With Jim Hettes out, Kurt Holobaugh steps in to face Steven Siler at UFC 159
Jim Hettes (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has been forced out a planned UFC 159 matchup with Steven Siler (21-10 MMA, 3-1 UFC), and Strikeforce import Kurt Holobaugh (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has agreed to take his place.
UFC officials revealed the switch during Tuesday's new edition of "UFC Tonight."
UFC 159 takes place April 27 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The main card, including a main event between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. Holobaugh vs. Siler is expected to take place on the evening's preliminary portion.
Alcantara vs. Vinicius, Dias vs. Gamburyan targeted for May's UFC on FX 8 event
Two new fights have reportedly been added to this May's UFC on FX 8 event in Brazil with bantamweights Yuri Alcantara (27-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. Marcos Vinicius (20-4-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and featherweights Hacran Dias (21-1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Manny Gamburyan (12-7 MMA, 3-5 UFC).
Brazilian media outlet SportTV.com first reported the new contests, though UFC executives have yet to make an official announcement.
UFC on FX 8 takes place May 18, likely at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul. The event's main card airs on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook.
Both new fights are expected to be a part of the evening's preliminary card.
Daniel Sarafian vs. Eddie Mendes targeted for UFC on FUEL TV 10
A middleweight bout between "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" finalist Daniel Sarafian (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and promotional newcomer Eddie Mendez (7-0-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) is in the works for UFC on FUEL TV 10.
Tatame.com first brought word of the matchup, though UFC officials haven't made a formal announcement.
UFC on FUEL TV 10, which also serves as the finale for "TUF: Brazil 2," takes place June 8, likely at Ginasio Paulo Sarasate in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil. The main card airs on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
It's not clear where Sarafian vs. Mendes will be placed on the lineup.
Kongo Respects Nelson for lack of Steroids
PDG: You have stirred up some controversy as of late with some of your comments on Steroids and TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy). What is your opinion of fighters using TRT and in your eyes is it any different than using illegal supplements?
Cheick Kongo: I don’t agree with TRT usage in sports in general. The main problem with TRT is that most of the users (not just in mixed martial arts), only need it because they used steroids in the past, and it’s not fair. This is what I think. I am a fighter, not a cheater. I am clean, I expect my opponent to be clean too. That’s one of the reason I respect Roy Nelson.
Mike Dolce Breaks Silence On Cyborg: Says Santos Came To Him
When Mike Dolce joined BJPENN.COM Radio this past Wednesday, March 13, he spoke at length regarding many topics the MMA world have been buzzing about. However, none of his words may have been so striking as those chronicling his dealings with former Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Santos.
Fortunes changed for five at UFC 158
A lot was made on Saturday night of the ending in the ring of the Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz fight.
After a grueling 25-minute fight, a victorious St-Pierre asked his hometown crowd at the Bell Centre in Montreal to cheer the man they paid $3.7 million to see get smashed into oblivion.
"(He did) a great job of promoting the fight," said St-Pierre. "He's a good guy. Please give him hands (applause)."
To a crowd where their champion can do almost no wrong, that was met with resounding boos. Fans at home had similar reactions. They had paid somewhere in the range of $35 million or more, based on commercials that led them to believe Diaz was a brooding, disrespectful outlaw who was finally going to get what was coming to him by one of the most talented fighters the sport will ever see. Instead, they were left in some cases with frustrations and mixed feelings...
Nick Diaz steals the spotlight
St-Pierre dominated in the Octagon, easily winning all five rounds on all three judges' cards. But then Diaz showed up in the late stages of the news conference and once again stole the show.
Among the nuggets he dropped:
• He'd like a rematch, after losing 50-45 on all three cards and mounting next-to-no offense.
• He believes St-Pierre has little power and "hits like a girl."
• He wants to retire. Georges St.Pierre's hand is raised after a win over Nick Diaz. (USA Today Sports)
• He thinks he matches up well with pound-for-pound champion Anderson Silva.
• And, most amazing of all, he said he hasn't paid taxes ever in his life.