Pettis vs Aldo, Josh Barnett rejects UFC, Vitor on TRT, and TUF 17

Anthony Pettis was quickly granted his wish to fight featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Dana White confirmed that the two will meet on August 3rd of this year for the UFC Featherweight Championship. So where does this leave Frankie Edgar who has decided that he will not rejoin the ranks of the UFC’s Lightweights.

The UFC offered Josh Barnett a contract, but Barnetts manager says they rejected the offer. When asked was it a money issue, Barnett’s manager was quoted as saying “The compensation part of the contract was fine, we didn’t even counter it. It was another particular that kept it from happening”. It makes it wonder if it could be some type of clause that deals with PED’s.

Speaking of PEDS. I wonder if Michael Bisping was aware that his opponent Vitor Belfort had the green light on taking TRT prior to their bout last month. Well he did, and it’s just another example of how uneven the UFC’s playing field is becoming.

On the third episode of TUF 17, Urijah Hall scored a devastating knockout over his opponent, one that I’m sure everyone in that house will remember. Furthermore he propelled Team Sonnen to 2-0, and once again in control of the next pick.

It’s Michael Bisping versus Alan Belcher for UFC 159

Fresh from his defeat against Vitor Belfort, Michael Bisping will again take on another event and this time it will happen on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159. This event is already getting fans’ attention for the past months since this will culminate Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen as they battle it out for the heavyweight title at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, USA.

The middleweight bout between Bisping and Belcher is a co-headliner event which was announced by UFC officials Wednesday. Bisping was full of hope as he fought Belfort in the last UFC event but he was knocked out in just the second round of the fight. “The Count” is a 33 year old fighter from Manchester, England and has a 23 win and 5 loss professional report cards. Before he lost to Belfort, he enjoyed a win against Brian Stann in UFC 152 Jones versus Belfort via unanimous decision last September 2012.

His opponent, Alan “The Talent” Belcher on the other hand is 28 years of age from Biloxi, Mississippi, USA. He is a middleweight with 18 wins and 7 losses. His last fight however, was a loss against Yushin Okami at UFC 155 Dos Santos versus Velasquez 2 in December 2012 via unanimous decision. Before this loss, he enjoyed 4 consecutive wins over Wilson Gouvela, Patrick Cote, Jason MacDonald and Rousimar Palhares.

If you think “The Count” and “The Talent” will make a formidable pair, wait till you find out another pair who will face off at the Octagon for UFC 159, Pat Healey returns to fighting after he won against Kurt Holobaugh at the last Strikeforce event Marquardt versus Saffiedine in January 2012 via unanimous decision. He will fight Jim Miller whose last appearance on the Octagon was a win against Joe Lauzon at UFC 155 Dos Santos versus Velasquez 2 in December 2012 also via unanimous decision. There will surely be more news about UFC 159 as officials get ready to add more fighters for the event’s co-headline fights.

So get ready for more action as UFC 159 comes this April 2013. Aside from being a much awaited come back event for Michael Bisping as he battles Alan Belcher it is also of course a jam-packed action event as the two controversial fighters Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen finally meet each other for the heavyweight title.

Vitor Belfort TKO’s Michael Bisping! Belfort vs Sonnen?

This past Saturday we were treated to an entertaining MMA event for free 99 on FX.

The first bout in the main event at UFC on FX 7 was Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Thiago Tavares.

Tavares had been on a winning streak tearing through his opponents, however this streak came to an abrupt halt with he met Nurmagomedov in the cage. It only took a couple of minutes for Nurmagomedov to TKO Tavares, and validate to the MMA world that he is yet another UFC Lightweight that is quickly working his way into title contention.

Nurmagomedov now boasts an MMA record of 19-0, while having a 3-0 record with the UFC. In a heavyweight match we witnessed Gabriel Gonzaga go back to his roots, and submit former IFL champ Ben Rothwell.

Gonzaga was craft with his BJJ, and even used the big screen to his advantage while trying to position himself for a submission of Rothwell. Meanwhile, CB Dolloway defeated Daniel Sarafian by split decision and made it two wins in a row. This fight was competitive from beginning to end and earned fight of the night honors. Last but not least was the main event, which ended pretty quickly.

I think most people thought that it wouldn’t last long once they saw a chiseled Vitor Belfort enter the Octagon. Belfort skills were on point as he easily defeated Bisping by TKO. However, his physique and physical appearance might have gotten more attention than his accomplishments in the ring that night, which raises the question, is Belfort back on the PED program.