• UFC Fight Night 25

    July 25, 2012 1:51:15 PM

    Alan Belcher and Vitor Belfort agree to meet at UFC 153 in Brazil

    UFC president Dana White recently teased a few upcoming big fights in the middleweight division, and now the first of those matchups is on the schedule.

    MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with sources close to the two fighters that Vitor Belfort (21-9 MMA, 10-5 UFC) and Alan Belcher (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet on the main card of this fall's UFC 153 event.

    Additionally, Belfort late Tuesday took to his Twitter account to call out Belcher for UFC 153, then said in his native Portugese that the matchup was one UFC president Dana White wanted.

    Featuring a featherweight title fight between current champion Jose Aldo and challenger Erik Koch, "UFC 153: Aldo vs. Koch" takes place Oct. 13 at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena.

    Belcher was briefly linked to a possible fight with Michael Bisping after the two took turns issuing challenges to each other in the media. However, Bisping was eventually booked to meet Brian Stann, and Belcher was left waiting for another top 185-pounder.

    "The Talent" in May notched a TKO win over submission specialist Rousimar Palhares, which built on another first-round stoppage of veteran Jason MacDonald at UFC Fight Night 25. Prior to that, he was forced to take 16 months off as a career-threatening eye injury (detached retina) healed. The injury slowed Belcher's rise up the middleweight ranks, but he is currently 6-1 in his past seven fights in the octagon.

    Meanwhile, Belfort was rumored to potentially fight opposing "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" coach Wanderlei Silva, and UFC managing director of international development Marshall Zelaznik even admitted that fight was "something we're working toward" even after Silva was defeated by Rich Franklin (who replaced an injured Belfort) at UFC 147.

    Belfort, however, earlier in the day Tuesday went on Twitter to ask for a fight with Chris Weidman. Weidman, who recently knocked out Mark Munoz, believes he should get the next shot at middleweight champ Anderson Silva.

    Instead, Belfort now will face Belcher in a fight that is expected to have real impact on the 185-pound title picture.

    Source:  mmajunkie.com
  • UFC Fight Night 25

    September 12, 2011 9:05:59 PM

    Seth Baczynski vs. Clay Harvison slated for UFC Fight Night 25

    Seth Baczynski is scheduled to square off against  Clay Harvison at UFC Fight Night 25 on Sept. 17 at New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

    Baczynski (13-6) is returning to the UFC after a two-fight hiatus that brought the middleweight back-to-back victories outside the Octagon.  Baczynski picked up two quick KO performances in his last two outings.  One against Tim McKenzie at Tachi Palace Fights 7, and the other against Alex Garcia at Ringside 10: Cote vs. Starnes.  Though, Baczynski came up short in his UFC debut against Brad Tavares, the Power MMA team member has a chance to get back in the big leagues with a win over Harvison.

    Harvison (9-3) is coming off a victory over Justin Edwards at the The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale.  The journeyman has won three consecutive fights and will to secure his place in the UFC 185 pound division with a win over Baczynski.

    UFN 25 will be headlined by UFC former No. welterweight contender Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger.

    Source:  mmadiehards.com
  • UFC Fight Night 25

    September 6, 2011 11:53:10 AM

    Robert Peralta steps up to face Mike Lullo at UFC Fight Night 25

    Featherweight Robert Peralta will make his UFC debut against Mike Lullo on the undercard of UFC Fight Night 25.

    Peralta’s manager, Jeff Clark, broke the news of the signing Saturday via Twitter.

    Peralta takes the place of the injured Mackens Semerzier, who was forced to withdraw from the bout last week after suffering a hand injury in training.

    Source:  www.sherdog.com
  • UFC Fight Night 25

    August 31, 2011 4:20:25 PM

    Jake Shields Will Remain on UFN 25 Following Father's Death

    Jake Shields has decided to go through with his Sept. 17 fight against Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 25 following the recent death of his father and manager, Jack Shields. MMAFighting confirmed the fighter's decision with UFC officials.

    GracieFighter.com broke the news of Jack Shields' passing on Tuesday. He was 67 years old.

    No word just yet on the cause of death. According to Sherdog.com, Shields died in his sleep on Monday at his Sacramento, Calif., home.

    "Lost my father manager and one of my best friends today!! R.I.P.  jack you will be greatly missed and loved by many," Shields was quoted as saying on the Web site.

  • UFC Fight Night 25

    August 31, 2011 3:49:22 PM

    DaMarques Johnson, Mackens Semerzier scratched from UFC Fight Night 25

    The UFC needs two fighters to compete in New Orleans, as welterweight DaMarques Johnson (12-9 MMA, 3-3 UFC) and featherweight Mackens Semerzier (6-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) have been forced to bow out of separate contests at UFC Fight Night 25.

    UFC officials today announced the late scratches and revealed replacements are being sought for the Sept. 17 event.

    Johnson was expected to face Clay Harvison while Semerzier was slated to meet Mike Lullo.

    Featuring a welterweight matchup between Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger, UFC Fight Night 25 takes place Sept. 17 at New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

    Source:  mmajunkie.com
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