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Daily Update: UFC Fight Night weigh-ins, big fight weekend

UFC Fight Night Tampa Weigh-Ins

Tomorrow night, UFC comes to Tampa, Florida for a fight night card headlined by a light heavyweight bout between former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and perennial tough guy Glover Teixeira. Both said they were not concerned about the fight being changed from three to five rounds. Teixeira actually commented that he would not mind a 10 round fight if that is what was asked of him. Well, he may mind it afterwards. The semi main event is a strawweight match up between Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres. The two scrapped a while ago and Torres got the duke on that night, but both women look focused and bent on destruction of each other. The action kicks off tomorrow night on UFC Fight Pass at 4pm ET / 1pm PT, and continues on FOX at 6 pm ET / 3pm PT

Main Event – UFC light heavyweight five-round fight
Rashad Evans (205) vs Glover Teixeira (205)

FOX Main Card

Tecia Torres (116) vs Rose Namajunas (115.5)

Darrell Horcher (162)* vs Khabib Nurmagomedov (160.5) *Horcher made weight on his second attempt after initially weighing in at 162
Hacran Dias (145.5) vs Cub Swanson (145) 

FOX Prelims
Michael Chiesa (156) vs Beneil Dariush (156)
Raquel Pennington (135.5) vs Bethe Correia (136)
Santiago Ponzinibbio (171) vs Court McGee (170.5)
Islam Makhachev (156.5)** vs Drew Dober (156) *Makhachev made weight on his second attempt after initially weighing in at 156.5

UFC FIGHT PASS Early Prelims
Manvel Gamburyan (136) vs John Dodson (135)
Michael Graves (170.5) vs Randy Brown (171)
Cezar Ferreira (185.5) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (183.5)
Omari Akhmedov (171) vs Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (170.5)

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We're looking for reports on today's WWE shows in Dubai and Amsterdam, Holland to dave@wrestlingobserver.com">Dave@WrestlingObserver.com

Our only weekend poll show will be tomorrow's UFC show from Tampa on FOX. 

NEW JAPAN WORLD AT 9 P.M. EASTERN ON AXS TV

Kushida vs. Kenny Omega for IWGP jr. title

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Hirooki Goto for IC title

CMLL TONIGHT FROM ARENA MEXICO AT 9:30 P.M. AT WWW.CLAROSPORTS.COM

Bengala & Sensei vs. Cholo & Espanto Jr.

Astral & Electrico & Stukita vs. Demus 3:16 & Nitrito & Pierrothito

Fuego & Rey Cometa & Triton vs. Cavernario & Hechicero & Vangellys

One night tag team tournament with usual rivals as partners with Angel de Oro & Polvora, Blue Panther & Ephesto, Marco Corleone & Rush, Mascara Dorada & Bobby Z, Mistico & Mephisto, Super Crazy & Felino, Volador Jr. & Mr. Niebla and Dragon Rojo Jr. & Euforia

Atlantis & Caristico & Maximo Sexy vs. El Terrible & Rey Bucanero & Rey Escorpion

RESURRECTION FIGHTING ALLIANCE AT 10 P.M. TONIGHT ON AXS TV FROM SIOUX FALLS, SD AT THE SANFORD PENTAGON

Brian Camozzi (169.5) vs. Kenn Glenn (170.9)

Eli Finn (135.6) vs. Matt Lopez (135.9)

Cody Lincoln (168,.9) vs. Logan Storley (170.4)

John Pippie (184.1) vs. Joe Gigliotti (184,7)

Leandro Higo (135.0) vs. Joey Miolla (134.3) for bantamweight title

Rafael Viana (203.2) vs. Devin Clark (203.4) for the light heavyweight title

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Taylor Made vs. Jessicka Havok for Shine title

Allysin Kay vs. Su Yung in a Singapore cane match

Malia Hosaka vs. Thunderkitty.

        Also appearing include Marti Bell, Santana Garrett, April Hunter, Kimber Lee and the debuts of Rachel Ellering and Stormie Lee.

Tomorrow is a heavy MMA day with UFC on FOX followed by Bellator on Spike.

Saturday we're looking for reports on WWE from Birmingham, England (Reigns vs. Rusev).

BELLATOR ON SPIKE AT 10 P.M. SATURDAY NIGHT FROM TURIN, ITALY

Daniele Miceli (167.5) vs. Daniele Scatizzi (168.2)

Anjela Pink (129.3) vs. Anastasia Yankova (130)

Danilo Belluardo (145.4) vs. A.J. McKee (145.5)

Alessio Sakara (203.9) vs. Brian Rogers (205.3)

Kevin Souza (155.2) vs. Patricky Pitbull Freire (155.2)

Sunday has WWE shows in Nottingham, England and Leeds, England.

Monday will be Raw from the O2 Arena in London. Raw will be on a several hour tape delay this week so we will have results up on the site before the show.

Tuesday is Smackdown from the O2 Arena in London which features Undertaker. There will be a half crew for Smackdown because there is also a house show in Manchester, England with Roman Reigns, Sheamus, Rusev, Kane, Dudleys, New Day, Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks, so they will all most likely not be on Smackdown.

Wednesday has WWE house shows in Newcastle, England, with Undertaker as the headliner, and Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

UFC announced the Rafael dos Anjos vs. Eddie Alvarez main event for 7/7 in Las Vegas as part of three consecutive shows in Las Vegas on 7/7, 7/8 and 7/9 for International Fight Week. The Observer/Figure Four web site convention also takes place that weekend. UFC will be having activities as part of International Fight Week from 7/5 to 7/10. Tickets for UFC 200 go on sale on 4/29 at 10 a.m. Tickets for the Fan Expo go on sale on 4/29 at Noon. Tickets for the Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha strawweight title match go on sale on 5/6 at Noon. Tickets for the Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez match go on sale 5/6 at Noon. Among the activities are amateur martial arts tournaments, the 2016 Hall of Fame induction ceremony (the names will start to be announced shortly), a 5K race and events to be announced later.

On tonight's RFA show on AXS, Dana White will be there as they are filming him along with Matt Serra and Nick the Tooth for the web series "Looking for a Fighter" on tonight's show.

A note from my appearance on the Jim Ross show when talking about Larry Sweeney and his death, Sweeney died due to suicide. (thanks to Ben Davern)

Here is more on the Hulk Hogan sex tape publicity regarding his racial comments. 

Shane McMahon will be on the Smackdown tapings this week on 4/19 in London.

WWE

  • Results from today's WWE show in Amsterdam: Cesaro b Stardust, Sin Cara b Tyler Breeze, Jack Swagger b Tyler Breeze, Kane b Rusev, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods kept the tag titles over Erick Rowan & Braun Strowman, Charlotte won three-way for women's title over Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch, Usos b Dudleys, Roman Reigns retained WWE title over Sheamus. (thanks to Deion Kiijpers)
  • WWE announced two more qualifying matches in the Global Cruiserweight series that will be on an upcoming Progress Wrestling show.
  • The only update we have on Bray Wyatt is that he was sent home from the tour due to his calf injury, but we don't have a diagnosis as to what is the severity of the injury.
  • HHH is appearing at Wednesday's house show in Newcastle. It's been confirmed. HHH has been booked for shows on 4/20 in Newcastle, England, 4/21 in Brussels, Belgium
    and 4/23 in Malaga, Spain.
  • Bret Hart discusses WWE creative in an interview with Total Wrestling Magazine.
  • WWE stock was up 13 cents a share today to $16.34.
  • Here is a story on John Cena at American Grit.

UFC

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked that Ronda Rousey headline the 11/12 show in Madison Square Garden and said that if she did, he would attend the bout.  
  • The company will debut two new promotions on Fight Pass this weekend. Cage Warriors debuted today with a show that started at 4 p.m. Eastern. Combate Americas, Campbell McLaren's new promotion, debuts with a four-hour Monday night show starting at 9 p.m. on Monday night head-to-head with Raw, coming from the Los Angeles Exchange, a 1,000 seat arena that is already sold out. All four hours will air in English on Fight Pass. The final hour will also air on NBC Universo with Spanish language announcing. Erik Sanchez (6-2) vs. Mike Segura (4-2) and Jesse Cruz (8-5) vs. Jonathan Martinez (6-2) will headline.
  • The 6/18 show in Ottawa at the TD Place headlined by Stephen Thompson vs. Rory MacDonald has sold out with more than 10,000 tickets sold.
  • Also on Fight Pass tomorrow is Glory 29 from Copenhagen, Denmark starting at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. At 4 p.m., the show will shift to ESPN 3 with Niekly Holzken defending the welterweight title against Yoann Kongolo and it will also have a four-man heavyweight tournament.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Former WWE wrestler Eve Torres Gracie was on "Supergirl" on Monday night. She played an alien who had a fight scene with Supergirl and lost the fight. She had a few lines of dialogue. The show had 6.12 million viewers. 
  • Ben Askren defeated Nikolay Aleksakhin via unanimous decision in the main event of today's One show in Manila, The Philippines.
  • NWA Smoky Mountain Cup takes place tomorrow in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium with the winner getting a shot at Jax Dane's NWA title. There will be six first round tournament matches with the winners going into a six-way main event. The bouts are Jason Kincaid vs. Lio Rush, Chase Owens vs. Ethan Case, Kyle Matthews vs. Jimmy Rave, Jordan Kage vs. Timmy Lou Retton, Ali Shabazz vs. Shawn Shultz and Axton Ray vs. Anthony Henry.
  • Tickets went on sale today for the ROH PPV show Death Before Dishonor, on 8/19 from Sam's Town in Las Vegas, as well as for the TV tapings on 8/20 at Sam's Town, and for the 8/27 Field of Honor show at MCU Park in  Brooklyn.
  • Championship Wrestling from Hollywood has been added to the Fite TV app.
  • Luchaproof on Sunday at 7 p.m. at The Rockpile in Toronto featuring Joey Ryan, Ricardo Rodriguez and more. 
  • NFC on 6/11 at Center Stage in Atlanta for an MMA show with a winner take all purse stipulation in the main event with Amir Dadovic vs. Jared Gooden. The show will air live on AXS TV. The promotion has sold out four of its last five shows at the former home of WCW Saturday Night.
  • CMLL results from Tuesday night in Guadalajara:  Neutron & Star Black b Gitano & Thunder Boy, Escandao & Espectrum & Raziel b Magnus & Marvel & Vaquero Jr., Amapola & Tiffany & Zeuxis b Estrellita & Marcela & Princesa Sugei, Euforia & Pierroth & Bobby Z b Angel de Oro & Maximo Sexy & Triton, Atlantis & Marco Corleone & Volador Jr. b El Terrible & Rey Bucanero & Vangellys-DQ, Ultimo Guerrero b Cibernetico (thanks to Kris Zellner)
  • Baja Stars USA tomorrow night in San Diego at the Montgomery-Waller Rec Center has Extreme Tiger (Tigre Uno) & Star Boy vs. Misterioso & Shamu Jr.
  • There are Lucha Libre shows tonight, tomorrow and Sunday at Wild Bill's in Duluth, GA headlined by Triton & Valiente vs. Dragon Rojo Jr. & Polvora
  • L.A. Park vs. Blue Demon Jr. headlines 5/15 in El Monte, CA at Florentine Gardens.
  • Volador Jr. headlines 4/23 in Las Vega at the Cashman Center.
  • Teddy Hart & Mariachi Loco & Steve Pain vs. Okumura & Fujin & Raijin headlines 4/23 in Montebello, CA at the Grace Baptist Academy.
  • Pro Wrestling Phoenix tomorrow night in Council Bluffs, IA at the National Guard Armory.
  • Here is a story on the IWS promotion in Montreal.

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