UFC 131 Fight Card: June 11 Event Official

HeavyMMA.com notes that the UFC officially announced “UFC 131: Lesnar vs. Dos Santos” for June 11 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

“UFC 131: Lesnar vs. Dos Santos” is currently scheduled to take place on June 11 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, but UFC officials have not made the location official yet.

The event is headlined by a heavyweight No. 1 contender’s bout between “The Ultimate Fighter 13” coaches Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos.

The venue , formerly known as GM Place, has hosted a UFC before. “UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin” was held there on June 12, 2010. British Columbia passed a bill to sanction mixed martial arts on December 17, 2009.
Official bouts confirmed for UFC 131 include:

Junior Dos Santos vs. Brock Lesnar
Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz
Shane Carwin vs. Jon Olav Einemo
Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes
Dustin Poirier vs. Rani Yahya

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Danzig vs. Cerrone now set for UFC 131

HeavyMMA.com is reporting that a lightweight bout between Donald Cerrone and Mac Danzig is officially set for UFC 131 this June in Vancouver.

A lightweight tilt between WEC veteran Donald Cerrone and former “Ultimate Fighter” winner Mac Danzig is official for UFC 131.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the booking earlier today.

Danzig, who struggled to live up to expectations after winning season six of “The Ultimate Fighter,” found redemption in two of his last three bouts, earning a unanimous decision victory over Justin Buchholz at UFC 109 and knocking out Joe Stevenson at UFC 124.

His last defeat was a controversial one, coming against Matt Wiman at UFC 115.

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Mac Danzig to take on Joe Stevenson for UFC 124

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 21: UFC fighter Joe Stevenson (L) battles UFC fighter George Sotiropoulos during their Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight fight at Acer Arena on February 21, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Nate Lawson of HeavyMMA.com is reporting that a lightweight bout between “Ultimate Fighter” winners Joe Stevenson and Mac Danzig will take place at UFC 124 this December.

Both Danzig and Stevenson have struggled as of late to live up to the expectations their success on the reality series earned them. They have gone a combined 9-9 since each won his respective season of “The Ultimate Fighter”.

Stevenson, however, has had the greater success of the two, even climbing the ranks years ago to earn a title shot. He followed his “Ultimate Fighter” with four wins to only one loss, but fell short to B.J. Penn when he fought him for the 155-pound title. In his last outing, Stevenson fell short to George Sotiropoulous at UFC 110 on the judges’ scorecards.

Like his upcoming opponent, Danzig has struggled immensely as of late, winning only once in his last five showings. He dropped three consecutive fights between September of 2008 and July of 2009, but snapped the downslide with a unanimous decision victory over Justin Buchholz at UFC 109. However, a controversial submission loss to Matt Wiman at UFC 115 derailed a potential winning streak.

The lightweight bout is set for UFC 124 on December 11 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The main event of the card features a welterweight title bout between champion Georges St. Pierre and top contender Josh Koscheck. The only other fights to be made official by the promotion are Matt Riddle vs. Anthony Waldburger and Mark Bocek vs. Dustin Hazellet.

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MMA Review for Friday, February 13

Mac DanzigHere’s a weekly rundown of MMA content from Ben Goldstein of CagePotato.com:

– “Ultimate Fighter 6” winner Mac Danzig took his second-straight loss at UFC Fight Night 17 last Saturday. But at least he didn’t get his contract shredded like those three other guys who lost.

– After the Georges St. Pierre greasing fiasco at UFC 94, the UFC has decreed that only official cut-men (and not random entourage members) will be allowed to apply Vaseline to fighters’ faces during matches.

– Seth Petruzelli, the light-heavyweight who knocked out Kimbo Slice with an off-balance jab at EliteXC’s final show last October, will be returning to action next month at a hybrid boxing/MMA card that’s being organized by Roy Jones Jr.

– Professional screw-up (and former “Ultimate Fighter” castmember) War Machine was charged with misdemeanor battery after a little misunderstanding at a gay nightclub.

– Strikeforce’s first event following their purchase of Pro Elite will feature a superfight between the two greatest trash-talkers in MMA.

– Top-ten welterweight Karo Parisyan could be facing a long suspension after testing positive for three different banned painkillers after his last fight.

– Quebec is considering a change to its policy on combat sports that may jeopardize the UFC’s scheduled return to Montreal in April, which is slated to feature Chuck Liddell and Anderson Silva fighting in separate matches.

MMA Review for Friday, February 6

Georges St. PierreHere’s a weekly rundown of MMA content from Ben Goldstein of CagePotato.com:

UFC 94 produced a record eight fights that went to decision, a one-sided thrashing in the main event, and a greasing scandal that could taint the accomplishments of welterweight king Georges St. Pierre. If you missed it, check out this video of St. Pierre/Penn fight, and this collection of photos from the event.

– Strikeforce picked over the carcass of Pro Elite, and will be broadcasting live MMA events featuring former EliteXC fighters on Showtime beginning in April.

– The WEC has added a 125-pound flyweight division to their roster. (Or as we like to call it, the “Kid Brother Division.”) Will a women’s division be next?

– Former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski is leaving MMA for boxing.

– What recession? Three of the UFC’s four best-selling pay-per-view events of all time have taken place in the last three months.

– The moronic MySpace ramblings of former Ultimate Fighter castmember Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver have gotten him fired from yet another fight promotion.

– UFC Fight Night 17, featuring Joe Lauzon vs. Jeremy Stephens and Mac Danzig vs. Josh Neer, airs tomorrow night on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET. Check out our interviews with the headliners here and here, read up on the fighters who will be making their UFC debuts, and don’t forget to head over to CagePotato.com during or after the event to check out our thrilling liveblog.

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