UFC will wait for UFC 173 outcome before deciding on Machida title shot
The initial indication from the UFC is that despite his UFC Fight Night 36 win, Lyoto Machida is not necessarily confirmed as the No. 1 middleweight contender.
Brazilian UFC official Grace Tourinho told MMAjunkie that the promotion is waiting for the outcome of an upcoming title fight between champ Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort at UFC 173 before making a decision on the next belt challenger. The event takes place on May 24 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena...
Bellator & Gilbert Melendez Agree on Structure to Bring Top Lightweight To Bellator
UFC Now Holds Right to Match Offer
Newport Beach, Calif. (February 14, 2014) – At 22-3, Gilbert Melendez sits atop the UFC’s lightweight division. With victories over Josh Thomson, Diego Sanchez, Shinya Aoki and Jorge Masvidal, “El Nino” is ready for a new crop of challengers as the Santa Ana native has agreed to a multi-fight, multi-year deal structure with Bellator that can pit Melendez against some of MMA’s best, including Eddie Alvarez, Michael Chandler, Will Brooks, Dave Jansen and a host of top lightweights from around the world.
Patrick Cummins signs with UFC, faces Daniel Cormier at UFC 170
Cummins made his professional debut in December 2010, scoring a TKO win under the Strikeforce banner. He’s competed a total of four times, with all four bouts ending via first-round stoppage. His most recent appearance was in May 2013, and Cummins has struggled to find willing opponents since.
Cormier apparently had no such concerns.
Despite Sonnen's offer, Evans vs. Cormier rebooking targeted for UFC 172
Although UFC officials said the bout has been scrapped entirely after Rashad Evans (21-3-1 MMA, 14-3-1 UFC) suffered a leg injury and was forced out of next week’s UFC 170 co-headliner, at least one notable has offered to step up as a replacement.
With Daniel Cormier (13-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) now left without an opponent for next weekend’s pay-per-view card, Chael Sonnen (29-13-1 MMA, 7-6 UFC) said he’s willing to take the fight, which takes place at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Sonnen, citing Cormier’s “attitude,” said he’s apparently prepared enough for the fight: