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Renan Barao vs TJ Dillashaw is the new UFC 173 Main Event

Renan Barao’s will defend his UFC bantamweight championship against team alpha male’s TJ Dillashaw and serves as the replacement main event for UFC 173 per USA Today.
Dillashaw is 9-2 (5-1 in the UFC) and is coming off an amazing performance where he put on an a clinic against Mike Easton in a bout he won by unanimous decision.
Barao continues his amazing streak where he is undefeated in 33 bouts and still only has one loss on his record (33-1-1 NC) and his coming off a TKO victory over Dillashaw’s team mate Urijah Faber last month at UFC 169.
This new main event replaces Chris Weidman vs Lyoto Machida which has been scheduled now for UFC 175 on July 5th due to Weidman needing minor knee surgery.
UFC 173 takes place on May 24 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Below is the updated fight card:
Main Card (PPV)
Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw
Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic
Takeya Mizugaki vs. TBA
Tony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno
James Krause vs. Jamie Varner
Preliminary Card (Televised)
Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Chris Holdsworth vs. Kyung Ho Kang
Mitch Clarke vs. Al Iaquinta
Anthony Njokuani vs. Vinc Pichel
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Yves Edwards vs. Piotr Hallmann
Doo Ho Choi vs. Sam Sicilia
Jingliang Li vs. Danny Mitchell
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Johny Hendricks has successful bicep surgery (WARNING – GRAPHIC)

A few weeks before UFC 171 Johny Hendricks injured his right bicep which almost led to him pulling out of the fight completely. The next day appearing on the MMA Hour he confessed that the fight took a further toll on this injrury:
“Throwing a hook, whenever I threw a hook it just spazzed out. I don’t know what happened. I felt my arm actually pop.”
This week Hendricks had surgery on his bicep which went successfully and he believes he will be back to training in 4-8 week.
Below are the before and after pictures (courtesy of Hendrick’s manager Ted Ehrhardt) of his bicep but be warned these are very graphic.
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Before the surgery:

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After the surgery:

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UFC 165: Jones v Gustafsson

Alexander Gustafsson on Jon Jones “he tries to avoid me, everyone can see that”

Jon Jones received some backlash from fans and fighters alike after he suggested Alexander Gustaffson should face Daniel Cormier to determine who the true number 1 contender is in the light heavyweight division. Speaking on BT Sport’s Beyond The Octagon this week Gustafsson also weighed in on this.

 
“If I look at Jones’ perspective I don’t think that’s strange, because he tries to avoid me. Everyone can see that. I can see that. He does what it takes to not fight me. For myself, it doesn’t make any sense. I think DC is a great fighter. I respect him and I think he’s a top contender, but I think he has to have another fight or two before he will fight for the title. The only thing that makes sense, in my mind, is me versus Jones next. I want him to beat Glover Teixeira, because I want to take the belt from Jon Jones.”

 
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Gina Carano: “If circumstances were right, I would come back”

Will she? Won’t she? That’s been the question on everyone’s minds when it comes to Gina Carano. Ever since Joe Rogan said there was a big announcement imminent regarding the women’s division there have been rumours of Ronda Rousey vs Gina Carano. When I asked Dana White about this a few weeks ago at UFC Fight Night London the only new piece of information he gave up was that Carano has four fights left on her old Strikeforce contract which the UFC consumed through the Zuffa buy out. Now Carano herself has addressed the question speaking to FOX Sports this week:
“I don’t mind it at all. I’ve never retired. I’ve never officially said that. For some reason a part of me has always kept it open. I don’t know, there’s a certain part of me that thinks if circumstances were right, and I could keep doing what I’m trying to make my future into, that’s an ideal world. If circumstances were right, you never know. I’m very open to it.”
“I feel like I can’t say too much. I’ve got all this information that if I could just speak freely, this is actually what’s going on. I wish I could open up my mind and tell you exactly the things that I’ve seen and the conversations that I’ve had, but I think to sum it up in a nice, safe way for me is if circumstances were right, and if it’s a good enough circumstance (I would come back) because my first love is MMA.”
“Of course I haven’t trained for a fight in a long time so it gets kind of interesting when these rumors start coming up. But if I ever did do something like that, I would want the circumstances to be correct and right.”
“I’m more of a fan of MMA now than I’ve ever been. I’m saying if the circumstance was right, I’d definitely consider it. If the circumstances were right.”
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