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It’s not Cowboy Stadium, but Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor have a date.

According to a report by Yahoo! Sports, the two will meet to unify the featherweight title on December 12 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Aldo, the reigning titleholder, was forced out of a planned fight vs. McGregor due to an injury. The Brazilian is 25-1 in his career and a perfect 7-0 inside the Octagon.

McGregor (18-2) scored his sixth UFC victory when he bested Chad Mendes for the interim title earlier this month.

The UFC put a lot of time and money into the planned UFC 189 main event, including a press tour that took both Aldo and McGregor all across the globe.

UFC president Dana White also confirmed that the Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate bout for the female bantamweight belt “isn’t going to be on” the same card as Aldo-McGregor.

Josh Koscheck

Josh Koscheck was seen as a member of the “old guard” in the UFC, surviving through years of battles after competing on The Ultimate Fighter 1.

The 37-year-old Koscheck, though, left the promotion he had called home since 2005 after a string of five consecutive defeats and no job offer extended to him to end his fighting career.

Recently, the former No. 1 welterweight contender signed with Bellator MMA. He is expected to make his debut later this year.

“I wasn’t going to resign with them because it’s simple,” said Koscheck, during a recent interview with Submission Radio. “You put 27 fights in, you give them 10 years of your life; you’d think that they would have stepped up to the game or stepped up to the plate and put a job offer in front of me.”

Koscheck (17-10) fought twice this year, losing to Erick Silva in March and Jake Ellenberger in February. He spent all of 2014 on the sidelines after 2013 first round knockout losses to current champion Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley.

Despite all that, “Kos” felt he would be treated better by the UFC. He fought – and knocked out – Matt Hughes in 2011 and went the distance vs. Georges St-Pierre for the belt in 2010.

One of the final tipping points came when the UFC offered heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira an executives position within the company and not Koscheck.

“I think I’ve done more for the UFC than Nogueira without a doubt,” he said. “And he gets a job.”

Koscheck also brought up the previous arrangements with the UFC regarding his contract, explaining that he had concerns from his first deal on.

“You know, it was all, if we don’t sign it we’re done, cancelled, ‘X’, kicked out,” he said. “So it’s all documented. Let’s just hope at some point this lawsuit that the UFC is under, this class action lawsuit can get to where it needs to be and the fighters can all get on board with this thing and put ’em right in their place for forcing them and forcing them to sign things that they didn’t want to sign.

“I can remember back for example coming off The Ultimate Fighter I wanted to have my attorneys and my management look at the contract. And I remember the conversation clearly. It was me sitting in Dana White’s office inside The Ultimate Fighter Gym, and he said to me ‘you’re going to let this F’n manager screw your career up by not signing onto this agreement?’ And you know what I signed? I had to sign an agreement saying that I was signed with the UFC and my fight pay was $5,000 for one year, $5,000 and $5,000 for the first year, $7,000 and $7,000 for the second year, and 10 and 10 for the third year. I fought Georges St-Pierre, the first time I fought him for $10,000.

“So I was stuck in that contract because I got forced to sign it when I wanted my attorneys and my management to look over that agreement and that contract with me. So that’s the pathetic thing.”

ufc fight night 73

Action heated up the streets of Nashville Saturday night, as UFC Fight Night 73 went down inside the Bridgestone Arena.

Glover Teixeira overcame a hostile environment to submit former University of Tennessee football standout Ovince Saint Preux. The win snapped a two-fight losing skid for the former No. 1 contender to the UFC’s light heavyweight title.

Saint Preux never tapped, going out instead from the hold. Teixeira immediately checked on him after releasing the hold.

In a battle of ranked lightweights, Beneil Dariush scored a stunning upset of Michael Johnson via split decision. Most felt Johnson had controlled the first two rounds, but the judges gave it to Dariush over the No. 5 ranked fighter.

Derek Brunson solidified his standing in the middleweight division, turning back the challenge of Sam Alvey. Brunson uncorked with a left early in the first, following up with shots on the ground to force the stoppage. He’s now 5-1 in his last six, losing only to Yoel Romero.

Heavyweight Jared Rosholt improved to 5-1 with the promotion by earning a decision over Tim Johnson in the lone heavyweight contest on the card.

Amanda Nunes made a name for herself at the expense of Sara McMann, as the Brazilian locked up a rear-naked choke after flooring the former title contender. Nunes earned the first round finish and likely a slot higher up the rankings when they are released.

Ray Borg kicked off the main card with a strong wrestling performance in handing Geane Herrera his first pro loss. Borg, a Top-15 flyweight, used takedowns and slick transitions to overcome a nasty cut on his left eye area.

Uriah Hall put an exclamation point on the prelims, knocking out Oluwake Bamgbose inside of the first three minutes and scoring a finish. The bout was the debut for Bamgbose, a fellow New York City native like Hall.

Chris Camozzi picked up a much-needed decision over Tom Watson, scoring with numerous takedowns and effectively working on the ground.

Dustin Ortiz, fighting for the first time in his home-state under the UFC’s banner, dominated Willie Gates for two-plus rounds before finishing the fight in the third. Ortiz, who went 2-2 last year, rocked Gates with elbows, forcing the referee to step in.

The first decision of the card went to Frankie Saenz, as he claimed a split decision over Sirwan Kakai to begin the televised prelims.

Jonathan Wilson continued to string of early finishes on UFC Fight Pass, knocking out Chris Dempsey. Marlon Vera slipped on a triangle choke, switching to an armbar and earning a second round submission over Roman Salazar.

It was a strong start for Scott Holtzman, as “Hot Sauce” made a triumphant Octagon debut with a third round submission win vs. Anthony Christodoulou. The former Tennessee Volunteer locked up a rear-naked choke after out-striking the Greek through two-plus rounds.

Teixeira and Saint Preux earned “Fight of the Night,” while Vera and Nunes picked up “Performance of the Night” bonuses. All four pocketed an extra $50,000.

The attendance was announced at 7,539 for a live gate of $454,551.

Check out complete results below:

Glover Teixeira def. Ovince Saint Preux via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:10 of Round 3

Beneil Dariush def. Michael Johnson via split unanimous decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Derek Brunson def. Sam Alvey via TKO (strikes) at 2:19 of Round 1

Jared Rosholt def. Tim Johnson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Amanda Nunes def. Sara McMann via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:53 of Round 1

Ray Borg def. Geane Herrera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Uriah Hall def. Oluwake Bamgbose via TKO (strikes) at 2:32 of Round 1

Chris Camozzi def. Tom Watson via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 29-27)

Dustin Ortiz def. Willie Gates via TKO (strikes) at 2:58 of Round 3

Frankie Saenz def. Sirwan Kakai via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)

Jonathan Wilson def. Chris Dempsey via KO (strike) at :50 of Round 1

Marlon Vera def. Roman Salazar via submission (armbar) at 2:15 of Round 2

Scott Holtzman def. Anthony Christodoulou via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:40 of Round 3

ufc fight night 73

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 73.

Set from Nashville, Tennessee and the Bridgestone Arena, fights air on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports 1.

In the main event, former title contender Glover Teixeira takes on Ovince Saint Preux.

The 35-year-old Teixeira (22-4) has dropped two in a row after starting his Octagon career 5-0 and earning a shot at then-champion Jon Jones.

Saint Preux, a former Tennessee Volunteer football standout, is on a two-fight win streak. He knocked out Mauricio “Shogun” Rua last November and did the same vs. Patrick Cummins in April.

Michael Johnson and Beneil Dariush collide in a key lightweight contest, while middleweights Derek Brunson and Sam Alvey square off.

The remaining main card fights include Jared Rosholt vs. Tim Johnson, Sara McMann vs. Amanda Nunes and Ray Borg vs. Geane Herrera.

Now, let’s get to the action! Remember to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results:


Anthony Christodoulou vs. Scott Holtzman

We begin the night in the lightweight division, as Anthony Christodoulou (12-5) takes on Scott Holtzman (7-0). “Hot Sauce” will be making his Octagon debut in his hometown of Knoxville and got the crowd on its feet early.

Round 1: Christodoulou comes out stalking Holtzman, backing him down and landing a nice right. He’s loading up with it, but Holtzman shifts and is now the aggressor. Spinning attack to the chest by Hot Sauce connects and he follows up with a swift kick to the side. Left from Holtzman gets through and gets the attention, as Christodoulou ties up and wants the takedown. He’s a former Greek jiu-jitsu champion and has excellent skills on the ground. Elbow by Holtzman from in close, along with a knee to the midsection. He’s picking Christodoulou apart with elbows, strikes and knees. Perfect combos and another spinning attack by Holtzman, who is on his game and seeking a fifth pro finish.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Holtzman

Round 2: Just pin-point striking from Holtzman, who mixes in a stiff kick to the body. Spinning elbow followed by a straight right from Hot Sauce. It could just be a matter of stringing together a combination now for the Tennessee native. He tries for another spinning elbow and misses, but lands with a 1-2 to the face. Everything that Holtzman connects with is filled with bad intentions. Christodoulou, though, is standing and taking it, firing back with his own strikes as we head under the two minute mark. Christodoulou drops down and grabs a leg, attempting a belly-down leg-lock with just seconds left. He’s unable to get it, but one would have to think Holtzman will avoid the ground from here on out.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hotlzman

Round 3: Huge right lands by Holtzman, who has systematically picked Christodoulou apart from the start. Shots to the body and another right land, followed by a left-right combo. Holtzman has almost connected with as many strikes as Christodoulou has thrown so far. Holtzman with a surprising inside-trip, but it allows him to take the back. He’s got both hooks in and three minutes to search for the rear-naked choke finish. He slips it in and this one is all over.

Scott Holtzman def. Anthony Christodoulou via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:40 of Round 3

Roman Salazar vs. Marlon Vera

Bantamweights battle in our next contest with Roman Salazar (9-3) facing off against Marlon Vera (6-2-1).

Round 1: Nice knees landing from Salazar, who tries for a takedown but gets swept and put on his own back. Vera on his back but he’s landing good strikes from there as Salazar tries to advance his position. We could be looking at a stand-up here soon, as neither man has been able to do much on the ground. And there it is by the referee with two minutes left in the opening round. Series of kicks to the head by Vera, but Salazar gets in deep on a double-leg takedown. He switches to the back, peppering Vera with knees to the legs.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Salazar

Round 2: Little bit of a scuffle after the bell sounded, as Salazar appeared to push Vera. Back to Salazar working for the takedown right at the start, which he scores with. He transitions to the back after a scramble, switching back to inside the guard. Vera with a tight triangle, unloading with elbows. As Salazar moves, he grabs the arm and gets the quick tap.

Marlon Vera def. Roman Salazar via submission (armbar) at 2:15 of Round 2

Chris Dempsey vs. Jonathan Wilson

We’ll conclude the early Fight Pass prelims with light heavyweights Chris Dempsey (11-2) and Jnathan Wilson (6-0) doing battle.

Round 1: Wilson connects with a left hand early, as Dempsey tries to change levels and score with a takedown. He’s denied and Wilson re-gains control. Wilson knocks him clean out, following up with another shot that appeared to wake Dempsey back up.

Jonathan Wilson def. Chris Dempsey via KO (strike) at :50 of Round 1

ufc fight night 73

Weigh-ins for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 73 event went down earlier today, and FightLine has complete results.

In the main event, light heavyweight contenders Glover Teixeira and Ovince Saint Preux square off. The Brazilian former title challenger weighed in at 205.5 pounds, while OSP hit the scale at 206.

The entire six-fight main card airs live on FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET and also features Michael Johnson vs. Beneil Dariush, Sam Alvey vs. Derek Brunson, Tim Johnson vs. Jared Rosholt, Tom Watson vs. Chris Camozzi and Ray Borg vs. Geane Herrera.

Only Borg missed weight, coming in less than a pound over. Herrera will receive 20-percent of his fight purse.

Check out complete weigh-in results and a video replay below:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)

Glover Teixeira (205.5 lbs.) vs. Ovince Saint Preux (206)

Michael Johnson (155.5) vs. Beneil Dariush (156)

Sam Alvey (186) vs. Derek Brunson (186)

Jared Rosholt (237) vs. Tim Johnson (265)

Sara McMann (136) vs. Amanda Nunes (136)

Ray Borg (126.75) vs. Geane Herrera (126)


Uriah Hall (185.5) vs. Oluwale Bamgbose (184.5)

Chris Camozzi (185.5) vs. Tom Watson (185)

Dustin Ortiz (125.5) vs. Willie Gates (126)

Sirwan Kakai (136) vs. Frankie Saenz (136)


Chris Dempsey (204.5) vs. Jonathan Wilson (205)

Marlon Vera (135.5) vs. Roman Salazar (135)

Scott Holtzman (155.5) vs. Anthony Christodoulou (156)

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