It was Hayder Hassan’s idea to donate 'TUF 21' money to Wounded Warrior Project
On the 12th and final taped episode of “The Ultimate Fighter 21,” American Top Team head Dan Lambert announces his squad is donating $200,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project after winning the team vs. team reality show tournament against the Blackzilians.
On the season finale of the show, which aired Wednesday night on FOX Sports 1, it looks as though Lambert is the one initiating the donation to the fund, which benefits wounded U.S. soldiers and is a cause long supported by the UFC. But Lambert said it was actually the idea of Hayder Hassan, who delivered the team its victory with a split-call over Blackzilians fighter Vicente Luque on Episode No. 12.
Velasquez Healthy, Targeting UFC 192 Return
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is looking to do something he hasn't done in over six years, and that's return to the Octagon less than four months after his last fight.
If everything goes according to PLAN, mixed martial arts (MMA) fans can expect to see him in action at the upcoming UFC 192 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place on Oct. 3, 2015 inside the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, according to a report from UFC Tonight.
UFC unveils new logo, other visual changes
UFC 189 will be a milestone of sorts for the world's top MMA promotion. Apart from a highly anticipated card with two title fights, it will also kick off the new Reebok deal, the revamped drug testing policy with USADA, and as just announced, a new UFC logo.
Here's a photo of the tweaked version of their logo:
Teemu Packalen in for Jake Matthews against Mickael Lebout at UFC Fight Night 72
Jake Matthews (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has been injured and is out of his UFC Fight Night 72 bout with Mickael Lebout (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC). Teemu Packalen (7-0 MMA, 0-0) will step in for the lightweight bout and face Lebout on short-notice.
The change was announced on the UFC UK Twitter account.
The latest UFC Fight Night 72 CARD now includes:
Michael Bisping vs. Thales Leites
Evan Dunham vs. Ross Pearson
Joseph Duffy vs. Ivan Jorge
Leon Edwards vs. Pawel Pawlak
Leonardo Mafra vs. Stevie Ray
Paul Redmond vs. Robert Whiteford
Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings
Konstantin Erokhin vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
Mickael Lebout vs. Teemu Packalen
Ilir Latifi vs. Hans Stringer
Paddy Holohan vs. Vaughan Lee
Kajan Johnson vs. Naoyuki Kotani set for UFC Fight Night 76
The CARD for UFC Fight Night 76 is coming together quickly with the announcement of a lightweight bout between Canada’s Kajan Johnson (20-11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Japan’s Naoyuki Kotani (33-12-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC).
The bout was announced on the UFC’s official website.
The UFC Fight Night 76 lineup includes:
Josh Barnett vs. Roy Nelson
Roan Carneiro vs. Gegard Mousasi
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. opponent TBA
Li Jingliang vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
Matt Hobar vs. Norifumi Yamamoto
opponent TBA vs. opponent TBA – finals of Road to UFC: Japan
Kajan Johnson vs. Naoyuki Kotani
Antonio Braga Neto out, Dominique Steele in against Zak Cummings at UFC on FOX 16
Strikeforce and Bellator veteran Dominique Steele (13-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will have an OPPORTUNITY to compete on the big stage of the UFC after Antonio Braga Neto (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was forced out of his UFC on FOX 16 bout with Zak Cummings (17-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC).
The change was announced by the UFC on Wednesday.
With the change, the UFC on FOX 16 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao – for bantamweight title
Jessica Eye vs. Miesha Tate
Edson Barboza vs. Paul Felder
Takanori Gomi vs. Joe Lauzon
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX, 6 p.m. ET)
Tom Lawlor vs. Gian Villante
Danny Castillo vs. Jim Miller
Kenny Robertson vs. Ben Saunders
Bryan Caraway vs. Eddie Wineland
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4:15 p.m. ET)
Daron Cruickshank vs. James Krause
Andrew Holbrook vs. Ramsey Nijem
Jessamyn Duke vs. Elizabeth Phillips
Zak Cummings vs. Dominique Steele
Sunday's TUF 21 Finale card complete with Hassan-Usman, Graves-Luque
The final episode of “The Ultimate Fighter 21: ATT vs. Blackzilians” aired tonight. With that, the lineup is set for Sunday’s TUF 21 Finale in Las VEGAS.
In the matchup that will determine which team receives a $300,000 prize and the “TUF” trophy, American Top Team’s Hayder Hassan (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will take on Kamaru Usman (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) of the Blackzilians in a welterweight matchup.
The Complete TUF 21 Finale card includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET)
Jake Ellenberger vs. Stephen Thompson
Hayder Hassan vs. Kamaru Usman – “TUF 21? welterweight tournament final
Michael Graves vs. Vicente Luque
Cezar Ferreira vs. Jorge Masvidal
Angela Magana vs. Michelle Waterson
Russell Doane vs. Jerrod Sanders
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)
Willie Gates vs. Darrell Montague
Maximo Blanco vs. Mike De La Torre
Caio Magalhaes vs. Josh Samman
Dan Miller vs. Trevor Smith
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
George Sullivan vs. Dom Waters
Rashad Evans vs. Ryan Bader set for UFC 192
Houston's Toyota Center will be the site for one of the most important light heavyweight fights of the year, as former world champion Rashad Evans returns to the Octagon for the first time in nearly two years to face fellow 205-pound contender Ryan "Darth" Bader in a UFC 192 bout on Saturday, October 3.
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Dana White: Jose Aldo Should Have Been Wearing Rib Protection While Sparring
Jose Aldo has struggled with injuries throughout his UFC tenure, but Dana White believes the reigning featherweight champion’s most recent ailment could have been prevented.
The Nova Uniao representative fractured his rib while sparring less than three weeks away from his title defense against Conor McGregor at UFC 189. After some debate over the severity of the injury, Aldo was forced to withdraw from what would likely have been the biggest payday of his career.
“In this case, Aldo was going to make millions of dollars in this fight. This was the biggest fight of his career, financially and every other way. So the guy is hurt, not to mention the fact Andre Pederneiras, his trainer, sent me the video of him getting kicked,” White told the “The Jim Rome Show” on Tuesday. “It’s a spinning heel kick to the ribs. The sparring partner shouldn’t have been throwing at him two weeks before the biggest fight of his life anyway.”