Check out the first episode in the UFC 186 Embedded series in the video below.
Among the highlights include Quinton “Rampage” Jackson arriving in Montreal and discussing his return to the Octagon after a New Jersey court cleared the way for his fight vs. Fabio Maldonado Saturday night.
Anderson Silva will be given an opportunity to earn a spot on the 2016 Brazil Summer Olympic taekwondo team.
Silva, who held a press conference on Wednesday alongside Brazilian Taekwondo Federation president Carlos Fernandes, stated his plans to tryout for the team in January.
“I stopped training taekwondo when I was 17 so it’s going to be tough, because taekwondo is very different today,” Silva said (thanks to MMAFighting.com for the quotes). “I’m not worried about being embarrassed by the other athletes. For everything sport gave to me, I will try to give it back.
“I don’t have anything to prove. I’m here to help the sport and make it stronger.”
Silva, a former UFC middleweight champion, returned from a year-long layoff to defeat Nick Diaz earlier this year. After the fight, though, his drug test results came back positive for banned substances. “The Spider” has yet to have his second hearing ahead of the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Fernandes added that Silva will need to score enough points in competitions in the heavyweight division to earn a spot on the team, saying “The rules will be respected.”
Regarding the NAC possibly handing him a suspension that could include the Olympics, Silva said “if they stop me, I would respect it.”
Unbeaten former Olympic wrestler Ben Askren will once again put his ONE welterweight championship on the line this coming Friday at ONE: Valor of Champions.
Askren defends his title against Luis Santos from the Mall of Asia Arena in the Philippines. The entire event streams live on the official ONE website.
In other action, Mark Striegl battles Casey Suire in a bantamweight contest and Brianata Rosadhi faces Eugene Toquero at flyweight.
“ONE: Valor of Champions is set to be the biggest night of mixed martial arts action in the Philippines,” ONE CEO Victor Cui said. “The main event will feature two of the top welterweights in the world battling for supremacy when the best wrestler in mixed martial arts, Ben Askren, takes on 61-win veteran Luis Santos.”
Below is the current card, along with a video preview:
ONE Welterweight Championship
Ben Askren (c) vs. Luis Santos
Set for the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, the card features Invicta FC strawweight champion Katja Kankaanpaa defending her title against Livia Renata Souza in the main event.
Kanaanpaa, a 33-year-old from Finland, won the title and improved to 10-1 with a fifth round submission victory over Stephanie Eggink last September. Her lone career loss came to Joanne Calderwood via decision, while she also scored a win over UFC fighter Aisling Daly in 2012.
Souza is unbeaten in her MMA career, going 7-0 with six submission wins to her credit.
Also, Vanessa Porto faces Roxanne Modafferi, Faith Van Duin battles Amanda Bell, Ediane Gomes meets Raquel Pa’aluhi and Peggy Morgan squares off with Latoya Walker.
Porto (17-6) and Modafferi (17-11) are two of the more experienced flyweights in the world, as Porto has faced the likes of current Invicta FC champions Cris Cyborg and Barb Honchak, Zoila Frausto Gurgel and Amanda Nunes, while Modafferi holds a 2008 TKO win over her.
Check out the current lineup and a video preview for the event below:
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass/10 p.m. ET)
Invicta FC Strawweight Championship
Katja Kankaanpaa (c) vs. Livia Souza
This coming Saturday night, FightLine will have complete coverage of UFC 186 from Canada.
The card features a main event between flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi, along with middleweights Michael Bisping and C.B. Dollaway colliding in the co-main event.
All of the action starts at 7 p.m. ET with three Fight Pass prelim bouts before moving over to FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET with four more prelims. The pay-per-view card kicks off at 10 p.m. ET.
Johnson is the only man to hold the UFC 125-pound title, having successfully turned back challenges from Joseph Benavidez, John Dodson, John Moraga and Ali Bagautinov. Horiguchi is unbeaten since signing with the UFC.
Below is the current card and a video preview:
MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)
UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
Middleweight: Michael Bisping vs. C.B. Dollaway
Light Heavyweight: Fabio Maldonado vs. Steve Bosse
Catchweight: John Makdessi vs. Shane Campbell
Bantamweight: Yves Jabouin vs. Thomas Almeida
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Patrick Cote vs. Joe Riggs
Female Bantamweight: Sarah Kaufman vs. Alexis Davis
Lightweight: Chad Laprise vs. Bryan Barberena
Lightweight: Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. David Michaud
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Nordine Taleb vs. Chris Clements
Women’s Strawweight: Jessica Rakoczy vs. Valerie Letourneau