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The Daily Recap: TUF Tuesdays, Faber-Menjivar & More

Urijah Faber. Photo courtesy of UrijahFaber.com.

Despite reports of The Ultimate Fighter moving Wednesdays, it is now being reported that TUF will air on Tuesdays at 9 PM ET. The news comes from an advertisement in UFC 360 that indicates The Ultimate Fighter 17: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen will debut on Tues, January 22 at 9 PM on FX.

Speaking of TUF 17, Dana White threw up a picture of himself with Mike Tyson on Twitter while watching fights for the upcoming season.

Ivan Menjivar and Urijah Faber will settle some unfinished business at UFC 157 in Anahiem. The two bantamweights originally battled at TKO 24: Eruption and Menjivar was disqualified for kicking a downed opponent. [MMAWeekly]

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The Daily Recap: Valimaki-Al Hassan Cancelled, Denis Retires & More

Nick Denis. Photo property of UFC.

UFC veterans Victor Valamaki and Razak Al-Hassan were scheduled to fight yesterday at Aggression FC 14 in Edmonton, Alberta. The fight was cancelled when doctors refused to allow Valimaki to fight.

Valimaki apologized on Facebook, “Sorry guys, doc wouldn’t let me fight due to kidney failure from too big of a weight cut. Thanks everyone for the support, I feel like shit for letting everyone down. Time for a move up in weight so watch out heavyweights!”

Yves Edwards and Jeremy Stephens will finally lock horns at UFC on Fox 5 as it’s being reported that Stephens will step in and replace John Cholish who was forced to withdraw with a groin injury. Stephens and Edwards were originally slated to fight at UFC on FX 5 but the fight was scrapped when Stephens was arrested on an old warrant. [MMA Junkie]

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The War of Words Between Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz Continues

The bad blood between Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz continues to boil and is going to make for a very interesting season of "TUF". In the above video, the two coaches discuss their feud and past fights with each other with Todd Harris on this week's episode of "UFC Tonight".

Event of the Year: UFC 139

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Dan Henderson. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

The usual pre-event hype for UFC 139 just wasn't there. The UFC's first foray into the San Jose area following their surprising acquisition of Bay Area mainstay Strikeforce happened to be sandwiched in between the organization's network television debut on FOX, pitting Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos in a UFC heavyweight title bout, and the finale of the fourteenth season of "The Ultimate Fighter" the show's last on Spike.

It wasn't as if the fight card was lacking. Dan Henderson's return to the Octagon against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua was a barnburner of a headliner. Wanderlei Silva facing Cung Le and Urijah Faber going up against Brian Bowles aren't bad co-main events either. The advertising just wasn't there.

Still, UFC 139 delivered to say the least...

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Faber, Cruz to Coach TUF 15

Urijah Faber. Photo courtesy of UrijahFaber.com.

Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz will coach opposite each other on the upcoming 15th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show before fighting in a rubber match next summer.

The UFC announced the pairing on Tuesday evening. The latest edition of "TUF" will be the first to air on FX and is scheduled to debut in March.

Lightweights and welterweights are scheduled to compete for two six-figure UFC contracts. Faber and Cruz will be the first bantamweights to coach the show since its inception.

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Video: An Extended Look at UFC 139

Ahead of the UFC's debut this weekend in San Jose, here's an extended video preview of UFC 139, which boasts a stacked main card and is headlined by Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson's return to the UFC against former UFC title holder Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.

A hard-hitting middleweight clash between Wanderlei Silva and debuting Cung Le and Urijah Faber's return to action against fellow former WEC champ Brian Bowles are also featured.

The Daily Recap: Faber-Bowles Booked for UFC 139, Brazilian Organization Courting Marquardt & More

Urijah Faber. Photo courtesy of UrijahFaber.com

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.

— Former WEC featherweight king will try to get back on track in a pivotal bout against former WEC bantamweight title holder Brian Bowles in a main card bout tapped for UFC 139, which takes place on November 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Faber last fell to Dominick Cruz via unanimous decision in a failed bantamweight title bid at UFC 132 earlier this month while Bowles returned to the cage after over a year on the sidelines due to injury and took a unanimous nod over Takeya Mizugaki. [UFC.com]

— Nate Marquardt is among many high-profile free agent fighters being courted by upstart Brazilian promotion Amazon Forest Combat for their debut show on September 14. Among those already signed to compete are Royler Gracie and Paulo Filho and Satoshi Ishii, who will face each other in a likely light heavyweight bout. Patrick Cote, Marcus Davis, Jordan Smith and Rony Torres are among the fighters offered bouts on the card. [Tatame]

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WEC 41: Brown vs Faber 2 Results

Mike Brown def. Urijah Faber - Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
Jose Aldo def. Cub Swanson - TKO Round 1 0:08
Donald Cerrone def. James Krause - Submission (Rear Naked choke) Round 1 4:38
Josh Grispi def. Jens Pulver - Submission (Guillotine choke) Round 1 0:33

Untelevised results via Sherdog:
Manny Gamburyan def. John Franchi - Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Rafael Rebello def. Kyle Dietz - Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1 2:55
Anthony Pettis def. Mike Campbell - Submission (Triangle Choke) Round 1 1:49
Antonio Banuelos def. Scott Jorgensen - Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Frank Gomez def. Noah Thomas - Submission (Side Choke) Round 2 3:12
Seth Dikun def. Rolando Perez - Submission (Triangle Choke) Round 1 2:30

Brown, Faber Slated for June Rematch


Mike Thomas Brown. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

American Top Team product Mike Thomas Brown will defend his WEC featherweight title in a rematch against former champion Urijah Faber at WEC 41, which takes place on June 7 at the ARCO Arena in Faber’s hometown of Sacramento, California.

World Extreme Cagefighting officially announced the event and the bout this afternoon. Brown and Faber originally fought at WEC 36 in November of last year, where Brown shocked the MMA world with a surprising stoppage of Faber in the first round.

“I’m really excited to get this title shot,” Faber said in a press release today. “I had the belt for a long time and I’m eager to get some redemption. I think the biggest thing is I have to be a little more careful. The last time I got caught for being careless. I sort of live by the sword and die by the sword. He’s one of the best fighters in the world, so I need to be on my game and not his game and not make mistakes.”

Since their first meeting, Brown made a successful defense of his title with a quick submission win over Leonard Garcia earlier this month while Faber earned his second straight victory against former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver in January.

Video: Faber Looking Forward to Rematch Against Pulver

In the above video, former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber discusses his upcoming rematch against former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver, which will take place at WEC 38 on January 25 in San Diego, California.

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