Daniel Cormier, Anthony Johnson rematch added to UFC 206 

Daniel Cormier, Anthony Johnson rematch added to UFC 206 

Brace yourselves Canada two of the worlds best light heavyweights are coming to Toronto. 

Current champion Daniel Cormier will defend his title inside Toronto’s Air Canada Center against the hardest hitting fighter on the planet, Anthony Johnson. The fight was announced on Wednesday nights edition of UFC Tonight. 

The two men have already squared off once before, at UFC 187 last year. In the bout the two fought for the vacant 205-pound strap after Jon Jones was stripped and suspended after various legal issues. That night belonged to Cormier who submitted Johnson in the third round to become the new champion. 

Cormier (18-1) has defended his belt one time, a split decision win over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192. A bout with former champion Jon Jones was to go down at UFC 200 but a potential USADA violation forced Jones to be pulled from the fight just days before the event. A late replacement was found in Anderson Silva who dropped the bout via a unanimous decision. 

Johnson (22-5) is bringing a huge wave of momentum into this rematch thanks to 3 straight devastating knockout wins, the most recent of which was a 13-second distruction of Glover Teixeira at UFC 202. Prior to UFC 202 ‘Rumble’ had knocked out both Ryan Bader and Jimi Manuwa ensuring his position in line to face the champion. 

Luke Rockhold vs. Jacare Souza 2 to headline Fight Night card in Melbourne

Luke Rockhold vs. Jacare Souza 2 to headline Fight Night card in Melbourne

Two of the UFC’s top middleweight fighters are set to do battle again, this time down under.

Former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold is set to take on Brazil’s Jacare Souza on November 27 inside Melbourne’s Rod laver Arena in a highly anticipated rematch with the winner most likely next in line for a title shot. Come fight night it would have been exactly one year since the last Melbourne card where Holly Holm stunned the world by knocking out Ronda Rousey to claim the women’s bantamweight title.

Rockhold (15-3) has not been in action since his KO loss to Michael Bisping back in June. The loss snapped a five-fight winning streak and cost him the UFC middleweight title. Now set to face a man he beat back in 2011 for the Strikeforce middleweight title, Rockhold will be looking to get back into title contention with another dominant performance. Since coming over to the UFC the 31-year old American has beaten some the promotions best 185-pound fighters including, Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Michael Bisping, Tim Boetsch and Costas Philippou.

Souza (23-4-1) is looking to get his first UFC title shot with a win over the former champion. A dangerous ground fighter who has shown some improvements in his standup game, Souza has gone 6-1 since joining the UFC back in 2013 and has notable wins over Vitor Belfort, Chris Camozzi (2), Gegard Mousasi and Yushin Okami . Many feel that Souza should have had a shot at UFC glory a while back but now he has the chance to solidify that opportunity come November.

More fights for this Fight Night card are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

UFC 203 Embedded: Episode 3

UFC 203 Embedded: Episode 3

Follow the stars of UFC 203 during fight week.

By now we all know that fight week means vlog week. The crews of the magnificent UFC Embedded series follow the stars of UFC 203 around the streets, the hotel lobbies and the swimming pools as they make their final preperations for fight night.

Watch episode 2 right now.

Andrey Koreshkov vs. Douglas Lima to headline Bellator card in Tel Aviv, Israel

Andrey Koreshkov vs. Douglas Lima to headline Bellator card in Tel Aviv, Israel

Bellator MMA is coming Israel as the promotion announced on Wednesday that is set to hold its debut card in the region on November 10 as current welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov (19-1) will make the second defense of his belt against the man he took it from more than a year ago, Douglas Lima (27-6), in the main event.

Also announced for the card is a featherweight fight between newly signed  Noad Lahat (9-2)  and Scott Cleve (15-5). Additional main card and preliminary fights will be announced in coming weeks.

The current Bellator MMA welterweight King, Koreshkov most recently dominated former world champion Benson Henderson for 25 minutes in his first-ever title defense. 19-1 as a professional, “Spartan” has not tasted defeat since 2013 and has finished 13 of his opponents by either knockout or submission.

Coming off of a dominant victory over top contender Paul Daley, “The Phenom” Lima has earned the right to challenge for the title which he once held. The American Top Team standout has a knack for winning fights in spectacular fashion before reaching the judges’ scorecards, which he has accomplished in 23 of his 27 wins as a professional. Born in Brazil, the 28-year-old has secured victories over top competition since starting his career in 2006, tallying wins against Ben Saunders (2x), Ryan Ford, Steve Carl and Olympic competitor Rick Hawn. Now fully healthy, Lima looks to fight twice in a calendar year for the first time since 2013.

A black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, Lahat made his professional debut in 2008, where he began an impressive streak of seven consecutive victories. The 32-year-old “Neo” then decided to take his talents to the UFC, where he tacked on two more wins, rounding out his current professional record of 9-2. Hailing from Alfei Menashe, Samaria Israel, Lahat was also a soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces before transitioning to his now promising MMA career. He will look to compete in a strong Bellator MMA Featherweight class that includes current title holder Daniel Straus, Pat Curran, Patricio “Pitbull,” Daniel Weichel, and Georgi Karakhanyan.

At 34 years of age, Scott Cleve is set for his fifth appearance under the Bellator MMA banner, the Colorado native has a knack for ending fights early, stopping his opponent in 11 of his 15 victories. Notable victories on the “Pariah MMA” standouts resume include wins over UFC veteran Abel Trujillo, along with Bellator competitors Derek Campos and Matt Bessette.

 

UFC 203 Embedded: Episode 2 

UFC 203 Embedded: Episode 2 

Follow the stars of UFC 203 during fight week.

By now we all know that fight week means vlog week. The crews of the magnificent UFC Embedded series follow the stars of UFC 203 around the streets, the hotel lobbies and the swimming pools as they make their final preperations for fight night.

Watch episode 2 right now.

UFC 203 Embedded: Episode 1

UFC 203 Embedded: Episode 1

Follow the stars of UFC 203 during fight week.

By now we all know that fight week means vlog week. The crews of the magnificent UFC Embedded series follow the stars of UFC 203 around the streets, the hotel lobbies and the swimming pools as they make their final preperations for fight night.

Watch episode 1 right now.

 

UFC 203 Countdown: Full Episode

UFC 203 Countdown: Full Episode

Just days away from one of the biggest shows of the year go behind the scenes with six of the cards biggest stars.

Saturday, September 10 will mark the first title defence for the newely crowned UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic who will be fighting in his own  backyard and will be taking on the always dangerous Alistair Overeem. 

The nights co-main event is a heavyweight rematch between former champion Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne. Also on the card is the long awaited debut of one CM Punk who takes on Mickey Gall.

Go behind the scenes and into the training camps of the above mentioned fighters as they prepare body and mind for glory.