UFC Fight Night 63 in Tweets: Pros react to Chad Mendes vs. Ricardo Lamas, Al Iaquinta vs. Jorge Masvidal
Chad Mendes proved once again that he may be one of the two best featherweights in the world on Saturday afternoon, preserving his unbeaten record in WEC/UFC non-title fights by roaring through fellow contender Ricardo Lamas in the main event of UFC Fight Night 63. Mendes cracked Lamas with a right hand early in the opening frame, and from there the finish was Mendes' for the taking. Check out reaction from Mendes' wild win below, plus complete reaction from a rowdy afternoon in Virginia.
Video: UFC Fight Night 63 fighter weigh-ins replay and results
The festivities took place at Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The same venue hosts Saturday’s FOX Sports 1-televised event.
Among those weighing in are recent featherweight title challengers Chad Mendes (145.5 pounds) and Ricardo Lamas (145.5), who meet in the main event. Both made the mark with ease.
Only co-headliner Jorge Masvidal failed to make weight. However, he weighed 156.5 pounds – just a half pound over the 156-pound limit – and was given two additional hours to cut the weight.
About 40 minutes after his first attempt, Masvidal returned to the stage in plastics and a sweatsuit. After drying off, he was 156 pounds and official for the co-main event.
FIGHT CHANGE: Brandon Thatch vs. John Howard set for UFC 189
UFC 189 is shaping up to be one of the biggest cards of the year, and its not done being built.
On Wednesday night, UFC Tonight announced that a fight between welterweights John Howard and Brandon Thatch has been booked for the July 11 card, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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UFC signs YouTube sensation Ben Nguyen
The Daily Telegraph can reveal 26-year-old flyweight Nguyen, who emigrated Down Under two years ago, has agreed to fight on the UFC Adelaide card in May.
The decision comes only weeks after the American native became a social media hit thanks to his starring role in a homemade video entitled: ‘Tattooed Bully Acts Tough And Gets Knocked Out in 20 Seconds”.
Josh Thompson vs Tony Ferguson set for UFN 72
The UFC’s July visit to California has its first official fight, as Tony Ferguson (18-3 MMA, 8-1 UFC) meetsJosh Thomson (20-7 MMA, 3-3 UFC).
UFC officials today announced the contest, which takes place at UFC Fight Night 72 on July 15 at San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center. The UFC announced the event earlier this month but did not reveal any matchups for the card.
Ferguson currently sits at No. 14 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, while Thomson is an honorable mention.
“El Cucuy” Ferguson, “The Ultimate Fighter 13? winner, is currently riding a five-fight winning streak and has lost just once in nine octagon appearances. Most recently, Ferguson earned an impressive first-round submission over longtime veteran Gleison Tibau at February’s UFC 184 event.
“The Punk” Thomson looks to snap a disappointing run of back-to-back split-decision losses to Bobby Green and Benson Henderson. He was expected to compete earlier this month at UFC Fight Night 62 against Gilbert Burns, but injury forced Thomson to withdraw from the matchup.