Archive: UFC 173

Apr 8, 2014 2:38 pm

PHOTO | New UFC 173 Poster Featuring Barao/Dillashaw Headliner

UFC officials have updated the UFC 173 poster with the addition of the fight night’s new main event. The original fight card featured a middleweight contest between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort, but the TRT ban forced Belfort off the card and Lyoto Machida replaced him. That was just the beginning though, because later on,...

Apr 6, 2014 7:40 pm

Chico Camus steps in for Kyung Ho Kang at UFC 173

By Evan Stoumbelis TUF 18 winner Chris Holdsworth has a new opponent for his UFC 173 bout, Chico Camus, who has stepped in for Kyung Ho Kang on May 24th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Holdsworth is perfect in his MMA career, going 5-0, with his most recent win coming by way of...

Apr 4, 2014 8:28 am

Dillashaw Doesn’t Think Barao Has The Cardio To Hang With Him

TJ Dillashaw is the fourth high-profile Team Alpha Male fighter to receive a UFC title shot. All have failed before him, but TJ believes he has something over ,the champ, Renan Barao, whom he faces in the UFC 173 main event in May. He tells MMAFighting.com: “Absolutely, I mean I’ve always been impressed with him...

Apr 2, 2014 9:49 am

Yves Edwards vs. Piotr Hallmann Pushed From UFC 173 To UFC Fight Night 43

Yves Edwards and Piotr Hallmann will have to wait a few more weeks to scrap. With UFC 173 becoming quite crowded with fights, UFC officials announced today that the lightweight matchup between Edwards and Hallmann has been removed from UFC 173, and stuck into UFC Fight Night 43 – a difference of 14 days. Edwards was once...

Mar 31, 2014 4:47 am

PHOTO | Machida’s Run For Cover During Cali Earthquake

There was an earthquake in Southern California, last Friday. It was a 5.3 centered in Los Angeles. That’s where the Machida’s live and they hit the deck! Check it: “My wife’s response to yesterday’s earthquake. Thanks for protecting us under the table.”

Mar 28, 2014 4:47 pm

Saffiedine Out, Lawler Steps In Against Ellenberger

By Evan Stoumbelis Tarac Saffiedine has been forced off April’s UFC 172 card, and has withdrawn from his bout against Jake Ellenberger. Stepping in is none other than “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler, the bout has been moved to May’s UFC 173 card. Lawler found himself on the wrong end of a controversial decision against Johny Hendricks...

Mar 28, 2014 7:51 am

Renan Barao Set to Face T.J. Dillashaw for UFC 173 Main Event

UFC Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao is set to headline UFC 173 on May 24, filling in the gap left after UFC Middleweight Champ Chris Weidman sustained a knee injury and was forced out of his bout with former UFC Light Heavyweight champ Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida. According to USA Today, UFC President Dana White announced...

Mar 26, 2014 8:07 pm

Weidman To Undergo Minor Surgery on Both Knees

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is going under the knife. Weidman will undergo minor surgery on both of his knees next week, according to a report from Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight. “He’s in relatively good spirits. He’s been battling knee problems since high school,” Helwani said. “He’s had meniscal tears in both his knees...

Mar 26, 2014 6:47 am

UFC 173 Ticket Sales Postponed While Hunt For Main Event Continues

Tickets for the upcoming UFC 173 fight card were supposed to go on sale today, but that’s not happening. UFC officials have opted to hold off on sales while they search for a new main event. Originally UFC 173 was to be headlined by Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort. The TRT ban nixed that fight...

Mar 25, 2014 4:26 pm

Updated: UFC 173 Fight Card And Lineup

  Now, this one is a bit of a bummer. UFC 173, a huge card headlining a middleweight title fight for the ages, as Chris Weidman was set to face off against Lyoto ‘The Dragon’ Machida,  has been postponed and now we are left without a main event. UFC 173, scheduled for Saturday, May 24...

Mar 25, 2014 6:12 am

Dan Henderson Wants To Step In Against Lyoto Machida At UFC 173

Well…. that escalated quickly. Fresh off of his TKO win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC Fight Night 39 this weekend, “Hendo” has suggested that he take Weidman’s place in the main event at UFC 173. Now, we obviously know that the Lyoto vs. Weidman fight has been pushed back to July… but how many...

Mar 24, 2014 3:21 pm

Weidman Injured, Out Of UFC 173 Bout With Machida

UFC 173 is one of those events… After removing Vitor Belfort from his promised title bid due to the ban on Tesosterone Replacement Therapy, the UFC put in an equally intriguing fighter to go opposite Chris Weidman in the form of Lyoto Machida. All was well with UFC 173, until news hit today that, Weidman,...

Mar 21, 2014 5:22 pm

Anderson Silva Says Weidman ‘No Threat’ To Machida

“Lyoto has a good team. I believe a lot in Lyoto. We are close friends. This belt needs to be in Brazil. Weidman is a great athlete but there isn’t too much secret about fighting him. Lyoto has great chances of winning because Weidman is a normal guy, he has no weapons to threaten Lyoto....

Mar 20, 2014 11:07 am

PHOTO | ‘UFC 173: Weidman vs. Machida’ Official Poster

The UFC 173 official poster just got a facelift with the removal of Vitor Belfort from the show’s main event. UFC officials recently released this newer version of the pre-fight event flyer, featuring Machida and Weidman dressed in war paint. Check it:

Mar 19, 2014 7:55 am

Njokuani vs. Pichel Slated for UFC 173 in May

  Two lightweights have been added to May’s UFC 173. Anthony Njokuani (16-7) will face Vinc Pichel (8-1), UFC officials announced Tuesday.  Njokuani KO’d Roger Bowling at UFC on FOX 7 in April 2013. An injury forced him off UFC Fight Night 30. At 2012’s TUF 16 Finale, Pichel suffered a KO loss at the...

Mar 10, 2014 2:00 pm

Machida Confident His Striking Will Defeat Weidman

“Ed (Soares) called me and said ‘I think they had a problem with Vitor and you’ll have to fight for the title.’ I said sure, that’s great. I’ve fought a lot of wrestlers before, and I know Weidman has a good wrestling, but I’m confident on the work I’m developing with my team. I believe...

Mar 8, 2014 9:16 am

Dana White Doesn’t Care If TRT Users Retire

By Evan Stoumbelis Even after it’s ban TRT is still making headlines. Chael Sonnen said in an interview recently that he may have to give up MMA as a result of the ban on TRT because he needs it to function in his everyday life. This was in line with what Dr. Neil Goodman said...

Mar 3, 2014 9:07 pm

JDS Returns, Meets Miocic In UFC 173 Co-Main Event

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos, has an opponent set in the form of Cleveland based fighter, Stipe Micioc. The two top-heavyweight fighters have agreed to square off in the UFC 173 co-main event. UFC 173 goes down on May 24 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the main...

Mar 3, 2014 4:27 pm

Edwards, Hallman to Meet at UFC 173

Yves Edwards, he of the 64 professional fights, and Piotr Hallmann have verbally agreed to fight at UFC 173. Officials announced the lightweight matchup on Monday for a card that is rapidly taking shape. Edwards (42-20-1, 1 NC) is coming off a knockout loss to Yancy Medeiros but the fight was later ruled a No...

Mar 3, 2014 10:51 am

Belfort’s Official Apology To Fans

“I want to apologize to all my fans that have been let down by the news of me not competing in the title fight against Chris Weidman. I wanted nothing more than to go and compete for the belt. As you all know, I have been doing a legal treatment approved by every commission I...

Mar 3, 2014 10:44 am

QUICK TWITT | Bisping Blasts “Cheating, Scumbag, Hypocrite” Belfort For Cheating On TRT

In the eyes of many, Vitor Belfort has been cheating his way to a title shot while using Testosterone Replacement Therapy. However, Belfort’s use of the controversial therapy was completely inline with the rules and regulations. Was the Brazilian getting an edge over his competition? Michael Bisping sounds off on twitter about the subject. Check...

Mar 3, 2014 10:20 am

Michael Chiesa And Francisco Trinaldo Set To Square Off At UFC 173

The UFC has added another bout to its May 24th event. Francisco Trinaldo (pictured), who last saw Octagon action only a few weeks ago at Fight Night 36, will be taking on TUF winner Michael Chiesa at UFC 173. UFC 173 will take place on May 24th, and is headlined by UFC middleweight champion Chris...

Mar 3, 2014 10:16 am

Ferguson Meets Kikuno at UFC 173 in Las Vegas

  A new lightweight bout has been added to the UFC’s Memorial Day weekend card in Las Vegas. Tony Ferguson (14-3), winner of season 13 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” will face Katsunori Kikuno (22-5-2 ). Officials announced Monday that both fighters verbally agreed to the fight. Ferguson landed back in the win column in October...

Mar 2, 2014 8:36 pm

Belfort Needs 90 Days To Transition Off TRT

Last week the Nevada State Athletic Commission banned the use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy in their jurisdiction and shortly after Brazil and the UFC followed suit. The next day Vitor Belfort was removed from his title fight against Chris Weidman and he was replaced by Lyoto Machida. According to Vitor, the UFC promised him the...

Feb 28, 2014 2:08 pm

Fighting Odds: Chris Weidman Opens as -225 Favorite Over Lyoto Machida

  The big news of the day was that Vitor Belfort is out of UFC 173 and Lyoto Machida is in. Machida will now fight Chris Weidman at UFC 173 on May 24, 2014, for the UFC middleweight title. Thanks to Sportsbook, we have the opening betting lines for the title fight. Chris Weidman- -225...

Feb 28, 2014 10:55 am

Chris Weidman: TRT ban an ‘amazing day’ for MMA

“This is an amazing day for the sport.This is something that I’ve wanted to see happen for quite some time. TRT was and has always been cheating, and I’m glad Nevada finally recognized that, especially since I’m about to fight there against a known TRT user. Hopefully, every other athletic commission follows because this was...