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.
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— King of the Cage lightweight champion Bobby Green has been tapped to replace Lyle Beerbohm against former K-1 Hero's standout Gesias Cavalcante on the undercard of Strikeforce's "Fedor vs. Henderson" event on July 30. The reasoning behind Beerbohm's departure from the contest is currently unknown. Green enters the bout fresh off of a unanimous decision win over Dom O'Grady in April. [Strikeforce]
— Heavy hitting striker Lavar Johnson has been forced out of this weekend's Strikeforce Challengers 17 show with an undisclosed injury. Taking his place in a heavyweight bout against IFL veteran Devin Cole will reportedly be former collegiate football player Shawn Jordan, who recently posted a 1-1 mark under the Bellator banner. [MMA Junkie]
Brock Lesnar. Photo property of Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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.
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
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.
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)
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)
Thiago Alves. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
In a recent article on UFC.com, Thiago “Pitbull” Alves mentioned that he had a secret weapon for his upcoming title bout with champion Georges St. Pierre.
Alves said, “Fabio Holanda, who trained GSP for nearly two years, is here supporting my training and giving me a lot of details about his game; that was a great addition.”
Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
All kinds of rumors have been flying regarding who will be part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s historic 100th pay-per-view event later this year. Now it seems that one of them has been confirmed courtesy of UFC President Dana White, who stated on a recent Montreal radio show that Georges St. Pierre’s upcoming welterweight title defense against Thiago Alves would likely take place at the event:
UFC president Dana White was the guest on a recent Montreal-based radio show on CKAC Sports 730AM to discuss his promotion’s own controversial issues regarding the Quebec Athletic Commission’s new interpretation of its own rules putting UFC 97 in jeopardy. While on the show, the juggernaught kingpin revealed his part of his plan for his promotion as it hits the century mark in numbered events.
“I’m pretty confident that UFC 100 will have Georges St. Pierre on the card,” he told the host of the program on CKAC. “UFC 100 will more than likely have Georges St. Pierre defending his welterweight title.”
He also confirmed that the event would take place in July in the sweltering heat of Las Vegas, the promotion’s home base, and not in the moderate temperatures of Denver, where the UFC was born.
I couldn’t be more excited that this fight is taking place on the UFC’s grandest stage to date. Not only is this going to be a tough test for St. Pierre, but could make for one of the most exciting fights in recent memory. At first glance, one would think that St. Pierre’s wrestling could lead to him grinding out another decision, but Alves’ takedown defense has been fantastic in his last few bouts. On top of that, we all know how GSP likes to go after another fighter’s strengths. A war on the feet anyone?
B.J. Penn. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
If you thought that the war between Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn was over, think again. Penn’s camp has informed Sherdog.com that they intend to file a formal complaint with the Nevada State Athletic Commission after officials spotted one of St. Pierre’s cornermen allegedly rubbed Vaseline on his back in between the first and second and then the second and third rounds.
“We are not trying to make excuses, but the NSAC needs to protect the fighters,” Penn told Sherdog.com via text message. “They never notified us or completely wiped his back with water and towels.”
Various reports are circulating that following the conclusion of the first round, Phil Nurse, who has been working St. Pierre’s corner for a number of years, was caught by someone sitting at ringside rubbing Vaseline on St. Pierre’s back and shoulders. It has yet to be confirmed that this person was former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, but “The Iceman” was the first to inform UFC President Dana White of the incident after the conclusion of the fight, which St. Pierre won via fourth-round doctor’s stoppage.
Anderson Silva def. Patrick Cote - TKO
Thiago Alves def. Josh Koscheck - Unanimous Decision
Gray Maynard def. Rich Clementi - Unanimous Decision
Junior dos Santos def. Fabricio Werdum - KO
Sean Sherk def. Tyson Griffin - Unanimous Decision
Thales Leites def. Drew McFedries - Submission (rear naked choke)
Spencer Fisher def. Shannon Gugerty - Submission (triangle choke)
Dan Miller def. Matt Horwich - Unanimous Decision
Hermes Franca def. Marcus Aurelio - Unanimous Decision
Pete Sell def. Josh Burkman - Unanimous Decision