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James Krause vs. Jamie Varner booked for UFC 173

A lightweight showdown between fighters looking to break into the top-15, veteran Jamie Varner (21-9-1, 2 NC) and up-and-comer James Krause (20-5), has been scheduled for the fight card of UFC 173, promotion officials announced this week.

Both men aim to rebound after suffering recent hard-luck losses.

In Varner’s case, the 29-year-old has dropped three of his past four contests since re-entering the UFC with a stunning upset win over Edson Barboza in 2012. His most recent setback came in early February, when Varner snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and suffered a violent second-round knockout loss at the hands of a badly rocked Abel Trujillo in UFC 169′s ‘Fight of the Night.’

As for Krause, after earning a double-bonus win over Sam Stout in his UFC debut, the 27-year-old saw his momentum derailed in the form of a bizarre first-round TKO loss to Bobby Green at UFC Fight for the Troops 3, in which, after getting kicked in the groin twice, Krause toppled over from one last kick to the belt line which referee John McCarthy ruled a legal blow.

UFC 173 takes place May 24, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. An updated fight UFC 173 card can be seen below.

  • Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort
  • Jamie Varner vs. James Krause
  • Chris Holdsworth vs. Kyung Ho Kang
  • Sam Sicilia vs. Doo Ho Choi

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Flyweights Cariaso-Smolka, Horiguchi-Montague Booked for UFC Fight Night in Cincinnati

A pair of flyweight matchups have been added to the UFC’s May 10 return to Cincinnati, as Chris Cariaso takes on Louis Smolka and Kyoji Horiguchi faces Darrell Montague.
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George Roop-Dustin Kimura Bantamweight Bout Booked for UFC Fight Night 41

A bantamweight clash between George Roop and Dustin Kimura is now official for UFC Fight Night 41.
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Steve Bosse vs Ryan Jimmo booked for TUF: ‘Nations’ live finale on April 16 in Quebec City

Oh, Canada.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will send a pair of hometown boys to the cage when Steve Bosse and Ryan Jimmo square off at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): “Nations” live finale, which takes place on April 16, 2014 inside Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City, Canada, on FOX Sports 1.

UFC announced the light heavyweight booking earlier today.

Bosse (10-1) enters the promotion on the strength of an eight-fight winning streak. Unfortunately, being the “Boss” of the local circuit and making some noise in the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion are two different animals and he’s got a pretty stiff test right out of the gate.

Sink or swim.

Jimmo (18-3) was a “Big Deal” under Canada’s Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) banner in the early part of his career; however, the Halifax hurter is just 2-2 since transitioning to UFC in July 2012 and is coming off a recent loss to Jimi Manuwa.

Failing to gain any momentum — then losing to a newcomer — could put him on the proverbial chopping block.

TUF: “Nations” finale will be headlined by the Michael Bisping vs. Tim Kennedy grudge match, as well as the co-headliner between season coaches Patrick Cote and Kyle Noke. In addition, tournament champions will be crowned in the welterweight and middleweight divisions.

For the current TUF: “Nations” fight card and rumors click here.

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Heavyweight Tourney Final, Lightweight John Alessio Booked for Bellator 119 in Canada

Bellator MMA’s next trip to Canada will take place on May 9, when Bellator 119 goes down at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario.
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UFC Fight Night 39: Rani Yahya vs. Johnny Bedford booked for April 11 in Abu Dhabi

After a brief stint at featherweight, Yahya drops back down to 135 pounds for another run at the bantamweight belt.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has assembled an interesting bantamweight match-up pitting former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 bantamweight Johnny Bedford against longtime veteran Rani Yahya for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 39 event, scheduled for April 11, 2014 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

MMA Fighting brought word of the match-up earlier today.

Yahya (19-8) returns to the bantamweight division on the heels of a split-decision loss to Tom Niinimaki at the TUF 18 Finale last November. It was just the second loss for the Brazilian at 145 pounds (the first coming to Chad Mendes) and snapped a three-fight winning streak.

No matter.

Bedford (19-10) also saw his three consecutive wins be for naught when Bryan Caraway choked him out at UFC 159. The “Brutal” defeat was his first inside the Octagon, but marked the ninth time in 10 losses that he was upended by way of tap, nap or snap.

Time to work on that sub defense.

UFC Fight Night 39 will be headlined by a heavyweight showdown against hard-hitting grapplers Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Roy Nelson (details), and will likely stream on the promotion’s new “Fight Pass” digital network. More fight announcement are expected in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned.

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Jessica Eye, UFC Comment on Overturned UFC 166 Win; Eye Still Booked for UFC 170

The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Jessica Eye released statements on Thursday concerning the fighter’s overturned victory at UFC 166, with both parties reiterating that the bantamweight will compete as planned on Feb. 22.
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Lion Fight 14: Cris Cyborg vs. Jorina Baars title fight booked for March 28 in Las Vegas

In addition, Lion Fight CEO Scott Kent was a guest on MMAmania’s ‘Darce Side Radio’ this week to preview tonight’s Lion Fight 13 event on AXS TV from The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Lion Fight 13 takes place tonight (Feb. 7, 2014) inside The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be broadcast live on AXS TV. The main event features a featherweight title fight between Tiffany Van Soest and Caley Reece.

Lion Fight CEO Scott Kent was a guest earlier this week on MMAmania’s ‘Darce Side Radio’ podcast to promote the match-up between the young champion, Van Soest and former multi-time champion Reece, who hasn’t fought since October of 2012.

“This is a huge main event,” Kent said. “We’ve done a ladies fight on every card. My partner Christine Toledo is a former Muay Thai champion, so when we set these up for twelve fights, we’ve had at least one female pro and amateur on every card. This isn’t fashionable for us; this is something we’ve been committed to since we started Lion Fight.”

“We’ve been kind of grooming Tiffany and we brought in two fighters from Europe and one from Canada, and she just mowed right throw them. These were very highly respected fighters in their native countries. Caley Reece is a three-time world champion and came out of retirement to take this fight. She told me at lunch the other day to fight for Lion Fight, to fight in Vegas, to fight against a rising American star is really a huge opportunity for her.”

Lion Fight have been making the most out of its opportunity to bring a sport that is traditionally popular in Asia, into the United States and in living rooms via AXS TV. “Andrew Simon took a chance on us,” Kent said about the CEO of AXS TV Fights. “I think we are holding our own and doing very well against the other programming there. We are thrilled.”

As we know, the combat sports landscape is still dominated by mixed martial arts (MMA) and boxing, but Lion Fight isn’t necessarily competing against them as much as it is carving out its own niche. Being inside of Vegas, means living in the same neighborhood of the biggest MMA promotion in the world, the UFC. Kent explained that they have given his promotion their full blessing.

“We kind of realized going into this, the UFC is the big kid on the block. I had lunch with Dana and Lorenzo a few weeks ago and they couldn’t have been nicer or more supportive. They don’t view us as competition. All of their fighters all train in Muay Thai. Dana and Lorenzo train Muay Thai, so they get it. They understand that this is a sport that is usually popular in Asia and Europe and for us to be able to blow it up in the United States-which is really our goal-they’ve been really complimentary to that.”

The former Casino and Resort executive had a chance to promote GLORY kickboxing on the West Coast, but he ultimately chose to stick with Muay Thai and his brand. GLORY is certainly becoming quite popular in the US and abroad, especially from being featured on SPIKE TV, but one huge difference between the promotions is the fact that in Lion Fight, unlike Glory, elbows are 100-percent legal.

“I met with the GLORY folks and they actually wanted me to promote GLORY fighting out here in Nevada, and in the West. Obviously in my opinion I would rather promote Muay Thai. The fact that we are branding our company, and are considered by a lot of folks as the biggest Muay Thai promotion around…”

“We certainly are the biggest in the US. To be able to bring in a Yodsanklai Fairtex from Thailand and Fabio Pinca from France and fight for our belts has really legitimized everything we’ve set out to do. Comparing it to kickboxing, you are absolutely right, if you are going to let them do stand-up fighting, let them use all eight limbs. That’s really the game changer in a Muay Thai fight.”

In addition to the title fight between Van Soest and Reece, tonight’s card will feature a “winner take all” fight between Coke Chanhawat and Rami Ibrahim. It’s common knowledge in the MMA world that the loser of the fight often receives a lesser purse than the winner.

In this particular case the loser gets nothing!

Or “nothing and a black eye and probably a couple of stitches,” Kent said. He also said that when he went to Keith Kizer and the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for approval over two years ago for the first “winner take all” fight, Kizer told him they had never done one while he was in charge; it was new territory for him.

“It’s something that kind of resonates with our fans. The fact that a lot of people talk about, and these guys are putting their money where their mouth is.”

The card kicks off on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET, with Pat Miletich and Michael Schiavello calling the action. Kent loves the announcing duo and recalled a big compliment that Miletich paid to the sport on the air recently.

“Here’s the first UFC champion, saying on a live broadcast that he would rather watch Muay Thai than MMA. That is huge for our sport,” Kent said.

Another huge moment for Lion Fight took place back in September of last year, when Cristiane Justino fought Jennifer Colomb. In her first fight outside of a cage in over seven years, one of the biggest names in all of MMA won by technical knockout in the third round.

Now she will return to “Sin City” to fight Jorina Baars at Lion Fight 14 on March 28 at the Hard Rock.

“We are excited to have ‘Cyborg’ back with us March 28 in Las Vegas,” said Kent in today’s release. “In her last fight, Cyborg absolutely dominated French Muay Thai Champion Jennifer Colomb, leaving no question that she is a legitimate two-sport athlete who can win impressively in both MMA and Muay Thai. She also showed she is an aggressive fighter who has the power and pace to finish fights. I think she won over a lot of new fight fans in our ring, and they can’t wait to see her in action again.”

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UFC Fight Night 36: Douglas Silva vs. Zubair Tuhugov booked for Feb. 15 with Thiago Tavares hurt

It’s Brazil vs. Russia in a battle of debuting featherweights.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has reworked one of its featherweight match-ups slated for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 36: “Machida vs. Mousasi” event, scheduled for Saturday, February 15, 2014 on FOX Sports 1 from Arena Jaragua in Santa Catarina, Brazil.

You can thank Thiago Tavares for that.

The Brazilian was forced to withdraw from his 145-pound debut after suffering a broken rib, and will be replaced by undefeated division prospect Douglas Silva, who will make his first trip to the Octagon against Russian import Zubair Tuhugov, according to Combate (via MMA Fighting).

Silva is perfect through 22 fights with a frightening 19 finishes, with 18 of those coming by way knockout or technical knockout. Tuhugov, meanwhile, compiled a 15-3 professional mixed martial arts (MMA) record on the international circuit, but has gone to the scorecards in nine appearances.

Styles make fights!

UFC Fight Night 36 will be headlined by a middleweight main event pitting former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida opposite ex-Strikeforce 205-pound titleholder Gegard Mousasi. In the co-main event, Ronaldo Souza takes one step closer to a division title shot at the expense of Francis Carmont.

To see the finalized UFC Fight Night 36 fight card and line up click here.

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Khabilov Out of UFC 170; Dos Anjos-Nurmagomedov Booked for UFC on Fox 11

An injury has forced UFC officials to cancel Rustam Khabilov’s UFC 170 showdown with Rafael dos Anjos.
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