Swanson vs. Lobov Green Lit for UFC Nashville, but de Lima Misses Weight Big

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Nashville, Tenn., this week for UFC Fight Night 108: Swanson vs. Lobov.

The main event features an exciting featherweight fight between longtime UFC veteran Cub Swanson taking on rising talent and Conor-McGregor teammate Artem Lobov. 

Swanson, currently on a three-fight winning streak, didn’t streak into the weigh-in on Friday morning. While every fighter on the card weighed in within the first 45 minutes or so of the allotted two hours, Swanson waited until there was about 20 minutes left to step on the scale, which is fully within his right to do so.

Not one to battle the scale, Swanson hit the mark at 145 pounds, making the headlining bout official. Lobov weighed in earlier, also stepping on the scale at 145 pounds.

The only fighter that struggled was Marcos Rogerio de Lima, who weighed 210 pounds for his light heavyweight bout with Ovince Saint Preux. That is a full 4 pounds above the 206 pounds allowed for a non-title fight, but Saint Preux agreed to take the fight anyway. He will receive 30-percent of de Lima’s fight purse as a penalty.

The promotion is not holding a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC Fight Night 108.

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UFC Fight Night 108: Swanson vs. Lobov Weigh-in Results

Main Card on FS1 (10 pm ET / 7 pm PT)

  • Cub Swanson (145) vs. Artem Lobov (145)
  • Al Iaquinta (154.5) vs. Diego Sanchez (155.5)
  • Ovince Saint Preux (206) vs. Marcos Rogério de Lima (210)*
  • John Dodson (135) vs. Eddie Wineland (135)
  • Joe Lauzon (155.5) vs. Stevie Ray (156)
  • Jake Ellenberger (170.5) and Mike Perry (170)

Prelims on FS2 (8 pm ET / 5 pm PT)

  • Thales Leites (186) vs. Sam Alvey (184)
  • Dustin Ortiz (124.5) vs. Brandon Moreno (125)
  • Scott Holtzman (156) vs. Michael McBride (155.5)
  • Jessica Penne (116) vs. Danielle Taylor (115)

Prelims on UFC Fight Pass (6:30 pm ET / 3:30 pm PT)

  • Alexis Davis (134.5) vs. Cindy Dandois (135)
  • Bryan Barberena (170) vs. Joe Proctor (170)
  • Hector Sandoval (125.5) vs. Matt Schnell (126)

*de Lima missed weight, will have to pay a fine

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UFC Nashville: Swanson vs. Lobov Weigh-in Replay

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Bellator 178: Straus vs. Pitbull 4 Weigh-In Results and Video

(Courtesy of Bellator)

Watch the Bellator 178: Straus vs. Pitbull 4 weigh-in, which took place on Thursday in Uncasville, Conn. Daniel Straus and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire square off for the fourth time in the main event.

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Bellator 178: Straus vs. Pitbull 4 Weigh-in Results

Main Card:

  • Daniel Straus (145) vs. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (144) 
  • Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (126) vs. Jessica Middleton (126) 
  • Saad Awad (164.5) vs. Ryan Quinn (164.5) 
  • A.J. McKee (146) vs. Dominic Mazzotta (146)

Preliminary Card:

  • Ed Ruth (185.5) vs. David Mundell (184.25)
  • Tyrell Fortune (244.5) vs. Branko Busick (220)
  • Tim Caron (195)  vs. Jordan Young (195)
  • Nick Alley (167) vs. Kastroit Xhema (165)
  • Don Shainis (149.5) vs. Max Kelleher (149.75)
  • Regivaldo Carvalho (139.5) vs. Jason Perrin (140)
  • Kemran Lachinov (164.5) vs. Sam Watford (164)
  • John Lopez (125.5) vs. Remo Cardarelli (124)
  • Chris Foster (145) vs. Shane Manley (146)
  • Thomas English (146) vs. Blair Tugman (146)
  • Billy Giovanella (124.75) vs. Joshua Ricci (126)

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Conor McGregor’s Says He’ll Make $100-Million-Plus for Mayweather Fight

Conor McGregor has much grander ideas for a Floyd Mayweather payday than UFC head honcho Dana White.

The UFC president on Wednesday said that he believed if the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight came together, Mayweather would likely make somewhere north of $100 million, while McGregor would earn $75 million or so. 

McGregor, the UFC’s first dual-division champion, sees it a bit differently. Primarily, he seems to think that White was being a good bit conservative in his estimates of what kind of revenue the fight might draw. 

Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather“Happy Thursday, everyone,” McGregor wrote on Instagram. “How’s that ($75 million) make your stomach feel?

“It’s actually ($100-plus million) if we go by the non-conservative numbers the fight will actually do and that’s not including my endorsements and business ventures.”

Endorsements and related business ventures certainly could be an enormous boost to McGregor’s bottom line if the fight comes to fruition.

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While the UFC lightweight champion is somewhat hamstrung by the promotion’s Reebok deal when it comes to fighting in the Octagon, he would likely be free to open the door to many additional revenue streams when fighting Mayweather. UFC president Dana White has said that, while the UFC would be involved to some extent, the fight would take place on a boxing card, not as part of a proper UFC event.

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All You Need to Know About The Ultimate Fighter 25 Premiere

The 25th season of The Ultimate Fighter premiered on Fox Sports 1 on Wednesday. This season features 14 welterweights who previously competed on the reality series with a chance to return to the UFC and win a $250,000 payout. Each of the fighters will receive $10,000 for their fights, win or lose, and earn an extra $5,000 for finishing their opponents.

The Format

TUF 25 Preview“For the 25th season, former competitors are getting a shot at redemption on The Ultimate Fighter,” explained UFC president Dana White.  “We brought back a bunch of crafty veterans.  The stakes have never been higher.

“There’s also going to be a wildcard fight,” he added.  “Which means, in the preliminaries, two guys who lose will be brought back.  The winner of that fight will move on to the next round.” 

The Coaches

Bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and former titleholder TJ Dillashaw are the coaches. The two former teammates and training partners are bitter enemies. Their rivalry came to a head in the first episode when the two got into a scuffle prior to the weigh-in for the first fight of the season.

Team Selections

The coaches evaluated the fighters and then the team selections began. Dillashaw won the customary coin toss and decided to pick the first fighter instead of the first fight. He chose James Krause from season 15. Garbrandt’s first pick was Seth Baczynski from season 11. Jesse Taylor from season 7 was Dillashaw’s second pick, while Garbrandt went with season 22’s Mehdi Bagdad. Ramsey Nijem of season 13 was selected in the third round by Dillashaw, while Garbrandt decided on season 19’s Eddie Gordon. Dhiego Lima from season 19 went to Team Dillashaw in the fourth round, while Hector Urbina from the same season went to Team Garbrandt.  Season 2’s Joe Stevenson was Dillashaw’s fifth pick, while Hayder Hassan from season 21 was Garbrandt’s.  Season 22’s Tom Gallicchio was picked sixth by Dillashaw.  Garbrandt chose Julian Lane from season 16.  Gilbert Smith from season 17 was Dillashaw’s seventh selection.  Season 13’s Justin Edwards was the last man standing and went to Team Garbrandt.

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First Matchups Announced

Because Dillashaw decided to select the first fighter, Garbrandt got to choose the first fight.  Garbrandt chose Team Dillashaw’s last pick, Gilbert Smith, to face Seth Baczynski in the first fight of the season.

Dillashaw chose the second matchup and put James Krause, his first team pick, up against Team Garbrandt’s Hector Urbina.

Fighter Withdraws

Urbrina showed up to the filming heavy, weighing 196.5 pounds.  Dillashaw selected him to fight in the first episode anticipating a difficult weight cut.  He was right.  Urbina withdrew from the bout the day before the weigh-in after failing to lose enough weight.  He was sent home and an alternate was brought in to replace him.  Johnny Nunes from season 22 was brought in to replace Urbina against Krause and the fight was pushed back to a later episode.  Krause was not happy with the move.  “I cut weight for nothing,” he said 

First Fight: Seth Baczynski vs. Gilbert Smith

Smith was not happy about being chosen last and selected to take on Garbrandt’s first pick.  He told members of Team Garbrandt that they picked the wrong guy.  His prediction turned out to be true.  The 35-year-old used his wrestling ability to put Baczynski on his back.  He controlled Baczynski and took out Garbrandt’s first pick by unanimous decision.

Next Fight Announcement

Coach Garbrandt picked the next fight.  He chose Team Dillashaw’s Tom Gallicchio to take on Eddie Gordon.

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