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UFC NEWS: Anthony Pettis' manager says he will take a fight while Edgar vs. Maynard III happens By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief When Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard fought to a split draw at UFC 125 last Saturday, prompting UFC President Dana White to book a third fight between the two lightweights, new WEC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis was left with a choice. He could take a fight while those two battled it out, or he could wait for that fight to happen to get his shot at the title once they're finished. It seems he's now made his decision, as MMAWeekly.com reports that he will take a fight in the UFC before getting his title shot. The decision to fight was revealed by Pettis' manager, Mike Roberts of MMA Inc., who pointed to the length of the layoff as the reason to take a fight instead of waiting for the shot. "Anthony was obviously disappointed in not getting the title shot but he also understands why Dana made that decision? Roberts said. ?After consulting with Anthony and Duke Roufus, we collectively decided that it would be in Anthony's best interest to take a fight in the meantime. "A 10 month or possible year layoff was just too long. We believe with a win against a top lightweight contender Anthony will still get the title shot later in the year?. Link to Original Source Article Penick's Analysis: As I said in yesterday's roundtable, I think this is absolutely the right move for him. He'll now have the opportunity to get his UFC debut out of the way against another contender, and prove his claim to the title shot. A big win in the UFC will help him keep his momentum going from this past year, and add more legitimacy to his title fight when it does happen. And again, if he loses, than it will simply prove that he wasn't ready for the title shot at this stage in his career anyway. He's only 23 years old, and though he's supremely talented and exciting to watch, he's still fairly unproven. A win over an established name at lightweight will help to shed that label. Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8085.shtml Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Mauricio Rua Rashad Evans Quinton Jackson
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UFC NEWS: Nate Marquardt vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama coming to UFC 128 in New Jersey By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief UFC middleweight Nate Marquardt is taking another high profile fight due to a fighter being pulled from a card, as ESPN reports that Marquardt will step in for Chael Sonnen in a bout against Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 128 in March. Sonnen was originally targeted for the fight, but his guilty plea to money laundering in Oregon this week led to the UFC freezing his contract until he gets issues in his personal life in order. In steps Marquardt, who similarly replaced Vitor Belfort at UFC 122 in November when Belfort was pulled to face Anderson Silva at UFC 126 next month. Marquardt dropped a decision in a disappointing performance in Germany, but will look to get back on track against Akiyama. Akiyama is likely fighting for his job after consecutive losses. After winning a split decision over Alan Belcher in his debut, Akiyama returned to face Chris Leben at UFC 116. After an exciting back and forth battle, Akiyama was forced to submit to a triangle choke at the end of the third round. He returned in October, losing a decision to Michael Bisping in London. UFC 128 takes place from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, headlined by a Light Heavyweight Title bout between Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Rashad Evans. Link to Original Source Article Penick's Analysis: This is a great fight for the middleweight division, especially with both fighters in desperate need of a win after disappointing losses in the fall. Marquardt, despite his 2010 losses to Sonnen and Okami, is one of the best and most well rounded fighters in the division. Akiyama has struggled this year since returning from a year long layoff, and this is going to be his last chance to get back on track before the UFC releases him along with the others that have found themselves out of a job this week. But this is an excellent fight for the 128 card. Source: http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_8070.shtml Mike Goldberg Joe Silva Chuck Lidell Tito Ortiz

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