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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Alexander Gustafsson has to be 'better than before' for Anthony Johnson fight

Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

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Light-heavyweight contenders Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson and Anthony "Rumble" Johnson had interesting things to day about each other during the UFC Stockholm media day at the Tele2 Arena this past week. 

The pair will meet on Saturday 24th January in Stockholm, Sweden in front of more than 30,000 fans at the Tele2 Arena in a fight that has been described as pivotal for both men's career, with a shot at the 205lb divisional gold at stake. 

No. 1 ranked Gustafsson said: “It doesn’t get better than this. I’m living the dream. I’m fighting in my hometown, and I’m fighting for my hometown. Preparation is going well already. I have got a great team around me. But he's strong, he's a great fighter and I have a lot of respect for him as a fighter. I have to be on my game and better than before.

“My fans mean everything to me. I thank them for the support. I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for them.”

Johnson, ranked number three,  has also shared his excitement at being involved in the second bigger UFC event in the promotion's 20 year history: “It's an honour to be able to fight in front of so many people. The arena is beautiful. In the US we have maybe 8-12 thousand people and it's a great atmosphere, so this – 30,000 - is going to be something else.

“Camp is going well” he said. “By January 24, I'll be in excellent, perfect shape. I'm not fighting 30,000 people; I'm fighting one man.”

Tickets for the historic UFC FIGHT NIGHT: GUSTAFSSON vs. JOHNSON event will be available to the general public on Friday, Nov. 28 via  

2015 IMMAF World Championships scheduled for UFC International Fight Week

Andreas Georgiou - @AGeorgiouMMA

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The 2015 Amateur MMA World Championships have been announced for Las Vegas, Nevada (USA), as the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) hots the tournament for the second year running.

The Championships are slated to run during the fourth annual UFC International Fight Week, which will take place between 7-12 July 2015. This is due to the fan experience being billed as the world’s largest mixed martial arts celebration, which therefore guarantees people from all around the world to see the event, 'guaranteeing high-energy, all-star entertainment'. 

International Fight Week will be concluded by UFC 189 on July 11.

2014's edition was represented by 23 countries across five different continents in the first ever IMMAF Championships of Amateur MMA, which took place between 29th June and 5th July. 

The initial four days of the tournament took place in Cox Pavilion at the University of Nevada, the venue of The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale; while the IMMAF tournament final was held inside the UFC Fan Expo at The Mandalay Bay. 

The venues and competition dates for the 2015 World Championships have yet to be announced, but are expected to be released in the near future.

Joe Lauzon vs. Al Iaquinta booked for UFC 183

By Connor Hutton - @ConnorHutton94

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UFC 183 is coming together quickly, headlined by Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz, and now joined by a stand-out lightweight bout as Joe Lauzon (24-9) meets 'Raging' Al Iaquinta (10-3-1) on January 31st in Las Vegas.

'J-Lau' will be heading into his 18th UFC bout on the back of two wins over Mac Danzig and Michael Chiesa. Lauzon was set to face Diego Sanchez at UFC 180, but both fighters suffered injuries which led to the fight being scrapped.

A high-rising prospect from the Serra-Longo Fight Team, Iaquinta is also coming off of two impressive wins, including a victory over top contender Ross Pearson. A win over a vet like Pearson opened up a lot of new options for Iaquinta and he now has a chance to take out one of the division's most accomplished fighters, as he continues his climb up the lightweight ladder.

With the addition of this bout, UFC 183 now includes:

Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz
Tyron Woodley vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Thiago Alves vs. Jordan Mein
John Lineker vs. Ian McCall
Thales Leites vs. Tim Boetsch
Miesha Tate vs. Sara McMann
Andy Enz vs. Thiago Santos
Ildemar Alcantara vs. Richardson Moreira
Diego Brandao vs. Jimy Hettes
Rafael Natal vs. Tom Watson
Joe Lauzon vs. Al Iaquinta

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

John Moraga finds replacement for Jussier Formiga and meets Willie Gates at UFC on FOX 13

By Connor Hutton - @ConnorHutton94

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Headlined by Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic, UFC on FOX 13 was on the brink of losing some value after a high-stakes flyweight bout between John Moraga (15-3) and Jussier Formiga (17-3) fell out after Formiga picked up a knee injury.

However, the UFC saved the fight by announcing that Moraga will now step in to the octagon with Willie Gates (11-3). Gates is on an impressive five fight win streak, all of which he finished in the first-round and even more impressively, all of these fights took place in the span of seven months.

Moraga will face off against the UFC newcomer following a second-round submission victory over Justin Scoggins back in September, a feat that put him back in the win column after he suffered a TKO defeat against John Dodson.

With the announcement of Moraga's replacement match-up against Gates, UFC on FOX 13 now includes:

Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Nate Diaz
Alistair Overeem vs. Stefan Struve
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Matt Mitrione
John Moraga vs. Willie Gates
Claudia Gadelha vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Joe Riggs vs. Ben Saunders
Jamie Varner vs. Drew Dober
Derek Brunson vs. Ed Herman
Joe Ellenberger vs. Bryan Barberena
David Michaud vs. Garret Whiteley
Henry Cejudo vs. Dustin Kimura
Anthony Birchak vs. Ian Entwistle

Nik Lentz vs. Thiago Tavares rematch set for UFC Fight Night Broomfield

By Connor Hutton - @ConnorHutton94

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Featherweight contenders, Nik Lentz (25-6-2) and Thiago Tavares (19-5-1) fought as lightweights back in 2010, their first contest together resulted in a majority draw, but the pair are now set to go at it once more at UFN 60, February 14th.

Winner of four of his last five, Lentz has been calling for big fights as he edges closer to the top of the ladder, however his latest decision victory over Manny Gamburyan hasn't quite pushed him as high as he might of wanted, despite being ranked #9 in the division.

His opponent, Tavares only recently dropped down to the 145lb division, however he made an instant impact with a first-round submission victory over Robbie Peralta, earning himself a performance of the night bonus. 

With the addition of Lentz vs. Tavares, UFN Broomfield now includes:

Matt Brown vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Max Holloway vs. Cole Miller
Zach Makovsky vs. Tim Elliot
Ray Borg vs. Chris Kelades
Nik Lentz vs. Thiago Tavares

John Lineker vs. Ian McCall rebooked for UFC 183 in Las Vegas

By Connor Hutton - @ConnorHutton94

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Flyweight contenders, John Lineker (24-7) and Ian McCall (13-4-1) were set to battle it out for a potential title shot back at UFC Fight Night 56, however in a wild turn of events, Lineker had weight issues (again) and McCall was forced to withdraw from the bout just hours before the fight with an illness.

Knockout artist Lineker was campaigning for an immediate title shot following the unfortunate events that transpired, yet it seems he will still have to climb one last hurdle against McCall before he can challenge 'Mighty Mouse'.

Lineker enters the upcoming bout on a high, with five wins out of six, including four knockouts. Whereas 'Uncle Creepy' has strung together two impressive decision victories.

With the addition of this fight, UFC 183 now includes:

Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz
Tyron Woodley vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Thiago Alves vs. Jordan Mein
John Lineker vs. Ian McCall
Thales Leites vs. Tim Boetsch
Miesha Tate vs. Sara McMann
Andy Enz vs. Thiago Santos
Ildemar Alcantara vs. Richardson Moreira
Diego Brandao vs. Jimy Hettes
Rafael Natal vs. Tom Watson

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Results: Frankie Edgar submits Cub Swanson in dominant performance at UFC Fight Night Austin

By Alex Dillon @ADillon__

Main event time as Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson get the action underway in this featherweight feature bout.Edgar starts fast looking to control the opening stages.Swanson lands a few of his own in reply to Edgar. Edgar attempts the take down but Swanson defends it with a smile. Swanson lands some sweet strikes but gets too over confident, misses a big swing and Edgar lands the take down. Edgar clinches the first with the take downs.

Round two begins with Swanson landing to the body but Edgar replies with a big right which opens up a cut to Cubs head. Cubs eye really cut, Edgar all about the ground and pound in this round from the take down, in half guard Frankie is reigning down some hard elbows. Big round for Edgar there.

Third round underway and Edgar lands another take down. Story of the fight for him, these takedowns really working for his ability to control the fight. Swanson really doesn't seem to have an answer once hes taken down. Needs to be standing to have a chance of winning this one, currently going to be 3-0 down if this carries on. Edgar lands more elbows on the ground, dominance from the New Jersey native. Swanson really offering nothing at this stage.

Round four begins with Cub landing a big body kick but Edgar absorbs with no bother. Edgar lands yet another take down putting Cub in all sorts of frustration.Edgar looks to work a submission in the form of a rear naked choke but opts for more ground and pound instead as Cub really has no answer for this barrage. Another dominant round for Frankie Edgar.

Round five underway and Swanson is told by Greg Jackson in the corner that he must knock this dude out. Cub Swanson attempts a kick but Edgar is wise to it as usual in his fights and grabs it into a take down. Edgar still looking for the submission late in the 5th but it doesn't seem likely but hang on Edgar finishes it with less than 10 seconds to go! wow!! awesome performance!

What do the UFC do with Edgar now?

Frankie Edgar def. Cub Swanson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:56 of Round 5