Nick Catone vs. Vitor Miranda set for UFC on FOX 15

A middleweight bout has been added to the UFC on FOX 15 preliminary card as New Jersey’s own Nick Catone will meet Brazilian Vitor Miranda.

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UFC officials announced the fight booking on Thursday.

UFC on FOX 15 will come from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on April 18 and will be headlined by a middleweight bout as Lyoto Machida meets Luke Rockhold.

Catone (10-4) is coming off a win against Tom Watson at UFC 169 last year and this will be his first fight since that victory. He is 3-2 in his last five and two of those wins have come by split decision. Miranda (10-4) lost his UFC debut to Antonio Carlos Junior in the TUF Brazil 3 heavyweight final and dropped to middleweight following the fight. In his UFC middleweight debut, he defeated Jake Collier by TKO and it was his seventh career win by TKO.

The current UFC on FOX 15: Machida vs. Rockhold fight card is below.

Lyoto Machida (22-5) vs. Luke Rockhold (13-2)
Aljamain Sterling (10-0) vs. Manny Gamburyan (14-8, 1NC)
Jim Miller (24-5, 1NC) vs. Paul Felder (9-0)
Felice Herrig (10-5) vs. Paige VanZant (4-1)
Eddie Gordon (7-2) vs. Chris Dempsey (10-2)
Corey Anderson (4-0) vs. Gian Villante (12-5)
Nick Catone (10-4) vs. Vitor Miranda (10-4)

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UFC Fight Night 63 picks up Clay Guida vs. Robbie Peralta and Justin Jones vs. Ron Stallings

Two new fights have been added to the UFC Fight Night 63 card in early April as Clay Guida meets Robbie Peralta in a featherweight bout and Justin Jones drops to middleweight to meet Ron Stallings.UFC Fight Night

Both fight bookings were announced by the UFC on Thursday.

UFC Fight Night 63 will come from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia on April 4 and will be headlined by Chad Mendes meeting Ricardo Lamas in a featherweight bout.

Guida (31-15) has gone 2-2 since dropping to featherweight and is coming off a submission defeat to Dennis Bermudez in July. Both of his wins at featherweight have come by decision with the victories against Hatsu Hioki and Tatsuya Kawajiri. Peralta (18-5, 1NC) is 4-2, 1NC since entering the UFC in 2011 and will enter this fight following a defeat to Thiago Tavares. The defeat to Tavares snapped a two fight winning streak and it was his third career submission defeat.

Jones (3-1) made his UFC debut at light heavyweight on short notice and lost to Ultimate Fighter 19 winner Corey Anderson. Prior to that fight, all of his wins came by stoppage and two of them came by submission. Stallings (12-7, 1NC) also made his UFC debut on short notice as he lost to Uriah Hall earlier this month when he took the fight on six days notice. He has lost back to back fights and he is 5-3 in his last eight fights.

The current UFC Fight Night 63: Mendes vs. Lamas fight card is below.

Chad Mendes (16-2) vs. Ricardo Lamas (15-3)
Benson Henderson (21-5) vs. Jorge Masvidal (28-8)
Dustin Poirier (16-4) vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira (11-1)
Michael Chiesa (11-2) vs. Mitch Clarke (11-2)
Shamil Abdurahimov (15-2) vs. Timothy Johnson (8-1)
Liz Carmouche (9-5) vs. Lauren Murphy (8-1)
Luke Barnatt (8-2) vs. Clint Hester (11-4)
Julianna Pena (5-2) vs. Milana Dudieva (11-3)
Clay Guida (31-15) vs. Robbie Peralta (18-5, 1NC)
Justin Jones (3-1) vs. Ron Stallings (12-7, 1NC)

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Jared Rosholt vs. Josh Copeland added to UFC 185

A heavyweight bout has been added to the UFC 185 card in Dallas as Jared Rosholt will look to bounce back from a defeat when he meets Josh Copeland.UFC 185

The fight booking was announced by the UFC on Thursday.

UFC 185 will come from the American Airlines Center on March 14th and will be headlined by Anthony Pettis defending the UFC lightweight title against Rafael dos Anjos.

Rosholt (11-2) suffered his first UFC defeat in November against Aleksiy Oliynik and it snapped a seven fight winning streak. During his winning streak, three of those wins came in the UFC and all of them were by unanimous decision. Copeland (9-1) was signed by the UFC after winning the RFA title and lost his debut to Ruslan Magomedov by unanimous decision. Prior to coming to the UFC, he had won back to back fights by TKO in the first round and seven of his wins have come in the opening round.

The current UFC 185: Pettis vs. Dos Anjos fight card is below.

Anthony Pettis (18-2) vs. Rafael dos Anjos (23-7)
Carla Esparza (10-2) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (8-0)
Roy Nelson (20-10) vs. Alistair Overeem (38-14, 1NC)
Matt Brown (19-12) vs. Johny Hendricks (16-3)
Henry Cejudo (7-0) vs. Chris Cariaso (17-6)
Sergio Pettis (12-1) vs. Ryan Benoit (7-3)
Elias Theodorou (10-0) vs. Roger Narvaez (7-1)
Ross Pearson (16-8, 1NC) vs. Sam Stout (20-10-1)
Daron Cruickshank (16-5, 1NC) vs. Beneil Dariush (9-1)
Joseph Duffy (12-1) vs. Vagner Rocha (11-4)
Larissa Pacheco (10-1) vs. Germanine de Randamie (4-3)
Jared Rosholt (11-2) vs. Josh Copeland (9-1)

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Bellator 133: Shlemenko vs. Manhoef fight card finalized with eight fight preliminary card

The complete fight card for next month’s Bellator 133 from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California has been announced by Bellator with the addition of eight bouts to take place on the preliminary card.Bellator 133

The preliminary card will begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on with four of the eight preliminary bouts and the final four preliminary bouts will air on following the conclusion of the main card.

The main card on Spike TV will start at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with four fights and will be headlined by a middleweight bout as former Bellator champion Alexander Shlemenko steps into the Bellator cage for the first time since losing the title and meets Melvin Manhoef.

The current Bellator 133: Shlemenko vs. Manhoef fight card is below.

Main Card: (Spike TV – 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT)
Alexander Shlemenko (50-9) vs. Melvin Manhoef (29-12-1)
Pat Curran (20-6) vs. Daniel Weichel (34-8)
Julia Budd (6-2) vs. Talita Nogueira (6-0)
Chris Honeycutt (5-0) vs. Clayton MacFarlane (4-0)

Preliminary Card: ( – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
Nick Bustamante (2-0) vs. Luis Jauregui (2-1) *
John Paul Elias (2-0) vs. Cody Sons (0-1) *
Jonathan Contrestano (4-0) vs. Ryan Tobar (3-1) *
Ray Cervera (8-2) vs. Adam Piccolotti (4-0) *
Art Arciniega (14-4) vs. Charley Huston (6-2)
Blake Watkins (4-0) vs. George Zuniga (3-0)
Paul Ruiz (5-2) vs. Nicolas Sperling (3-2)
Tom Cook (1-1) vs. Mason Fowler (1-0)

* – Will air on following the main card

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Titan FC 33’s Kurt Holobaugh: I just have to keep Desmond Green from holding me

Following Titan FC 29 in August, all signs pointed to Kurt Holobaugh being one of the two fighters being placed into the vacant Titan FC featherweight title bout.Titan FC 33

At Titan FC 29, Holobaugh (13-2) only needed 15 seconds to defeat Lloyd Woodard and it was his four straight victory since being released by the UFC.

However, Holobaugh would not be one of the two fighters in the vacant featherweight title fight in December as an injury forced him out of the fight. It was a tough time for Holobaugh as he was unable to train but he admitted that the time off allowed him to be be around his family.

“I just spent a lot of time with my kids and had a lot of family time,” Holobaugh told The MMA Report. “It was actually a chance to take a little break from fighting and training. Focus on them a lot and do a lot of fun stuff with them.”

Being away from the sport did offer motivation for Holobaugh and it lit a fire under him. He will now meet featherweight champion Desmond Green at Titan FC 33 in March at Mobile AeroFest. Green won the vacant title in Decemeber when he defeated Steve Siler and the fight went the way Holobaugh thought it would go.

“I thought it was a good fight and I thought both guys really came out to fight,” he said. “Desmond Green did a good job of controlling where the fight went. I know both guys are tough and I have been in the  ring with Siler. I figured Desmond Green would just kind of out wrestle him to a five round decision.”

If Siler would have walked away with the victory, it would have set up a rematch between them. Back at UFC 159 in 2013, Siler defeated Holobaugh by decision and following that fight, Holobaugh was released by the promotion. While he felt Green would likely get the victory, was he hoping for Siler to get the victory?

“There was a little part of me that did want Siler to win,” he said. “Not just because he has beaten me in the past, I thought that it would have made a really good fight for Titan because I knew I was the number one contender. I should have gotten a title shot, so I figured a UFC 159 rematch of the Titan featherweight championship sounded really good.”

With the fight less than two months away, Holobaugh is currently in the gym working on ways how he will defeat Green to become the Titan FC champion. In breaking down Green’s abilities, Holobaugh pointed out one of the strengths he knows about his upcoming opponent.

“You know what he really does well is when he gets ahold of you, it’s hard to get him off of you. Kind of what he did against Siler against the fence, it wasn’t really a bad position for Siler but Desmond Green just had his ways against the fence. There was really not much Siler could do. I just have to keep Green from holding me.”

A victory over Green would be a statement type victory for Holobaugh and could potentially get a call from the UFC. Holobaugh had a brief taste of what it was like to be a UFC fighter in 2013 and obviously he has unfinished business, but he also has a message for UFC President Dana White.

“I have a lot of unfinished business in the UFC. Dana White still owes me a bonus and I am coming to get it. One day, I will be back to get that bonus.”

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UFC 183 Embedded – Episode 2

In the second episode of “Embedded” for UFC 183, Anderson Silva heads to Las Vegas and goes through his open workout at the MGM Grand. Also, Kelvin Gastelum goes to a local gun range and Nick Diaz arrives in Las Vegas.

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UFC 183 schedule, broadcast times, and fight card

UFC 183 will take place on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and the card will be headlined by former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva returning from injury to meet former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz.UFC 183

In addition to the main event between former champions, the co-main event will be a key welterweight bout as Ultimate Fighter 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum meets former Strikeforce title challenger Tyron Woodley.

The coverage of the fight card on Fox Sports 1 will begin tomorrow as the weigh-in show will come from the MGM Grand Garden Arena and coverage will begin at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The weigh-in show will be hosted by Jon Anik and he will be joined by Daniel Cormier, Michael Bisping, and Ariel Helwani on the broadcast.

On Saturday, the pre-fight show on Fox Sports 1 will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT as Anik, Cormier, Bisping, and Helwani will get you ready for the televised preliminary card that begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Fox Sports 1.

Following the conclusion of the televised preliminary card, the main card on pay-per-view will start at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan will be calling the fights from cage side. After the fight card is over, the post fight show will air on Fox Sports 1 with Anik, Cormier, Bisping, and Helwani. They will recap the entire fight card and they will also have interviews with fighters and UFC President Dana White.

The current UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz fight card is below.

Main Card: (PPV – 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
Anderson Silva (33-6) vs. Nick Diaz (26-9, 1NC)
Kelvin Gastelum (10-0) vs. Tyron Woodley (14-3)
Joe Lauzon (24-9) vs. Al Iaquinta (10-3-1)
Thales Leites (24-7) vs. Tim Boetsch (18-7)
Thiago Alves (20-9) vs. Jordan Mein (29-9)

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1 – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
Miesha Tate (15-5) vs. Sara McMann (8-1)
Derek Brunson (12-3) vs. Ed Herman (22-10, 1NC)
Ian McCall (13-4-1) vs. John Lineker (34-7)
Rafael Natal (18-6-1) vs. Tom Watson (17-7)

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass – 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT)
Diego Brandao (18-10) vs. Jimy Hettes (11-2)
Ildemar Alcantara (20-7) vs. Richardson Moreira (7-2)
Thiago Santos (9-3) vs. Andy Enz (7-2)

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UFC Fight Night on May 16th will come from the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila

The first UFC event of 2015 in Asia will take place on May 16th as UFC Fight Night will come from the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.UFC Fight Night

The UFC is partnering with SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. to bring a UFC event to the capital city of the Philippines and Executive Vice President and General Manager, UFC Asia, Ken Berger stated that this will be a memorable event for the fans in Asia.

“We are thrilled to be kicking off our Asia event calendar in Manila this year,” Berger said. “The UFC has a loyal and passionate fan base in the Philippines and we’re looking forward to bringing the very best of mixed martial arts (MMA) to Manila for the first time. We have found a great event partner in SM Lifestyle Entertainment inc. and are excited that the SM Mall of Asia Arena will be home to a historic UFC event that fans will remember for years to come.”

SM Lifestyle Entertainment Edgar Tejerero added: “We are really excited to have the first UFC event in the Philippines. We are happy to share that this is the only UFC event to take place in South East Asia this year. At SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc., we are determined to bringing topnotch sports and entertainment events for the enjoyment of every Filipino. We have already introduced the first pre-season game of a globally-renowned basketball association, and have recently brought the world’s top tennis players into our venue. It is only fitting that SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. welcomes the MMA phenomenon which is UFC into the Philippines.”

This UFC Fight Night card on May 16th in Manila is expected to be available in North America on UFC Fight Pass, the digital streaming service of the promotion.

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UFC 183 Pre-Fight Scrum with Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva will return from injury on Saturday night and meet Nick Diaz in the main event of UFC 183. Earlier today, Silva talked to the media in Las Vegas and check out his pre-fight scrum courtesy of MMA Fight Corner.

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The MMA Insiders Podcast Episode 21

On this week’s edition of The MMA Insiders Podcast, Jason Floyd and Sam Caplan recap UFC on FOX 14. The MMA Insiders Podcast

Also, the preview this weekend’s UFC 183, which will be headlined by former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva returning from injury to face former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz.

Finally, they talk about the latest news in MMA including Sam Oropeza signing with CFFC and Blagoi Ivanov signing with the World Series of Fighting.

Follow Sam Caplan on Twitter: @SamCaplanMMA
Follow Jason Floyd on Twitter: @Jason_Floyd
Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher

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