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.
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.
CHICAGO, Ill. (April 10, 2012) — When Bellator Fighting Championships makes its first trip of the season to Atlantic City, it brings with it a loaded fight card including a Bantamweight Title Fight headlined by Bellator Bantamweight World Champion Zach Makovsky and challenger Eduardo “Dudu” Dantas, as well as a Season 6 Featherweight Tournament semifinal bout and the last two quarterfinal fights in the Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament. Also, a stacked preliminary card is official and is loaded with the best talent from the East Coast and Midwest.
The night will feature the return of former Bellator Welterweight Champion Lyman Good as he takes on the always dangerous LeVon Maynard in a welterweight matchup. Good returns for the first time since dropping a decision to Season 6 Bellator Tournament semifinalist Rick Hawn and is looking to get back to the form that saw him win 10 consecutive fights to start his career. Maynard, a three-time Bellator veteran, is looking to score the biggest win of his career when he meets “Cyborg” on April 13.
The hits keep coming as Philadelphia’s Will Martinez takes on Andy Main in a featherweight contest. Main, a New Jersey hometown favorite, is coming off a huge win over Bellator veteran Bobby Reardanz, while Martinez will be looking to extend his winning streak to three.
Courtesy of Super Fight League, here's UFC veteran Todd Duffee fighting for the first time in over a year and picking up a 34-second KO of Neil Grove at SFL's latest event on Saturday at the T-Box Mobile Arena in Chandigarh, India.
The card also saw Bellator middleweight star Alexander Shlemenko halt Ikuhisa Minowa with strikes in the first round and Ryan Healy win a unanimous nod over Paul Kelly.
Patrick Cote continued building a case for a return to the UFC with his fourth straight win, a first-round KO of Gustavo Machado at Amazon Forest Combat II this past weekend. Cote has said that UFC officials asked him to grab a win over a fighter with a decent record and he did just that.
The video after the jump also shows a rare lapse in judgement by ref Mario Yamasaki, who lets Machado eat about 6-8 extra shots after he's out.