UFC sets Roy Nelson vs. Josh Barnett for Japan, launches new reality show
The UFC today announced it will return to Japan on Sept. 27, when heavyweight contenders Roy Nelson (20-11 MMA, 7-7 UFC) and Josh Barnett (33-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) will face off in a five-round main event that serves as the conclusion of a brand new reality series.
Executive Vice President and General Manager of UFC Asia Ken Berger revealed the two will serve as coaches on “Road to UFC: Japan,” a new reality series that will follow eight Japanese MMA hopefuls who will compete with each other to earn a UFC contract.
Jessica Andrade vs. Sarah Moras added to UFC Fight Night 71 in San Diego
A women’s bantamweight bout has been added to the UFC’s summer return to San Diego.
Jessica Andrade (12-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is set to meet Sarah Moras (4-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 71. UFC officials recently announced the new matchup.
With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 71 card includes:
Todd Duffee vs. Frank Mir
Tony Ferguson vs. Josh Thomson
Bobby Green vs. Al Iaquinta
Matt Dwyer vs. Alan Jouban
Manny Gamburyan vs. Scott Jorgensen
Kevin Lee vs. James Moontasri
Igor Araujo vs. Sean Strickland
Andrew Craig vs. Edgar Garcia
Jessica Andrade vs. Sarah Moras
Ed Ruth's Bellator signing puts spotlight on UFC's Reebok deal
"I've been talking with all the major organizations, and at the end of the day, I really believe in what Scott Coker is doing with Bellator." Ruth said. "They're signing the top talent, they're putting on exciting fights, and they're letting me secure my own sponsors."
The issue of fighter sponsorship jumped to the forefront of MMA's collective conscious earlier this year when it was announced that MMA's flagship promotion, the UFC, would be signing an exclusive apparel deal with Reebok. The deal will make Reebok the UFC’s official uniform provider and will pay each fighter anywhere from $5,000-$40,000 per fight, depending on championship standing and tenure.
UFC Fight Night 65 post-fight facts: Stipe Miocic's 361 total strikes set UFC record
After a record-setting night of finishes during the UFC’s previous event in Australia, UFC Fight Night 65 turned out to be a worthy encore and produced 10 stoppages in 12 fights at Adelaide Entertainment Center.
A first-round knockout opened Saturday’s card, but Stipe Miocic (13-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) closed it out with a drawn-own beatdown of Mark Hunt (10-10-1 MMA, 5-4-1 UFC) in the heavyweight main event. It was a noncompetitive bout in which Miocic battered Hunt with a record amount of strikes before the referee stepped in to award the TKO win in Round 5.
Miocic wasn’t the only one to make history in Adelaide, though. Check out 50 post-fight facts to come out of UFC Fight Night 65...
Instead of asking Mark Hunt if he wanted to stop, officials should have forced him to
In retrospect, the doctor should have been a clue. The doctor meant well. The doctor was a great big red flag.
It happened between the fourth and fifth rounds in the headliner of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 65 event at Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. Standing over the series of misshapen lumps that had very recently resembled Mark Hunt, this cageside doctor leaned in close and asked, “Mark, can you honestly see?”
UFC Fight Night 65: Hunt vs Miocic - Weigh-In Results
UFC Fight Night 65: Hunt vs. Miocic Weigh-in Results
Main Card (on UFC Fight Pass)
Stipe Miocic (243) vs. Mark Hunt (266)
-Brad Tavares (184) vs. Robert Whittaker (185)
-Anthony Perosh (205) vs. Sean O’Connell (205)
-Jake Matthews (155) vs. James Vick (156)
Preliminary Card (on UFC Fight Pass)
-Hatsu Hioki (146) vs. Daniel Hooker (145)
-Kyle Noke (170) vs. Jonavin Webb (170)
-Daniel Kelly (186) vs. Sam Alvey (185)
-Bec Rawlings (115) vs. Lisa Ellis (115)
-Dylan Andrews (185) vs. Brad Scott (185)
-Alex Chambers (115) vs. Kailin Curran (116)
-Vik Grujic (170) vs. Brandan O’Reilly (170)
-Alptekin Ozkilic (126) vs. Ben Nguyen (126)
Stipe Miocic: ‘I Have Better Stand-Up’ Than Mark Hunt
Two top five-ranked heavyweights headline Saturday’s (Sunday local time) UFC Fight Night 65: Miocic vs. Hunt at Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Australia. Fourth-ranked Stipe Miocic (12-2) takes on fifth-ranked Mark Hunt (10-9-1) in the fight card’s featured attraction, and the bout carries title contender implications.
Eight of Miocic’s twelve wins are by knockout, while seven of Hunt’s victories are by knockout. Hunt, a former kickboxing world champion, is known for his ability to end a fight with one shot, but Miocic isn’t worried about his opponent’s punching power...