Myles Jury vs. Mike Ricci added to UFC 165
lightweight addition has been made to UFC 165 in Toronto, as Myles Jury takes on Mike Ricci on the September 21st PPV event. Ariel Helwani reported the news last night for MMA Fighting. The card was made official on Thursday with a main event of Jon Jones' LHW title defense vs. Alexander Gustafsson.
Diego Sanchez off UFC 164, targeted for fall bout with Gilbert Melendez
Diego Sanchez won't be fighting at UFC 164 in Milwaukee after all, but the fight lined up for him might be worth a little bit longer of a wait.
Sanchez (24-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) in April told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) he had been penciled in for an August fight against an opponent to be determined. But with less than three months until that card and no opponent yet, Sanchez won't be heading to Wisconsin this summer.
Instead, multiple sources close to the fighters on Thursday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Sanchez is targeted for a fight against former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez (21-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) this fall, likely in October or November.
Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks targeted for November in Las Vegas
The long-awaited title fight between welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (24-2 MMA, 18-2 UFC) and challenger Johny Hendricks (15-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) is likely to take place in November in Las Vegas, possibly as UFC 167.
UFC President Dana White today confirmed the tentative plans at UFC 161's open workouts in Winnipeg.
An exact date and venue for the pay-per-view event haven't been determined, and the event number could change depending on how the rest of the UFC's fall schedule shapes up.
St-Pierre currently is ranked No. 1 and Hendricks No. 2 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA welterweight rankings. Additionally, St-Pierre is No. 3 and Hendricks No. 10 in the pound-for-pound rankings.
Hendricks has been gunning for the title shot for nearly two years now.
Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos III likely at UFC 166 in Houston
The rubber match between UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos (16-2 MMA, 10-1 UFC) and ex-titleholder Cain Velasquez (12-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) is expected to take place in October in Houston, likely at UFC 166.
UFC President Dana White today laid out the plans at UFC 161's open workouts in Winnipeg.
Although a date and venue weren't given for the title fight, it'll take place in an arena, not a stadium such as Cowboys Stadium. That makes Toyota Center, which hosted UFC 136 in 2011, a strong possibility.
Despite the smaller venue, the pay-per-view event is likely to be a big one for the UFC.