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Tito Ortiz

Former UFC champion Tito Ortiz took a swipe at both his future opponent and Major League Baseball with one swift reply on Twitter recently.

After Stephan Bonnar posted a picture of himself just moments before throwing out the first pitch at a San Diego Padres game, Ortiz responded.

“With Justin McCully about to throw out the first pitch at Padres (game),” Bonnar wrote. “Got my middle finger fastball 4 Tito Ortiz.”

Ortiz responded, saying, “you got the gimp (McCully) to carry your bags. Good gimp. I thought steroids were banned in baseball.”

The two UFC Hall of Fame fighters will meet at Bellator 131 in November in the main event.

ufc on fox 13

Heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Stefan Struve will collide to close out 2014, as the pair are set to meet at UFC on FOX 13, officials confirmed late Wednesday night.

The card takes place December 13 from Phoenix and the U.S. Airways Center. It marks the first trip by the promotion to Phoenix. The only other bout announced to date is Jamie Varner vs. Drew Dober.

Overeem (37-14) has lost three of his last four inside the Octagon, including a recent knockout loss to Ben Rothwell. The former Strikeforce champion fell to 11th in the latest UFC rankings following the defeat.

“The Reem” defeated former UFC champion Frank Mir earlier this year after losses to both Travis Browne and Antonio Silva – both of which came via finish.

Struve (25-6) was set to make his return after a year away due to heart complications against Matt Mitrione this past July. However, just moments before the main card was set to start, Struve nearly fainted and officials scrapped the bout. “The Skyscraper” has posted a 9-4 overall UFC mark and is No. 14 overall.

Below is the current fight card for the night:

Heavyweight: Stefan Struve vs. Alistair Overeem

Lightweight: Jamie Varner vs. Drew Dober

francis carmont

Francis Carmont could not survive a three-fight losing streak, confirming on Facebook that he has been released from the UFC.

Carmont (22-10) won his first six fights with the promotion as part of an 11-fight win streak overall. The 32-year-old topped Costas Philippou, Lorenz Larkin, Chris Camozzi, Tom Lawlor, Karlos Vemola and Magnus Cedenblad from 2011-13.

This year, though, has not been kind to the Tristar Gym fighter, as he dropped decisions to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and C.B. Dollaway before a second round knockout loss to former contender Thales Leites in August.

Here’s Carmont’s statement he released:

I announce that after 6 win and 3 defeat, I am no longer a UFC fighter. However it is with determination that I will continue my career in combat sports. A friend told me, after my loss against Thales, ” You will come to understand it is the best thing that could’ve happen for your career, it’ll make you stronger.” At that moment i did not quiet understand, and after reflecting i came to auto-criticize myself. I come to the conclusion that in sports just like in life, there are many and different stages. By looking for perfection on my technique, i slowly estrange myself from the combat by instinct. Seeking to score points instead of finishing my opponent. My last loss pushes me to grow everyday. Life is a learning path and my career is far from finish. Thank you very much for your constant support.

johny hendricks

UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks remains sidelined, and could stay that way until the early portion of 2015.

Most believed Hendricks would be making his first title defense in January against Robbie Lawler, but his wrestling coach, Kenny Monday, recently told ESPN.com that isn’t likely to happen.

“I know everyone would have loved January, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to work out. I’m thinking he fights in February or March.”

Hendricks (16-2) won the title this past March when he bested Lawler in a bout to determine the new champion after Georges St-Pierre surrendered the title. Hendricks lost via decision to St-Pierre in 2013.

Lawler, meanwhile, improved to 24-10 by rebounding from the loss to “Bigg Rigg” and defeating both Jake Ellenberger and Matt Brown.

“The last thing the UFC wanted was to start promoting a fight and have to postpone it if Johny had a setback,” Hendricks’ manager, Ted Ehrhard, said. “He’s well past the point now but the schedule is full. He’s a main event fighter and all the main events are taken.

“It looks like he’ll fight some time in February.”

ufc fight night 51

“UFC Tonight” brought in a pair of guest hosts familiar with the heavyweight division to discuss tonight’s UFC Fight Night 51 main event between Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Andrei Arlovski earlier this week.

Silva and Arlovski will meet from Brazil on UFC Fight Pass in a rematch of a 2010 meeting won by Silva while both were in Strikeforce.

Brendan Schaub, who recently lost to Arlovski, is set to return to action later this year against Travis Browne. He had some keen points about the fighting style of “The Pitbull.”

“I’m hoping Arlovski doesn’t bring the same attitude as he did against me. He seemed scared and tentative against me,” Schaub said. “Bigfoot is a monster. Andrei was flat footed. Bigfoot’s going to come out, take him down, and TKO him.”

As for his own fight, Schaub said “It’s a big one. It doesn’t get much bigger than this. You win this and you’re right in the contender spot.”

Daniel Cormier, a former heavyweight now set to contend for the UFC’s light heavyweight title, wonders if we will ever see the same Arlovski that one ruled by carrying the championship.

“He has to be the guy we remember from back in the day. He can’t do what he did in the last fight against Bigfoot. Bigfoot out-boxed him. I know he’s a better boxer than Bigfoot. Andrei has to change something,” Cormier said. “He hasn’t showed me he’s improved since being gone from the UFC. Bigfoot has all the skills to go in there and smash him.”

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