Pride FC veteran Sergei Kharitonov (23-5) and former M-1 Heavyweight Champion Kenny Garner (16-9) did it again at M-1 Challenge 59 in Astana, Kazakhstan. In the first fight the Russian TKO'd the American in the third round at M-1 China last year even losing the opening round due to limited ground game, this time Kharitonov played smart.
A light-heavyweight match between Ukranian finisher Nikita Krylov (18-4) and TUF Brazil 3 competitor Marcos Rogerio de Lima (13-2-1) is re-booked once again and hopefully will finally take place at UFC Fight Night 74. Originally the two was paired to fight on June 20 at UFC Fight Night 69. Then, however, the bout was booked to be held a week later at UFC Fight Night 70. Subsequently, the Brazilian was removed from the card on June 19, after visa issues restricted his entry to the USA.
UFC Fight Night 74 will take place on August 23 at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
On episode two of UFC 189 Embedded video blog series the featherweight headliners Irish Conor McGregor and American Chad Mendes exchange some words on a national media call. McGregor continues promoting the event, while Mendes hangs out with fellow teammate Urijah Faber.
Long time UFC Featherweight King Jose Aldo had to withdraw from the much anticipated UFC 189 match against Irish MMA star Conor McGregor due to a rib injury which he suffered during his preparation. How serious the injury was you can see above at the X-Ray sent by Orthopedic Surgeon David J. Chao who reviewed the trauma.
"I was asked to review Jose Aldo fib films." the doctor wrote on Twitter " Yes, he has defininite fracture. Here are actual images. White line is break."
On July 17 in Uncasville, Connecticut, Welterweight Champion Douglas Lima returns to defend his belt against Russian striker Andrey Koreshkov in the main event. Also two former wrestlers, Chris Honeycutt and Paul Bradley, will clash in the co-main event.
Zuffa released its first episode of UFC 189 Embedded video blog series. The UFC stars arrives in New York City for the UFC Fight Kit announcement. Conor McGregor shows some karate kicks and then heads to Vegas where he receives the bad news about Jose Aldo's withdrawal due to rib injury. His new opponent Chad Mendes prepares at Alpha Male.
Check out the updated trailer for UFC 189. The event will feature two title fights; between Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes for the Interim Featherweight belt and between Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler and former King of the Cage Lightweight title holder Rory MacDonald.
Unfortunately the long awaited, much promoted and much discussed UFC Featherweight Championship match between challenger Conor McGregor (17-2) and Champion Jose Aldo (25-1) will not happen after all as the Brazilian had to withdraw from UFC 189 in Las Vegas due to rib injury. The Featherweight King was replaced by two-time title contender Chad Mendes (17-2) who fights the Irishman for the interim title. UFC President Dana White officially announced the news.
Watch the official UFC Fight Kit announcement in New York City. Last year sports wear brand Reebok and Zuffa made a partnership and soon after the deal was reality it was revealed that Reebok will make the official UFC uniforms for the fighters. Hear Reebok President Matt O`Toole, Reebok Vise President Todd Krinsky and UFC boss Dana White talk about Fight Kit. Plus Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor, Fabricio Werdum among other top fighters were a part of the event to demonstrate the clothing.
UFC Featherweight Challenger Conor McGregor was invited by Chael Sonnen to show his methods of defeating Featherweight King Jose Aldo.