By: Chris Taylor
Nate Diaz will return to the octagon this December!
UFC officials announced today that the Stockton slugger will square off with perennial contender Rafael Dos Anjos in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 13.
Nate Diaz (17-9 MMA, 12-7 UFC) will fight for the first time since November of 2013, where he scored a first-round TKO victory over former title challenger Gray “The Bully” Maynard. That win snapped a 2-fight losing skid for Diaz, as he had previously lost bouts to Josh Thomson and Benson Henderson respectively.
Meanwhile, Rafael Dos Anjos (22-7 MMA, 11-5 UFC) is coming off the biggest win of his UFC career, this after scoring a knockout victory over former lightweight champion Benson Henderson at August’s UFC Fight Night event in Oklahoma. Dos Anjos has now won 7 of his past 8 octagon bouts, with his lone loss in that time coming to Khabib Nurmagomedov via decision.
UFC on FOX 13 goes down December 13 live from the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The event is headlined by a heavyweight fight featuring former champ Junior dos Santos taking on the hard hitting Stipe Miocic.
Be sure to catch the UFC on FOX 13 event live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations this December!
By: Chris Taylor
There is no denying that current UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is one of the sports most exciting and dynamic stars.
Nicknamed “Showtime,” Pettis has displayed remarkable creativity in his striking, using the octagon cage as a springboard on multiple occasions to throw all types of strikes at his opponents.
It’s these unique abilities that have made Anthony Pettis such a popular figure amongst fight fans.
The one problem fight fans do seem to have with “Showtime,” is that we don’t get to see him in action nearly enough, mostly due to injuries.
Pettis’ last octagon appearance came 10 months ago at UFC 164 in Milwaukee, where he submitted Benson Henderson in the first-round with an armbar to become UFC lightweight champion.
Anthony made his UFC debut back in June of 2011, suffering a decision loss to Clay Guida. He has since won his last 4 fights, his most recent being the aforementioned title bout with “Bendo.”
So, in the past 3+ years, Pettis has fought just a total of 5 times.
To make matters worse, the UFC’s lightweight champion is currently serving as a coach on season 20 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” meaning fans won’t see him inside the cage again until this winter.
Anthony’s absence from action has been well documented by other fighters in the division, prompting harsh words from rivals Nate Diaz and Josh Thomson, while Benson Henderson is now claiming to be the divisions “interim champ.”
Pettis recently spoke with MMAFighting.com about both his absence from fighting, as well as his rivals recent claims:
“The division needs to somehow keep themselves relevant. The main guy doing it, Ben Henderson, I beat him twice, so he can talk all he wants. He’s going to have to wait his turn. There’s a couple guys that can talk and I guess they deserve their shot, but at the same time, I was in the same position as them guys. I was talking and I was trying to make my case to get that title shot.”
“I think it’s funny. I beat Ben twice. Like, why is he even saying that? If he wants to consider himself the interim champ, we all know who the real champ is, so he can keep saying that. They’re all pleading their case. They all want a title shot. Honestly, Ben is a great fighter. He’s a great guy. I mean, I like the guy, it’s just, I think I got his number. I beat him twice. So it makes it that much harder to hear him say anything.”
Anthony Pettis will defend his UFC lightweight title against former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez following the conclusion of the “Ultimate Fighter Season 20.” The bout is expected to be a part of either December’s UFC 181 event or January’s UFC 182 event.
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By: Chris Taylor
Two of the UFC’s top welterweights will collide in the co-main event of UFC 174 this Saturday (June 14), when Tyron Woodley (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) takes on hometown hero Rory MacDonald (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) in Vancouver, Canada.
Former Strikeforce title challenger Tyron Woodley recently scored a huge win over Carlos Condit at March’s UFC 171 event in Dallas, Texas. The victory marked “T-Wood’s” second in a row, this after knocking out Josh Koscheck at November’s UFC 167 event. Woodley has gone 3-1 inside the octagon since joining the UFC as part of the Strikeforce merger. His lone loss was suffered to Jake Shields, who defeated Woodley via judges split-decision at UFC 161 in Winnipeg.
Meanwhile, Kalapaki Joe’s sponsored fighter, Rory MacDonald, is coming off a dominant decision win over submission specialist Demian Maia at February’s UFC 170 event in Las Vegas. Prior to that, the Canadian welterweight standout suffered a split-decision loss to Robbie Lawler at UFC 167.
“Ares” began his UFC career with 3 finishes in his first 4 octagon appearances. Since then, Rory has gone 3-1, with all three wins coming by way of judges decision. The 24 year-old has already scored wins over top talent such as Jake Ellenberger, B.J. Penn, Nate Diaz and Mike Pyle during his young UFC career.
UFC 174 takes place June 14 live from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The event’s main card airs live on pay-per-view following the preliminary-card bouts on FX and UFC Fight Pass.
Be sure to catch this sure to be awesome UFC pay-per-view event live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations! Reservations for parties of 8 or more are recommended and can be made online.
By: Chris Taylor
UFC welterweight contender Matt Brown (19-11 MMA, 12-5 UFC) is coming off a thrilling “Fight of the night” performance that saw him TKO Erick Silva in the third-round of their main event brawl earlier this month in Cincinnati.
Since earning his seventh consecutive octagon win, “The Immortal” has received call-outs from a handful of fighters, most recently Stockton Slugger Nate Diaz.
On yesterdays new edition of “UFC Tonight,” UFC President Dana White shutdown the idea of Nate moving up a weightclass to fight Brown:
“We never even considered that fight,” White said. “[Nate Diaz] has lost two of his last three fights, and Brown is on this unbelievable roll. Brown is a welterweight and has been fighting there a long time. He deserves a top contender.”
The Zuffa fight boss went on to say that if Nate’s older brother Nick was interested in coming out of retirement to fight Brown, that the UFC would do that fight:
“Listen, if Nick Diaz wants to come out and fight Brown, I’d do that fight.”
The ball is now in Nick’s court, whether or not he chooses to play remains to be seen.
One thing’s for sure, a Nick Diaz vs. Matt Brown match-up would have all the makings for a potential “Fight of the year.”
If the two welterweight sluggers do fight, who would you pick to emerge victorious?
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