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Two titles will be on the line this April at UFC 197, including the long-awaited rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.

Officials confirmed plans for the April 23 event this weekend. It will take place from Las Vegas and the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

In the pay-per-view headline bout, Cormier defends his light heavyweight title against former champion Jones. “DC” won the belt after “Bones” was stripped last year following a hit-and-run incident.

To start 2015, Jones (21-1) handed Cormier (17-1) his first pro loss, earning a decision and defending the belt. Cormier has since won the title vs. Anthony Johnson and defended it vs. Alexander Gustsafsson.

In the co-main event, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (23-2-1) will try to secure his eighth title defense against Henry Cejudo (10-0). “Mighty Mouse” sports an Octagon record of 11-1-1, while Cejudo is a former U.S. Olympic gold medalist.

ufc fight night 82

Stephen Thompson – at least for one night – showed why karate just might be a more dangerous weapon in MMA than wrestling.

“Wonderboy” finished former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks, dealing “Bigg Rigg” his first stoppage loss, in the main event of UFC Fight Night 82 Saturday from Las Vegas.

Thompson continued his march towards challenging for the belt, connecting early in the first round to gain the win.

In the co-main event, Roy Nelson capped off a run of three consecutive main card decisions with a victory over Jared Rosholt. Ovince Saint Preux and Joseph Benavidez each did the same vs. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante and Zach Makovsky.

Misha Cirkunov did not give Alex Nicholson a present following his proposal on Friday, submitting the Octagon newcomer in the second round. Mike Pyle kicked off the main card with a third round TKO of Sean Spencer.

On the prelims, Josh Burkman defeated K.J. Noons, Derrick Lewis finished Damian Grabowski, Justin Scoggins scored a decision over Ray Borg and Diego Rivas landed a perfect flying knee that ended the night of Noad Lahat.

Mickey Gall earned his future meeting with former pro wrestling superstar Phil “CM Punk” Brooks by submitting Mike Jackson and Alex White began the night with a decision over Artem Lobov.

Pyle and Spencer earned “Fight of the Night,” with Thompson and Rivas picking up “Performance of the Night” bonuses. All four scored an additional $50,000.

The attendance inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena was announced at 7,422 with a live gate of $1.435 million. The event was expected to be UFC 196 featuring Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight title, but that bout was scrapped due to injuries.

Complete results can be found below:

Event Date: 2016/02/06
Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
Location: Las Vegas

Stephen Thompson def. Johny Hendricks via TKO (strikes) at 3:31 of Round 1

Roy Nelson def. Jared Rosholt via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ovince Saint Preux def. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Joseph Benavidez def. Zach Makovsky via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Misha Cirkunov def. Alex Nicholson via submission (neck crank) at 1:28 of Round 2

Mike Pyle def. Sean Spencer via TKO (strikes) at 4:25 of Round 3

Josh Burkman def. K.J. Noons via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Derrick Lewis def. Damian Grabowski via TKO (strikes) at 2:17 of Round 1

Justin Scoggins def. Ray Borg via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Diego Rivas def. Noad Lahat via KO (flying knee) at :23 of Round 2

Mickey Gall def. Mike Jackson via submission (rear-naked choke) at :45 of Round 1

Alex White def. Artem Lobov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Conor McGregor

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has the opportunity of a lifetime this March, taking on Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title.

With a win, “Notorious” will become the first UFC fighter to hold two titles at the same time.

And while that will most definitely get McGregor inducted into the UFC’s Hall of Fame – if he hasn’t already done enough – the fighter went ahead and declared himself a member.

The Irish fighter has actually upped his social media game in recent days, posting several comments about his future and his standing in the UFC:

matt serra

Episode two of the reality series “Lookin’ for a Fight” with UFC president Dana White, former champion Matt Serra and Nick the Tooth has been released.

The crew heads to Alaska to scout for more talent, and you can see the complete episode in the video below:

benson henderson

Benson Henderson caused shockwaves with news of his signing a fight contract with Bellator on Monday.

Henderson became the latest athlete to leave the UFC for Bellator, agreeing to a multi-fight deal.

While no announcement was made concerning when he’ll first fight, or at which weight, Bellator president Scott Coker sounds giddy over the addition.

Check out the complete press release regarding the signing below:

Bellator MMA President Scott Coker continues to make good on his commitment of adding value to the Bellator roster, as he and the promotion are pleased to announce the signing of former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson (23-5) to an exclusive, multi-fight deal. The signing was scheduled to be announced today on “The MMA Hour,” which is hosted by 6-time MMA Journalist of the Year, Ariel Helwani. When news of the signing broke earlier than anticipated, the flood of traffic to the website may have been responsible for technical difficulties causing some of the interview to not stream live; However, the interview will be available in its entirety this afternoon at www.mmafighting.com.

Henderson has accomplished a great deal over the course of his 10-year professional career as a mixed martial artist. A former WEC and UFC lightweight titlist, “Smooth” holds black belts in both Taekowndo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and also earned NAIA All-American honors in both 2005 and 2006. Multiple media outlets named Henderson the fighter of the year in 2012, and has been a part of several epic battles that have received “Fight of the Year” accolades: Donald Cerrone (2009), Anthony Pettis (2010), Frankie Edgar (2012), and Brandon Thatch (2015).

“Benson is a tremendous athlete who puts forth an exciting effort each and every time he steps into the cage,” said Coker. “Whether he chooses to fight at lightweight or welterweight, he’s without question a great addition to this promotion, and brings countless amazing matchups to the table. We’re looking forward to having him put on a show for the great Bellator MMA fans that tune into Spike. We plan on announcing his Bellator debut in the very near future.”

Having competed at both lightweight and welterweight, there are plenty of enticing potential matchups in Henderson’s future. Bellator’s lightweight division is currently championed by Will Brooks, and features many of the world’s best including: Michael Chandler, Josh Thomson, Marcin Held, Brandon Girtz, Brent Primus, Derek Anderson, and Melvin Guillard. Meanwhile, Andrey Koreshkov sits atop the welterweight division with studs the likes of Paul Daley, Brennan Ward, Michael Page, Josh Koscheck, Douglas Lima and Chris Honeycutt vying for his gold.

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