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Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Travis Browne booked for TUF 17 finale on April 13 in Las Vegas


It’s make or break time for Travis Browne.

After coming up short against one beefy Brazilian, “Hapa” will get his crack at another. This time it’s jiu-jitsu ace Gabriel Gonzaga, who looks to make it three in a row since his 2012 return to the Octagon as part of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 finale on April 13, 2013 from “The Joint” at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

UFC President Dana White confirmed the booking earlier today.

Browne (13-1) saw his undefeated streak snapped by Antonio Silva at the UFC on FX 5 event last October. Prior to getting stepped on by “Bigfoot,” the Hawaiian hurter had mowed down the likes of Stefan Struve and Chad Griggs and could get back into “the mix” with a big win in “Sin City.”

Assuming that leg is 100 percent.

Hoping to play spoiler is Gonzaga (14-6). “Napao” resurrected his ZUFFA career with a UFC 142 submission win over Ednaldo Oliveira. It marked a triumphant return for the former division number one contender after being released in late 2010 and no question a win over a top prospect like Browne would do wonders for his career trajectory.

It’s already off and running thanks to this.

No other fights have been announced for TUF 17 finale at this time, however, we do know that two middleweight hopefuls will square off to battle for the “six-figure contract.” Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more upcoming fight announcements for the April 13 card as the develop.

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Matt Mitrione vs Phil De Fries heavyweight fight booked for UFC on FUEL TV 9 on April 6


Two heavyweights who were recently on the wrong end of knockout losses will try to rebound at UFC on FUEL TV 9: “Gustafsson vs. Mousasi” as The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 10 veteran Matt Mitrione takes on Phil De Fries in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 6, 2013.

Mitrione and De Fries were originally scheduled to face off at UFC 155 in December 2012; however, Mitrione was pulled from the card in favor of a match up with Roy Nelson while De Fries went on to face Todd Duffee.

UFC officials confirmed the heavyweight match up over the weekend.

Mitrione (5-2) stepped up on short notice to replace the injured Shane Carwin against Nelson at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale, but was knocked out by “Big Country” in the first round, marking his second consecutive defeat. “Meathead” took over one year off from the sport prior to the fight with Nelson to relocate to the Blackzilians camp in Florida – now it appears he is ready to fight consistently again.

The 34-year-old has racked up all five of his professional victories under the UFC banner; however, none of the opponents he holds wins over are still with the organization.

De Fries (9-2) didn’t get much of a chance to do anything in his last fight against Duffee, as he was put away with strikes in just over two minutes. The defeat dropped the Englishman’s record to 1-2 inside the Octagon, and he’ll need a win at UFC on FUEL TV 9 or he could find himself looking for a new promotion to fight in.

The submission specialist has earned eight of his nine professional victories by way of tap out.

It is unknown at this time if Mitrione vs. De Fries will air on the main card, which airs on FUEL TV, or the preliminary portion of the card, which is likely to stream on Facebook.

UFC on FUEL TV 9: “Gustafsson vs. Mousasi” goes down April 9, 2013 from the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. The event headliner will see Alexander Gustafsson return to compete in his home country against former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi, who makes his UFC debut at the event.

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Adlan Amagov vs. Chris Spang booked for UFC on FUEL TV 9 on April 6 in Sweden


Hey, you know what UFC needs right now? MAWR STRIKEFORCE!

The good news is, we’re going to get it, as Adlan Amagov makes his transition to the Octagon to battle Chris Spang at the UFC on FUEL TV 9: “Gustafsson vs. Mousasi” event on April 6, 2013 at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

Kimura.se confirmed the welterweight pairing earlier today.

Amagov (11-2) suffered a setback against Robbie Lawler when he was “Ruthlessly” finished in early 2012; however, “The Wolf” took a bite out of Keith Berry at the Strikeforce: “Rousey vs. Kaufman” event later that year to get himself back into the win column.

He’ll prove to be a formidable challenge for Spang (5-1), who also makes his UFC debut after posting a 3-1 record inside the Hexagon. After dropping a decision to Ricky Legere, Jr. in Las Vegas, “The Kiss” planted Nah-Shon Burrell at the “Barnett vs. Cormier” event last May

Who takes it?

UFC on FUEL TV 9 will be headlined by a 205-pound battle between top contenders Alexander Gustafsson vs. Gegard Mousasi, while Akira Corassani vs. Robbie Peralta hook ‘em up in featherweight action.

For more news and notes on the promotion’s return to Sweden click here.

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Strikeforce Transplants Ovince St. Preux, Gian Villante Booked for UFC 159

A light heavyweight showdown between two former Strikeforce talents has been booked for UFC 159, as Ovince St. Preux and Gian Villante will lock horns at the April 27 event.
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Junior Assuncao Transplanted to Legacy FC 20; Drysdale-Linderman Booked for Legacy FC 19

UFC veteran Junior Assuncao has once again seen his Legacy Fighting Championship debut delayed.
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Bellator 90: ‘King Mo’-Emanuel Newton Light Heavyweight Semifinal Booked for Salt Lake City

Muhammed Lawal will return to the Bellator cage on Feb. 21, when “King Mo” faces Emanuel Newton in a Season 8 light heavyweight tournament semifinal at Bellator 90.
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Amir Sadollah vs. Stephen Thompson Booked for Unnamed UFC Event on Memorial Day Weekend

(“Dude, I f*cking loved you in Simon Birch.”) 

An exciting bout between welterweight strikers has just been booked for an unnamed UFC event set to transpire on May 25th, according to MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani. In one corner, TUF 7 winner and self-deprecating muay Thai striker Amir Sadollah, pictured above with Baby Sinclair from the popular 90′s children’s show Dinosaurs. In the other, world renowned kickboxer Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. In short, this fight will basically be leg kick porn.

Both men will be looking to bounce back into the win column with this fight; Thompson most recently dropped his first fight ever (Author’s note: Seriously. Ever.) to Matt Brown back at UFC 145, whereas Sadollah was outstruck by Dan Hardy en route to a unanimous decision loss at UFC on FUEL 5.

The fight is as close as you can get to a must win for Sadollah, who has dropped two of his past three contests and will be staring at the first ever two-fight skid of his career should he come up short against Thompson. Unfortunately for Sadollah, he will likely find himself outmatched in the striking department once again when facing a beast like Thompson. Before making the transition over to MMA, the phenom known as “Wonderboy” compiled an unbelievable 63-0 record in the kickboxing world, not to mention the fact that he nearly kicked the soul out of Dan Stittgen in his octagon debut. Look to see Sadollah try and take this one to the mat, especially when considering that Thompson was dominated by Sodallah’s fellow TUF 7 alum in Brown once the action was taken there.

Although no venue has been named for the Memorial Day card, the general consensus seems to be that the event will go down in Vegas, as is tradition.

Who do you like for this one, Potato Nation?

-J. Jones


Welterweights Rick Story, Sean Pierson Booked for Montreal Meeting at UFC 158

A welterweight tilt between Rick Story and Sean Pierson is now slated for UFC 158, promotion officials announced Tuesday.
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UFC 158 Update: Yves Jabouin-Johnny Eduardo Bantamweight Bout Booked for Montreal

Bantamweight Yves Jabouin will get to fight on home soil next time he enters the Octagon.
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Gunnar Nelson vs. Justin Edwards booked for UFC on FUEL 7


Icelandic prospect Gunnar Nelson (10-0-1) has agreed to meet Justin Edwards (8-2) in a welterweight bout at UFC on FUEL 7, UFC officials announced on Thursday.

UFC on FUEL 7 takes place February 16, 2013 at the Wembley Arena in London, England. The pair join a card already featuring an interim bantamweight title bout between Renan Barao and Michael McDonald, plus Dennis Siver vs. Cub Swanson, Che Mills vs. Matthew Riddle, and the return of Jimi Manuwa.

Submission wizard Nelson, 24, exceeded expectations by coldly dispatching DaMarques Johnson via rear-naked choke in just three minutes for his UFC debut. The quick finish maintained Nelson’s spotless record, as all 10 of his victories have ended before reaching the judges’ hand.

Across the cage, former TUF 13 competitor Edwards, 29, looks to piece together his first winning streak under the Zuffa banner. Since suffering a knockout at the hands of eventual season winner Tony Ferguson in the opening round of the show, Edwards has alternated wins and losses, falling to Clay Harvison and John Maguire, but defeating Jorge Lopez and Josh Neer, the latter of which ended in 45 seconds and scored Edwards “Submission of the Night” honors at UFC on FX 5.

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