Daily Update: Chris Leben signs with Bellator, AJ Styles gimmick, Hendricks vs Thompson

UFC Fight Night on FS1

The show tonight scheduled for Fox Sports 1 started out as UFC 196 with current heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum against Cain Valezquez in a PPV.  A rematch from a first fight that saw Cain handily beaten by Werdum with a guillotine choke in the 3rd round.  They changed to Werdum against Stipe Miocic and then quickly scratched that out completely when Werdum also claimed an injury.  After a few days the whole show was switched from a PPV to UFC Fight Night to air on Fox Sports 1.  

Which brings us to the current and final main event of Stephen Thompson vs Johny Hendricks.  Leading into this fight Hendricks fought current welterweight champ twice, beating him in the first and losing the second, both 5 round decisions.  Hendricks then bested Matt Brown in a 3 round decision which was almost a year ago.  Thompson is on a 5 fight win streak since losing a decision to Matt Brown.  He last fought last July against Jake Ellenburger knocking him out with a spinning hook kick!  This should be a good one.

Also, on the card is Roy Nelson vs Jared Rosholt and Ovince Saint Preux vs Rafael Cavalcante.  This is also the show that has Mickey Gall, who is the potentional opponent for CM Punk for this June or July.  If Gall beats Mike Jackson he will most likely face CM Punk.  This is a near PPV level event and features a lot more talent than most Fox Sports 1 UFC Fight Nights.  It is definitely worth a look.

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Fight Pass at 7 p.m. Eastern

Arten Lobov vs. Alex White

Mike Jackson vs. Mickey Gall – winner to face C.M. Punk in June

FS 1 at 8 p.m.

Noad Lahat vs. Diego Rivas

Ray Borg vs. Justin Scoggins

Damian Grabowski vs. Derrick Lewis

K.J. Noons vs. Josh Burkman

Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer

Misha Cirkunov vs. Alex Nicholson

Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky

Rafael Feijao Cavalcante vs. Ovince Saint Preux

Jared Rosholt vs. Roy Nelson

Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson

WWE has only one show on Sunday, from Abbotsford, BC (Roman Reigns vs. Rusev).

Raw will be Monday in Seattle.  Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman are scheduled on the show.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Portland, OR.  Chris Jericho vs. A.J. Styles is on the show.

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The Latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter: February 8, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Bret Hart diagnosed with cancer, Nakamura’s final NJPW match

The new double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter looks at Bret Hart’s battle with cancer, his discussions about it, and updates on the situation. The most detailed coverage of the last month of Lucha Underground’s second season, backstage news, season three, lots of business notes.  Full coverage of all the Ultima Lucha 2 matches and direction. Nakamura’s final day with NJPW, where Nakamura and New Japan go now, his background and building the IC title, the next two New Japan PPV shows to this weekend’s biggest event.

Fast Lane and WrestleMania, what’s up with Undertaker, WWE injury updates, the next WWE Network special, Licensing issue with new WWE signees, notes on the next NXT Takeover show, a look at all the TV building the next Takeover show, who led to a huge increase in demand for WWE tickets, next WWE show in Madison Square Garden update, Nakamura updates, WWE performer wants to compete in the Olympics and what former pro wrestler went back to the Olympics to medal, Lesnar’s schedule, Tough Enough winner starts out, Other Tough Enough competitors start out, change in Rumble plans, New WWE Network series based on wrestling matches, new WWE movie, WWE’s tour of Germany this coming week, more on The Rock’s segment on Raw.

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In case you missed it, former UFC star and the once-retired Chris Leben (22-11) has signed with Bellator, joining fellow TUF 1 cast member Josh Koscheck. No fight or weight class was announced, however. Leben holds the UFC record for most fights in the middleweight division (22) and retired after being KO’d by Uriah Hall in 2013. Fights with Koscheck or even Stephan Bonnar are possibilities. While Leben is now under contract, Bellator reportedly has no interest in free agent and highly ranked UFC bantamweight Aljamain Sterling.

WWE/Pro Wrestling

Mattel, WWE’s action figure licensee, is reportedly in merger talks with Hasbro, who held the license in the first half of the ‘90s. This would be a pretty huge development in the toy world.
AJ Styles confirmed on Chris Jericho’s podcast what was pretty obvious from watching Smackdown, that being that the calf killer will be renamed the calf crusher in WWE, which actually would be the legitimate name for the hold.  He also said Vince McMahon’s idea for his character is The Pitbull, a smaller guy who has to fight for everything he gets.
Tough Enough alumnus Patrick Clark made his NXT debut last night in Lakeland.


CM Punk talks to the UFC website about Mickey Gall.
In another ICYMI, UFC light heavyweight Alex Nicholson proposed to his girlfriend before making weight Friday. (She said yes). The downside: he has to fight against a top 205 prospect in Misha Cirkunov Saturday on FS1.
The UFC has extended their relationship with the Cleveland Clinic.
At Legacy FC 51 Friday in Hinckley, MN, Manny Vasquez submitted Ricardo Ramos to win their 135-pound title while Brock Larson KO’d Travis Coyle in the first round in the 42-year-old Larson’s final pro fight. Also of note, Cody East scored a 1st round KO over Kevin Asplund. East is now 12-1 as a Heavyweight and someone to keep an eye on.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell has offered to train Ronda Rousey “anytime, anywhere”
ONE Championship returns to Jakarta, Indonesia two weeks from today with a main event of Luis Santos vs. Rafael Silva


It looks like ROH has a new lighting grid that they will start using at tonight’s TV taping at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, which is probably the biggest and nicest arena they’ve shot at to date.
A happy go lucky Jim Cornette is back for the latest episode of 6:05 Superpodcast with David Bixenspan and Brian Last talking about a ton of different old-school topics including Randy Savage’s early years, knowing Eddie Gilbert from their teens and then being the last promoter to book him in the continental United States, Stan Lane’s wig, bad audition videos, and much more. As a preview, you can check out Jim doing commentary on one memorably bad audition video on YouTube.
At Fightland, Jack Slack goes over some of pro wrestling’s most legitimate techniques.
Raymond Rougeau talks about his dealings with the Ultimate Warrior in this video.

ON THIS DAY IN WORLD PRO WRESTLING HISTORY: Daily pro wrestling history (02/06): Harley Race wins the NWA World Title