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Posted on January 11, 2012 by John Petit
The Octagon Heads To Atlanta
The UFC has announced that they are returning to Atlanta, Georgia for UFC 146. Today on FUEL TV’s “UFC LIVE” show they made the announcement that the octagon will be returning to Georgia on April 21st. Georgia played a key roll in the early stages of the UFC by hosting UFC 11, and UFC 13 at a time when MMA was not only not sanction, but it was also difficult for the UFC to find homes for the live shows. The last time the UFC was in Atlanta was in Septemeber 6, 1998 for UFC 88, and in the main event Rashad Evans was able to knock out UFC Hall Of Famer Chuck Liddel just before the 2 minute mark of the second round.
UFC 146 will go down at the Philips Arena, and no match ups have been announced as of yet.
Gustafsson/Nogueira to Headline UFC Sweden
The UFC has finally announced the main event for UFC on Fuel 2, and it was announced that Alexander Gustafsson a native of Sweden will take on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. According to the UFC the event will be dubbed “UFC: Sweden.”
Alexander Gustafsson is coming off the biggest win of his career at UFC 141 where he finished Vladimir Matyushenko early in the first round of their fight. So far in his UFC career he has finished all 4 of his opponents, and is yet to be beaten. Nogueira is coming off of a win over former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz at UFC 140. Nogueira’s win over Ortiz ended a 2 fight losing streak.
There are other rumored bouts for the card, but to date these are the confirmed fights.
UFC Sweden Alexander Gustafsson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Paulo Thiago DaMarques Johnson vs. John Maguire Jörgen Kruth vs. Cyrille Diabate Magnus Cedenblad vs. Francis Carmont Brian Stann vs. Alessio Sakara Brad Pickett vs. Damacio Page James Head vs. Papy Abedi
Jones Already Back From Vacation?
After his final fight, in what turned out to be one of the best years ever put together by a UFC fighter, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones said in the cage he would like to take about 4 or 5 months off to get some rest and heal a bit. UFC President Dana White had no problems with that, as Jones took 4 fights in 2011 (finishing all of them,) and one of them was basically on 8 weeks notice. White exclaimed “The kid deserves a break, he really stepped up in 2011, and he will get it.”
About a week to ten days later, Jon Jones was on the phone with the UFC saying he was ready to go back, and wanted a fight scheduled. The announcement came as a surprise to MMA fans, and launched tons of speculation as to who his next opponent will be. White recently said that if Rashad Evans comes out of his fight with Phil Davis as the winner, and healthy, he will be the next opponent for Jones. Evans has been promised title fights before, and even sat on the side lines for that shot, but still hasn’t fought for it.
Fans are aware of the heated rivalry between the two fighters, as they were once close team mates, and both said they would never dream of fighting each other. That all changed when Jones started defeating ranked opponents, and saying in interviews that he would fight Evans for the title because being a champion was his dream. This came as a surprise to Evans, and even prompted him to leave his camp and long time coach Greg Jackson for another gym.
If Evans loses, or he is injured during the bout, many are under the impression that Dan Henderson will be given the shot at Jones strap. Henderson is coming off a 5 round, fight of the year, fight with Mauricio Shogun Rua.