Remaining bouts confirmed for “UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida”

With a main event UFC Light Heavyweight Title fight between Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida and a highly anticipated bad blood match between Matt Hughes and Matt Serra, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has confirmed with PRO MMA (promma.info) the remaining bouts for “UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida.”

UFC 98 will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 23 and will air live on pay-per-view beginning at 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST.

Middleweight Drew McFedries (fighting out of Bettendorf, Iowa), has scored three UFC wins so far in his career, with all three coming in the first round. Now the Ames, Iowa native will face devastating striker Xavier Foupa-Pokam a.k.a. “Professor X” (fighting out of Paris, France). A Muay Thai specialist, Foupa-Pokam has compiled an impressive 20-10 mixed martial arts record and looks to make a name for himself in the UFC.

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Matt Serra UFC 98 video blog – day 3

This is “DAY 3” of Matt Serra’s video blog leading up to his big fight against Matt Hughes at UFC 98 on May 23rd. It is media day for Matt Serra and viewers go along with Matt as a guest on The Opie & Anthony Show, Fox News’ Fight Game, Jason Ellis’ radio show and … Read more

Matt Serra UFC 98 video blog – days 1 & 2

On Saturday May 23, UFC 98 is set to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The co-main event will feature the long awaited “bad blood” match between former UFC Welterweight Champions Matt Serra vs. Matt Hughes. This is Matt Serra’s video blog leading up to the big fight.
DAY 1

“Day 2” after the jump…

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Houston Alexander out of UFC 98

PRO MMA (promma.info) has learned from multiple sources that Houston “The Assassin” Alexander (8-4) has pulled out of his UFC 98 bout with Andre Gusmao (5-1) due to a broken hand suffered in training.

Alexander joins three other fighters, James Irvin, Josh Koshcheck and Yushin Okami, who have also pulled out of the card due to injury. Gusmao is still on the card and Krztsztof Soszynski has been confirmed as the replacement for Alexander.

Alexander was in dire need of a win after losing three straight fights to James Irvin, Thiago Silva and Eric Schafer. Alexander shocked everyone by knocking out top ten fighter Keith Jardine in the first round of his Octagon debut at UFC 71. He followed that up with another first round destruction of Alessio Sakara at UFC 75.

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PRO MMA exclusive interview: Mikey Burnett – “I will compete again”

Mikey Burnett knows about hard times. He has persevered through various personal issues, including a bitter divorce, and has been entrenched in a lawsuit for the past couple of years in relation to his appearance on season 4 of The Ultimate Fighter: The Comeback.

Despite the tough times and setbacks, Mikey Burnett is still standing, and is looking to come back yet again from his latest adversity, a severe neck injury that threatens his very livelihood.

It’s hard to believe he has been a part of the sport for so long, appearing way back at UFC 16, and then battling Pat Miletich at UFC Ultimate Brazil back in 1998 for the UFC’s Lightweight Title, which was later changed to the Welterweight division as we know it today.

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Finally it is going to happen

The biggest feud since Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock has to be the long storied feud between Matt Hughes and Matt Serra. With injuries seemingly now in the past, the two rivals will finally meet most likely on May 23 at UFC 98 in Las Vegas.

In a recent interview with TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com) Matt Serra talked to the guys about his upcoming fight with Matt Hughes, his stint on “The Ultimate Fighter” and his predictions for the upcoming fight between George St. Pierre and B.J. Penn.

Serra, who has been out due to injury since last April has been dying to get back in the cage but has been waiting for his shot at Hughes. “I would like to get a little more action than that, but uh ya know you just play with the cards you’re dealt ya know what I mean,” Serra said. “Ya know I’m getting the fight I wanted. He is getting the fight he wanted and his wife wanted. Ya don’t forget her ya know.”

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Georges St. Pierre talks Fitch battle & picks winner of Hughes vs. Serra

Georges St. Pierre talked about his fight with Jon Fitch at UFC 87 with Toronto Sports Radio a few days ago. GSP compared Fitch to “The Terminator” and said it was “very discouraging” because he could not finish him. At one point GSP said he was praying while inside the cage because Fitch, the beast, would not go down. GSP decided to go for the knockout instead of submission because so many have tried in vain to submit Fitch.

GSP is headed to Brazil to vacation and to do some BJJ training.

It seems Matt Hughes left his seat at UFC 87 during the GSP vs. Fitch fight and exited the arena because “it was a boring fight and St. Pierre wasn’t showing anything.” Wow. Does anyone believe for a second that is the real reason, if Hughes did indeed get up and walk out? Rather, one might be inclined to believe that the former welterweight champ was turning a bright shade of green and had to flee the scene before anyone noticed.

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NEW UFC REALITY SHOW TO FEATURE MATT HUGHES

by: Jack Bratcher It seems that the UFC has a new reality show in the works and rumored to be heavily involved is Matt Hughes.   The details of the show are not known.  Here’s the only info we have at the moment and it comes from Dave Meltzer via The Wrestling Observer: “UFC is going to … Read more