So I am back from a refreshing trip in Las Vegas to watch the UFC. It was an amazing time to watch the best organization in the world! I ran into some great fighters and leaders in the MMA game. The weekend was full of fights fights fights. It started with the UFC Fan expo where there were a bunch of great booths. It was PACKED. We sat for a Dana White question and answer session which was the highlight of my trip. It was interested to see Dana interact with the crowd. He is not that bad after all! He was very humble. It put in to perspective what kind of President he really was. He took time to take photos answer questions and seem to really relate with the fans and give the fans what fights they wanted to see. I waited in line for 20 min just to ask him one simple questions. A guy comes up and offers me $20.00 bucks for my place in line. I thought to myself this is a once and a lifetime chance to talk to a man who I rank up there with the President of the United States. No way buddy………
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Rob Kimmons injured, Julio Paulino steps in to face Mike Pierce at UFC on Versus 1
by Steven Marrocco on Feb 26, 2010 at 8:15 pm ET
Welterweight Rob Kimmons (22-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from a previously announced fight with Mike Pierce (10-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC on Versus 1 and will be replaced by UFC newcomer Julio Paulino (17-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
Kimmons’ camp was unavailable for comment about the injury; however, sources close to the event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the new match-up is expected to be finalized shortly.
UFC on Versus 1 takes place on March 21 at the 1STBANK Center (formerly The Odeum Colorado and Broomfield Event Center) in Broomfield, Colo.
It’s the second UFC event in suburban Denver since the promotion was bought by Zuffa, LLC and the first to air live on the Versus channel as part of the UFC’s new television deal with the cable channel, which is also home to sister promotion World Extreme Cagefighting.
Paulino, a resident of Anchorage, Ala., also fights at middleweight and most recently defeated UFC veteran Rob Yundt to retain his 185-pound title with the quickly growing Alaska Fighting Championships. It was five-year vet’s seventh consecutive win (all of which have come via stoppage). He has not lost a fight since November 2007, when Pierce teammate Rick Story defeated him by decision at AFC 41.
Pierce took a significant step up in caliber of competition when he faced former welterweight contender Jon Fitch in his most recent appearance. The fight, which took place this past December at UFC 107, ended in a unanimous-decision victory for Fitch. Three months prior, Pierce, a native of Vancouver, Wash., made his UFC debut and turned heads with an upset unanimous-decision victory over Brock Larson at UFC Fight Night 19.
It is unknown if Pierce vs. Paulino will serve on the televised portion of UFC on Versus 1, which is headlined by a light heavyweight match-up between Brandon Vera and Jon Jones. Recently, John Howard was demoted to the prelims when his original opponent, Anthony Johnson, was forced off the card with an injury. And as MMAjunkie.com recently reported, UFC officials are expected to name a new fight for the vacant main-card slot rather than promote an existing prelim matchup.
The latest UFC on Versus 1 card now includes:
•Jon Jones vs. Brandon Vera
•Junior Dos Santos vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
•Paul Buentello vs. Cheick Kongo
•James Irvin vs. Alessio Sakara
•Spencer Fisher vs. Duane “Bang” Ludwig
•Shannon Gugerty vs. Clay Guida
•Eliot Marshall vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
•John Howard vs. Daniel Roberts
•Chase Gormley vs. Brendan Schaub
•Julio Paulino vs. Mike Pierce*•Jason Brilz vs. Eric Schafer
* – Not officially announced
For complete coverage of “UFC on Versus 1: Vera vs. Jones,” stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.