MMA Odds and Ends for Thursday: Rousey won’t fight at UFC 200, Silva vs. Taleb added to UFC 197

Dana White says Ronda Rousey won’t fight at UFC 200  UFC President Dana White told Yahoo! Sports that Rousey’s work on the “Road House” remake movie now has a delay in filming. The change in timing has forced White to announce that Rousey won’t scheduled to compete on UFC 200. “She could do both, but the question is, should she do both?” White told Yahoo! Sports. “She could do both, but why should she? The filming is in a time frame where she’d finish before 200, but it would be cutting it too close. The way I look at this one is, Ronda has worked her ass off for us for the last three years,” he said. “She’s been fighting, promoting and building the sport. If anyone deserves the time off, it’s her. The night (of UFC 193), Holly said she’d do the rematch and that Ronda deserved it and everything else. So we were holding it for her if she wanted to do it.”   Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb added to UFC 197  A welterweight contest featuring Erick Silva and Nordine Taleb has been added to the already star studded UFC 197 event, Silva (18-6) is coming off a split-decision loss to Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night 74 this back in August. Before the loss, he won back to back fights over Mike Rhodes and Josh Koscheck. Taleb (11-3) looks to bounce back from a submission loss to Warlley Alves at UFC 190. UFC 197 takes place March 5 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. Here’s an updated look at the card Rafael dos Anjos (c) vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title Holly Holm (c) vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb   Mickey Gall fights Michael Jackson at UFC 196, will earn CM Punk matchup with a win  Mickey Gall, who was featured on the recent episode of Dana White’s “Lookin For A Fight” for his callout of Phil “CM Punk” Brooks has earned him a UFC contract. Gall (1-0) won his professional debut on the show with a first round rear-naked choke submission. White broke the news on TSN’s Off The Record “I might as well break it here, right? Mickey Gall – I’m bringing in Mickey Gall in and he’s going to fight a guy named Michael Jackson. They’re going to fight on the prelims on Feb. 6 on fight pass. If he wins that fight, Mickey Gall will fight CM Punk. CM Punk will be there to watch. He’s holding a lottery ticket with really good odds of winning the lottery right now,” White said. “Like you said, he’s got ot get through this fight and it’s going to be a life changer for this kid.” UFC 196, which takes place Feb. 6th at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Here’s an updated look at the card Champ Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez – for heavyweight championship Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson Roy Nelson vs. Jared Rosholt Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky Rafael Cavalcante vs. Ovince Saint Preux Josh Burkman vs. K.J. Noons Damian Grabowski vs. Derrick Lewis Ray Borg vs. Justin Scoggins Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer Artem Lobov vs. Alex White Misha Cirkunov vs. Alex Nicholson Noad Lahat vs. Diego Rivas Mickey Gall vs. Michael Jackson   Eric Kelly vs. Ev Ting headlines Jan. 29th’s ONE Championship 37 Kelly (12-1) comes into this fight with 10 finishes in his 12-career fights and also comes into the matchup off three straight wins. Ting (10-3) is currently 4-1 in his last five fights and is coming off a submission victory over Honorio Banario at ONE Championship: Tigers of Asia. Here’s a look the ONE Championship 37 card Eric Kelly vs. Ev Ting Eduard Folayang vs. Tetsuya Yamada Jake Butler vs. Tatsuya Mizuno Geje Eustaquio vs. Saiful Merican Sami Amin vs. Samir Mrabet Rayner Kinsiong vs. Keanu Subba Christian Lee vs. Mahmoud Mohamed James Kouame vs. Agilan Thani Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev vs. Reant Fabriza Rainir Amir Badr vs. Jenny Huang   Josh Neer replaces Elvis Mutapcic against Anthony Smith at Victory FC 47 UFC veteran Josh Neer steps up on short notice to replace Elvis Mutapic (who recently was signed to the UFC to fight Francimar Barroso at UFC Fight Night 81 Sunday) to take on Anthony Smith for the vacant middleweight title. Neer (36-15-1) faces Smith in a rematch of their 2013 encounter where the 32-year old submitted the Strikeforce veteran. He has lost back to back fights in Bellator against Paul Bradley and Andre Santos. Smith (23-11) has won six fights in a row since the loss to Neer including  a first round knockout victory over Brock Jardine at RFA 30. Victory FC 47 takes place from the Baxter Arena in Omaha, NB and airs live on UFC Fight Pass. Here’s an updated look at the card Josh Neer vs. Anthony Smith – for vacant middleweight title Alonzo Martinez vs. Jarred Mercado – for vacant featherweight title Dakota Cochrane vs. Jake Lindsey Cody Carrillo vs. Sean Wilson Kenneth Glenn vs. Yuri Villefort Grant Dawson vs. Bryce Logan Raufeon Stots vs. Demetrius Wilson Nate Flanders vs. Seth Bass

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