Mark Munoz has been out of action for a while, but he’s back. It looks like Munoz will be facing Tim Boetsch. Munoz is currently training with Anderson Silva too.
On the same night when the UFC middleweight title will be on the line, two future championship contenders will square off.
MMAjunkie.com confirmed with sources that Mark Munoz and Tim Boetsch will meet at UFC 162 in July. The event is set to be headlined by Anderson Silva-Chris Weidman for the title.
Munoz (12-3) last fought against Weidman, as he had his four-fight win streak snapped at the hands – or more specifically, the elbow – of “The All-American.”
Boetsch (15-6) is also looking to rebound after having his four-fight win streak halted by Costa Philippou.
The bout is added to previously announced fights between Roger Gracie and Tim Kennedy, and Rafael Cavalcante and Thiago Silva.
In the main event, Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez face off for the heavyweight title.
Chris Weidman will undergo surgery today for a torn labrum suffered in training recently. The injury knocked Weidman out of a UFC 155 encounter with Tim Boetsch.
Off to get surgery today.Excited to get this over with and get rehabbing and come back stronger then ever.Thanks for the support #godisgood
— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) November 28, 2012
Weidman (9-0) was coming off a career-defining victory over Mark Munoz, and had hoped to inch closer to a title shot vs. Anderson Silva. Instead, his Serra-Longo teammate, Costa Philippou, will face Boetsch.
Weidman has been told if everything goes as planned, he will be “100-percent at 4 months.”
It’s been a rough month for “The All-American,” who also had his family home ravaged by Hurricane Sandy when the storm hit the East Coast.
A shoulder injury has knocked Chris Weidman out of a planned encounter with Tim Boetsch at UFC 155. The two middleweights were expected to compete in a key contest to potentially determine a contender in the division.
Instead, Weidman’s teammate, Costa Philippou, will tackle Boetsch on December 29. The two train together at Serra-Longo.
Philippou has won four consecutive fights, but was recently removed from UFC 154 after Nick Ring came down with an illness.
Weidman, meanwhile, torn is labrum and may require surgery. It’s been a long few months for “The All-American,” as he had his house nearly destroyed during Superstorm Sandy.
An intriguing middleweight contest has been signed for December, as Chris Weidman and Tim Boetsch will meet at UFC 155.
UFC officials confirmed the fight on Friday between the hopeful title contenders.
Weidman (9-0) scored a thrilling victory over Mark Munoz earlier this year. The former Hofstra University wrestler was hoping to secure a shot at Anderson Silva with the win, but will need to impress once again in the eyes of the UFC brass.
Boetsch (16-4) has scored victories over Yushin Okami and Hector Lombard in his two more recent bouts.
UFC 155 is slated for December 29 from Las Vegas. The card is expected to feature UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos meeting Cain Velasquez, Forrest Griffin taking on Chael Sonnen, and Joe Lauzon meeting Gray Maynard.
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Luke Rockhold wants a name opponent that will help raise his stock.
Rockhold, fresh off a defense of his Strikeforce middleweight title over Tim Kennedy, feels like Tim Boetsch would make for a perfect candidate.
Boetsch defeated Hector Lombard earlier this month. Lombard entered the UFC after relinquishing his Bellator middleweight title.
“Tim Boetsch looked pretty good (recently),” said Rockhold, in an interview with MMA Weekly. “He just beat the Bellator champion, let’s see if he can come beat the Strikeforce champion.”
While issues remain in regards to bringing certain Strikeforce fighters to the UFC, it seems that there are no regulations for UFC fighters heading to Strikeforce. Frank Mir will enter the Strikeforce cage later this year and face Daniel Cormier.
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Hector Lombard has had just one appearance inside the UFC’s famed Octagon, and many believe the former Bellator middleweight champion isn’t cut out for the 185-pound division.
Lombard was defeated over the weekend by Tim Boetsch, and even UFC president Dana White made mention of Lombard possibly moving down to welterweight next.
Well, that doesn’t appear to be in the cards for Lombard, as discussed on Twitter recently.
I feel strong at 185 just because I had a bad fight does not mean that I am going to drop to 170.
Lombard had a 25-fight unbeaten streak snapped by Boetsch, who moved himself one step closer to a possible title shot with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Lombard, a former Olympian from Cuba, was thought to be a challenger to “The Spider” if he had defeated Boetsch.
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MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani checks in with some of the winners from UFC 149.
Tonight’s UFC 149 lineup looks nothing like the original card announced a few months back but certainly packs the potential to entertain. Headlined by a bout between bantamweights Urijah Faber and Renan Barao, the show also features the promotional debut of Hector Lombard, a heavyweight tilt between sluggers Cheick Kongo-Shawn Jordan, and an appearance from TUF winner Court McGee.
Faber and Barao will be battling for more than bragging rights as an interim title is also on the line due to Dominick Cruz’s untimely knee injury. Barao enters the match-up on a 28-fight winning streak, while Faber is a seasoned competitor with wins over a number of the sport’s best and a WEC championship to his credit.
Lombard, who exited Bellator as the company’s long-standing middleweight king, will face Tim Boetsch. Boetsch is coming off a TKO over Yushin Okami and has emerged with his hand raised in four straight fights.
The show starts on Facebook at 6:45 PM EST, heads to FX at 8:00 PM EST, and finishes on PPV at 10:00 PM EST.
Read below for a full rundown of UFC 149 results:
Anton Kuivanen def. Mitch Clarke via Split Decision
Antonio Carvalho def. Daniel Pineda via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Bryan Caraway def. Mitch Gagnon via Submission Round 3 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Ryan Jimmo def. Anthony Perosh via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Francisco Rivera def. Roland Delorme via Knockout Round 2 (Strikes)
Nick Ring def. Court McGee via Unanimous Decision
Matt Riddle def. Chris Clements via Submission Round 3 (Arm-Triangle Choke)
James Head def. Brian Ebersole via Split Decision
Cheick Kongo def. Shawn Jordan via Unanimous Decision
Tim Boetsch def. Hector Lombard via Split Decision
Renan Barao def. Urijah Faber via Unanimous Decision
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