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Invicta FC 10 is set to go down on December 5th with an atomweight championship main event between challenger Herica Tiburcio and reigning champ Michelle Waterson.

Watch the full weigh-in video below.

Full weigh-in results:

Main card

  • Michelle Waterson (105) vs. Herica Tiburcio (105)
  • Cindy Dandois¬†(135) vs.¬†Tonya Evinger¬†(134.75)
  • Andrea K. Lee (125.5) vs. Roxanne Modafferi (125)
  • DeAnna Bennett¬†(125) vs.¬†Jennifer Maia¬†(124)
  • Peggy Morgan¬†(145) vs.¬†Andria Wawro¬†(149)*¬†
  • Alexa Grasso¬†(115.25) vs.¬†Alida Gray¬†(115)
  • Cassie Robb¬†(105.25) vs.¬†Jinh Yu Frey¬†(106.25)**¬†
  • Evva Johnson¬†(125) vs.¬†Rachael Ostovich¬†(126) ¬†
 
* Wawro forfeits 25% of her purse for missing weight
** Frey forfeits 25% of her purse for missing weight

There have been some big stories breaking this week in the world of MMA news. Read below for our pick of just some of the best headlines...

The UFC could be holding a show at the 50,000-seat Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia next year, according to a recent report. Fighters rumoured to be targeted for the card include Jon Jones, Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey.

"We only get one chance to make a first impression,'' said UFC's manager of operations in Australia, Tom Wright. "I remember when we first went into Toronto, Canada, and Lorenzo Fertita said, ‚Äėthis is going to be our Super Bowl.' It's the same with Melbourne. That will be our mandate. It's why this card has to be headlined with a world title fight. We cannot do an event of this magnitude without putting a belt on the line." ¬†

 

Former UFC fighter Wanderlei Silva was recently due to appear at a Bellator MMA event to sign autographs for fans, but was forced to withdraw due to "contractual obligations" with the UFC. In a YouTube video released last Friday, the Brazilian MMA veteran voiced his discontent with the state of fighter contracts in the UFC and the sport in general.

"This is a new sport where the rules were dictated by the same people who are giving these contracts to the fighters to sign," said Silva. "This is not right at all, this is wrong. We can't live under this kind of control."

 

In the current edition of Fighters Only magazine, fans can read exclusive interviews with some of Pride FC's biggest legends including two-division champ Dan Henderson. In his Q&A, 'Hendo' discusses his best Pride fights, favourite Pride fighters and more.

"Back then I was just a wrestler still trying to compete in wrestling and I was trying to make a little extra money from fighting," says Henderson. "I didn't really know a whole lot about Pride at the time. As soon as I got there I could see that the showmanship, the production and the event itself was absolutely amazing."

 

After suffering the first loss of his pro MMA career to Rick Story in his last outing, UFC welterweight Gunnar Nelson has been laying low and sharpening his skills ready for his return to competition, which he revealed earlier this week will hopefully be around late February next year.

"I think I got stuck in certain movements and a certain way of moving, I think I could've moved a lot more freely," Gunnar told Fighters Only regarding his last fight. "It's something that I usually have been doing and I've always been able to do really well, because my balance is good and I'm able to move in every direction very easily... I feel like I was a bit stiff in this fight."  

 

After their entertaining back-and-forth fight back in March, Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler will do it all over again this weekend at UFC 181. In what is one of the most highly-anticipated rematches in recent memory, UFC middleweight Michael Bisping believes we have a Fighters Only World MMA Awards 'Fight of the Year' contender.

“This is a Fight of the Year candidate for sure," said Bisping. "Robbie Lawler is going to give Johny Hendricks a fight for his life. But Hendricks is the best wrestler in the division and has great knockout power. "

UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub has the biggest challenge of his pro MMA career ahead of him this weekend as he is set to take on #3-ranked Travis Browne at UFC 181.

Schaub hasn't fought since he lost a controversial split-decision to Andrei Arlovski at UFC 174 in June. Speaking on why he hasn't competed in six months despite remaining healthy, the Ultimate Fighter season 10 finalist said it wouldn't have been this way if it were up to him.

"I don't know, it's the layout of the heavyweight division. I don't like these incredibly long lay-offs, it's not good," Brendan told MMAFighting.com. "What can you do though? There's nothing I can do, I just train to get better. I'm excited for Saturday night."

A convincing win for the currently unranked Schaub over a top-five opponent would be huge for his career and would surely, at least, catapult him into the top-ten. But despite that, he feels no pressure ahead of UFC 181.

"I think the pressure's more on Travis Browne," he said. "He's number-three in the world, he switched camps. The pressure's on him, man. I'm going out there and having fun."

After his unanimous decision loss to Fabricio Werdum in his last outing, Browne switched his camp from his long-time home at Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Glendale Fighting Club in Los Angeles where UFC women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey trains.

For the co-host of The Figher and the Kid podcast, this move by Travis seems like a mistake.

"Really it's just leaving Jackson's. I've trained there. You're leaving the stable of some of the best fighters in the world. I live in the Los Angeles area, I go to every gym, I know the layout and the ground-works of mixed martial arts in Los Angeles and I just think he made a wrong choice."

He added: "I don't know his situation in Albuquerque. It might have been a disaster there, maybe they're massaging Alistair Overeem's ego too much, I don't know what it is that made him leave. So I can't comment on that. I know there's better camps to go to."

Rousey's head coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, fired back at Schaub this past Monday on The MMA Hour, saying he thinks Brendan "can't fight for s**t."

"I can't be bothered by that, I don't care," 'Big Brown' responded. "That's like Kimbo Slice's jiu-jitsu coach making fun of me. It's like, alright, you're Ronda's striking coach. She wins every fight by submission, really. I don't care, he's putting more pressure on Travis."

He may be drastically further down in the rankings than Browne and entering this fight as a big underdog, but Schaub's confidence isn't shaken. 

"I just think I have too many ways to win. I think Travis, he's the most dangerous heavyweight in the world, but I'm a monster, man. Just because he's so dangerous doesn't mean he's a better fighter. I just think I'm a better fighter than he is."

Schaub vs Browne is set to take place at UFC 181 on Saturday December 6th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Invicta FC atomweight champion Michelle 'The Karate Hottie' Waterson will put her title on the line for the second time tonight at Invicta FC 10 against Herica Tiburcio.

In this week's 'Friday Fight', we look back on her first title defence, against Japanese veteran Yasuko Tamada, at Invicta FC 8 in September.

Watch the full fight video below.

The UFC and leading sportswear brand Reebok announced a partnership deal earlier this week, which will bring into effect an exclusive fighter uniform programme beginning July next year. This will mean many of the popular brands fans are used to seeing displayed inside the UFC cage will soon be gone from MMA's biggest stage - although the deal does allow UFC fighters to continue to rep sponsors at non-UFC events.

One such leading MMA brand which will no longer be seen inside the Octagon is Hayabusa, who currently sponsor some of the sport's biggest fighters including Georges St-Pierre and UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Following "multiple requests" for their reaction to the UFC-Reebok deal, Hayabusa released the following statement on December 4th:

"With the popularity of the sport growing as fast as it has been, it was only a matter of time before a company like Reebok would jump into the mix. Although a semi-exclusive level of sponsorship was to be expected, it was hard to anticipate a deal with this many restrictions.

"We are still unsure of the specific opportunities and/or limitations this may have on other companies during live events, but one thing is for sure... Hayabusa will always support fighters, if not inside the cage, we will support them outside of it.

"Although, there is still some uncertainty, we expect this new partnership to help build awareness and grow the sport. We hope it is advantageous for the fighters, because at the end of the day, without them, we would have no sport."

The UFC 181 main card fighters arrive in Vegas in the latest episode of UFC Embedded ahead of Saturday night's event. Among the behind-the-scenes goings-on this time around is UFC welterweight champ Johny Hendricks shopping for guns and his opponent Robbie Lawler shopping for pants.

Watch the full video below.

It looks as though The Ultimate Fighter season 18 winner Julianna Pe√Īa¬†will finally make her return to the UFC Octagon next year, according to a report on yesterday's edition of UFC Tonight.

Pe√Īa was forced onto the sidelines at the beginning of this year when she suffered a serious knee injury while training with a male partner.¬†The incident caused controversy, with UFC president Dana White calling it "the most disgusting thing I have ever heard."¬†

But things have now settled down and, according to her coach, Julianna has made "an amazing recovery" and "on a week's notice, she can beat anyone in the division not named Ronda Rousey." She is expected to be ready to fight against in March 2015.

Pena last fought at the TUF 18 Finale in November last year where she defeated Jessica Rakoczy via TKO to win the TUF title. She has a pro MMA record of 5-2.

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