By: Chris Taylor
Hard-hitting UFC light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado (21-6 MMA, 4-3 UFC) will move up to the heavyweight division in order to replace the injured Junior dos Santos against Stipe Miocic at this month’s ‘TUF Brazil 3 Finale’ event in Sao Paulo.
The news comes just days after former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos was forced to pull out of the event headliner with a broken hand.
Fabio Maldonado is currently riding an impressive 3-fight win streak, with his latest victory coming against Gian Villante at March’s ‘UFC Fight Night 38’ event in Natal, Brazil. Prior to his war with Villante, Maldonado earned a split-decision win over fellow slugger Joey Beltran at ‘UFC Fight Night 29’ in October of 2013.
Meanwhile, Stipe Miocic (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) will be looking to earn his third straight octagon victory when he faces Maldonado at the end of the month. Miocic was most recently seen in action at January’s ‘UFC on FOX 10’ event, where he earned a lopsided decision win over former title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga. Prior to that, Miocic roughed-up Roy Nelson at UFC 161 in Winnipeg, earning a unanimous decision victory over the bearded-brawler.
The ‘TUF Brazil 3 Finale’ takes place May 31 live from Sao Paulo’s Ibirapuera Gymnasium. The evening’s main card airs on FOX Sports 1, following the preliminary bouts which stream on UFC Fight Pass.
Be sure to come watch the ‘TUF Brazil 3 Finale’ May 31st at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!
By: Chris Taylor
Ask and you shall receive.
Following her victory over Jessamyn Duke at last month’s UFC 172 event in Baltimore, undefeated women’s bantamweight fighter Bethe Correia (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) held up four fingers to indicate “The Four Horsewomen,” and then lowered one to signal both her win, as well as her intentions.
Today, UFC officials announced that Bethe will indeed get her wish and take on another “Four Horsewomen” member, this time in the form of Shayna Baszler (15-8 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC 176 this August.
The “Four Horsewomen” crew is led by UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and includes Jessamyn Duke, Shayna Baszler and Marina Shafir, who recently turned pro.
Shayna Baszler was considered one of the favorites to win Season 18 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” however, she was upset in the second-round by eventual tournament winner Julianna Pena. Baszler was then booked to face Sarah Kaufman at the ‘TUF Nations Finale’ in Quebec City, Canada, but was forced off the card due to an injury. The proud “Four Horsewomen” member will be looking for revenge when she makes her long awaited octagon debut against Correia this August at UFC 176.
UFC 176 takes place August 2 live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The event is headlined by a featherweight title fight rematch featuring champion Jose Aldo taking on challenger Chad Mendes.
Be sure to come watch the UFC 176 pay-per-view e live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations this August. Reservations for parties of 8 or more are recommended and can be made online.
By: Chris Taylor
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos (16-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) has suffered a hand injury in training and thus will not be able to compete against Stipe Miocic at the ‘TUF Brazil 3 Finale’ later this month.
That news comes courtesy of Brazilian news outlet Combate. The UFC has not yet made a formal announcement, but a source close to the bout confirmed the news to MMAjunkie.
The dos Santos vs. Miocic bout was supposed to headline the May 31 event at Sao Paulo’s Ibirapuera Gymnasium.
No word yet on if Stipe Miocic (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) will receive a new opponent or be removed from the card entirely.
The “TUF Brazil 3 Finale” now includes the following contests:
- Stipe Miocic vs. ???
- opponent TBA vs. opponent TBA – “TUF: Brazil 3″ middleweight tourney final
- opponent TBA vs. opponent TBA – “TUF: Brazil 3″ heavyweight tourney final
- Demian Maia vs. Alexander Yakovlev
- Rony Jason vs. Robert Peralta
- Diego Brandao vs. Brian Ortega
- Ernest Chavez vs. Elias Silverio
- Rodrigo Damm vs. Rashid Magomedov
- Paulo Thiago vs. Gasan Umalatov
- Mark Eddiva vs. Kevin Souza
- Matt Hobar vs. Pedro Munhoz
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By: Chris Taylor
UFC officials recently announced that a featherweight bout between recent title challenger Ricardo Lamas (13-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Hacran Dias (21-2-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is the latest addition to next month’s ‘UFC Fight Night 44’ event in San Antonio.
Ricardo Lamas will be looking to rebound from his February title loss to longtime featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Prior to facing Aldo at UFC 169, Lamas had put together a four-fight win streak, which included octagon wins over Matt Grice, Cub Swanson, Hatsu Hioki and Erik Koch respectively.
Meanwhile, Hacran Dias will also be looking to bounce-back into the win column when he faces Lamas this June. Dias suffered a decision loss to Nik Lentz in his most recent effort at May 2013’s ‘UFC on FX 8’ event in Brazil. Prior to that, the Nova Uniao fighter scored a unanimous-decision win over Iuri Alcantara in his octagon debut.
The ‘UFC Fight Night 44’ event takes place June 28 live from San Antonio’s AT&T Center. Broadcast plans have yet to be announced, but the card is likely to be seen on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The event is headlined by a featherweight tilt between Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens.
The UFC Fight Night 44 card now includes the following contests:
Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nicholas Musoke
Myles Jury vs. Abel Trujillo
Hacran Dias vs. Ricardo Lamas
Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Colton Smith
Andy Enz vs. Marcelo Guimaraes
Anthony Hamilton vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk
Johnny Bedford vs. Rani Yahya
Clint Hester vs. Antonio Braga Neto
Andrew Craig vs. Cezar Ferreira
Luiz Dutra vs. Sean Spencer
Joe Ellenberger vs. Frank Trevino
Be sure to catch UFC Fight Night 44 live this June at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!