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Misha Cirkunov prepares to enter the Octagon before his fight with Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 214" align="center" />Misha Cirkunov has always been pretty even keeled about things when it comes to his career inside the Octagon.Hyped as a future superstar when he first transitioned to mixed martial arts from the grappling world, his advanced billing never went to his head and he never took the early setbacks he suffered to heart either. He was always just focused on learning and improving, garnering as much experience as possible so that when the time came for him to compete against the best athlete ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By E. Spencer Kyte
Posted: December 12, 2017, 6:00 am
The UFC returns to Canada this weekend with a stacked card headed to FOX that features a main event that could determine the next No. 1 contender in the welterweight division. Former champion Robbie Lawler returned to his winning ways earlier this year and now he'll look to get back in the title picture with a win this weekend. It won't be an easy test, however, as former lightweight king Rafael Dos Anjos attempts to get his third win in a row since moving to 170 pounds as he inches closer to a shot at champion Tyron Woodley as well. Also on the card, two powerful knockout artists prepare to c ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Damon Martin
Posted: December 12, 2017, 6:00 am
Competing in his home country of Canada is a joy for Chad Laprise, even if it means braving the frigid temperatures that await the fighters set to step into the Octagon this weekend in Winnipeg.“I’ve said it many times before – if I could fight all my fights in Canada, I would be super-happy, and I’m back in Canada again,” said Laprise, who has only fought outside of Canada twice in his seven-year, 15-fight career. “It’ll be a little cold up there this time of year, but I’m definitely looking forward to being in front of the Canadian fans once ag ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By E. Spencer Kyte
Posted: December 12, 2017, 6:00 am
Lead UFC commentator Jon Anik joins the show to discuss a variety of topics including UFC On FOX: Lawler vs. dos Anjos, UFC Fight Night Fresno, GSP, Whittaker vs. Rockhold, Stipe vs. Ngannou in his hometown of Boston, working with Joe Rogan, and the proper pronunciation of "Miocic". Before that, Matt Serra calls in and breaks down all the action from Fresno this past weekend. Full Episode Jon on calling fights with Dominick Cruz and Joe Rogan Jon on Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou in his hometown, Boston Jon on the level of Brian Ortega's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Jon on the pr ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: UFC Staff Report
Posted: December 12, 2017, 6:00 am
Saturday’s UFC Fresno event is in the books, and now that the dust has settled in California, it’s time to go to the scorecard to see who the big winners were at Save Mart Center.1 – Brian OrtegaWhen I spoke to Brian Ortega before Saturday’s main event against Cub Swanson, I asked him if he went out of his way to put himself in difficult situations sometimes. He chuckled and admitted that he has. I can respect that attitude because it shows a true craftsman at work, someone willing to see if everything he learned in the gym can be applied in a fight. Of course, that can ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: December 11, 2017, 6:00 am
For the third time in 2017, the Octagon visits the Great White North, as it lands at the “crossroads of Canada” in Winnipeg, Manitoba for the final UFC on FOX event of the year.It has already been a memorable month in the cage and this weekend’s show is sure to add to the collection of tremendous fights and breakthrough performances that have already taken place while we get closer to Santa’s arrival and the start of 2018.While the headlining acts have been bringing the goods through the first three events of the month, the upstarts and emerging talents have been holdin ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By E. Spencer Kyte
Posted: December 11, 2017, 6:00 am
Brian Ortega officially announced his arrival as a title contender on Saturday night with a second-round submission finish of Cub Swanson in the main event of UFC Fight Night from Fresno. Ortega was already considered a top prospect at 145 pounds, but Swanson was undoubtedly his toughest test to date and “T-City” passed with flying colors. After nearly wrapping up an anaconda choke at the end of the first round, Ortega was quick to look for another opening to apply his world-class grappling and he found a home for his guillotine choke during a scramble with Swanson against the ca ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Damon Martin
Posted: December 10, 2017, 6:00 am
Gate: $568,290Attendance: 7,605Fight of the Night: Ortega vs. SwansonPerformance of the Night: Ortega & Moraes Read the Full Article Here
Author: UFC Staff Report
Posted: December 10, 2017, 6:00 am
The UFC's return to Boston on Jan. 20 will get 2018 off to a rousing start with a pair of world championship fights at TD Garden that will make UFC 220 an event to remember. In the main event, it's one of the most highly anticipated heavyweight championship fights of all-time, as Stipe Miocic defends his crown against devastating knockout artist Francis Ngannou. Plus, the UFC light heavyweight title will be on the line when Daniel Cormier risks his belt against surging contender Volkan Oezdemir. Tickets for UFC 220, which airs live on Pay-Per-View, go on sale on December 15. In the storied h ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: December 9, 2017, 6:00 am
DAVIS vs CARMOUCHE 2Alexis Davis made it two for two over Liz Carmouche in UFC Fight Night action at Save Mart Center in Fresno, taking a close split decision victory in the flyweight debut for both former 135-pound contenders.Scores were 29-28 twice and 28-29 for Davis, 19-7, who decisioned Carmouche in 2013. Carmouche falls to 10-6.Carmouche had success with her ground attack in the first frame, but late in the round, a takedown by the Californian was nearly a costly one when Davis locked in a tight armbar. Carmouche hung tough, though, with the horn sounding to give her another round to w ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: December 9, 2017, 6:00 am
ORTEGA vs SWANSONIn his first UFC main event, Brian Ortega made his case for inclusion in the featherweight title picture, as he kept his unbeaten record intact with a second-round submission of veteran contender Cub Swanson at Save Mart Center in Fresno.The win was Ortega’s fifth in the UFC, with each of those victories coming by way of knockout or submission. After the bout, he didn’t call for an immediate title shot, but instead spoke of doing charity work, introduced his father to the crowd and said he will respectfully take his place in line for a future championship fight sho ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: December 9, 2017, 6:00 am
Gabriel Benitez of Mexico punches Jason Knight in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Save Mart Center on December 9, 2017 in Fresno, California. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)" align="center" /> BENITEZ vs KNIGHTMexico’s Gabriel Benitez scored the most important win of his UFC career, upsetting No. 15-ranked featherweight contender Jason Knight via unanimous decision in the UFC Fight Night co-main event at Save Mart Center in Fresno.Knight (20-4) shot out of his corner as the fight began and put the heat on Benitez (20-7), brie ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: December 9, 2017, 6:00 am
It’s the biggest kickboxing fight of 2017 and fans of top-level striking around the world are paying close attention to it. On the one side Rico Verhoeven, the most dominant champion in the history of heavyweight kickboxing. Standing opposite him is Jamal Ben Saddik, who at 6’9” and 260bs (120kgs) is literally the biggest fighter on the GLORY roster.Not only is Ben Saddik the biggest heavyweight kickboxer in GLORY, he’s also one of the few to hold a win over Verhoeven. It came back in 2011, a second-round TKO scored in the Moroccan’s pro-debut , and he’s con ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By John O'Regan
Posted: December 9, 2017, 6:00 am
The main goal of the fight game is a simple one. Hit and don’t get hit. Add in the ground game, and it’s a similar premise, something along the lines of get your opponent before he gets you. And with a Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt, Brian Ortega usually has his way when a fight hits the mat.Yet despite an unbeaten pro record that includes four UFC victories, all of which have ended before the final horn, there’s the distinct feeling that when the 26-year-old is in the Octagon, he is more than willing to take himself out of his game plan to test himself in dangerous situations.H ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: December 8, 2017, 6:00 am
When talking to Aljamain Sterling about Saturday’s bout against Marlon Moraes, it’s like hearing a coach break everything down. The emotions of a prizefight are taken out of the equation and it’s all about the techniques, tells and keys that will allow the New Yorker to pick up his third consecutive win and seventh since joining the UFC roster in 2014.It’s that analytical nature that has taken Sterling into the top ten of the bantamweight division, and as he’s progressed in his career, he may have gotten even more so, leaving much of the other trappings of fightin ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: December 8, 2017, 6:00 am
Fight Night: Swanson vs Ortega, which is headlined by the featherweight bout between (4) Cub Swanson and (6) Brian Ortega, airs live on FS1 Saturday, December 9 at 10pm ET from Fresno, CA.Four prelim bouts will air live on FS1 starting at 8pm/5pm ETPT. Three fights will kick off the night of action on UFC FIGHT PASS starting at 7pm/4pm ETPT.Main Event - Five round boutCub Swanson (146) vs Brian Ortega (144.8)FS1 Main Card - 10pm/7pm ETPTJason Knight (145.6) vs Gabriel Benitez (144.8)Marlon Moraes (135.4) vs Aljamain Sterling (135.6)Scott Holtzman (155.8) vs Darrell Horcher (155.6)Eryk Anders ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: UFC Staff Report
Posted: December 8, 2017, 6:00 am
Cub Swanson already won. Before he steps into the Octagon for his UFC Fresno main event against Brian Ortega on Saturday, the Palm Springs native can easily sit back and say that he made it a lot further in his career and his life than many thought he would.He’s a father now, one of the top featherweights in the world, and perhaps one more victory away from a title shot. All at 34 years old, an age that he’s been thinking about for a while.“My dad passed away when I was three months old,” he explains. “So I ended up bouncing around family, me and my brothers, and ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: December 8, 2017, 6:00 am
Soft-spoken and with a perpetual smile outside the Octagon, Joanna Jedrzejczyk turns ferocious once the gate closes on fight night, and it’s that Jekyll and Hyde personality that has captured the imagination of fans around the world since her UFC debut in 2014.Today, Women’s Week on UFC FIGHT PASS continues with a look at some of the most memorable moments in the career of the former UFC strawweight champion. Julia BerezekovaResult – Jedrzejczyk W2 (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)As a multiple-time champion in Muay Thai, Jedrzejczyk’s reputation was well established in that ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: December 8, 2017, 6:00 am
The undisputed UFC middleweight championship will be on the line in Australia on Feb. 10 (Feb. 11 local time), when Robert Whittaker defends his crown for the first time against former titleholder Luke Rockhold in the main event of UFC 221.UFC announced on Thursday that middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre is vacating his world title effective immediately.St-Pierre informed the organization, “My fight at UFC 217 was one of the greatest nights of my life but I now need to take some time to focus on my health. Out of respect to the athletes and the sport, I don’t want to hold up t ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: December 7, 2017, 6:00 am
A member of the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame, Holly Holm moved to MMA full-time in 2013 and proceeded to take a UFC belt within two years. Now with Holm looking to make history as the first woman to win UFC titles in two weight classes when she faces Cris Cyborg in the main event of UFC 219 on Dec. 30, it’s the perfect time to continue the celebration of Women’s Week on UFC FIGHT PASS by revisiting five of her defining moments. Jan FinneyFresquez Productions: Clash in the Cage – September 9, 2011 (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)Before Jan Finney faced Holly Holm ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: December 7, 2017, 6:00 am
CUB SWANSON VS BRIAN ORTEGABrian Ortega is one of the most talented young fighters in the featherweight division, but he almost always winds up putting himself in bad positions in a fight. That’s great for those of us watching, but that can catch up to a fighter sooner or later. Cub Swanson is the kind of fighter who will make sure an opponent’s first mistake is his last one, so if Ortega chooses to place himself in harm’s way on Saturday, Swanson will harm him. If “T-City” plays it cool, he could secure the biggest win of his career.JASON KNIGHT VS GABRIEL BENITE ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: December 7, 2017, 6:00 am
Both UFC Fight Night Fresno main event fighters, Cub Swanson and Brian Ortega, join the show today. First, Brian calls in to talk about Cub Swanson as an opponent, earning his stripes in the UFC Featherweight division, and having a near-death experience while surfing in February. Then, "Killer" Cub calls in and talks about Brian Ortega as an opponent, Aldo vs. Holloway, whether he's in a "gatekeeper" role or not, what he wants in his next UFC contract, and more. Plus, the guys discuss DC vs. Volkan Oezdemir, early betting lines for a hypothetical Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou fight, and Jim ... Read the Full Article Here
Posted: December 7, 2017, 6:00 am
London, UK – With precisely 100 days to go until UFC’s return to London, England, the organisation has today revealed the first three bouts set to feature on the hotly anticipated fight card. Tickets to UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON, which takes place on Saturday March 17, 2018 at The O2, go on general sale on Friday, February 2 at 10 a.m. GMT via AXS and Ticketmaster. With tickets to UFC’s most recent trip to London selling out in under 30 minutes, fans are advised to secure their tickets as early as possible to avoid missing out. The entire event will be streamed live interna ... Read the Full Article Here
Posted: December 7, 2017, 6:00 am
Saturday night in Fresno, Marlon Moraes will step into the Octagon for the second time in less than a month and the third time since matriculating to the UFC in April following a lengthy, dominant reign under the World Series of Fighting banner.Each of his first two appearance have come against Top 10 foes and this weekend’s contest will be no different as the 29-year-old looks to build on his split decision victory over John Dodson by halting the two-fight winning streak of eighth-ranked Serra-Longo Fight Team member Aljamain Sterling.It’s the quickest turnaround of Moraes’ ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By E. Spencer Kyte
Posted: December 6, 2017, 6:00 am
Saturday’s heavyweight title challenger Jamal Ben Saddik expresses both envy and surprise when asked to describe how he felt when watching Rico Verhoeven rise from unknown newcomer to the dominant GLORY world champion over the past three years.Envy, because Saddik’s rival holds the belt he so badly wants for himself, and surprise, because when they first crossed paths six years ago, it was the 6ft 8inch, 280lbs Saddik who got his arm raised and Verhoeven who found himself on the canvas.“Back in 2011, I fought Rico and I stopped him in the second round,” Saddik recalle ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By John O'Regan
Posted: December 6, 2017, 6:00 am
A pioneering force in women’s MMA, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate was one of the toughest and most popular fighters in the game over her nine years in the sport. Today, the celebration of Women’s Week on UFC FIGHT PASS continues with a look at five of Tate’s most memorable moments.Marloes CoenenStrikeforce: Fedor vs Henderson – July 30, 2011 (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)A look at Miesha Tate’s pre-UFC career shows that she took an old school route to the top, with two nights in particular standing out. The first was her pro debut in 2007, w ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: December 6, 2017, 6:00 am
Eryk Anders punches <a href='../fighter/rafael-natal'>Rafael Natal</a> of Brazil in their middleweight bout during the <a href='../event/UFC-Silva-vs-Irvin'>UFC Fight Night </a>event inside the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on July 22, 2017 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)" align="center" />Rafael Natal will likely be the first to tell you that Eryk Anders is a scary guy on fight night, considering he got stopped in less than three minutes by the Alabama prospect in July. Eight other opponents would probably agree with that notion. This Satur ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: December 6, 2017, 6:00 am
Miesha Tate</a> during their title fight at UFC 200" align="middle" />When Amanda Nunes had one of the best years ever in 2016, some wondered where "The Lioness" came from. But as you will see below, the UFC women's bantamweight champion has been setting a high bar at 135 pounds for a long time. Julia BuddStrikeforce Challengers – Jan. 7, 2011 (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)Amanda Nunes didn’t fall out of the sky and into the Octagon at UFC 200, where she took the women’s bantamweight title from Miesha Tate. She’s long been on the MMA world’s radar, and when she w ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: December 6, 2017, 6:00 am
Gabriel Benitez punches Enrique Barzol during their featherweight matchup at UFC 211" align="center" />Ask fighters about the difference between competing on the regional circuit and stepping into the UFC Octagon and most will hit you with something along the lines of “at the end of the day, it’s still just a fight.”While that is true about the night they stride into the cage and trade blows in search of glory, the reality is that competing on the biggest stage in the sport is an entirely different animal than grinding out a career in smaller shows. And the process of figurin ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By E. Spencer Kyte
Posted: December 5, 2017, 6:00 am
The UFC lands in Fresno this weekend with an incredible featherweight main event featuring perennial contender Cub Swanson against fast-rising 145-pound star Brian Ortega. Swanson has been on a tear in his past few trips to the Octagon, including a Fight of the Year performance against Dooho Choi last year. Now Swanson hopes to secure his spot as the No. 1 contender in the division with a win on Saturday night. Ortega will attempt to stop him while putting himself into a similar position after reeling off four straight wins in the UFC, with all of them ending by way of submission or knockout. ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Damon Martin
Posted: December 5, 2017, 6:00 am

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