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“UFC Tonight” returned on Wednesday and brought with it a heavy dose of news, including confirmation on several bouts previously reported on FightLine.

Along with the fight announcements, information on former champion Rashad Evans, a possible lightweight No. 1 contender match and Stefan Struve switching camps were all talked about.

Evans, who suffered a knee injury last year ahead of a planned meeting with Daniel Cormier, is back on the sidelines after re-injuring his knee, according to Ariel Helwani.

“Around Christmastime his knee popped and the cadaver broke. He just had another ACL surgery to repair it. He’s looking at a recovery time of six to nine months. He says he’s not going out like this. He’s on the comeback trail.”

As for that possible 155-pound title-eliminator, Donald Cerrone and Khabib Nurmagomedov have “agreed to fight” at the Memorial Day weekend card in late-May, but nothing has been confirmed.

Struve, who lost to Alistair Overeem in his return following a serious heart issue, is moving to the Blackzilians camp to train.

“Struve has started training with the Blackzilians. Big Nog told me he wants to fight Struve next, but they haven’t confirmed the fight.”

Jon Jones

Another challenger to Jon Jones has risen, and he is somebody the UFC light heavyweight champion is very familiar with.

Younger brother Chandler Jones is challenging “Bones” to a one-round match for charity. The Super Bowl winner of the New England Patriots recently told TMZ Sports about the challenge.

“Me and my brother used to fight all the time when we were young,” the 24-year-old said. “I’m pretty sure I can take him down now. I am way bigger than he is.”

Chandler Jones, a standout at Syracuse University before being drafted by the Patriots, is a starter on the defensive side of the ball. He stands 6-foot-5, an inch taller than Jon, and weighs 265 pounds – which is 60 more than the typical competition weight for the champion.

“It will be fun if we actually did a one-round match for charity,” Chandler said. “That would be fun. If I win, he would have to donate to the charity of my choice, and vice versa.”

While it would be hard enough to get the UFC on board with such an arrangement to one of its biggest stars, Chandler gaining clearance by the NFL and the Patriots would likely be even more difficult. New England is led by Bill Belichick, one of the more tight-lipped coaches in the league.

“I don’t know how my coach would feel about it,” he said. “I don’t think it would fly.”

A third brother, Arthur, also plays in the NFL.

ufc fight night 60

Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson will make a quick return to action, stepping up to the welterweight division to face Brandon Thatch at UFC Fight Night 60.

The main card and most of the prelims air on FOX Sports 1 from the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

Along with Henderson (21-5) vs. Thatch (11-1), Max Holloway (11-3) battles Cole Miller (21-8) and Neil Magny (13-3) tries to keep the momentum going from a strong 2014 vs. Kiichi Kunimoto (18-5-2).

Check out the card below, as FightLine will have complete play-by-play coverage this weekend:

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

Welterweight: Benson Henderson vs. Brandon Thatch

Featherweight: Max Holloway vs. Cole Miller

Welterweight: Neil Magny vs. Kiichi Kunimoto

Middleweight: Patrick Walsh vs. Daniel Kelly

Lightweight: Michel Prazeres vs. Kevin Lee

Flyweight: Ray Borg vs. Chris Kelades


Featherweight: Nik Lentz vs. Levan Makashvill

Lightweight: Efrain Escudero vs. Rodrigo de Lima

Featherweight: Chas Skelly vs. Jim Alers

Flyweight: Zach Makovsky vs. Tim Elliott

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7:30 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Cody Pfister vs. James Moontasri

pat curran

Bellator MMA returns to Spike TV and the cage this Friday night with Bellator 133: Shlemenko vs. Manhoef.

From the Save Mart Center in Fresno, the main card airs on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET with a headline fight between former champion Alexander Shlemenko (51-9) and Melvin Manhoef (29-12-1).

Also, ex-Bellator titleholder Pat Curran (20-6) tries to get back into contention when he faces Daniel Weichel (34-8). The other televised fights feature Julia Budd (6-2) vs. Gabrielle Holloway (4-1) and Chris Honeycutt (5-0) taking on Clayton MacFarlane (4-0).

Check out the complete fight card below, along with a video preview:

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

Middleweight: Alexander Shlemenko vs. Melvin Manhoef

Featherweight: Pat Curran vs. Daniel Weichel

Women’s Featherweight: Julia Budd vs. Gabrielle Holloway

Welterweight: Chris Honeycutt vs. Clayton MacFarlane


Featherweight: Art Arciniega vs. Charley Huston

Middleweight: Blake Watkins vs. George Zuniga

Flyweight: Paul Ruiz vs. Nicolas Sperling

Welterweight: Tom Cook vs. Mason Fowler


Lightweight: Nick Bustamante vs. Luis Jauregui

Light Heavyweight: John Paul Elias vs. Cody Sons

Lightweight: Jonathan Contrestano vs. Ryan Tobar

Bantamweight: Ray Cervera vs. Adam Piccolotti

wsof 18

A special Thursday night helping of MMA will come our way this week, as World Series of Fighting 18 goes down from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The four-fight main card airs on NBC Sports Network at 9 p.m. ET and features a main event between bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes (13-4-1) and Josh Hill (10-0).

Also in action on NBCSN will be Shane Campbell (10-2) vs. Derek Boyle (13-6), Mukai Maromo (8-4) vs. Jose Rodriguez (7-3) and Hakeem Dawodu (3-0) vs. Tristan Johnson.

Competing on the prelims, which stream online, will be Cody McKenzi (15-6), a former UFC and Ultimate Fighter alum.

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

MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network/9 p.m. ET)

WSOF Bantamweight Championship
Marlon Moraes (c) vs. Josh Hill

Derek Boyle vs. Shane Campbell

Mukai Maromo vs. Jose Rodriguez

Hakeem Dawodu vs. Tristan Johnson

PRELIMINARY CARD (Online/11 p.m. ET)

Andrew McInnes vs. Cody McKenzie

Mark Drummond vs. Spencer Jebb

Dan Lariviere vs. Garret Nybakken


Matt Baker vs. Ali Mokdad

Marcus Hicks vs. Graham Park

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