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UFC Fight Night 44: Swanson Vs. Stephens Full Weigh in Results

June 27th, 2014 at 5:42 PM
By Steven J Cavagnino

UFC Fight Night 44 will be the second UFC event taking place this weekend. This event is headlined by two dynamic featherweight fighters in Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens. Both Swanson and Stephens are poised to stake a claim at the featherweight title and both competitors believe that, with a win over the other, they will be the #1 contender in the 145 pound division. In the co-main event, Ultimate Fighter season 17 winner, Kelvin Gastelum, will put his 9-0 undefeated record on the line against European talent, Nico Musoke, who has won his last 8 fights. 

With Swanson and Stephens throwing some serious leather, it will fall to the rest of the card to up their performances. Ask Gastelum to perform, and he will, no matter what the stakes. Both Gastelum and Swanson have looked unstoppable as of late, but both are facing some serious threats to their recent success. The stakes are high, but pressure makes diamonds, and both Gastelum and Swanson will look to win big. With Stephens and Musoke playing the spoiler role, it will be an exciting night of fights and, ultimately, the fans win with this stacked card. 

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UFC Fight Night Auckland Weigh in Results

June 27th, 2014 at 4:34 PM
By Steven J Cavagnino

The UFC has made its way back to Auckland, New Zealand with a stacked main card. Headlining the event will be a middleweight bout between Nate ‘The Great’ Marquardt and James Te Huna. This will be Marquardt’s return to the middleweight division and Te Huna’s first fight at 185. Both men have seen the top ten of their previous divisions. Te Huna was ranked as high as #10 at light heavyweight before losing to Shogun Rua, while Nate Marquardt was in the top 5. Marquardt even managed to win the Strikeforce Welterweight title while competing at 170 pounds. While Marquardt was once a title contender at 185 pounds, Te Huna has never been this low in weight. Both men need a win as they have been decisively beaten in their last few outings. It will be a matchup of athleticism versus punching power in this fight.

The Co-Main event will feature hometown favorite, Soa Palelei as he takes on talented wrestler Jake Rosholt. Palelei is looking at a heavyweight win streak and Rosholt will be looking to end it. A win for either fighter means some serious momentum in their careers. The event will air on UFC Fight Pass at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PT. All of the fighters weighed in last night, the full weigh in results are posted below:

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Kelvin Gastelum: from Undersized Ultimate Fighter to Pushing the Top 10

June 26th, 2014 at 8:52 PM
By Steven J Cavagnino

The story of Kelvin Gastelum is one that is only written in movie scripts. A short, undersized fighter who entered the Ultimate Fighter house with just 5 professional fights under his belt. He was the last pick for Team Sonnen on the 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter and soon revealed that, only standing at 5’9” tall, he usually fights at 170 pounds. The fact that the entire season was taking place at 185 pounds did not deter the young man from bringing it in every fight. 

In the blink of an eye, Gastelum found himself in the Ultimate fighter finale. The short, stocky welterweight whose abs weren’t bulging out like the rest of his cast mates had made it to the top of the ladder. Not only did he make it to the finals, but he choked out two men and knocked out another on the way there. The only problem with this scenario is that he was now facing Uriah Hall, the star of the show and the man who, before even completing The Ultimate Fighter, was being called a title contender in the UFC. Hall was a man who owned two of the most brutal knockouts the show had seen and was built like an action figure.

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UFC Fight Night Jeremy Stephens Vs. Cub Swanson Preview

June 25th, 2014 at 8:35 PM
By Steven J Cavagnino

This Saturday June 28th, the UFC will be holding two events in one weekend. The first, a UFC Fight Night from New Zealand, held only on UFC Fight Pass, and featuring a middleweight bout between James Te Huna and Nate Marquardt. 

The second event of the weekend is yet another UFC Fight Night, this one will take place in San Antonio Texas. With a main event between two top featherweight contenders in Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens. This fight, although taking place in one of the lightest divisions in the UFC, has been highly touted as the kind of barn-burner fight that can only end in violence. Both Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens are two of the most creative and gifted knockout artists in the UFC despite neither of them even hitting the 170 pound mark. 

In an ever evolving sport, Cub Swanson has looked impressive in his UFC career. Allowing himself to stay ahead of the curve, he has put together a notable 5 fight win streak in the featherweight division. He has knocked out 4 of his last 5 opponents and has put in some beautiful performances, mixing a unique blend of originality an lethality to dispatch his adversaries. Overall, Swanson sits at 5-1 in the UFC, with his only loss coming by way of submission to Ricardo Lamas. The Lamas loss was almost three years ago and, frankly, since then, Swanson has looked unstoppable. 

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Ryan Bader Vs. Ovince St. Preux Set to Headline UFC Fight Night

June 19th, 2014 at 8:56 PM
By Steven J Cavagnino

A battle of top ranked light heavyweights in Ryan Bader vs. Ovince St. Preux has been set as the main event for the UFC event headed to Bangor, Maine. Both fighters were victorious last Saturday night at UC 174, breaking them both into the top 15 of the division. Based on their wins at UFC 174, Ryan Bader has jumped to #8 in the division and OSP has cracked the top 10. Both of these men have been on a streak the past few years, only losing to the best in the division. 

Bader is, at this point, a UFC veteran having fought the best in the division. He, at this point, is in danger of potentially becoming a journeyman in the UFC, a gatekeeper used as a stepping stone for higher talent. Bader has competed with the division’s elite, but he has almost always fallen short when presented with a pivotal fight. 

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