Fast-rising UFC welterweight star Rory MacDonald talks about his upcoming fight with B.J. Penn, what prompted him to call Penn out, and why GSP’s bank account does not factor into whether or not he will ever fight his teammate and friend.
If they have not done it already today, Lyoto Machida and Ryan Bader should thank their fans. UFC President Dana White has revised his former decision that the winner of Saturday night’s main event between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Brandon Vera would get the next light heavyweight title shot. The fans cried foul and the UFC President responded.
Fight week, blog week, the Bald Father returns with his video blog for “UFC on FOX 4: Shogun vs. Vera” which takes place Saturday in Los Angeles. White answers the uproar from fans regarding the next light heavyweight title shot by adding Saturday’s co-main event into the mix. White returns to Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory to celebrate his birthday and Ryan Sheckler busts out. And White takes viewers behind the scenes at UFC 149.
The UFC on FOX 4 event will feature a welterweight bout between two former TUF contestants when Mike Swick returns from a two year hiatus to take on DaMarques Johnson on Saturday night in Los Angeles, California. Swick first appeared on the scene as a part of the inaugural cast of The Ultimate Fighter with Johnson appearing on TUF 9 where he was a finalist.
This week’s Independent MMA Link Club takes a look at Frank Mir moving to Strikeforce for a one-off fight with Daniel Cormier. The case is made for AXS TV (formerly HDNet) picking up the Invicta FC broadcast. Some Fight Nerds ask if the UFC is putting on too many events and they take a look at TUF 16. All this and more in this week’s Independent MMA Link Club.
Two of Carolina’s top prospects have been slated to fight at XFC 19 as Lawson McClure takes on Keith Richardson in a featherweight battle for South Carolina bragging rights. The event takes place at the Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, N.C. on Aug. 3.