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Chris Weidman: I’ll be ready by July

Chris Weidman: I’ll be ready by July

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

On Monday, rating UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman underwent successful surgery on both of his knees.

The “All American” is scheduled to defend his title against former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at UFC 175 this July.

Many fans and media members have had their doubts regarding whether or not Weidman will be fully recovered and ready for the July long weekend event, but the champ recently told Ariel Helwani he will be ready:

“I just talked to Chris Weidman and he said he’s doing great, already lifting and on the bike and he’d definitely be ready for July 5th.”

UFC 175 takes place July 5 live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is headlined by the Weidman vs. Machida middleweight title fight and also features another middleweight clash between rivals Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva.

Stay tuned to KalapakiJoes.com for further UFC updates as they develop.

Henderson vs. Cormier official for UFC 175, winner gets title shot

Henderson vs. Cormier official for UFC 175, winner gets title shot

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

UFC officials announced today that a light heavyweight bout between Daniel Cormier (14-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Dan Henderson (30-11 MMA, 7-5 UFC) is the latest addition to July’s UFC 175 card.

The bout is said to have title implications, with the winner likely getting a crack at the light heavyweight belt later this year.

Dan Henderson is coming off a stunning come-from-behind win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua last month. The win snapped a 3-fight losing streak for “Hendo,” who had suffered previous defeats to Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort respectively.

Meanwhile, former Strikeforce Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier is coming off a successful light heavyweight debut, as he easily defeated newcomer Patrick Cummins at February’s UFC 170 event. Prior to his win over Cummins, Cormier scored a unanimous decision win over Roy Nelson at UFC 166 in Houston.

UFC 175 is headlined by a middleweight title fight featuring champion Chris Weidman taking on challenger Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida. The event takes place Saturday July 5 live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Be sure to catch this awesome pay-per-view event live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations this July. Reservations for parties of 8 or more are recommended and can be made online.

Uriah Hall vs. Thiago Santos set for UFC 175

Uriah Hall vs. Thiago Santos set for UFC 175

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

UFC officials announced today that a middleweight bout between Uriah Hall (8-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Thiago “Marreta” Santos (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is the latest addition to July’s UFC 175 event in Las Vegas.

Uriah Hall was last seen in action at December’s UFC 168 event, where he earned a first-round TKO victory over Chris Leben. The win marked the 29-year-olds first inside the octagon, as he had previously suffered back-to-back defeats to Kevin Gastelum and John Howard respectively.

Meanwhile, Thiago Santos recently scored a massive upset-win over the heavily favored Ronny Markes at March’s ‘UFC Fight Night 38’ event in Brazil. The 53-second TKO victory over Markes served as Santos’ first career UFC win. Prior to that bout, “Marreta” had suffered a submission loss to Cezar Ferreira in his UFC debut.

UFC 175 is headlined by a middleweight title fight between rating champ Chris Weidman and challenger Lyoto Machida. The event takes place July 5 live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The evening’s main card airs on pay-per-view, following the prelims which air on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Be sure to come watch UFC 175 live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations this July! Reservations for tables of 8 or more are recommended and can be made online.

Chris Weidman injured, will now face Machida at UFC 175

Chris Weidman injured, will now face Machida at UFC 175

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has been forced to pull out of his scheduled UFC 173 bout opposite Lyoto Machida due to an injury.

The UFC released the following statement regarding the news:

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today that middleweight champion Chris Weidman has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled title defense against Lyoto Machida on May 24. Weidman suffered a knee injury that will require minor surgery and his bout with Machida has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 5. A new main event for UFC 173 on May 24 will be announced in the days to come.

UFC 173 takes place May 24 live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the card now includes the following bouts:

Main Card on Pay-Per-View (10 p.m. ET):

265 lbs.: Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic

135 lbs.: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Takeya Mizugaki

155 lbs.: Anthony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno

155 lbs.: James Krause vs. Jamie Varner

Prelims on FOX Sports 1 (8 p.m. ET):

155 lbs.: Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo

135 lbs.: Chris Holdsworth vs. Kyung Ho Kang

155 lbs.: Al Iaquinta vs. Mitch Clarke

155 lbs.: Anthony Njokuani vs. Vinc Pichel

Prelims on UFC Fight Pass (6:30 p.m. ET):

155 lbs.: Yves Edwards vs. Piotr Hallmann

145 lbs.: Doo Ho Choi vs. Sam Sicilia

170 lbs.: Jingliang Li vs. Danny Mitchell

Stay tuned to KalapakiJoes.com for further UFC updates as they become available and be sure to come watch UFC 173 live this May at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!