With Ryan Bader removed, Dan Henderson vs. Tim Boetsch headlines UFC Fight Night 68
Ryan Bader has officially been removed from UFC Fight Night 68 on June 6 and originally scheduled co-main event between Dan Henderson and Tim Boetsch has been promoted to the top of the card.
Bader vs. Daniel Cormier was the original main event, but when Jon Jones was stripped of his light heavyweight title, “DC” was moved to a vacant title bout against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 later this month.
The latest UFC Fight Night 68 lineup now includes:
Tim Boetsch vs. Dan Henderson
Matt Mitrione vs. Ben Rothwell
Derrick Lewis vs. Shawn Jordan
Yancy Medeiros vs. Dustin Poirier
Francisco Rivera vs. Alex Caceres
Justin Edwards vs. Joe Proctor
Ricardo Abreu vs. Daniel Sarafian
Anthony Birchak vs. Joe Soto
Omari Akhmedov vs. Brian Ebersole
Leonardo Morales vs. Jose Quinonez
Manager Says Jon Jones May Never Return to the UFC
“He’s focusing on himself right now. It could very well be the last time we’ve seen Jon Jones in the Octagon,” Kawa said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I think Jon Jones is gonna focus on Jon Jones. I think he’s gonna take the time to do whatever he’s gotta do. And if it’s the last time we’ve seen him fight, it’s the last time we’ve seen him fight. I’m okay with that.
Khabib Nurmagomedov Out 4-6 Months After Suffering Torn Meniscus in Training
The extended layoff for one of the lightweight division’s top contenders will continue at least until the fall.
According to a report on Thursday’s edition of UFC Tonight, a torn meniscus suffered in sparring forced Khabib Nurmagomedov to withdraw from his proposed 155-pound clash with Donald Cerrone at UFC 187. The American Kickboxing Academy product will undergo surgery in Los Angeles on Friday and is expected to be sidelined for four to six months.
Steve Bosse Gets Matchup with Thiago Santos at TUF: Brazil 4 Finale
Steve Bosse was the odd man out when a New Jersey judge overturned a preliminary injunction that would have banned Quinton Jackson from competing at UFC 186.
Bosse had agreed to replace Jackson and face Fabio Maldonado at the April 25 event when it appeared as though “Rampage” would not make the date. Instead, the 33-year-old Canadian will make his Octagon debut at "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4" finale against Thiago Santos on June 27.
Gian Villante meets Tom Lawlor at UFC on FOX 16 in Chicago
Gian Villante said he wanted another fight booked as soon as possible following his recent victory over Corey Anderson. He got his wish and will face Tom Lawlor at UFC on FOX 16 in July.
Villante (13-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) earned “Fight of the Night” honors for his third-round TKO of Anderson at UFC on FOX 15 earlier this month. His next bout will come against nine-fight octagon veteran Lawlor (8-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) at the July 25th event at Chicago’s United Center. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The light heavyweight matchup was announced on FOX Sports 1’s “UFC Tonight.”
Diego Sanchez plans featherweight move, eyes Guida, Lamas, McGregor and UFC history
With a broken collarbone mended, Diego Sanchez (25-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) is itching to return to the cage, and if things go according to plan, he’ll be doing it in the featherweight division.
“I’m going down to 145,” Sanchez said on the latest edition of “The MMA Road Show” with John Morgan. “I think there’s some great fights down there at 145. Even right away, I’m going to be a force in the divison – right away. And I know all the 145-pounders are, ‘Oh, that’s if you make weight. If Diego can make weight.’ That’s what they’re going to be saying. But, you know what? I’m going to do it. I’m going to make weight, and I’m going down to this division.”