Up-to-the-minute news about UFC 161, taking place Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. Fights below have been verbally agreed upon and are subject to change.
Winnipeg's upcoming UFC event has undergone its third injury-related change in three weeks, this one bumping the planned co-main event off the card entirely.
Light heavyweight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has been injured in training and forced out of his planned bout with former champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Shogun will instead be booked on a card later this summer and UFC 161 will proceed with 11 bouts.
updated May 29
Krause in for Vallie-Flagg at UFC 161
The injury bug has hit UFC 161 once again, this time forcing Strikeforce alum Isaac Vallie-Falgg out of his bout with Sam Stout. Stepping in for Vallie-Flagg is James Krause, a WEC vet currently riding a seven-fight win streak.
updated May 29
Injury Bug Bumps Barao from Title Bout
Updated May 21
UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao has been injured and forced out of his headlining title defense against Eddie Wineland next month. A new main event for UFC 161, taking place June 15 in Winnipeg, will be confirmed soon.
updated: The three-round light heavyweight bout between former UFC champion Rashad Evans and former PRIDE and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson, originally slated as the event's co-main event, now moves to the top of the card.
In addition, heavyweight contender Roy Nelson has been added to the card, as he will take on 9-1 Stipe Miocic. Miocic had originally been scheduled to face Soa "The Hulk" Palelei at the event. The news was first released via MMA Junkie/USA Today on Tuesday night.
updated: Former WEC bantamweight champion Wineland will no longer compete at UFC 161. He will be scheduled for a bout at a later date.
Waldburger Out, Robertson In at UFC 161
updated May 3
With an injury forcing TJ Waldburger off the UFC 161 card, Kenny Robertson will step in to face Sean Pierson. The 12-2 Robertson most recently fought at UFC 157 in February, earning an impressive first-round submission over Brock Jardine.
Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton Added to 161
Updated April 3
Canada will see its first women's bantamweight bout, as Strikeforce alum Alexis Davis takes on 13-2 Rosi Sexton in a battle of grappling phenoms.
UFC 161 Adds Jabouin vs. Pague
updated April 3
UFC 161 gets another exciting bantamweight bout, as Canadian striker updated March 12
Yves "Tiger" Jabouin squares off against submission specialist Dustin
"The Disciple" Pague.
Stout, Jimmo, Clarke, Delorme Get Home-Turf Tilts
updated March 12Four Canadian fighters have been added to the UFC's first-ever Winnipeg fight card.
Edmonton's Ryan "Big Deal" Jimmo will meet Igor "The Duke" Pokrajac in a battle of super-tough 205-pound sluggers at UFC 161 June 15.
At 155 pounds, London, Ontario fan favorite Sam "Hands of Stone" Stout fights 14-3 Isaac Vallie-Flagg, whose 12-fight unbeaten streak extended into his UFC debut last month.
Another Edmontonian, Mitch "Danger Zone" Clarke, will be Brit John "The One" Maguire's first test at lightweight, as the Englishman has announced a drop down from 170 pounds.
update: Winnepeg's own Roland Delorme returns to the Octagon to face Edwin Figueroa in what promises to be an action-packed bantamweight fight.
updated March 6
Canada's 161 Fight Card Comes Together
updated March 6
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced its first‐ever
event in Winnipeg, Manitoba with UFC® 161. The event will take place on
June 15, 2013, at the MTS Centre, a 15,000-seat venue that is home to
the National Hockey League’s Winnipeg Jets.
The main event will feature a title fight, the seventh championship bout held in Canada in the last six events there. Coming off of an amazing submission win over Michael McDonald, interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao will put his belt on the line against number-four ranked UFC contender Eddie Wineland. Wineland is coming off of impressive wins over Scott Jorgensen and Brad Pickett and looks forward to facing a man with one of the most impressive unbeaten streaks in MMA.
Two of Brazil's best, top-ten ranked light heavyweights Rogerio "Lil Nog" Nogueira and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, will also fight in a rematch of their legendary 2005 PRIDE matchup.
Also at light heavyweight, former PRIDE champion Dan "Hendo" Henderson will face former UFC champion "Suga" Rashad Evans.
Two exciting heavyweight bouts have been booked for Winnipeg: Hard-hitting heavyweights Shawn "The Savage" Jordan and Pat "HD" Barry will fight, as will 9-1 Stipe Miocic, who faces Soa "The Hulk" Palelei. Palelei rides an eight-fight win streak into his UFC return bout.
And finally -- for now -- Tyron "The Chosen One" Woodley will follow up his spectacular KO debut with a bout against former Strikeforce champion Jake Shields, who is returning to welterweight.