By: Chris Taylor
Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) will have an opportunity to return to the sport of MMA (if he so chooses), this after his current WWE contract expires in the Spring of 2015.
The current WWE champion is now 37-years-old and has not fought since December of 2011, where he lost to former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem at UFC 141.
Former WWE announcer turned MMA play-by-play man, Jim Ross, recently told FOX Sports that he could see Brock Lesnar returning to the cage in 2015, his words:
“It looks to me like he’s gotten back on track. He looks phenomenal strength-wise. He’s just scary looking. He’s more scary looking than he was before he left [WWE the first time]. I could identify with that diverticulitis and diverticulosis. It’s not something you heal from very quickly. Your body has to make major adjustments. I see no reason he couldn’t have the potential to return to the UFC and sell pay-per-views.”
A Lesnar return would surely help boost the UFC’s pay-per-view sales. Do you think we will see Brock back in the octagon next year?
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By: Chris Taylor
A lightweight bout between Ross Pearson and Al Iaquinta is the latest addition to November’s UFC Fight Night 55 event in Sydney.
UFC officials announced the bout Thursday evening.
Ross Pearson (16-7 MMA, 8-4 UFC) was last seen in action in the co-main event of August’s UFC Fight Night 47 fight card in Maine, where he knocked out former title challenger Gray Maynard. Prior to that, “The Real Deal” suffered a terrible judges decision loss to Diego Sanchez at June’s UFC Fight Night event in Albuquerque.
Meanwhile, Al Iaquinta (9-3-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is coming off an impressive third-round TKO victory over Rodrigo Damm, which he earned at last month’s UFC Fight Night 50 event in Connecticut. That victory marked Iaquinta’s fourth win in his past five fights.
UFC Fight Night 55 takes place November 8 live from Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia. The entire event can be seen streaming live on UFC Fight Pass in North America.
UFC Fight Night 55 is headlined by a middleweight grudge match featuring Michael “The Count” Bisping taking on former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.
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By: Chris Taylor
A key featherweight bout will serve as the co-main event for the “TUF 20 Finale” in Las Vegas, as UFC officials recently announced that Charles Oliveira and Jeremy Stephens have been booked as the evenings co-feature.
Charles Oliveira was supposed to fight Nik Lentz at last month’s “UFC Fight Night 50” event. However, “Do Bronx” failed to make the featherweight limit of 146-pounds and then wasn’t cleared to fight after falling ill with a viral infection.
Prior to that incident, Oliveira had strung together 2-straight victories, which he earned by submitting opponents Andy Ogle and Hatsu Hioki respectively.
Meanwhile, Jeremny Stephens was last seen in action in the main event of UFC Fight Night 44 where he lost a hard fought decision to perennial contender Cub Swanson. That loss snapped a 3-fight win streak for “Lil Heathen,” who had defeated Estevan Payan, Rony Jason and Darren Elkins since dropping down from lightweight to 145-pounds.
The TUF 20 Finale is set for December 12 live from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The event, which airs on FOX Sports 1, will crown the UFC first ever women’s strawweight champion.
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By: Chris Taylor
A key featherweight bout will headline November’s ‘UFC Fight Night 57’ event in Austin, Texas.
UFC officials announced yesterday that former lightweight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar (17-4-1 MMA, 11-4-1 UFC) will face perennial contender Cub Swanson (21-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC) in the evenings main event.
Frankie Edgar was last seen in action in the main event of July’s “TUF 19 Finale” in Las Vegas, where he defeated MMA legend B.J. Penn via third-round TKO. The victory marked Frankie’s second-straight win, this after falling short in 3 consecutive championship bouts across 2 divisions.
Meanwhile, Cub Swanson will be looking to stretch his already impressive win streak to seven when he faces “The Answer” this fall. Swanson most recently defeated Jeremy Stephens via unanimous decision in the main event of UFC Fight Night 44 this past June. Prior to that victory, Cub was coming off a TKO win over Dennis Siver which occurred at UFC 162.
The winner of this featherweight tilt will likely get the next shot at the UFC’s coveted featherweight strap.
UFC Fight Night 57 takes place November 22 live from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The events main card will air live on FOX Sports 1.
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