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Thanks to the ace-staff at the UFC, check out the media notes for Saturday night’s UFC 193 card below.

Included are items related to Ronda Rousey, Joanna Jedrzecjzyk and others.

FightLine will be bringing you complete and live coverage of all the action from Melbourne, Australia.


UFC 193 marks yet another significant feather in the cap of women’s bantamweight champion and No.4-ranked pound-for-pound fighter Ronda Rousey. Rousey continues to break new ground in her mixed martial arts career. In 2015 alone she has won ESPY awards for Best Fighter and Best Female Athlete, defeated Serena Williams in an ESPN W poll for best female athlete ever and cracked Fortune’s ‘40 Under 40’ list of the most influential young people in business. Rousey isn’t done yet. Her next step will be to headline a UFC pay-per-view event in historic Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. However, this landmark achievement will also be met with her toughest test to date in Holly Holm. Considered among the greatest female boxers to ever lace up a pair of gloves, Holm’s striking credentials are unmatched in the division. Holm isn’t just a straight boxer, though. The Albuquerque, New Mexico native has gone on an unbeaten tear since transitioning to mixed martial arts, and features some of the most dangerous kicks in the sport. Though Rousey’s elite judo skills have lead her to nine pro submission victories, her striking game has evolved by leaps and bounds during her UFC tenure. However, has she improved enough to hang with The Ring Magazine’s 2005 and 2006 Female Fighter of the Year? With the eyes of the world locked on Melbourne, the stakes have never been higher for Rousey.


UFC 193 represents a giant step forward for women’s mixed martial arts. It was only a few short years ago that there were no women’s divisions in UFC. Now, for the first time in MMA history, two women’s championship bouts will headline a UFC pay-per-view event. On top of UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s clash with No.7-ranked contender and former boxing champion Holly Holm, UFC women’s strawweight champion and No.14-ranked pound-for-pound fighter Joanna Jedrzejczyk will battle No.9-ranked challenger Valerie Letourneau. A multiple time Muay Thai champion, with over 60 wins in “the art of eight limbs,” Jedrzejczyk left the sport behind due to a lack of competition. Her technical striking immediately catapulted her to the top of the UFC’s strawweight division. Jedrzejczyk’s talent was on full display during her first title defence, a third-round TKO of Jessica Penne in June. However, if there’s anyone in the 115-pound division who isn’t fazed by Jedrzejczyk’s stand-up game, it’s Letourneau. The Canadian women’s MMA pioneer first began kickboxing at age 15, and has locked horns with top-ranked UFC women’s bantamweights Sarah Kaufman and Alexis Davis. In her most recent outing, she utilized her sharp striking to pick apart highly touted contender Maryna Moroz. With Rousey’s stardom leading the charge, the ladies are poised to steal the show in the sporting capital of Australia.


At UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot on December 7, 2013, Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva waged war in arguably the greatest heavyweight fight in UFC history. When the dust settled, the five-round classic was declared a majority draw. The battle of attrition resonated with fans for truly capturing the intangibles of mixed martial arts—heart, toughness and determination. Now, Hunt and Silva will pick up where they left off and enter the Octagon for round six. The 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix champion, Hunt is among the best kickboxers to transition to MMA. Known for his spectacular ‘walk off’ knockouts, the 41-year-old will look to use his raw power to cement his place among the heavyweight elite. Though he’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Silva has never been afraid to slug it out. He has knocked out established power strikers such as Alistair Overeem, Travis Browne and Fedor Emelianenko. Under the bright lights of Etihad Stadium, Hunt and Silva will put their friendship aside and engage in yet another brawl for the ages. Only this time, neither fighter intends to let it go to the judges.


At UFC 193, highly touted Australian prospect and No.14-ranked middleweight Robert Whittaker will face his first top-ranked opponent when he battles vicious striker Uriah Hall. Winner of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes, the 24-year-old standout has put the 185-pound (84 kilograms) division on notice with consecutive knockout victories since debuting in the weight class late last year. Both performances netted him fight night bonuses, with his TKO over Clint Hester in November 2014 capturing Fight of the Night honours, and his stunning destruction of Brad Tavares in May earning him Performance of the Night. No stranger to spectacular finishes, No.10-ranked Uriah Hall is known for his legendary spinning hook kick knockout against Adam Cella on The Ultimate Fighter 17. The Jamaican-born fighter recently cracked the Top 15 with a show-stealing knockout win against former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi in September. With both fighters looking to stake their claims in the ultra competitive middleweight division, Melbourne fans can expect fireworks between two of MMA’s most exciting strikers.


UFC 193 will feature 11 fighters with ties to Australia and New Zealand, as the UFC debuts in the province of Victoria. Mark Hunt, Robert Whittaker, Jake Matthews, Kyle Noke, Anthony Perosh, Daniel Kelly, Steven Kennedy, Richard Walsh, Anton Zafir, Richie Vaculik and Ben Nguyen will put on a show in front of a rabid crowd of their fellow countrymen. The Aussie locals will compete on the biggest stage in mixed martial arts alongside athletes from seven other countries—United States, Canada, Brazil, Poland, Mexico, Netherlands and Germany. After more than five years spent growing the sport of mixed martial arts in Australia, UFC is proud to bring a truly global event to Melbourne.

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Featherweights Max Holloway and Jeremy Stephens will open things up this December at UFC 194, as officials announced the fight card.

Set for December 12 from Las Vegas, both the featherweight and middleweight titles will be on the line.

Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo headline to unify the featherweight belts, while Chris Weidman defends his middleweight title vs. Luke Rockhold.

Along with those three fights, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Yoel Romero and Demian Maia faces Gunnar Nelson.

Urijah Faber-Frankie Saenz and Michelle Waterson-Tecia Torres highlight the FOX Sports 1 prelims, while former Ultimate Fighter winner Court McGee returns on the UFC Fight Pass prelims.

Below is the complete lineup:

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

UFC Featherweight Championship
Jose Aldo (c) vs. Conor McGregor (ic)

UFC Middleweight Championship
Chris Weidman (c) vs. Luke Rockhold

Middleweight: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Yoel Romero

Welterweight: Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson

Featherweight: Max Holloway vs. Jeremy Stephens


Bantamweight: Urijah Faber vs. Frankie Saenz

Strawweight: Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson

Welterweight: Colby Covington vs. Warlley Alves

Lightweight: Leonardo Santos vs. Kevin Lee


Lightweight: Joe Proctor vs. Magomed Mustafaev

Lightweight: John Makdessi vs. Yancy Medeiros

Welterweight: Court McGee vs. Marcio Alexandre, Jr.

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Edmond Tarverdyan will forever be linked to that of Ronda Rousey.

Tarverdyan is the striking coach for the UFC female bantamweight champion, who returns to the Octagon this Saturday night at UFC 193 against Holly Holm.

While some recent headlines have been negative towards the coach, he is constantly reminded that it might never get better than it is right now.

“She’s really intelligent about having her career and acting after she retires. But me, after I retire with her, it’s going to be difficult. Why? Because at this age young – I’m only 33 – having a champion like her and then finding another girl that could really – or anybody that could fight at that level – it might be a bit different,” he said, during a recent interview with Submission Radio. “But I could never compare two fighters together. As long as I’m a trainer and I could bring the best out of the fighter, they’re abilities, and as much as they could perform. If they work hard in the gym and they give it their best and they listen and they’re great students and they’re great human beings, and I work with them and they come to a certain point and they win a world title; I should be happy with that and I should be satisfied.

“And I could always share the great moments of what I’ve done with Ronda, and they should be happy to hear it and learn from it, instead of being jealous about it and not being happy that Edmond always talks so highly about Ronda. It’s because it’s a unique situation and Ronda’s a unique individual. And Ronda, again, there will never be another Ronda Rousey.”

While it’s not always been peaches and cream between the two, Tarverdyan admits they have come to learn from one another.

“We’re from two different cultures and we’ve had misunderstandings in certain ways, and we’ve learnt from each other. And I accepted that, hey, I wasn’t raised that way and she wasn’t raised like the way I am, so we have to understand each other,” he said. “As long as we appreciate each other and we speak to each other and we come to a conclusion, that this is the way it is, this will make both of us better, and we moved on. And there has been a lot of learning in our careers as we’ve been next to each other, other than just fighting.”

Rafael Dos Anjos

UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos believes he has improved enough over the last few years to finish Donald Cerrone this time.

The two meet in December for dos Anjos’ title at UFC on FOX 17.

In 2013, dos Anjos (24-7) picked up a decision over Cerrone. He lost the next year to Khabib Nurmagomedov, but has reeled off four consecutive wins since, including a March victory vs. Anthony Pettis.

“The way that I’ve been training, I’ve been evolving a lot, improving a lot of my skills, and I don’t see this fight going five rounds,” he said, during a recent interview on Submission Radio. “Like I said, I always go to try to finish, but sometimes you finish, sometimes not. But my intention is always to finish. I’m gonna make a prediction, maybe in the second or third round by knockout.”

As for his future, dos Anjos feels he will eventually make the move up to welterweight just because of his trouble cutting weight.

“I just turned 31 and I have 31 fights as well. And I have plans to fight until maybe 37, 38, and I think what is really hard on the body is the weight cutting. And maybe like some years from now, maybe in a couple of years I want to do some fights at welterweight, just to have the extra 15 pounds,” he said. “But that’s my plans. I still got a lot of things to do in this division, but I have plans in the future to do some fights at welterweight.”

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The UFC heads to Melbourne, Australia for the first time this Saturday night for UFC 193.

Set from the Eithad Stadium, the event features Ronda Rousey defending her bantamweight title against Holly Holm in the main event.

Rousey (12-0) will be testing herself against another unbeaten foe in Holm (9-0), who is a former world boxing champion.

Also, the strawweight title is on the line when Joanna Jedrzejczyk (10-0) defends against Valerie Letourneau (8-3).

Other main card pay-per-view fights include Mark Hunt vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Uriah Hall vs. Robert Whittaker and Stefan Struve vs. Jared Rosholt.

FOX Sports 1 will have four prelims beginning at 8 p.m. ET and leading into the PPV, as Jake Matthews faces Akbarh Arreola in the featured bout.

All of the action kicks off on UFC Fight Pass at 6:15 p.m. ET.

Below is the current card and an extended video preview:

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

UFC Female Bantamweight Championship
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Holly Holm

UFC Strawweight Championship
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (c) vs. Valerie Letourneau

Heavyweight: Mark Hunt vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva

Middleweight: Uriah Hall vs. Robert Whittaker

Heavyweight: Stefan Struve vs. Jared Rosholt


Lightweight: Jake Matthews vs. Akbarh Arreola

Welterweight: Kyle Noke vs. Peter Sobotta

Light Heavyweight: Gian Villante vs. Anthony Perosh

Flyweight: Richie Vaculik vs. Danny Martinez

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:15 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Brendan O’Reilly vs. James Moontasri

Welterweight: Richard Walsh vs. Steve Kennedy

Middleweight: Daniel Kelly vs. Ricardo Abreu

Flyweight: Ryan Benoit vs. Ben Nguyen

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