MMA News: August 21, 2013


Today, there is huge news in the MMA world.

-Starting off in the UFC,

Two big fights are rumored to be in the works. The first one is in the welterweight division.

Coming off of his disappointing victory over Jake Ellenberger at UFC on FOX 8 last month, Rory MacDonald is looking to rebound against Robbie Lawler. Ruthless also competed on the same card as Rory but his results were a little more desirable as he scored a second round knockout over Bobby Voelker.

The two will likely hook'em up at UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks on November 16th.

-Apparently the UFC has finally found Vitor Belfort a dance partner. This weekend he tred to score a fight with Chael Sonnen and recently turned down fights with Lyoto Machida, Reshad Evans and Tim Kennedy, Belfort has given his approval for Dan Henderson.

The fight which has been approved by both combatants would likely take place in the mainevent of UFC Fight Night 32 inside the Goiania Arena in Brazil, November 9th.

Currently it is unknown which weightclass the two would fight in. They have both competed in the middle and light heavyweight divisions. The two previously met at Pride 32 back in 2006 where Hendo took a decision.

-Speaking of Belfort, former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva does not think he should fight Vitor Belfort, if they both continue winning fights,

"I don't think so. What was supposed to be done was done. Of course, we are employees of the UFC, but I don't like to fight against Brazilians. I don't see that possibility."

Belfort believes he is the rightful number one contender in the middleweight division, while Anderson Silva is getting the next shot at Chris Weidman at the end of the year at UFC 168.

-The next UFC card will take place at the end of the month where another Henderson (Benson) will take on his biggest rival Anthony Pettis for the light heavyweight championship.

Recently the two took part in a media call hyping up their fight:

UFC 164: "Henderson vs Pettis 2" will take place Aug. 31 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

-The co-main event of UFC 164 will be a heavyweight bout contested between two former UFC champions: Josh Barnett and Frank Mir. But that isn't true according to Barnett,

"I think we've always kind of been in different places for both of our careers, really. Even when he was fighting for titles, no one ever took my belt from me, so I don't what belt they were putting around (his waist), but that wasn't the UFC heavyweight title as far as I was concerned. I was in Pride fighting the universally recognized top dudes in the world at the time. I come back to the UFC, and the UFC is now the premiere place to be for mixed martial arts in the world, but at this point, Frank's best days have already occurred. For me if I'm issued a title shot, when I walk in the ring in my mind, I'm not fighting to win the UFC championship, I'm actually making my first title defense. That's the way I see it."


-Staying in the heavyweight division, Stefan Struve's career is in jeopardy. He was recently hospitalized with heart troubles. His manager Lex McMahon confirmed the issue,

"Stefan Struve has recently been diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve and an enlarged heart and was hospitalized for a week to undergo testing to determine the best course of treatment. The doctors found that Stefan has a bicuspid aortic valve, which means that his aortic valve only has two leaflets, instead of three. The aortic valve regulates blood flow from the heart into the aorta, the major blood vessel that brings blood to the body. In combination with the enlarged heart it causes his heart to only pump 70 percent of the blood into the aorta and then the rest of his body, and the remaining 30 percent ends up back in the heart chamber. After consulting experts in both Holland and the United States, it was decided to treat the condition with medication for the next two months and asses the effectiveness of that treatment protocol. After those two months, the doctors will have an answer on what the best treatment options are."


The 13-fight UFC veteran has been released from the hospital and is currently taking medication and is hopeful for a UFC return. His last UFC fight sent him directly to the hospital with a broken jaw, literally from the hands of Mark Hunt.

-For those saying there are not enough bantamweight contenders in the UFC women's division, think again. The UFC has announced the addition of Jessica Eye.
It is rumored that Eye will take on Sarah Kaufman upon her UFC arrival.

Although Eye has fought in the flyweight division, she doesn't think it should be a problem fighting at bantamweight,

"I know that I cut a decent amount of weight to get down to 25. I've changed up a lot of things, and 25 gets harder to hit every time, but I still manage to get there. Really, my options are open. I can fight at 25 or at 35. There have been times when I was supposed to fight at 25 and ended up fighting at catchweight because my opponent, Carina Damm, came in at 133, so it's not like I couldn't handle a 35 pound fighter."

Her debut could be as early as October.


Article Added: 2013-08-21



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