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Ken Stone vs. Edwin Figueroa Added to UFC on FX 4 in June

Ken Stone. Photo courtesy of 5thRound.com.

American Top Team's Ken Stone will look for his second UFC win against Edwin Figueroa in a preliminary bantamweight bout at UFC on FX 4 on June 22 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The UFC announced that the two fighters had verbally agreed to meet yesterday afternoon. UFC on FX 4 will be headlined by a pivotal lightweight clash between former title contender Gray Maynard and fan-favorite Clay Guida.

After dropping his first two bouts under the Zuffa banner, Stone picked up his first UFC win in September, putting journeyman Donny Walker to sleep with a rear-naked choke in the first round.

His opponent, Figueroa, lost a hard fought unanimous decision to Michael McDonald in his UFC debut, but has since bounced back to record consecutive victories over Jason Reinhardt and Alex Caceres.

The War of Words Between Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz Continues

The bad blood between Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz continues to boil and is going to make for a very interesting season of "TUF". In the above video, the two coaches discuss their feud and past fights with each other with Todd Harris on this week's episode of "UFC Tonight".

The Daily Recap: “TUF Brazil” Premieres Sunday, Six UFC Fights Announced & More

Vitor Belfort. Photo courtesy of Zuffa LLC.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

The debut episode of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" will stream live on Sunday at 11:30 PM ET on TUF.tv with subtitles. The reality show was originally thought to be airing in real time on FUEL TV, but will stream on the internet instead. FUEL will still broadcast the season at some point, when exactly still remains unknown. The lineup for the 16 elimination-round matchups to get into the house have also been set. Click the link. [MMA Junkie]

The UFC announced six more fights for this summer. Those include Demian Maia making his welterweight debut against Dong Hyun Kim and Constantinos Philippou facing Riki Fukuda at UFC 18 as well Rick Story returning against Rich Attonito, Dan Miller dropping down to 170 lbs to take on Ricardo Funch and Matt Riddle colliding with Luis Ramos at UFC on FX 4. [UFC.com]

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The Daily Recap: King Mo’s Health Scare, Coenen Returns to Action at All-Female Event & More

Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal reportedly suffered a health scare in the last month courtesy of another injury to his recently repaired ACL as well as a very bad case of staph. According to Lawal and his manager, the fighter is currently feeling well and the infection is under control. He will be on pain medication and antibiotics through a PICC line to his heart for another six weeks but is expected to make a full recovery. [MMA Mania]

Marloes Coenen will return to action on April 28 at Invicta Fighting Championships' first-ever all-female fight card against Romy Ruyssen, who Coenen defeated via second-round submission back in August 2008. Other advertised bouts for the card include Jessica Penne vs. Lisa Ellis-Ward, Liz Carmouche vs. Ashleigh Curry, Sarah D’Alelio vs. Shana Nelson and Leslie Smith vs. Kaitlin Young. [Sherdog]

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Gina Carano Comments on Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey

Gina Carano. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

With Gina Carano and Cris "Cyborg" Santos now absent from the world of women's MMA, a March 3 matchup between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey will now serve as a platform for one of them to become the new face of the female side of the sport.

Still away from the game due to acting commitments, Carano gave her take on the Tate-Rousey matchup and discusses her excitement about a bout that should be an exciting one.

“I completely thought that Marloes Coenen was going to win in that last fight against Miesha, so I was really impressed with Miesha. I think Miesha Tate works really hard and I think a lot of people thought Marloes was going to win that fight, so I think she gained a lot of respect from a lot of people. I don’t think we can underestimate her anymore. She’s a legit opponent.”

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“I think it’s really cool that Ronda’s an Olympic athlete. She’s been a part of a lot of competitions, she’s got the drive, and obviously she’s got the skill,” Carano stated. “Not one of her fights has gone out of the first round, so I think it’s going to be really interesting to see. Both of those women are hard workers and have stronger personalities. I hope that it does well. I’m super excited about it.”

Carano also states in the article that she has been hesitant to attend some women's fights live in fear of taking the spotlight of off the fighters because the cameras could focus on her in the crowd. Here's to hoping that she does decide to be in Columbus, Ohio next month for what will be a passing of the torch so to speak.

The Daily Recap: Two Fights Added to UFC on FOX 3, UFC on FUEL Ratings & More

Nick Denis. Photo courtesy of Top MMA News.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

Sengoku veteran Nick Denis will take on "TUF 14" cast member Johnny Bedford in a bantamweight bout inked for UFC on FOX 3 on May 5. Denis made a spectacular UFC debut last month, KO'ing Joseph Sandoval with standing elbows in just 22 seconds at UFC on FX 1. Bedford was also victorious in his first UFC appearance, handing a one-sided beatdown to Louis Gaudinot before finishing him with strikes in the third round at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale in December. [UFC.com]

The inaugural UFC on FUEL TV event garnered an average of 217,000 for this past Wednesday night's broadcast. It was the highest take-in for a live event in the channel's history. FUEL TV previously averaged 148,000 for the UFC on FX 1 prelims and 144,000 for the UFC on FOX 2 undercard. [Sherdog]

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UFC on FUEL TV Video Highlights

Courtesy of FOX Sports, here are some video highlights of last night's fights from the inaugural UFC on FUEL TV event, which saw hometown boy Jake Ellenberger outlast Diego Sanchez to earn a unanimous decision over three rounds in the main event.

Above is a video recap of Ellenberger and Sanchez's battle. After the jump, highlights from Stefan Struve vs. Dave Herman, Ronny Markes vs. Aaron Simpson and additional bouts can be seen.

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Ellenberger Outlasts Sanchez at First-Ever UFC on FUEL TV Show

Jake Ellenberger. Photo property of IFL.

Jake Ellenberger took all he could handle from tenacious veteran Diego Sanchez but ended up earning a unanimous decision in front of his hometown crowd in the main event of the first-ever UFC on FUEL TV event in Ellenberger's hometown of Omaha, Nebraska on Wednesday night.

The fight capped off an action-packed card at what looked to be a sold-out Omaha Civic Auditorium. The partisan crowd saw Ellenberger take one step closer to a UFC welterweight title shot with his six straight win in the division.

Ellenberger, who currently trains alongside Mark Munoz at Reign MMA, controlled the fight early on, frustrated Sanchez with good footwork and a steady diet of jabs and strong right hands. An always game Sanchez remained in the pocket and tried to keep up with his foe, landing occasional shots.

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Previewing UFC on Fuel 1: The Main Card

Diego Sanchez. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

Fresh off of an event last weekend, the UFC is getting right back into the swing of things with a special Wednesday show, their first-ever on FUEL TV. Luckily for Comcast subscribers and other who don’t have/aren’t able to get the network, this week is a free preview week and a lot of carriers are taking part.

So two days from now Jake Ellenberger is going to put his status at a top contender in the UFC’s welterweight division on the line against hard-nosed veteran Diego Sanchez, is who riding a win streak of his own and looking to return to the division’s upper-echelon.

UFC on Fuel TV 1 will also feature a heavyweight collision between Stefan Struve and Dave Herman as well as a middleweight battle pitting Aaron Simpson against Ronny Markes. Here’s a preview of the main card, which can be seen in its entirety after the jump.

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MMA on Tap January Fighter Rankings

Gilbert Melendez. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

Here are the latest MMA on Tap fighter rankings. We will be updating these every month or whenever an adjustment is needed, like after a major event for example. The rankings break down into seven different lists of ten, each of them by division.

If you ever want to compare these with your own or just take a look at the latest update, you can find them under the "Top 10" category in our features section. The organization a fighter is currently under contract to is listed next to the fighter’s name.

The rankings were tabulated by the MMA on Tap staff. Feel free to chime in with your own lists, thoughts, or suggestions.

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