UFC schedule and MMA fightsWritten by Mark Weber
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Tonight, on home soil, UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo is set to defend his title in his rematch with Chad Mendes. Aldo knocked out Mendes in their previous bout in 2012.
Only 2 of Aldo's last 6 fights have come via stoppage but the No. 2 ranked MMA pound-for-pound fighter continues to dominate with frequency.
Next month, boxing sensation and former two-time RING Magazine Women's Fighter of the Year Holly Holm makes her much-anticipated UFC debut against Raquel Pennington. One of the most decorated female boxers ever, Holm, despite being the heavy favorite in her UFC debut, has a measured approach on her path to possible greatness.
“I know I have a lot to learn, so I do want to have a couple fights before fighting Ronda [Rousey],” Holm told USA Today in July.
“But if you told me that’s what I had to do right now, I’d say fine, let’s grind it out and get to work. I just feel like there are some more things I want to learn first.”
Will Holm be the fighter who pushes Ronda Rousey to the limit? Will the humble Holm dethrone the 'Rowdy' one? To have any shot at facing Rousey anytime soon, Holm must first defeat Pennington. No easy task.
Also, MMA/UFC legend Shogun Rua returns against Jimi Manuwa, bad boy Nate Diaz will be back in the Octagon to face Rafel dos Anjos and the comebacking star Tito Ortiz will go head to head with Stephan Bonnar at Bellator 131.
And if you like the big boys, November and December offer solid UFC heavyweight action. Mark Hunt and Fabrecio Werdum vie for the Interim Heavyweight title, Travis Browne faces Brendan Schaub, former champ Junior Dos Santos attempts to repel the surging Stipe Miocic and the colorful, enigmatic Alistair Overeem will look to get back in title contention when he faces 6'11" Stefan Struve.
Speaking of heavyweights, former WWE pro wrestler Bobby Lashley needed just 1:31 to topple undefeated British heavyweight Karl Etherington (formerly 9-0) last night at Bellator 130. With the impressive win, the hulking Lashley improved his MMA record to 12-2.
Brock Lesnar back in 2015?
Here we go again... The rumors have returned.
Lesnar's WWE contract expires in March after Wrestlemania and some believe there "may" be a chance the former champ will reuturn to UFC in 2015.
“I have a great relationship with Brock, we talk all the time,” UFC President Dana White told Fox Sports.
“I don’t know, we’ll see. If he wants to fight, he knows my number. It’s pretty amazing what he did and accomplished here while having diverticulitis. It would be interesting to see a 100 percent healthy Brock Lesnar compete.”
UFC / MMA FIGHT SCHEDULE 2014
UFC 179, PPV
Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Jose Aldo (C) vs Chad Mendes II
UFC Featherweight Championship
UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo defends his title in a rematch against Chad Mendes. Aldo knocked out Mendes in the first round of their 2012 championship bout. Since then, Team Alpha Male's Mendes has won 5 straight fights (4 by KO) and many think he has a much better chance of winning the title this time around.
Phil Davis vs. Glover Teixeira
UFC 179: PPV: 10:00pm ET
UFC 179 Prelims: Fox Sports 1: 8:00pm ET
UFF 179 Prelims: UFC Fight Pass: 7:30pm ET
UFC Fight Night
Michael Bisping vs Luke Rockhold
Ross Pearson vs Al Iaquinta
UFC Fight Night, FOX Sports 1
Shogun Rua vs Jimi Manuwa
Ian McCall vs John Lineker
Flyweight title eliminator
UFC 180 / PPV
Mexico City, Mexico
Mark Hunt vs Fabrecio Werdum
UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship
While UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez was nurses an injury, Mark Hunt will step in to fight Fabrecio Werdum. The latter dominated Travis Browne in April and is on a 4-fight win streak.
Ricardo Lamas vs. Dennis Bermudez
(Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon - Cancelled)
Bellator 131/ Spike TV
San Diego, California
Tito Ortiz vs Stephan Bonnar
Will Brooks (C) vs Michael Chandler
Bellator Lightweight Championship
Muhammed Lawall vs Tom DeBlass
Melvin Manhoef vs Joe Schilling
World Series of Fighting 15
David Branch (C) vs Yushin Okami
WSOF Middleweight Championship
Justin Gaethje (C) vs Melvin Guillard
WSOF Lightweight Championship
UFC Fight Night/Fox Sports 1
Frankie Edgar vs Cub Swanson
Bobby Green vs Edson Barboza
Brad Pickett vs Chico Camus
Joseph Benavidez vs Dustin Ortiz
UFC 181 / PPV
Johnny Hendricks (C) vs Robbie Lawler 2
UFC Welterweight Championship
UFC Welterweight champion Johnny Hendricks defeated Robbie Lawler in a very close decision in March of 2014 to seize the title but, unfortunately, the champ tore his bicep and was sidelined for the rest of the year. While Hendricks was out, Lawler scored a KO victory over Jake Ellenberger and defeated Matt Brown in a thriller in July, restabloshing himself as the number one contender.
Anthony Pettis (C) vs Gilbert Melendez
UFC Lightweight Championship
Anthony Pettis defeated Benson Henderson in August of 2013 to win the Lightweight championship. Since then, Pettis has yet to defend the title as a result of being sidelined by a knee injury. Now, he's finally set to defend his title against former Strikeforce Lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez. Similar to Pettis, Gilbert has been out of action for more than a year due to contract disputes.
Travis Browne vs Brendan Schaub
Holly Holm vs Raquel Pennington
Female Bantamweights; Former Boxing champ Holm's UFC debut
Fox Sports 1
UFC TUF 20 Finale
TBA vs TBA
UFC Women's Straweight Division
This season's Ultimate Fighter season 20 currently airing on Fox Sports 1 is set to declare the first ever UFC Women's Straweight (115 pounds) championship. The two finalists will battle live on Fox Sports 1 for the inaugural title. This will serve as the second women's division in MMA.
UFC on FOX
Junior Dos Santos vs Stipe Miocic
Nate Diaz vs Rafel dos Anjos
Alistair Overreem vs Stefan Struve
World Series of Fighting 16
Rousimar Palhares (C) vs Jon Fitch
UFC Fight Night
FOX Sports 1
Lyoto Machida vs C.B. Dolloway
Born and raised in Philadelphia, I currently reside in South Jersey which is about 20 minutes away from Philly.
I'm a Communications major at Gloucester County College and lifelong fan of several sports, including Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing.
I fell in love with Boxing during the era of the little giants... Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Manny Pacquiao, and Juan Manuel Marquez.