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Sunday, Feb 24, 2013

UFC 157 Notes: Card Draws Over 15,500 in Attendance, Lyoto Machida Awarded Title Shot, Jose Aldo Camp Saying No To Anthony Pettis

Machida (photo via UFC.com)

Nick Diaz On Thin Ice With Dana White

By FCF Staff

UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey and challenger Liz Carmouche proved they can sell tickets as a headliners last night in Anaheim, as over 15,500 people were reportedly in attendance for the event. According to the company, the card drew a gate of $1.4 million dollars, and the event could end up being the most attended MMA event at the Honda Center to date (after figures are verified by the athletic commission).

Rousey ended up winning the main event via first round armbar to extend her undefeated record to 7-0 (with all wins coming via an armbar in the opening frame).

Although the co-headliner between light-heavyweights Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson did not produce the kind of action many were hoping for, UFC President Dana White has confirmed that Machida has earned a title shot with the split decision win.

White has also relayed recently that Alexander Gustafsson could secure a title shot if he defeats Gegard Mousasi on April 6th.

Light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones, meanwhile, is scheduled to fight Chael Sonnen on April 27th.

According to multiple reports, White has also revealed that the camp of featherweight champion Jose Aldo does not believe Anthony Pettis deserves a title shot, since he has yet to compete in the division. White insists Aldo will fight Pettis, however, regardless if the fighter is refusing to take the bout or not.

The fight, which was planned by the UFC after the highly regarded lightweight revealed he would fight Aldo, is tentatively scheduled to take place in August.

And in other, non-UFC 157 related news, White has also revealed that Nick Diaz is on thin ice with the promotion, after the fighter apparently missed several taping sessions for the UFC 158 Primetime series. Diaz has reportedly honored his media commitments since, but White threatened that anymore mis-steps, could result in Diaz being pulled from his UFC 158 bout with welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre.

Diaz was scheduled to fight GSP in October, 2011, but when he failed to attend two pre-fight press conferences, the bout was cancelled.

UFC 158 is scheduled to take place March 16th in Montreal, Quebec.



posted by FCF Staff @ 11:04 am
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