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UFC

Looking Ahead: What’s Next for Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson is only two fights into his most recent UFC run, but “Rumble” has quickly generated some serious momentum in the light heavyweight division . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BADER VS. SAINT PREUX is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, August 16 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 31st, 2014




UFC

The Comeback of Dominick Cruz

“No.”

Dominick Cruz didn’t even let the question finish before he’s answered it. He knows what it is, he’s heard it a million times before, and each time, the response is the same.

For the record, the question was, after two knee surgeries and a groin injury that has kept him sidelined since October of 2011, did he ever wonder if he was going to hear the words “welcome back” again.

“No.” . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BADER VS. SAINT PREUX is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, August 16 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 30th, 2014



UFC

Silva-Diaz superfight set for Super Bowl weekend

Speculation about possible opponents for newly re-signed UFC star Nick Diaz ended Tuesday afternoon when UFC President Dana White announced on ESPN SportsCenter that the Stockton standout will face future Hall of Famer Anderson Silva on January 31 in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BADER VS. SAINT PREUX is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, August 16 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 29th, 2014


UFC

Incredibly Smooth: The Best of Benson Henderson

Benson Henderson returns to the Octagon next month when he takes on fellow top-ranked lightweight Rafael Dos Anjos in the main event of the August 23 UFC Fight Night event in Tulsa, Oklahoma . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BADER VS. SAINT PREUX is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, August 16 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 29th, 2014


UFC

Aldo-Mendes 2 Heads to Rio

Originally scheduled to take place on August 2, the biggest rematch in UFC featherweight history now moves to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 25, as 145-pound champion Jose Aldo and number one contender Chad Mendes meet at UFC 179 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BADER VS. SAINT PREUX is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, August 16 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 28th, 2014


UFC

UFC on FOX 12 Post-fight

UFC President Dana White was joined at the UFC Fight Night: Lawler vs. Brown post fight press conference by Robbie Lawler, Anthony Johnson, Dennis Bermudez, Patrick Cummins, Bobby Green and Jorge Masvidal . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BADER VS. SAINT PREUX is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, August 16 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 27th, 2014


UFC

UFC on FOX 12 Main: Lawler Tops Brown, Secures Rematch With Hendricks

Johny Hendricks, Robbie Lawler is coming for you…again. After a gritty five-round battle with Matt Brown at the SAP Center Saturday, the veteran Lawler secured a second UFC welterweight title fight against the reigning titleholder by pounding out a close unanimous decision win . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BADER VS. SAINT PREUX is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, August 16 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 26th, 2014


UFC

UFC on FOX 12 Prelims: Vet Masvidal Rises From Deck to Beat Cruickshank

Longtime lightweight contender Jorge Masvidal rose from a first-round knockdown in his UFC Fight Night prelim bout against Daron Cruickshank Saturday at the SAP Center, taking control in the next two frames to secure a three-round unanimous decision win over the highly-touted prospect . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BADER VS. SAINT PREUX is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, August 16 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 26th, 2014


UFC

Robbie Lawler Keeps It Moving

As the great resurgence of Robbie Lawler continues, the fistic artist known as “Ruthless” doesn’t blink when it comes to a schedule that would make most fighters cower, or at least hit the ‘ignore’ button when they see UFC matchmaker Joe Silva’s name on the caller ID . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER VS. BROWN is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, July 26 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 26th, 2014


UFC

UFC on FOX 12 at the scales

UFC on FOX 12, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown and the light heavyweight bout between Anthony Johnson and Rogerio Nogueira, airs live on FOX from the SAP Center in San Jose, California at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans can also tune in to FOX for four televised prelims at 6pm ET / 3pm PT, and four early prelim bouts will be available on UFC FIGHT PASS at 4:15pm ET / 1:15 pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Matt Brown (172.5**) VS Robbie Lawler (171)

FOX MAIN CARD
Rogerio Nogueira (205.5) VS Anthony Johnson (204.5)
Dennis Bermudez (146) VS Clay Guida (145)
Bobby Green (155.5) VS Josh Thomson (155)

FOX PRELIMS
Jorge Masvidal (155.5) VS Daron Cruickshank (155.5)
Patrick Cummins (206) VS Kyle Kingsbury (204.5)
Tim Means (170.5) VS Hernani Perpetuo (171)
Brian Ortega (145.5) VS Mike De La Torre (146)

UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Tiago Trator (155) VS Akbarh Arreola (155.5)
Gilbert Burns (170) VS Andreas Stahl (171)
Joanna Jedrzejcyk (115) VS Juliana Lima (116.5*)
Noad Lahat (145) VS Steven Siler (146)

*Lima, who initially weighed in at 117, will be fined 20% of her purse (10% to the commission and 10% to her opponent)

**Brown has one hour to make weight.

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER VS. BROWN is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, July 26 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 25th, 2014


UFC

Predictions: UFC on FOX 12

That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for another edition of the Downes Side. The Nostradamus of MMA has been on a roll lately. They say pride goeth before the fall, and while that may have been true for Oedipus, there’s no way that sort of thing applies to me . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER VS. BROWN is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, July 26 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 25th, 2014


UFC

Belfort: ‘It’s been an amazing journey’

You couldn’t take the smile off Vitor Belfort’s face if you tried. Wednesday morning in Las Vegas, the former light heavyweight champion and current middleweight contender was granted a conditional license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to compete in the state, beginning with a December 6 title fight against Chris Weidman . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER VS. BROWN is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, July 26 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 24th, 2014


UFC

Cormier steps in to fight Jones at UFC 178

No. 1 light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson has suffered a knee injury that has forced him to withdraw from his UFC 178 bout with champion Jon Jones. As a result, No. 2 contender Daniel Cormier will challenge Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (more…)



July 23rd, 2014


UFC

Weidman to defend title against Belfort Dec. 6 in Las Vegas

The UFC® announced that former champion Vitor Belfort was granted a license to compete in the state of Nevada at a commission hearing held today. A winner of three straight, Belfort will now face UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 181 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 6. (more…)



July 23rd, 2014


UFC

Tickets on sale this week for “Jacare” vs. Mousasi at Foxwoods

The UFC®returns to Connecticut for the first time in nearly a decade on Friday, September 5 at Foxwoods® Casino Resort in Mashantucket, Conn. with a five-round main event pitting two of the best middleweights against one another as fourth-ranked Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza takes on seventh-ranked Gegard Mousasi in a bout that could determine the division’s next title contender. The UFC’s last visit to the state saw Andrei Arlovski knock out Paul Buentello in just fifteen seconds of the very first round to defend the UFC heavyweight championship at UFC 55 on October 7, 2005. (more…)



July 23rd, 2014


UFC

Fight Night San Jose Main Card Fantasy Preview

It’s hard to imagine that there will be a more exciting matchup than the headliner for this weekend’s card in San Jose, as noted knockout artist Robbie Lawler takes on Matt Brown, who is currently riding a seven-fight win streak, with six of those coming by way of knockout. These are two of the most devastating finishers in the UFC, not to mention that the winner earns a title shot at welterweight champion Johny Hendricks, so there’s plenty at stake in this one . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER VS. BROWN is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, July 26 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 23rd, 2014


UFC

UFC 178 heads to MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas

The UFC® announced today that the highly anticipated rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and No. 1 contender Alexander Gustafsson will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday, Sept. 27. Jones defeated Gustafsson by unanimous decision in the 2013 Fight of the Year. Now, the two will meet again in what could be the biggest fight of 2014. (more…)



July 22nd, 2014


UFC

Battle-tested Siler ready for anything

Steven Siler just wanted to be on television. So as soon as he saw mixed martial arts on a local station, he decided that was his ticket.

“I thought it looked really cool, so I said why not take up this fighting thing that I could make extra money with while I was working,” he laughs . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER VS. BROWN is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, July 26 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 22nd, 2014


UFC

A Midsummer Night’s MMA Musings

There was almost a feeling leading up to Saturday’s UFC Fight Night main event in Dublin that local hero Conor McGregor couldn’t possibly live up to the hype he created. An arena sold out in minutes, reams of copy written about the Dubliner, and endless obligations for the featherweight prospect. But “The Notorious One” pulled it off, not just beating a tough opponent in Diego Brandao, but doing it in a way that left his fans satisfied and the critics silent, if only for a moment. There will be those who are still unconvinced that McGregor is as good as he thinks he is, but just digest this: In three UFC fights, he’s done everything that has been asked of him, and he’s been impressive in the process. That’s all you can ask. As for the rest, only time will tell, and that’s going to be the fun part because no matter who he fights and beats, there will be a segment of the public that will never give him his due. But love him or hate him, you will watch Conor McGregor, and that kind of notoriety is never a bad thing – for McGregor, the UFC, and the sport of mixed martial arts . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER VS. BROWN is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, July 26 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 21st, 2014


UFC

Fight Night Dublin Post-fight

Eight fighters joined the UFC president Dana White at the UFC Fight Night Dublin post-fight press conference: Patrick Holohan, Ilir Latifi, Ian McCall, Diego Brandao, Norman Parke, Neil Seery, Cathal Pendred, Gunnar Nelson, and Irish superstar Conor McGregor . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER VS. BROWN is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, July 26 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 20th, 2014


UFC

UFN main: Conor TKOs Brandao in one!

Pressure, what pressure? After weeks of build-up, Irish featherweight star Conor McGregor lived up to all the hype and all his talk – and in his hometown of Dublin no less – stopping Brazil’s Diego Brandao in the first round of their UFC Fight Night main event at the O2 Arena Saturday . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER VS. BROWN is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, July 26 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 19th, 2014


UFC

UFN prelims: Dublin domination as Irish win three

The Ultimate Fighter 19 teammates Cathal Pendred and Mike King fought like mortal enemies in their UFC Fight Night prelim bout at the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland Saturday, and after nearly being finished several times in the stirring middleweight showdown, it was Pendred, the hometown hero, roaring back to score the second-round submission finish . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER VS. BROWN is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, July 26 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 19th, 2014


UFC

Fight Night Dublin study guide

So much to learn, so little time. Prepare for UFC Fight Night Dublin by watching all the stars from the event in action!

Conor McGregor vs Marcus Brimage: Conor McGregor backed up all of his pre-Octagon debut hype with this blistering finish of Marcus Brimage at UFC on FUEL 9 in Stockholm. Bonus Points: #AskAUFCFighter: Conor McGregor. . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MCGREGOR VS. BRANDAO is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS TODAY, July 19 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 19th, 2014


UFC

UFC on the Fly: Full episodes available now!

UFC FIGHT PASS, the UFC’s digital streaming service, is proud to present the final episode of UFC on the Fly, the original three-part online series which takes viewers deep inside Conor McGregor and Gunnar Nelson’s final preparations for tomorrow’s UFC FIGHT NIGHT DUBLIN event. (more…)



July 18th, 2014


UFC

UFN Dublin at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the featherweight bout between Conor McGregor and Diego Brandao and the welterweight bout between Gunnar Nelson and Zak Cummings, airs live exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS from the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland beginning at 12:30pm ET / 9:30am PT.

“Tomorrow, I take his head clean off,” said McGregor after hitting the scales. Brandao was equally confident, vowing to destroy the brash Irishman in what has become one of the most eagerly-awaited matchups of the summer.

UFC FIGHT PASS MAIN EVENT
Diego Brandao (145.5) VS Conor McGregor (146)

UFC FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD
Zak Cummings (171) VS Gunnar Nelson (170.5)
Ian McCall (126) VS Brad Pickett (126)
Naoyuki Kotani (155.5) VS Norman Parke (155.5)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Ilir Latifi (205) VS Chris Dempsey (204)
Phil Harris (126) VS Neil Seery (125.5)
Mike King (185.5) VS Cathal Pendred (186)
Trevor Smith (185.5) VS Tor Troeng (185)
Nikita Krylov (205) VS Cody Donovan (205)
Patrick Holohan (125.5) VS Josh Sampo (126*)
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MCGREGOR VS. BRANDAO is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, July 19 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 18th, 2014


UFC

UFN Dublin Predictions

That’s right lads and lasses, it’s time for another edition of the Downes Side! Many of you know me as the Nostradamus of MMA. Keeping with the spirit of the Emerald Isle, many of you may not be aware that I’ve also been referred to as the UFC’s James Joyce. In fact, the working title of my memoir is Portrait of the Artist as a Young Pugilist . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MCGREGOR VS. BRANDAO is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, July 19 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 18th, 2014


UFC

UFN Atlantic City Postfight

UFC senior Director of Public Relations Dave Sholler was joined on stage at the Fight Night Atlantic City post-fight press conference by six fighters: Donald Cerrone, Edson Barboza, John Lineker, Rick Story, Joe Proctor, and Lucas Martins . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MCGREGOR VS. BRANDAO is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, Jul 19 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 17th, 2014


UFC

Rousey named Female Athlete of the Year

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has laid an impressive path of destruction inside the Octagon since her debut in early 2013 . . . click here for more

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MCGREGOR VS. BRANDAO is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, July 19 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 17th, 2014


UFC

Ian McCall and The Warrior Way

Ian McCall’s life has been a bit of a rollercoaster. Okay, a lot of a rollercoaster. When I first interviewed him before his UFC debut with Demetrious Johnson, Ian told me all about his misspent youth and wasted opportunities in the WEC. It was a dark tale of literally coming back from the dead and getting his life in order, and all was looking up for the then-number one ranked flyweight in the world . . . click here for more

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MCGREGOR VS. BRANDAO is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, July 19 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 17th, 2014


UFC

UFN Fight Night Atlantic City: Cerrone stops Miller

Donald Cerrone loves to fight. In fact, he loves it so much that even after apparently stopping Jim Miller in the second round of their UFC Fight Night main event Wednesday at the Revel Casino Hotel, he was willing to do it again. And he did, handing Miller the first knockout loss of his career later in that same round . . . click here for more

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MCGREGOR VS. BRANDAO is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, July 19 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 17th, 2014


UFC

UFN Fight Night Atlantic City: Smith KOs Duke in Prelims

Bantamweight veteran Leslie Smith wasn’t much of a “Peacemaker” against The Ultimate Fighter 18 alum Jessamyn Duke Wednesday night, as she stopped her opponent in the first round of their UFC Fight Night prelim bout at Revel Casino Hotel to nab her first Octagon victory . . . click here for more

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MCGREGOR VS. BRANDAO is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, July 19 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 16th, 2014


UFC

UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey Chooses Monster as Headphone & Audio Partner

Monster Products, the world leader in high-performance headphones, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization are pleased to announce that UFC® women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, has chosen Monster as her headphone and audio products partner. (more…)



July 16th, 2014


UFC

UFN Dublin Main Card Fantasy Preview

It’s been five long years since the UFC last landed on the Emerald Isle of Ireland, but this weekend marks the return of the biggest MMA show to one of the biggest fan bases in the entire world, as home country favorite Conor McGregor headlines his first card inside the Octagon against former Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Brandao . . . click here for more

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 16th, 2014


UFC

Tickets on sale for Dillashaw-Barao II title rematch in Sacramento

In what will be remembered as one of the sport’s greatest upsets, UFC 173 saw 10-1 underdog TJ Dillashaw end the unprecedented nine-year, 35-fight unbeaten streak of Renan Barao to capture the UFC® bantamweight championship. Now, the two meet again in a highly anticipated rematch when the Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to Sleep Train Arena in Dillashaw’s hometown of Sacramento on Saturday, Aug. 30. (more…)



July 15th, 2014


UFC

UFN Atlantic City at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the lightweight bouts between Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller and Edson Barboza and Evan Dunham, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans can also see four prelim bouts on FOX Sports 1 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT, and UFC FIGHT PASS members can see the opening prelim bout at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Jim Miller (154.5) VS Donald Cerrone (155)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Evan Dunham (155.5)VS Edson Barboza (155)
Leonardo Mafra (165.5) VS Rick Story (170.5)
Joe Proctor (155) VS Justin Salas (155)
Alptekin Ozkilic (125.5) VS John Lineker (125.5)
Alex White (146) VS Lucas Martins (145)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Pat Healy (155) VS Gleison Tibau (155.5)
Leslie Smith (135) VS Jessamyn Duke (135.5)
Aljamain Sterling (136) VS Hugo Viana (136)
Jerrod Sanders (155) VS Yosdenis Cedeno (156)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIM
Tina Lahdemaki (115) VS Claudia Gadelha (116)

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 15th, 2014

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