With the all-time series split and a general distain for one another, Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber will meet for a third time at UFC 199. Cruz will defend his UFC Bantamweight belt for the first time since regaining it following a year and a half layoff due to injuries.
The first time Cruz and Faber met came back in WEC in 2007. ‘The California Kid’ gave ‘The Dominator’ the lone loss of his entire MMA career in that bout with Faber winning via guillotine in the first round. The second meeting came at UFC 132 when Cruz defended the bantamweight belt in a five-round battle.
Luke Rockhold was originally set to defend his UFC Middleweight Championship for the first time against former titleholder Chris Weidman. Instead, Rockhold will face Michael Bisping at UFC 199 following Weidman’s withdrawal due to injury.
With Bisping accepting the bout on less than three weeks' notice he has opened as a large +450 underdog with the champ coming back at -700 at Bovada.
The bantamweights take center stage when the UFC invades the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 29. Two undefeated prospects meet in the main event as Thomas Almeida and Cody Garbrandt clash in a battle for the future of the 135-lbs division.
The present of the bantamweight division is also up for grabs when Aljamain Sterling and Bryan Caraway meet on the Fight Pass main event. The winner of the bout will put himself in good position to challenge for the bantamweight title in 2017.
O UFC Fight Night 88, marcado para o próximo sábado (29), na cidade de Las Vegas (EUA), é de grande importância para o MMA brasileiro. Será neste card que Thomas Almeida, um dos principais nomes da nova geração de atletas nacionais do esporte, atuará pela primeira vez em um main event no Ultimate, quando medirá forças contra o americano Cody Garbrandt. Além de Thominhas, o ex-campeão Renan Barão também terá uma difícil missão pela frente ao enfrentar Jeremy Stephens.
Venator FC is far from an established MMA property, but their perchant for grabbing some notable – though over-the-hill – fighters and grandiose claims from Frank Merenda have gotten a few people looking. Though Venator is not going to be a rival to the UFC or Bellator any time soon, the company has managed to make enough noise to draw some eyes.
There are rumors abound that the UFC could potentially be changing hands sooner rather than later. There are currently four different buyers looking to purchase the UFC according to a report from ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
The world of MMA is so full of hyperbole that it’s become commonplace, but UFC 198 is legitimately one of the best-looking cards the company has ever put on. A who’s who of MMA superstars are set to take to the Octagon in Curitiba, Brazil this weekend.
The show will feature Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic clashing for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. The co-main event features two elite middleweight fighters who excel at different aspects as Jacare Souza will face Vitor Belfort.
Fabricio Werdum is set to defend his undisputed UFC Heavyweight title for the first time in front of his home crown in Curitiba, Brazil at UFC 198. Werdum will face Stipe Miocic who is coming off two consecutive stoppage finishes including a 0:54 victory against Andrei Arlovski.
Despite facing a stellar boxer and finisher, I fully expect Fabricio Werdum to defend his belt at UFC 198. And if you need any convincing, here is why I think we will end the show hearing "And still."
Stipe Miocic will step into the Octagon Saturday night at UFC 198 as a +130 underdog and attempt to become the fourth man in four and a half years to win the UFC Heavyweight Title. Since a close decision loss to Junior dos Santos at the end of 2014, he’s TKO’d Mark Hunt and Andrei Arlovski to put himself in the position to challenge for the title.
Here’s why I think we hear Bruce Bruffer say the words “And new” at the conclusion of the fight:
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