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Whether we agree with it or not, Benson Henderson is still the UFC lightweight champion and Frankie Edgar is headed back to the drawing board for the first time in four years.
UFC 150 provided us with another potential storm of controversy at 155 lbs, but UFC president Dana White is determined to move forward within the division. At this point, who can blame him? The title’s last six defenses have featured the same four fighters.
So as promised, Henderson will defend the belt against top contender Nate Diaz later this year, while Edgar faces a multitude of questions regarding his future, none more prevalent than the option to drop to featherweight – a move that would appease many.
What about the other fighters that competed in Denver this past weekend? Well, here’s a list of potential matchups the UFC could make down the line.
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.
The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.
— 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.
Courtesy of Fox Sports, here is a video highlight from last night's UFC on FX 3 main event, which saw Demetrious Johnson win a face paced unanimous decision over Ian McCall.
After the jump you'll find the full results and some more news and notes stemming from the event.