You've seen the UFC Primetime special regarding UFC 148, now here's the reguarly scheduled "Countdown" show, which premiered this evening on FUEL TV. Part one featuring Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen is above. The remainder of the special is after the jump, featuring spotlights on Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin, Cung Le vs. Patrick Cote and Demian Maia vs. Dong-Hyun Kim.
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— The UFC this afternoon announced that rising welterweight contender and seasoned veteran Brian Ebersole will replace an injured Claude Patrick against James Head in a welterweight affair at UFC 149 later this month in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Ebersole enters the fight on less than three weeks notice just a couple of weeks after winning a unanimous decision over T.J. Waldburger at UFC on FX 4 on June 22. [UFC.com]
— Michael Bisping made an appearance on Tuesday's edition of UFC Tonight to discuss his recovery from recent knee surgery and ended up calling out a couple of potential foes along the way, including Alan Belcher. "Alan Belcher’s somebody that’s been calling me out for seems like forever now," Bisping said on the show. "To be quite frank I’m sick of it. So, Alan Belcher if your balls are big enough, call Joe Silva and let’s do it." [MMA Weekly]
Here are a set of highlights from this afternoon's pre-fight press conference for UFC 148, which takes place this Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. And in case you were wondering, Chael Sonnen was in rare form as usual.
If you weren't pumped up before, this will certainly do the trick. Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen faced off following a final exchange of comments between each other and reporters at today's final pre-fight press conference for UFC 148 involving the two, and it was heated to say the least.
Sentencing for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones' May 19th misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated after crashing his vehicle into a Binghamton, New York telephone pole has been postponed a second time.
The news was first reported by Gannett Press Connects.
Jones' hearing will now take place on July 31. His lawyer, Thomas D. Jackson, asked judge Daniel L. Seiden for additional time to complete a required drug and alcohol evaluation and the extension was granted.
Check back here at MMA on Tap at 4 PM ET for this afternoon's pre-fight press conference for UFC 148, which will feature Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen in the same room with each other since Silva's fiery comments on last week's media conference call.
It's pretty much a cant-miss. Watch.
Here's another solid promotional video in the days leading up to UFC 148, with a breakdown of the numbers that the first fight between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen generated two summers ago.
If you don't already know, Kenny Florian's stance is music to my ears.
"Ultimate Fighter" alumnus George Roop will reportedly take on well-traveled veteran Antonio "Pato" Carvalho in a featherweight matchup scheduled for the UFC's first-ever trip to Calgary, Alberta, Canada at UFC 149 on July 21.
Word of the bout was first reported by Sportsnet.ca, citing sources close to the event. UFC 149 is slated to be headlined by Jose Aldo defending his UFC featherweight title against an opponent yet to be named.
Roop enters the bout on a two-fight losing streak, dropping a split decision to Hatsu Hioki in October that was followed up by a second-round TKO loss at the hands of Cub Swanson at UFC on FOX 2 in January.
Carvalho fell in his UFC debut at UFC 142, losing a unanimous decision to Brazilian prospect Felipe Arantes. The 32-year-old has won three straight fights prior.
A welterweight bout between struggling former contenders Thiago Alves and Yoshihiro Akiyama has reportedly been targeted for UFC 149, which is scheduled for July 21 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The news comes from MMAFighting.com. UFC 149 is slated to be headlined by Jose Aldo defending his UFC featherweight title against an opponent yet to be named.
Alves is coming off of a heartbreaking loss to Martin Kampmann at UFC on FX 2 last month, submitting to a gullotine choke in the final moments of their bout after appearing to be on his way to a victory.
After winning a close split decision over Alan Belcher in his UFC debut nearly three years ago at UFC 100, Akiyama has gone on to drop four straight bouts. He suffered consecutive losses to Chris Leben, Michael Bisping and Vitor Belfort before dropping down to the welterweight division and falling to Jake Shields in his last appearance at UFC 144 in February.