By: Chris Taylor
UFC officials announced today that a key light heavyweight bout between Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (17-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will take place at July’s ‘UFC on FOX 12’ event in San Jose, California.
“Rumble” recently made his octagon return in the co-main event of April’s UFC 172 event in Baltimore, where he scored a lopsided decision win over perennial contender Phil Davis. Johnson’s victory over “Mr. Wonderful” marked his seventh straight win and bumped him up to the #6 rank in the UFC’s 205-pound roster. Prior to re-signing with the UFC, Johnson went 3-0 while fighting under the ‘World Series of Fighting’ banner, scoring wins over Mike Kyle, Andrei Arlovski and D.J. Linderman.
Meanwhile, “Lil Nog” has not stepped foot inside the octagon since a February 2013 victory over former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans at UFC 156. Nogueira was expected to rematch Shogun Rua at June 2013’s UFC 161 event in Winnipeg, but was forced off that card with an injury. “Lil Nog” was then linked to a scrap with Swedish slugger Alexander Gustafsson this past March, but once again was forced to withdraw due to a lingering back injury.
UFC on FOX 12 takes place July 26 live from the SAP Center in San Jose, California. The main card is set to air on FOX, following the prelims which show on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
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By: Chris Taylor
UFC heavyweight Stefan Struve (25-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) will make his long awaited octagon return this summer, as UFC officials recently announced that the “Skyscraper” will face Matt Mitrione (7-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) at July’s UFC 175 event in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Stefan Struve has not stepped foot inside the octagon since suffering a March 2013 knockout loss to Mark Hunt. That defeat left the 7-foot Dutchman with a broken jaw and snapped his four-fight win streak. Struve’s four fight win streak included victories over Stipe Miocic, Lavar Johnson, Dave Herman and Pat Barry respectively.
In August of 2013, it was reported that Struve suffered from a leaking aortic valve as well as an enlarged heart. Many people, including UFC President Dana White, thought the diagnosis would spell an end to Struve’s mixed martial arts career. However, this past November, doctors gave Struve the exciting news that he could once again resume training in MMA.
Meanwhile, Matt Mitrione was last seen in action at March’s “TUF China Finale” event, where he scored a first-round knockout win over Shawn Jordan. The victory earned “Meathead” a “Performace of the night” bonus, worth a cool $50 grand. Prior to his victory over Jordan, Mitrione suffered a first-round submission loss to Brendan Schaub at UFC 165 in Toronto, Canada.
UFC 175 takes place July 5 live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is headlined by a middleweight title fight featuring champion Chris Weidman taking on challenger Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida.
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By: Chris Taylor
The New York Rangers will be looking to even-up their best of seven series with the Pittsburgh Penguins at 2 games apiece when they host the Pens in game 4 on Wednesday night.
Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has been red-hot for the Penguins as of late, posting back-to-back shutouts against the gritty New York squad.
Fleury’s 35-save performance in game 3 marked the eighth shutout of his young postseason career. The 2009 Stanley Cup winning goalie has now gone 120 game-time minutes without letting in a goal, stopping all 57 shots he’s faced in that time.
Pens captain Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the playoffs in game 3, snapping a 14-game playoff-scoring drought that dated back to 2013.
Meanwhile, the New York Rangers struggles to score can be attributed to their miserable power-play statistics. The Rangers are 0-for-13 with the man advantage in three games against the Penguins and have not scored in 34 straight power-play opportunities.
New York will try to even the series by earning a win in tonight’s key Game 4 at Madison Square Garden. Puck drop is set for 7:30pm ET and can be seen on channels NBCSN and RDS.
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By: Chris Taylor
The Minnesota Wild defeated the Chicago Blackhawks by a final score of 4-0 in Game 3 on Tuesday night, and now trail the best of seven series 2 games to 1.
The game remained scoreless after two periods of play, but just minutes into the third and final frame, speedy Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula took off on a breakaway and promptly scored on Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford.
Haula’s score was the first of a four-goal third period for the Wild, much to the pleasure of the amped-up crowd inside the Xcel Energy Center.
The Wild squad will now look to use the momentum of Tuesday night’s win to help even-up their best of seven series when they host Chicago in game 4.
Game 4 of the series is set for Friday night in Minnesota at 9:30pm ET and can be seen on NBCSN or RDS.
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