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Velasquez out of UFC 196 with injury, Miocic in to face Werdum

Jim Edwards



In a stunning turn of events this Sunday evening, Stipe Miocic will now face Fabricio Werdum at UFC 196 on February 5th following an injury to Cain Velasquez as per Dana White on Twitter.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en-gb”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Cain Velasquez is out with a back injury. Stipe vs Werdum for the heavyweight championship February 6th. <a href=””></a></p>&mdash; Dana White (@danawhite) <a href=”″>January 24, 2016</a></blockquote>
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Details are yet to come out as to the extent of Velasquez’s back injury, though this is yet another setback for the former UFC heavyweight champion who has only fought once in the last two years.

This latest setback isn’t the only time that Velasquez has had to pull out of a fight with Werdum. The two were expected to face each other on November 15, 2014, at UFC 180. However, on October 21, 2014, it was announced that Velasquez pulled out of the bout due to a torn meniscus and sprained MCL in his right knee and on October 23, 2014, Velasquez underwent successful surgery to repair his torn meniscus.

Velasquez returned to face Werdum back in June 2015, however, he lost his UFC heavyweight belt after being submitted in round 3 in a contest where he looked desperately short of fitness.

The main making the most of Velasquez’s misfortune will be Stipe Miocic. The Croatian has won five of his last six fights, winning his last bout against Andrei Arlovski in highly impressive fashion, knocking him out after just 54 seconds of the very first round.

Following that win over Arlovski, Miocic at UFC 195, Miocic went on an epic post-fight rant where he expressed multiple times: “I want that shot.” And so it would seem that the Croatian has got his wish. On February 5th he will lock horns with Werdum on just two weeks notice.

The UFC 196 card now looks like this:

Event: UFC 196: “Werdum vs. Velasquez 2”
Date: Sat., Feb. 6, 2016, on pay-per-view (PPV)
Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

UFC 196 PPV Main Event:

265 lbs.: UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic

UFC 196 PPV Co-Main Event:

170 lbs.: Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson

UFC 196 PPV Main Card:

265 lbs.: Roy Nelson vs. Jared Rosholt
265 lbs.: Derrick Lewis vs. Damian Grabowski
170 lbs.: Josh Burkman vs. K.J. Noons
125 lbs.: Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky

UFC 196 Undercard/Prelims (PPV, FOX Sports 1, Fight Pass):

170 lbs.: Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer
205 lbs.: Ovince Saint Preux vs. Rafael Cavalcante
145 lbs.: Artem Lobov vs. Alex White
205 lbs.: Misha Cirkunov vs. Alex Nicholson
125 lbs.: Ray Borg vs. Justin Scoggins

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UFC to Sell #VegasStrong Shirts and Donate the Proceeds



Our hearts are heavy this week as we remember our brothers and sisters that lost their lives in Las Vegas.

The perpetrator Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, killing 59 people and injuring over 500 more.

It was the largest mass shooting in Modern American history.

Dana White and the UFC were quick to step up as they donated $1M to the residents of Las Vegas who were affected by this tragedy. White has also stated that this weekend’s UFC 216 card will be “dedicated to the entire city of Las Vegas.”

The UFC and Fanatics have also teamed up to sell #VegasStrong shirts and 100% percent of the proceeds will be donated.

These shirts are available at


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Dana White posts sparring footage of Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi

Matthew Wells



What happens in the gym, stays in the gym.

That is, until recently when Conor McGregor’s camp posted photos of his former training partner Paul Malignaggi on the receiving end of what looked to be a knockdown during a sparring session. McGregor, preparing for the blockbuster fight against Floyd Mayweather taking place on August 26, brought in Malinaggi to help sharpen and test his skills in preparation for the boxing contest.

However, when pictures of their sparring battles surfaced, painting Malignaggi in a negative light. The former IBF/WBA World Champion boxer turned analyst took to social media to defend himself stating the images were taken out of context, sparking controversy.

Late Friday evening, UFC President Dana White out all of the rumors to bed by taking to Instagram to post a pair of clips from their sparring session, most notably, the infamous “knock down” that Malignaggi defended adamantly.

Video 1: The video shows McGregor blasting Malignaggi with a hard left hand that popped his head back and then following up with a series of punches causing Malignaggi to retreat from the pressure.


Video 2: The knockdown. Conor hits Malignaggi with a punching combination, sending the former boxing champion to the canvas.

While the knock down does come after a series of punches from McGregor, Malignaggi was not completely knocked out. With this video evidence coming to light, it seems the UFC Lightweight Champion’s hands may be better prepared for the upcoming fight against one of boxing’s best than previously thought.

Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather takes place on August 26, 2017 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series – Week 2 Recap

Matthew Wells



The second week of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series provided some incredible moments from fighters looking to earn their shot in the UFC.

With five fights on the docket and Dana White handing out only one, possibly two UFC contracts at the end of the show, fighters not only had to win their fights, but make a statement to impress the boss. If nobody makes a strong enough impression, White could also decide to not award anyone with a contract.

That was not the case on Week 2 thanks to three exciting finishes.

Sean O’Malley said in video packages in the lead up that he shows up to knock people out and he did exactly that with an exciting first round finish of Alfred Khashakyan. O’Malley kept his undefeated record in tact by utilizing hard, fight-ending strikes that sent his opponent to the canvas in the closing minute of the first round. A hard right hand dropped Khashakyan for good and O’Malley ran over towards Dana White to let him know he’s ready for his shot.

The Ultimate Fighter 22 veteran Thanh Le got the fans on their feet with his impressive finish of Lazar Stojadinovic, and made his case with Laura Sanko for Dana White to give him a contract.  Stojadinovic, a solid boxer began fighting angry in the second round after getting caught with a few clean strikes, which only left more openings for Le. Moments later, Le would land a beautiful kick followed up by hard strikes to get the second-round stoppage.

Daniel Spohn, after a rough start to his fight against Angel De Anda, recovered from illegal blows to the back of the head to lock in a submission in the first round. Referee Big John McCarthy paused the action after three illegal blows by De Anda, and once the action resumed, Spohn blitzed across the cage to unleash strikes and eventually find the arm triangle submission.

At the conclusion of the show, Dana White decided to give Sean O’Malley an opportunity on the big stage by awarding him with a UFC contract due to his flashy, exciting style inside the Octagon.

Below are the full results of Week 2:

  • Daniel Spohn (16-5) vs. Angel De Anda (18-6)
    • Result: Daniel Spohn def. Angel De Anda via Submission (Arm Triangle), Round 1 – 3:10
  • Sean O’Malley (8-0) vs. Alfred Khashakyan (8-4)
    • Result: Sean O’Malley def. Alfred Khashakyan via KO (Punch), Round 1 – 4:14
  • Thanh Le (7-1) vs. Lazar Stojadinovic (15-6)
    • Result: Thanh Le def. Lazar Stojadinovic via KO (Strikes), Round 2 – 1:35
  • Sidney Outlaw (9-4) vs. Michael Cora (4-2)
    • Result: Sidney Outlaw def. Michael Cora via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)
  • CJ Hamilton (11-5) vs. Casey Kenney (7-0-1)
    • Result: Casey Kenney def. CJ Hamilton via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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