It’s been a busy week in the world of the UFC and with the Sunday’s Las Vegas card approaching things will only get busier.
Stipe Miocic headlines UFC 203 against Alistair Overeem
After Cleveland’s own Stipe Miocic won the UFC Heavyweight title after brutally knocking out Fabricio Werdum he is set to defend his belt against one the world’s better known and most dangerous strikers, Alistair Overeem. UFC 203 will mark the first time the promotion will be in Cleveland and with Miocic being the hometown hero one can only imagine a packed house come fight night.
Miocic (15-2) is a winner of six of his last seven bouts which includes recent finishes of Mark Hunt and Andrei Arlovski. Since winning the title in under three minutes Miocic has become even popular due to single handedly ending the 52-year pro sports championship drought.
Overeem (41-14-1) is currently riding a hot streak of his own after two back-to-back finishes of Andrei Arlovski and Junior dos Santos. Having won four straight and six of his last seven the former Dream, Strikeforce and K-1 champion is after the one belt that he has always dreamt of capturing, the UFC heavyweight title.
UFC 203 takes place September 10 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Ohio.
Matt Brown gets quick turn around, faces Jake Ellenberger at UFC 201
An exciting welterweight bout been added to an already exciting UFC 201 card in Atlanta as Matt Brown and Jake Ellenberger will lock horns in what should be a slugfest.
Brown (20-14) is coming off of a tough third round submission loss to Demian Maia earlier this month at UFC 198 and is looking to rebound quickly against a tough opponent. Brown has found it tough to get a W in recent times as he has dropped three of his last four but with eight wins in last eleven outings the No. 8 ranked welterweight in the world could be right back in title contention with a dominant win in Atlanta.
Ellenberger (30-11) has always been a tough and dangerous opponent for anyone and was once considered to be on the verge of a title shot. Unfortunately for the 31-year old UFC veteran he has dropped five of his last six, with a loan submission win over Josh Koscheck in 2015. While his career may have fallen on hard times of late, Ellenberger still shows glimpses of the greatness that once had him on the cusp of title contention.
UFC 201 takes place July 30 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia and is headlined by a welterweight title bout between Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley.
No title fight for “Mayhem” but he will still fight at Venator FC III.
Less 24hrs away from challenging Luke Barnatt for his Venator FC middleweight title Jason “Mayhem” Miller has been removed from his bout after coming in 24lbs overweight.
Miller (23-9) will NOT compete for the middleweight belt and will instead fight in a 205-pound bout against Mattia Schivalion who was scheduled to fight on the same card. According to promotional officials Miller’s weight will be checked at 8 a.m tomorrow morning and should the former UFC and Strikeforce vet be over 207-pounds the fight will be cancelled.
Barnatt (10-3) will now face Stefen Croitoru (6-1-1) who was scheduled to compete on the same card against Mattia Schivalion. The Englishman was offered 30% of Miller’s purse aswell as an extra €5,000 to remain in the fight but turned it down.
As soon as news of the botched weight cut started breaking a tidle wave of negative comments and press came with it. Mostly aimed at Venator president Frank Merenda for allowing “Mayhem” to compete after his previous escapades while under other promotional banners. Merenda caught up with MMA Latest News and spoke about the weight cut, Miller, Barnatt and more.
Tyron Woodley is finally the title fight he has long campaigned for.
Heavy hitters will Collide in Atlanta on June 30 when Robbie Lawler will defend his welterweight belt against fellow slugger Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC201.
The promotion announced the news late Tuesday night.
Lawler (27-10, 1 NC) is bringing an impressive five- fight winning streak into this, his third title defence. Previously defending his belt against Rory MacDonald and most recently against Carlos Condit in what is widely considered to be a top runner for fight of the year,Lawler had been linked to fights with Conor McGregor as well as a rematch with Condit but will now have his eyes firmly set on a tough new opponent.
Woodley (15-3) has been out of action since his unanimous decision win over Kelvin Gastelum back in January last year. Prior to that Woodley has won four of his last five outings, including a stoppage of Carlos Condit. It’s been a long tedious road for Woodley but at last he has the shot he so firmly believes he should have had months ago.
UFC 201 takes place on Saturday, June 30 from the Phillips Arena in Atlanta. The card will be headlined by the welterweight title fight between Robbie Lalwer and Tyrone Woodley.
The latest episode of Dana White: ‘Lookin for a fight’ is out and it’s a cracker!! From bull riding to the flavours of Mexico, the trio get upto no good in Texas. Watch below and enjoy!!
Long time UFC veteran and former TUF standout Gray Maynard is ready for new challenges in a new weight class.
Maynard (11-5-1) is set to make his featherweight debut against Fernando Bruno at The Ultimate Fighter Finale on July 8. A former two-time title challenger “The Bully” fought for the belt twice in 2011 against the then champion Frankie Edgar. In both fights Maynard had him badly hurt but was unable to put the tough and durable Edgar away and at UFC 136 it was Frankie who was able to come back and finish the fight. Since then Maynard has found it tough to taste victory having lost his last four bouts, most of recent a unanimous decision loss to Alexander Yakovlev in April last year.
Bruno (15-3) lost his UFC debut back at UFC 190 where he was submitted by Glaico Franca with only seconds remaining in the fight. Fighting out of the now world-famous Nova Uniao camp Bruno has won five of his last six.
Maynard has fought and beaten some of the worlds best lightweights in Nate Diaz, Kenny Florian, Clay Guida, Jim Miller, Frankie Edgar and Roger Huerta. The 37-year old college wrestling standout possesses some of the heaviest hands in the 155-pound division and he will be looking to carry that power over to his new home. The UFC’s featherweight division.
If you know boxing then you know that Derek Chisora is one of the most underrated and unpredictable characters in the sport. A beautiful mix of crazy and talented, “Del Boy” is never one to shy away from conflict in or out of the ring.
Set to fight Kubrat Pulev on Saturday, May 7 in a European heavyweight title eliminator, things turned sour at Friday’s weigh-in. A member of Pulev’s team can be seen hitting Chisora with a plastic bottle which, as expected, sent the Zimbabwean into a rage as he chased the perpetrator around the venue pushing security and media around trying his hardest to get his hands on the man who dared to cross the line.
Yes Chisora is no angel and he has had his fare share of hair raising incidents through out his career BUT for a member of the opponents convoy to get physically involved, the rules of engagement are sure to go out the window.
The footage of the scuffke can be seen here https://youtu.be/3r5fZsPJvvs