Velasquez out of UFC 180 with knee injury; Hunt to face Werdum for interim Heavyweight title
UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has withdrawn from his championship fight against No. 1 contender Fabricio Werdum in Mexico City next month after suffering a right knee injury during training. UFC announced Tuesday that No. 4 heavyweight Mark Hunt (10-8-1) of New Zealand will face Werdum (18-5-1) in the five-round main event for the interim UFC heavyweight title on November 15.
Canada's Gagnon to face former UFC champ Barao
Canadian Mitch Gagnon, riding a four-fight win streak in the UFC, has been rewarded with a matchup with former bantamweight champion Renan Barao. The two will meet Dec. 20 on a televised card in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Former No. 1 boxer Holm to make UFC debut in December
The world's former No. 1-rated female boxer is set to make her Ultimate Fighting Championship debut. The UFC announced Thursday that Holly Holm will fight Colorado native Raquel Pennington on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas.
Welterweight MacDonald's UFC title shot is years in the making
It's been nine years since Rory (Ares) MacDonald made his pro debut in Prince George, B.C., against Terry Thiara. His parents had to sign a waiver to get the local commission to OK the bout for the 16-year-old lightweight. Even David Lea, his longtime trainer at Toshido Mixed Martial Arts in Kelowna, was a little concerned.
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