Saturday night’s main event on HBO will go off as planned, as both WBA middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin and challenger Willie Monroe Jr. made weight without a hitch on Friday.
Undefeated Bellator MMA fighter Darrion Caldwell makes his bantamweight debut against former Bellator bantamweight tournament winner Rafael Silva on Friday in Temecula, Calif. and wants to show the world that he’s a contender in the weight division.
The amateur wrestling standout knows what he’s up against and believes Silva will be the toughest opponent that he’s faced, but plans to use the opportunity to showcase his all-around game.
“This is definitely my toughest fight to date, and I’m going to show that I’m ready for the top guys in the world,” Caldwell told MMAWeekly.com.
“It’s no secret that he’s a world class fighter. He’s in the top of the division in the organization. He’s top five. It’s no secret that he’s good. He’s going to be prepared and he’s going to be well-rounded, so I’m going to bring my A-game,” he said.
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“This is definitely a fight where I feel like I’m going to have to open up a little bit and show exactly what I have. It’s going to be a good opportunity to showcase the fighting abilities that I haven’t shown,” added the 27-year-old.
The fight kicks off the Bellator 137 main card and will be Caldwell’s bantamweight debut. He planned to drop to the 135-pound division and when presented with the opportunity to face Silva, he decided the time was now.
“I walk around every day in the 50’s. I always felt like 135 was right around the corner for me. Whenever the opportunity was presented I took it. Fortunately, for me, it’s on a platform where I’m able to showcase my talent to the world,” he said.
With a win, Caldwell believes he’ll become an immediate contender in the weight class.
“I think it makes me an immediate contender at 135 pounds,” he said. “I feel like it will put me in the mix at the top of the division.
“I think it definitely puts me in that mix at the top of the division, and with a good performance, if they want to give me the opportunity to fight for the title, I’d be more than happy to take the fight.”
The "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4" finale has a new venue and main event.
TUF 21 Finale Fight Card
Jake Ellenberger (30-9) vs. Stephen Thompson (10-1)
Jorge Masvidal (28-9) vs. Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira (8-4)
A welterweight bout between Jake Ellenberger and Stephen Thompson that was originally scheduled for UFC 189 will now headline "The Ultimate Fighter 21" finale.
UFC Fight Night 70 was originally slated for June 27 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, featuring Erick Silva vs. Rick Story in the headliner. The event will still take place on June 27, but has been moved to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla., according to UFC officials.
Those weren’t the only changes revealed on Friday.
The twenty-first season of The Ultimate Fighter takes place in South Florida, pitting fighters from rival camps the Blackzilians and American Top Team against one another. The UFC had intended for the TUF 21 Finale to also take place on July 12 in South Florida.
The TUF 21 Finale will maintain the same date, July 12, but instead of South Florida, it will be held in Las Vegas to cap off the UFC’s International Fight Week. UFC 189: Aldo vs. McGregor takes place the night before, on Saturday, July 11, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The TUF 21 Finale will follow on Sunday, July 12, in the same venue.
Also featured on the TUF 21 Finale is another welterweight bout featuring two fighters making the move to 170 pounds. Jorge Masvidal is moving up from lightweight. He will face Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira, who is making the drop down from middleweight.
The 24 fighters competing on the UFC Fight Night 66: Edgar vs. Faber fight card in the Philippines on Saturday officially weighed in on Friday. Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar takes on former featherweight titleholder Urijah Faber in the main event. Watch the fighters step on the scales and face-off.
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship has finally landed in the Philippines, and they’re kicking things off in a big way. UFC Fight Night 66 features former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar facing former featherweight champion Urijah Faber squaring off in a five-round main-event battle.
But before Edgar and Faber can throw down, they had to step up on the scale on Friday to weigh in and make their bout official.
Neither is known for having trouble making weight, and neither had trouble in Manila. Both men tipped the scale at 146 pounds, which is the limit for a featherweight non-title fight.
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One fighter on the card did have trouble, however. Royston Wee weighed 137 pounds for his bantamweight fight with Ning Guangyou. He was fined a percentage of his purse, but the fight will still take place.UFC Fight Night 66: Edgar vs. Faber Weigh-in Results
Main Card (on Fox Sports 1)
Frankie Edgar (146) vs. Urijah Faber (146)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Costa Philippou (186)
Mark Munoz (186) vs. Luke Barnatt (185)
Hyun Gyu Lim (171) vs. Neil Magny (171)
Phillipe Nover (145) vs. Yui Chul Nam (146)
Mark Eddiva (145) vs. Levan Makashvili (145)
Preliminary Card (on Fox Sports 1)
Tae Hyun Bang (156) vs. Jon Tuck (156)
Zhang Lipeng (155) vs. Kajan Johnson (155)
Li Jingliang (171) vs. Dhiego Lima (170)
Ning Guangyou (135) vs. Royston Wee (137)
Royston Wee (137*) VS Ning Guangyou (135)
Preliminary Card (on UFC Fight Pass)
Roldan Sangcha-An (126) vs. Jon Delos Reyes (125)
Nolan Ticman (126) vs. Yao Zhikui (125)
Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and women’s bantamweight contender Miesha Tate fielded questions from the fans prior to the UFC Fight Night 66 weigh-in in the Philippines on Friday. Hear what the two UFC stars had to say.
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The official weigh-in for Bellator 137: Halsey vs. Grove took place on Thursday in Temecula, Calif. Five fighters failed to make weight including middleweight champion Brandon Halsey, who was scheduled to defend his title for the first time against Kendall Grove in the fight card’s main event.
The Viacom-owned fight promotion stripped Halsey of his title and the belt will only be up for grabs for Grove on Friday at the Pechanga Resort and Casino. If Halsey wins, the championship will become vacant.
In total, five fighters failed to hit their weigh-in mark on Friday, including co-main event fighter Mike Richman. Virgil Swicker came in heavy for his light heavyweight bout against Razak Al-Hassan. Joe Taimanglo barely came in overweight for his bantamweight matchup against Antonio Duarte, and Adrienna Jenkins failed to make weight for her women’s featherweight bout against Jesse Juarez.Bellator 137 Weigh-In Results
Main Card (on Spike TV)
Brandon Halsey (188.1) vs. Kendall Grove (184.9)
Eduardo Dantas (135.2) vs. Mike Richman (139.2)
Fernando Gonzalez (170.9) vs. Curtis Millender (170.8)
Darrion Caldwell (135.7) vs. Rafael “Morcego” Silva (135.7)
Preliminary Card (on Spike.com)
Benji Radach (186) vs. Ben Reiter (186)
Razak Al-Hassan (205.6) vs. Virgil Zwicker (206.7)
Antonio Duarte (135.1) vs. Joe Taimanglo (136.2)
Julio Cesar Neves Jr. (146) vs. Jordan Parsons (145.5)
Jesse Juarez (171) vs. Ricky Rainey (170.7)
Preliminary Card (dark matches)
Albert Morales (134.4) vs. John Yoo (135.4)
Shawn Bunch (135.4) vs. Rolando Perez (135.3)
Ian Butler (155.2) vs. Steve Kozola (155.8)
Arlene Blencowe (145.8) vs. Adrienna Jenkins (146.7)
Watch the UFC Fight Night 66 Q&A Featuring Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate Live on Friday at 5:45 AM ET
Prior to the UFC Fight Night 66 official weigh-in on Friday in the Philippines, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and women’s bantamweight contender Miesha Tate will field questions from the fans. Hear what the two have to say and what questions they are asked.
Watch the official UFC Fight Night 66: Edgar vs. Faber weigh-in streaming live on Friday from the Philippines at 7 a.m. ET. Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar takes on former featherweight titleholder Urijah Faber in the fight card’s main event.