Ellenberger versus MacDonald for UFC on Fox 8

UFC on Fox 8 will be held in KeyArena in Seattle, Washington and although this event is still months away, news of the fighters that will meet their match are finally being revealed. Its official: Jake Ellenberger will fight Rory MacDonald in a welterweight showdown on UFC on Fox 8.

These two has been one of the most formidable fighters in their division. To review their individual achievements here are some of their stats. Rory “Ares” MacDonald is a 23 year old fighter from Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. He has an impressive record of 14 wins and 1 loss. His last fight was a win against B.J. Penn at UFC on Fox 5 Henderson versus Diaz in December 2012 via unanimous decision. This last win was his 4th consecutive win since April 2011 when he was victorious against Nate Diaz in UFC 129 St. Pierre versus Shields via unanimous decision. His only loss was a fight against Carlos Condit at UFC 115 Liddell versus Franklin via TKO in June 2010. He has also faced superb fighters and has seen them fall like Che Mills, Mike Pyle, Michael, Guymon, Nick Hinchliffe and so many others.

His opponent for the match Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger is a 28 year old fighter from Omaha, Nebraska, United States. He currently has an impressive record of 29 wins and 6 losses with his last fight an unforgettable win against Nate Marquardt at UFC 158 St. Pierre versus Diaz in March 2013. He knocked out Marquardt in just 3 minutes of round one. Before winning against Marquardt, he defeated Jay Hieron via unanimous decision at UFC on FX 5 last October 2012. Ellenberger has been victorious against terrific fighters like Diego Sanchez, Jake Shields, Sean Pierson and Mike Pyle to name a few. This fight against MacDonald, if victorious, will be his third consecutive win in just one year.

The UFC on Fox 8 line-up is yet to be announced. This will be headlined by a lightweight fight against Melvin Guillard versus Mac Danzig. Melvin Guillard has a 30 win, 12 loss and 2 draw fight card while Mac Danzig is proud of his 21 win, 10 loss and 1 draw career. The headline match between Guillard and Danzig will be seen on Fox Sports Network while the preliminary matches will be broadcasted via live feed through Facebook.


Dana White Unhappy About Swedish Federation Decision

UFC President Dana White has expressed his opinion on the Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation decision on Wednesday. This was all about pulling out Alexander Gustafsson from this Saturday’s UFC on Fuel TV 9 headline fight against Gegard Mousasi.

This unfortunate turn of event was due to Gustafsson’s injury that he has sustained last Thursday. He suffered a left eyebrow cut which was just above the eyelid that needed three stitches; this was a result of an accident during a wrestling practice. The fighter verified this injury on his website and also expressed his intention to fight Mousasi even with this injury. However the SMMAF Medical Committee ruled that this kind of injury will never heal in time for the light heavyweight to receive medical clearance for the fight. The fight is scheduled to happen this Saturday at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm.

Gustafsson posted a photo of his injury. Dana White on the other hand also posted his own photo of the UFC fighter after his injuries received stitches. White commented: “This pic was taken of Gustafsson today, and you can’t even see the cut!!!” He added: “Worst decision I have ever seen to pull a fight.”

So who will replace the Swede in this home court fight? Mousasi will instead fight Ilir Latifi who is from Malmo, Sweden. Latifi will make his UFC debut after a wonderful three back to back to back wins.

To those who have never seen or heard of Latifi’s skills here are his stats. “The Sledgehammer” is 29 years old with 7 wins, 2 losses and 1 no contest. His last win was against Jorge Oliveira in SC 8 – Malmo in October 2012 via unanimous decision. He has been a successful fighter at United Glory, Rumble of the Kings, SC and at SHC.

Mousasi on the other hand is 27 years old from Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands. “The Dreamcatcher” has 33 wins, 3 losses and 2 draws. His last fight was a submission win over Mike Kyle at Strikeforce – Marquardt versus Saffiedine in January 2013 and before this was a spectacular win over Ovince St. Preux at Strikeforce – Melendez versus Masvidal via unanimous decision.

Gustafsson issued an apology to Mousasi and to his fans for the ruling. He has mentioned that his team has done everything that they can do to train and to set up however the decision was not in their hands anymore. He also thanks every one for their support.

Decimal Controversy: Nick Diaz’s lawyer releases texts from UFC & Quebec officials

Nick Diaz’s camp plans to file a complaint with Quebec’s athletic commission in the wake of a UFC 158 weigh-in controversy, according to the fighter’s representative, Jonathan Tweedale.

As detailed in a video posted online after the March 16 event, UFC executive Michael Mersch informed Diaz and his camp just prior to the weigh-in that the Quebec commission would not take decimal points into account, meaning that as long as both men weighed in under 171 pounds, they would be considered to weigh 170. Mersch also informed Diaz that he and Georges St. Pierre might be given an extra hour to make weight if necessary.

In a recent statement released to MMAFighting.com, commission rep Joyce Tremblay reiterated that decimal points are not considered when weighing fighters in the Canadian province:

“I wish to inform you that, during UFC 158, no contestants exceeded the weight determined in their contracts,” Quebec commission representative Joyce Tremblay said in an email to MMAFighting. “Currently, the Régie does take into consideration the maximum weight determined by contract when it carries out the weight-ins before a bout. However, our regulation on combat sports does not take decimals into account. Their consideration is a question of interpretation likely to be debated between the two parties under contract.”