1/31 MMA News and Notes
Jan 31, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ FUEL TV debuts “Countdown to UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit” on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 9 p.m. ET. It will be followed by UFC Tonight at 10 p.m. ET. Replays of “Countdown to UFC 143″ air throughout the week, and a three-part “UFC Primetime” special also concludes on Friday, Feb. 3.
~ The injuries never stop as welterweight Jorge Lopez (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been forced out of his planned UFC 143 contest with Matt Riddle (5-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC). UFC 143 takes place Feb. 4 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
~ UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC) hosts February’s pre-UFC 143 UFC Fight Club Q&A session. The session takes place on Friday, Feb. 3, prior to the day’s official weigh-ins for “UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit.” Doors to the event open at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT local time), and Evans hits the stage one hour later. The session is open only to members of the UFC Fight Club, the UFC’s official fan club.
~ UFC/WEC welterweight veteran Tom “The Farmboy” Speer (19-5), who’s on a 8-2 run, will face Mats Nilsson (7-1-1) at Cage Warriors Fight Night 3. The event takes place Feb. 11 in Beirut, Lebanon. Nilsson is a Swedish competitor who’s riding a three fight win streak. Speer has won 4 straight.
~ Amanda “Powerhouse” Lucas (3-1) returns to Japan seeking to continue her 3 fight winning streak when she faces Yumiko Hotta (5-3). The bout occurs in Tokyo at DEEP- 57 Impact. The fight will be contested for the DEEP women’s open-weight championship.