With UFC 122 in the books, the focus now turns to Saturday’s UFC 123 headliner between former champions Lyoto Machida and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. And though the light-heavyweight bout may seem a likely No. 1 contender’s bout, UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com he’s not ready to promise a title shot to the winner just yet.
Many thought the end was coming for Matt Hughes. After losing to Thiago Alves at UFC 85, Hughes — once a dominant welterweight champ — suddenly found himself the loser of three out of four matches. Perhaps more alarmingly, he had been finished in all three defeats. After accomplishing so much in his storied career, it seemed like Hughes had nothing left to fight for, and some suggested retirement was his best option.
Matt Horwich (26-16-1) snapped out of a 1-3 skid and scored a solid TKO victory over fellow UFC vet Jake Rosholt (7-3) in the main event of Friday’s Xtreme Fight Night in Oklahoma. Horwich fought the three-time NCAA Division I national wrestling champion on that mat and ultimately forced a third-round stoppage due to strikes. Other weekend winners from regional action included Jesse Taylor, Jeremy May, Douglas Lima, Ryan Ford, Nick Gaston and others. The weekend also saw the potential MMA retirement of UFC vet Jonathan Goulet.
Roxanne Modafferi has been released from Strikeforce as of Friday following a loss to Sarah Kaufman in her last fight for the promotion in July.