Two Title-Fight Rematches to Top UFC 148

Up-to-the-minute news about the UFC 148 fight card, slated for July 7 in Las Vegas. Ticket information will be released soon.

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UFC 147 - June 23
UFC 148 - July 7
UFC 149 - July 21
A stacked UFC 148 card in Las Vegas just got another jolt of star power today, as UFC President Dana White announced that due to scheduling conflicts with the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development on June 20-22, the June 23rd rematch between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and number one contender Chael Sonnen has been moved from Havelange Stadium in Rio de Janeiro to the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the July 7th event in the fight capital of the world.

White made the announcement Tuesday morning at a press conference in Rio with both Silva and Sonnen both in attendance.

It was also confirmed that the July 7th event would feature the title-fight rubber match between bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and rival Urijah Faber. Faber defeated Cruz via first-round submission to retain the featherweight title in Cruz' first bout in the WEC in 2007. Cruz went on to win the bantamweight championship in the WEC and became the UFC's first 135-pound title-holder. In a 2011 rematch, Cruz won a unanimous decision.

The two are currently stoking their rivalry on a weekly basis as coaches on FX' The Ultimate Fighter Live.

"Young Assassin" Gets His Next Assignment updated April 3
Another exciting lightweight battle has been agreed to for UFC 148 this summer: Melvin "The Young Assassin" Guillard will look to rebound from two straight submission losses against third-degree BJJ black belt Fabricio Camões.

Feared Lightweights Collide at UFC 148 updated April 3
The locker rooms at UFC 148 will be even more like a model UN than previously expected, with the announcement of a lightweight bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Gleison Tibau.

The Russian-born Nurmagomedov is undefeated and has never had a fight last fifteen minutes; Brazilian-born Tibau is an American Top Team standout. Both men now train on the East Coast and possess black belts; Numagomedov's in judo and Tibau's in BJJ.

The current UFC 148 card now includes fighters from Russia, Brazil, El Salvador, Canada, Korea, Japan, Cyprus, Vietnam, the UK and the US.

Bantamweight Shakeup on Summer Card updated March 23
With Jeff Hougland being plucked to fill in for an injured fighter on the May 15 card, Renan Barao has found a new UFC 148 opponent in Ivan Menjivar. Both men are explosive, elite contenders with the experience, records, and talent worthy of a title shot.

The outcome of this fight could cement the next challenger for the bantamweight belt currently belonging to Dominick Cruz.

Maia to Make 170-Pound Debut at UFC 148 updated March 20
The UFC 148 fight card continues to add muscle -- not to mention international flair -- with verbal agreements coming in for two more bouts at the July 7 event.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Demian Maia will drop to welterweight and be welcomed by the super-tough 15-1 Korean judo expert Dong Hyun Kim.

Plus, heavy-hitting middleweights Riki Fukuda and Costa Philippou will clash. The Japanese Fukuda scored a decision win last month at UFC 144; Cyprus-born, Long-Island based Philippou accomplished the same a week later at UFC on FX.

Ortiz and Griffin to Break The Tie at UFC 148 updated March 20
A stacked UFC 148 card got another jolt of star power, as former light heavyweight champions Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin will meet for the third time on July 7th in Las Vegas. This rubber match will settle the score between the 205-pound superstars in a series that saw Ortiz win a close split decision over Griffin in 2006, and Griffin return the favor by beating his rival at UFC 106 in 2009.

UFC 148's Summer Blowout Starting to Shape Up updated March 19
Verbal agreements are in for three fantastic bouts for this year's Fourth of July weekend event, slated for July 7 in Las Vegas.

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich "Ace" Franklin will return to 185 to take on former Strikeforce champion Cung Le.

In another middleweight matchup, top ten middleweights Tim "The Barbarian" Boetsch and Michael "The Count" Bisping will square off in a battle that could have major implications for the 185 title picture.

Bantamweight Renan Barao has the greatest unbeaten streak in the sport -- a staggering 31 straight fights -- and he'll gun for another when he faces Jeff "Hellbound" Hougland at UFC 148. Unbeaten since 2003, Hougland is looking for his 10th straight victory and a spot in the upper rankings of the bantamweight division.
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