While Albuquerque has long been known as one of mixed martial arts’ true hotbeds, the biggest show in the sport has never pulled through town.
Until 2014, that is. The Albuquerque Journal reported Tuesday that the UFC will make its debut in the city on June 7. Former UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson will meet Rustam Khabilov in the main event at Tingley Colisuem.
Henderson (20-3), who lost the title to Anthony Pettis in August, got back into the win column in January with a split-decision victory over Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 10. Henderson hasn’t lost to a fighter aside from Pettis since 2005.
As for Khabilov (17-1), he’ll be carrying the torch for the local Jackson’s MMA gym in his biggest career test to date. Khabilov has won six straight fights and is 3-0 in the UFC. The most recent, a unanimous decision over Jorge Masvidal, was Fight of the Night at UFC Fight for the Troops 3 in Kentucky.
While this is the UFC’s first event in Albuquerque area, it isn’t the first for Zuffa. WEC 32 in 2008 was held in the suburb of Rio Rancho, a memorable evening in which Miguel Angel Torres and Jamie Varner both won WEC titles.
Michael Bisping was prepared to shelve MMA career, trash talking for good after eye injury (Yahoo Sports)
Bisping would have walked away from fighting if he was at risk of sustaining further injury to his right eye.
A training injury to Tarec Saffiedine has given way to an intriguing Top 10 welterweight fight.
Saffiedine, who was slated to meet Jake Ellenberger at UFC 172, had to withdraw from the bout. As a result, Ellenberger will now meet "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler at UFC 173 in Las Vegas. MMAFighting.com confirmed Friday’s initial report by MMAJunkie.com.
Lawler (21-10, 1 NC) will look to get back into the win column after coming up a hair short in his thrilling bout with Johny Hendricks to fill the vacant welterweight title at UFC 173. The resurgent American Top Team fighter won three straight fights leading up to the Hendricks encounter.
Ellenberger (29-7), meanwhile, has been eager to remove the stench of his loss to Rory MacDonald last summer at UFC on FOX 8 in Seattle. Ellenberger has been victorious in eight of his past 10 fights.
While the UFC took some heat after announcing a main event of bantamweight champion Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw for the May 24 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the lineup as a whole looks solid: In addition to Barao-Dillashaw and Lawler-Ellenberger, matches already announced include Junior dos Santos’ return fight against Stipe Miocic, and what promises to be an action-packed affair between Takeya Mizugaki and Francisco Rivera.
Saffiedine’s exact injury has not been revealed. The former Strikeforce champ has only fought once in the past 15 months.
Machida getting top position during that last scramble was just insane. He looked like a well balanced python jumping on a gazelle.
Whats crazy is how seemless Machida’s karate blends with his BJJ.
I almost feel like Karate mixes with BJJ better than Muay Thai because of the quick precise movements. Well visually anyway…
That was a beautiful display.
also great jab by Mousasi, he actually thumped Machida’s nose with that made him bleed.
An inaugural light heavyweight champion will be crowned at Glory 15, as all four light heavyweight tournament semifinalists hit their contracted marks at the pre-fight weigh-in.