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Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson out of UFC 201

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From current top ranked pound-for-pound fighter Jon Jones being removed from his UFC 200 headliner versus Daniel Cormier to Anderson Silva filling in and saving the day, the UFC has dominated the news this week with announcement after announcement, positive or negative.

Unfortunately, today presented more negative.

Per Combate, the longest active champion in the promotion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (24-2-1, 12-1-1 in UFC) is injured and will not be able to participate in his next flyweight title defence at UFC 201 versus Wilson Reis (20-6, 4-2 in UFC).

Since the establishment of the 125-pound division, Johnson, 29, has been nothing less than a symbol of true greatness and pure domination as he is an undefeated 9-0 with 8 title defences and a pair of victories over two of the best flyweight contenders to ever inhabit the division, John Dodson and Joseph Benavidez.

In Mighty Mouse’s last performance at UFC 197, he was again masterful, for knocked out Olympic gold medal wrestler Henry Cejudo less than three minutes into the first round.

With the division cleaned out, Johnson was matched up for what would have been his 9th title defence, this time versus 8th ranked Wilson Reis. Reis, 31, is a true boxer with great skill in jiu-jitsu and punishing opponents with lethal ground and pounds. However, by no means, has the Brazilian had the same activity or success as his future opponent, considering he has fought just two times since the beginning of 2015 and is 1-1 during the span.

Despite Mighty Mouse’s undisclosed ailment being set to keep him out of the co-main event, his match-up with Reis is not going anywhere. Moreover, whenever the Kentucky native is healthy, he will step into the octagon versus Reis, eying a title defence that will tie him with all-time great Georges St-Pierre and move him one away from matching Anderson Silva for the most consecutive in UFC history.

But, as of now, there is no rescheduled date and no medical timetable for his return.

UFC 201 takes place at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on July 30th, headlined by a UFC welterweight title fight between champion Robbie Lawler (27-10, 12-4 in UFC) and challenger, #3 Tyron Woodley (15-3, 5-2 in UFC).

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Paige VanZant Breaks arm in 1st Round of UFC St. Louis bout and continues to fight (Picture)

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UFC St. Louis already began the weekend on an odd note. Two fights canceled, and three fighters missed weight. What was already an exciting, yet puzzling main card, fell into a paper shredder and promptly glued back together. As opposed to Uriah Hall vs. Vitor Belfort, in the co-main event, fans who tuned in received Paige VanZant vs. Jessica-Rose Clark. This shifting of walk-out times also awarded St. Louis-native Michael Johnson, the main card booking he desired.

The UFC’s preliminary journey to St. Louis, only took the promotion 25 years. The event’s success, in the opined of the local crowd, rode waves of disengagement to maddening decibel levels. Yet, the stories followed a fever pitch of a mimicked yearly Apple stock charts. Most impressive was the 23-year-old superstar, Paige VanZant.

Oregonian, VanZant, made her highly anticipated flyweight debut Sunday night, against Australian Jessica-Rose Clark. Unfortunately, the former Dancing with the Stars contestant suffered a broken arm less than five minutes into her divisional debut. The broadcast learned about the possibility of her injury when the fighter herself told her corner just before the start of the final round. She confirmed the injury, later that night via Instagram. A post from her hospital bed spoke about the injury while showing the brutal displacement of her bone via x-ray.

The injury became clear after the final bell rang. VanZant bent at her waist and held her arm in agony, no longer able to conceal the pain. Even as the results came in, she positioned her arm into a non-existent sling. Incredibly, the new flyweight managed her way through two rounds, a lot of which, was spent on the ground. Jessica-Rose Clark at one point, had her opponent in a triangle/arm-bar, trapping and hyper-extending VanZant’s broken arm. Although the former UFC strawweight, ultimately lost via unanimous decision, her performance was not easily forgettable. Courage, determination, and perseverance prevailed for Paige VanZant, while the body failed her.

 

 

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Darren Stewart Among Changes made to UFC Winnipeg

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December 16th, the UFC will touch down in the cold Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The third Canadian event for the promotion this year, lost its main event in the second week of November, Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas, when Aldo, replaced Frankie Edgar at last weekends pay-per-view event, UFC 218. Fortunately, Josh Emmett was booked last week, to replace Aldo. The former featherweight champion is not the only one whom won’t make the walk in Canada.

Several fighters on the card have been forced to withdraw. The UFC announced changes to card yesterday releasing an article, indicating the replacements. Justin Scoggins withdrew due to a spinal injury, otherwise known as, spinal process fracture.

According to the Winchester Hospital website, most of these injuries heal without long-term damage.

Replacing the injured Scoggins, the undefeated British prospect, Pietro Menga. “Pitbull” compiled a 13-0 record before signing with the UFC. Seven, by way of submission. The British newcomer will face Tim Elliot at flyweight. Elliot, winner of TUF 24: Tournament of Champions, has had a bitter-sweet return to the UFC. With a record of 1-2 since his return, he looks to put on a dominating performance in order to find his way back into title contention.

The other Brit to posthumously join the Winnipeg card, Darren Stewart. Stewart replaces Vitor Miranda, to fight Julian Marquez in the middleweight division, the news was originally announced by MMA Today’s Nolan King.

After entering the UFC with an undefeated record, Stewart has gone winless in his three bouts with the promotion. Twice he fought Francimar Barroso, winning their first match-up, only to have the decision overturned by the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) for an inadvertent headbutt.

His opponent, Julian Marquez, found his way to the UFC roster through, Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. Marquez, knocked out his opponent, Phil Hawes, in the second round. Nicknamed, “the Cuban Missile Crisis”,  he dominated his opponent, taking him down twice in the round before cleanly landing a head kick as Hawes, stood up against the fence.

The final change to the card comes in the welterweight division. Oddly enough, the opponents of both, Danny Roberts and Nordine Taleb, withdrew. Roberts and Taleb instead, will fight each other, as reported by Nolan King as well.

Hopefully, Canada’s final UFC event of the year proceeds with its twelve scheduled bouts. UFC Winnipeg takes place at the Bell MTS Place, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on December 16th. The card features, Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael Dos Anjos, in the main event, elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on fan favorite Mike Perry.

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Sijara Eubanks out of TUF 26 Finale, Roxanne Modafferi steps in on short notice

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Sijara Eubanks (2-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC)  is out of The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion finale. In her absence the UFC has announced that #1 ranked TUF 26 semifinalist, Roxanne Modafferi (21-13 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will be stepping up to fight Nicco Montano for the inaugural women’s flyweight championship.

Modafferi lost to Eubanks in the very last episode of TUF, she was then set to fight fellow castmember Barb Honchak in the finale that takes place on December 1. Early Thursday afternoon, Sijara has forced to pull out of the fight giving Roxanne the opportunity to fight for the championship against Nicco Montano

UFC released an official statement about the change courtesy of MMA Junkie “Due to medical issues, Sijara Eubanks, was hospitalized Thursday morning and has been pulled from her bout against Nicco Montano at Friday’s The Ultimate Fighter Finale. Stepping in for Eubanks to fight in the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight championship bout will be Ultimate Fighter 26 semifinalist Roxanne Modafferi.”

Honchak will now likely be facing TUF 26 alternate Lauren Murphy on December 2. Murphy lost her opponent Priscila Cachoeira after Cachoeira failed to get a visa for the fight.

Eubanks has taken to her personal Instagram to put out a statement to her fans. In the post, she writes, “First of all, I’m a champion. Point blank. I will be UFC champion, but it’s God’s will that it won’t be Friday night. I’m a gangster and I’ve cut more weight than most male fighters, and unfortunately, there were some miscalculations this cut, no excuses, I worked my ass off and went out on my shield. I was hospitalized early this morning for kidney failure but best believe I’ma be right back training and right back after that belt. This game is full of ups and downs, true champs know that and bounce back. Nicco and Roxanne I’m sure will have a great fight and best wishes to both those ladies. True class, those two. Nothing changes, I’m still the queen and I will claim my throne.
Thank you to all my coaches, friends and family and the wonderful staff at UFC.
God is good and I am truly blessed.”

The entire fight card to date is as follows:

  • Roxanne Modaferri vs Nicco Montano
  • Emily Whitmire vs Gillian Robertson
  • Barb Honchak vs Lauren Murphy
  • Ariel Beck vs Shana Dobson
  • DeAnna Bennett vs Melinda Fabian
  • Rachael Ostovich vs Karine Gevorgyan
  • Montana De La Rosa vs Christina Marks
  • Sean O’Malley vs Terrion Ware
  • Eric Spicely vs Gerald Meerschaert
  •  Joe Soto vs Brett Johns

The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale “A Champion Will Be Crowned” is still set to take place Dec.1st at The Park Theater, Paradise Nevada.

 

 

 

 

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