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Josh Burkman Returns to the UFC (!), Will Face Hector Lombard at UFC 182


(I just realized something: In about five years, Bellator will probably try to hire Arianny. / Photo via MMAFightGirls)

UFC president Dana White confirmed on Instagram today that welterweight veteran Josh Burkman has re-signed with the UFC. White later revealed that Burkman would be facing Hector Lombard at UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier, January 3rd in Las Vegas. Keep in mind that Lombard is ranked #6 on the UFC’s contender rankings, while Burkman is “NR” at the moment. Yeah, it’s a bit of a head-scratcher.

“The People’s Warrior” hasn’t competed in the Octagon since 2008, when he went on a three-fight losing skid, getting the boot after a unanimous decision loss to Pete Sell at UFC 90. But in recent years, Burkman revived his career in World Series of Fighting, where he went 4-1, earning impressive stoppage wins against UFC vets Jon Fitch and Aaron Simpson. Following his most recent win against Tyler Stinson in March, Burkman publicly asked for his release from the promotion, citing contractual shadiness, then renewed his contract with WSOF anyway. But before he could compete for them again, the UFC managed to snatch him out of his contract. As WSOF matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz explained:

I said no [to releasing him] at first, but Burkman did a lot for us. I think we helped revitalize his career, but the UFC made him a very good offer. I talked to Dana and I think it’s good money for him and his family. I wish him the best of luck.”

Ali Abdel-Aziz is the same guy who said “I will not release anyone to another promotion. Fighters must honor their contracts.during a fit of rage a few months back. So what changed? BloodyElbow shares some interesting insight/speculation:

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Hector Lombard and Tyron Woodley Have A Slightly Different Understanding of What it Means to Be Teammates


(The same can be said about their understanding of the English language, it appears.)

You guys, I don’t want to instigate anything, but it sounds like Tyron Woodley *might* just be ducking Hector Lombard.

On the heels of a first round TKO of Dong Hyun Kim, Woodley has quickly rebounded from the three round drubbing he suffered at the hands of Rory MacDonald in June, and is in a prime position to receive another highly-ranked opponent. Enter Hector Lombard, currently ranked #6 (if UFC rankings are your thing) and riding back-to-back wins over Nate Marquardt and Jake Shields since dropping to welterweight. A fight with the #3 ranked Woodley makes sense for both men given their current trajectories, but Woodley isn’t having any part of it.

As things of this nature usually are, word of Woodley’s hesitance was first made public by Dana White during the UFC 177 media scrum:

I called Woodley and said, ‘Here’s what your teammate just said, and he wants this fight bad.’ And he said, ‘He can say whatever he wants, he’s about him and he’s always been about him. This fight doesn’t work for me and my brand.’ He started telling me all the reasons why he doesn’t want this fight and I just said, ‘Whatever kid, whatever.’ He wants nothing to do with Hector. Hector wants this fight, Woodley does not.

It’s not good for his brand? Is Woodley even aware that Lombard is the king of rebranding? That’s “Shower There” Lombard you’re talking about, so show some goddamn respect!

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Uh, Guys, You Might Want to Check Out What Hector Lombard’s New Nickname Is


(I can’t wait for the day when Bruce Buffer misreads this as Hector “Shower There” Lombard.)

I like to consider myself something of an expert when it comes to MMA nicknames (I know, hold your applause). I’ve written on the worst of the worst, the best of the best, the most ironic, and everything in between. I even once received an email from Justin McCully demanding a full retraction and apology for my ceaseless trashing of the insult to the English language he called a nickname. I never responded to him, but if you will, allow me to use this time to do just that in a language he might understand.

JuZ10 McCul-E aka “THE NSane1″ IZ Not AC2ALlY IlliteR8, U GIYZ. SOrrY.

Speaking of fighters I’ll probably be getting a vitriol-filled email from in the near future, check out Hector Lombard’s incomprehensible new nickname (via a recent Facebook post):

ANNOUNCEMENT:

Hector “Lightning” Lombard and the brand has undergone a significant transformation. I wanted my new identity to satisfy my growth and perseverance as a professional competitive athlete.

From this moment on, I will be known as Hector “Showeather” Lombard. Through any ups and downs, through any injuries, wins or losses, I will always show up and do my best. I will always continue through fight THRU ANY WEATHER.

Thank you to everyone who has supported and has continue to show love and support. I’m feeling better and starting to train again, I can’t wait till the next match!

“Through any injuries, wins or losses, I will always show up and do my best. I will always continue through fight THRU ANY WEATHER.”

Related: Hector Lombard Injured, Tyron Woodley vs. Dong Hyun Kim Booked for UFC Macau

-J. Jones

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Tyron Woodley vs. Dong Hyun Kim Booked for UFC Macau, With Hector Lombard Injured


(What the hell? Why does Dana White look small next to a welterweight? I thought he was 7’4″, 560 pounds, and able to transform into a monster truck at will?? / Photo via Dana’s Instagram)

Due to an undisclosed injury, UFC welterweight Hector Lombard has withdrawn from his scheduled fight against Dong Hyun Kim, which was slated for the co-main event of UFC Fight Night Macau: Bisping vs. Le (aka UFC Fight Night 48), August 23rd at the CotaiArena.

Coming in to replace Lombard will be Tyron Woodley, who now has a chance to redeem himself after stinkin’ up the joint at UFC 174, where he spent three rounds being outboxed and clowned by Rory MacDonald. To put it another way, Woodley is doing his required penance on Fight Pass, but an impressive victory against DHK could put him back in the mix. Any predictions for this one?

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UFC Booking Alert: Michael Bisping to Face Cung Le in August, Hector Lombard vs. Dong Hyun Kim Booked as Well


(We don’t regret choosing this image. / Photo via Getty)

Michael Bisping has been booked to fight Cung Le on August 23rd, in the main event of a Fight Night card that takes place at the Cotai Arena in Macau. This booking was announced at the UFC 173 post-fight presser.

Le won his last match with a sudden, dramatic KO victory over Rich Franklin. Despite such a win, the 42-year-old isn’t exactly a threat to Bisping, who’s coming off a disappointing decision loss to Tim Kennedy. Looks like the UFC wants its British meal ticket back in the win column as soon as possible.

Get the details on the co-main event, and where the fight card will air after the jump.

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Hector Lombard vs. Dong Hyun Kim Booked for UFC Macau Show on August 23rd


(We’d like to formally retract that “Caribbean Jerk” comment. / Photo via @hectorlombard)

As reported on yesterday’s edition of UFC Tonight, a high-profile welterweight bout between Hector Lombard and Dong Hyun Kim is expected for an August 23rd UFC Fight Night show at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China.

Lombard is coming off a dominant decision win against Jake Shields at UFC 171 in March, which followed his first-round knockout of Nate Marquardt last October. Kim is riding a four-fight win streak, and most recently knocked out John Hathaway with a spinning back elbow at the TUF China Finale, which also took place at Macau’s Cotai Arena.

Though Lombard had been trying to build heat for a fight against Matt Brown, it seems that the UFC has other plans for “The Immortal” right now. What those plans are remain to be seen, although UFC president Dana White stated last night that he’d happily set up Brown vs. Nick Diaz if Diaz wanted it.

The 8/23 Fight Night show in Macau will likely be broadcast on UFC Fight Pass, and will take place the same day as a FOX Sports 1 card in Tulsa, Oklahoma, God help us.

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Wednesday Links: Travis Browne’s Anti-Wrestling Elbows, Details on TUF: Latin America, The World’s Most Violent Plants + More


(“And after your opponent hits the ground, make sure you walk away with your arms raised, like you just performed the world’s greatest magic trick.” / Funny stuff from Mixed Martial Animations)

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Jason DeLucia vs. Trent Jenkins: Previously Unseen Alternate Bout From UFC 1 (YouTube)

Managers Express Concerns Over Bellator’s Sticky Contracts (BloodyElbow)

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TJ Dillashaw Hitting Pads on an Airplane (UFC Instagram)

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Meet Cherie DeVille: Adult Film Star, Gamer and Doctor (EveryJoe)

What Your Choice of Social Media Says About You (Guyism)

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Bras Optional — 41 Photos (Radass)

The World’s Most Violent Plants (Ranker)

Tetyana Veryovkina: Lingerie Model of the Day (DrunkenStepfather)

Not My Best Day: The Friend Zone (PopHangover)

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And Now He’s Fired: Jake Shields Cut by UFC Following Loss to Hector Lombard


(Jake’s drowsy-teenager defense was no match for the hard-hitting Cuban. / Photo via Getty)

Jake Shields’s decision loss to Hector Lombard last month at UFC 171 was his first defeat in two-and-a-half-years — and yet, it was enough of a justification for the UFC to cut him from the promotion. Shields’s manager Lex McMahon confirmed the firing with MMAFighting.com this morning, putting out the following statement:

Jake Shields has been released by the UFC. Jake appreciates the opportunities provided by the UFC and thanks Dana White and Lorenzo Fertita. Jake is an elite athlete who is one of the best welterweight fighters in the world with a long history of winning at a championship level. Jake and our team are already exploring options. I’m confident that Jake will have a new promotion to call home very soon. Jake thanks his fans for their support and looks forward to competing for them again soon.

Not since Jon Fitch have we been this shocked and outraged over the firing of a fighter who we didn’t really care for in the first place. Shields was coming into the Lombard match on a two-fight win streak, with split-decision victories over Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley. And he would have been riding a four-fight win streak if not for the mysterious no-contest he caught after winning a decision against Ed Herman in a middleweight bout at UFC 150, then failing his drug test.

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Definitively Ranking the Top Five Welterweight Contenders Following UFC 171


(Pictured above: A semi-retired welterweight on a two fight losing streak who will not be featured in this column. Photo via Getty.)

There’s been a lot of talk about who the next #1 welterweight contender is following UFC 171, so much so that we have all but neglected to give the division’s new champ, Johny Hendricks, his due credit for outlasting Robbie Lawler in an absolute war to secure said title last Saturday. Some are saying that Tyron Woodley should get the next shot, regardless of the circumstances that led to his TKO win over Carlos Condit. Other, less creative individuals are calling for an immediate Hendricks/Lawler rematch, and a few loons out there are honestly, unbelievably, rallying to give Nick Diaz another completely unearned title shot. A blindly-devoted, if illogical bunch, us MMA fans oft are.

But one thing’s for the certain, the UFC’s welterweight division — and specifically, the claim of being the true #1 contender — is open for the taking once again. So to clear up any and all confusion regarding this talent-rich division, we’ve decided to definitively rank the top five contenders using only the power of Johny Vision™ (warning: may cause diarrhea, dip-spit mouth, and beard face).

#5 - Carlos Condit

Up until the point that Carlos Condit’s knee decided to implode against Tyron Woodley, well, he was losing his fight with Tyron Woodley. The notoriously slow starter was getting off second and failing to outmaneuver the quick hands of Woodley in most of their early exchanges and was taken down twice in the first round. But getting dominated? Hardly.

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UFC 171 Results: Why Are We Talking About Everyone BUT Johny Hendricks?


(Photo via Getty)

By Matt Saccaro

At UFC 171, Johny Hendricks decisioned Robbie Lawler
in one of the greatest fights in recent memory. The two men traded punches, bled, and even smiled during their 25-minute brawl that saw Hendricks leave Dallas as the UFC welterweight champion…but nobody really cares about that.

The “morning after” discourse isn’t about Hendricks overcoming a perilous weight cut or about the implications of Hendricks being the first champ of the post-GSP era. It’s about two stars of a bygone era—Nick Diaz and Georges St-Pierre.

Nick Diaz stole some of the press at the weigh ins, heckling Hendricks for being a pound and a half heavy. That stunt soon snowballed into something more. At an unofficial media scrum, Diaz proclaimed that he was in fighting shape. In an interview with SportsNet, Diaz elucidated his presence in Dallas.

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