As the UFC schedule continues to roll along at breakneck speeds, MMA fans should be gearing up for an action-packed Spring-Early summer schedule as the world’s leading promotion has a number of events scheduled over the next few months. In this blog we’ll take a look at a schedule of the upcoming cards and highlight the fighters and fights to watch out for. Before we get started, I should point out the usual UFC disclaimer that all fight cards are scheduled to change, and if the past is any indication, there could be a number of these cards shuffled, main events scrapped or changed as fighters become injured.
Event: UFC on Fox 7: Henderson vs. Melendez
Date: April 20, 2013
Venue: HP Pavilion in San Jose, California
The first stop on our preview takes us to the Sunshine State of California where Benson Henderson will once again defend his UFC Lightweight title on free ..click here to read more
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Jose Aldo has become my new favorite UFC fighter. After months of ridiculous UFC championship fights Aldo has become the first fighter to put an end to this farce and Dana White is not a happy man.
Somewhere over the last year the UFC began sacrificing credibility for entertainment in regards to their championship fights. At one time the only way a fighter could earn a title fight in the UFC is by becoming the number one contender. In 2013 all it takes is a tweet and a text and anyone can get a title shot. Finally one champion has had enough.
UFC president Dana White revealed over the weekend that featherweight champion Jose Aldo is refusing to defend his title against Anthony Pettis. Pettis mind you who hasn’t fought in the division, was granted a title fight after he sent Dana White a text after Aldo’s last fight asking for a ..click here to read more
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The UFC has closed the book on another free event on network television and they have to be pleased with the results. Although the broadcast started with some technical issues, and many fans were left complaining when some Fox affiliates switched to re-runs of the Big Bang Theory during the main event of the evening, fans were treated to some exciting fights and brutal finishes throughout the night. Topping it all off is strong ratings results, which peaked at 3.77 million viewers for the broadcast.
Featuring a nasty, bloody and brutally violent ground and pound finish, some of the most scintillating striking on the planet, a Light Heavyweight slugfest and two of the UFC’s fastest athletes battling it out for a full 25-minutes, this card had it all. Let’s take a look at the fights, and see what’s next for each main card fighter.
Featherweight Bout: Ricardo Lamas defeated Erik Koch via ..click here to read more
Anthony Pettis, Demetrious Johnson, Donald Cerrone, Erik Koch, Glover Teixeira, Ian McCall, John Dodson, Joseph Benavidez, Mike Russow, Rafael Natal, Rampage Jackson, Ricardo Lamas, UFC On FOX 6
Free fights, free fights, free fights! The UFC continues it’s 2013 roll with yet another night of free fights, this weekend it’s on major network television as the UFC presents UFC on Fox 6. After some weak ratings during 2012, Fox executives must have told the UFC to seriously step up their games for their Fox offerings in 2013, as this is the second straight UFC on Fox event to be headlined by a title fight. This weekend it’s the UFC’s smallest fighters who take center stage as the UFC Flyweight title will be on the line in the main event as Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson takes on TUF-champion John ‘The Magician’ Dodson.
Light Heavyweight action is slotted for the co-main event as Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson is set to make what is expected to be his final octagon appearance against the man he was supposed to battle months ago in Brazil; ..click here to read more
Anthony Pettis, Clay Guida, David Mitchell, Demetrious Johnson, Donald Cerrone, Erik Koch, Glover Teixeira, Hatsu Hioki, John Dodson, Matt Wiman, Mike Russow, Mike Stumpf, Pascal Krauss, Rafael Natal, Rampage Jackson, Ricardo Lamas, Ryan Bader, Sean Spencer, Shawn Jordan, Simeon Thoresen, T.J. Grant, UFC On FOX 6, Vladimir Matyushenko
Happy Holidays, CamelClutchBlog faithful. I sincerely hope everyone enjoyed whatever holiday they may or may not have celebrated this year. I don’t think there is a politically incorrect way (and if there is, please tell me) for me to address the arrival of 2013 so I’d like to start by wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year.
Speaking of healthy, I think we’d all like to wish a healthier 2013 for so many fighters who’ve been injured. Yes, there is the purely selfish part of all of us who wants them healthier so they can entertain through this sport we love so much, but they obviously suffer from the lack of a paycheck. Is GSP’s “Camp For Only One Fighter Like In Boxing” approach the answer, as Dana White recently mentioned? I have no idea. If I knew how to stop fighter injuries, I feel like that information would be very valuable to promoters, gyms ..click here to read more
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The UFC is starting to put the wheels in motion for its first FOX special of 2013. The UFC on FOX 6 is coming together with some star power, a title match, and championship eliminator, yet the card appears to be missing something.
I would have though that the UFC learned their lesson when they attempted to headline a FOX special with Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller. For fans like me, I was ecstatic about the fight. However, the lesson learned is that the appeal of fights to hardcore fans and casual fans are much different. The UFC will be taking a big gamble with this lineup in January which follows two stacked FOX events.
The headliner (yes headliner) will feature the first title defense of the first UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson as he battles John Dodson. The idea that the UFC would headline a televised event with ..click here to read more
Anthony Pettis, Demetrious Johnson, Donald Cerrone, Glover Teixeira, John Dodson, UFC On FOX 6
Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will be staying at 155, at least for one more fight. Frankie Edgar broke the news on Twitter that he has signed to fight Ben Henderson in a rematch of their UFC 144 bout. “Rematch anyone??…….it’s on!!”
An excited Edgar broke the news late on Tuesday night, later confirmed by the UFC president with a retweet.
“Rematch anyone??…….it’s on!! Thanks to @danawhite @lorenzofertitta. Me and Henderson 2. Here we go!!” – @FrankieEdgar
Dana White confirmed the news on Tuesday night. The news comes a little over a week that saw the UFC president try and pressure the former champion to move down a weight class and fight Jose Aldo. After going back and forth in media interviews as to who would fight next for the UFC lightweight title, White is giving fans the rematch most have been asking for.
“Frankie Edgar and Ben Henderson rematch ..click here to read more
Anthony Pettis, Ben Henderson, dana white, Frankie Edgar
Ben Henderson and Frankie Edgar ended one of the most exciting UFC events in months with a spectacular main-event. In the end of what could only be described as a war, Henderson got the win and the UFC lightweight championship.
I think it is fair to say that the Henderson vs. Edgar fight lived up to expectations. The fight was non-stop action for a full 25 minutes. The highlight of the fight came in the final seconds of the second round when Henderson nailed Edgar from his back with an up kick. The up kick brutalized Edgar and appeared to open a blood faucet on Edgar’s nose. Henderson’s size and power just seemed to be too much tonight for Edgar.
The theme of the fight here was size matters. As fast and elusive as Edgar is, he was just no match for Henderson’s size. While both fighters share the lightweight class, Henderson ..click here to read more
Anthony Pettis, Ben Henderson, Frankie Edgar, Rampage Jackson, Ryan Bader, UFC 144
The Ultimate Fighting Championship makes it’s somewhat long-awaited return to the Land of the Rising Sun, this weekend when they hold their first card in Japan since UFC 29 all the way back in the year 2000. They are returning to the former hotspot of PRIDE Fighting Championships, the massive Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The main Pay Per View card of the event has been amped up to four hours of run time and has added an additional two bouts.
Featuring a main event for the UFC’s Lightweight Championship between challenger Benson Henderson and champion Frankie Edgar, the UFC is offering a very solid card this weekend. Also the card features nearly every Japanese fighter employed by the UFC, so it offers a lot for the hometown crowd as well as a number of intriguing bouts for those of us who will be watching the card from the comfort ..click here to read more
Anthony Pettis, Bart Palaszewski, Ben Henderson, Cheick Kongo, Chris Cariaso, Eiji Mitsuoka, Frankie Edgar, Hatsu Hiokii, Issei Tamura, Jake Shields, Joe Lauzon, Kid Yamamoto, Mark Hunt, Rampage Jackson, Riki Fukuda, Ryan Bader, Steven Cantwell, Takanori Gomi, Takeya Mizugaki, Tim Boetsch, UFC 144, Vaughan Lee, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Yushin Okami, Zhang Tiequan
UFC 136 was headlined by two championship matches but it was a post match promo that will be most remembered. Chael Sonnen was the man who stole the headlines with his post fight challenge, turning the UFC upside down with his WWE style challenge to Anderson Silva.
Chael Sonnen returned after a fourteen month layoff and defeated Brian Stann in the second round with an arm-triangle. Sonnen just smothered Stann with ground and pound for a round and a half before finally ending Stann’s misery. As impressive as Sonnen was during the fight, it was what Sonnen said after the fight that is making headlines.
“Anderson Silva, you absolutely suck. Super Bowl, weekend, the biggest weekend but we’re upping the stakes. I beat you, you leave the division. You beat me, I will leave the UFC forever.”
Sonnen upped the stakes ..click here to read more
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The UFC invades Houston, Texas this weekend with a blockbuster that is stacked from top to bottom. Despite losing possibly one of it’s more intriguing match-ups when the Heavyweight tilt between Dave Herman and Mike Russow was scrapped, the card still offers a number of potential slugfests and back and forth brawls.
The main event features the trilogy fight between Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. The co-main event features Featherweight kingpin and destruction specialist Jose Aldo taking on the newly dieted Kenny Florian. Rounding out the main card is a possible Middleweight number-one contender’s bout between the always trash-talking Chael Sonnen and former US Marine Brian Stann, a rematch featuring Nam Phan and Leonard Garcia and a Lightweight bout between rising contenders in Joe Lauzon and Melvin Guillard.
In my opinion this card is full of excitement ..click here to read more
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The Ultimate Fighter 13 closed out one of its most disappointing seasons with a memorable finale. Tony Ferguson won the UFC contract with a fantastic performance over Ramsey Nijem. Yet it was Clay Guida’s upset over Anthony Pettis that had people talking.
Clay Guida has turned into something of a “Mr. Spike TV” for the UFC. Guida fought in his third live The Ultimate Fighter finale special but did something he hasn’t done in his previous two fights…won. Guida defeated Anthony Pettis by unanimous decision in one of his best technical showings to date.
Anthony Pettis was the last WEC lightweight champion before the UFC integrated the WEC into the company. Pettis was set to fight the winner of Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard UFC 125 fight for the UFC lightweight title. Unfortunately nobody expected ..click here to read more
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