The rematch between TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao has been postponed once again, as the UFC has confirmed that the bantamweight champion is injured, and can no longer compete on April 25th.
Barao and Dillashaw were supposed to battle in the headliner of UFC 186, but the latter has fractured his rib and the bout’s been postponed. UFC President Dana White announced the news while appearing on KRRL-FM 92.3. in Los Angeles, and the promotion has also posted the news on its official site.
The UFC has not said whether Barao will remain on the card.
Dillashaw and Barao fought for the first time last May, and the latter’s 32 fight undefeated run came to an end, as he was stopped in the fifth round. The bantamweights were booked for a rematch at UFC 177 in August, but Barao fell ill during his weight cut and had to withdraw. Dillashaw fought last minute replacement Joe Soto, and won the bout via fifth round KO.
UFC 186 will be headlined now by a flyweight title fight between champion Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi. The card will be hosted by the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
RFA and Legacy FC to hold joint event on AXS TV
Resurrection Fighting Alliance and Legacy Fighting Championship will hold a joint event featuring a champion vs. champion main event. RFA flyweight champion Alexandre Pantoja will meet Legacy FC flyweight champion Damacio Page for the AXS TV Superfight title. The event takes place May 8 at the Horseshoe Tunica Hotel and Casino in Robinsonville, Miss. and air live on AXS TV.
Pantoja holds a 15-2 record and is currently riding an eight-fight winning streak. In his last fight, he made his U.S. and captured the RFA title with a second-round submission over Matt Manzanares. The Nova Uniao has not lost since dropping a narrow decision to UFC fighter Jussier “Formiga” da Silva in 2010.
Page is a true veteran of the sport. He made his debut in 2005 and has fought for a variety of promotions including K-1, WEC and the UFC. Since leaving the UFC in 2012, Page has gone 4-1 with all victories coming under the Legacy FC banner. Over the course of his career, he has picked up victories over Scott Jorgensen, Marcos Galvao and Will Campuzano.
The joint event will also feature a pair of title fights. Luke Sanders will defend his RFA bantamweight title against Terrion Ware. Also, Mike Bronzoulis and Dave Burrow will face off for the vacant Legacy FC lightweight title.
Metamoris 6 Line-Up Announced: Josh Barnett vs. Roberto Abreu to Headline
Metamoris has announced the card for the grappling promotion’s upcoming May 9th event, and that Josh Barnett will look to defend the heavyweight title versus Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu.
In the co-headliner, Chael Sonnen will take on fellow UFC vet, Renato Sobral.
Other match-ups that are booked include Dillon Danis vs. Joe Lauzon, Alexandre Ribeiro vs. Keenan Cornelius, and Roberto Satoshi vs. Clark Gracie.
Jeff Monson is also scheduled to compete, and will face the winner of the organization’s upcoming, “Road to Metamoris” series.
The city and venue for Metamoris 6 have yet to be determined, but the event will be available via online pay-per-view.
UFC FN 62: Demian Maia Out Grapples Ryan LaFlare
Ryan LaFlare put up a determined effort against Demian Maia, but the latter’s world class ground game proved to be too much for the welterweight contender.
Maia was able to take LaFlare down repeatedly throughout the five round bout, and while the American was able to defend the Brazilian’s submission attempts, he fell way behind on the score cards. In round five, LaFlare rallied against the fading Maia, but he wasn’t able to land any notable strikes.
Maia was deducted a point for dropping to his guard late in the bout, but still emerged with a 48-46 score from all three judges.
In the co-main event, Erick Silva handed Josh Koscheck his fifth straight defeat, as he caught the established welterweight with a first round, guillotine choke. Koscheck came out aggressively and threatened Silva on a couple of occasions, but the Brazilian countered effectively and secured the fight ending choke.
Here are the results from UFC FN 62, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Demian Maia def. Ryan LaFlare via unanimous decision (48-46, 48-46, 48-46)
Christos Giagos def. Jorge de Oliveira via submission (rear-naked choke) R1, 3:12
Fredy Serrano def. Bentley Syler via KO (strikes) R3, 1:34
UFC Confirms Rousey-Correia, Rua-Nogueira Set For August 1st
As reported earlier in the week, Ronda Rousey’s next title defence will go down on August 1st versus Bethe Correia.
On Friday, the promotion confirmed that the bantamweight fight will headline UFC 190, which will take place at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In addition, the UFC has announced that “Shogun” Rua will battle fellow, light-heavyweight vet Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at the event.
Rousey (11-0) is coming off a stunning, 14 second submission win over Cat Zingano last month. Correia (9-0), meanwhile, has gone 3-0 in the UFC to date, and has stopped Rousey’s friends / training partners Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler during that time.
Rua (22-10) will be looking to rebound from a KO loss to Ovince St. Preux in December, while Nogueira (21-6) will be attempting to get back on track, after he was quickly stopped by Anthony Johnson in July.
Nogueira and Rua fought ten years ago at a PRIDE event, and the latter won the thrilling bout via unanimous decision.
No other bouts have been announced yet for UFC 190.