10 fights official for UFC Fight Night 39 in Abu Dhabi
In the main event, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (34-8-1 MMA, 5-4 UFC) meets “TUF 10? winner Roy Nelson (19-9 MMA, 6-5 UFC) in a heavyweight bout. The co-main event features featherweights Clay Guida (30-14 MMA, 10-8 UFC) and Tatsuya Kawajiri (33-7-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
Also on the show, Turkey’s Alptekin Ozkilic (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) meets up with Dustin Ortiz (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in a flyweight battle. “TUF 13? runnerup Ramsey Nijem (9-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) fights unbeaten Beneil Dariush (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in a lightweight battle. Ryan LaFlare (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) put his perfect record on the line against John Howard (22-8 MMA, 6-3 UFC) at welterweight. Jim Alers (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Alan Omer (18-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), of Iraq, in a featherweight bout between two promotional newcomers. And Trevor Smith (11-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) meets former middleweight title challenger Thales Leites (22-4 MMA, 7-3 UFC).
TUF China Finale - Tourney final postponed, Lee vs. Phan promoted to TUF China Finale main card
One of the tournament finals from “The Ultimate Fighter: China” has been postponed, and as a result, Saturday’s TUF China Finale event has a new main-card bout.
The featherweight tournament finale of Yang Jianping (6-3-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Ning Guangyou (3-2-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been scratched due to an injury to one of the competitors. A UFC official told MMAjunkie the bout will likely be rebooked for a future card in Asia.
As a result, a bantamweight bout between Nam Phan (18-12 MMA, 2-5 UFC) and Vaughan Lee (13-9-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC) has been promoted the event’s main card.
UFC 170 post-fight facts: Rousey makes history with 56-day title turnaround
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey made history at UFC 170 when she successfully defended her belt for a second time in 56 days, marking the quickest turnaround between title defenses in company history.
Only once before has a titleholder attempted to make an identical turnaround, but former welterweight champion Matt Hughes failed to retain the belt in the second lap of the rare challenge when he dropped the gold to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 65.
Rousey (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) stopped Sara McMann (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in the main event for her third title defense since being appointed UFC champion a year ago. The performance inside Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center was extremely telling of Rousey’s progression as an MMA fighter as she set a series of UFC records with the help of her striking.
To dig in to some of those numbers and much more from the UFC’s second pay-per-view event of the year, FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll helps bring 35 post-event facts from UFC 170...
Rory MacDonald and a UFC 170 win that nearly wasn’t thanks to an avocado
Prior to the buildup for Saturday’s UFC 170, the only things, really, that had done so were Carlos Condit late in one fight and Robbie Lawler in his most recent outing. But not long before Saturday’s card, MacDonald nearly was felled by … an avocado.
MacDonald (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) survived a rough first round against Demian Maia (18-6 MMA, 12-6 UFC) to take a unanimous decision by dominating the fight in the standup game – and keeping Maia from taking him down most of the second and third rounds.
But afterward, he said he nearly had to pull out of the fight when he cut himself while trying to slice the famous green fruit...
UFC 170 official weigh-in results
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
-Ronda Rousey (135) vs. Sara McMann (135) – for women’s bantamweight title
-Daniel Cormier (205) vs. Patrick Cummins (205)
-Rory MacDonald (171) vs. Demian Maia (170)
-Mike Pyle (171) vs. T.J. Waldburger (171)
-Stephen Thompson (170.5) vs. Robert Whittaker (170)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
-Alexis Davis (135) vs. Jessica Eye (136)
-Raphael Assuncao (136) vs. Pedro Munhoz (135)
-Cody Gibson (135.5) vs. Aljamain Sterling (135.5)
-Zach Makovsky (125) vs. Josh Sampo (126)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)
-Erik Koch (155) vs. Rafaello Oliveira (155)
-Ernest Chavez (156) vs. Yosdenis Cedeno (155.5)