Jose Aldo Unhappy With Interim Belt
I’m the UFC champion since April 2011, defended my belt seven times in four years, and will do it for the eighth time in 2015, an average of twice a year. And I’m not even mentioning WEC, a Zuffa-owned company, like the UFC, where I became the champion in 2009 and put my belt on the line twice in less than a year. That why I can’t agree with UFC’s decision to have an interim champion in my division citing the five opportunities that I couldn’t defend my belt.
If those fights had occurred, I would have done 12 title fights in four years in the UFC, an average of three fights a year, something that no other UFC champion did. A UFC champion rarely does three title defenses in one year. So that can’t be the main reason why they are creating an interim title, but the UFC is a private company which I work for, so I can’t complain about its decision, but I can’t say I agree either.
Weidman: Rockhold title fight maybe off
In June it was announced that the number one middleweight UFC contender has been determined, and that Luke Rockhold was to fight champion Chris Weidman. The fight was tentatively scheduled for Dec. 5 at Madison Square Garden. But New York failed to do the right thing once again, and now Weidman says the fight may be off completely.
TUF 19's Dhiego Lima released from the UFC
Had an amazing vacation in brazil with my family heading back to atlanta. Im no longer under ufc contract so ill be taking the rest of the year off from fighting focusing just on training and our gym i will be back fighting next year starting fresh. Thank you UFC for all the opportunities i wasn't able to show anything i do on all my fights in there i need to take some fights outside rebuild myself and come back like an animal, i have amazing family friends coaches and training partners behind me and i believe in Gods plan."
Stout vs Perez, Campbell vs Silverio Set for UFC Fight Night in Saskatoon
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials Tuesday announced that Canadian lightweights Sam Stout and Shane Campbell will compete in separate bouts at August’s UFC Fight Night in Saskatchewan.
Stout will take on Frankie Perez, while Campbell will tangle with Elias Silverio. UFC Fight Night “Holloway vs. Oliveira” takes place Aug. 23 at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, headlined by a featherweight duel between Max Holloway and Charles Oliveira.
Jose Aldo Officially Out: Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes for Interim Belt at UFC 189
Dana White just said it on SportsCenter.
McGregor vs Mendes for the interim UFC Featherweight Title.
Jose Aldo (Rib) Pulls out of UFC 189
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo was taken to the hospital on June 23 after a "kick to his midsection" left the Brazilian with a rib injury. The UFC called the injury a bone bruise on June 24, though MMAFighting.com later reported it was a fracture. Due to the injury, Aldo was forced to withdraw from UFC 189 vs. Conor McGregor.
No. 1 featherweight contender Chad Mendes will replace Aldo at UFC 189 to face McGregor, according to ESPN's Sportscenter.
Andrew Holbrook in for Erik Koch against Ramsey Nijem at UFC on FOX 16
Ramsey Nijem has a new opponent for UFC on FOX 16 after Erik Koch was forced out of their lightweight contest.
Indiana’s Andrew Holbrook (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in to face Nijem (9-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) on slightly less than a month’s notice. The change was announced on the UFC’s official website today.
UFC on FOX 16 takes place July 25 at United Center in Chicago. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw rematches Renan Barao in a title fight that was supposed to happen this week at UFC 186 before a Dillashaw injury forced the delay.