MMA Odds and Ends for Monday: Miocic gets next heavyweight title shot, Holm signs contract extension

Stipe Miocic will get the next UFC heavyweight title shot After heavyweight Stipe Miocic knocked out Andrei Arlovski in the first round Saturday night at UFC 195, UFC President Dana White announced that the Ohio based fighter will get the next heavyweight title shot. “Who the hell was going to say no to him?” White said. “He was like a psycho. I wasn’t going to say no. ‘Are we on the same page now?! Yes. We are on the same page, Stipe.” Winning five of his last six fights, Miocic will take on the winner of the upcoming rematch between heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez Feb. 6 at UFC 196.   Report: UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm signs contract extension Lenny Fresquez (Holly Holms manager) confirmed that the Jackson/Winklejohn product has signed contract extension according to “We have officially signed a multiyear extension with the UFC,” Fresquez told “That’s all I can verify right now. We’ve signed an extension, and we’re very happy with the extension.” It should be noted UFC hasn’t made a formal announcement regarding the extension.   Cerrone moves to welterweight, fights Tim Means at UFC Fight Night 82 “Cowboy” is getting back on the horse Cerrone (28-7) is coming off a disappointing first round TKO loss to UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos last month. He makes the move to welterweight for the first time in his career and faces a solid test in Tim Means. Speaking of Means (25-7-1) he is coming off a second-round knockout over John Howard at UFC Fight Night 80. Since moving back up to welterweight in 2013, Means racked up an impressive 7-2 record. UFC Fight Night 82 takes place Feb. 21 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Here’s an updated look at the card. Donald Cerrone vs. Tim Means Cody Garbrandt vs. John Lineker Sarah Moras vs. Lauren Murphy Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton Shane Campbell vs. James Krause Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland Trevor Smith vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes Daniel Sarafian vs. opponent TBA Bryan Barberena vs. Jonavin Webb   Artem Lobov vs. Alex White added to UFC 196 UFC officials announced Saturday that featherweights Lobov and White will clash on Feb. 6th. Lobov (11-11-1) is know primarily for his recent stint “The Ultimate Fighter 22” where after losing lost his elimination-round bout, his coach and close friend Conor McGregor brought him back into the tournament. Despite making it to the tournament final, Lobov suffered a decision loss to tournament winner Ryan Hall this past month. White (10-2) is coming off back to back losses over Lucas Martins and Clay Collard and is in dire need of a victory. UFC 196 takes place Feb. 6 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Here’s an updated look at the card. The latest UFC 196 lineup now includes: Fabricio Werdum (c) vs. Cain Velasquez – for heavyweight championship Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson Roy Nelson vs. Jared Rosholt Josh Burkman vs. K.J. Noons Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer Rafael Cavalcante vs. Ovince Saint Preux Noad Lahat vs. Diego Rivas Artem Lobov vs. Alex White   UFC on FOX 18 adds Matt Dwyer vs. newcomer Randy Brown Officials announced Saturday during the UFC 195 broadcast and welterweights Dwyer and Brown will clash on Jan. 30th. Dwyer (8-3) has gone 1-2 inside the octagon with a knock-out victory over William Macario and losses to Albert Tumenov and most recently Alan Jouban. Brown (6-0) makes his promotional debut and was saught out by UFC President Dana White in the newest edition of ‘Lookin for a Fight’ a web series seeking out new talent for the Las Vegas based promotion. UFC on FOX 18 takes place Jan. 30 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Here’s an updated look at the card Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine Andrew Holbrook vs. Sage Northcutt Josh Barnett vs. Ben Rothwell Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Diego Ferreira George Sullivan vs. Alexander Yakovlev Tony Martin vs. Felipe Olivieri Alex Caceres vs. Masio Fullen Iuri Alcantara vs. Jimmie Rivera Damon Jackson vs. Levan Makashvili Kevin Casey vs. Rafael Natal Randy Brown vs. Matt Dwyer For more on UFC on FOX 18, chec

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