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UFC 156 predictions

Alistair Overeem. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

The UFC returns for its third event in consecutive weeks and it's a big one - the promotion's annual Super Bowl weekend event in Las Vegas.

This year's edition features a "superfight" of sorts as UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his title, welcoming former UFC lightweight king Frankie Edgar to the division. Alistair Overeem will also return to action for the first time after a year-long layoff. He will face fellow Strikeforce import Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva for a shot at Cain Velasquez and the UFC heavyweight belt.

My predictions are after the jump.

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Bellator Confirms Pairings for Welterweight Tourney

Jay Hieron. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

CHICAGO, ILL.Bellator Fighting Championships today announced the promotion's Season 4 Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal Pairings for Bellator 35, the premiere event at the Tachi Palace Casino & Resort in Lemoore, California on Saturday, March 5, 2011.

With all four of the highly anticipated Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal fights on the schedule,Bellator 35 will serve as the launching point for talent-stacked welterweight tournament which will air live on MTV2.

"This Welterweight tournament is stacked.  Every fight should be hyper-competitive" said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. "Any one of these 8 fighters could win it, make $100,000 and earn the right to fight Askren for our world title."

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Hieron Tops Bellator Welterweight Lineup

Jay Hieron. Photo by Esther Lin/Showtime Sports.

One-time IFL welterweight champion Jay Hieron has been officially added to Bellator Fighting Championships season four welterweight tournament, completing the field of eight fighters who are expected to begin fighting this spring.

The 34-year-old joins former Bellator title holder Lyman Good, Sengoku veteran Dan Hornbuckle, former Olympian Rick Hawn, Steve Carl, Jim Wallhead, Chris Lozano and Brent Weedman in the field.

Hieron last completed a contract under Strikeforce with two straight wins in the promotion, winning unanimous decisions over UFC veterans Jesse Taylor and Joe Riggs.

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Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg Salaries

The California State Athletic Commission has released the official list of fighter salaries following Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg which took place on Saturday, August 15 at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, California.

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos ($25,000) def. Gina Carano ($125,000)
Gegard Mousasi ($2,000) def. Renato “Babalu” Sobral ($75,000)
Gilbert Melendez ($50,000) def. Mitsuhiro Ishida ($30,000)
Fabricio Werdum ($50,000) def. Mike Kyle ($14,000)
Jay Hieron ($55,000) def. Jesse Taylor ($12,000)
Scott Lighty ($4,000) def. Mike Cook ($2,500)
Justin Wilcox ($5,000) def. David Douglas ($5,500)
James Terry ($6,000) def. Zak Bucia ($2,000)
Alex Trevino ($3,500) def. Isaiah Hill ($2,000)

Remember that this is only the base salary that a fighter received. Bonuses, deductions, and other undisclosed fees are not included.

Nick Diaz Under the Gun With Strikeforce and Showtime?

Nick Diaz. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

Prior to Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg, Nick Diaz was scheduled to take on Jay Hieron for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title. All of that was thrown out the window when Diaz decided to skip a mandatory drug test administered by the California State Athletic Commission.

Strikeforce and Showtime executives were displeased with the situation and when forced to find a replacement they called upon The Ultimate Fighter 7 alumni Jesse Taylor and placed his bout with Hieron on the non-televised section of the August 15 card.

Scott Coker and Ken Hershman recently spoke with ESPN Radio’s Steve Cofield where they provided their thoughts on Diaz and what steps the organization and network will take in the future.

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Randy Couture, Jay Hieron Added to EA MMA Roster

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EA Sports has officially announced that former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture will appear on EA Sports MMA. Also added to the roster is former IFL welterweight Jay “The Thoroughbred” Hieron.

Couture and Hieron join a roster which alreadly includes Strikeforce fighters Fedor Emelianenko, Gegard Mousasi and Renato “Babalu” Sobral.

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Cyborg Stops Carano, Captures Women’s 145-Pound Title

Cris “Cyborg” Santos and Gina Carano battling for the Strikeforce women’s 145-pound title. Photo property of Esther Lin.

In the biggest bout in female mixed martial arts history, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos stopped Gina Carano via TKO to become the Strikeforce women’s 145-pound champion.

From the opening bell, the fight had a feverish pace as Cyborg immediately came forward and put the pressure on Carano with a flurry of hard strikes against the cage. As Cyborg attempted an early takedown, fans saw Carano sweep Cyborg and gain the mount. Before Carano could put up any offense, Cyborg went for a quick heel hook but Carano calmly escaped.

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Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg Weigh-In Results

The fighters are currently hitting the scales in preparation for Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg. Be sure to check back often as we provide you with up to the minute weigh-in results.

Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg will be headlined by a 145 lbs female title fight between Gina Carano and Cris “Cyborg” Santos. Also featured on the card will be an interim lightweight title bout between Gilbert Melendez and Mitsuhiro Ishida and a heavyweight title bout between Fabricio Werdum and Mike Kyle.

Main Card:

Gina Carano (143 lbs) vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (144.5 lbs)
Jay Hieron (169 lbs) vs. Jesse Taylor (172 lbs) *
Renato “Babalu” Sobral (201 lbs) vs. Gegard Mousasi (204 lbs)
Gilbert Melendez (155 lbs) vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida (155 lbs)
Mike Kyle (219 lbs) vs. Fabricio Werdum (228 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Mike Cook (205 lbs) vs. Scott Lighty (202 lbs)
David Douglas (156 lbs) vs. Justin Wilcox (154 lbs)
Zak Bucia (170 lbs) vs. James Terry (169 lbs)
Isaiah Hill (156 lbs) vs. Alex Trevino (156 lbs)

* Taylor weighed in at 172 lbs and has two hours to weigh-in at the 171 lbs limit.

Nick Diaz Skips Drug Test; Jay Hieron to Face Jesse Taylor

Nick Diaz. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

Strikeforce officials have confirmed that Nick Diaz missed a mandatory pre-fight drug test with the California State Athletic Commission.

Diaz was reportedly in the process of submitting a sample to the CSAC but it was not done in time and Strikeforce has confirmed that The Ultimate Fighter veteran Jesse Taylor will serve as Diaz’s replacement. The bout between Hieron and Taylor will still be for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title.

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Hieron to Face Diaz for Strikeforce Belt

Jay Hieron. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Former International Fight League welterweight champion Jay Hieron has signed to face Nick Diaz for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight belt at the organization’s “Carano vs. Cyborg” event on August 15 in San Jose, California.

MMA on Tap was able to confirm the bout with Hieron’s agent, Ken Pavia, earlier this evening. MMA Weekly was the first to report the news. Hieron replaces Joe Riggs, who was forced to withdraw from the fight after an undisclosed hospital stay.

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