Archive: UFC 161

Jun 4, 2013 12:12 pm

Evans focused on fighting not accolades

Mentally, Rashad Evans is getting back to his roots. He’s going back to the proverbial salad days when he stepped into the cage for the love of competition and not the payday or chasing a specific strap. Evans (17-3-1) will headline UFC 161against Dan Henderson (29-9), where he hopes to snap a two-fight losing streak...

Jun 4, 2013 6:06 am

Sonnen vs. Shogun not happening at UFC 161 due to reported visa issues

Despite reports on Monday that Chael Sonnen (27-13-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) would be stepping in for the injured Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) against Shogun Rua (21-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC) in the co-main event of UFC 161, that fight will not be happening. The UFC announced late Monday night that Shogun Rua was...

Jun 3, 2013 11:56 am

Report: Chael Sonnen Replaces Injured Nogueira; Set To Face Shogun Rua At UFC 161

Following the confirmation of a back injury that will force Antonio Rogerio Nogueira out of his UFC 161 appearance against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua later this month in Winnipeg, the rush to find a replacement for “Lil’ Nog” began. Less than 24 hours later, we have a replacement, none other than the infamous Chael P. Sonnen....

Jun 3, 2013 8:10 am

Chael Sonnen wants to fight Shogun, with Lil Nog out

Yesterday evening, Chael Sonnen (27-13-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) took to his Twitter account to issue a challenge to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC). Chael Sonnen @sonnench: @ShogunRua I HEAR BRAZILIAN CHICKEN IS OFF THE MENU. AMERICAN GANGSTER IS STILL AVAILABLE IF YOU WANT TO SEND YOUR WAITRESS OVER. Sonnen’s challenge came shortly after...


Jun 2, 2013 2:52 pm

Rumor: Lil Nog withdraws from UFC 161 bout with Shogun Rua

Rumors have been swirling around the internet today that Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout with “Shogun” Rua (21-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC) at UFC 161, which is less than two weeks away. The rematch between Shogun and Lil Nog was supposed to serve as the...

May 31, 2013 10:50 am

Dan Henderson Wants to Knock Rashad Evans “Silly” at UFC 161

By JAKE CHASTAIN | The legend has spoken. Dan Henderson heads into UFC 161 as half of the newly named main-event as he takes on former UFC light heavyweight champion Rahsad Evans. Both men will walk into the fight on June 15th having dropped their last fight and a win for each fighter is essential...

May 31, 2013 7:44 am

Soa Palelei vs. Nikita Krylov booked for UFC 164 in Milwaukee

Another heavyweight tilt has been added to UFC 164 in Milwaukee, as it was announced that undefeated UFC newcomer Nikita Krylov (14-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet Soa “The Hulk” Palelei (18-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the Bradley Center on August 31. The undefeated Ukrainian heavyweight, Krylov, has won all 14 of his fights by...

May 30, 2013 11:59 am

Rashad Evans Plans on “Getting 50 Takedowns” Against Dan Henderson

By JAKE CHASTAIN | UFC 161 has experienced a lot of changes over this past week. Fighters have gotten hurt, replacements have been set, and the main event was even changed. With all of that said and done it’s now time to focus on the important stuff…the fights that ARE happening. Rashad Evan vs. Dan...

May 29, 2013 1:40 pm

James Krause Replaces Injured Vallie-Flagg; Now Faces Sam Stout at UFC 161

By Jake Chastain | The UFC has called upon a newcomer to step in and face Sam Stout at next month’s UFC 161 event in Winnipeg. Former WEC fighter James Krause (19-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been announced as the UFC’s replacement for the injured Isaac Vallie-Flagg (14-3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC).Vallie-Flagg’s injury was announced by the UFC in...

May 24, 2013 8:45 am

Roy Nelson on His Chance of UFC Title Shot: ‘I am Barry Sanders’ of MMA

UFC fighter, Roy “Big Country” Nelson spoke with Bloody Elbow Tuesday night about his progression in the UFC’s heavyweight division.   Nelson (19-7) has been on a hot streak, winning his last three fights via first round T/KO in the past twelve months alone.  It was announced that he will be fighting Stipe Miocic at...

May 22, 2013 9:52 am

UFC Adds Roy Nelson vs Stipe Miocic To Improve UFC 161 After Main Event Cancelation

After the original UFC 161 main event featuring interim champion Renan Barao vs Eddie Wineland was canceled due to an injury suffered by Barao, the UFC officially announced Dan Henderson vs Rashad Evans as the new main event. The organization didn’t stop there, however, as they decided to beef up the card with the addition...

May 21, 2013 12:50 pm

Evans vs. Henderson Set for New Main Event for UFC 161

  After an injury forced UFC interim champion, Renan Barao, out of his second title defense in the main event of UFC 161 against Eddie Wineland, the UFC started to look for a suitable replacement. Now, as confirmed by the UFC’s official twitter account, the former co-main event will take its place as a bout...

May 20, 2013 6:00 am

With Hurt Foot Barao May Be Out of Defending his Title at UFC 161

By JAKE CHASTAIN | When too many things seem to be going right the UFC can always count on something putting a damper on the mood. This time the rain over the party comes by way of…you called it…injury. After Saturday night’s amazing UFC on FX 8 card in Brazil rumors started swirling regarding the...

May 3, 2013 8:50 am

Kenny Robertson Replaces TJ Waldburger Against Sean Pierson at UFC 161

UFC welterweight TJ Waldburger as of Thursday, May 2nd, has been forced out of his bout with Sean Pierson at UFC 161 for reasons unknown. UFC Officials have stated that with Waldburger out, Kenny Robertson would be stepping up to replace him against Pierson. Robertson is most recently known for his first round kneebar submission...

May 1, 2013 9:57 am

‘Shogun’ Rua Fully Prepared to Fight Nogueira

  Former UFC light-heavyweight champion, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua is set to take in Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in a rematch from a classic 2005 bout that saw Rua walk away with a decision win. Now, eight years later, Rua says that with a renewed staff, extensive training, and drive to once again defeat ‘Lil Nog’ he...

Apr 13, 2013 10:36 am

UFC 161 Betting Odds: Woodley Opens as -185 Favorite over Jake Shields

Former Strikeforce 170 pounders Tyron Woodley and Jake Shields will duke it out at UFC 161 in June. Woodley (11-1, 1-0 UFC) has opened up as a -185 favorite in this fight after coming off an impressive finish of Jay Heiron at UFC 156. The odds from BestFightOdds.com placed Shields at +145 in the upcoming...

Apr 11, 2013 8:53 am

UFC Addresses Recent Amateur Fighter Death

At an unregulated amateur MMA event last week in Michigan, competitor Felix Pablo Elochukwu died in the match. There were no doctors on site and Elochukwu may have had an existing medical condition going into the fight. Regardless, the UFC had no involvement in this promotion nor do they carry responsibility for it. But at...

Apr 5, 2013 10:35 am

Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton added to UFC 161 | UFC NEWS

Canada will have its first Ultimate Fighting Champion’s women’s bout this June. Alexis Davis (13-5) will meet Rosi Sexton (13-2) in a women’s bantamweight bout at UFC 161: Barao vs. Wineland. UFC officials announced the pairing yesterday. UFC 161 will be held on June 15, 2013 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. This...

Apr 4, 2013 7:30 am

Dustin Pague vs. Yves Jabouin added to UFC 161 in Winnipeg | UFC News

A bantamweight tilt between Dustin Pague (11-7 MMA, 1-3 UFC) and Yves Jabouin (18-8 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is the latest addition to June’s UFC 161 lineup. The Tristar Gym fighter, Jabouin, suffered a KO loss to Brad Pickett in his most recent outing at UFC on FUEL TV: Struve vs Miocic this past Sepetember. Prior...

Apr 2, 2013 10:36 am

Cruz: “I’ll Give You my Return Date when I Have It”

  It’s been exactly one year and a half since the MMA world has last seen Dominick Cruz fight. After getting a unanimous decision victory over current flyweight title holder Demetrious Johnson, the UFC bantamweight champion underwent two straight surgeries to repair his torn ACL suffered during the preparations to fight Urijah Faber as part...

Mar 25, 2013 10:30 am

Rashad Evans’ Back is Against the Wall for UFC 161 | UFC NEWS

One time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Rashad Evans, could be fighting just to stay in the UFC soon.  He is coming off two losses, first to Jon Jones last April and then to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in February.  Both losses were unanimous decisions after fights that underwhelmed expectations.  Evans (17-3), who usually brings quickness that...

Mar 14, 2013 6:51 am

Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa set for UFC 161 in Winnipeg | UFC News

UFC bantamweight Roland Delorme (8-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will be fighting in his hometown this June, as it was announced yesterday that he will meet fellow 135-pounder Edwin Figueroa (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 161 in Winnipeg. The bout with Figueroa will mark Delorme’s first fight in 11 months. Roland’s most recent effort came...

Mar 13, 2013 8:40 am

Freddie Roach Trains ‘Improperly Taught’ Shogun Rua to Punch | UFC News

  Renowned boxing trainer Freddie Roach was brought onboard Mauricio Rua’s training camp for UFC 161 to help Rua with his striking. Rua is known for his muay-thai game but according to Roach, when it comes to technical punches, Rua wasn’t properly taught how to throw them. Roach spoke to GracieMag on his work with Rua:...

Mar 7, 2013 9:54 am

Sean Pierson vs. T.J. Waldburger added to UFC 161 in Winnipeg | UFC News

A welterweight match-up between former Toronto police officer Sean Pierson (13-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and T.J. Waldburger (16-7 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has been added to the upcoming UFC 161 card set for June 15 in Winnipeg, Canada. After a disappointing 1-2 start to begin his UFC career, Sean Pierson has since reeled off back-to-back victories...

Mar 7, 2013 9:19 am

Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan official for UFC 161 in Winnipeg | UFC News

A heavyweight bout between Pat Barry (8-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC) and Shawn Jordan (14-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is the latest addition to the recently announced UFC 161 card set for June 15 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Following recent losses to Cheick Kongo, Stefan Struve and Lavar Johnson, it appeared that Pat Barry was in a...

Mar 7, 2013 7:31 am

Sam Stout vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg added to UFC 161 in Winnipeg | UFC News

A lightweight match-up between Canadian Sam Stout (19-8-1 MMA, 8-7 UFC) and Strikeforce import Isaac Vallie-Flagg (14-3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has been added to the UFC 161 card set for June 15 in Winnipeg. Stout makes a quick return to action following his hard-fought split-decision win over Strikeforce veteran, Caros Fodor, at February’s UFC 157 event....