By: Chris Taylor
Earlier this week, UFC officials announced that a flyweight title fight rematch between challenger Joseph Benavidez (19-3 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and champion Demetrious Johnson (18-2-1 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC) will now headline the “UFC on FOX 9” event set for December 14 in Sacramento.
The Benavidez vs. Johnson rematch was initially slated to headline the “TUF:18 Finale” on November 30, but was shifted to the UFC on FOX 9 card due to an injury suffered by UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.
Now, headlining the “TUF:18 Finale” will be a lightweight fight featuring former title challengers Nate Diaz (16-9 MMA, 11-7 UFC) and Gray “The Bully” Maynard (11-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC).
As for the injury to Pettis, “Showtime” tore the PCL in his knee during training (an injury which could require surgery) and is likely out for 4-6 months.
Pettis was slated to defend his UFC lightweight title for the first time against former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson in the main event of UFC on FOX 9.
“Showtime” won the UFC’s lightweight title at UFC 164 in his hometown of Milwaukee, by submitting then champion Benson Henderson in the first-round of their event-headlining bout.
Meanwhile, Josh Thomson was looking to build off the momentum he earned from becoming the first man to KO lightweight contender Nate Diaz, a feet he reached in their bout at UFC on FOX 7 in San Jose, California.
No announcement has been made regarding whether the Pettis vs. Thomson title fight will just be postponed, or if a new opponent will be given to “The Punk” while Pettis recovers.
Stay tuned to Kalapakijoes.com for further updates as they develop, and be sure to catch the UFC on FOX 9 event live from Kalapaki Joe’s this December!
By: Chris Taylor
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) was expected to face Alexander Gustafsson (15-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at London’s O2 Arena on March 8, 2014.
However, according to MMA Fighting, a lingering back injury will prevent “Lil Nog” from competing in the proposed headliner opposite “The Mauler.”
Since joining the UFC ranks, Nogueira has pulled out of a handful of fights due to injuries. The 37-year-old has not fought since UFC 156 in February, where he earned a unanimous decision victory over former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.
Meanwhile, Alexander Gustafsson is coming off a “Fight of the year” performance opposite champion Jon “Bones” Jones at September’s UFC 165 event in Toronto. Unfortunately for Gustafsson fans, the powerful Swede came out on the losing end of the judges decision that evening. Prior to the Jones loss, Gus had strung together 6 straight victories inside the octagon.
A new opponent for Gustafsson has yet to be named by UFC officials. Stay tuned to Kalapaki Joe’s for further updates.
By: Chris Taylor
UFC officials recently announced that a key light heavyweight match-up will headline the UFC’s return to London in March 2014, as Alexander Gustafsson (15-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) will face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in the evenings main event.
Gustafsson is coming off what many consider to be the ‘greatest light heavyweight title fight’ of all-time, opposite Jon Jones at UFC 165 in Toronto. “The Mauler” gave “Bones” by far his toughest challenge to date, but still lost the bout by unanimous decision.
Prior to his September loss to Jones, Gus was riding a 6-fight win streak, which included victories over Mauricio Shogun Rua, Thiago Silva and James Te-Huna.
Meanwhile, “Lil Nog” will be looking to build off the momentum he earned by defeating former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans at UFC 156 in February.
Prior to the Evans bout, Rogerio defeated UFC Hall of Fame inductee, Tito Ortiz, via TKO at UFC 140 in 2011.
No word yet regarding if the March 8 event in London, England, will be a ‘UFC Fight Night’ or a ‘PPV’ card, but expect more details to come out soon.
Be sure to come view this event at Kalapaki Joe’s this March. Reservations for tables of 8 or more a recommended and can be made online.
By: Chris Taylor
As expected, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones (19-1 MMA, 13-1 UFC) will face #1 contender Glover Teixeira (22-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) at UFC 169 on Suber Bowl weekend.
Jon Jones is coming off a five-round war with Alexander Gustafsson at September’s UFC 165 event in Toronto, Canada. The resilient Swede, Gustafsson, gave “Bones” all he could handle that night in Toronto, but came up just short in the eyes of the judges who scored the contest 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 in favor of Jones. With the win, Jones set a new UFC record for consecutive light heavyweight title defenses with six.
Meanwhile, Glover Teixeira earned #1 contender status in the light heavyweight division with his September knockout of Ryan Bader in Brazil. The ‘Brazilian Bomber’ has now reeled off 20 straight victories, 5 of which have come in the UFC. Prior to the Bader bout, Teixeira scored first-round submission win over James Te Huna at UFC 160 in Las Vegas.
Unexpectedly, the promotion also revealed that a heavyweight showdown between former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir (16-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) and former K1, Dream and Strikeforce champ Alistair Overeem (36-13 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has been moved from UFC 167, to the Super Bowl Weekend event.
UFC officials told ‘Newsday’ in a statement that the Mir vs. Overeem bout was shifted to February, to allow Mir more time to recover following his knockout loss to Josh Barnett on August 31.
The former UFC heavyweight title holder, Frank Mir, has lost three consecutive contests, this after putting together three straight victories. Mir’s most recent effort came at UFC 164 in Milwaukee, where he suffered a first-round TKO loss at the hands of “The Warmaster” Josh Barnett. Prior to that, Mir was out-pointed by Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier at April’s “UFC on FOX 7” event in San Jose.
Alistair Overeem also finds himself in desperate need of a win. After defeating former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar via TKO in his octagon debut, “The Reem” has since lost back-to-back fights. Overeem’s mosrt recent effort came at August’s “UFC Fight Night: Sonnen vs Shogun” event against Hawaiian Travis Browne. Unfortunately for fans of “The Reem,” after dominating the start of the contest, Alistair slowed down enough for “Hapa” to land a front-kick that put the Dutch-striker on queer street.
UFC 169 takes place February 1 live from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Be sure to come watch this awesome pay-per-view event this February at either Kalapaki Joe’s Lihue or Kalapaki Joe’s Poipu. Reservations for tables of 8 or more are recommended and can be made online.