Notable Wins: Joe Pacheco, Alexandre Pimentel, Artur Rofi
World Series of Fighting 7
December 7th, 2013
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Widely considered one of the best featherweights in the world outside a major promotion, Georgi Karakhanyan gets a shot a world title in just his second fight with the World Series of Fighting. He made his WSOF debut in September, submitting UFC-veteran Waylon Lowe in the first round with a guillotine choke. Karakhanyan’s currently on an eight-fight win streak, dating back to April of 2011.
Rick Glenn has made a name for himself since joining the World Series of Fighting, defeating two highly-touted prospects in his first two fights with the promotion. In March, Glenn knocked out Alexandre Pimentel in the third round, then six months later defeated Artur Rofi by unanimous decision. He’s currently won seven consecutive fights in his career, with six of those victories coming by stoppages.
Anthony Johnson (15-4) vs Mike Kyle (20-10-1)
Georgi Karakhanyan (22-3-1) vs Rick Glenn (14-2-1) – Featherweight Title Fight
Sergio Moraes won his second straight fight at UFC 163, submitting Neil Magny in the first round. After dropping a unanimous decision to Cezar Ferreira in the TUF: Brazil welterweight final in his UFC debut, Moraes rebounded with a third round submission win over Renee Forte at UFC 153.
Sean Spencer earned his first win inside the octagon at UFC Fight Night 28 with a split decision victory over Yuri Villefort. Spencer made his UFC debut in January, taking a short notice fight in a weight class above his normal fighting weight against Rafael Natal, and was submitted in the third round.
Notable Wins: Chuck Liddell (x2), Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva
14-9 MMA / 1-0 Bellator Record
2 Fight Losing Streak
Notable Wins: Rolles Gracie, Tim Hague, Aaron Rosa
November 15th, 2013
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Ovation Hall at Revel Atlantic City
Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson was clearly not been happy during his last few years with the UFC, and it showed in his performances in the cage, losing his last three fights with the promotion. In September of 2011, Jackson earned a chance to regain his world title against Jon Jones at UFC 135, but was submitted by the champ in the fourth round. He then had back-to-back uninspiring performances against Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira, losing decisions to both to end his contract with the UFC.
It didn’t take long for Joey Beltran to find a new fighting home following his release from the UFC after his split decision loss to Fabio Maldonado at UFC Fight Night 29. He put together a 3-6 record during his four year run with the UFC, including victories over Rolles Gracie, Tim Hague, and Aaron Rosa. Beltran competed under the Bellator banner in May of 2009, earning a TKO win over Sherman Pendergast in the promotions fifth show.
Notable Wins: Joseph Benavidez (x2), Urijah Faber, Demetrious Johnson
31-1 MMA / 6-0 UFC Record
31 Fight Win Streak
Notable Wins: Michael McDonald, Eddie Wineland, Urijah Faber
23-1 MMA / 5-0 UFC Record
16 Fight Win Streak
Notable Wins: Urijah Faber, Frank Edgar, Chad Mendes
13-2 MMA / 4-0 UFC Record
4 Fight Win Streak
Notable Wins: Erik Koch, Cub Swanson, Hatsu Hioki
February 1st, 2014
Newark, New Jersey
UFC officials announced today that two big title fights will headline UFC 169 on there big Super Bowl weekend card. The bantamweight title will finally be unified when current title holder Dominick Cruz meets interim champ, Renan Barao in a long awaited match-up. Also, Jose Aldo will try and defend his featherweight title against Ricardo Lamas.
Dominick Cruz has been sidelined for over two years with several knee injuries and surgeries, The last time he defended the belt was in October of 2011, when he defeated Demetrious Johnson (who is now the UFC’s flyweight champion) by unanimous decision at UFC Live on Versus in October of 2011. Cruz is on an eleven-fight win streak, dating back to March of 2008.
Interim 135-pound champion, Renan Barao defended his title for a second time at UFC 165, stopping Eddie Wineland in the second round via TKO. After losing his mixed martial arts debut, Barao has rattled off an unprecedented 31-straight victories in the cage. He defeated Urijah Faber by unanimous decision at UFC 149 to become the interim champion, and has since defended it successfully against Michael McDonald and Wineland.
Jose Aldo extended his winning streak to sixteen, following a fourth round TKO victory over Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163. He was crowned the UFC’s featherweight champion in April of 2011, and has defended the title four times including wins over Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes, and Frank Edgar.
Ricardo Lamas became the UFC’s 145-pound title #1 contender with a vicious second round TKO win over Erik Koch at UFC on FOX 6. Since the UFC/WEC merger in January of 2011, Lamas has earned stoppage victories over Matt Grice and Cub Swanson, also a dominant decision victory over Hatsu Hioki.
Notable Wins: Keith Berry, Trevor Smith, Derrick Mehmen
November 16th, 2013
Las Vegas, Nevada
MGM Grand Garden Arena
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has denied grappling ace, Robert Drysdale a license to compete at UFC 167, due to an elevated testosterone result from a out-of-competition drug test. Former Strikeforce veteran, Gian Villante will take his place against Cody Donovan on short notice.
Cody Donovan had a four-fight win streak snapped at UFC Fight Night 26, suffering a vicious first round knockout loss at the hands of Ovince St Preux. Donovan made his UFC debut in December of last year, stopping Nick Penner with a first round knockout of his own.
Gian Villante made his UFC debut at UFC 159, but lost a technical decision to Ovince St. Preux after an incidental eye-poke halted the fight just 33-seconds into the final round. The cageside doctor deemed Villante unfit to continue, so by rule, they went to the scorecards where St. Preux was deemed the winner. The loss snapped a three-fight win streak, which included victories over Keith Berry, Trevor Smith, and Derrick Mehmen.
Notable Wins: TJ Dillashaw, Darrell Montague, Jussier da Silva
14-7 MMA / 3-3 UFC Record
Lost 3 of Last 4 Fights
Notable Wins: Antonio Banuelos, Brad Pickett, Jeff Curran
UFC on FOX 9
December 14th, 2013
Sleep Train Arena
John Dodson took another step towards earning a second chance at UFC gold with a stunning first round knockout victory over Darrell Montague at UFC 166. He’s now won six of his last seven fights, with his only defeat being a decision loss to the champ, Demetrious Johnson in January.
Following a 3-3 record in the UFC’s bantamweight division, Scott Jorgensen will drop to flyweight for the first time in his career. After the UFC/WEC merger, Jorgensen started his UFC tenure 2-0, but has struggled since, going just 1-3 in his last four bouts. Most recently, he lost to Urijah Faber by fourth round submission at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.
Notable Wins: Abel Cullum, Marvin Garcia, John Robles
10-2 MMA Record
Won 2 of Last 3 Fights
Notable Wins: Tyson Nam, Frank Baca
Tachi Palace Fights 17: Fall Brawl
November 14th, 2013
Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino
Former UFC and King of the Cage veteran, Jared Papazian has gone 3-1 since being released by the UFC in December of last year, including a unanimous decision victory over John Robles at World Series of Fighting 4. Papazian went 0-3 during his time in the UFC, losing to Mike Easton, Dustin Pague, and Tim Elliott.
Hawaiian-based fighter, Russell Doane had a two-fight win streak snapped, following a split decision loss to Kyle Aguon at Pacific Xtreme Combat 38 in Guam. Career victories include a TKO win over Tyson Nam in his mixed martial arts debut, and a decision victory over former King of the Cage champion Frank Baca in July of last year.
Other notable match-ups on the card include Strikeforce veteran Ricky Legere Jr (18-4) taking on Nate Loughran (10-1), former Bellator bantamweight champion Joe Soto (11-2) versus Cory Vombaur (6-2), and Ultimate Fighter alum Collin Hart (4-2-1) meeting Anthony Ruiz (30-18).