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UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum is ready to defend his title. And he doesn't want to wait until March of 2016.
At the UFC 191 post-fight press conference in Las Vegas this past weekend, UFC president Dana Whitesaid that Werdum would likely defend his title against former champion Cain Velasquez in March.
"Unfortunately, this heavyweight division is tied up right now," White said. "This fight won't happen probably until March, the next heavyweight [title] defense. So we'll see how this thing plays out, and we'll go from there."
Asked why so far off, White said it was because, "that’s when Werdum wants to fight."
Yet according to a report on UFC Tonight, Werdum's management refutes having said that he wants to wait until March to defend his title. His management team, Dominance MMA, said that they informed the UFC that he would be ready to fight again in either December or January.
Fabricio Werdum refutes March as target date for title defense, says he wants to fight sooner - MMA Fighting
Two former champions in the lightweight division will square off in January, as Globo in Brazil reports that Anthony Pettis will take on Eddie Alvarez on January 17 at an event that could come to Boston, Mass.
Pettis, former UFC Lightweight Champion, returns for the first time since losing his title to Rafael dos Anjos in March. He suffered an elbow injury in training late in the spring which took him out of a planned fight at UFC on Fox 16, and now he'll try to get back into the title picture against the former Bellator Lightweight Champion.
Alvarez made his UFC debut last September, vacating his belt to sign with the UFC. Unfortunately, he lost that debut by decision, but bounced back with a close decision win over Gilbert Melendez in June.
If the UFC goes to Boston for an event on Jan. 17, it will be the second January in a row after this year's UFC Fight Night 59. That card was headlined by Conor McGregor's bout with Dennis Siver, and was the most-watched MMA event on cable television in years.
Read more at Anthony Pettis vs. Eddie Alvarez reportedly set for January 17 UFC event, possibly in Boston
In the first LWOS History Lesson we will take a look at a between Fedor Emelianenko and Kazuyuki Fujita from Pride FC 26 Bad to the Bone.
The numbers will help us understand who won a fight, and we all want to know who won and who lost. However, they do not tell us about the fight. They do not tell the story of it.
Andreas Quintana (8-1) from Albuquerque, N.M.
Austin Springer (8-0) from Portland, Ore.
Billy Quarantillo (6-1) from Tampa, Fla.
Brandon Ricetti (7-1) from Chico, Calif.
Brennan Sevin (7-1)...
Demetrious Johnson ($133,000 + $58,000 = $191,000) def. John Dodson ($60,000)
Andrei Arlovski ($225,000) def. Frank Mir ($200,000)
Anthony Johnson ($115,000 + $115,000 = $230,000) def. Jimi Manuwa ($24,000)
Corey Anderson ($15,000 + $15,000 = $30,000) def. Jan Blachowicz ($34,000)
Paige VanZant ($12,000 + $12,000 = $24,000) def. Alex Chambers ($12,000)
Ross Pearson ($45,000 + $45,000 = $90,000) def. Paul Felder ($18,000)
John Lineker ($24,000 + $24,000 = $48,000) def. Francisco Rivera ($23,000)
Raquel Pennington ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Jessica Andrade ($20,000)
Tiago Trator ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Clay Collard ($10,000)
Fight Pass Prelims
Joe Riggs ($16,000 + $16,000 = $32,000) def. Ronald Stallings ($12,000)
Joaquim Silva ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Nazareno Malegarie ($10,000)
Well last week it was reported that Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes was being targeted for a December date.
With the addition of another event on that stacked weekend in December there were a lot of options for where that...
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