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Light heavyweights Anthony Johnson and Ryan Bader will collide in a title-eliminator this January at UFC on FOX 18, officials announced.

Set for January 30 from the Prudential Center in New Jersey, the main card airs live on FOX.

Johnson (20-5) and Bader (20-4) have gone back-and-forth through interviews and social media regarding a potential meeting. While Bader was hoping to be the next contender to the belt, he’ll instead face off against a former title challenger in “Rumble.”

After losing to Daniel Cormier in a bout to crown the new champion, Johnson rebounded in September to score his 11th UFC victory when he finished Jimi Manuwa. Bader, who topped Rashad Evans recently, sports a 13-4 Octagon mark and is a former Ultimate Fighter winner.

Along with the main event announcement, welterweights Tarec Saffiedine and Jake Ellenberger will also square off that night.

Below is the current lineup:

Light Heavyweight: Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader

Welterweight: Tarec Saffiedine vs. Jake Ellenberger

Lightweight: Joaquim Silva vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier

Welterweight: Alexander Yakovlev vs. George Sullivan

Lightweight: Felipe Olivieri vs. Tony Martin

ufc fight night 80

Paige VanZant has heard all the talk about the UFC “babying” her career.

After officials paired VanZant up with Joanne Calderwood, the youngster was left without an opponent when Calderwood went down with an injury.

Now, VanZant takes on Rose Namajunas in the main event of UFC Fight Night 80. During a recent interview with Submission Radio, VanZant discussed the change in opponent.

“I think that anyone that knows anything about the Strawweight division, knows there’s only 30 athletes,” she said. “So once you’re in the Top-15, it’s very selective who you have fights with. So that’s why when we looked at a new opponent with Joanne, we had to find someone who either hadn’t just fought, or didn’t have a fight lined up already. That’s very hard. Rose just fought.

“So it’s awesome that she stepped up and she’s taking this fight. You know, and there isn’t enough girls in the division. But you have to take the fight that you’re offered, and so I’m gonna take every single fight the UFC offers me.”

VanZant was also asked about Sage Northcutt, another young prospect that will compete the same night on the all-Fight Pass card.

“It was great to meet him. I met him right after he stepped off the scales to weigh-in,” she said. “Super nice, very well spoken. I think he’s got a very, very bright future, and that’s going to be exciting to watch his uprising as well.

“We’re both young, we’re new generation and the new breed. It’s awesome to see another young person like myself being very successful in this sport.”

vitor belfort

For the third time in their legendary careers, Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson will meet.

UFC Fight Night 77 takes place this Saturday night from the Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The main card airs live on FOX Sports 1.

Henderson scored a win in 2006 over Belfort, while “The Phenom” earned a first round knockout seven years later.

Also scheduled are Glover Teixeira vs. Patrick Cummins, Thomas Almeida vs. Anthony Birchak, Alex Oliveira vs. Piotr Hallmann, Gilbert Burns vs. Rashid Magomedov and Fabio Maldonado vs. Corey Anderson.

Prelim bouts air on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Below is the current lineup, along with a video preview:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)

Middleweight: Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson

Light Heavyweight: Glover Teixeira vs. Patrick Cummins

Bantamweight: Thomas Almeida vs. Anthony Birchak

Lightweight: Alex Oliveira vs. Piotr Hallmann

Lightweight: Gilbert Burns vs. Rashid Magomedov

Light Heavyweight: Fabio Maldonado vs. Corey Anderson


Lightweight: Gleison Tibau vs. Abel Trujillo

Lightweight: Johnny Case vs. Yan Cabral

Featherweight: Clay Guida vs. Thiago Tavares

Featherweight: Chas Skelly vs. Kevin Souza

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Viscardi Andrade vs. Gasan Umalatov

Bantamweight: Jimmie Rivera vs. Pedro Munhoz

Flyweight: Bruno Rodrigues vs. Matheus Nicolau

will brooks

Bellator returns to St. Louis this Friday night with Bellator 145: Vengeance.

Set for the Scottrade Center, the main card airs live on Spike TV with a pair of title fights.

In the main event, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire defends his featherweight belt against Daniel Straus, while Will Brooks puts his lightweight gold on the line against Marcin Held.

The remaining main card bouts include Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Justin Lawrence, Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels and Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson.

Check out the current lineup, along with a video promo, below:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)

Bellator Featherweight Championship
Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (c) vs. Daniel Straus

Bellator Lightweight Championship
Will Brooks (c) vs. Marcin Held

Featherweight: Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Justin Lawrence

Lightweight: Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels

Heavyweight: Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson


Heavyweight: Alex Huddleston vs. Augusto Sakai

Welterweight: Adam Cella vs. Chel Erwin-Davis

Lightweight: Garrett Gross vs. Luke Nelson

Lightweight: Steve Mann vs. Hugh Pulley

Lightweight: Vince Eazelle vs. Chris Heatherly

Welterweight: Kevin Engel vs. Kyle Kurtz

Heavyweight: Kain Royer vs. Clay Mitchell

Middleweight: Adam Meredith vs. Jordan Dowdy

Bantamweight: Scott Ettling vs. Garrett Mueller

Lightweight: Brandon Lowe vs. Rashard Lovelace

ronda rousey

For UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, after destroying her opponent, she only wants to enjoy a shower and eat some hot wings.

During a recent appearance on “UFC Tonight,” the former Olympian discussed exactly what fighters must do after competing inside the Octagon.

“There are a couple of stops. First is the medical tent. That’s the first place where there’s not a bunch of people watching me,” she said. “Then the drug testing, press conference, and then you get to leave and take a shower to get ready to go out, and that’s my first moment alone.

“That’s like the time you look in the mirror and you go, ‘What did I do today?’ and I take my giggly shower and I can’t stop laughing. Then it’s out for the hot wings.”

Rousey will meet Holly Holm in November in Australia, and the unbeaten fighter knows that she’ll need to be on top of her game vs. a former world boxing champion. Holm also sports an undefeated MMA record, much like previous Rousey foes Sara McMann, Cat Zingano and Bethe Correia.

“They’re counting on me trying to rush it. With Holly, I’ll really have to be patient. They’re going to try to stay away and try to run and be safe so much that I’ll get frustrated. That’s what I intend not to do. I’m going to have to set up for something and not come in right away,” she said. “Well, you have to strike first in order to do any grappling or clinching at all. There’s no skipping that. Of course, I’m going to have to out-strike her in some way or form in order to get any grappling at all.

“Thinking about only the end and skipping the stuff in between is a big mistake that people make and I don’t intend to do that.”

As for respecting Holm, Rousey doesn’t see it as an issue. She previously had beef with Miesha Tate, Bethe Correia and other opponents, but doesn’t see the need for anger – which she doesn’t have towards Holm – as a problem.

“I don’t need it. It’s nice not having someone who you have a problem with. It’s tiring not liking the person,” she said. “With Bethe, I dragged out the fight. I wanted to finish her in a particular way. I wanted to knock her out. With Holly, my mind is much more open to take advantage of the first opportunity with what’s there. I feel like I’m going to show much more of what I’m capable of instead of being one thing.”

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