In what is now becoming a yearly tradition, the UFC returns to Chicago in January for UFC on FOX 6, which takes place Saturday night at the United Center.
The UFC's latest network television special is headlined by another title fight. This time the flyweights take the stage as Demetrious Johnson defends his belt for the first time against fellow speedster and top contender John Dodson. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson will also fight for what could be the last time in the UFC, taking on rising light heavyweight Glover Teixeira.
My predictions are after the jump.
Ben Askren is evolving.
On a night that many expected Askren's smothering top position and submissions to do Karl Amoussou in, it was Askren's new ground-and-pound that put away the Frenchman in his latest Bellator welterweight title defense in the main event of Bellator 86 on Thursday night at the Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
Prior to the bout, Askren predicted a finish and he delivered. It was his second stoppage under the Bellator banner and his first since he submitted Ryan Thomas in his promotional debut back in April 2010.
Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson. Image courtesy of UFC.com.
Here are the staredowns from this afternoon's UFC on FOX 6 pre-fight press conference, which just ended moments ago in Chicago. UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger John Dodson are above. The rest of the main card is after the jump.
Benson Henderson def. Nathan Diaz - Decision (Unanimous)
Alexander Gustafsson def. Mauricio Rua - Decision (Unanimous)
Rory MacDonald def. BJ Penn - Decision (Unanimous)
Matt Brown def. Mike Swick - KO (Punches)
Yves Edwards def. Jeremy Stephens - KO (Punches & Elbows)
Raphael Assuncao def. Mike Easton - Decision (Unanimous)
Ramsey Nijem def. Joe Proctor - Decision (Unanimous)
Daron Cruickshank def. Henry Martinez - KO (Kick)
Abel Trujillo def. Marcus LeVesseur - TKO (Knees)
Dennis Siver def. Nam Phan - Decision (Unanimous)
Scott Jorgensen def. John Albert - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
MMA on Tap will be going live at 7:30 PM ET with real-time results of tonight’s Score Fighting Series 7 event, which takes place in Hamilton, Ontario.
SFS 7 will be headlined by a welterweight showdown between Jordan Mein and Forrest Petz. Also featured will be a featherweight affair featuring Tristan Johnson and Will Romero. The card will air live on The Score in Canada and AXS TV in the States.
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All of the participants for The Score Fighting Series 7 card successfully made weight in preparation for their bouts set for Friday in Hamilton, Ontario.
The card will be headlined by a welterweight bout featuring Strikeforce veteran Jordan Mein as he takes on UFC veteran Forrest “The Meat Cleaver” Petz. Also featured will be a lightweight showdown between Jesse Ronson and Ryan Healy. The event will air live at 10 PM EST on The Score in Canada and AXS TV in the States.
The official weights can be found after the jump.
The Maximum Fighting Championship has announced that they’ve signed Mukai Maromo to a multi-fight contract that includes a championship bout agreement for MFC 36: Reality Check.
“All along my plan has been to become the MFC lightweight champ,” said Maromo in the official release. “I want to become the first Canadian-based fighter to win that belt. I want to make that mark, and then I want to defend the title successfully. After that I’ll see where my journey takes me next.”
Maromo will vie for the MFC lightweight title against Graham Spencer at MFC 36 scheduled for February 15 in Edmonton, Alberta. The two first met back in March 2010 at Era Fight Night where Spencer walked away with a unanimous decision.
All of the participants for the UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit card successfully made weight in preparation for their bouts Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
The event will be headlined by a UFC welterweight title unification bout featuring current champion Georges St. Pierre and interim champion Carlos Condit. The co-main event will feature a number one contender bout between Martin Kampmann and Johny Hendricks.
The offical weights can be found after the jump.
It looks like there is another hurdle to overcome before we'll finally see a super fight between Cris Cyborg and Ronda Rousey. Cyborg’s camp is saying that their fighter visited with her heart doctor and a cut to 135lbs is not safe based on her personal physical health. According to the report, Cyborg walks around at 160lbs and the cut could prohibit Cyborg from carrying a child in the future. [MMAWeekly]
Ronda Rousey’s camp wasted no time formulating a response stating that if you talk to five doctors, you’ll get five different opinions. In regards to moving up to 145lbs, Rousey’s manager Doug Harvey told Yahoo! Sports, “At the end of the day, it’s up to Ronda. I would advise against it because I would like to do everything to get Cyborg down to 135 pounds, but I know it’s the fight the world wants to see.”
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For those complaining about the lack of depth for UFC cards recently, the announcement of a title fight and two high-profile bouts between contenders for the UFC's next show on FOX should be enough to generate some excitement again.
UFC on FOX 5 will be headlined by Benson Henderson, who defended his UFC lightweight championship just this past weekend against Frankie Edgar, taking on Nate Diaz in a 155 lb title bout.
Also featured on the network television broadcast will be decorated veteran Mauricio "Shogun" Rua facing top rising light heavyweight prospect Alexander Gustafsson and the return of future hall-of-famer B.J. Penn against highly-touted youngster Rory MacDonald.
The show will take place on December 8 at a location yet to be announced. A fourth fight will also be featured on the main card and will be announced in the coming weeks.