UFC 173 Poster Gets A Different Feel

The UFC has released the new poster for UFC 173, featuring Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida in the face paint of their respective countries.

Weidman, the middleweight champion, will meet Machida in May. He was originally set to face Vitor Belfort, before the UFC made the change.

Machida is a former light heavyweight champion, having moved down and earned a shot at the belt.

Below is the current card for the Memorial Day weekend event in Las Vegas:

UFC Middleweight Championship
Chris Weidman (c) vs. Lyoto Machida

Heavyweight: Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic

Lightweight: Jamie Varner vs. James Krause

Bantamweight: Chris Holdsworth vs. Kyung-Ho Kang

Featherweight: Sam Sicilia vs. Doo Ho Choi

Bantamweight: TJ Dillashaw vs. Takeya Mizugaki

Lightweight: Al Iaquinta vs. Mitch Clarke

Lightweight: Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo

Lightweight: Tony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno

Lightweight: Piotr Hallman vs. Yves Edwards

Lightweight: Anthony Njokuani vs. Vinc Pichel

Welterweight: Jingliang Li vs. Danny Mitchell

ufc173-poster

Instant Classic: Hendo-Shogun Engage In 25-Minute Battle

Before they step inside the Octagon this Sunday night for a second time at UFC Fight Night, check out the epic first encounter between Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

Back in 2011, the two put on what many believe was the “Fight of the Year,” as Henderson scored a decision victory.

Rua, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, will try to even the score this weekend in his native country of Brazil.

Love Him Or Hate Him, Jon Jones Is Celebrating His Title-Anniversary

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is celebrating three years atop the division the only way he knows how.

Jones, who posted that Wednesday marked three years to the day he defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to become UFC champion, stated plans to put in a “full day of extreme hard work.”

Jones (19-1) bested Rua at UFC 128 via third round TKO. He has since successfully defended the belt vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen and Alexander Gustafsson.

Next up for “Bones” will be Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 next month.

Let’s Talk Rankings: Woodley Moves To No. 4

Along with a severe re-shuffling of the welterweight division, Dennis Bermudez was the biggest winner as the latest official UFC rankings were released following UFC 171.

In the welterweight rankings, Johny Hendricks took over the top spot after winning the belt. Robbie Lawler, who he bested in the main event, is now No. 1, followed by Rory MacDonald.

However, the move up by Tyron Woodley is the most impressive yet, as he jumped to No. 4 overall. Also, Hector Lombard worked his way to sixth after besting Jake Shields, who fell five spots.

Bermudez moved to No. 10 at featherweight, climbing past Jeremy Stephens and Darren Elkins. He has won six fights in a row, including a TKO over Jimy Hettes this past weekend.

Benson Henderson-Rustam Khabilov Named June Headliner From New Mexico

The UFC will be coming to the backyard of famed MMA gym Jackson-Winkeljohn in June, as Benson Henderson and Rustam Khabilov will meet at UFC Fight Night.

The card, which was first announced by The Albuquerque Journal, will take place June 7 from the Tingley Coliseum.

Henderson vs. Khabilov will be the main event, and is the only bout to have been announced for the card.

“Smooth,” a former UFC lightweight champion, agreed to take on Khabilov via Twitter after he defeated Josh Thomson to improve to 20-3 in his career. In late 2013, Henderson dropped the belt to Anthony Pettis via submission.

Khabilov (17-1) has won all three of his UFC bouts and trains with Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn in New Mexico.

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