Saturday's Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold fight on FX delivered a 1.3 million viewer average over its two hours, a number identical with what the previous shows of that type had been doing.
Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson, both coming off losses in February, have been moved to the main event position of the June 15 UFC 161 show in Winnipeg. They move up after interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao pulled out due to a foot injury.
Vitor Belfort should have earned a middleweight title shot based on his first-round knockout win over former Strikeforce champ Luke Rockhold, while another Strikeforce alum, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, added his name to the top contender list Saturday.
An apparent foot injury to interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao has put UFC's June 15 pay-per-view main event in jeopardy.
Former lightweight title contender Nate Diaz is out $20,000 and suspended for three months due to usage of a gay slur apparently directed at fellow fighter Bryan Caraway.
Vitor Belfort shoved Luke Rockhold hard in the aftermath of Friday's weigh-ins in Santa Catarina, Brazil for their scheduled fight on Saturday night, and then claimed Rockhold was scared.
Pat Healy's biggest night of his career turned bittersweet after failing a drug test for marijuana taken after his win over Jim Miller. The failure will cost Healy not only his win, which has been overturned, but $135,000 in forfeited bonuses.
Luke Rockhold, Strikeforce's last middleweight champion, gets his wish when he faces Vitor Belfort Saturday at UFC on FX 8. It's a fight that Rockhold believes a win for him would shake up the MMA world, much as he did when beating Jacare Souza.
With Bellator being moved from its Thursday at 10 p.m. time slot for the fall season, but with no new time slot announced, the landscape almost looks like pick your poison.
UFC kicks off a week with three shows in eight days with its second Fox Sports 1 live event on Aug. 28, from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
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