The UFC is returning to Boston on August 17th and according to reports, Joe Lauzon will be getting his wish to fight in his hometown. The Boston Native fought on the UFC 118 fight card in Boston back in 2010 and now the lightweight has been added to the debut card on the new FOX channel, FOX Sports 1.
The UFC will return to the scorching hot battleground of Brazil for UFC on FX 8 with a card packed with local talent. While injuries have done some serious damage to the top of this card, the main event remains intact and holds title implications for the victorious. One of Brazil’s first MMA heroes and current superstar, Vitor Belfort will once again take to the cage, facing the last Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold. We’ve also got Rockhold’s former foe and sub grappling legend Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza making his debut inside the Octagon, taking on a rising force in Chris Camozzi. There are plenty of others waving the green, yellow and blue as well, so let’s dig into this card and see what’s cooking in South America.
The UFC heads into uncharted territory with its upcoming 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter. The long running reality series will feature women coaches for the first time, as well as both male and female fighters living in the same house while separately competing for a UFC contract.
Heading into his March 22nd bout against Mike Rhodes at RFA 7, Brandon Thatch believed he was at the doorsteps of the UFC. The Colorado-based fighter was riding a seven fight winning streak and thought one more win would earn him a UFC contract. Having trained with Thatch in the past, UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre thought Brandon Thatch was already UFC caliber.
MMA has been on hiatus for the first third of the month and fight fans addicted to the sport are starting to going through withdraws. Thankfully those of you suffering from the shakes get your fix this with Friday’s MFC 37. Things begin to pick up from there as there will be two UFC events as well as LFC 20.
Riddled by injuries and out of action since June of 2011, former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin announced his retirement today. The news of the fan favorite stepping away from the sport shouldn’t come as a surprise but that doesn’t take away from the disappointment.
The methodical, workmen-like accent up the UFC welterweight division by Matt Brown will look to continue the next time the brawler steps into the Octagon. According to multiple sources Brown has agreed to face Thiago Alves on August 17th when the UFC returns to Boston.
With Bellator still on summer vacation the UFC filled the month of April with four fight cards featuring nine fighters that appeared on last months MMA Valor Fighter Rankings. Two of those nine were champions who successfully defeated their titles and five of the other seven also walked away with victories this past month.