Frankie Edgar. Photo courtesy of Complex Magazine.
The long-awaited conclusion of the trilogy between UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and top contender Gray Maynard as well as what may be Jose Aldo's toughest test to date at featherweight in a title defense against former two-time 155 lb. title challenger Kenny Florian will headline the UFC's first-ever trip to Houston, Texas on October 8.
The UFC officially announced the pair of title fights this afternoon. UFC 136, which will emanate from the Toyota Center and feature a pre-event UFC Fan Expo, is also slated to feature Chael Sonnen's return to action against Brian Stann as well as Melvin Guillard looking for his sixth straight win against Joe Lauzon.
Edgar and Maynard will spar in a rematch of their back-and-forth battle at UFC 125 in January, which featured a dominating first round performance by Maynard and a come-from-behind run for the ages from Edgar, which ultimately resulted in a majority draw.
Jose Aldo. Photo courtesy of Built to Fight Industries.
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— The New York State Senate has voted to legalize the sport of mixed martial arts and the fate of yet another attempt to bring the world's fastest growing sport to the Empire State will once again go through the State Assembly, which has shot down such a bill multiple times in years past. [New York Post]
— A proposted UFC featherweight title bout between reigning champion Jose Aldo and top contender Chad Mendes, originally targeted for a UFC event in August, has essentially been scrapped. Citing wear and tear from his hard-fought win over Mark Hominick in April, Aldo's management team has stated that their fighter won't be returning to action until the fall. Mendes has instead opted to fight in August regardless against a different opponent rather than sit on the sidelines and wait for a title shot. [MMA Weekly]
Georges St. Pierre. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.
The UFC will be holding a special press conference at the Rogers Centre today at 1 PM ET in anticipation of UFC 129: St. Pierre vs Shields, which will mark Toronto, Ontario, Canada's first UFC event on April 30.
UFC President Dana White, UFC Canada Director Tom Wright, UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, Jake Shields, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Mark Hominick will all be in attendance.
Video of the press conference can be seen after the jump.
Jose Aldo. Photo courtesy of Built to Fight Industries.
Two additional co-headlining bouts have been officially announced for the UFC's inaugural foray into Toronto, Ontario, Canada for UFC 129 on April 30.
Jose Aldo will defend his UFC featherweight title against fellow striker Mark Hominick and UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture returns to face Lyoto Machida in an intriguing light heavyweight bout.
The previously rumored matchups were posted on UFC.com today.
Mike Brown. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
In a previously rumored bout, Mike Brown will defend his WEC featherweight championship against streaking top contender Jose Aldo in the main event of WEC 44: “Brown vs. Aldo” on November 18 at the Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
World Extreme Cagefighting officially announced the matchup today. The event is being held on a Wednesday instead of the WEC’s usual Sunday slot in order to separate the event from UFC 106, which will take place the following Saturday.
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
Jose Aldo. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Fresh off of his first-round stoppage of Rolando Perez at WEC 38 on January 25, fast-rising featherweight contender will reportedly take on WEC newcomer Chris Mickle in a bout that will likely be added to WEC 39, which takes place on March 1 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
According to MMA Junkie, the fight will partially take the place of the canceled WEC welterweight title fight between Carlos Condit and Brock Larson, who are both now headed to the UFC due to the rumored demise of the WEC’s 170 lb. division.
Aldo has won his first three fights in the WEC and another win under his belt could vault him to the top half of the featherweight division. Mickle, who has spent the majority of his career fighting in small shows in the midwest, will come into the bout with a two-fight winning streak.
Jamie Varner. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
World Extreme Cagefighting has released the complete fight card for it’s upcoming WEC 38 event on January 25 at the San Diego Sports Arena in California where WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner will defend his title against rising contender Donald Cerrone.
The show’s co-main event will feature a rematch between former champions as Urijah Faber will attempt to bounce back from his recent loss to Mike Thomas Brown against one-time UFC lightweight title holder Jens Pulver. Faber won an unanimous decision over Pulver in a 2008 fight-of-the-year candidate back on June 1.
We will be going live at 5:30 PM ET with complete results from tonight’s WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown event, which will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The show’s televised main card will air on Versus starting at 8 PM ET.
WEC 36 is headlined by Urijah Faber once again defending his featherweight title against gritty top contender Mike Thomas Brown. In addition, WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho will meet Chael Sonnen in a non-title rematch of their December 2007 fight and former UFC lightweight title holder Jens Pulver will look to get back on track against rising featherweight Leonard Garcia.
Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the evening. Detailed live results are after the jump.
Paulo Filho. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
WEC middleweight title holder Paulo Filho came in an astounding seven pounds over the 185 lb. limit at the weigh-ins for WEC 36 on Tuesday afternoon, putting his championship rematch against Team Quest product Chael Sonnen in jeopardy.
After the two-hour allotted time limit, Filho was only able to cut down to 188 lbs, making his showdown against Sonnen a non-title affair. Sonnen will be awarded 25% of Filho’s purse.
In addition, featherweight title challenger Mike Brown came in a half pound over the featherweight limit and jiu-jitsu wizard Rani Yahya weighed-in one pound over the bantamweight requirements for his fight against Yoshiro Maeda. Brown was quickly able to shed the extra baggage while Maeda has agreed to face Yahya without forcing him to cut weight again.
Complete weigh-in results are after the jump.