kyle Noke (fighting out of Albuquerque, USA via Dubbo, Australia)

“We now finally get the chance to fight in front of a home crowd in the sporting capital of Australia. This is a dream come true for me and the rest of the UFC competitors representing Australia around the world.”

 

Daniel Kelly (9-0 fighting out of Melbourne)

“It’s only fitting to have the fastest growing sport in the world in the sporting capital of Australia. Personally it would be a dream to compete in the UFC in my hometown.”

 

Brendan O’Reilly (5-1-1, fighting out of Brisbane)

“This is a momentous occasion for the sport of MMA in Victoria, Australia and the growth of the UFC worldwide. Melbourne has some of the most passionate sports fans in the world, and I can’t wait to fight in the UFC Octagon® in front of a live Victorian audience.”

 

Soa Palelei (22-4, fighting out of Perth)

“Being able to fight in the UFC is a dream come true. Being able to compete in Australia is the icing on the cake. I’m extremely proud to be Australian and being able to do what I love for my country is truly gratifying. With Melbourne now able to host the UFC, I can see MMA growing immensely and I cannot wait till Perth also gets on board.”

 

Richie Vaculik (10-4, fighting out Sydney)

“So good to hear that finally the Victorian government has come to its senses and allowed MMA to be performed in its safest environment: the Octagon®. I can’t wait to be a part of a spectacular UFC event in Melbourne.”

 

Alex Chambers (4-2, fighting out of Sydney)

“Fantastic news that the ban will no longer remain in Victoria for MMA bouts inside a fenced-in enclosure. There was a big misconception about what was actually banned, which I feel has hindered MMA in Australia although the sport was always legal. A really great day for all MMA athletes and fans, not just in Victoria but all of Australia”

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UFC® ANNOUNCES CHINA DIGITAL BROADCAST PARTNERSHIP

Mar 4, 2015

UFC® ANNOUNCES CHINA DIGITAL BROADCAST PARTNERSHIP

 

 

Singapore – With the exponential growth of mixed martial arts (MMA) in Asia, a landmark announcement was made today by UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, displaying their continued commitment to the region.

 

The UFC has agreed to a significant new partnership with a leading digital sports platform in China, PPTV.  The deal will allow Chinese UFC fans to access all UFC® events live and in local language in China for the first time, this localized content will be used to support UFC® promotions in the social media and digital marketing environment.  The UFC®has grown its audience engagement across social media channels to the same levels as English Premier League football teams in the region*.  The growing number of MMA and UFC® fans in China will have unprecedented access to all of the passion, excitement and top quality athletes that are the trademark of all UFC®  events.

 

Ken Berger, EVP and General Manager UFC Asia, said: “This landmark deal displays the rapid growth and demand for premium MMA content in China.  There is a real upward trend of MMA taking hold in the region with increased engagement amongst fans and more and more athletes dedicating their lives to becoming the best they can be. The UFC® recognizes that it really is only a matter of time before we start seeing champions emerge from China.”  Ken continued, “PPTV have always been a valued supporter of the UFC, we couldn’t be happier to grow our partnership with them this year.”

 

PPTV Sports General Manger Li Dong says, “We hope PPTV will become the best partner of UFC; PPTV is going to be the home of UFC in China.”

 

China is emerging as a significant breeding ground for talented MMA athletes who are increasingly taking their place on the world’s MMA stage. With 14 Chinese fighters within the UFC® and an actively engaged fan base established in the country, the partnership will build upon the increasing demand for UFC® content in this market, strengthening the substantial growth seen within Asia over the last twelve months.

 

 

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

For more information about UFC, its events and programming, please visit www.ufc.com.

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TWO TITLE FIGHTS HEADLINE UFC® 187 AS JONES MEETS JOHNSON AND WEIDMAN COLLIDES WITH BELFORT

Mar 2, 2015

TWO TITLE FIGHTS HEADLINE UFC® 187 AS JONES MEETS JOHNSON AND WEIDMAN COLLIDES WITH BELFORT

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

PLUS:

(# 2) KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV vs. (# 3) DONALD CERRONE

(# 3) TRAVIS BROWNE vs. (# 7) ANDREI ARLOVSKI

(# 9) DONG HYUN KIM vs. JOSH BURKMAN

(# 2) JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ vs. (# 5) JOHN MORAGA

TICKETS FOR UFC® 187: JONES vs. JOHNSON

AT MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS

ON SALE FRIDAY, MARCH 6

Las Vegas – On Memorial Day Weekend, two world title fights headline UFC® 187 as undisputed light heavyweight king Jon “Bones” Jones meets No. 1 contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in the five-round main event. Plus, middleweight champion Chris Weidman puts his belt on the line when he faces former light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort Saturday, May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The pound-for-pound king, Jon Jones (21-1, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) continues to smash records and make history as he goes for an unprecedented ninth successful UFC light heavyweight title defense. Undefeated in his last 12 bouts, Jones is currently tied for second place with Georges St-Pierre for the longest active winning streak, just behind former middleweight champion Anderson Silva with 17. Jones is on a path to become arguably the greatest fighter of all-time, having defeated both former legends and rising stars, with his most recent victory coming after a five-round war against U.S. Olympian Daniel Cormier at UFC 182. Looking to further etch his name in the record books, Jones gladly welcomes the challenge of facing the hardest-hitting opponent of his career at UFC 187.

Since making his UFC return in 2014, (No. 1) Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (19-4, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.) has gone 3-0, collecting two first-round finishes over former title challenger Alexander Gustafsson (TKO at 2:15 of round 1 at UFC Fight Night® in Stockholm) and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (KO at 0:44 seconds of round 1 at UFC on FOX in San Jose), while also delivering a masterful performance against seventh-ranked Phil Davis at UFC 172. A nine-fight win streak, coupled with dominant wins over top tier talent, has earned Johnson a chance to challenge the pound-for-pound king for the light heavyweight world title.

In what will be an electric co-main event, middleweight champion Chris Weidman (12-0, fighting out of Baldwin, N.Y.) will put his spotless record on the line when he faces the fourth-ranked Belfort, who has been anxiously awaiting his shot at the belt. After doing the seemingly impossible by beating former champion Anderson Silva twice, Weidman went on to defend his title in spectacular fashion against former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at UFC 175. The five-round battle earned the pair a Fight of the Year nomination and cemented Weidman’s place in the pound-for-pound rankings (No. 4). With victories over many of the sport’s elite, the New Yorker looks to add another notable name to his resume when he takes on one of his most ferocious opponents to date.

Determined to hold titles in two weight classes, former 205-pound champ (No. 4) Vitor Belfort (24-10, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla. by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) has been destroying his competition as of late, and at 37 years old, has never looked better. In his most recent outings, “The Phenom” defeated both Dan Henderson and Luke Rockhold in the first round following his incredible second-round TKO victory over Michael Bisping in January 2013. Weidman and Belfort have been slated to meet on three separate occasions, and the two will finally go to war on May 23.

Other bouts for UFC 187 include:

·         Undefeated lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov returns from a lengthy layoff (22-0, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) to face No. 3 Donald Cerrone (27-6, 1NC, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.), a winner of seven straight.

·         In a battle of heavyweights, third-ranked Travis Browne (17-2-1, fighting out of Glendale, Calif.) collides with (No. 7) Andre Arlovski (23-10, 1 NC, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.).

·         Ninth-ranked welterweight Dong Hyun “Stun Gun” Kim (19-3-1, 1 NC, fighting out of Busan, South Korea) meets Josh Burkman (28-11, fighting out of Draper, Utah).

·         Former title challengers Joseph Benavidez (21-4, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) and John Moraga (16-3, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.) hit the stage in a flyweight scrap.

·         Plus, the flyweight division’s No. 1 contender and TUF season 14 winner John Dodson (17-6, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) makes his return against (No. 9) Zach Makovsky (19-5, fighting out of Philadelphia, Penn.).

·         In their UFC debuts, newcomers Leo Kuntz (17-1-1, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) and Islam Makhachev (11-0, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) square off in a 155-pound bout.

For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com.  All bouts live and subject to change.

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UFC 184: Ronda Rousey sigue invicta.

Feb 28, 2015

Bereavision.- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center.- 28 de Febrero del 2015.

 

La cartelera de la UFC 184 la cual iba a ser encabezada por Chris Weidman y Vitor Belfort, corrió el riesgo de ser cancelada luego de que Weidman se lesionaba en entrenamiento. Fue entonces que la pelea de campeonato entre Ronda Rousey y Cat Zingano fue promovida y debido a la popularidad de ambas peleadoras se logró que esta cartelera se llevará a cabo como estaba planeada. Esta es la primer cartelera donde las peleas estelar y co-estelar serán con peleadores del sexo femenino.

 

La primer pelea de esta cartelera de pago por evento era la pelea entre “El Cucuy” Ferguson contra Gleison Tibau originario de Brasil.  De una manera sorprendente y por sumisión “El Cucuy” sometía a Tibau a los 2:37 del primer round aplicando un mataleón.

 

La segunda pelea de pago por evento fue la pelea entre el estadounidense Alban Jouban y el australiano Richard Walsh. Jouban ganaba en el primer round tras noquear a Walsh.

Enseguida de la pelea de Walsh y Jouban, se enfrentaron Jake Ellenberger originario de Nebraska contra Josh Koscheck. Cabe destacar que durante el primer round Koscheck no paraba de mirar el reloj en las pantallas del Staples Center, causando el abucheo de los aficionados.  Faltando 40 segundos para que el segundo round acabarára Ellenberger lograba someter a Koscheck luego de aplicarle una guillotina.

 

La pelea co-estelar de la noche también era una de las peleas más esperadas. Se enfrentó Raquel Pennington contra Holly Holm. Holm se llevaba la victoria por decisión unánime pero muchos de los aficionados abuchearon la decisión de los jueces.


La pelea estelar de la noche comenzaba en punto de las 9:00pm. Y era encabezada por la campeona de peso gallo Ronda Rousey contra la retadora Cat Zingano. La pelea acababa después de 14 segundos cuando Rousey aplicaba una llave al brazo de Zingano, y así en un cerrar de ojos Ronda Rousey ganaba la pelea.

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Las Mujeres LLegan al Rescate: UFC 184

Feb 27, 2015

Las Mujeres LLegan al Rescate

 

Ronda Rousey tiene la pelea mas dificil de su Carrera este fin de semana en la UFC 184 ante Cat Zingano. Esta cartelera sera la primera en la historia de la UFC que tendra peleas estelar y co-estelar completamente femenina.

“No me habia dado cuenta de que las peleadoras femeninas habiamos rescatado esta cartelera,” esto fue lo que comento Ronda Rousey en el ultimo dia de prensa previo a la UFC 184 de este sabado 28 de febrero en el Staples Center de Los Angeles, California. La Pelea estelar inicial de esta cartelera era la del campeonato de pesos medios entre el campeon de UFC Chris Weidman en contra de Vitor Belfort, debido a una lesion en las costillas de Weidman. Y con la cancelación de esa pelea la de Rousey vs Zingano tomaron las riendas de esta cartelera en un choque por el campeonato de peso gallo femenino de la UFC. Con respaldo de la pelea coestelar entre la novata en la UFC Holly Holm y Raquel Pennington.

Rousey comento de que Zingano le ayudara demostrar al mundo todo lo mejor que Rousey tiene que ofrecer. Aparte comento de que Zingano es del tipo de peleadoras que no se frustra porque las cosas no le salen bien al principio, sino que a cada Segundo de la pelea mejora. Ademas añadio, entre risas de que ella misma tambien empieza lento y mejore cada segundo aunque no se vea de ese modo.

Esta sera la quinta defense del titulo para Rousey y declare de que este sin duda era el mejor campamento de toda su Carrera y que no se ha sentido tan saludable desde que tenia 16 años.

Sera transmitido por medio de pague-por-ver de UFC este sabado 28 de febrero desde el Staples Center de Los Angeles, California.

Nota: Mizraim Trejo

Foto y video: Ruben Marchan

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INVICTA FC 11 PRELIMS TO BE AVAILABLE ON FREELIVE STREAM THIS FRIDAY

Feb 25, 2015

INVICTA FC 11 PRELIMS TO BE AVAILABLE ON FREELIVE STREAM THIS FRIDAY

FIRST FOUR FIGHTS OF ALL-FEMALE CARD WILL BE LIVE AND FREE ON UFC.tv

 

Las Vegas, Nevada – UFC FIGHT PASS®, the UFC®’s digital subscription service, has announced that the prelims for this Friday’s highly anticipated Invicta FC 11 event will be made available to fans around the world for free.

Invicta FC 11: Cyborg vs Tweet takes place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and kicks-off a huge weekend for female mixed martial arts.

UFC® 184, headlined by UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey vs No.1 contender Cat Zingano and co-headlined by Holly Holm vs Raquel Pennington, also emanates from Los Angeles one day later, this Saturday, February 28.

UFC Chief Content Officer Marshall Zelaznik said: “This is arguably the biggest weekend for female MMA ever, and we’re excited to get things going by making the first half of a great Invicta card free to our fans. This will be the fourth Invicta FC event we have streamed onUFCFIGHTPASS.com in the last five months, and we invite fans who haven’t seen Invicta yet to check out the kind of great exclusive content we offer on UFCFIGHTPASS.com.”

The Invicta FC 11 prelims will begin steaming live at 7pm PT/10pm ET on UFC.tv here: http://www.ufc.tv/video/invicta-fc-11-prelims.

The main card – headlined by the long-awaited return to action for Invicta featherweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino taking on the surging Charmaine Tweet – will then stream exclusively live on UFCFIGHTPASS.com from 9pm PT/midnight ET here: http://www.ufc.tv/video/invicta-fc-11

Then, on Saturday, UFCFIGHTPASS.com will exclusively live stream the UFC 184 early prelims, featuring a featherweight fight between Masio Fullen and Alexander Torres and two-time performance of the night winner James Krause taking on lightweight Valmir Lazaro. Link here:http://www.ufc.tv/video/ufc-184-fight-pass-prelims

Here’s what the streaming schedule looks like for this weekend.

INVICTA FC 11 PRELIMS: FREE on UFC.tv starting FRIDAY 7pm PT, 10pm ET

Strawweight: Jamie Moyle (1-0) vs. J.J. Aldrich (1-0)
Strawweight: Brianna Van Buren (3-1) vs. Amy Montenegro (5-1)
Flyweight: Christine Stanley (3-1) vs. Emily Corso (4-0)
Flyweight: Kristi Lopez (2-0) vs. Aspen Ladd (0-0)

INVICTA FC 11 MAIN CARD: on UFCFIGHTPASS.com starting FRIDAY 9pm PT, midnight ET

Invicta FC 145lbs Title: Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino (12-1, 1 NC) vs. Charmaine Tweet (6-4)
Strawweight: Alexa Grasso (6-0) vs. Mizuki Inoue (8-3)
Strawweight: DeAnna Bennett (6-0) vs. Lynn Alvarez (6-3)
Bantamweight: Irene Aldana (4-1) vs. Melanie LaCroix (3-2)

UFC 184 FIGHT PASS PRELIMS: on UFCFIGHTPASS.com, starting SATURDAY 4pm PT/7pm ET

UFC featherweight: Masio Fullen vs Alexander Torres

UFC lightweight: James Krause vs Valmir Lazaro

UFC FIGHT PASS is available now at UFCFIGHTPASS.com on personal computers, Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, Chromecast, Android, Samsung, LG Smart TV and Roku. Subscriptions are $9.99 month to month, $8.99 per month for six months or $7.99 per month for a one-year subscription. Start your one-week free trial now.

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MACHIDA FACES ROCKHOLD WHEN UFC RETURNS TO PRUDENTIAL CENTER ON APRIL 18

Feb 16, 2015

 

 

MIDDLEWEIGHTS COLLIDE AS FORMER CHAMP LYOTO MACHIDA FACES LUKE ROCKHOLD WHEN THE UFC® RETURNS TO PRUDENTIAL CENTER

ON SATURDAY, APRIL 1

Plus:

‘JACARE’ SOUZA (#2) vs. YOEL ROMERO (#6)

FELICE HERRIG (#8) vs. PAIGE VANZANT (#10)

CUB SWANSON (#5) vs. MAX HOLLOWAY (#13)

JIM MILLER (#11) vs. PAUL FELDER

 

TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: MACHIDA vs. ROCKHOLD

AT PRUDENTIAL CENTER – NEWARK, NEW JERSEY

ON SALE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20

 

Las Vegas, Nevada – The UFC® returns to Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Saturday, April 18 with an exciting main event pitting former UFC champ Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida against former STRIKEFORCE® titleholder and fifth-ranked contender Luke Rockhold in a pivotal bout for the middleweight division.

 

Machida (22-5, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif. by way of Belem, Brazil) returns to action following a “Fight of the Night” performance against Chris Weidman and a recent first round TKO victory over CB Dollaway that also netted him a “Performance of the Night” award. Currently ranked No. 3, the Karate expert has become a fan favorite known for his unique counterstriking and lightning-quick speed. Having won three of four bouts since dropping to middleweight, Machida looks at home in his new division and is hoping to become just the third fighter in UFC history to win titles in multiple weight classes.

 

Rockhold (13-2, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) has long maintained that he is one of the elite fighters at 185 pounds and just needed the opportunity to prove it. After winning the STRIKEFORCE middleweight title from “Jacare” following a year and a half layoff from injury in 2011, Rockhold went on to pick up dominant victories over current top 15 fighters Tim Kennedy, Costas Philippou, Tim Boetsch and most recently, Michael Bisping. The AKA-based fighter who routinely trains alongside Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier hopes that in 2015, he’ll add UFC champion to his resume.

 

Winner of his last seven bouts dating back to his STRIKEFORCE tenure, second-ranked “Jacare” Souza (21-3, 1NC, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) has become one of the most feared men in the middleweight division. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt who possesses knockout power, Souza has handily defeated Gegard Mousasi, Robbie Lawler, Kennedy, Francis Carmont and Yushin Okami throughout his recent career. The former STIRKEFORCE middleweight champ believes he’s the rightful owner of the next shot at UFC gold.

 

Standing in his way, is No. 6 contender and Cuban Olympic freestyle wrestling silver medalist, Yoel Romero (9-1, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.).  Romero has been on a tear since entering the Octagon, defeating four of his opponents by devastating knockout and earning “Fight of the Night” on two occasions. With 2014 wins over Kennedy, Brad Tavares and Derek Brunson, Romero looks poised to take the next step in his already-impressive MMA career.

 

Also scheduled for the card:

  • In a battle of top 10 women’s strawweights, The Ultimate Fighter® season 20 cast member Felice Herrig (10-5, fighting out of Crystal Lake, Ill.) squares off against 20-year-old prospect Paige VanZant (4-1, fighting out of Reno, Nev.) in a matchup sure to produce fireworks.
  • Fifth-ranked contender Cub Swanson (21-6, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M. by way of Palm Springs, Calif.) takes on No. 13 Max Holloway (12-3, fighting out of Waianae, Hawaii) in an explosive battle of featherweight strikers.
  • New Jersey’s own Jim Miller (24-5, 1NC, fighting out of Sparta, N.J.) puts his No. 11 ranking on the line against undefeated up-and-comer Paul Felder (10-0, fighting out of Philadelphia, Pa.) in an exciting lightweight bout.
  • Bantamweights collide as Long Island’s Aljamain Sterling (10-0, fighting out of Uniondale, N.Y) looks to stay unbeaten against seventh-ranked Takeya Mizugaki (20-8-2, fighting out of Kanagawa, Japan).
  • The Ultimate Fighter season 19 middleweight winner and Serra-Longo fighter Eddie “Truck” Gordon (8-2, fighting out of Uniondale, N.Y.) faces wrestler Chris Dempsey (10-2, fighting out of Lower Burrell, Pa.)
  • The Ultimate Fighter season 19 light heavyweight winner and Ricardo Almeida-trained prospect Corey Anderson (6-0, fighting out of Rockford, Ill.) squares off against Long Island’s Gian Villante (12-5, fighting out of Bellmore, N.Y.).
  • Nick “The Jersey Devil” Catone (10-4, fighting out of Brick, N.J.) returns to action against Vitor Miranda (11-4, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) at middleweight.
  • New Jersey native George Sullivan (16-3, 1NC, fighting out of Belmar, N.J.) vs. Kenny Robertson (15-3, fighting out of Washington, Ill.) in a battle of welterweights.

 

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: MACHIDA vs. ROCKHOLD go on sale Friday, February 20 at 10 a.m. ET and are priced at $225, $150, $100, $75, $50 and $40. Tickets will be available at all Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will be available at Prudential Center’s box office beginning Monday, February 23 at 11:00 a.m. ET. Ticket prices do not include applicable service charges.

 

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Wednesday, February 19 at 10 a.m. ET via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, February 20 starting at 10 am. ET. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

 

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: MACHIDA vs. ROCKHOLD will air live on FOX at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 18, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FOX at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT MANILA: EDGAR vs. FABER

Feb 16, 2015

UFC® MAKES IT DEBUT IN MANILA AS FEATHERWEIGHT CONTENDERS FRANKIE EDGAR AND URIJAH FABER HEADLINE HISTORIC EVENT ON MAY 16

 

Plus:

Roldan Sangch-an vs. Jon Delos Reyes

Zhang Lipeng vs. Kajan Johnson

Tae Hyun Bang vs. Jon Tuck

Li Jingliang vs. Roger Zapata

Yao Zhikui vs. Nolan Ticman

 

 

UFC FIGHT NIGHT MANILA: EDGAR vs. FABER

Mall of Asia Arena

Tickets on sale Friday, March 13

 

Singapore – The UFC® makes its much anticipated live event debut in Manila when it brings the Octagon® to the Mall of Arena Asia on Saturday, May 16.  The main event will see former lightweight champion and current No. 1 ranked featherweight mixed martial artist Frankie “The Answer” Edgar face fellow American Urijah “The California Kid” Faber in a five-round featherweight battle at 145 pounds.

 

At 33, Edgar (17-4-1, fighting out of Toms River, New Jersey, USA) is proving himself to be a force in the 145lb division. Ranked No.1 in the division, the former collegiate wrestler is currently riding a three-fight win streak and looking to get one step closer to another title shot opportunity.

 

Faber (37-7-0, fighting out of Sacramento, California, USA) will be making his inaugural featherweight debut. The California Kid, currently ranked No.3 in the bantamweight division, has won six of his last seven fights and has never lost a non-title fight. His experience in the Octagon has seen him go the five round championship distance five times against Dominick Cruz, Jose Aldo, Mike Brown and twice against Renan Barao.

 

Faber comments: “I feel like it’s rare in this sport to have the ability, the opportunity and the fortune of having super fights at multiple weights. I started in this sport because I love it.  I love the challenge and I love to perform.  Fighting a guy like Frankie Edgar is exactly the reason I got into this sport.  I’m a fan of the heart Frankie has as a fighter, something I’m known for as well.  I was a 145 lb. champion and he was a 155 lb. champion so it’s cool for me to be able to make this fight, one for the history books.  I plan on winning and putting on a show in the process.”

 

Other confirmed bouts for UFC FIGHT NIGHT MANILA: EDGAR vs. FABER include:

  • The Philippines own Roldan Sangcha-an (4-1, fighting out of Baguio City, Philippines) will have the Mall of Asia Arena behind him when he takes on skilled Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner Jon Delos Reyes (7-4, fighting out of Tamuning, Guam) in a flyweight tilt.
  • The Ultimate Fighter China winner Zhang ‘The Warrior’ Lipeng (9-8-1, fighting out Beijing, China) takes on ‘Rajan’ Kajan Johnson (19-12-1, fighting out of Montreal, Canada) in a lightweight clash
  • Korea’s ‘Supernatural’ Tae Hyun Bang (17-8, fighting out of Seoul, Korea) takes on rising prospect Jon ‘The Super Saiyan’ Tuck (8-2, fighting out of Hagatna, Guam) in a lightweight fight that highlights two emerging MMA markets in Asia
  • In a welterweight bout, Li ‘The Leech’ Jingliang (9-3, fighting out of Beijing, China) takes on The Ultimate Fighter: Edgar vs. Penn veteran Roger ‘Viva’ Zapata (4-1, fighting out of New York, New York)
  • Another Ultimate Fighter China steps back in the Octagon when Yao Zhikui (1-2, fighting out of Beijing, China) meets dynamic Nolan Ticman (4-2, fighting out of Huntington Beach, Calif.) in the debut of both fighters at 125 pounds

 

UFC Manila will be broadcast all over the world giving the UFC’s international fans a taste of the immense passion and support the Philippines fans have for MMA. Other bouts will be confirmed as they become available.

 

Tickets will go on-sale on March 13, launched in conjunction with SM Tickets at www.smtickets.com.

 

For more information or current fight news, visit ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

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UFC Returns to Montreal With Two Championship Belts on the Lin

Feb 16, 2015

UFC® RETURNS TO MONTREAL WITH TWO CHAMPIONSHIP BELTS ON THE LINE

 

FLYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT BETWEEN DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON AND KYOJI HORIGUCHI ADDED AS CO-MAIN EVENT

 

TICKETS FOR UFC® 186: DILLASHAW vs. BARAO II AT BELL CENTRE ON SALE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28

 

Toronto, Canada – The UFC® announced an updated fight card and released ticket prices for UFC® 186: DILLASHAW vs. BARAO II at the Bell Centre on Saturday, April 25. The organization will be returning to Montreal with two championship title fights including the highly anticipated re-match between the world’s No.9-ranked pound-for-pound mixed martial artist, UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw (12-2, fighting out of Sacramento, Ca., USA), and No.1 contender Renan Barao (35-2, 1NC, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). The new co-main event will feature UFC flyweight champion and the world’s No.3 ranked pound-for-pound fighter Demetrious Johnson (21-2-1, fighting out of Parkland, WA, USA) against No.8 ranked Kyoji Horiguchi (15-1, fighting out of Tokyo, Japan). Tickets for UFC® 186: DILLASHAW vs. BARAO II will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, February 28 at 10 a.m. EST.

 

Dillashaw and Barao’s first bout earned “Fight of the Night” honours at UFC® 173 in May 2013. The 135-pound champion Barao entered the Octagon® with an impressive 32-fight unbeaten streak and three successful title defenses since becoming champion in 2012. However, Dillashaw dominated Barao throughout four rounds and earned a fifth round TKO victory. The two were slated for a re-match at UFC® 177 in August 2014, but Barao was forced to cancel due to issues with his weight cut. With Barao out, Joe Soto, who was originally scheduled to fight on the undercard, stepped in to challenge Dillashaw for the title. After four rounds, Dillashaw landed a head kick to earn another KO victory in the fifth round to defend his title for the first time. Dillashaw has won seven of his last eight, with three by submission and five by KO. Meanwhile, Barao was back in action in December 2014 and earned a “Performance of the Night” arm triangle choke submission victory over Canadian Mitch Gagnon. Barao is a dangerous submission specialist and has won 15 of 35 by submission and eight by knockout.

Johnson is the first and only flyweight champion in UFC history, winning the belt in 2012 against top competitor Joseph Benavidez. Currently on an eight-fight unbeaten streak, “Mighty Mouse” owns eight wins by submission and four by knockout, proving the range of his dangerous skill set. Johnson will look to defend his belt for the sixth time against rising contender Horiguchi, who is currently 4-0 in the UFC and on a nine-fight win streak. Horiguchi, who has five first-round finishes and nine wins by knockout, will be on a mission to bring UFC gold back to Japan for the first time. The UFC® 186 co-main event also marks the introduction of the 125-pound division to La Belle Province, as it will be the first UFC flyweight tilt ever to be held in the Province of Quebec. The Bell Centre faithful will see firsthand the speed and agility the flyweights bring inside the Octagon® as they demonstrate why the division is like no other in the UFC.

 

The previously scheduled bout between welterweights Rory MacDonald and Hector Lombard has been removed from the card and updates for both fighters will be provided when available.

 

The Ultimate Fighter® Nations winner Chad Laprise (10-0, fighting out of Montreal, Canada) has also been added to the card. Laprise will face American Bryan Barberena (10-2, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz., USA) in a lightweight bout.

 

Other confirmed bouts for UFC® 186: DILLASHAW vs. BARAO II include:

  • Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (32-10, fighting out of Irvine, Ca., USA) will make his return to the Octagon® after a two year absence. He will face No.13 ranked Fabio Maldonado (22-7, fighting out of Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil) in a battle of heavy handed strikers at 205 pounds
  • No.9 ranked Englishman Michael Bisping (26-7-0, fighting out of Manchester, England) will face a tough test in finishing specialist and No.11 ranked C.B. Dolloway (16-7, fighting out of Tempe, Az., USA) in the middleweight division
  • Veteran power-puncher Yves Jabouin (20-9, fighting out of Montreal, Canada) fights undefeated Thomas Almeida (18-0, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil) in a bantamweight fight sure to produce fireworks
  • Patrick Côté (21-9, fighting out of Montreal, Canada) will meet knockout artist Joe Riggs (40-15, fighting out of Glendale, Az., USA) in a welterweight showdown
  • John Makdessi (12-3, fighting out of Montreal, Canada) will face 12-6 Abel Trujillo (12-6,1NC, fighting out of Boca Raton, FL., USA) in a lightweight bout
  • In a battle of The Ultimate Fighter® alums, judo black belt Olivier Aubin-Mercier (6-1, fighting out of Montreal, Canada) clashes with David Michaud (8-1, fighting out of Glendale, Az., USA) in a lightweight tilt
  • Welterweight Nordine Taleb (10-2, fighting out of Montreal, Canada) meets Brazil’s Claudio Silva (11-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • World champion boxer Jessica Rakoczy (1-4, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nv., USA), originally from Hamilton, Ontario, makes her return to the Octagon® after becoming The Ultimate Fighter® runner-up in 2013. She will meet another striking specialist and fellow Canadian, Valerie Letourneau (6-3, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fl., USA by way of Montreal, Canada), in a strawweight bout. Both women have dropped a weight class and enter the newest division in the UFC

 

Tickets for UFC® 186: DILLASHAW vs. BARAO II go on sale Saturday, February 28 at 10 a.m. EST at evenko.ca and the Bell Centre box office. Tickets are priced at $375, $250, $150, $100, $90, $75 and $50. Ticket sales are limited to eight per person.

 

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Thursday, February 26 at 10 a.m. EST via the website www.ufcfightclub.com and are limited to six per person. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Friday, February 27 starting at 10 a.m. EST with a limit of eight per person. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

 

For more information or current fight news, visit ufc.com.  All bouts live and subject to chang

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