UFC week in review – recap of top stories and matches

March 19, 2013

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UFC week in review – recap of top stories and matches



John Boldrick – There is a lot that can happen in a week, especially in an organization like the UFC. Every week matches are made, events are planned and, unfortunately, injuries happen. It can be tough for anyone to follow along. So fear not! Here are all of the UFC’s transactions for the week of March 10- 17.

The UFC is rumored to be returning to Brazil. UFC 163 will take place from Rio de Janerio’s HSBC arena on August 3. Last time at the arena, Anderson Silva defeated Stephan Bonnar in the main event. Previously, UFC 163 had been rumoured for a number of venues including Las Vegas and Texas.

Jose Aldo (22-1 MMA, 4-0) will defend his featherweight title against surging Anthony Pettis (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in the main event. It will be Pettis’ first fight at the weight class since dropping from 155 pounds.  Aldo enters the fight coming off a hard fought decision win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 156. Last time out, Pettis KO’ed Donald Cerrone with a shot to the body at UFC on FOX 6.

It isn’t the only news concerning Brazil. The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 2 finale, now known as UFC on Fuel 10, received a boost to its lineup. The coaches battle has been made official for the card, as Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria (34-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC)  faces off against Fabricio Werdum (16-5-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC). The two coached opposite each other on reality show. It’s a rematch, as Big Nog won the first encounter in 2006.

A possible Co-main was added, as Thiago Silva (14-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) faces off with Strikeforce’s Rafael Feijao Cavalcante (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC). The matchup was originally scheduled for UFC 162, but moves up a month. Both are looking to avoid another no contest. Silva’s last two wins have been turned to no contests after failed drug tests, while Feijao’s last win was also overturned.

The undercard also received a significant boost. It’s a battle of international Ultimate Fighter competitors, as Rony Jason (12-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) takes on Mike Wilkinson (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC). It’s the third time in the UFC Jason has fought another Ultimate Fighter contestant, as he defeated Godofredo Castro to win his season, then beat Sam Scillia at UFC 153. Wilkinson won a UFC contract after defeating Brendan Loughnane.

Fresh off his win over Chris Leben, Derek Brunson (10-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) returns to the cage, as he takes on hometown hero Ronny Markes (14-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC). In his debut, Brunson looked dominant, out working Leben to a decision. Markes is currently riding a three fight win streak, with wins over Aaron Simpson, Karlos Vemola and Andrew Craig.

Jason High (16-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) returns to the UFC and will look for a better result. The Strikeforce crossover hasn’t fought in the octagon since a 2010 loss to Charlie Brenneman. His opponent will be one time UFC vet Ildemar Alcantara. After a win over Wagner Prado in January, Alcantara will drop two weight classes to take on High.

The final fight added to the card is possibly a winner goes home matchup. Brazilian Caio Magalhes (5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) returns to his home country look for his first UFC win. In his debut, Magalhes dropped a decision to Buddy Roberts. He faces off with Karlos Vemola (12-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC). The former Czech wrestling champion has had hard luck in the UFC; he’s alternated wins and losses in each of his fights.

Finally, a third Brazil card received a fight. Headlined by a middleweight matchup between Vitor Belfort and Luke Rockhold, UFC on FX 8 now has another prelim. Someone will break their one fight losing streak, as Juisser Formiga (14-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) takes on Chris Cariaso (14-4, 4-2 UFC) in flyweight action. Formiga lost his last fight to John Dodson, while Cariaso was submitted by John Moraga.

UFC 161 in Winnipeg was announced last week, complete with a slate of main card fights. This week, the UFC added a number of prelim fights to the card. Canadian and former MFC champion Ryan Jimmo (17-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) finds himself on the card. Jimmo lost last time out, dropping James Te Huna in the first round of their fight before losing a decision. Jimmo’s opponent for this one will be Igor Pokrajac (25-9 MMA, 4-4 UFC). Pokrajac lost last time, but the decision was later overturned to a NC after a Joey Beltran drug test.

Saskatoon’s Mitch Clarke (9-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) returns to the octagon needing a win. Undefeated before entering the UFC, he’s dropped his past two fights. Clarke faces off against John Maguire (18-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC). Maguire drops to lightweight, looking for more success. After a 2-0 start to his UFC career, Maguire has lost two straight, including a decision to Matt Riddle.

Finally, Winnipeg will see some bantamweight action. Although technically undefeated in the UFC Roland Delorme (8-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will look for a better result. Last time, Delorme was KO’ed by Francisco Rivera. The result was later changed to a no contest. His opponent, Edwin Figueroa (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) also felt Rivera’s wrath. Figueroa was TKO’ed by Rivera was his last fight.

UFC 162 received its fair share of fights. In a huge fight, top featherweight contenders will face off. Ricardo Lamas (15-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC) takes on Chan Sung Jung (13-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC). Jung hasn’t been seen in a while, as his last fight was against Dustin Poirier last May. Lamas returns to the octagon after far less time off. He defeated Erik Koch in January.

Chris Leben (22-9 MMA, 12-8 UFC) returns to the octagon. He meets former Legacy Fighting champion Andrew Craig (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC). Both fighters are looking for a win, as Leben was fight was a loss to Derek Brunson while Craig dropped a decision to Ronny Markes in January.

Another Strikeforce crossover will make his UFC debut. Brian Melancon (6-2 MMA) went 1-1 in Strikeforce with a win over Felipe Portela and a loss to Isaac Vallie-Flagg. He meets UFC vet Seth Baczynski (18-9 MMA, 4-2 UFC). IN his last fight, Baczynski lost to Mike Pierce. The loss snapped a six fight win streak.

In what may be a first, two Ultimate Fighter contestants are getting an official UFC fight before the season ends. Sweden’s Tor Troeng (15-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Adam Cella (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC on Fuel 9 in Sweden. Both fighters suffered knockout losses on the show. Cella received a vicious KO from Uriah Hall, while Troeng was KO’ed by Josh Samman.

The UFC will return to Milwaukee for the first time in almost two years. UFC 164 is scheduled to take place on August 31 at the Bradley Center. It would be the UFC’s second ever event in Wisconsin. No fights have been announced for the event.

One of the UFC’s premier young fighters will be sticking around for a while. Bantamweight Erik Perez has signed a new five fight deal. The 23 year-old Jackson’s MMA product is 3-0 in the UFC so far. He has wins over notables Ken Stone and John Albert. The new contract is for six fights. Perez meets Johnny Bedford next at UFC 159.

Now it’s time for the bad news. Clay Guida has pulled out of his upcoming fight with Chad Mendes (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC). The two were scheduled to meet in a preliminary fight at the next UFC on FOX event. The nature of the injury hasn’t been disclosed. A replacement is being sought to fight Mendes.

An injury has forced Ryan Bader to pull out of his UFC 160 fight with Glover Teixeira (20-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC). A replacement has been found, as James Te Huna (16-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC) will step in. Teixeira is coming off a UD win over Rampage Jackson, while Te Huna survived an early storm to out point Ryan Jimmo last time out.

The UFC made a roster cut this week, releasing Finnish Fighter Anton Kuivanen. The lightweight went 1-2 in his UFC career. He debuted with a loss to Justin Salas in February of 2012. He followed it up with a decision victory over Mitch Clarke, but was submitted in his last fight by Michael Chiesa. The 28 year-old is a veteran of both the Cage Rage and Fight Festival promotions.

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