Welcome to the UFC, Andrew Todhunter
A late injury has brought one of the world's better middleweight prospects in for his welterweight UFC debut.
Tim Kennedy is back! Oh wait, it's Andrew Todhunter. You'd be forgiven for getting them confused. A former army sniper with a background in military combatives, Todhunter doesn't just have a similar background to Tim Kennedy, but he's built like and fights a lot like him too. I'll get into all the details in a moment, however. First and foremost, an injury to Hector Urbina for his UFC 188 fight against Albert Tumenov has brought a new middleweight-come-welterweight into the Zuffa fold. It's one of the rare instances where an injury has probably made a one-sided fight that much more competitive. So...
Two fighters miss mark at UFN 68 weigh ins
UFC Fight Night 68: Boetsch vs. Henderson weigh ins
Friday, June 5, 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT)
Smoothie King Center
New Orleans, Louisiana
Main Card (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
Tim Boetsch (185.5) vs. Dan Henderson (186)
Matt Mitrione (255) vs. Ben Rothwell (265)
Yancy Medeiros (159.5)* vs. Dustin Poirier (156)
Brian Ortega (146) vs. Thiago Tavares (146)
Anthony Birchak (136) vs. Joe Soto (136)
Alex Caceres (136) vs. Francisco Rivera (136)
Prelim Card (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Derrick Lewis (264.5) vs. Shawn Jordan (263.5)
Omari Akhmedov (171) vs. Brian Ebersole (170.5)
Christos Giagos (155.5) vs. Chris Wade (155.5)
Justin Edwards (156) vs. Joe Proctor (156)
Prelim Card (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)
Ricardo Abreu (183) vs. Jake Collier (185.5)
Leonardo Morales (140)** vs. Jose Quinonez (135)
* Medeiros was given two hours to make 156.
** Morales was given two hours to make 136 pounds.
Michael Johnson vs. Beneil Dariush slated for UFC Fight Night 74 in Nashville
A lightweight bout between Michael Johnson (16-8 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and Beneil Dariush (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) is the latest addition to August’s UFC Fight Night 74 lineup.
UFC officials today announced the fight via FOXSports.com.
The latest UFC Fight Night 74 lineup includes:
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Glover Teixeira
Beneil Dariush vs. Michael Johnson
Jared Cannonier vs. Jonathan Wilson
Roman Salazar vs. Marlon Vera
Timothy Johnson vs. Jared Rosholt
Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson, Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold official
UFC President Dana White took to FOX Sports 1's UFC Tonight on Wednesday to announce that UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will make the first defense of his title against Sweden's Alexander Gustafsson with a date and venue to be announced.
More good news arrived for Cormier's American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) teammate Luke Rockhold, as White revealed that the top middleweight contender will get the next shot at champion Chris Weidman, also with a date and venue to be announced.
*DATE OR EVENT FOR THESE TWO TITLE FIGHT HAVE YET TO BE ANNOUNCED*
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T.J. Grant working in mine, talks return to mma
UFC Lightweight T.J. Grant talks to the about having to get a job in the mean time; where's he's at physically and the chances of him making a return to the sport.
Despite his hiatus from mixed martial arts, T.J. Grant is still fighting the good fight.
The former No. 1 contender for the UFC lightweight title hasn’t competed in two years after suffering a concussion in a training mishap. With his career on hold, Grant eventually had to seek other means to support his family, electing to take a job at the K+S potash mine near Bethune.
Friday Boxing on Spike vs Saturday UFC on Fox Sports 1 Ratings
Last weekend’s welterweight showdown between Amir Khan and Chris Algieri generated over one million viewers, according to a statement released Tuesday by Spike TV, the network that broadcast the fight.
The highest point of the telecast was during the 11:00-11:15 p.m. ET quarter hour, netting 1,120,000 viewers.
It was a busy weekend for combat sports on US television, and the Nielsen ratings are now in for Saturday's UFC Fight Night in Brazil, as well as Friday's Premier Boxing Champions special on Spike TV.
According to The MMA Report's Jason Floyd, the UFC on Fox Sports 1 card headlined by Carlos Condit vs. Thiago Alves attracted an average of 813,000 viewers, making it the 4th highest viewed out of the 7 Fight Nights aired since the start of the year. Preliminary card figures were just 100,000 viewer at 713k. There's no word yet on the official peak viewership.