Tom Lawlor tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus against Michael Kuiper in April
Following his April 6 win over Michael Kuiper, Tom Lawlor said Kuiper hurt his knee in the early minutes of the fight.
Did he ever.
Lawlor told MMAFighting.com on Thursday that when Kuiper landed a judo throw in the first two minutes of their fight in Stockholm, Sweden, he tore the ACL, MCL and meniscus in his right knee.
Amazingly, Lawlor overcame the injury to submit Kuiper via guillotine choke in the second round.
Statement regarding Stefan Struve's heart condition
On Tuesday's episode of UFC Tonight, it was reported that Stefan Struve has been diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve, as well an enlarged heart. Struve is currently in good spirits but is still waiting to see if he will be able to resume his promising MMA career.
Below is a detailed statement from Struve's manager Lex McMahon about Struve's condition and his future
Mike Pierce vs. Rousimar Palhares added to UFN 29
It’s a wrestilng vs. jiu-jitsu match in Barueri, Brazil.
Mike Pierce looks to extend his winning streak to five when he faces dangerous grappler Rousimar Palhares at UFC Fight Night 29 on Oct. 9. Sources close to the situation confirmed the match-up to MMAFighting.com. Lance! first reported the bout.
With Johnny Bedford out at UFC Fight Night 28, Hugo Viana awaits new opponent
Bantamweight Johnny Bedford (19-10 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has withdrawn from a planned UFC Fight Night 28 appearance, and opponent Hugo Viana (7-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) now awaits a new foe.
Bedford suffered a shoulder injury in training and was forced to withdraw from the bout. A timetable for his return wasn't immediately established.
Featuring a light-heavyweight headliner between Glover Teixeira and Ryan Bader, UFC Fight Night 28 takes place Sept. 4 at Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The evening's main card airs on FOX Sports 1 following preliminary bouts that stream on Facebook.
Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald targeted for UFC 167
A planned welterweight matchup with big implications for the division's title picture is set for this fall.
Several days after UFC President Dana White confirmed that the promotion would book a fight between Rory MacDonald (15-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and Robbie Lawler (21-9 MMA, 6-3 UFC), MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned the fight is targeted for UFC 167, which takes place Nov. 16 at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. Following the initial report, UFC officials confirmed the booking.
Both fighters are coming off significant wins and could take a step closer to a title shot with a win, which may or may not put the UFC in an awkward position.
Jessice Eye signs with UFC, could face Sarah Kaufman at UFC 166
Former Strikeforce women's bantamweight champ Sarah Kaufman (16-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) could soon have a new opponent and a new date for her UFC debut.
After being forced out of next week's UFC Fight Night 27 event when opponent Sara McMann had to withdraw and a replacement opponent could not be secured, Kaufman is now being considered for a bout with UFC newcomer Jessica Eye (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC 166.
Eye's contract and the potential matchup were first reported on Tuesday's new edition of "UFC Tonight." MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) subsequently confirmed with sources close to the fighters that UFC 166 could serve as host.
UFC targets Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson rematch for Nov. 9 event in Brazil
It appears Vitor Belfort (23-10 MMA, 12-6 UFC) may finally have settled on an acceptable opponent in a familiar foe: Dan Henderson (29-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC).
It was revealed on Tuesday's new edition of "UFC Tonight" that UFC officials are targeting a rematch between Belfort and Henderson, who first met in 2006, for an as-yet-unannounced Nov. 9 fight card in Brazil that would likely serve as UFC Fight Night 31.
According to the report, both Belfort and Henderson have verbally agreed to the contest, thought it's currently unclear if the fight would take place at middleweight, light heavyweight or perhaps somewhere in between. Bout agreements have yet to be finalized