Drew Dober replaces injured Sergio Moraes – draws Sean Spencer for UFC debut at TUF 18 Finale
The injury bug has hit the TUF 18 Finale card – although a ready-made replacement was waiting in the wings.
Drew Dober (14-4) will replace the injured Sergio Moraes and will now meet Sean Spencer (10-2) on the TUF 18 Finale card. Sources close to the event today told MMAOpinion.co.uk of the news, although the UFC have yet to officially confirm the fight at this point. MMAJunkie.com originally reported news of Moraes’ injury earlier this week. Moraes was initially scheduled to fight Zak Cummings before an injury put a spanner in the works. Spencer stepped up to take the fight but it now seems that an injury will stop the TUF Brazil competitor from competing on American soil for only the second time in his career.
Kyoji Horiguchi drops to flyweight, meets Chris Cariaso at UFC 169
Top Japanese import Kyoji Horiguchi is dropping to the flyweight division and will meet Chris Cariaso at February’s UFC 169 event.
With the addition to the card, UFC 169 now includes:
Champ Dominick Cruz vs. Champ Renan Barao – bantamweight title unification bout
Champ Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas – for featherweight title
Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem
Chris Cariaso vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
Bisping - Hendricks will put him to sleep in one round with a left hook
Michael Bisping (No.4 ranked middleweight contender) - “I’m going with Hendricks to put him to sleep in one round with a left hook. Hendricks has the capabilities of stopping GSP’s takedowns and, quite honestly, it is going to be a murder on the feet. Hendricks hits too hard and he can take a hell of a shot himself. Hendricks’ left hook is the most dangerous weapon in the entire welterweight division, and it will win him the UFC championship on November 16. Also, I’m just not sure if GSP really wants to do this anymore. He is the best welterweight of all time, perhaps the best UFC fighter of all time, period.”
UFC 167 salaries: St-Pierre banks $400k, Evans stands to make $250k
Win or lose, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will take home $400,000 for fighting Johny Hendricks tonight at UFC 167. Hendricks, meanwhile, stands to make a disclosed $100,000.
Georges St-Pierre: $400,000 (no win bonus)
vs. Johny Hendricks: $50,000 (plus a potential win bonus of $50,000)
Rashad Evans: $125,000 (plus a potential win bonus of $125,000)
vs. Chael Sonnen: $100,000 (no win bonus)
Robbie Lawler: $83,000 (plus a potential win bonus of $83,000)
vs Rory MacDonald: $50,000 (plus a potential win bonus of $50,000)
Josh Koscheck: $78,000 (plus a potential win bonus of $78,000)
vs. Tyrone Woodley: $50,000 (plus a potential win bonus of $50,000)
Darren Elkins vs. Jeremy Stephens set for UFC on FOX 10 in Chicago
The UFC’s return to the Windy City in January has its first bout, and it will feature a pair of Midwestern featherweights.
Darren Elkins (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC), from nearby Northwest Indiana, will meet Iowa’s Jeremy Stephens (22-9 MMA, 9-8 UFC) at UFC on FOX 10 in Chicago. The Times of Northwest Indiana and FoxSports.com both reported the news Friday.
UFC 167 weigh-in results: Headliners St-Pierre, Hendricks official for title fight
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
-Georges St-Pierre (170) vs. Johny Hendricks (170)
-Rashad Evans (205) vs. Chael Sonnen (206)
-Robbie Lawler (170) vs. Rory MacDonald (171)
-Josh Koscheck (170) vs. Tyron Woodley (171)
-Ali Bagautinov (126) vs. Timothy Elliott (125)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
-Donald Cerrone (155) vs. Evan Dunham (156)
-Ed Herman (186) vs. Thales Leites (186)
-Brian Ebersole (171) vs. Rick Story (170)
-Edwin Figueroa (135) vs. Erik Perez (135)
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie.com, 6:30 p.m. ET)
-Jason High (170) vs. Anthony Lapsley (170)
-Will Campuzano (135) vs. Sergio Pettis (135)
-Cody Donovan (205) vs. Gian Villante (205)
Fighters Forecast UFC 167 Upset
In July, at UFC 162, Chris Weidman scored one of the biggest upsets of all time when he knocked out Anderson Silva to win the UFC middleweight championship. Fans Octagonside at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas were stunned when a Weidman left hook laid out “The Spider” in the second round, but not everyone was surprised by the result. Now, some of the sport’s best athletes are predicting another long championship reign to end when welterweight king Georges St-Pierre collides with No.1 contender Johny Hendricks this Saturday.
UFC 167's main event is the most eagerly-anticipated UFC welterweight title fight in years, with Las Vegas oddsmakers giving the Ada, Oklahoma-born Hendricks the best shot to take the title away from “GSP” in years. The No.1 ranked challenger is currently listed as +205 (or a little over 2-1) to snatch the title away, the narrowest odds offered on any GSP opponent since BJ Penn challenged the Canadian half a decade ago at UFC 94.
Here, some of the biggest names in the UFC weigh in on what could be the upset of the year.