Check back here at 2 PM ET for the live pre-fight press conference for Saturday's UFC on FOX 6 event. UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger John Dodson will join Rampage Jackson, Glover Teixeira, Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone on the podium.
All of the participants for UFC on FX 6 successfully made weight in preparation for their fights tonight at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia.
The card will be headlined by a lightweight fight between The Ultimate Fighter Smashes coaches Ross Pearson and George Sotiropoulos. The card will also feature a middleweight showdown between contenders Rousimar Palhares and Hector Lomard.
The official weights can be found after the jump:
Matt Mitrione, who faces Roy Nelson this Saturday, has turned down Nelson’s request for random drug testing by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association. Mitrione told MMA Junkie, “Since I was coming on somewhat short notice, cutting a couple weeks out of my camp, and training for a five-round fight, this is something I wanted to make sure I didn't have anything that could distract me.”
Ronda Rousey was officially crowned the UFC women’s bantamweight champion this weekend at the UFC on Fox 5 pre-fight press conference. Following the event, UFC president Dana White said Rousey is currently signed to an eight-fight deal and the women’s division will basically live and die with Rousey. [USA Today]
Mike Ricci and Colton Smith both won their The Ultimate Fighter 16 semi-final fights which aired on Friday and will now appear in the finale set for this Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada. I recommend checking out Ricci’s interview on The MMA Hour where he gave a candid breakdown of his feeling regarding the TUF 16 experience. [MMA Fighting]
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)
The UFC hits Seattle on Saturday night with UFC on Fox 5 which is arguably their most stacked card of the year. In the main event, Benson Henderson defends his lightweight title against Nate Diaz. Henderson, who is riding a five fight winning streak, will look to prove his doubters wrong when he takes on the versatile Stockton, California native.
The card also includes an intriguing welterweight matchup between BJ Penn and Rory MacDonald. Penn, who is coming out of retirement, has a lot to prove after a lackluster two years in the octagon. He’ll be in tough with MacDonald who has consistently looked stronger with each outing.
Rounding out the main card is a light heavyweight showdown between former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Alexander Gustafsson plus a welterweight clash between Mike Swick and Matt Brown.
The video above is the UFC’s latest promotional tool, ‘Road to the Octagon’, which takes an in-depth look at the fighters on Saturday’s UFC on Fox 5 card.
UFC on Fox 5 is headlined by a UFC lightweight title bout between Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz. The card also features BJ Penn vs. Rory MacDonald and Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
Last week on MMA Fighting’s “The MMA Beat”, Mike Straka stated that he's heard through sources that Georges St. Pierre is requesting $50 million to fight Anderson Silva. Straka said, “I was told by somebody very close to Georges that Georges today makes close to $8 million a fight. So to fight Anderson Silva he’s going to ask for $50 million.”
St. Pierre, who is currently in Paris, France, joined 98.5 FM Sports and shot down the report saying it was not true.
Johny Hendricks recently told MMA Junkie Radio that he has no intentions of risking his status as the number one contender for the UFC welterweight title. Hendricks said, “I’m not going to fight unless it’s for a belt. Nothing else matters but the belt.”
It’ll be interesting to see how the UFC handles the current welterweight title picture. Will it be the lesser known yet more deserving Hendricks or the outspoken and brash Nick Diaz?
Mamed Khalidov def. Kendall Grove – Submission (Achilles Lock)
Michal Materia def. Rodney Wallace – KO (Punch)
Aslambek Saidov def. Borys Mankowski – TKO (Leg Injury)
Maciej Jewtuszko def. Artur Sowinski – Submission (Brabo Choke)
Piotr Strus def. Krzysztof Kulak – TKO (Corner Stoppage)
Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Paulina Bonkowska – Decision (Unanimous)
Matt Horwich def. Terry Martin – TKO (Punches)
Alex Garcia, who last fought in October 2011, didn’t waste any time shaking off the rust. Garcia made quick work of journeyman Stephane Lamarche, securing a rear naked choke in just the first round. With the victory, Garcia raised his MMA record to an impressive 8-1.
Aiemann Zahabi, brother of Firas, was successful in his professional MMA debut pounding out Kyle Vivian in just under a round. Zahabi took Vivian to the canvas early and rained down a barrage of punches that forced the Ontario native to tap.
Complete results from the event are after the jump.
All of the participants for Bellator 82 successfully made weight in preparation for their bouts on Friday evening at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The preliminary fights will air live on Spike.com followed by the main card on MTV2.
The card will be headlined by the Season 7 welterweight tournament final featuring Lyman Good and Andrey Koreshkov. The winner will receive $100,000 plus a shot at Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren. Also on the card will be a battle between middleweight sluggers Doug Marshall and Kala Hose.
The official weights can be found after the jump.