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Featherweights Dennis Bermudez, Max Holloway Booked for UFC 160 Showdown

Two surging featherweights will collide at UFC 160, promotion officials announced Thursday, as Dennis Bermudez faces Max Holloway.
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T.J. Dillashaw vs. Hugo Viana booked for UFC on FOX 7 with Francisco Rivera hurt


What’s the latest fad in mixed martial arts (MMA)? Getting hurt and pulling out of UFC on FOX 7!

Just hours after we brought word that Dan Hardy has exited stage left (see what happened here), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has once again announced a change to the April 20, 2013 fight card slated for the “Shark Tank” in San Jose, California.

Francisco Rivera, your services are no longer needed.

Taking his place will be T.J. Dillashaw, who like Jordan Mein before him, cruises into the HP Pavilion fresh off a first-round knockout back at UFC 158 last weekend in Montreal. In fact, his dominant win over Issei Tamura was his third straight, pushing his record to 7-1 and giving him a clear path to title contention.

Just don’t expect Hugo Viana to roll over.

“Wolverine” (7-0) is also knocking on the door to bantamweight contention after pasting Reuben Duran at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 16 Finale last December. It was the Brazilian’s second-straight win since his mid-summer debut, though he has just one finish in seven professional fights.

Time to see what he’s made of.

UFC on FOX 7 features lightweight champion Ben Henderson squaring off against Strikeforce staple — and its last 155-pound kingpin — Gilbert Melendez. Undefeated Strikeforce grand prix winner Daniel Cormier — who like “El Nino” is also switching sweaters for the first time ever under the brightest of spotlights — is set to take on former heavyweight champion Frank Mir.


For the latest UFC on FOX 7: “Henderson vs. Melendez” news and notes be sure to hit up our complete event archive right here.

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Mark Hunt vs. Junior Dos Santos Booked For UFC 160

Mark Hunt - UFC 144 - Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Image

Mark Hunt – UFC 144 – Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Image

Fans of ‘The Super Samoan’ Mark Hunt (9-7) will certainly rejoice at this news as the heavyweight has agreed to meet former UFC champ Junior dos Santos (15-2) this coming May in the co-main event of UFC 160.

Hunt and UFC president Dana White apparently worked out the details on Friday which will allow Hunt to step in as a replacement for an injured Alistair Overeem.

News of the bout was first reported by MMAFighting.com early Saturday morning who quoted Hunt as saying the fight was “my title shot.”

UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot II is expected to take place on May 25, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will see UFC heavyweight Cain Velasquez face off with Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva in a rematch from a year ago which saw Velasquez win by TKO.

Hunt is coming off a “Fight of the Night” winning technical knockout victory earlier this month after squaring off with Stefan Struve in the co-main event of UFC on FUEL TV 8 in Japan. The win was Hunt’s fourth straight and put’s his record at 4-1 in the Octagon.

Dos Santos lost the UFC heavyweight title to Velasquez in their rematch last December, losing by decision at the Vegas event. The defeat ended a ten fight win streak for ‘Cigano’ who won the title over Velasquez the year before at UFC on FOX 1.


Barnburner Alert: Mike Pyle Booked Against Gunnar Nelson at Stacked UFC 160 Card

(“Gunnar, talk us through the end of the fight…………………………………………Gunnar Nelson everybody!” Photo via MMAViking.) 

Cross your fingers and pray for an injury free couple of months, Potato Nation, because UFC 160 is currently stacked with more firepower than Burt Gummer’s basement. Velasquez vs. Silva, Dos Santos vs. Overeem, Teixiera vs. Bader, the list goes on and on. And if a main card that also features the likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov, Stephen Thompson, and Abel Trujillo somehow doesn’t do it for you, rounding out the preliminary card —which is whatever the antithesis of garbage-ass is — will now be a matchup of streaking welterweight contenders when Mike Pyle faces Gunnar Nelson.

In the past year, Mike Pyle has put together a three fight (T)KO streak over the likes of Josh Neer and most recently James Head. A veteran of the UFC since 2009, Pyle will be looking to improve to 7-1 in his past 8 with a win over the undefeated Nelson, who showcased a rather versatile stand up game in his recent victory over Jorge Santiago at UFC on FUEL 7.

As it stands, UFC 160 is a card that we will gladly chase around 3 channels, Facebook, and a couple illegal stream sites to watch. Disagree? Then check out the full lineup after the jump and become a believer.

-Cain Velasquez (11-1) vs. Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva (18-4)
-Junior Dos Santos (15-2) vs. Alistair Overeem (36-12)
-Ryan Bader (15-3) vs. Glover Teixeira (20-2)
-TJ Grant (20-5) vs. Gray Maynard (11-1-1)
-Pat Barry (8-5) vs. Shawn Jordan (14-4)
-Donald Cerrone (19-5) vs. KJ Noons (11-6)
-Gunnar Nelson (11-0-1) vs. Mike Pyle (24-8-1)
-Khabib Nurmagomedov (19-0) vs. Abel Trujillo (10-4)
-Amir Sadollah (6-4) vs. Stephen Thompson (6-1)
-Estevan Payan (14-3) vs. Jeremy Stephens (20-9)

-J. Jones


Glover Teixeira-Ryan Bader, Donald Cerrone-K.J. Noons Booked for UFC 160

Two new matchups have been added to the burgeoning UFC 160 fight bill.
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UFC on FX 8: ‘Belfort vs. Rockhold’ booked for May 18 at Arena Jaragua in Santa Catarina, Brazil


We knew it was happening, now we know when (and where).

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has booked Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold as the main event for UFC on FX 8: “Belfort vs. Rockhold,” on May 18, 2013 at Arena Jaragua in Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Tatame confirmed the booking details earlier today.

Belfort (22-10) is fresh off a TRT-powered ass kicking of Michael Bisping at the UFC on FX 7 event earlier this year in Brazil. “The Phenom” could be a couple of wins away from a rematch against Anderson Silva, he just has to fulfill this obligation first.

Could Rockhold be one of those “top guys?”

The American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) standout enters the Octagon with a 10-1 record and having never lost under the Strikeforce banner. In addition to being the last man to hold the now-defunct promotion’s 185-pound strap, Rocky boasts wins over Ronaldo Souza and Tim Kennedy.

He’s definitely got skills, but are they up to par with the rest of the division?

Unlike Gilbert Melendez, who was able to walk right into a title shot, Rockhold won’t get a crack at “The Spider” like he was hoping for, but it would be hard to deny him one if he upsets Belfort in front of a hometown crowd. Heck, a finish might damn near guarantee it.

That is, unless Chris Weidman has something to say about it first.

No other match-ups have been announced for the promotion’s return to Brazil at this time; however, keep it locked in to MMAmania.com and we’ll bring you up to speed on all the breaking news as it develops.

Early predictions for the 185-pound slugfest?

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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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