UFC 173 gets new championship main event with Barao vs. Dillashaw, Lawler vs. Ellenberger also added

After UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman’s recent knee injury, his UFC 173 scheduled title defense against Lyoto Machida has been pushed back to July. Filling the main event slot on May 24 will be UFC bantamweight champ Renan Barao putting his title and 35 fight unbeaten streak up against 135-pound challenger TJ Dillashaw.

Report: RFA champ Pedro Munhoz inks UFC deal, will meet Raphael Assuncao at UFC 170

Two week, no problem. This seems to be a recurring theme of late as fighters are forced off cards with injuries and a replacement is signed to fill in on short notice. It’s the dream though right. Yet again another Resurrection Fighting Alliance champion has gotten the call up to the UFC. RFA bantamweight champ Pedro Munhoz (10-0) has landed a contract and a fight in about two weeks.

Stephen Thompson vs. Robert Whittaker set for UFC 170 in Las Vegas

UFC officials have announced another bout for the UFC 170 event that’s set to take place in Las Vegas on February 22. The event will be headlined by the UFC light heavyweight bout between former UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans as he welcomes Daniel Cormier from the heavyweight division. The event will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Interview: UFC bantamweight Francisco Rivera fighting for respect

Before he injured his hand in training, rising UFC bantamweight Francisco “Cisco” Rivera (9-2, 1 NC) was supposed to fight on this weekend’s UFC on FOX 7 card against undefeated Brazilian Hugo Viana (7-0). TJ Dillashaw has since stepped in and will face Viana as part of the preliminary card on FX.

Pro MMA Now Radio returns with Smealinho Rama, Chris Barnett and Francisco Rivera tonight at 10 p.m. ET

Is it Sunday already? Yes it is and it means that Pro MMA Now Radio is back with another episode to quench your MMA thirst. Tonight we welcome MFC 37 main event fighters Smealinho “The Prince” Rama (6-0) and Chris “Beast Boy” Barnett (7-1) to the program.

UFC on FOX 7: T.J. Dillashaw steps in to replace injured Francisco Rivera against Hugo Viana

A new bout has been formed for the UFC on FOX 7 card as T.J. Dillashaw (7-1) now faces Hugo Viana (7-0) with Francisco Rivera (9-2) forced to withdraw from the fight due to an injury. The event will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif, on April 20.

Interview: Francisco Rivera talks ahead of UFC 156

UFC bantamweight fighter Francisco Rivera (8-2-1) is scheduled to face Edwin Figueroa at UFC 156 on Feb.2. After recording a no contest in his last bout against Roland Delorme, Rivera will now look to bounce back into the win column and start his 2013 campaign off with a bang.

Pro MMA Now (www.prommanow.com) reporter Jay Cee recently got the chance to speak with Francisco about his upcoming bout against Edwin Figueroa, fight camp, his fighting style and failing the post-fight drug test for his last matchup.