Glover Teixeira (José Youngs/The MMA Corner)The MMA Corner’s Weekly Fight Announcements | 12/14/14 – 12/20/14 José Youngs December 21, 2014 Bellator, News, Spotlight UFC 182 – January 3, 2015 UFC 182 will take place on January 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A UFC light heavyweight title bout between reigning champion and pound-for-pound kingpin Jon Jones and former 2008 Olympic wrestling captain Daniel Cormier will serve as the night’s main event. Alexis Dufresne vs. Marion Reneau Dufresne (5-1), a Team Quest product, is coming off a controversial decision loss in her UFC debut to TUF 18 alumni Sarah Moras at UFC 173 in May. Prior to setback, the ‘Sneak Zebra’ six straight first round stoppage victories under various smaller promotions. Reneau (4-1), who will be making her UFC debut, will be looking to extend her win streak to four. In her most recent outing, ‘The Bruiser’ earned her third straight first round stoppage victory when she slapped on an armbar late in the opening frame against Maureen Riordan at RFA 16 in July. RFA 22 – January 9, 2015 RFA 22 is scheduled to take place January 9 at Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. The main card will air live on AXS TV. Chidi Njokuani vs Gilbert Smith – For vacant RFA welterweight title Smith (10-3), a veteran of season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter, will be looking to pick up his fight win in his last six fights since being released from the UFC following his third round submission loss to Bubba McDaniel at the TUF 17 Finale in April 2013. In his most recent outing, the U.S. Army veteran earned a majority decision win in his promotional debut against Bojan Velickovic at RFA 20 in November. He will enter this bout with six career stoppage victories with all of them ending in submission. Njokuani (11-4), a kickboxing specialist, will be making his sixth appearance under the RFA, which makes him one of the longest tenured fighters on the entire roster. In his most recent outing, ‘Chidi Bang Bang’ earned a unanimous decision win over Steve Hanna at RFA 18 in September. This victory not only marked his sixth win in his last eight outings but also kept his perfect RFA welterweight record in tact. He previously lost to Jeremy Kimball in their 180-pound catchweight contest at RFA 7 in March 2013. He will enter this bout with nine career stoppage victories, eight of which have ended in knockout. UFC 183 – Januar 31, 2015 UFC 183 is currently scheduled to take place on January 31 in Las Vegas. A middleweight superfight between former champion Anderson Silva and fan favorite Nick Diaz will serve as the night’s main event. Derek Brunson vs. Ed Herman Brunson (12-3), a three-time Division II All-American wrestler, is coming off decision victory over Lorenz Larkin at UFC 177. Prior to this victory, fans saw the 30-year-old’s two-fight win streak snapped at the hands of former Olympic wrestling silver medalist Yoel Romero at UFC Fight Night 35. He will enter this bout with eight career stoppage victories and a UFC record of 3-1. Herman (22-10), a contestant on season three of The Ultimate Fighter, has traded wins and losses over four fights. In his most recent performance, ‘Short Fuze’ earned a unanimous decision victory over Rafael Natal at UFC Fight Night 40. He will enter this bout with 18 career stoppage victories, with 13 ending in submission, and a UFC record of 9-7. Bellator 133 – February 13, 2015 Bellator 133 is currently scheduled will take place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA. The main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on MMAjunkie.com. A middleweight battle between knockout artist Melvin Manhoef and former champion Alexander Shlemenko will serve as the main event. Pat Curran vs. Daniel Weichel Curran (20-6) will enter this bout as one of the longest tenured fighters on the Bellator most. However, ‘Paddy Mike’ has not competed inside the cage since dropping his 145-pound belt to Patricio ‘Pitbull’ in their main event title fight at Bellator 123 in September. Prior to this win he walked away with a thrilling fifth round submission win over longtime rival Daniel Straus in their rubber match Bellator 112. With this victory, Curran not only reclaimed his featherweight title but also got revenge for his previous loss to Straus, which took place in their title fight Bellator 106. He currently holds 12 career stoppage victories and a Bellator MMA record of 10-3. Weichel (34-8), a former M-1 Global lightweight champion and Bellator season 10 tournament winner, will enter this bout having picked up wins in 11 of his last 12 bouts, including three straight under the Bellator banner. In his most recent outing ‘The Weasel’ earned a his 21st submission win in the former of a second round rear naked choke against Desmond Green at Bellator 119. Julia Budd vs. Talita Nogueira Budd (6-2), a Strikeforce veteran, will enter this bout riding a four fight win streak, all of which came under the all-women’s Invicta Invicta FC promotion. Of these four wins, only her most recent win over Charmaine Tweet being reached the judges scorecard. To date her last professional defeat came at the hands of current women’s bantamweight champion and cultural icon Ronda Rousey at Strikeforce Challengers 20. Meanwhile, Nogueira’s (6-0) trengths lie in grappling, as she boasts not only a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt but also a pair of grappling world titles. She turned to MMA in 2009 and is undefeated through her first six professional contests, including four wins by submission. ONE FC 26: Odyssey of Champions – February 14, 2015 ONE FC 26 is scheduled to take place on February 14 at Istora Senayan in the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex in Jakarta, Indonesia. Jens Pulver vs. Fransino Tirta Pulver (27-19-1) will be making his fourth appearance under the ONF FC banner. The innagural UFC lightweight champion, which he earned with a decision win over UFC icon BJ Penn at UFC 35, the man known as ‘Lil Evil’ has fought a who’s who of fighter below 170-pounds since making his professional debut back in 1999. However, the 40-year-old has fallen on hard times as of late as he has only picked up one win in his last four fights, including his last two straight. In his most recent outing, Pulber dropped a decision to Sami Azziz at Superior Challenge 9 in November. He will enter this bout with 18 career stoppage victories, including 14 by way of knockout, and a ONE FC record of 1-2. Tirta (16-0-1) is coming off a first round submission win in his promotional debut against Sami Amin at ONE FC 17 in July. This marked the Indonesia based fighter’s first win since earning a decision win over Chengjie Wu at Legend FC 5 in July 2011. He will enter this bout with 13 career stoppage victories, including seven by way of knockout. UFC Fight Night 61 – February 22, 2015 UFC Fight Night 61 is currently scheduled to take place on February 22 at Gigantinho Gymnasium in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Rashad Evans vs. Glover Teixeira Evans (19-3-1), winner of season two of The Ultimate Fighter, has not stepped foot inside the Octagon since his first round TKO victory over Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 in November 2013. Prior to this win, ‘Suga’ earned a close split decision over former Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson in the main event of UFC 161 in June 2013. This victory snapped Evans’ two fight losing streak, which included a decision loss to current UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones in their main event title fight at UFC 145 in April 2012. He was originally scheduled to meet current number one contender Daniel Cormier at UFC 170 before a knee injury forced him out 10 days before the bout. He will enter this bout with seven career knockout victories and a UFC record of 14-3-1. Teixeira (22-4) will enter this bout riding a career worst two-fight win streak, with his most recent outing being a one-sided unanimous decision to former NCAA wrestling national champion Phil Davis in the co-main event of UFC 179. Prior to this setback, the Brazilian knockout artist saw his 20-fight win streak snapped at the hands of current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in their title fight at UFC 172. He will enter this bout 19 stoppage wins, including 13 by way of knockout, and a UFC record of 5-2. Rustam Khabilov vs. Adriano Martins Khabilov (17-2), a Sambo and Russian pankration champion, will be looking to get back into the win column after dropping his last bout to former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson in the form of a fourth round submission in their main event matchup at UFC Fight Night 42 in June. This setback not only snapped the Dagestani fighter’s six fight win streak but also marked the first time he had been finished in his professional career. He will enter this bout with nine career stoppage wins and a UFC record of 3-1. Martins (26-7), a former Jungle Fighter lightweight champion, was last seen earning a violent first round knockout over Juan Puig at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale, earning him a Performance of the Night bonus in the process. Prior to this win, the Brazilian saw his six fight win streak snapped at the hands of a Donald Cerrone head kick at UFC on FOX 10 in January 2014. He will enter this bout with 15 career stoppage wins, including 12 by way of knockout, a UFC record of 2-1. Matt Dwyer vs. William Macario Sam Alvey vs. Cezar Ferreira Legacy FC 39 – Februay 27, 2015 Legacy FC 39 is set to take place on February 27 at Houston Arena Theater in Texas. The main card airs on AXS TV. Larry Crowe vs. Leonardo Leite – For Legacy FC middleweight title Crowe (9-3), a Houston native, will be making his ninth appearance under the Legacy FC banner. In his most recent appearance, the man known as ‘Tae Kwon’ first round TKO win over Quentin Harry at Legacy FC 37 in November. This win not only gave Crowe wins in four of his last five bouts, including three straight, but also marked fifth career TKO victory. He currently holds a Legacy FC record of 6-2. Leite (5-0), the reining Legacy FC middleweight champion, was last seen walking away with his belt after fourth round submission win over Myron Dennis in their title fight at Legacy FC 35 in September. This victory not only kept the Jiu-Jitsu champion’s perfect record in tact but also the third submission win of his career. Daniel Pineda vs. Thomas Webb Mike Bronzoulis vs. Jon Harris Kevin Aguilar vs. Alex Black Elias Garcia vs. Ryan Hollis Brice Ritani-Coe vs. Dale Mitchell Jens Grau vs. Danny Orr – 200lb catchweight Sage Northcutt vs. TBA Paulo Alcozar vs. Danny DeAlejandro – 140lb catchweight Bobby Powers vs. Angel Zamora Roberto Sanchez vs. Jacob Silva Jordan Carmona vs. Daniel Turner Jonathan Davis vs. TBA UFC 184 – February 28, 2015 UFC 184 is currently scheduled to take place on Feb. 28 at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. A middleweight title fight between champion Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort will serve as headlining act while a women’s bantamweight title fight Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano take place in the co-main event. Derrick Lewis vs. Ruan Potts Mark Munoz vs. Roan Carneiro Munoz (13-5), a two-time NCAA Divison I All-American wrestler out of Oklahoma State University, has fallen on hard times as of late as he’s only picked up one win in his last four bouts. In his most recent outing, ‘The Filipino Wrecking Machine’ suffered a first round submission loss to former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi in the main event of UFC Fight Night 41 in May. This setback marked his second straight first round stoppage los with his previous being violent headlock knockout to former UFC light heavyweight champion turned middleweight contender Lyoto Machida in the main event of UFC Fight Night 30 in October 2013. He will enter this bout with seven career stoppage wins, including six by way of knockout, and a UFC record of 8-5. For Carneiro (19-9), this will mark his second run under the UFC banner. He previously fought for the promotion between 2007-2008 where he earned a record of 2-3 before being he handed his walking papers. Since then, the man known as Jucão put tother a record of 7-1 under various smaller promotions, which culminated in winning the BattleGround MMA 5 one night tournament in October. He will enter this bout with 11 career stoppage wins, including nine by way of submission.