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  • UFC Fight Night 51 lineup complete with Iuri Alcantara vs. Russell Doane

    The last bout has been added to the upcoming UFC card in Brazil.

    The UFC announced on Thursday that Iuri Alcantara and Russell Doane are set to collide in a bantamweight match-up at the UFC Fight Night 51 card at the Nilson Nelson gymnasium in Brasilia on Sept. 13. The lineup is complete with 11 match-ups.

    Alcantara (31-5, 1 no-contest) looks to extend his win streak to 3-0 in 2014 after scoring a devastating 25-second TKO victory over Vaughan Lee in his last UFC appearance. Prior to that victory, "Marajo" defeated Wilson Reis via split decision in Brazil.

    Doane (14-3) went the distance against Marcus Brimage in his last UFC fight, but finished Leandro Issa in his Octagon debut in January. Doane, a former Tachi Palace bantamweight champion, enters the bout riding a three-fight winning streak.

    Here's the fight card for UFC Fight Night 51:

    Antonio Silva vs. Andrei Arlovski
    Gleison Tibau vs. Piotr Hallmann
    Leonardo Santos vs. Lukasz Sajewski
    Sergio Moraes vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
    Igor Araujo vs. George Sullivan
    Iuri Alcantara vs. Russell Doane
    Jessica Andrade vs. Valerie Letourneau
    Godofredo Pepey vs. Dashon Johnson
    Francisco Trinaldo vs. Efrain Escudero
    Paulo Thiago vs. Sean Spencer
    Rani Yahya vs. Johnny Bedford

  • Coach: Chael Sonnen ‘refuses’ to fight like Brendan Schaub at Metamoris 4

    Don’t expect another Brendan Schaub vs. Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu type of fight when Chael Sonnen steps on the mat.

    The former UFC title challenger will make his transition to the grappling world to take on ADCC winner Andre Galvao in a submission-only, 20-minute match at Metamoris 4 on Aug. 9 in Los Angeles. Sonnen’s jiu-jitsu coach doesn’t see a chance that the MMA veteran basically runs for 20 minutes.

    "I don’t believe the fight will go that way because Chael refuses to do an ugly fight," Fabiano Scherner told MMAFighting.com. "He will go straight forward against Galvao. He’s training for a 20-minute fight, a good fight, not like what Schaub did against ‘Cyborg.’

    "Chael likes to be a showman. Sometimes he just doesn’t care much if he loses since he has a good performance. He wants to do his best and do a good fight, and he has to fight if he wants to do that, he can’t hide."

    A three-time no-gi world champion, "Pega-Leve" wouldn’t call Sonnen the moral victor if he survives 20 minutes at Metamoris 4, but agrees that Galvao has more to lose in this match.

    "There no points and he’s fighting the best grappler in the world today, and Galvao always goes for submissions, so Chael doing 20 minutes without being submitted… It’s hard to call it a win, but for the facts involved, it wouldn’t be a good result for Galvao," he said. "But I can’t call it a win for Chael. It will depend on how the fight goes. Schaub wasn’t submitted by ‘Cyborg,’ but it was a horrible fight."

    Sonnen won’t get in the mat to defend himself only, and he has been working for Scherner for quite a long time.

    "He started to work with me when he was training for Wanderlei Silva, but then the fight was cancelled and everything," he said. "We changed his strategy because it’s a grappling fight now. He has fought MMA for years, he doesn’t even remember the last time he fought a grappling match, but we’re basically getting him ready for a 20-minute fight against the best grappler in the world right now."

    The West Linn star competed in MMA from 1997 to 2013, and training for mixed martial arts for so long added weapons to his wrestling game that he won’t be able to use against Galvao.

    "At first, we had to do some basics stuff because he was fighting like he used to in MMA, like resting inside his opponent’s guard. He had to stop doing that," he said. "He won’t have an easy time in this fight because you can’t punch. His defense was cut in half for this fight. I had to do some basics with him, submission and sweeps defense, but his game started to evolve over the past few weeks.

    "A lot of Gracie Barra guys came to Portland to train with him, guys with a great game from the bottom," "Pega-Leve" continued. "We trained him to defend, but he also has to attack Galvao’s guard. He can’t defend only because he would become predictable. He has to fight more, try to sweep him. He’s focused on this fight, so it’s been easy to train him. His grappling has evolved a lot."

    Galvao never had the same success in MMA as he did in jiu-jitsu and grappling. The Brazilian competed in MMA for a couple years in the past, fighting the likes of Tyron Woodley and Jason High at Strikeforce and Dream, but having several jiu-jitsu world titles and ADCC gold medals makes him the huge favorite against Sonnen.

    "Everybody is wondering how long will it take for Galvao to submit Chael. Everybody is waiting for that, waiting for a submission," he said. "Galvao is the current ADCC champion, recently fought at the BJJ World Championship, and is fighting a MMA fighter that has been submitted several times in MMA fights. A lot of guys are expecting an easy fight for Galvao, and I really hope Galvao is also thinking like that."

  • UFC 178 fight card: Kevin Lee vs. Jon Tuck added

    A lightweight contest has been added to UFC 178's stacked lineup.

    Kevin Lee will square off against Jon Tuck at the Sept. 27 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., according to UFC officials Wednesday night.

    Lee is 1-1 in the UFC, including a split decision win over Jesse Ronson this past July at the TUF 19 Finale.

    Tuck is 2-1 in the UFC. He defeated Jake Lindsey via submission at UFC Fight Night 42 this past June.

    Jon Jones will defend his UFC light heavyweight title against Daniel Cormier in the main event.

    The UFC 178 fight card is as follows:

    Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier
    Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier
    Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki
    Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero
    Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes
    John Howard vs. Brian Ebersole
    Patrick Cote vs. Stephen Thompson
    Jorge Masvidal vs. Bobby Green
    Kevin Lee vs. Jon Tuck

  • Jon Jones suffers cut above eye before UFC 178 clash with Daniel Cormier

    Jon Jones will be okay, but he sparked a lot of interest with a pair of Instagram videos Thursday.

    The UFC light heavyweight champion posted videos of him getting stitched up after suffering a cut, causing many to speculate that his title defense at UFC 178 against Daniel Cormier could be in jeopardy.

    His manager, Malki Kawa, told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani that Jones will be "fine" after the incident.

    He posted another vid (see below) to explain the situation.

    FYI this is a completely different scar than the one I had in that area previously, they're not even touching... The four stitches will be out in four days. The wound should be healed within a week. Time for me to start wearing my head gear #adversityisnothing

  • Akihiro Gono, Yoshiyuki Yoshida sign with Titan FC

    Two Japanese stars are heading to Titan FC.

    Akihiro Gono and Yoshiyuki Yoshida, lightweight veterans who built back their careers after leaving the UFC, have just signed a deal with the promotion, Titan FC COO Lex McMahon confirmed the news with MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani on Thursday.

    "Titan just signed Yoshida and Gono, expanding our international talent pool and bringing fans huge names," McMahon told MMAFighting.com.

    There’s no date set for their Titan FC debut, but McMahon said both fighters will compete in 2014.

    Gono (34-19-8), who fought in promotions like UFC, PRIDE, Bellator, Sengoku, Pancrase and Shooto, moved recently to Brazil to restart his career, after going winless in five straight bouts, and scored back-to-back victories in Curitiba. Gono has wins over Gegard Mousasi and Hector Lombard on his MMA record.

    Yoshida (17-6), who also competed under the UFC and Bellator banners between 2008 and 2010, enters his first bout at Titan FC riding a six-fight win streak, including a decision victory over Phil Baroni at One FC.

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