Although there isn’t really much of a formula these days for deciding who gets title shots in the UFC, the promotion is in a somewhat strange place where there is a clear-cut number one contender in almost every division. With many of these matches prepared to go down in the coming months, let’s take a look at the challengers who have the best chance of upsetting the respective champions in their division.
Women’s Bantamweight Championship – Challenger: Miesha Tate vs. Champion: Ronda Rousey
Upset Odds: +500
Despite the fact that everyone is laughing at the excuse that Tate won the first two rounds of her fight against Cat Zingano as reason enough to have her getting a title shot, it remains true. It’s probably also true that she’ll be a tougher test for champion Rousey come fight time. In the end, that’s likely going to mean very little as neither one stands a ..click here to read more
anderson silva, Georges St. Pierre, Jon Jones, Jose Aldo, Ronda Rousey
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
anderson silva, Anthony Pettis, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, antonio silva, Benson Henderson, Cain Velasquez, Chael Sonnen, Chan Sung Jung, Chris Weidman, Dan Henderson, Daniel Cormier, Eddie Wineland, Fabricio Werdum, Frank Mir, Gilbert Melendez, Jon Jones, Jose Aldo, Junior dos Santos, Luke Rockhold, Rashad Evans, Renan Barao, Ricardo Lomas, UFC 159, UFC 160, UFC 161, UFC 162, UFC On FOX 7, UFC on FOX 8, UFC on Fuel TV 10, UFC on FX8, Vitor Belfort
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
Anthony Pettis, dana white, Jose Aldo
Another weekend has come and gone, and with it, another UFC event is now in the books. The UFC returned to the Pay Per View airwaves this weekend with their traditional Superbowl weekend card. By all accounts, this one was quite the success. Despite some fairly lackluster fights, the opening Flyweight tilt and the Featherweight Championship Main Event provided some great action and early estimates have place the number of Pay Per Views over the 400,000 buys marker, which should definitely be considered a success for the UFC.
There were many stories heading into this bout and a number of fighters who could make big steps towards their title aspirations with victories on Saturday night. Unfortunately for them, most of them fell short as it was a night where many of the underdogs reigned supreme. Admittedly my predictions were pretty far off on this card, and my wallet took a bit ..click here to read more
Alistair Overeem, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, antonio silva, Demian Maia, Frankie Edgar, Ian McCall, Jon Fitch, Jose Aldo, Joseph Benavidez, Rashad Evans
After a couple of weekends of free violence on the Fox family of channels, the UFC is returning to it’s bread and butter game of making you pay for the privilege of watching two dudes beat the hell out of each other inside a cage. Stacked UFC events on the weekend of the Superbowl are nothing strange for the world’s largest MMA promotion, so it’s no surprise to see another stacked event this weekend.
In the main event of the evening former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar is finally making the drop to a more natural weight class of Featherweight to take on reigning kingpin Jose Aldo. Light Heavyweight action is featured in the co-main event as ‘Suga’ Rashad Evans takes on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Heavyweight wrecking machine Alistair Overeem returns from a 9-month drug suspension to take on Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva. Other main card bouts feature Welterweight stars Jon Fitch ..click here to read more
Alistair Overeem, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, antonio silva, Bobby Green, Demian Maia, Evan Dunham, Frankie Edgar, Gleison Tibau, Ian McCall, Jacob Volkmann, Jay Hieron, Jon Fitch, Jose Aldo, Joseph Benavidez, Rashad Evans, Tyron Woodley
2012 will go down as a mixed year in the UFC. Unable to deliver the big super fights, the UFC will attempt to rebound in 2013 with several highly anticipated fights both scheduled and in planning.
If there was one disappointment with the UFC in 2012 it was the inability to pull off big fights. Even realistic super fights in division like Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz failed to materialize for a variety of reasons. With an all-star roster on deck featuring new fighters from Strikeforce, the UFC has the potential to blow away 2012 with several big fights this year. Now whether the UFC can pull these off or not is another story altogether.
I sat down with the idea of writing about the 10 most anticipated UFC fights of 2013. Unfortunately I had a rough time coming up with anything past five. It isn’t as if the big fights aren’t ..click here to read more
Alistair Overeem, anderson silva, Ben Henderson, Cain Velasquez, Chael Sonnen, Chris Weidman, Cristiane Cyborg Santos, Dan Henderson, dana white, Frankie Edgar, Georges St. Pierre, Gilbert Melendez, Glover Teixeira, Johny Hendricks, Jon Jones, Jose Aldo, Michael Bisping, Ronda Rousey, UFC 155, UFC 157, UFC 158
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 hits keep on coming for the UFC. Just when the dust started to settle from the UFC 151 fiasco, the UFC has another problem on their hands. In a matter of hours the UFC lost both of its top two fights on the upcoming UFC 153 Brazilian event.
If Dana White thought he had it bad trying to find one main-event to save UFC 151, he now has to find two fights to save the upcoming UFC 153. The good news is that the UFC has a month to find replacement fights. The bad news is that the company will have a real hard time satisfying a Brazilian audience now that their champion has been removed from the card.
Word broke shortly after the UFC 152 media call that Rampage Jackson was out of UFC 153. Jackson was set to fight Glover Teixeira in the co-headliner. White tweeted that Jackson was ..click here to read more
anderson silva, dana white, Frankie Edgar, Glover Teixeira, Jose Aldo, Rampage Jackson, UFC 153, Urijah Faber
Well that didn’t take long did it? Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will make his featherweight debut in a championship fight. USA Today reports that Edgar will replace Erik Koch against Jose Aldo at UFC 153 in Brazil.
“Obviously, we’ve had a rough couple of weeks here at the UFC, and then sure enough, I walk in to work today, and Erik Koch is hurt,” White told USA TODAY Sports. “But Frankie Edgar, being the stud and the warrior that he is, steps up and accepts this fight.”
The news comes a week after the UFC had to not only cancel a scheduled title fight with Jon Jones and Dan Henderson, but had to shut down an entire show. In this case, the champion will get plenty of time to prepare for his opponent. Aldo and Edgar won’t square ..click here to read more
Erik Koch, Frankie Edgar, Jose Aldo, UFC 153
The UFC moving truck continues to busy in August with fighters moving up and down in division. The latest is former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Edgar has caved into the pressure and announced his move to the featherweight division.
I have to admit that I was stunned when I read this announcement. The calls for Edgar moving to featherweight have been loud since he was first defeated by Ben Henderson earlier this year. Edgar was adamant that he had no interest in moving. Even after his most recent fight he still was adamant that he was not moving. Guess what? He’s moving.
UFC president Dana White has been putting the public pressure on Edgar to move for awhile. In my opinion, this is more about Jose Aldo than it is about Edgar. Jose Aldo is so good, that he has practically ..click here to read more
Ben Henderson, dana white, Frankie Edgar, Jose Aldo
It’s been a little over a week and MMA fans are still debating the future of former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. If this is an argument about business, move him down. If this is an argument about sport, he deserves a rematch immediately!
This whole notion that Frankie Edgar is undersized at 155 is perplexing to me. Edgar is a former champion who holds a 14-2-1 record in the lightweight division. As champion, Edgar successfully defended the championship against BJ Penn (beat him twice in a row) and Gray Maynard, arguably two of the best lightweights in the world. The idea that all of the sudden after one fight he needs to drop weight is just ludicrous to me!
Was Benson Henderson bigger than Edgar? Yes, but Henderson is bigger than just about everyone in the division not named ..click here to read more
Ben Henderson, dana white, Frankie Edgar, Jose Aldo, UFC 144
The UFC is gearing up for an explosive 2012. Several big fights are already in place along with some gigantic possibilities if certain chips should fall their way. So let’s take a look at what could be the ten biggest UFC fights of 2012.
A few notes before starting the list. One, this list is in no particular order. I didn’t think it would be fair to order the list when some of these fights may not even happen. Two, as stated above, not all fights are even close to guaranteed to happening in 2012 or ever. In some cases, these are just simply dream fights that need a lot of pieces to fall into place for them to happen. Finally I tried to only list fights that will or could happen as of this ..click here to read more
Alistair Overeem, anderson silva, Cain Velasquez, Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, dana white, Dominick Cruz, Frankie Edgar, Georges St. Pierre, Gilbert Melendez, Jon Jones, Jose Aldo, Junior dos Santos, nick diaz, Rashad Evans, Urijah Faber, Vitor Belfort