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On the heels of the Wednesday announcement of two bouts for the UFC Fight Night event in Norfolk, Virginia on Nov. 11, the promotion has officially added three more matchups to the card.In the middleweight division, veteran Nate Marquardt faces TUF Brazil winner Cezar Ferreira, and Dana White's Tuesday Night Contenders Series standout Karl Roberson will make his UFC debut against Darren Stewart.Also competing against each other this fall will be light heavyweights Jake Collier and Marcel Fortuna.UFC Fight Night will air live on FS1 from the Ted Constant Convocation Center.Stay tuned to UFC.com ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: August 17, 2017, 5:00 am
Top light heavyweights will make the trip to Winnipeg on Dec. 16, as veteran Brazilian star Rogerio Nogueira faces hard-hitting Jared Cannonier in a UFC Fight Night bout at Bell MTS Place.Also made official on Thursday was a middleweight matchup between Alessio Di Chirico and Oluwale Bamgbose.One of Brazil's top fighting exports, the No. 11-ranked Nogueira first made his name in Japan's PRIDE organization before making his way to the Octagon in 2009. Since then, he has defeated the likes of Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz, and in his first start of 2017, he can make waves at 205 pounds if he can ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: August 17, 2017, 5:00 am
In a solitary sport, Eddie Alvarez appears to embrace that solitude better than most. And while that may be true, the former UFC lightweight champion says that’s only one aspect of his fighting personality, and he’ll get a chance to show it on season 26 of The Ultimate Fighter, which premieres on FS1 on Aug. 30.“Right behind learning new things and learning from new experiences, my second favorite thing is sharing them,” Alvarez said. “So as far as coaching, I thoroughly enjoy it. I’m a father, first of all, which doesn’t qualify me as a coach, but a l ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: August 17, 2017, 5:00 am
Two of the top welterweights in the world will square off in New York City on Nov. 4, as Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson battles Jorge "Gamebred" Masvidal in a UFC 217 bout at Madison Square Garden.No stranger to MSG, the No. 1-ranked Thompson battled current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley to a Fight of the Night draw there last November. Now, following a razor-thin decision loss to Woodley in their UFC 209 rematch, Thompson will try to make his case for another shot at the crown when he faces the No. 4-ranked Masvidal, who has won three of his last four bouts with victories over Donald Cerr ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: August 17, 2017, 5:00 am
One night only. Even though much of the focus on the Aug. 26 showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor has been on the UFC lightweight champion’s jump from the Octagon to the ring, somewhat lost in the shuffle has been that Mayweather has declared this bout at T-Mobile Arena will be his final fight.“I thought that (the Andre Berto fight) was going to be my last everything,” Mayweather said on Thursday’s media teleconference, referring to the 2015 bout after which he retired. Yet earlier this year, the war of words between Mayweather and McGregor turned into a ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: August 17, 2017, 5:00 am
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Nick Roehrick of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on August 8, 2017. USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Roehnick. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the ... Read the Full Article Here
Posted: August 17, 2017, 5:00 am
Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series has been a life-changer for the several fighters that earned UFC contracts thanks to their efforts on the show, but it’s clear that this isn’t your typical situation for those strapping on the gloves in Las Vegas.Simply put, it’s an official fight, so a win is of paramount importance, but how a fighter wins may spell the difference between an invite to the UFC and a trip back to the regional circuit. Mississippi’s Brandon Davis wasn’t concerned as he got ready to face Austin Arnett on Aug. 1. In fact, he let UFC ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: August 17, 2017, 5:00 am
Dan Hardy interviews Conor McGregor after McGregor's win over Diego Brandao in 2014" align="center" />UFC veteran and current analyst Dan Hardy is like a lot of fans when it comes to the Aug. 26 meeting between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. The only difference is that when the bell rings at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, “The Outlaw” won’t just be watching. He’ll be calling the action as part of the Sky Sports Box Office team, and he can’t wait.“I’m keeping a cool exterior, but every time I think about it, I want to shadow box, and that’s al ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: Part One by Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: August 16, 2017, 5:00 am
Volkan Oezdemir is currently teaching a master class in how to make things happen for yourself in the UFC.Prior to his showdown with Jimi Manuwa at UFC 214, the 27-year-old title contender revealed he’d been given a new nickname, “No Time,” saying the new handle not only applied to how he preferred to handle his work in the Octagon quickly, but also his rapid climb up the divisional rankings.He then promptly walked into the cage and made good on his pre-fight proclamation to become the first man to stop Manuwa in the opening round, rocking the knockout artist from London with ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By E. Spencer Kyte
Posted: August 16, 2017, 5:00 am
SHANGHAI, CHINA – UFC®, the world’s premier Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organization,  announced its highly anticipated inaugural live event in mainland China will be headlined by one of the greatest MMA athletes of all time.  Brazil’s Anderson “The Spider” Silva will face middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum in what will be one of the most thrilling battles the Octagon® has seen in Asia. UFC Fight Night® Shanghai: Silva vs. Gastelum presented by General Tire takes place at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai on November 25 2017.   The en ... Read the Full Article Here
Posted: August 16, 2017, 5:00 am
  // The final details of the Aug. 26 bout between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor were ironed out at the Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting in Las Vegas on Wednesday.As expected, both fighters were licensed for the matchup at T-Mobile Arena, and following a request from each camp, the bout will now be contested using eight-ounce gloves, not the 10-ounce gloves usually used in 154-pound boxing matches.The referee will be Robert Byrd and the three judges chosen for the match are Guido Cavalleri, Burt Clements and Dave Moretti. Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: August 16, 2017, 5:00 am
  // A packed summer of UFC events has set the stage for an even bigger fall season, and the promotion fired off a couple more salvos on a busy Wednesday evening as it made a bout for the interim UFC lightweight title official.With current 155-pound champion Conor McGregor facing Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match on Aug. 26, UFC President Dana White has decided to keep the division moving with an interim title fight pitting Tony Ferguson against Kevin Lee. This bout will take place on Oct. 7 in Las Vegas.A little over a month later in Norfolk, Virginia, two of the sport’ ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: August 16, 2017, 5:00 am
Following a historic UFC 205 event last November, the UFC will return to Madison Square Garden on Nov. 4 with another stacked card for New York City fans.On Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight on FS1, six bouts were announced for UFC 217.In a highly anticipated clash for the UFC bantamweight title, former teammates and rival Ultimate Fighter coaches will finally meet, as Cody Garbrandt defends his crown against TJ Dillashaw. The reigning king at 135 pounds, Garbrandt will put his unbeaten record and the title he won from Dominick Cruz on the line against former champion Dillashaw, who has ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: August 16, 2017, 5:00 am
Between the grueling work in the gym and the hype for his Aug. 26 fight with Floyd Mayweather outside of it, Conor McGregor has found the time to hear the verbal shots being taken at him from the boxing purists who believe the UFC lightweight champion has no place being in a ring with a 49-0 future Hall of Famer.And he’s using it as fuel.“It’s certainly motivating, (hearing) the disrespect and disregard for my skill set,” McGregor said during a media teleconference on Wednesday. “I look at people and their mind is closed. They’ve got a closed mind to how thi ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: August 16, 2017, 5:00 am
UFC Middleweight contender David Branch joins Jim and Matt in-studio to talk about his September 16 fight against Luke Rockhold in Pittsburgh, training BJJ with Renzo Gracie and John Danaher, growing up in the Bronx, Bisping vs. GSP, MayMac, and much, much more. Plus, the guys discuss Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee for the interim UFC Lightweight title, Aljamain Sterling and Cody Garbrandt going back-and-forth on Twitter, and Matt Hughes's road to recovery. Full Episode David on his barbershop message to Luke Rockhold David on working his BJJ at Renzo's David on mastering the amount of violen ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: UFC Staff Report
Posted: August 16, 2017, 5:00 am
#14 UFC Middleweight Uriah Hall calls in to talk about his upcoming fight against Krzysztof Jotko, training at the UFC Performance Institute, Bisping vs. GSP, disliking Luke Rockhold, the Conor McGregor vs. Paulie Malignaggi sparring videos, and more. Plus, Jim and Matt talk about possible UFC 217 fights, Cat Zingano calling out Cris Cyborg, and the new season of Game of Thrones. Full Episode Uriah on fighting being a job Uriah just doesn't like Luke Rockhold Uriah on facing his demons and regaining his passion Uriah breaks down Bisping vs. GSP Read the Full Article Here
Author: UFC Staff Report
Posted: August 15, 2017, 5:00 am
It's week 6 of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series and the first women's bout goes down between Jamie Colleen and Tiffany Masters.Colleen took some time Monday night to talk to UFC correspondent Laura Sanko about her difficult journey and the inspiration she finds in her daughter.RELATED: Week 6 fight-by-fight preview | Watch Contender Series at 8pm ET on UFC FIGHT PASS | Check out Snoopcast | Masters vs Colleen preview | Week 6 pre-fight show Read the Full Article Here
Author: UFC Staff Report
Posted: August 15, 2017, 5:00 am
It’s almost hard to believe Mike Rodriguez when he says that he’s a firm believer in the “feeling out” process in a prize fight.I’m not saying the 28-year-old is dishonest, but with seven of his nine pro MMA wins ending in the first round, including an Aug. 8 finish of Jamelle Jones on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, that earned him a UFC contract, he hasn’t has much time for feeling out his opposition.“I became a huge believer of the feeling out process,” he laughs. “Before I didn’t, but it’s pretty big in fi ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: August 15, 2017, 5:00 am
Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series has been the surprise hit of the summer, delivering a bevy of entertaining fights every Tuesday night from the jump, and somehow the combatants have managed to up the ante each successive week.This week’s installment featured the first two-time competitor of the series as Charles Byrd returned to square off with Randall Wallace in the featured middleweight contest that closed out the show.Despite getting a first-round finish in his first appearance, Byrd was the odd man out when Dana White handed out contracts, but he made the most of his ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By E. Spencer Kyte
Posted: August 15, 2017, 5:00 am
The highlights just keep on coming during Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series and last week’s edition was no different, as two more fighters earned contracts to join the UFC roster. Mike Rodriguez, a fighter coming up under UFC veteran Joe Lauzon, capped off the show with a spectacular flying knee knockout, while Alex Perez had a very impressive performance that ended with a second-round anaconda choke finish, and both were awarded deals with the UFC. Now in its sixth week, the Contender series will feature the first women's bout of the season, as well as a featured bout pittin ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Damon Martin
Posted: August 14, 2017, 5:00 am
Given that the next time you see the Octagon it will be in Rotterdam, and that two of the seven fight cards scheduled in September and October will take place on European soil, now feels like a really good time to run down the top European talents to compete under the UFC banner.Before getting to the collection – which includes five current or former champions and athletes who have competed in seven divisions, a point of clarity: this is based on success in the Octagon, not just all-time status.For example: Mirko Cro Cop is one of the greatest heavyweights of all-time. However, he went 5 ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By E. Spencer Kyte
Posted: August 14, 2017, 5:00 am
With Abel Trujillo forced to withdraw from UFC 216 on Oct. 7, lightweight veteran Bobby "King" Green as agreed to step in and face Lando Vannata at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.UFC 216 airs live on Pay-Per-View. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, Aug. 31.Winner of eight of his last 11 bouts, Green is a former Strikeforce standout who has won four UFC fights over Jacob Volkmann, James Krause, Pat Healy and Josh Thomson. In his most recent bout in April, the Californian lost a split decision to Rashid Magomedov, but he can crash back into the win column this fall when he faces exciting rising star V ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: August 14, 2017, 5:00 am
Heavyweight contenders collide in Sydney on Nov. 18 (Nov. 19 local time), as Aussie hero Mark Hunt looks to build on the momentum of his June stoppage of Derrick Lewis when he takes on rising star Marcin Tybura in the main event of UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena.The card will air live on FS1.Polish powerhouse Tybura has soared into the heavyweight top ten on the heels of consecutive wins over Viktor Pesta, Luis Henrique and Andrei Arlovski that have made him a serious threat for world title honors. But to move closer to that goal, the No. 10-ranked contender must first get past one of t ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: August 14, 2017, 5:00 am
Conor McGregor made a thought-provoking comparison Friday at his media open workout ahead of his enormous boxing showdown with all-time great Floyd Mayweather.The UFC two-division world champion said Jose Aldo was once just like Mayweather: a dominant champion considered to be one of the greatest, who most thought couldn’t be beaten.RELATED: Get tickets for the biggest fight in combat sports history | Don't wait. Pre-order Mayweather-McGregor now“Wait until you see when (Mayweather) falls – how you all write him off after this and he becomes like Aldo,” McGreg ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Matt Parrino
Posted: August 12, 2017, 5:00 am
A great fight is a perfect storm. Put two fighters together and you never know what you’ll get, but when both have the intention of making a statement against each other and the styles mesh, it becomes something more than just an athletic competition. When that happens, there’s nothing better in all of sports. Here are five of the best fights from the first half of 2017.1 - Justin Gaethje-Michael JohnsonThe Ultimate Fighter Finale at T-Mobile Arena on July 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC)" align="center" />I’ll be honest - I was ready to be di ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: August 12, 2017, 5:00 am
The best knockout category is always the most hotly debated, simply because the number of impressive knockouts that take place in the Octagon consistently supersedes the amount of slots on lists like this. But we must carry on, and while there may not be full agreement with the top five knockouts of the first half of 2017, you can’t deny that these were pretty damn good.1 - Mike Perry-Jake EllenbergerThere is no science behind picking the best knockouts on these lists. But they all require a jump out of the seat followed by a “Whoa” or “Oh #$%$.” If you get both a ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: August 11, 2017, 5:00 am
From the sublime to the spectacular, the first half of 2017 had more than its share of memorable submission finishes. Here are this scribe’s picks for the five best of the year so far.1 - Aleksei Oleinik-Viktor Pesta (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)How can the first and only Ezekiel choke submission in UFC history not get the top spot here? So there’s that, but even if it wasn’t the first, Aleksei Oleinik’s finish of Viktor Pesta in January was so sublime and so surprising. Mounted by Pesta, it looked like Oleinik was about to be in for a world of pain, but the submission mast ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: August 11, 2017, 5:00 am
Kurt Holobaugh punches Matt Bessette during Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series" align="center" />After going 9-0 to kick off his pro MMA career, Kurt Holobaugh was on the fast track as 2013 began. Yet by the time the summer rolled around, he was 9-2 and looking to regroup following losses in Strikeforce to Pat Healy and in the UFC to Steven Siler.Four years later, the Louisiana native is back in the big show following a first-round knockout of Matt Bessette on week one of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on July 11.“When I was there (the UFC) the first time, it ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: August 11, 2017, 5:00 am
It took only 15 seconds for Karl Roberson to unleash the elbows that stopped Ryan Spann and earned the New Jersey native a UFC contract on the July 25 edition of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.But before we get into that, let’s first go back to August 2015, when Roberson accepted a fight with kickboxing legend Jerome Le Banner…in his first pro kickboxing bout.“He’s a legend,” Roberson said. “How many times in your life do you get to fight someone that big and that established? And in Saint Tropez, France? That was too much of an opportuni ... Read the Full Article Here
Author: By Thomas Gerbasi
Posted: August 11, 2017, 5:00 am
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Marcos Rogerio de Lima of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on August 1, 2017. Marcos was scheduled to compete at UFC Fight Night: Struve vs. Volkov in Rotterdam, Netherlands on September 2, 2017. USADA has provisionally suspended Rogerio de Lima based on the potential anti-doping violation. Given the provisional suspension and the proximity of the Rotterdam event, Rogerio de Lima has been removed from the card and UFC is currently seeking a ... Read the Full Article Here
Posted: August 11, 2017, 5:00 am

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