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Nate Diaz returns, meets Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 13

Nate Diaz returns, meets Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 13

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!

 

Wanderlei Silva retires from MMA‏

Wanderlei Silva retires from MMA‏

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

Former Pride middleweight champion and MMA legend Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1 MMA) has decided to hang up the gloves and retire from the sport of mixed martial arts.

“The Axe Murderer” was a fan favorite who was known best for his killer instinct and aggressive fighting style.

Wand’s last octagon appearance came at March of 2013’s UFC on FUEL TV 8 event in Japan, where he earned a second-round knockout win over opponent Brian Stann.

Silva went undefeated from August of 2000 – December of 2004, earning the coveted PRIDE middleweight championship during that time.

During his illustrious career, Wand scored wins over many notable fighters including: Guy Mezger, Ricardo Arona, Quinton Jackson (twice), Dan Henderson, Kazushi Sakuraba, Michael Bisping, Cung Le and Keith Jardine.

Wanderlei Silva will go down as a pioneer of MMA and as one of the greatest fighters of all-time.

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Chris Weidman out of UFC 181 with hand injury‏

Chris Weidman out of UFC 181 with hand injury‏

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman (12-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) has been forced out of his scheduled UFC 181 title fight with Vitor Belfort (24-10 MMA, 13-6 UFC).

UFC officials broke the news yesterday, stating that Weidman had suffered a broken hand in training.

Weidman was last seen in action at July’s UFC 175 event in Las Vegas, where he earned a hard-fought unanimous decision win over former light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida.

Meanwhile, Vitor Belfort hasn’t stepped foot in the octagon since scoring a knockout win over Dan Henderson in November of 2013. The former UFC champion has won 3 fights in a row, with all three wins coming by head-kick knockouts.

UFC president Dana White announced on twitter that the Weidman vs. Belfort fight will now take place in February 2015.

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Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic headlines UFC on FOX 13‏

Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic headlines UFC on FOX 13‏

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

A heavyweight showdown between former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos and perennial contender Stipe Miocic will headline December’s UFC on FOX 13 event in Arizona.

Former UFC champion, Junior dos Santos (16-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC), has not stepped foot inside the octagon since a October of 2013 title fight loss to reigning champion Cain Velasquez. “Cigano” was scheduled to fight Miocic in May of 2014, but a hand injury forced the former champ to withdraw from the bout. Prior to his loss to Velasquez, dos Santos was coming off a knockout win over Mark Hunt, which earned both fighters “Fight of the night” honors.

Meanwhile, Stipe Miocic (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) will be looking to extend his current win streak to 4 when he takes on JDS this December. Miocic was most recently seen at the “TUF Brazil 3 Finale,” where he scored a quick TKO victory over opponent Fabio Maldonado. Prior to that win, Miocic had put together back-to-back decision victories over opponents Gabriel Gonzaga and Roy Nelson.

UFC on FOX 13 takes place December 13 live from the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The main card airs on FOX, with the prelims showing on FOX Sports 1.

Stay tuned to KalapakiJoes.com for all your UFC News and be sure to catch the UFC on FOX 13 event live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations this December!