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Weird Booking of the Day: Urijah Faber vs. Alex Caceres Added to UFC 175


(Be patient, this will make sense soon. / Image via @UrijahFaber)

In a booking that Bjorn Rebney might describe as a “weird, funky, freaky kind of Cirque du Soleil-esque type of fight,” #1-ranked bantamweight contender Urijah Faber will fight #13-ranked Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres at UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida, July 5th in Las Vegas. The UFC announced the matchup yesterday.

The pairing came about after a fan suggested it to Caceres on twitter, Caceres said he was down, and then Faber responded two weeks later with the photoshop you see above, accompanied by the phrase “Sho Nuf!!” Seriously, that’s all it took for the UFC matchmakers to greenlight this one.

Look, I get it: Joe Silva and Sean Shelby are barely keeping their heads above water these days. Plus, after Faber lost his sixth-consecutive title bout in February — against Renan Barao at UFC 169 — he has officially entered the “just gimme some fun fights” stage of his career, and if nothing else, The California Kid vs. Bruce Leroy is a fun fight. I think. Right? And who knows, maybe Caceres will surprise us by rising to the occasion. After exposing Sergio Pettis in January, the TUF 12 vet proved that he’s not to be taken lightly.

More importantly, the UFC gets to add one of its biggest sub-155 stars to a pay-per-view that is already their most stacked card of the year by a wide margin. Mark your calendars for July 5th, and check out the current lineup after the jump…

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Slobberknocker Alert: Soa Palelei vs. Jared Rosholt Added to UFC Fight Night 43 in New Zealand


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Australian heavyweight Soa Palelei has been putting together one of the greatest career comeback stories outside of Anthony Johnson. At one time considered to be a one-and-done UFC washout after he lost to Eddie Sanchez at UFC 79, “The Hulk” has won 11 straight fights since 2011 — all by KO/TKO — including three wins in the Octagon.

After effortlessly running through Ruan Potts at UFC Fight Night 40: Brown vs. Silva last Saturday, Palelei has been quickly re-booked to fight 10-1 heavyweight up-and-comer Jared Rosholt at UFC Fight Night 43: Te Huna vs. Marquardt, which takes place June 28th at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. Rosholt also carries big knockout power, though he’s yet to show it off in his current UFC stint, where he’s scored decision wins over Walt Harris and Daniel Omielanczuk.

The quick seven-week turnaround might be less than ideal for Palelei, but fighting in front of a supportive Oceania crowd will more than make up for it. Unrelated fun facts (via BloodyElbow): Palelei got his first tattoo with a wooden chisel and mallet, and Mark Hunt is the only opponent he’d turn down, because “We’re training partners, and we’re like family.”

The current lineup for UFC Fight Night 43 is below…

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Anthony Johnson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Booked for UFC on FOX 12


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Fresh off his three-round domination of Phil Davis at UFC 172, light-heavyweight contender/inspirational comeback story Anthony Johnson has been booked to return to the Octagon on July 26th at UFC on FOX 12: San Jose vs. Stockton, Bitch (tentative title). As first reported by FOX Sports, Johnson will face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, one of the most frequently injured fighters currently “active” in the UFC.

Lil’ Nog has only fought twice since his decision loss to Phil Davis in March 2011, TKO’ing Tito Ortiz at UFC 140, and out-pointing Rashad Evans at UFC 156 in February 2013. He’s been sidelined since then due to a back injury.

The matchup seems tailor-made to give “Rumble” another high-profile win before he’s launched into title contention. Or, to put it another way: This looks like a damn squash match. Sure, anything can happen in an MMA fight, but when you put one of the UFC’s most powerful 205-pound contenders up against a guy whose body has been steadily disintegrating before our eyes, it’s pretty obvious what the promotion would like to see happen here.

No other fights have been booked for UFC on FOX 12, which will take place at San Jose’s SAP Center.

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Stefan Struve Cleared to Fight Again, Will Face Matt Mitrione at UFC 175


(I know you all expect me to make a ‘The Hills Have Eyes‘ reference in this caption, but I’m not going to. Instead, I’ll just say that Stefan also had a hilarious cameo in ‘Weird Science.’ / Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports via MMAJunkie)

Last August, UFC heavyweight Stefan Struve was diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve and an enlarged heart — a condition that could have permanently ended his fighting career. But Struve refused to accept retirement as a possibility, and he’s been receiving treatment since then. Last month, Struve revealed that he’s been cleared to compete again, and UFC officials announced yesterday that “Skyscraper” will be taking on Matt Mitrione at UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida, July 5th in Las Vegas.

Struve last fought at UFC on Fuel TV 8: Silva vs. Stann in March 2013, where he suffered a gnarly jaw-breaking knockout loss against Mark Hunt. That defeat snapped an impressive four-fight win streak, capped off by a second-round TKO of Stipe Miocic. Mitrione most recently KO’d Shawn Jordan at the TUF China Finale, and will be looking for his first back-to-back wins since 2011.

UFC 175 is shaping up to be the most stacked card of the year. The current lineup is after the jump…

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Conor McGregor vs. Cole Miller Announced as UFC Fight Night Dublin Main Event


(An oil painting worthy of the man who delivers the smoothest ass whoopings. Props: Conor’s Facebook page.)

After being sidelined for nearly a year due to a blown-out knee, the King of Dublin is back in the game. UFC officials announced yesterday that Irish featherweight contender Conor McGregor will take on American 145′er Cole Miller in the main event of UFC Fight Night 46, July 19th at The O2 in Dublin, Ireland.

Miller has been angling for a fight against McGregor for months, trash-talking “McGruber” at almost every public opportunity and calling him a “show pony” who doesn’t deserve the hype. But of course, everybody wants it until they get it. McGregor responded to Miller’s criticism on yesterday’s installment of UFC Tonight:

[Miller] opened his mouth, he was under the influence of post-fight adrenaline. It has the same effect as alcohol. It makes you brave. He spoke with bravery, but guess what happened? It wore off. Now he’s faced with the reality that he’s going to face me July 19th. Me coming back from this injury is a man possessed. I’m going go in there and I’m going to break him in the very first exchange…

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Tyron Woodley vs. Rory MacDonald Booked for UFC 174, June 14th in Vancouver


(Truly explosive is his penmanship, Joe. / Props: @twooodley)

As first reported by BloodyElbow, UFC welterweight contenders Tyron Woodley and Rory MacDonald will face off at UFC 174 (June 14th, Vancouver), in a bout that is expected to serve as the night’s co-main event. Both fighters are coming off high-profile victories — Woodley defeated Carlos Condit via injury-TKO at UFC 171, while MacDonald outpointed Demian Maia at UFC 170 — and the winner of their matchup could potentially find himself as the next welterweight title challenger, after Johny Hendricks returns from his surgery layoff.

Woodly has signed a new eight-fight contract with the UFC in advance of his fight against the Canadian Psycho. Here’s what T-Wood had to say about it in a statement released to BE:

You know, I think this is a great time for me as the future champion of the welterweight division. I’m showing my commitment with this new 8 fight contract I just signed and sent back to the UFC, as well as the commitment to fight this young whippersnapper in his own back yard…

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Report: Dan Henderson vs. Daniel Cormier in the Works for UFC 175


(“Listen buddy, I don’t know who you are, or even where I am right now. There’s a blonde lady standing outside this cage that they put us in, and she says she’s my girlfriend, but I don’t know. Maybe I met her once, in a dream or something. But anyway, you seem like a good man who’s had a bad run of it. We’ll get that nose fixed, put you in some clean clothes — there’s hope, is what I’m saying. There’s always hope. I’m Dan, by the way.” / Photo via Getty)

According to report on MMAFighting, the UFC is looking to set up Dan Henderson vs. Daniel Cormier for UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida, July 5th in Las Vegas. Although there were initial reports that Cormier would face Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante at the event, plans changed in light of Henderson’s comeback win against Mauricio Rua at UFC Fight Night 38. The promotion will likely confirm the Henderson vs. Cormier booking in the coming days.

Without getting too pessimistic about Hendo’s chances, we’ll just say that Cormier will be a strong, strong favorite in this one. Henderson — who will no longer be able to use TRT going forward, and thus, is in for a world of shit — has looked very rough in his last two outings. Against Vitor Belfort last November, his awkward, plodding footwork made him an easy target for a first-round KO, and he was getting his ass handed to him by Shogun until he changed the fight with one punch.

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Renan Barao vs. TJ Dillashaw Bantamweight Title Fight Booked as New UFC 173 Main Event


(“Renan Barao is a MONSTER!” — Barao’s dance coach. / Photo via Getty)

Coming off his first unified bantamweight title defense against Urijah Faber in February, Renan Barao will return to the Octagon at UFC 173 (May 24th, Las Vegas), where he’ll take on Team Alpha Male’s TJ Dillashaw in the main event. UFC 173 was originally supposed to be headlined by the middleweight title bout between Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida, but that match was bumped to July due to Weidman’s knee injury.

Dillashaw had already been booked to face Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 173, but he’s now been promoted to a championship fight, despite being on a one-fight win streak. (It should be mentioned that Mizugaki has won his last four fights. Asian brother can’t get no love, man?) As MMA Junkie reports, the far-more-deserving Raphael Assuncao was also being considered for Barao’s opponent, but lingering injuries will keep the Brazilian contender sidelined a while longer.

Essentially, Renan Barao vs. TJ Dillashaw is one of those title fights that was thrown together out of convenience and desperation. Due to a recent wave of injured champions, the UFC’s options are very limited right now in terms of arranging big fights on short notice. To put it gently, most UFC fans will probably decide to save their $55 when May 24th rolls around, when you consider that the current UFC 173 main card lineup looks like this…

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Anthony Pettis vs. Gilbert Melendez Lightweight Title Fight Slated for UFC Year-End Event


(Props: Anthony Pettis’s Facebook page)

During a news conference in Puerto Rico* yesterday, UFC president Dana White announced that the Anthony Pettis vs. Gilbert Melendez lightweight title fight will take place at the promotion’s traditional year-end event, which will likely go down December 27th in Las Vegas. Of course, the two fighters will see a lot of each other before then, as they’ve already been booked to coach TUF 20: The Strawweights, which begins airing in September.

Pettis hasn’t competed since UFC 164 last August, when he won the UFC lightweight belt off of Benson Henderson with a first-round armbar. Due to a subsequent knee injury and surgery, he’s been sidelined ever since — meaning that he’ll be taking on Melendez after a 16-month layoff. Melendez’s layoff will be almost as long. He last competed at UFC 166 in October, winning a unanimous decision against Diego Sanchez in a Fight of the Year candidate. Then, he almost wound up in Bellator. Long story.

* So what was the UFC doing in Puerto Rico, you ask? Well, the promotion is laying some groundwork to return there for the first time since UFC 8 — the February 1996 event where Gary Goodridge famously did this to Paul Herrera. An event date hasn’t been established, but Dana White guaranteed the UFC will hold an event in Puerto Rico in 2015, and said that Pettis (who is of Puerto Rican descent) will be involved.

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UFC Fight Night 42 in Albuquerque Adds Dodson vs. Moraga Rematch, Return of Sergio Pettis


(John Dodson throws some straight-up Street Fighter 2 shit at Tim Elliott back at UFC on FOX 3. / Photo via Tracy Lee)

Unsurprisingly, the fight lineup for UFC Fight Night 42: Henderson vs. Khabilov (June 7th, Albuquerque) is loading up with Southwestern talent. Two more noteworthy matchups were added today

- Former UFC flyweight title challengers John Dodson and John Moraga will face off at UFC Fight Night 42, for the second time in their careers. Dodson and Moraga previously met at the infamously terrible Nemesis MMA: Global Invasion card in the Dominican Republic back in 2010; Dodson won a unanimous decision and most likely didn’t get paid a damn penny for his efforts. Now, the two Johns are doin’ it again for actual money, in front of actual people. Just like the main event, this matchup pits a local Greg Jackson/Albuquerque fighter (Dodson, Khabilov) vs. an Arizona-based fighter (Moraga, Henderson).

- In bantamweight news, 20-year-old prospect Sergio Pettis will try to rebound from his hype-deflating January loss against Alex Caceres when he takes on Yaotzin Meza — another Arizona-based fighter and teammate of Ben Henderson at MMA Lab in Glendale. Meza is 1-2 in the UFC, most recently dropping a decision to Chico Camus, making this one of those “loser might not get fired, but why take a chance?” kind of fights.

Southwestern MMA fans, check in: Are you excited for this one so far, and what other New Mexico/Arizona talent would you like to see on the card?

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