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‘UFC Fight Night 55: Rockhold vs. Bisping’ Official Lineup

‘UFC Fight Night 55: Rockhold vs. Bisping’ Official Lineup

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

The octagon will return to Australia next month for ‘UFC Fight Night 55’, an event headlined by a middleweight grudge match featuring perennial contender Michael Bipsing (25-6 MMA, 15-6 UFC) taking on former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold (12-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC).

The ‘UFC Fight Night 55’ card will consist of 12 bouts, with the entire event streaming live on UFC Fight Pass.

Here is a look at the full fight card:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 10 p.m. ET)

Michael Bisping vs. Luke Rockhold
Al Iaquinta vs. Ross Pearson
Clint Hester vs. Robert Whittaker
Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Soa Palelei

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7:30 p.m. ET)

Jake Mathews vs. Vagner Rocha
Guto Inocente vs. Anthony Perosh
Sam Alvey vs. Dylan Andrews
Neil Seery vs. Richie Vaculik
Chris Clements vs. Vik Grujic
Daniel Kelly vs. Luke Zachrich
Marcus Brimage vs. Jumabieke Tuerxun
Frankie Saenz vs. Aljamain Sterling

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Rory MacDonald gets title shot against Lawler vs Hendricks 2 winner‏

Rory MacDonald gets title shot against Lawler vs Hendricks 2 winner‏

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

Kalapaki Joe’s sponsored fighter, Rory MacDonald (18-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC), called for a title shot following his UFC Fight Night 54 main event win over Tarec Saffiedine.

Apparently “Ares” request did not fall on deaf ears, as UFC president Dana White confirmed to The Canadian Press yesterday that Rory has been granted his wish and will now face the winner of UFC 181’s welterweight title fight between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler.

To make matters even sweeter for MacDonald, his title fight is being targeted for March of 2015 in his adopted hometown of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

His third-round TKO of Saffiedine marked “Ares” third straight octagon victory, as he had previously scored decision wins over Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia respectively.

MacDonald’s lone loss in his past 9 fights came to Robbie Lawler, whom Rory lost to via judges split-decision at UFC 167 in November of 2013.

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‘Scary-looking’ Brock Lesnar could make octagon return in 2015

‘Scary-looking’ Brock Lesnar could make octagon return in 2015

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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Rory MacDonald smashes Saffiedine, earns 3rd round TKO

Rory MacDonald smashes Saffiedine, earns 3rd round TKO

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

Kalapaki Joe’s sponsored fighter Rory MacDonald (18-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) defeated Tarec Saffiedine (15-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) via third-round TKO in yesterday’s UFC Fight Night 54 main event in Halifax.

MacDonald was quick to take control of the center of the octagon in this one. Both fighters were tentative in the early minutes, but began opening up after a quick feel out. MacDonald would score a takedown late in round 1, however, the former Strikeforce champion was quick to return to his feet. “Ares” would land a stiff jab to close out round 1.

MacDonald began round 2 by pressuring Saffiedine. The Canadian landed a solid combo early in the round much to the delight of the home crowd. Rory continued to pepper his opponent with jabs and Saffiedine’s eye began to swell as a result. Tarec would land some good leg kicks but MacDonald would land a big right followed by a front kick to close out round 2.

Saffiedine started off round 3 by landing a big right hand which he followed up with some more leg kicks. Rory stayed composed and would eventually drop Saffiedine with a left uppercut. “Ares” promptly proceeded to pounce on his fallen opponent with heavy ground and pound forcing the ref to jump in and stop the fight.

The win marks Rory’s third victory in a row and puts him in prime position for a welterweight title shot, which he asked for in his post fight interview.

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