Ray Borg vs Geane Herrera added to UFC Fight Night 73 in Nashville

Ray Borg vs Geane Herrera added to UFC Fight Night 73 in Nashville

Posted on 17 July 2015 by Allen

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UFC Fight Night 73 is less than a month away and the UFC has added another match to the card. Geane Herrera will make his UFC debut against Ray Borg in Nashville.

Herrera is an impressive 8-0 and defeated Josh Rave at RFA 25 in April in his last outing. “La Pulga” is a known as a finisher. In his eight professional fights only one has gone to a decision.

Borg has won his last two in the octagon after dropping his debut to Dustin Ortiz last April. “The Tazmanian Devil” can get himself into the mix at featherweight if he can leave Nashville with a victory.

UFC Fight Night 73 will take place on August 8, in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena. The main card and prelims will air live on Fox Sports 1. Former UT linebacker Ovince St. Preux will headline against former #1 contender Glover Texeira.

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Conor McGregor vs Chad Mendes UFC 189 Fight Video

Posted on 11 July 2015 by Allen

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The UFC’s top trash talker, Conor McGregor went toe to toe tonight with the #1 contender Chad Mendes for the UFC interim featherweight title in Las Vegas at UFC 189.

The UFC had built the event around McGregor vs champ Jose Aldo but an unfortunate rib injury kept Aldo from fighting. Mendes was inserted into the main event two weeks ago and the promotion still kept the bout as the main event of the evening despite Robbie Lawler vs Rory MacDonald being on the show as the co-main event.

Did McGregor back up all his trash talk or did Mendes leave Vegas with the belt?

Check out the video below.

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McCall vs Ortiz added to UFC Fight Night 73 in Nashville

Posted on 16 June 2015 by Allen

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Dustin Ortiz has been added to the UFC Fight Night 73 card that takes place in Nashville on August 8th at the Bridgestone Arena. Ortiz will face perennial flyweight contender Ian McCall live on Fox Sports 1. McCall have fought before. Ortiz lost their first bout in 2011 by unanimous decision. This time Ortiz will have homefield advantage having grown up in Franklin, just outside Nashville.

Ortiz (14-4) cut his teeth at Nashville MMA before moving onto RoufusSport in Milwaukee to train with guys like Anthony Pettis and Ben Askren. The middle Tennessee native has gone 6-0 fighting Nashville having competed at the Fairgrounds on regional shows and on two Strikeforce events at the Bridgestone and Municipal Auditorium.

In his last outing Ortiz dropped a unanimous decision to former #1 contender Joseph Benavidez last November. Before the loss he had won two straight. Currently Ortiz is ranked #11 in the UFC flyweight rankings.

McCall (13-5-1) also lost in his last outing, but like Ortiz he had won his previous two. “Uncle Creepy” is currently ranked #4 and could put himself in title contention with a win in Nashville.

UFC Fight Night 73 is headlined by OVince St. Preux vs former #1 light heavyweight contender Glover Texeira. Michael Johnson will face Beneil Dariush in the co-main event. East Tennessee standout Scott Holtzman will make his UFC debut against Anthony Christodoulou.

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Werdum upsets Velasquez at UFC 188

Posted on 14 June 2015 by Allen

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Fabricio Werdum came into UFC 188 in Mexico City a pretty big underdog to champ Cain Velasquez. But after busting Velasquez up in the second round Werdum submitted him in the third to become the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion.

At -340 Werdum was not given a lot of respect by Las Vegas but he dominated the standup and finished the former champ with a guillotine.

Werdum may face Junior Dos Santos next. “Cigano” knocked out Werdum in his UFC debut back in 2008. Stipe Miocic could also be in the mix as well.

Velasquez will have to go back to the drawing board but if he can win one or two fights he would likely earn a rematch with Werdum if he can hold onto the belt. The worst case scenario would be for Dos Santos to become the champ. Velasquez has faced him three times already and the UFC probably wouldn’t put him in a fourth fight unless both men had cleaned out the division.

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Holtzman added to UFC Fight Night 73 in Nashville

Posted on 13 June 2015 by Allen

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Scott Holtzman will finally make his UFC debut in Nashville on August 8th at the Bridgestone Arena. Holtzman will put his undefeated record on the line against 11-4 Anthony Christodoulou.

Holtzman is an East Tennessee native who trains in Arizona at The Lab with former UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson. “Hot Sauce” signed with the UFC last August but injuries have kept him on the shelf until now. In his last fight on April 5, 2014 Holtzman defeated George Sheppard by decision.

The former XFC champ is no stranger to Nashville. Holtzman defeated Matt Metts at XFC 18 and Roger Carroll at XFC 26 in Music City.

Christodoulou made his UFC debut in January against Mairbek Taisumov. The Greek lightweight was knocked out in the second round that broke his seven fight win streak.

UFC Fight Night 73 will be headlined by former UT linebacker Ovince St. Preux vs former #1 light heavyweight contender Glover Texeira. The co-main event will feature Michael Johnson vs. Beneil Dariush. Former women’s bantamweight #1 cotender Sara McMann will face Amanda Nunes on the undercard. Roman Salazar vs. Marlon Vera, Jared Cannonier vs. Jonathan Wilson and Timothy Johnson vs. Jared Rosholt have also been rumored for the card as well.

Tickets for UFC Fight Night 73: Saint Preux vs. Teixeira on sale June 19th. The show ill air on Fox Sports 1 with some undercard fights airing on UFC Fight Pass.

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Nashville UFC Fight Night beginning to take shape

Posted on 26 May 2015 by Allen

MMA: UFC 159-Villante vs St. Preux

Ovince St. Preux is getting his wish. The former Vol linebaker will be headlining UFC Fight Night 74 in Nashville on Aug 8th against former #1 contender Glover Teixeira. St. Preux asked for a fight in Music City after defeating Patrick Cummins in the first round last month.

The East Tennessee standout is ranked #6 in the light heavyweight division and his opponent, Teixera is #5. A solid win by OSP could vault him into the #1 contender’s spot, or at worst put him in an eliminator fight later this year. Daniel Cormier won the vacant title last weekend and looks to be facing Ryan Bader next. With Rashad Evans still on the sidelines nursing an injury it’s possible St. Preux could face Cormier if he defeats Bader. Bader already holds a win over St. Preux so he really needs to Cormier to win to make the fight more marketable.

Teixera has lost two straight and cannot afford another loss if he wants to stay in the top ten of the division. He lost the former champ Jon Jones last summer then lost a decision to Phil Davis last October. Before dropping his last two the Brazilan had won his previous 19 fights including wins over Rampage Jackson and Ryan Bader.

Matt Van Buren vs. Jonathan Wilson is also set for the undercard. Van Buren was the TUF 19 runner-up but has dropped two in a row in the octagon. Needless to say, it’s do or die for him. Wilson is 6-0 but has never fought for the UFC and will make his debut in Nashville.

Another fighter rumored for the card are Scott Holtzman. Holtzman signed with the UFC late last year but has yet to make his debut. We were told by a source close to his camp that it’s likely he will debut in August in Nashville. RFA champ Luke Sanders has talked openly about fighting on the show as well but it’s not known if he has signed with the UFC just yet.

More fights will be announced in the coming weeks and as always the card is subject to change.

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St. Preux vs Rampage makes perfect sense for UFC Fight Night 74 in Nashville

St. Preux vs Rampage makes perfect sense for UFC Fight Night 74 in Nashville

Posted on 27 April 2015 by Allen

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Ovince St. Preux is one of the hottest light heavyweights in the division. After defeating Patrick Cummins two weeks ago in the postfight press interivew the Knoxville native put the UFC on notice telling them he wanted to fight on the UFC Fight Night card in Nashville on August. 8th. Living just two and half hours away a fight in Nashville would be like home field advantage for St. Preux.

There are several guys in the division that would make sense like Jimi Manuwa, who is ranked just behind OSP in the UFC’s official rankings. But if you ask fans in Tennessee who they want to see fight St. Preux, the majority will tell you it’s Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.

After spending a year and a half with Bellator Rampage picked up a win in his return to the UFC Saturday. After the event the former champ told reporters he wanted to fight guys who had defeated him in the past like Shogun Rua and Jon Jones. As a former champ he’s earned the right to ask for those fights but his home state needs fans to show up in August and Ovince St. Preux is the perfect opponent to make that happen.

The Tennessee Athletic Commission has been under attack by politicians and will radically change next January. Director Jeff Mullen, who ironically enough trained Rampage years ago, will be relieved of his duties as his salary was deemed an unnecessary expense by lawmakers. UFC Fight Night 74 in August will be Mullen’s last big hurrah before lawmakers overhaul the Commission. If fans can pack the arena it will back up what the Director has been telling the politicians for years, that MMA is viable in Tennessee.

A Rampage Jackson vs Ovince St. Preux fight would do well on any other show and could be a viable co-main event on pay per view or a televised fight on Fox. But it would get lost in the shuffle on another UFC card. At UFC Fight Night 74 in Nashville, in the middle of the state Tennessee would be buzzing and fans would fill up the Bridgestone Arena.

For the past few years there has been a rivalry between east and west Tennessee. Each region thinks they have the best guys and occasionally you see someone from Memphis fight in Knoxville or vice versa. Usually it’s a pretty big deal.

Nate Landwehr is a local legend due to his fights against guys in East Tennessee. ‘The Train’ knocked out one of east Tennessee’s top amateurs, Billy Mullins in his pro debut in 2012. Landwehr also beat local favorites Adam Townsend and Chris Wright on their home turf. When you go to Pigeon Forge and Knoxville people know who Nate Landwehr is, and they don’t like him.

Wade Johnson is a west Tennessee guy. Technically he’s from Arkansas but he’s fought the majority of his fights in Memphis. This year ‘The Hammer’ has faced Drew Kennedy and Craig Johnson from east Tennessee. Johnson beat them both by decision in Memphis and now the guys in Knoxville think he go lucky and want to fight him.

Fighters are competitive by nature. And just like everyone else, they have a pride that comes with living in a region. St. Preux vs Rampage would be on another level in Nashville. It’s east Tennessee vs. west Tennessee. It’s the former champ against the new guy who is trying to get to the belt. It’s two of the top fighters in the world who just happen to be from the same state. It’s also a fight that Tennessee needs to prove to lawmakers that mixed martial arts has a future in the Volunteer State.

However you look at it Ovince St. Preux vs. Rampage Jackson makes since. It will make the UFC dollars and cents. It’s all in Dana White’s hands now.

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St. Preux asks to fight in Nashville on  Aug. 8th

St. Preux asks to fight in Nashville on Aug. 8th

Posted on 20 April 2015 by Allen

MMA: UFC 159-Villante vs St. Preux

After his dominant TKO win over Patrick Cummins Saturday, Ovince St. Preux asked to be placed on the Nashville UFC fight card coming up on August 8th. The former UT linebacker has now won seven out of his last eight and his last two by knockout in the first round earning him the #7 ranking in the UFC light heavyweight division.

It’s not known for sure if Joe Silva is going to put OSP on the Nashville card but the UFC would be foolish not too. Nashville needs a good showing to bring in revenue for the fledgeling Athletic Commission. St. Preux would bring in a lot of fans from East Tennessee as well as all over the state. Ovince last fought in Music City in Jan. 2011 when he defeated Abongo Humphrey at Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine. He earned a Strikeforce contract by knocking out Chris Hawk on the undercard of Strikeforce: Nashville the year before.

If OSP is put on the card there are a few people that he could face. The most obvious guy is Jimi Manuwa. The #8 ranked 205er is coming off a win at UFC Fight Night 64 two weeks ago and could be in line to face the guy ranked just ahead of him. Depending on how upcoming fights shake out we could see St. Preux face a top five contender. In June Ryan Bader takes on Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson faces Glover Teixeira. The winner of one of those fights could be in line to face the former Vol. Former champ Rashad Evans could also be a possibility but he has been injured and has said he wants to return in the Fall.

We won’t know anything for a few weeks but it’s almost a given fans in Nashville will see St. Preux on August 8th at the Bridgestone Arena.

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Tennessee Athletic Commission gets two year extension, Mullen out as Director

Tennessee Athletic Commission gets two year extension, Mullen out as Director

Posted on 08 April 2015 by Allen

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The Tennessee Athletic Commission has been given new life but it has come at a price. The Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee has recommended that SB0212 be passed after meeting yesterday and will be put to a vote this month. Earlier this week State Senator Mike Bell added an amendment to the bill that did a number of things that shakes up the entire Commission going forward.

The Commission will be moved from the Department of Commerce and Insurance to the Division of Regulatory Boards. The Director of the Division of Regulatory Boards will be appointed by Deputy Commissioner Bill Giannini. The new Director will serve as the executive director of the Commission instead of former Director Jeff Mullen. The new Director can appoint a designee in his absence to oversee MMA in Tennessee since Mr. Giannini will most likely not appoint someone who will have any experience in overseeing fight cards and sanctioning fights.

Senator Bell had some concerns about Mullen’s salary and benefits and thought that it was an expenditure the State didn’t need. According to the amendment the Director made $59,200 annually and his benefits were worth just under $20,000. Now with almost $80,000 off the books the Commission on paper looks a lot more viable to lawmakers. It’s believed that Mullen will serve out his term until Dec. 31st, 2015 before the changes take place.

The irony in all of this is, is that last year Mullen was one of the three finalists for the Nevada State Athletic Commissioner position out of 375 applicants. NSAC is the most powerful commission in the United States. But now Tennessee will have to do without the man who has been at the helm since 2008 and is respected all over the country.

The Volunteer State sets a dangerous precedent doing away with the Director position. Since MMA started to become legal in the United States in the past fifteen years no other state has done something like this. Most other Athletic Commissions sanction professional wrestling and receive a percentage of the gate and TV revenues which help them bring in money. Tennessee does not and ultimately the Director’s position was a casualty. Lawmakers look at the bottom line and they thought that this was the best way to keep MMA and boxing in Tennessee.


It’s not known who will be appointed the designee to oversee MMA, nor is it known how to apply.

One good thing about Bell’s amendment is that it slashes the insurance that promoter’s must carry for professional fighters. Under the old law promoter’s were to insurance each fighter for $50,000. Now it will be $25,000. This should help to encourage promoters into holding cards in Tennessee.

MMA and boxing has been spared until June 30, 2016 when the Commission could be put into sunset again. With the UFC coming to Nashville in August, Tennessee will make anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 just from that show. When you add in slashing insurance promoters are forced to carry the Commission could be in better shape fiscally than it is now when and if it is up for sunset.

To read more about what has been going on in Tennessee check out the following links.

Fate of Tennessee Athletic Commission to be determined on April 7th


Tennessee Athletic Commission to Receive One Year Extension


Tennessee Athletic Commission isn’t going down without a fight

How to keep MMA in Tennessee

MMA and Boxing Events to become Illegal in Tennessee on July 1

Lawmakers want to pull the plug on MMA and Boxing in Tennessee

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Fate of Tennessee Athletic Commission to be determined on April 7th

Fate of Tennessee Athletic Commission to be determined on April 7th

Posted on 02 April 2015 by Allen

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After two and a half months of being in limbo the Tennessee Athletic Commission will learn it’s fate on April 7th. Yesterday the Government Operations Committee placed it on their calendar after delaying it on March 31st. Bill HB0392, which would give the Commission another year passed in the House on February 11th. A similar bill, SB0212 also passed in the State Senate on the same day.

If the Government Operations Committee approves the bill next week it will go to the Governor’s office to be signed into law. State Senator Mike Bell, who chairs the committee, had been a critic of the Athletic Commission and wants to see it sustain itself financially. Vice-chairman John Ragan has also been very outspoken about the Commission and wants it to “sunset” if it cannot be self-sufficient. With the UFC announcing that they will be in Nashville in August it gives the Commission some legs to stand on.

Behind the scenes there has been some reluctance from the Bridgestone Arena in letting the UFC book the venue. Due to the Commission being in sunset and the uncertainty of MMA in Tennessee the Arena initially wouldn’t allow Zuffa to hold the date. The UFC has been working with legislators and it’s highly unlikely they would pull the plug and kill the upcoming show that would bring a lot of money to Tennessee and downtown Nashville. If the UFC thought that the Commission wasn’t going to be around they wouldn’t have made the announcement about the show last month.

To read more about what has been going on in Tennessee check out the following links.

Tennessee Athletic Commission to Receive One Year Extension


Tennessee Athletic Commission isn’t going down without a fight

How to keep MMA in Tennessee

MMA and Boxing Events to become Illegal in Tennessee on July 1

Lawmakers want to pull the plug on MMA and Boxing in Tennessee


The Government Operations Committee members are listed below. You can contact their office or send them an email to let them know how important MMA is in Tennessee, and how much money the UFC show will bring to the state and the local economy.

Chairmen Mike Bell
sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.gov

Jeremy Faison
rep.jeremy.faison@capitol.tn.gov

Vice-chair John Ragan
rep.john.ragan@capitol.tn.gov

1st Vice-chair Ed Jackson
sen.ed.jackson@capitol.tn.gov

2nd Vice-chair Kerry Roberts
sen.kerry.roberts@capitol.tn.gov

Committee Members

State Senators
Paul Bailey
sen.paul.bailey@capitol.tn.gov

Mae Beavers
sen.mae.beavers@capitol.tn.gov

Janice Bowling
sen.janice.bowling@capitol.tn.gov

Rusty Crowe
sen.rusty.crowe@capitol.tn.gov

Lee Harris
sen.lee.harris@capitol.tn.gov

Brian Kelsey
sen.brian.kelsey@capitol.tn.gov

House of Representatives

Glen Casada
rep.glen.casada@capitol.tn.gov

John Ray Clemmons
rep.john.ray.clemmons@capitol.tn.gov

Craig Fitzhugh
rep.craig.fitzhugh@capitol.tn.gov

Curtis Halford
rep.curtis.halford@capitol.tn.gov

Dan Howell
rep.dan.howell@capitol.tn.gov

Curtis Johnson
rep.curtis.johnson@capitol.tn.gov

Gerald McCormick
rep.gerald.mccormick@capitol.tn.gov

Mike Stewart
rep.mike.stewart@capitol.tn.gov

If the Committee gives the Athletic Commission another year it is only a small victory. The Commission will have another year to operate and regulate MMA in Tennessee but it will go back into sunset. Lawmakers need to consider allowing pro wrestling to be placed under the jurisdiction of the Commission like Kentucky. This would allow the State to bring in more revenue and make wrestling shows safer.

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Teddy Holder KOs Thiago Silva at WSOF 19

Teddy Holder KOs Thiago Silva at WSOF 19

Posted on 29 March 2015 by Allen

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After a year and a half of stops and starts Teddy Holder kept his foot on the gas and capitalized on a once in a lifetime opportunity last night at WSOF 19. Holder was originally set to face Jake Heun in a light heavyweight tournament reserve bout but just four hours from showtime the Henderson, TN native was offered a spot in the co-main event against former UFC light heavyweight #1 contender Thiago Silva.

“A few hours before the show my phone rang,” explained Holder. “We were just about to leave to go to the venue. The World Series matchmaker told me that Matt Hamill had gotten sick and pulled out of his fight with Silva and asked me if I wanted it. I didn’t know what to think. We were a few hours from showtime and I was prepared to fight Jake Heun. I told him I’d call him back in a few minutes. I talked to Andy (Uhrich), my manager, and David (Ferguson) and decided to take it. I had nothing to lose. The opportunity was too good to pass up.”

Coming into WSOF 19 Holder hadn’t competed since August 2013. Ring rust wasn’t a factor as he pushed the pace for most of the fight and wound up getting a knockout of Silva in just two minutes.

“I felt I pushed the pace,” said Holder. “I had Thiago Silva backing up. That was big for my confidence. He hit me with some leg kicks but I answered those with some of my own. I was looking for the knockout.”

The fight wasn’t a cakewalk for “The Hitman”. Silva landed some ferocious leg kicks and hit him with a big right that seemed to do some damage.

“He did land the big right,” said Holder. “But honestly it didn’t really hurt me. Don’t get me wrong. He hits extremely hard. I took it and came right back at him. I was confident in my hands and when I landed that shot behind his ear he dropped. I knew I had to try to finish him because he’s such a dangerous guy. I couldn’t let him back to his feet. I just kept hitting him until the ref stopped it.”

With the win last night Holder improves to 9-1 and picked up his eighth straight first round finish. He also advances to the WSOF light heavyweight tournament finals and will face the winner of Rony Markes vs Dave Branch laster this year. But most importantly “The Hitman” created a buzz with the knockout of the former UFC star.

“A win over Thiago is huge for my career,” said Holder. “He’s beaten Feijao, Matt Hamill, Jardine and a lot of really good guys. He ever fought Rashad for the belt and took him to a decision. After the fight I went over to him and thanked him for the opportunity and told him I had grown up watching him fight and had so much respect for him. Look at it this way, once Hamill backed out Silva didn’t have to take a fight. He could’ve collected his show money and went home. But that guy has a heart of a champion and wanted to fight anyone because that’s the kind of competitor he is. He gave me an opportunity to fight him. He could’ve said no but he didn’t, and I’ll always be grateful to him for that. I had heard that they offered the fight to at least one other guy in the back before me so Silva basically told them that he would fight anyone last night. You have to respect a guy like that.”


Twelve hours after the big win Holder still hasn’t gone to sleep. He’s still taking it all in.

“Last night was amazing,” said Holder. “I couldn’t sleep even if I wanted to. I had over two hundred friend requests on Facebook this morning and I’ve got a bunch of new followers on Twitter too. When I get home I’m going to get back in the gym and keep getting better. I’m so blessed. I couldn’t have done it without Andy Uhrich. He was in my ear and had my mind right all night. I have to thank David Ferguson, Houston Lantrip and the guys at Memphis BJJ. There are so many people to thank, who have stood behind me like Merciless Fighter and Smith Chiropractic. I can’t remember everyone right now but I love you all. This win was for them.”

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Brock Lesnar announces retirement from MMA, reups with WWE

Posted on 24 March 2015 by Allen

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Former UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar announced today that he is retiring from MMA and has signed a new deal with the WWE. Lesnar is set to defend his WWE title at Wrestlemania 31 on Sunday in Los Angeles against Roman Reigns.

According to Lesnar,

“I’m here to say my legacy in the octagon is over. However, my legacy this Sunday at WrestleMania will not be my last. It will not be my last. I’m hanging up all thought – I want it to be out of my mouth and I want people to hear me. It was a hard decision to make. It took me a year. I thought about this for a year.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about me wanting to have fun. The money is great, but the lifestyle, for me to get back in the octagon … the last two, two and a half months I’ve been training. I’ve been training to get back in the octagon and felt physically great, but something lacked mentally. And that’s not good.”

The former UFC heavyweight champ battled diverticulitis while he was fighting in the octagon. After defeating Randy Couture for the belt Lesnar held the title for a year and a halfd with wins over Frank Mir and Shane Carwin. However his illness took it’s toll as Lesnar dropped two in a row to Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem before going back to the WWE in 2012.

With Lensar announcement you have to wonder if the WWE might change their plans to put the belt on Reigns and leave it on “The Beast Incarnate”.

Lesnar’s contract negotiations were public knowledge and many WWE fans thought that he was going to jump to the UFC and it was a forgone conclusion that Reigns would leave L.A. as the new champ. Now that Lesnar is locked up long term Vince McMahon could decide to leave the belt on Lesnar for a while.

I guess we will have to see how it shakes out Sunday night.

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Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia set for UFC 190

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Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia set for UFC 190

Posted on 22 March 2015 by Allen

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Ronda Rousey has her next opponent. The UFC women’s bantamweight champ will face undefeated Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio. This will be Rousey’s first fight in Brazil after fighting all of her fights in North America. “Rowdy” competed in Canada in her second pro fight but going into a hostile environment to face Correia in her backyard could be a recipe for an upset.

Rousey has been on a roll lately. At 11-0 she has finished every opponent and her last two bouts have gone a combined 30 seconds. If she can get by Correia Rousey will have basically cleaned out the division and will face either Jessica Eye or have another bout with Miesha Tate.

Correia could be prime for the upset. She is 9-0 and is perfect in the UFC. The Brazilian defeated two Rousey teammates, Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler last year. The champ didn’t like the way Correia handled herself after the wins and some trash talk has really gotten things heated between the two women.

Antônio Rogério Nogueira vs Shogun Rua is also rumored for the card in Rio.

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Holder ready for WSOF Debut

Holder ready for WSOF Debut

Posted on 22 March 2015 by Allen

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Teddy Holder will finally make his debut next weekend for World Series of Fighting. Holder will step into the cage to face Jake Heun on March 28th in an important bout in the promotion’s light heavyweight division. The show will take place in Phoenix, AZ and air live on NBCSN.

Matt Hamill vs. Thiago Silva and Rony Markes vs Dave Branch will determine who fights for the inaugural WSOF 205 belt later this year. Meanwhile Holder vs. Heun will serve as a light heavyweight tournament reserve bout. If one of the four men in the tournament gets hurt, the winner of Holder vs. Heun will get the opportunity to fight for the title.

Long considered the top light heavyweight in Tennessee not in the UFC, Holder (8-1) originally signed with WSOF in Decemeber 2013 but will finally make his debut 16 months later after 2014 was a year of stops and starts. “Hitman” was rumored to face Matt Hamill last summer before the UFC veteran announced his retirement. Then Holder was scheduled to face Misha Cirkonov in October. That fell apart after the promotion had concerns over an illegal possession of alcohol charge on his record from when he was a teenager that might prohibit him from entering Canada. But now a week out from the fight he’s finally ready to step into the cage.

“I’m ready,” said Holder. “I haven’t fought in a year and a half but I’ve had a good camp and once the cage door closes and adrenaline starts pumping I’ll be ready to go. I know Jake is a game opponent and it’s not going to be an easy fight. I just have to go out there and impose my will and look for the finish.”

When Holder steps into the cage he will be looking at Jake Heun. “The Honey Bear” is 7-3 and has won five out of his last six. Training at American Top Team Heun is one of the only fighters to get a shot on two seasons of The Ultimate Fighter. During season 17 Heuron was submitted by Adam Cella but returned in season 19 and lost again to Todd Monaghan. In his last fight he knocked out Ron Fields in just twenty seconds.

After starting his professional career with a loss Holder quickly made a name for himself in the southeast after finishing eight straight fights in the first round. In his last fight in August 2013 Holder knocked out former Bellator light heavyweight tournament participant Chris Davis. What’s even more impressive is that he took the fight on short notice.


After a year of sitting on the sidelines Holder was told he’s be in the WSOF light heavyweight tournament but after the promotion signed Thiago Silva and Vinny Magalhães the Tennessee native was placed as an alternate. Now with a win over Heun Holder can jumpstart his career and could find himself in position for a title shot even if he doesn’t get to compete in the tournament as an alternate.

“The talk of a title shot is a little premature,” explained Holder. “I have to get through Jake first then see what happens. I just want to fight and stay active. I’m pretty sure World Series is aware of that. I told them I’d fight Tyrone Spong, Hamill, Vinny Magalhães, it doesn’t matter. I just want to fight the best guys and see where I’m at. I’m not saying I’m the best guy on the roster but I want an opportunity to fight the best. I was initially told I’d be in the tournament but then I got bumped when they signed Magalhães. They said I didn’t have enough experience to be in the tournament. Then Magalhães fell out with a contract dispute and they put the middleweight champ (Branch) in to face Markes. It is frustrating, but it is what is. Winning cures all man. If I keep winning they have to keep putting me in there. But first things first. I have to beat a very tough Jake Heun Saturday.”

WSOF 19 takes place at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix on Saturday, March 28th and airs on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET.

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