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Anthony Johnson Wants to Fight “Everybody” (UFC on FOX 12 Video)

Anthony Johnson talks about his stunningly quick finish of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and then puts the entire UFC light heavyweight division on notice.

“(I want to fight) everybody.”

SEE ALSO: Anthony Johnson vs. Rogerio Nogueira Fight Highlights

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Fighters React To Robbie Lawler’s UFC on FOX 12 Unanimous Decision Over Matt Brown Via Twitter

Following Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown’s five-round war at UFC on Fox 12 in San Jose on Saturday, fighters and industry notables reacted to Lawler’s unanimous decision win via Twitter.

It was a match-up that seemingly could not go the distance. UFC president Dana White said on Fox Sports 1 leading up to the fight, “If it goes the distance, I’ll walk back to Vegas.” It did go the distance, but White won’t be walking from San Jose to Las Vegas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes 2 Headed to Brazil, Headlines UFC 179

Jose-Aldo-vs-Chad-MendesUFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will return from injury and defend his title against Chad Mendes at UFC 179 in Rio de Janeiro, UFC President Dana White announced on Saturday.

The 145-pound rematch, which was originally scheduled for Aug. 2 in Los Angeles before Aldo had to withdraw, will now headline the pay-per-view in Brazil, which takes place at the Maracanazinho Gymnasium on Oct. 25.

Aldo and Mendes were set to headline UFC 176 at Staples Center, but Aldo suffered a neck injury in training and had to step out of the fight. As a result of Aldo’s withdraw, the entire UFC 176 card was canceled, and the fights were rescheduled for later cards.

The UFC 179 featured bout will be the second time the two featherweights clash. The first meeting between Aldo and Mendes occurred at UFC 142 in January of 2012, a bout that saw Aldo win with a devastating knee to Mendes’ chin for the knockout.

UFC 179 currently has no other bouts scheduled for the card, but more fights are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.


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Robbie Lawler Looking To Do More in Upcoming UFC Title Rematch with Johny Hendricks

02-Robbie-Lawler-UFC-on-FOX-12-wAlmost no one thought it would go five rounds.

But against Matt Brown, the main event for the UFC’s fights on FOX did, and now Robbie Lawler has himself a rematch with Johny Hendricks.

The plan, Lawler said, was to get it over quickly. The problem, however, was that Brown was way too tough to let that happen so easily.

SEE ALSO: Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown Fight Highlights

“I just wanted to go out there and look to stop him,” Lawler said at the post-fight press conference. “There was two winners in that cage tonight, and he’s very impressive. He put on a good performance tonight.

“He’s a hell of an opponent. He took a lot of shots, and I landed some big shots and he kept coming. Everything they said about that guy was true, and he’s very tough.”

Even Dana White thought the UFC on FOX 12 headliner would finish within the distance. The UFC president’s reaction to the Fight of the Night winner was one where he had nothing to complain about.

In fact, White was thankful for Lawler’s efforts, not only for Saturday, but for the past quarter of the year.

“I think he’s had three fights in four months. Thank you, by the way.” White told Lawler. “He’s been unbelievable and stepping up and taking big fights non-stop for us, and fighting dangerous guys. He goes in there and that thing goes five rounds. And Brown, hurt hand or not, went for it in that fifth round. Unbelievable fight, unbelievable performance.”

With the tough task of Brown out of the way, Lawler now has his eyes set on a rematch with Hendricks. The first fight between the two was a back-and-forth slugfest with Hendricks walking away with a unanimous decision.

Lawler said he’s gotten better since his the first time the two met in the Octagon, and he hopes to prove he can do more.

“Ruthless” will look to do more to earn more.

“I’m going to do a lot different,” Lawler said of the impending rematch for the title. “I’m going to keep building on everything that I’ve been doing this year, but I’m going to do more. That’s what that fight came down to — I need to do more. More punches, more kicks, more takedown defense. I just need to take the fight to him.

“I want to get right back in the gym and start working out and start working to get better and start training to be champion.”

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Matt Brown Missed Weight, but He Can Still Earn Bonuses and a Shot at a UFC Championship

Matt BrownYes, Matt Brown missed weight for his UFC on FOX 12 No. 1 contender’s fight with Robbie Lawler. He weighed in a full 1.5 pounds over the limit.

Yet, he won’t miss his opportunity to win a title shot.

Brown will not be fined, he will still be eligible to win a shot at UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks, and he can even win post-fight bonuses.

Preliminary card fighter Juliana Lima also missed weight, at one pound over the 116-pound limit for her 115-pound strawweight fight. Like Brown, she will not be assessed any penalties.

The reason Brown and Lima won’t suffer any penalties, according to UFC officials, is because there was a massive amount of confusion at Friday’s weigh-in.

SEE ALSO: UFC on FOX 12 Weigh-in Video

Usually, a fighter that misses weight on the initial attempt is given two hours to try and come into compliance with the contracted weight. That didn’t happen for either fighter on Friday.

Brown was told by a California State Athletic Commission official that he was not going to be allowed a second attempt, according to the UFC. Lima, who was already cutting weight, was also halted from her efforts, and weighed 116.5 pounds on a second attempt, although she had not been given the full two hours typically allotted.

SEE ALSO: UFC on FOX 12 Weigh-in Photos

After discussing the matter, UFC president Dana White and commission officials agreed that there was a miscommunication between the commission and the fighters, so there would be no penalties assessed.

When a fighter misses weight on his second attempt, the commission typically assesses a 20-percent penalty from the fighter’s show money. Half of that penalty is awarded to the fighter’s opponent, the other half to the commission. That penalty was not assessed to Brown or Lima.

A UFC fighter missing weight also typically negates his eligibility for the customary $50,000 Performance of the Night and Fight of the Night bonuses. That will not be the case for either fighter. They are both still eligible for the bonuses.

The biggest question mark was Brown’s contender status. If he had missed weight outright on his second attempt, he likely would not be eligible to win a shot at the belt. White, however, said that because of the miscommunication, if Brown defeats Lawler in the UFC on FOX 12 main event, he will get a shot at Hendricks.

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