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ufc 181

On this past Wednesday’s episode of “UFC Tonight,” Michael Bisping and Kenny Florian offered up their thoughts on the main and co-main event for this evening.

In the UFC 181 headline fight, Robbie Lawler challenges Johny Hendricks for the welterweight title. Earlier this year, Hendricks earned a decision to claim the vacant belt.

“This is a fight of the year candidate for sure,” Bisping said. “You want to talk about a guy who’s hungry and motivated for the title? Robbie Lawler is going to give Johny Hendricks a fight for his life. But Hendricks is the best wrestler in the division and has great knock-out power.

“In the fifth round in the last fight, Hendricks showed why he’s the champion. It was a ridiculously close fight and he showed true grit and determination with a takedown that won him that fight. With Hendricks, you get both wrestling and the knockout power.”

Lawler recovered from the loss, defeating Jake Ellenberger and Matt Brown to earn his rematch.

“Lawler has completely revitalized his career with the technique he’s added to his arsenal. He’s still hungry,” Florian said. “That last round of the last title fight has really been eating at him. He wants to get the win and the title. He continues to evolve and you don’t usually see that for a guy in this stage of his career.

“For Hendricks, that long layoff might hinder him. Hendricks has been a champion since high school wrestling. He just finds a way to win. He went into the last fight with a torn bicep, but he found a way to win.”

In the co-main, Gilbert Melendez gets his second shot at becoming UFC champion, this time against Anthony Pettis.

“Pettis has the best kicking game in the business and has submissions as well,” Bisping said. “There’s no better fight for him than to fight Gilbert. Melendez was the most dominant Strikeforce champion in history.

He lost a razor-thin decision to Benson Henderson and he has a great style to push the pace against Pettis, get him against fence, take him down and to make it all out war.”

Melendez seemed poised to sign with Bellator MMA before negotiating a new deal with the UFC that included both a title shot and spot as coach on The Ultimate Fighter opposite Pettis.

“Anthony Pettis made it look easy against Benson Henderson,” Florian said. “When the lights go up, he shows up. He wants to get a big win against Gilbert. Gilbert can’t make it a technical war. Melendez has the chin to make it a scrap, make it ugly against him.”

ronda rousey

Ronda Rousey was captured by the TMZ Sports camera recently and asked about her personal life.

For the most part, the UFC female bantamweight champion has remained quiet on the subject despite rumors floating around. While she didn’t “name names” during the interview, which you can see below, she did describe one of her now-former boyfriends.

Hear why Rousey, who will defend her title in February against Cat Zingano at UFC 184, was forced to dump that “catalog man.”

wanderlei silva

Wanderlei Silva is turning into his own personal reporter, as “The Axe Murderer” has released another in-depth video blog.

This time, Silva gives his take on the “transition period” currently going on in MMA. And, he’s even rocking a brand-new mustache.

Silva also continues to take shots at the UFC, for their series of injuries, lack of pay towards fighters and more. He also states that the promotion forced him to cancel a planned appearance with Bellator MMA at a fan event recently.

Check it all out in the video below:

gegard mousasi

It’s been a tough couple of years for former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi outside of the Octagon.

In 2013, Mousasi’s apartment was broken into, as thieves made off with several of his personal belongings.

Now, his car was stolen, as Mousasi posted on Twitter.

Mousasi (35-5-2) is set to meet Dan Henderson at UFC on FOX 14 from Stockholm, Sweden in January. And while he isn’t too pleased with the loss of his vehicle, he doesn’t plan on backing up and leaving his current home.

urijah faber

Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz have one of the longest rivalries in MMA history, dating back their first meeting in 2007.

Seven years later, the two bantamweights remain embroiled in constant verbal tirades – even as Cruz continues to work his way back from an injury.

Faber (31-7) is currently set to meet Francisco Rivera next month at UFC 181, but he discussed “The Dominator” during a recent interview with Submission Radio.

“That guy is childish man. I don’t really care about what he says and what he thinks,” Faber said. “I’m not trying to get into a battle of wits with an unarmed man. I’m just focusing on my stuff. I’ve got a lot of things going on in my life, especially this fight coming up, and Domonick Cruz is just a peon in my book. No matter how good of a fight you put on, the guy’s still a dope.”

As a former WEC champion and multi-time UFC title contender, many were surprised to see “The California Kid” grace the FOX Sports 1 prelims earlier this year. He’s back in that same role for his upcoming fight with Rivera, and Faber explained the reason behind the decision.

“I actually requested, both last time and this time to be in this position. It’s the main event on the free card, the FOX Sports 1 card, which I think the last fight got three times the viewership that the pay-per-view got,” he said. “So aside from being kind of the focus on the main card, you’re in front of a lot more people and for me it doesn’t change my pay whether I’m on a pay-per-view or not. I can also help the pay-per-view buys by having an exciting fight and drawing people to get pitched on buying the pay-per-view, but the cheap guy that’s at home watching, the guy that’s in a bar and just happens to look up, the guy that doesn’t have the cash to make it happen will all be able to catch my fight.

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