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Woodley replaces Lombard, faces Dong Hyun Kim at UFC Fight Night 48

Woodley replaces Lombard, faces Dong Hyun Kim at UFC Fight Night 48

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

UFC President Dana White recently announced that Tyron Woodley (13-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has stepped up to replace the injured Hector Lombard and will now face Dong Hyun Kim (19-2-1 MMA, 10-2 UFC) in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 48 in Macao.

Woodley was most recently seen in action earlier this month at UFC 174 in Vancouver, where he suffered a lopsided defeat to Canadian welterweight standout Rory “Ares” MacDonald. Prior to the loss, “T-Wood” had put together back-to-back wins over former title challengers Carlos Condit and Josh Koscheck respectively.

Meanwhile, Dong Hyun Kim will be looking to stretch his current win streak to five in a row when he faces Woodley in Macao this August. Kim was most recently seen in action at the “Ultimate Fighter China Finale,” where he scored a third-round spinning back-elbow knockout over his opponent John Hathaway. The victory earned the Korean a “Performance of the night” award, which marked his second in as many fights, as he had previously earned “Knockout of the night” honors for his KO victory over Erick Silva in October of 2013.

UFC Fight Night 48 takes place takes place August 23 live from The Venetian Macao’s CotaiArena. The event, which is expected to stream on UFC Fight Pass, is headlined by a middleweight fight between Michael Bisping (24-6 MMA, 14-6 UFC) and Cung Le (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC).

Who do you have winning this key welterweight bout?

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Dana White: Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz is a possibility‏

Dana White: Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz is a possibility‏

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

A clash between MMA superstars Nick Diaz and Anderson Silva could take place in the octagon according to UFC President Dana White.

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC) has stated on record that he is interested in a fight with the Stockton Slugger, Diaz. “The Spider” has not competed inside the cage since UFC 168 this past December, where he suffered a horrific leg injury (broken leg) in his rematch with rating middleweight champ Chris Weidman.

Meanwhile, former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) has been out of action even longer than Silva. The California native was last seen inside the cage at UFC 158 in March of 2013, where he suffered a unanimous decision loss in his title fight with Georges St. Pierre.

When asked what he thought of the potential fight, UFC President Dana White stated the following:

“Anderson isn’t coming back until December,” White said. “It’s far enough that I don’t need to talk to him yet. If Anderson wants to fight Nick, and Nick wants to fight Anderson, why would I say no?”

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Dana White: If Nick Diaz wants to fight Matt Brown, I’d do that fight

Dana White: If Nick Diaz wants to fight Matt Brown, I’d do that fight

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

UFC welterweight contender Matt Brown (19-11 MMA, 12-5 UFC) is coming off a thrilling “Fight of the night” performance that saw him TKO Erick Silva in the third-round of their main event brawl earlier this month in Cincinnati.

Since earning his seventh consecutive octagon win, “The Immortal” has received call-outs from a handful of fighters, most recently Stockton Slugger Nate Diaz.

On yesterdays new edition of “UFC Tonight,” UFC President Dana White shutdown the idea of Nate moving up a weightclass to fight Brown:

“We never even considered that fight,” White said. “[Nate Diaz] has lost two of his last three fights, and Brown is on this unbelievable roll. Brown is a welterweight and has been fighting there a long time. He deserves a top contender.”

The Zuffa fight boss went on to say that if Nate’s older brother Nick was interested in coming out of retirement to fight Brown, that the UFC would do that fight:

“Listen, if Nick Diaz wants to come out and fight Brown, I’d do that fight.”

The ball is now in Nick’s court, whether or not he chooses to play remains to be seen.

One thing’s for sure, a Nick Diaz vs. Matt Brown match-up would have all the makings for a potential “Fight of the year.”

If the two welterweight sluggers do fight, who would you pick to emerge victorious?

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Dana White: Gustafsson to fight Jones vs. Teixeira winner

Dana White: Gustafsson to fight Jones vs. Teixeira winner

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

Following his second-round TKO victory over Jimi Manuwa, Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson was confirmed as the next title challenger in the UFC’s light-heavyweight division.

“If Jones wins, we have a nasty rematch,” UFC President Dana White stated at the post-fight press conference. “If he doesn’t, then it’s [Gustafsson] and Glover Teixeira.”

Gustafsson faced Jon Jones in a previous title fight at last September’s UFC 165 event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Although “The Mauler” lost to “Bones” that evening via judges decision, many fans and media were calling for an immediate rematch after witnessing what was dubbed “Fight of the year.”

Jon Jones will defend his UFC light heavyweight strap against Glover Teixeira on April 26 at the UFC 172 event in Baltimore, Maryland.

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