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UFC 103 Notes: Belfort Moves to Forefront of Middleweight Title Picture


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A win over Rich Franklin was expected to make Vitor Belfort an instant contender for Anderson Silva’s UFC middleweight title. But according to UFC President Dana White, Belfort may have positioned himself as the leading candidate for Silva’s next title defense, even before Dan Henderson and Nate Marquardt.

“You know, I think he might be ready now,” White said at last night’s UFC 103 post-fight press conference.

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Quote of the Day: Henderson Holding Out for More Deserving UFC Deal


Dan Henderson. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.

“I’m holding firm for what I think I deserve. If they sign me, I’ll fight who they want me to fight. Even if I get Silva now, after I beat him Marquardt would be the top contender, so I’d have to fight him next anyway. Beat him now or beat him later, it doesn’t matter. I’ll have to fight Marquardt eventually. If I was the UFC I wouldn’t waste a fight between us. It all depends on Anderson Silva. If he’s not going to fight until April, I don’t want to wait that long. But I’ll do what I have to do to fight him.”

— UFC middleweight contender Dan Henderson tells Michael David Smith of MMA FanHouse that he intends to hold out for a financially better deal than the previous one he completed with his highlight-reel knockout of Michael Bisping in July. Henderson is currently a free agent and while he wishes to stay with the UFC, negotiations between the two sides are apparently going slower than expected.

Reports: Henderson-Marquardt, Mir-Kongo Under Consideration to Headline UFC 105


Dan Henderson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The matchup that will eventually be selected to headline UFC 105 in Manchester, England on November 15 is anyone’s guess at this point, but for now, we at least have two fights that could be under consideration for the spot.

Despite reports stating that Dan Henderson isn’t interested in a showdown with fellow UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt, UFC officials are reportedly targeting a fight between the two as the main event of UFC 105 according to MMA FanHouse‘s Ariel Helwani.

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Vitor Belfort Returns to UFC, Headlines UFC 103 in Bout With Franklin


Vitor Belfort. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort has signed with the UFC and will fight former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin at UFC 103 on September 19 at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.

Before the fall of Affliction, Belfort was scheduled to face Jorge Santiago and when Josh Barnett was pulled from the main event, Belfort’s name was tossed around as a possible opponent for Fedor Emelianenko.

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Henderson vs. Franklin II & Cro Cop vs. Dos Santos Added to UFC 103


Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson at UFC 93. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that UFC 103 will be headlined by a light heavyweight bout featuring former PRIDE welterweight and middleweight champion Dan Henderson taking on former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin. Also on the card will be a heavyweight bout between Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Junior Dos Santos.

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Lesnar and St. Pierre Dominant in UFC 100 Victories


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Former WWE superstar, Brock Lesnar, successfully defended his UFC heavyweight title against interim champion Frank Mir on Saturday night at UFC 100: Making History.

Lesnar assumed the role of the heel before any punches were even thrown. Referee Herb Dean called both fighters to the middle for the pre-fight instructions and moments later Lesnar turned and stomped away, refusing to touch gloves with Mir.

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Lesnar Beats Mir: UFC 100 Results

Jon Fitch def. Paulo Thiago - Unanimous Decision
Brock Lesnar def. Frank Mir - KO Round 2 1:48
Georges St. Pierre def. Thiago Alves - Unanimous Decision
Dan Henderson def. Michael Bisping - KO Round 2 3:20
Yoshihiro Akiyama def. Alan Belcher - Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Mark Coleman def. Stephan Bonnar - Unanimous Decision
Jim Miller def. Mac Danzig - Unanimous Decision
Jon Jones def. Jake O’Brien - Submission (D’Arce Choke) Round 2 2:43
Dong-Hyun Kim def. T.J. Grant - Unanimous Decision
Tom Lawlor def. CB Dollaway - Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 1 0:55
Matt Grice def. Shannon Gugerty - Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 1 2:36

All Fighters Make Weight for UFC 100


Tom Lawlor sporting “Just Bleed” paint. Photo property of Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for UFC 100: Making History are in and all of the fighters successfully made weight in preparation for their bouts Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The card will be headlined by a UFC heavyweight title bout featuring champion Brock Lesnar taking on interim champion Frank Mir. UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will defend his title against Thaigo Alves as well.

Main Card:

Brock Lesnar (265 lbs) vs. Frank Mir (245 lbs)
Georges St. Pierre (170 lbs) vs. Thiago Alves (170 lbs)
Dan Henderson (185 lbs) vs. Michael Bisping (186 lbs)
Yoshihio Akiyama (185 lbs) vs. Alan Belcher (186 lbs)
Jon Fitch (170 lbs) vs. Paulo Thiago (170 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Mark Coleman (205 lbs) vs. Stephan Bonnar (205 lbs)
Mac Danzig (154 lbs) vs. Jim Miller (155 lbs)
Jon Jones (206 lbs) vs. Jake O’Brien (206 lbs)
Dong Hyun Kim (171 lbs) vs. T.J. Grant (170 lbs)
C.B. Dollaway (186 lbs) vs. Tom Lawlor (184 lbs)
Matt Grice (155 lbs) vs. Shannon Gugerty (156 lbs)

Henderson, Shogun, Serra, and Cung Le Join Round 5 Summer Release


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MARKHAM, ONTARIO, CANADA – Four of the most popular and accomplished champions in mixed martial arts, Dan Henderson, Cung Le, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Matt Serra, have partnered with Round 5, the leading producer of MMA collectibles, to create figurines that will be included in an expanded Series 4, it was announced today by Barron Lau, Round 5 CEO and co-founder and Damon Lau, president and co-founder. The series, scheduled to be available at retail in July in time for UFC 100, will include the four plus fellow superstars Fedor Emelianenko and Gina Carano.

Round 5 also confirmed today that Series 3, which features Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski, “Big John” McCarthy, Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, will be in stores across North America and at online outlets including Round5MMA.com in late May, about a month behind its original schedule.

“With six figurines, Series 4 will be our largest issuance to date,” said Damon Lau.  “Adding four more of the biggest names in the sport – with wide fan bases – to what began as an already stacked set is huge for Round 5 and a great opportunity for fans to quickly add to their collections.”

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Henderson Officially Named “TUF 9” Coach


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NEW YORK, NY — Dan Henderson will serve as coach of the American team for season nine of “The Ultimate Fighter: US vs. UK” premiering Wednesday, April 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV.

Henderson earned the right to coach after defeating former middleweight champ Rich Franklin via split decision after an intense bout at UFC 93 last Saturday night. He will be opposed by British sensation Michael Bisping. Production for “The Ultimate Fighter: Team US vs. Team UK” begins this Friday, January 23 in Las Vegas.

Henderson is the ideal American team coach for “The Ultimate Fighter: US vs. UK” as he is no stranger to representing his country in the sport he loves. Henderson was a member of the United States Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling team in 1992 and 1996 and has competed all over the world both as an amateur in wrestling and as a professional in mixed martial arts.

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