Junior Dos Santos, Cain Velasquez break down their UFC 155 main event
December is here, and Santa Claus announced his presence early for fans with a whopping four UFC events on the schedule.
The biggest, literally, takes place at the promotion's annual year-end card – UFC 155, which features a heavyweight title rematch between champion Junior Dos Santos and the man he took the title from a little more than a year ago, Cain Velasquez.
You can now check out video interviews with the two big men in advance of their title fight rematch.
BAMMA 11 results: 'Professor X' downs Marshman in thriller
While 40-fight vet Xavier Foupa-Pokam (23-18) entered Saturday's BAMMA 11 headliner with just two wins in his previous 11 appearances, he combined with Welsh prospect Jack Marshman (11-2) to put on the evening's "Fight of the Night."
Foupa-Pokam survived a few near finishes to outwrestle Marshman and score a split-decision result.
The contest served as the main event of BAMMA 11, which took place at National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England, and aired in the U.S. on AXS TV.
Caio Magalhaes replaces Thiago Perpetuo, faces Michael Kuiper at UFC on FX 7
A knee injury has forced "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" cast member Thiago Perpetuo (9-1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) out of a planned UFC on FX 7 matchup with Michael Kuiper (12-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC).
In his place steps Caio Magalhaes (5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who now meets Kuiper in a middleweight matchup.
UFC officials today announced the change for the event, which takes place Jan. 19 at Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida, also known as Ginasio do Ibirapuera, in Sao Paulo.
The evening's main card airs on FX, but Kuiper vs. Magalhaes is expected to take place on the evening's preliminary card.
Taking chances: The 'Unchokeable' Jon Fitch upgrades to 2.0
LAFAYETTE, Ind. – GPS will get you in the vicinity of Rhyno's Gym, but it's incumbent upon you to figure out the rest.
It's 4:18 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, and my trust for the female voice spouting off directions from my dashboard is waning by the minute. UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch begins his seminar in exactly 12 minutes, and I don't want to be "that guy."
There's a scene in the movie "Encino Man" where Brendan Fraser's character takes one step into a noisy club, the music abruptly stops and everyone in attendance turns and fixates on him. I'm hoping to avoid this kind of not-so-grand entrance.
Fitch, on the other hand, knows exactly how to get there. The gym is owned by his longtime friend and training partner Mo Amin and rests just a few blocks east of Purdue University, where he was a four-year letterman and captain of the school's wrestling team.
It also happens to be the place where Fitch first began training martial arts prior to his move to American Kickboxing Academy in California, where he remains to this day. AKA may have built him from the ground up into a UFC title challenger, but the spark was first lit on the blue mats at Rhyno's.
UFC on FOX 5's Nate Diaz on possible title: 'Maybe it's my turn'
Nate Diaz probably isn't apathetic. That wouldn't be the right word, necessarily.
You don't become a No. 1 contender for a UFC title by not caring. More accurately, the vibe he has typically given off is one of not caring what you think or what anyone else thinks.
Not about his attitude. Not about his fighting style. Certainly not about titles and accolades.
But is that all about to change?
TUF 16 Finale Headliner Roy Nelson still unclear what a blackzillian is
Roy Nelson (17-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) admits he's disappointed that he won't be facing his opposing "The Ultimate Fighter 16" coach at the show's live finale.
Then again, he also says he's not surprised in the least that Shane Carwin withdrew from the fight.
Considering this is actually the second time a proposed Carwin fight didn't come to fruition, Nelson said he's not exactly sold on trying for a third time. Besides, he's got Blackzilian Matt Mitrione (5-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) in his sights right now – even if he's not sure what a Blackzilian actually is.
REPORT: MATT RIDDLE MEETS CHE MILLS AT UFC ON FUEL TV 7 IN LONDON
Matt Riddle's aversion to fighting in England may not matter this winter.
The welterweight reportedly is being targeted for a fight against England's Che Mills when the UFC returns to the country in February for UFC on FUEL TV 7. Fighters Only brought word of the expected booking.
UFC officials have yet to announce the fight, but both Riddle and Mills have made varying references to it on their Twitter accounts. For his part, Riddle on Twitter said he didn't have interest in returning to England for a fight unless it was against Dan Hardy – or he got a "nice pay raise."
The Fact of the Matter is Michael Bisping is the Unofficial Strikeforce Middleweight Champion
“Are they gonna come over and be number one contenders? Are they gonna come in and take the belt? I don’t think so. You’re in Strikeforce, come over to the UFC and earn your place.”
As a matter of fact… yes fact… Bisping believes Rockhold’s belt rightfully belongs around his waist.
“Let me put it like this,” said the brash Brit. “I’ve sparred with Luke Rockhold recently and let’s just say, I’m the unofficial Strikeforce champion.
“These are the facts.”
STRIKEFORCE'S JOSH BARNETT BELIEVES RETURN TO UFC WOULD SILENCE SOME CRITICS
Josh Barnett doesn't care whether his opponent is from Austria or Middle-earth.
After six months of waiting and recovering, Barnett (31-6 MMA, 2-1 SF) is happy that Nandor Guelmino (11-3-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) agreed to meet him at "Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine," which takes place Jan. 12 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
"All my friends are like, 'Nandor … is he an ork? Is he from Mordor?'" Barnett told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I don't know about that, but either way, he's going to try and mess me up."
Landing in the UFC or in another upstart promotion isn't of major concern to Barnett, but he said there are journalists and fans he'd like to prove wrong by returning to the octagon.
"I would love to see the look on some folks' faces ... being someplace where, one, I've already been, even though people may not know it, and two, a place that a lot of folks never thought they'd see me again," he said.
UFC'S JOHNY HENDRICKS: 'I'M NOT GOING TO FIGHT UNLESS IT'S FOR A BELT'
If anyone had any doubts of Johny Hendricks' intentions for what he wants next, he put those to bed pretty quickly.
But no matter what comes next for St-Pierre, though, Hendricks is willing to wait for his next fight until that next fight has him staring across the octagon from the champ.
"I'm not going to fight unless it's for a belt," Hendricks on Friday told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "Nothing else matters but the belt. My last three fights were guys in the top five, and I finished two of those three fights. I stated my claim. My stock's really high right now, and the only thing left is to get a shot at that belt.
"I really want a belt. They don't come around that often, and I feel like I've done enough to earn a shot, and that's pretty much all I'm thinking of right now. I'm training for a five-round fight, and that's it."
After Getting Shot and Going Through Addiction, Tim Means Building UFC Career
The 28-year-old has been shot, addicted to drugs and also served time in prison. He survived all of those ordeals, though, and is now 2-0 in the UFC. Ahead of his Dec. 8 bout against Abel Trujillo at UFC on Fox 5, Means joined the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Rewind” show and discussed his past with host Jack Encarnacao.
On getting shot: “I went out partying one night with some buddies, got drunk and winded up at a local business here. One thing led to another, walked outside a little while later and a guy winded up shooting six of us.
On what started the incident: “In all honesty, we supposedly cut in line and the guys had recognized me from a local fight organization. ... They didn’t want to fight then. We shook hands and left it alone. He winded up calling his cousin up. About an hour later, we walked outside and the dude just started shooting at us, no questions said, no nothing. He just started firing into a bunch of us.”
On where he was hit: “My femoral artery in my left thigh. I have about an eight- or nine-inch scar on my left thigh from where they had to cut me open, go in and tie my femoral artery. They said I was bleeding to death. I had a good buddy named Brian Shaw who wrapped a belt around my leg, and supposedly that saved my life. I was bleeding pretty good, so thanks to Brian Shaw for saving me that night. I thought I was going to die.”
Rebney: Eddie Alvarez has yet to receive UFC offer
The hottest free agent in all of MMA right now might be Eddie Alvarez, but it seems that the UFC isn't in much of a rush to sign him. That's if you believe the words of Bellator's CEO, anyway. Bjorn Rebney was a guest on MMA Weekly Radio and stated that the former Bellator lightweight champion still hasn't received an offer from Zuffa:
Jeremy Stephens jury trial scheduled for January 9
UFC Lightweight Jeremy Stephens is facing serious criminal charges in his homestate of Iowa. Stephens was arrested in Minneapolis, MN just hours before he was scheduled to fight Yves Edwards at UFC On FX 5. He had an outstanding an outstanding warrant stemming from an incident in the fall of 2011. He was transferred to Iowa authorities and held for almost 2 weeks before being released on a $20,000 bond.