Craig vs. Leben, Baczynski vs. Melancon added to July's UFC 162 event


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

chris-leben-18.jpg“The Crippler” returns at UFC 162, and he’ll have a “Highlight” waiting on him in the cage. Additionally, “The Polish Pistola” meets Brian Melancon (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

UFC officials revealed on Tuesday’s new edition of “UFC Tonight” that Chris Leben (22-9 MMA, 12-8 UFC) has been booked for the July event against once-beaten Texan Andrew Craig (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC). Meanwhile Seth Baczynski (18-9 MMA, 4-2 UFC) meets two-time Strikeforce vet Brian Melancon.

Featuring a headlining bout of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva vs. top contender Chris Weidman, UFC 162 takes place July 6 at at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The evening’s main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.

It wasn’t immediately clear where the two new matchups will be slotted on the evening’s lineup.

Leben returns to action after a disappointing loss to Strikeforce import Derek Brunson at December’s UFC 155 event. A longtime fan-favorite and former cast member on the original edition of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Leben is actually mired in a 1-3 slump and could certainly use a positive result. Meanwhile, Craig looks to rebound from a lackluster decision loss to Ronny Markes at January’s UFC on FX 7 event in Brazil. It was the first loss for Craig, who had opened his octagon career with victories over Rafael Natal and Kyle Noke.

Baczynski looks to rebound from a unanimous-decision loss to Mike Pierce at this past December’s UFC on FX 6 event. The disappointing loss snapped a six-fight win streak that included four octagon victories. Meanwhile, Melancon makes his UFC debut following a two-fight stint under the Strikeforce banner that saw him lose a split decision to Isaac Vallie-Flagg before bouncing back with a decision victory over Felipe Portela.

With the new announcement, the UFC 162 lineup now includes:

  • Champ Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman – for middleweight title
  • Tim Boetsch vs. Mark Munoz
  • Roger Gracie vs. Tim Kennedy
  • Andrew Craig vs. Chris Leben
  • Seth Baczynski vs. Brian Melancon

For the latest on UFC 162, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Chris Leben)

view original article >>

Related News

  • 19 days ago
  • 75 views

On a night when the UFC will be going head-to-head with Bellator in the same state, Alistair Overeem vs. Ben Rothwell has been booked for the September 5th show. It's not a fight that I'm sure many expected to be booked, but nevertheless Alistair Overeem's next fight is set to be against Ben Rothwell at UFC Fight Night in Connecticut on September 5th. This is the 2nd major announcement for a card that previously had just two other fights confirmed heading into today. Breaking fight: Alistair Ove more

  • 12 days ago
  • 74 views

Donald Cerrone added another feather to his cowboy hat at UFC Fight Night 45 on Wednesday night by becoming the first man to ever finish Jim Miller with strikes. Even the hometown crowd in Atlantic City, New Jersey, couldn’t save Miller, who was sent crashing to the canvas after eating a vicious head kick at 3:31 of the second round. Like an old western film, Cerrone came to the shootout, took down his target and galloped off into the sunset in search of the next big challenge. “He started worry more

  • 26 days ago
  • 93 views

The UFC will crown the first strawweight champion with The Ultimate Fighter 20, but it won’t stop the promotion from matching other strawweight fights before the season. Joanna Jedrzejczyk, unbeaten in MMA, will take on fellow UFC newcomer Juliana Lima at UFC on FOX 12 in San Jose, Calif., on July 26. Sources close to the situation confirmed the match-up to MMAFighting.com following a report from Groundandpound. Jedrzejczyk (6-0) earns a shot in the Octagon after scoring a second-round knockout more

  • 26 days ago
  • 76 views

An intriguing lightweight matchup has been added to the UFC’s return to Japan, as Takanori Gomi meets Myles Jury.Filed under: News, UFC more

  • 23 days ago
  • 109 views

In the co-main event of tonight's (Sat., July 5, 2014) UFC 175: "Weidman vs. Machida" pay-per-view (PPV) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Ronda Rousey defends her bantamweight championship against the latest toughest challenge to date, Alexis Davis. more

  • 23 days ago
  • 27 views

UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida quick results, live results and play-by-play on Saturday, July 5. The main event features Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida. more

  • 23 days ago
  • 92 views

UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida live results, live results and play-by-play on Saturday, July 5. The main event features Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida. more

  • 23 days ago
  • 31 views

The preliminary card of tonight's (Sat., July 5, 2014) UFC 175: "Weidman vs. Machida" event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, closed with former WEC kingpin Urijah Faber battling Alex Caceres in a sort of main event for the "free" portion of the card. Faber claimed he wanted this position because it would give him more exposure. Well, he got it, and he made the most of it. "The California Kid" put the pressure on early, working for a quick takedown. Caceres avoided it for a more

  • 23 days ago
  • 20 views

This is the UFC 175 live blog for Marcus Brimage vs. Russell Doane, a bantamweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.Brimage, who has won three of his four UFC fights, will face Doane, who won his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 34, on the main card.Check out the UFC 175 live blog below. More Coverage: UFC 175 Results | UFC newsDownload MMA Fighting iPhone App Round 1:Round 2:Round 3: more