Sean Pierson out at UFC 158, Rick Story now meets Quinn Mulhern
Canadian welterweight Sean Pierson (13-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has been forced out a planned UFC 158 matchup with Rick Story (14-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC), and Quinn Mulhern (18-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been tapped as a replacement.
UFC officials today announced the change.
UFC 158 takes place March 16 at Montreal's Bell Centre. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. Pierson vs. Story was slated for the evening's FX broadcast, but it's unknown if the new fight will keep that same slot.
Mulhern makes his UFC debut after four appearances under the Strikeforce banner. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt debuted in June 2011 with a decision loss to Jason High but then bounced back with victories over Yuri Villefort, David Hulett and Danny Davis.
Manuwa: Diabate not easy, but I'll end it
Jimi Manuwa does not expect an easy night when he takes on Cyrille Diabate at UFC London, but he does predict he will become the first man in the UFC to knock the Frenchman out.
Diabate has fought six times in the UFC, winning four and losing two. Those two defeats both came via submission to Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Perosh, the latter of which took place during his last visit to the UK.
Phil Davis On Magalhaes: He Doesn’t Deserve To Fight Me
“You know, If I say it simply, he is out of my level, he doesn’t deserve to be fighting me, I feel like that sounds worse than it actually is and it almost sounds like I am talking about his character a person rather than his fighting skills. So let’s say, what he’s done in the UFC which is one win, and I guess if you count his old two losses, it doesn’t really warrant him a fight with me. But, you know, it’s fine. Listen, I don’t do matchmaking, Joe Silva is a genius and I am just going to go with what he says, I don’t question him, the man knows what he’s doing.”
Dana White: 'They’ve got some work to do down there at Blackzilians'
f"Blackzilians didn’t represent [at UFC 156]," White stated following Saturday’s press conference. "It was a bad night for them. In the first round, [Overeem] was running into a clinch. He wasn’t throwing anything. Running into a clinch, his hands were down by his knees. Yeah, it was a weird fight.
"I don’t know if he thought he could out-slick him and … I don’t know what he thought. He looked terrible. Both of them looked out of shape. Rashad did nothing but this all night (mimics catching jabs with hand). They had a bad night. They probably got to reevaluate some things in their camp."
"I think [Overeem] looked terrible [Saturday]. Rashad’s a great fighter, Rashad looked terrible, [too]. Yeah, I agree [Melvin Guillard wasn't good in his loss to Jamie Varner]," White said in closing. "They’ve got some work to do down there at Blackzilians. They’ve got some work to do. Vitor [looked good against Michael Bisping], but they didn’t look good."
Tyron Woodley More Interested in Fighting Rory MacDonald Than Demian Maia
Fresh off a vicious knockout of Jay Hieron in his UFC debut on Saturday, Tyron Woodley is hoping for a busy year in the Octagon.
In fact, he’s already told UFC President Dana White that he’ll be available if someone drops out of the March 16 showdown between Carlos Condit and Rory MacDonald. It’s MacDonald in particular that Woodley has his eye on.
“I want to fight him,” Woodley told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “If anything happens with Carlos Condit, God forbid, or something happens with that fight, I already told Dana White.”
Anthony Pettis drops to 145, meets UFC champ Jose Aldo on Aug. 3
Two of the most dynamic strikers in all of mixed martial arts will meet Aug. 3 as Anthony Pettis (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is dropping from lightweight to 145 pounds to challenge current champion Jose Aldo (22-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) for the UFC featherweight title.
USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Monday learned of the booking from UFC President Dana White.
"Two of the baddest dudes in the fight business are going to fight at 145 pounds," White said. "These guys are two of the most amazing, gravity-defying athletes in the sport. I am so pumped for this fight."
UFC's First Set of Official Rankings
Rankings were generated by a voting panel made up of media members. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight-class and pound-for-pound. A fighter is only eligible to be voted on if they are in active status in the UFC and a fighter can only appear in one weight division at a time. The champion and interim champion are considered to be in the top positions of their respective divisions and therefore are not eligible for voting by weight-class. However, the champions can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings.
Jose Aldo-Anthony Pettis considered
"Something interesting happened about 10 minutes ago," said White, at the postfight press conference. "Anthony Pettis said, 'I want to go to 145 and fight Jose Aldo.' He told me he'll make 145."
"It didn't cross my mind until he texted me, but it's crossing my mind now," White said. "I like it, and I like Pettis."
Aldo (22-1), who defeated Edgar via unanimous decision, expressed interest in the fight.
"It's up to Dana, but it's an interesting fight," Aldo said. "I train to fight the best. I respect them all. I think Pettis is close to a title shot in his own division."
Personally it think aldo needs to go to 155, the cut seems to be getting to be too much. he even said he always get sick doing it.
UFC 156 results & analysis - Aldo edges Edgar
Another 25-minute title fight for Frankie Edgar? Who'd have thunk it?
But for the third straight time, he came out on the short end of a decision, this time in a new division, falling to featherweight champion Jose Aldo in an entertaining battle. Aldo won with scores of 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47.
UFC 156 official weigh-in results: Champ Aldo (145), Edgar (144) hit mark
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
-Champ Jose Aldo (145) vs. Frankie Edgar (144)
-Rashad Evans (206) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (206)
-Alistair Overeem (264) vs. Antonio Silva (262)
-Jon Fitch (171) vs. Demian Maia (170)
-Joseph Benavidez (126) vs. Ian McCall (125)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET)
-Evan Dunham (155) vs. Gleison Tibau (155)
-Jay Hieron (168) vs. Tyron Woodley (170)
-Bobby Green (155) vs. Jacob Volkmann (156)
-Yves Edwards (155) vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg (156)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 7 p.m. ET)
-Chico Camus (134) vs. Dustin Kimura (139.5)
-Edwin Figueroa (137.5) vs. Francisco Rivera (137)
Figueroa and Rivera has been given additional time to lose the remaining weight