MMA Odds and Ends for Friday: UFC Back To Boston In August

Joe Lauzon The UFC is heading back to Boston. Today it was confirmed via Twitter by UFC president Dana White that the UFC will be heading back to Boston, MA on August 17 for what will be the UFC’s first event on the new FOX Sports 1 channel. The event doesn’t have a title yet, but the event name and the card will be announced soon. This is what White tweeted: “We are FINALLY going back to Boston at the TD Garden on Aug 17th for the launch of FOX Sports 1!! We are bringing a SICK card :)” There’s no telling yet who will be on the card, but odds are fighters that trains in the Boston area such as Joe Lauzon, Joe Proctor, and Gabriel Gonzaga will all gets fights on the card, which well mark the UFC’s debut event on FOX Sports 1, a new channel. As for the main event of the evening, there are no hints at all yet as to who might appear in it, but it’s possible it could be a title fight. The UFC hasn’t been to Boston since August 2010 when it held UFC 118, which featured a main event between then-UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn, as well as a heavyweight matchup between Randy Couture and James Toney that was derided by critics due to its uncompetitive nature. UFC Signs Second Chinese Fighter The UFC has signed the second Chinese fighter in the promotion’s history, as the organization recently inked a deal with Jumabieke Tuerxun, according to Sohu Sports. Sherdog lists the 26-year-old Tuerxun as 14-0 with three wins by knockout and four by submission. He competes in the bantamweight division and is a veteran of Legend Fighting Championship. His last win, which came last November, came via submission (shoulder choke). The only other Chinese fighter in the UFC is Tiequan Zhang, who is close to being released by the promotion. That’s why it’s vital for the UFC to go out and scout/sign more Chinese fighters like Tuerxun, because if they’re ever going to make it big in China they need stars born in that country, and Tuerxun certainly has some great potential. There’s no indication yet of when Tuerxun will debut or who his opponent will be, but expect him to be brought up the ladder slowly since he’s so young. New MMA Odds Released For Faber/Jorgensen The MMA odds for the upcoming fight at the TUF 17 Finale between Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen were today released through Several Bookmakers. Faber, the former WEC featherweight champion, opened as a -400 favorite (bet $400 to win $100), while Jorgensen is the underdog at +280 (bet $100 to win $280). This should be a very high-octane bantamweight fight between two of the best in the world and as far as a bet goes, it’s interesting because Faber is likely to be thrown into parlays by the public and his number could end up being unbettable, and if Jorgensen reaches a number eclipsing +350, he might be worth a look as the dog.

Written by Adam Martin.

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