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Brock Lesnar responds to Jon Jones and issues him a warning!

Brock Lesnar responds to Jon Jones and issues him a warning!

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Jon Jones picked up arguably the greatest win of his professional mixed martial arts career last night in Anaheim when he scored a third-round TKO victory over Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 214.

After two very closely contested rounds with “DC”, Jones was able to land a beautiful head kick which left Cormier on wobbly legs and in all sorts of trouble. From there, “Bones” would get Cormier to the ground where he unleashed some brutal ground and pound which forced the referee to step in and call the contest.

Immediately following his victory over “DC”, which earned Jones the UFC’s coveted light heavyweight championship, “Bones” decided to issue a challenge to former UFC heavyweight kingpin Brock Lesnar.

“Lesnar. If you want to find out what it’s like to get your ass kicked by a guy who weighs 40 lbs less than you, meet me here in the octagon.”

It did not take long for “The Beast”, who is the WWE’s current Universal Champion, to respond to Jon Jones. Here is what Brock Lesnar had to say in a statement to the Associated Press.

“Be careful what you wish for young man.”

Brock Lesnar was last seen in action at UFC 200 in July of 2016 where he scored a unanimous decision victory over former title challenger Mark Hunt. The result of that fight (Lesnar vs. Hunt) was later overturned to a no-contest after Brock tested positive for clomiphene.

Brock Lesnar is still under suspension from USADA, but UFC President Dana White did acknowledge at the UFC 214 post-fight press conference that the promotion would be interested in booking a fight between “The Beast” and “Bones”.

How do you think a fight between current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones and current WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar would play out?

Two big fights announced for June’s UFC event in Oklahoma City

Two big fights announced for June’s UFC event in Oklahoma City

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Two big fights were just announced for June’s UFC Fight Night event in Oklahoma City.

Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn will return to the octagon on June 25 when he squares off with Dennis Siver in a featherweight bout.

The UFC Hall of Fame fighter, Penn, was last seen in action this past January in the main event of UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix, where he suffered a second-round TKO loss to surging division contender Yair Rodriguez.

The Prodigy has scored thirteen finishes in his sixteen career victories including seven knockouts and six submissions.

Penn’s most recent victory came over former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes at UFC 123, who he defeated via knockout in just 21-seconds.

Meanwhile, Dennis Siver has not competed inside the octagon since suffering a decision loss to Tatsuya Kawajiri in June of 2015.

Siver’s most recent victory came in October of 2014 against Charles Rosa.

The second fight announced for the UFC Fight Night event in Oklahoma City was a middleweight bout between former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks and Tim Boetsch.

Hendricks recently snapped his three-fight losing skid by scoring a unanimous decision victory over Hector Lombard in February, in a bout which served as his middleweight debut (185-pounds).

Bigg Rigg has gone 2-3 over his past five contests suffering loses to Stephen Thompson, Kelvin Gastelum and Neil Magny in that time.

As for Tim Boetsch, the middleweight staple was last seen in action at UFC 208 where he suffered a first-round submission loss to perennial division contender Ronaldo Jacare Souza.

Prior to the setback, the Barbarian had scored back-to-back wins, including a brutal first-round knockout victory over Rafael Natal at UFC 205 this past November in New York City.

Who do you think will emerge victorious in these two newly announced UFC scraps?

Michael Bisping replaces Weidman, fights Rockhold for the title at UFC 199

Michael Bisping replaces Weidman, fights Rockhold for the title at UFC 199

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Yesterday it was announced that former UFC middleweight title holder Chris Weidman was forced to withdraw from his scheduled rematch against current champion Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 due to an injury, thus leaving UFC officials scrambling to find a short-notice replacement.

UFC President Dana White announced Wednesday on ESPN’s SportsCenter that Michael Bisping will get a rematch with Luke Rockhold, this time for the UFC middleweight title on June 4.

Rockhold and Bisping first met at UFC Fight Night 55 back in November 2014 with Rockhold finishing the fight by guillotine choke in the second round. Since then, Rockhold has beat former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, and won the middleweight title in his fight with Weidman at UFC 194.

Bisping is coming off the biggest win of his career after beating former middleweight king Anderson Silva by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 84. Bisping is on a three-fight win streak with his last loss coming from the hands of Rockhold.

Who are you picking to win the middleweight title fight with two and a half weeks notice?

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Check out this Saturday’s UFC 197 fight card!

Check out this Saturday’s UFC 197 fight card!

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

UFC 197 takes place this Saturday night live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The pay-per-view fight card includes two championship fights.

The event headliner has former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones taking on Ovince Saint Preux for the UFC’s interim light heavyweight title.

In the evening’s co-main event, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will look to defend his title when he squares off with top contender Henry Cejudo.

Here is a look at the complete UFC 197 fight card:

Main Card (10 PM ET, PPV)

Jon Jones vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo
Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Pettis
Rafael Natal vs. Robert Whittaker
Andre Fili vs. Yair Rodriguez

Preliminary Card (8 PM ET, FS1)

Chris Kelades vs. Sergio Pettis
Danny Roberts vs. Dominique Steele
Carla Esparza vs. Juliana Lima
Glaico Franca vs. James Vick

Preliminary Card (6:30 PM ET, Fight Pass)

Cody East vs. Walt Harris
Clint Hester vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
Efrain Escudero vs. Kevin Lee

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