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UFC 195 Update: Joe Soto Replaces Russell Doane, Meets Michinori Tanaka on Jan. 2

Only days after being revealed, a bantamweight bout between Russell Doane and Michinori Tanaka has been removed from the UFC 195 fight card.
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UFC 195 Update: Joe Soto Replaces Russell Doane, Meets Michinori Tanaka on Jan. 2

Only days after being revealed, a bantamweight bout between Russell Doane and Michinori Tanaka has been removed from the UFC 195 fight card.
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No surgery required for Robbie Lawler, who could be ready for UFC 195 on Jan. 2

Robbie Lawler’s hand injury won’t keep him on the sidelines for as long as feared.

In fact, the UFC’s welterweight champion might be able to defend his title against Carlos Condit by the very beginning of 2015.

According to a report on UFC Tonight on Wednesday, his manager Dave Martin said the injury isn’t serious, and will not require surgery. At most, the injury — which is a thumb injury on his right hand — will keep him sidelined a month, which would have made fighting on the UFC 193 stadium card in Melbourne, Australia difficult.

Martin also said that he could be ready for UFC 195 on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas should the UFC need a headliner. Which, at this point, it looks like it does.

Lawler, who trains out of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida, was originally booked to face Condit as the headliner for the Nov. 15 pay-per-view at Etihad Stadium. Once he pulled out of the fight with an injury, women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was moved from UFC 195 to UFC 193. She’ll now headline the Melbourne card against Holly Holm, in an event that is aiming to break the UFC’s attendance record with more than 70,000 people.

UFC 195, which takes place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, will feature women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

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Ronda Rousey to Defend Bantamweight Title vs. Holly Holm at UFC 195 on Jan. 2

Ronda Rousey’s next title defense will come against an unexpected opponent when she faces former boxing world champion Holly Holm in the UFC 195 headliner on Jan. 2.
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Ronda Rousey to defend title at UFC 195 on Jan. 2 against Holly Holm

It won’t be a trilogy fight with Miesha Tate after all.

During a Friday appearance on Good Morning America, women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey broke the news that she will be facing Holly Holm in her next title defense.

“January 2 I’ll be fighting Holly Holm, who’s the most decorated striker we have in all of mixed martial arts,” Rousey said on the show. “Not the women’s division, not the bantamweight division. [Holm]‘s a 19-time boxing champion Holly Holm was The Ring magazine pound-for-pound Fighter of the Year, and definitely my biggest challenge to date.”

The 28-year old Rousey (12-0) is coming off a 34-second knockout victory over Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, Before then she finished Alexis Davis and Cat Zingano in 14 and 16 seconds respectively.

After Tate had won her last fight against Jessica Eye in July, UFC president Dana White had said that she would be next in line to fight for the bantamweight title.

Holm, 33, is undefeated since crossing over to mixed martial arts after a successful career as a boxer, where she posted a 33-2-3 record and held the IBA and WBF world titles. She is 9-0 in MMA, and 2-0 in the UFC. She defeated Marlon Reneau via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 71 in San Diego.

Asked why people should buy her fights, with her vanquishing her opponents so quickly, Rousey said she preps for tough battles.

“I prepare for a five-round war every time I get in there,” she said. “Nobody’s easy until after you beat them. With Holly Holm, she’s the type that’s ready to go 12 boxing rounds. She’s not the average chick that I’d fight. I mean, she’s the best striker I’ve ever fought and the striking is something I learned much later in my career. So, I don’t ever expect fights to be easy and fast.

“No one knows exactly how fast the fights are going to go, and that’s why everybody buys them.”

UFC 195 takes place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Holm vs. Rousey will be the main event.

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Jon Jones first interview, comments on positive UFC drug test this Monday (Jan. 19) on FOX Sports Live

Fresh off his $ 25,000 fine for violating the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) code of conduct policy (details), light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will make his first public appearance — drug rehab notwithstanding — after testing positive for cocaine ahead of his most recent 205-pound title defense.

The network revealed the plans on Saturday.

Jones (21-1) has been nearly perfect inside the Octagon. Unfortunately, it’s his behavior outside the cage that continues to haunt him. His run in with Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) last month in “Sin City” is just one of many public slip ups.

The latest of which “Bones” will answer for when he sits down with the cable television network to explain his side of the story, and perhaps shed some light on these allegations.

So … who’s tuning in?

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UFC 183: ‘Big’ John McCarthy to referee Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz main event on Jan. 31

NSAC will bring out the “Big” gun on SuperBowl weekend.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is gearing up for its second pay-per-view (PPV) event of the New Year, as the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion will stay put in Las Vegas, Nevada, to stage UFC 183, live from MGM Grand Garden Arena on Jan. 31, 2015.

The event will feature a much-anticipated middleweight bout pitting former division kingpin, Anderson Silva, against former two-time No. 1 welterweight contender, Nick Diaz.

Naturally, a big fight like that deserves a highly-experienced official to oversee the action, so Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has tasked “Big” John McCarthy with the officiating duties.

FOX Sports brought word of the news, which was made official earlier today (Mon. Jan 12, 2015) during a hearing in “Sin City.”

Also, Sal D’Amato, Marcos Rosales and Glenn Trowbridge — three men who are no strangers to judging high-profile fights — have been assigned as judges for the highly-anticipated “super fight” between “Spider” and the Stockton slugger.

UFC 183 will also feature a co-main event that will see Kelvin Gastelum try to continue his climb up the 170-pound ladder as he takes on his toughest opponent to date, Tyron Woodley.

Elsewhere on the card, Thiago Alves faces Jordan Mein, while Miesha Tate faces Sara McMann in the headlining bout of the “Prelims” portion of the PPV event.

To check out the entire UFC 183 fight card line up right now click here.

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Epic UFC 182 video trailer reignites ‘Jones vs. Cormier’ grudge match for Jan. 3 in Las Vegas

For a minute there, I forgot how fired up I was for UFC 182.

That’s because Jon Jones blew out his knee a few months back and postponed his upcoming title defense against undefeated division No. 1 contender Daniel Cormier, so all of the buzz generated by their knock down, drag-out brawl at the ill-fated media day had temporarily dissipated.

Then came this epic UFC 182 video trailer (via MMA Junkie), first aired during last Saturday night’s “Hendricks vs. Lawler” event.

In addition to the fact that “Bones” and “DC” can’t stand one another on a personal level, they also present an intriguing clash of styles inside the Octagon. Jones is considered the pound-for-pound best fighter in all of mixed martial arts (MMA), while Cormier has…

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Conor McGregor to chew over movie deals after Jan. 18 fight against Dennis Siver

As if Conor McGregor’s upcoming Jan. 18 fight against Dennis Siver didn’t already have high enough stakes, it appears the silver screen has now come calling the popular Irishman as well.

MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday’s episode of ‘UFC Tonight’ that several movie deals are “in the works” for the 26-year-old, according to manager Addie Attar, but that McGregor will only focus his attention on the opportunities after he takes care of business against Siver.

McGregor (16-2) is currently the No. 5 ranked featherweight in the UFC’s media-generated rankings and carries a perfect 4-0 record in his short time with the UFC. After headlining the promotion’s successful return to Dublin in July, McGregor made his biggest statement to date by TKO’ing perennial contender Dustin Poirier in the pair’s UFC 178 grudge match.

McGregor is now slated to headline UFC Fight Night 59 against Siver (22-9, 1 NC), a Russian-German kickboxer who has lost just one of his past five fights since dropping down to featherweight. With a win in Boston, McGregor could potentially secure the next UFC featherweight title shot against champion Jose Aldo.

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Watch first UFC Fight Night 59 video preview for ‘McGregor vs. Siver’ on Jan. 18 in Boston


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