No Rory for Benson Henderson, White says: MacDonald already has fight booked
After beating tough welterweight Brandon Thatch in style, ex-UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson floated the idea of fighting top contender Rory MacDonald for his second appearance in the division, even though he admitted he’d “be in for a handful” in facing such a tough opponent so early in his experiment at 170 pounds.
There’s just one problem: MacDonald (18-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) is already booked, according to UFC President Dana White, who declined to name the Canadian’s next opponent.
“He has a fight lined up already, but is hasn’t been announced yet,” White said at the post-event news conference for UFC Fight Night 60 at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo.
Max Holloway vs. Cub Swanson booked for UFC on FOX 15 in Newark
Max Holloway couldn’t even get out of the cage on Saturday night before he had his next fight booked.
Holloway (12-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) looked dominant against Cole Miller (21-9 MMA, 10-7 UFC) in the UFC Fight Night 60 co-main event, and with the win he drew a key featherweight assignment against Cub Swanson (21-6 MMA, 6-2 UFC) at UFC on FOX 15 in April.
With the addition to the lineup, UFC on FOX 15 now includes:
Lyoto Machida vs. Luke Rockhold
Yoel Romero vs. Ronaldo Souza
Max Holloway vs. Cub Swanson
Patrick Cummins vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Felice Herrig vs. Paige VanZant
Paul Felder vs. Jim Miller
Aljamain Sterling vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Chris Dempsey vs. Eddie Gordon
Corey Anderson vs. Gian Villante
Nick Catone vs. Vitor Miranda
Kenny Robertson vs. George Sullivan
UFC Fight Night 60 bonuses: Henderson vs. Thatch earns Fight of Night honors
Benson Henderson's jump up to welterweight paid off well for a variety of reasons Saturday night.
Henderson and Brandon Thatch earned $50,000 extra for the Fight of Night honors at UFC Fight Night 60. Henderson won the main event with a submission (rear-naked choke) in the fourth round.
Ray Borg and Neil Magny earned Performance of the Night honors. Borg defeated Chris Kelades via submission (kimura), while Magny won his sixth straight fight with a submission (rear-naked choke) over Kiichi Kunimoto.
Tito Ortiz: Rampage 'doesn't want to fight me'
Tito Ortiz talks about his disappointment at the fact he will probably never have the opportunity to fight Rampage Jackson and admits that Rampage is likely to make a lot more money fighting in the UFC than he would have in Bellator, at least in the short term.
UFC Fight Night 60 weigh-in results: Henderson, Thatch official, but three off mark
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
-Benson Henderson (169) vs. Brandon Thatch (170)
-Max Holloway (145.25) vs. Cole Miller (145)
-Kiichi Kunimoto (170) vs. Neil Magny (170.5)
-Daniel Kelly (185.5) vs. Patrick Walsh (191.5)*
-Michel Prazeres (156) vs. Kevin Lee (155.25)
-Ray Borg (125.75) vs. Chris Kelades (127)**
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
-Efrain Escudero (156) vs. Rodrigo Lima (154.5)
-Jim Alers (145) vs. Chas Skelly (145.75)
-Tim Elliott (125) vs. Zach Makovsky (125.5)
-James Moontasri (158)* vs. Cody Pfister (156)
* Walsh and Moontasri forfeit 20 percent of their purses to their opponents.
** Kelades was given two hours to cut the additional weight.
Nik Lentz vs Levan Makashvili scratched from UFC Fight Night 60 lineup
For the second time in six months, Nik Lentz has had a UFC fight canceled on weigh-in day.
Sources close to the situation told MMAjunkie that Lentz’s planned UFC Fight Night 60 bout with Levan Makashvili (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been pulled from the lineup.
Sources close to the promotion told MMAjunkie that Lentz has flu-like symptoms. Doctors ruled him ineligible today.
Lentz (25-6-2 MMA, 9-3-1 UFC) was originally scheduled to meet Thiago Tavares at Saturday’s event, which takes place at 1STBank Center in Broomfield, Colo., but he suffered an injury roughly two weeks out. Makashvili, who was set to make his debut at the event, replaced him on short notice.