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After an action-packed UFC 161 event in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, plenty of fighters are still feeling the buzz, but Roy Nelson is likely suffering from the worst post-fight hangover after losing to Stipe Miocic in what was his final fight on his current UFC contract.

Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone as UFC 161 blew the roof off MTS Centre last Saturday night (June 15, 2013) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Many combatants were left licking their wounds after a wild night of fights including Dan Henderson, who suffered his second straight loss inside the Octagon, this time to Rashad Evans (watch highlights here). And Pat Barry, who was pasted by a barrage of strikes from Shawn Jordan that put “HD” down for the count in under a minute (read about it here).

But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now two days removed?

Roy Nelson.

The heavy-handed heavyweight not only attempted to keep his momentum going and add to his current three-fight win streak, but looked to gain some leverage in his upcoming contract negotiations with a victory.

Stipe Miocic, however, was having none of it.

The former NCAA Division-1 wrestler looked to get back on track himself after getting knocked out by Stefan Struve nine months ago; the first and only loss of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.

And he did just that by using Nelson as a punching bag for 15 minutes. Miocic battered the pudgy pugilist from pillar to post but was unable to put away his foe who proved — just like he did against Fabricio Werdum and Junior dos Santos — that he can take a licking and keep on ticking.

After the dust settled, the judges gave Stipe the unanimous nod, ending “Big Country’s” run and taking away his upper hand at the negotiation table, too.

So, what went wrong for Nelson?

Much like Rafael Cavalcante in his loss to Thiago Silva, cardio was the issue here.

It’s no secret that Roy’s thick frame has always been a hot topic. Against Stipe, the husky heavyweight was visibly huffing and puffing, struggling to muster up the strength to throw a powerful punch in the final frame.

In between rounds, “Big Country” could be seen bent over in exhaustion, a sign that despite his claims he was in fight shape, he clearly was not. In Nelson’s defense, he did take the fight on two week’s notice. So, maybe that’s why his cardiovascular conditioning wasn’t up to snuff.

Proving he is indeed a team player, Roy took the bout in attempts to salvage an event which once included the likes of UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao, Mauricio Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. However, his plan to earn his second win in two months, backfired.

Who should “Big Country” fight next, assuming he still has a contract with ZUFFA next week?

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

“Big Nog” underwent surgery last week after the aforementioned Werdum nearly broke it (again) two weeks ago at UFC on FUEL TV 10. Nogueira’s layoff could give Nelson and the higher ups at ZUFFA time to hash out a new fight deal.

And given Nelson’s tumultuous relationship with UFC President Dana White, it could take a while to come to an agreement.


Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

NEW YORK — All the work had been done. He’d gone through his two-month camp, made the cross-country flight to Las Vegas and sat in his locker room, preparing to go out before the world. It was supposed to be showtime. He warmed up and walked out to the cage and looked across at his opponent. He heard the referee intone him to fight.

And then?

“It was just weird because I didn’t feel anything. I didn’t feel anything at all,” Rashad Evans said on Monday, before flying to Winnipeg, the site of this weekend’s UFC 161. “I felt nothing. I felt blank. That never happened to me before. I was always able to feel something. But I couldn’t even feel anything. I couldn’t feel nervous. I couldn’t feel.”

That was Evans talking about his last fight, a February matchup with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. But, he also admitted, in his bout before that against Jon Jones, he had not quite been himself, either.

“Disconnected” was the precise word that he used to describe the foreign phenomenon he experienced, the one separating him from the sensory world surrounding him. You’ve heard of an athlete being in “the zone”? This is the exact opposite, a purgatory from which there is no escape, in which there are no impactful actions or movements.

This is what he’s trying to come back from now, with an all-time great, Dan Henderson waiting on the other side. On Saturday night, in the main event, Evans isn’t just fighting Hendo and the mother of all right hands. He’s also fighting himself, to regain his foothold as an elite, to rediscover the confidence and the fire that carried him to a UFC light heavyweight championship in 2008. That’s obvious to everybody who watches him. Even his mother.

Evans’ mom Shirley has become a quasi-celebrity in the MMA world, partly for the impressions of her that her son does. Most of the time, he impersonates her imparting her unique fight wisdom. Asked what advice she offered for this fight, he goes right into it, but her brief guidance boils down to her final words: “Bring some of that swag back.”

But is it quite that simple? We like to think that there is an imaginary force field that keeps personal problems away from the professional arena of competition, some magical earphones that tune out the noise and static. That’s a myth. For Evans, for a time, it was downright impossible to feel like a success in his professional life when his personal life was crumbling around him.

In early 2012, Evans and his wife divorced. The child of a broken home himself, Evans didn’t take the split lightly.

“When you go through a thing like divorce and dealing with all of that, I felt like a failure in life,” he said. “I felt like I failed my kids and I failed a lot of things. It took a lot for me mentally to put myself in a place where I was able to compete. I had to forgive myself and let myself know it was OK that things didn’t work out, and move on from that. It was definitely something that I had to put my mind to and focus on and do.”

Some people will chalk this up as an excuse. Evans is smart enough to know that, but he is nothing if not candid; he can’t stop himself from offering up his reality whether it’s joyful or melancholy. And at the time, everything was new and raw. He had switched gyms, he had moved to a different part of the country, and he was apart from his family for the first time. It was all foreign. He tried to fake his way through it, tried to shut his mouth and plow forward. But the tightly wound ball unravels the quickest, and before long, Evans was struggling in a way that he never had.

When you’re a young kid starting out in the fight business, the fire burns brightly, especially when you come from a place of struggle as Evans had. As a child, he’d had his heat turned off at times, electricity at others, as his mom tried to keep up with bills. He grew up wanting what the other, better-off kids had. Even before he came into the UFC, he was working security at a hospital. He often had to wheel dead bodies to the morgue, and as he did so, he’d wonder what kind of life those people had. Had they chased their dreams? Had they accomplished anything?

As a young man with little to his name, that was plenty of fuel for motivation. He could still remember the feeling of the cold air in his home, could close his eyes and pace the hospital walkways. But now, years later, time has dulled those memories, and the money he’s made had given him all those things he’d wanted as a youth and then some. He had those things, so what was his motivation now?

“I thought a lot about what happened,” he said. “I’ve harnessed the fight inside me. I’ve done the things that bring out the fight inside of me. Everybody has those things that make them fight, those triggers and stuff. For me, I’ve been working a lot on what makes me fight. What’s my motivating factor and those things. I’ve been all through camp steady working to improve my triggers so the minute I decide to fight, I’m going to be ready to fight. I’ll be able to pull and draw from that. For me it’s about waking up early in the morning and going for my morning runs, like 5 in the morning. Doing my heavy bag work in the garage, or doing a little extra work. Sitting and thinking about the fight, writing down what I’m going to do, different attacks. It’s to harness the fight inside of me and in my mind.”

Evans feels in some ways he won’t have a choice but to fight. He knows it’s good to feel scared, and Henderson certainly brings something to have fear in. Evans acknowledges that Henderson is one of the best fighters the U.S. has ever produced. He admires him and admits he’s dangerous. Someone’s going to get knocked out, he says. It’s just not going to be him, not when he still has things he wants to do. At 33 years old, Evans can’t see the end nearing. Not yet, despite the fact that he once brought up the possibility of retirement.

To his core, he says, he still identifies himself as a fighter. Even though he has a FUEL TV gig to fall back on, even though he made the money he wanted as a child, the structure of a fight camp is still the purpose he desires. The label of being a fighter is still necessary to him. Perhaps in his changing world, now more than ever.

As a kid, he was a Mike Tyson fan, and like millions, hung on every moment of Tyson’s fights, knowing something jaw-dropping was going to happen. Something that drew his eyes like magnets. Those are the same types of moments he wants to produce now. As an adult, he got to meet Tyson. They didn’t talk about fighting, but about life. Tyson is a man who’s lived through things and gained a lot of wisdom along the way, wisdom that Evans still thinks about.

Evans wants to be champion again. He’s not afraid to say it. But more than that, he wants to create memorable moments. He wants to throw himself into the best matchups with the most dangerous people. He wants to feel the heat of the fire again.

“Life in general, sometimes you take a few steps back just to go further than you would have before,” he said. “It’s hard to find the perspective of why you had the setbacks and failures, but it happens. Once you’re able to accept it, to internalize it and get a feel for what happened, then you’re able to move past it and maybe go further and project yourself further than you would have if you didn’t. I’m not going to put myself in a box and say I have to win. I want to win, I’m going to win, and inside of me, I want to go out there and perform and put on a great show for myself and the fans. But for the most part, I don’t feel the pressure.”

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A light heavyweight fight of Chael Sonnen vs. Mauricio Rua will serve as the main event of UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 on Aug. 17, 2013 from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) may have been unable to book Chael Sonnen vs. Mauricio Rua for UFC 161, however, the match up has come to fruition and it will serve as the main event of the UFC on FOX Sports 1 debut event in Boston, Mass., on Aug. 17, 2013.

Sonnen himself announced the five-round light heavyweight match up on Tuesday’s (June 4, 2013) edition of FUEL TV‘s “UFC Tonight.”

The possibility of a Sonnen-Rua bout first came to light when Antonio Rogerio Nogueira pulled out of his UFC 161 match up with “Shogun” due to a back injury and the former 205-pound champion was left without an opponent.

In typical fashion, Sonnen jumped into the hero role and sent a message to the Brazilian on Twitter stating he was “available” to step in to fight on just 13 days notice.

Talk among fans and media outlets about Sonnen replacing Nogueira spread like wildfire in the following hours a report surfaced out of Brazil that Rua’s camp had agreed to the match up and the fight would indeed fill the role as the new UFC 161 co-main event.

While no one from the UFC was willing to publicly confirm the match up, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta confirmed it was being “discussed” for the June 15, 2013 event in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

That was the last of the news until another report came out of Brazil saying the fight had fell apart because of the fact Sonnen was unable to get a Canadian visa in time for the event.

Rua was then pulled from the card in Winnipeg with the promise that he would fight “soon,” with the 31-year-old later hinting that he would compete at the UFC on FOX Sports 1 debut event in Boston. He was exactly right, and Sonnen will be his opponent in what will be the first-ever main event UFC fight on FOX Sports 1.

Photo by Esther Lin via MMA Fighting/Mike Bohn MMAMania

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has suffered an injury in training and has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 161 co-main event bout against Mauricio Rua on June 15, 2013.

Not long after the original UFC 161 main event of Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland was scratched due to a Barao injury, another major blow has been dealt to the Ultimate Fighting Championship‘s (UFC) next pay-per-view (PPV) event.

According to a report from Brazilian news outlet SporTV Globo, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira suffered a back injury in training and will be unable to compete against Mauricio Rua in the co-main event of the June 15, 2013 event.

John Morgan of MMA Junkie confirmed the news with UFC officials, who stated they are actively seeking a replacement to meet “Shogun” at the organization’s second event on Canadian soil in 2013.

The news comes at an unfortunate time for “Minotouro,” as he was celebrating his 37th birthday alongside twin brother Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on Sunday (June 2, 2013).

UFC 161: “Evans vs. Henderson” takes place June 15, 2013 from the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and features a main event between light heavyweight contenders Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson.

Pictured: Sam Stout – USA TODAY Sports/Jesse Holland

Another day, another injury.

Renan Barao is getting some company on the injured reserves.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight Isaac Vallie-Flagg has been injured and forced to withdraw from his UFC 161 prelims bout opposite Sam Stout, scheduled for the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on June 15, 2013.

Stepping in to take his place is World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) veteran James Krause.

Krause (19-4) is currently riding a seven-fight winning streak and was last seen outpointing Toby Imada in the main event of Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) 6 last January. Stout (19-8-1), meanwhile, will look to make it two in a row after his split decision win over Caros Fodor at UFC 157 back in February.

Giddy up.

UFC 161 will feature former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans, as he looks to rebound from his career-worst two-fight losing streak when he takes on former two-division PRIDE champion Dan Henderson in a high-stakes affair.

The night’s co-main event will see two more of the world’s top 205-pound fighters go to war, as Antonio Rogerio Nogueira looks to build momentum from his UFC 156 upset over Evans when he takes on former division champion Mauricio Rua in a rematch of their 2005 “Fight of the Year,” which “Shogun” won by decision.

Also added to the card at the last minute was a heavyweight contest between The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 10 winner Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic.

Good stuff.

USA TODAY Sports/Jesse Holland

It came down to “Hendo vs. Suga” and “Shogun vs. Lil’ Nog.” Did UFC promote the right 205-pound fight into the UFC 161 main event?

Well, that didn’t take very long, now did it?

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has a new main event for its upcoming UFC 161 pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on June 15, 2013.

Dan Henderson vs. Rashad Evans.

The two light heavyweight title contenders were promoted to the headlining spot when Renan Barao, who was originally slated to take on Eddie Wineland for the Interim Bantamweight Championship, tore a few ligaments in his foot and withdrew from the event.

See all the gory details here.

Henderson is coming off a dreadful split decision loss to Lyoto Machida in the UFC 157 co-main event earlier this year in Anaheim, California. “Hendo” spent most of the 15-minute bout trying to hunt down the elusive “Dragon,” but the Brazilian stuck-and-moved his way to victory, punching his title shot ticket for sometime later in 2013 in the process.

We think.

Evans, meanwhile, dropped a lackluster decision to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 156, allegedly “losing the desire and drive to compete,” according to UFC President White. “Suga” chalked up the puzzling performance to a “mental issue,” vowing to return stronger in his next appearance.

Somebody gets one step closer to the 205-pound title while the other goes to the back of the division line, perhaps for good.

Who ya’ got?

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Check out the current card for UFC 161, which takes place in Winnipeg, MB on June 15th.

The UFC returns to Canada on June 15th, but they’re headed somewhere they’ve never held an event before – Winnipeg, Manitoba. The MTS Centre will play host to a UFC interim bantamweight title fight as the main event, with Renan Barao looking to defend against the first WEC bantamweight champion, Eddie Wineland. The card will also feature two big light heavyweight bouts – Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will compete in a rematch of their epic 2005 Pride bout, while former champ Rashad Evans will meet veteran Dan Henderson.

Here’s a look at the current card:

Main Card:
Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland [Interim BW title]
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Mauricio Rua
Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson
Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan
Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton

FX Card:
Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley
Sam Stout vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
Stipe Miocic vs. Soa Palelei
Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac

Facebook Card:
Yves Jabouin vs. Dustin Pague
Sean Pierson vs. T.J. Waldburger
Mitch Clarke vs. John Maguire
Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa

Frank Mir taps out Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 140 on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. Photo by Esther Lin via MMA Fighting.

Frank Mir taps out Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 140 on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. Photo by Esther Lin via MMA Fighting.

Oh, Canada.

The UFC 149 fight card scheduled for Sat., July 21, 2012, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta has continued to be ravaged by injuries forcing drop outs and a near complete rearranging of the card.

The latest casualty is reportedly Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who apparently hasn’t full healed from the broken arm given to him by Frank Mir at UFC 140 on Dec. 10, 2011. His recovery is taking longer than expected, according to a report, and that has forced him out of his planned match-up against Cheick Kongo.

But not to worry, the world’s largest fight promotion has apparently already found a replacement. Get excited, Calgary, because Shawn Jordan is coming to visit!

That’s right, the 27-year-old Jordan, fresh off a second round knockout of Oli Thompson in his Octagon debut at UFC on FX 2 on March 3 in Australia, has agreed to step in to fill the void.



Kongo will be looking to rebound from a first round knockout loss at the hands of Mark Hunt at UFC 144 back on Feb. 25 in Japan, his first defeat in five fights.

A victory over Nogueira would have certainly meant much more to his career but you take ’em how you can get ’em, right?

UFC 149 was originally supposed to feature a triple decker sandwich full of all the tasty treats to satisfy Canadian fan’s appetites. Jose Aldo was to defend his featherweight title against Erik Koch in the main event of the evening while Mauricio Rua was scheduled to square off against Thiago Silva in the co-featured fight of the night. And, of course, Nogueira vs. Kongo would top it all off.

Then Aldo got hurt and backed out, leading to Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao (itself an injury replacement fight) to be moved from UFC 148 two weeks prior. This after Silva was injured and forced to pull out of his fight against “Shogun,” which eventually sent Rua off to the main event of the UFC on Fox 4 card on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles.

And now “Big Nog” is gone too. The fight business can be brutal.

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