Brown and Lima Don’t Make Weight But Are Still In UFC Fight Night

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Looks like Matt Brown is catching a lucky break after not making weight for his fight against Robbie Lawler. He faced a possible fine, but it was rescinded. He also turned down the chance to cut weight a second time.

Despite all this, he’s eligible to become the #1 contender if he beats Lawler. He could have ended up paying a fine of 20% of his fight purse with 10% going to Lawler. A discussion with the commission changed all of this and the welterweight bout is still headlining tonight for UFC Fight Night.

Another fighter who didn’t make weight was Juliana Lima. She was a half pound over the allowed limit. Her opponent is Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Lima was set to appear on The Ultimate Fighter 20, but it was recently reported that she is relieved to no longer be in the show because that meant her shot at this fight against Jedrzejczyk. She joked that she would be too hard to live with, so it’s best that she’s not in TUF house for that season. This will be her debut fight with UFC after leaving Invicta FC.

Interesting to note is that Lima’s removal from TUF 20 is due to her not speaking English. She shares, however, that she was worked in travel and has plenty of English, so language was not a barrier. Still, she feels good about the decision because it now allows her to move forward with the fights in her contract with UFC.

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Matt Brown vs Robbie Lawler this Saturday at UFC on Fox 12

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Matt Brown has stirred up a lot of conversation lately regarding his potential of moving into the elite ranks of MMA. With a seven-fight winning streak, he’s creating a lot of title chatter. But before that talk turns into reality, Brown’s got one item left to check off his list: Robbie Lawler this Saturday at UFC on Fox 12.
The outcome of Lawler’s last five fights hasn’t added up as nicely as Brown’s. Regardless, Lawler, UFC’s No. 1-ranked welterweight, has had pretty sizable opponents — a loss to champion Johny Hendricks and a win against No. 2 Rory MacDonald. Compare that to Brown’s last five fights, featuring only one ranked opponent (a win against No. 15 Erick Silva) and the odds become clearly stacked in Lawler’s favor.
Brown’s lackluster string of opponents doesn’t necessarily mean he’s in over his head in this upcoming fight, however. Brown was scheduled to go against No. 3-ranked contender Carlos Condit back in December. Two herniated discs in his back saw to it that that fight, which would have silenced many of Brown’s doubters, didn’t come to fruition.
Lawler comes into Saturday’s fight with the experience Brown’s streak so desperately needs. If Brown wants to maintain a streak earned by very few in the welterweight division, he’ll have to be fearless. Brown is an impressive opponent and Lawler will need to rely heavily on the experiences of his recent top-10 fights if he wants to win.
Lawler needs to prove he’s better than 4-1 and Brown needs to prove he can handle a top-10 competitor. Either way, this match is make or break for both fighters.

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Brief Rundown of UFC Fight Night 46

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UFC Fight Night 46 took place in Ireland today and it was a successful day for its native fighters. Here is a rundown of the results (via bleacherreport.com):

UFC Fight Night 46 Main Card on Fight Pass

  • Conor McGregor def. Diego Brandao, TKO (Round 1, 4:05)
  • Gunnar Nelson def. Zak Cummings, submission (Round 2, 4:48)
  • Ian McCall def. Brad Pickett, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Norman Parke def. Naoyuki Kotani, TKO (Round 2, 3:41)

Preliminary Fights on Fight Pass

  • Ilir Latifi def. Chris Dempsey, TKO (Round 1, 2:07)
  • Neil Seery def. Phil Harris, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Cathal Pendred def. Mike King, submission (Round 2, 3:33)
  • Trevor Smith def. Tor Troeng, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Nikita Krylov def. Cody Donovan, TKO (Round 1, 4:57)
  • Patrick Holohan def. Josh Sampo, submission (Round 1, 3:06)

In other news, the women’s straw weight division saw its first fight on July 16 between Claudia Gadelha and Tina Lahdemaki. We’ll see more of these fighters on the 20th cycle of The Ultimate Fighter, the end of which will lead us to a new champion for the division. The fight didn’t receive a ton of exposure, but that will definitely change by the end of this year.

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Everyone Knew Of Ronda Rousey Except Floyd Mayweather

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Floyd Mayweather has achieved the impossible – not knowing who Ronda Rousey is. Even people who don’t keep up with MMA fighting and the UFC have at least heard of Ronda due to the various television and radio interviews she’s done, not to mention her social media presence as the rise of women’s MMA has catapulted her into stardom.

Mayweather managed to escape this flurry of news and when told about Rousey, he said he didn’t know who “he” was. Ouch. In any case, Rousey had said, during a radio interview, that she could totally beat Mayweather in a match because despite him being the best boxer in the world, she brings other elements into the fight that could work to her advantage. This may be very true because we have seen how well Rousey reads her opponents’ mindsets so clearly that she immediately takes them down.

After Rousey’s win at the ESPY’s for Best Female Athlete (the first win for the sport of MMA), Mayweather’s awareness of her has grown. As BleacherReport.com suggested, his newfound awareness could lead to future work together with his company, Mayweather Promotions, as it endeavors to include more contact sports.

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