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Mark Hunt sees Frank Mir as a stepping stone to competing for the UFC heavyweight title this year.

Hunt and Mir will square off in Australia in the main event of UFC Fight Night 84 in March, and while he didn’t ask for Mir, Hunt still plans on doing what he does best.

“I think Frank Mir is gonna be trying to take me down and I’m gonna be knocking him out,” he said, during a recent interview with Submission Radio. “So I think after he realizes that he can’t take me down, then he’ll end up being knocked out, like the rest of them.”

Hunt (11-10-1) will turn 42 years old just a few days after the bout and was hoping to celebrate with a win over Junior dos Santos or Alistair Overeem. Both would have been rematches for the “Super Samoan,” as dos Santos defeated him via knockout in 2013 and Overeem scored a 2008 submission win.

Still, the veteran realizes that a victory over a former champion like Mir can still set the course in front of him.

“I asked for Overeem or JDS for this fight but I wasn’t allowed. And you know, I have to fight Frank Mir. He’s just as accomplished as me and was a world UFC champion,” he said. “So if beat Mir, then I can probably get a Top-5 guy and then probably I can begin my bidding for a world title shot hopefully. So hopefully by the end of the year maybe, if I won both fights.”

ufc 196

In just over two weeks, Fabricio Werdum will try to retain the UFC heavyweight title when he defends the belt against Cain Velasquez at UFC 196.

Set for February 6 from Las Vegas, the event also features a co-headline bout pitting former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks against Stephen Thompson.

Other planned fights include Roy Nelson-Jared Rosholt, Ovince Saint Preux-Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante and Joseph Benavidez-Zach Makovsky.

A special attraction is set for the UFC Fight Pass prelims, as Mickey Gall debuts against Mike Jackson. If Gall wins, he will be matched up with former WWE superstar Phil “CM Punk” Brooks later this year in the Octagon debut of Brooks.

Check out the complete lineup and an extended video preview on the main event below:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Heavyweight Championship
Fabricio Werdum (c) vs. Cain Velasquez

Welterweight: Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson

Heavyweight: Roy Nelson vs. Jared Rosholt

Light Heavyweight: Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante vs. Ovince Saint Preux

Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 pm. ET)

Lightweight: Josh Burkman vs. KJ Noons

Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis vs. Damian Grabowski

Welterweight: Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer

Light Heavyweight: Misha Cirkunov vs. Alex Nicholson

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Mickey Gall vs. Mike Jackson

Featherweight: Artem Lobov vs. Alex White

Flyweight: Ray Borg vs. Justin Scoggins

Featherweight: Noad Lahat vs. Diego Rivas

eddie alvarez

Fresh off reclaiming the bantamweight belt, Dominick Cruz finds himself ranked ninth in the latest UFC pound-for-pound Top-15.

Cruz, who bested T.J. Dillashaw over the weekend, joins a Top-10 that features all champions except No. 1 Jon Jones and eighth-ranked Jose Aldo.

Dillashaw fell to 12th overall.

There is also a new No. 1 contender in the lightweight division, as Eddie Alvarez jumped three spots after defeating Anthony Pettis. Alvarez has now scored back-to-back decisions over Pettis and Gilbert Melendez.

The former Bellator champion moved ahead of Khabib Nurmagomedov, Pettis and Donald Cerrone.

ufc 197

Sparks are sure to fly today when the main and co-main events for March’s UFC 197 event get together for a pre-fight press conference.

FightLine will bring you all the action beginning at 2 p.m. ET from the MGM Grand in Studios A and B.

Along with UFC president Dana White, lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and his challenger, featherweight titleholder Conor McGregor, will be joined by Miesha Tate and female bantamweight champion Holly Holm.

The press conference coincides with ticket sales for the March 5 event beginning today. UFC Fight Club members can purchase tickets starting a noon PT, while newsletter subscribers can on Thursday with the same start time.

For general public ticket sales, those will begin Friday at noon PT.

Tickets range in price from $204-$1,454.

joanna jedrzejczyk

The UFC confirmed on Sunday night that strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and top contender Claudia Gadelha will meet on the finals of The Ultimate Fighter 23 after coaching on the upcoming season of the reality series.

It will take place July 8, going down a day ahead of UFC 200 in Las Vegas.

The two will coach light heavyweights and strawweights on the season of TUF, which premiers April 20 on FOX Sports 1.

Jedrzejczyk defeated Gadelha via decision in a close bout to become the top contender. She went on to win the title and has defended it twice since.

Below is the complete press release:

The Ultimate Fighter will put mixed martial arts’ global dominance on display again as UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will coach opposite No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha. The coaches will lead a group of eight light heavyweights and eight strawweights who will compete for a UFC contract and the title of The Ultimate Fighter.

The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Claudia will kick-off on FS1 on Wednesday, April 20 with a two-hour season premiere airing at 10 p.m. ET as 32 competitors fight for one of 16 slots – eight in each weight class – available to be coached by two of the sport’s best. The season will continue with 11 one-hour shows Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET. The series is the highest rated and most watched original program since the network’s inception in August 2013.

Poland’s first UFC champion, Jedrzejczyk (11-0, fighting out of Olsztyn, Poland) stormed onto the scene in 2014 with her first Octagon® appearance. Since then, she’s gone on to win five straight, won the strawweight title, cemented her place on the top pound-for-pound list and is widely considered as one of the best strikers in the sport. She’ll now lend her expertise to the next generation of athletes who hope to follow in her footsteps and one day wear UFC gold themselves.

Gadelha (13-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) trains at the renowned Nova Uniao gym, home to former champions Jose Aldo & Renan Barao. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist hopes to get another crack at current strawweight champion, Jedrzejczyk, who provided Gadelha with the only blemish on her record – a three-round split decision loss in late 2014. Their contrasting styles should provide for an entertaining season between the two teams. The Brazilian’s comfort zone is on the canvas and will provide a stark contrast to the Pole’s highly skilled striking attack brings a completely different skillset to the show.

The series culminates on live on FS1 Friday, July 8 in Las Vegas as part of International Fight Week and will be headlined by Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha in a championship bout for the strawweight world title.

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