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UFC

ISKA Features Vegas Open During IFW

The International Sports Karate Association (IKSA) today announced the debut of its newest event for its Open World Tour of martial arts tournaments. The Vegas Open, an open sport karate exhibition for competitors and spectators of all ages, genders and martial arts experience, will be held at the UFC Fan Expo® at The Venetian® Las Vegas from Friday, July 10 to Saturday, July 11, as part of the 4th Annual UFC International Fight Week™, taking place in Las Vegas from July 7-12 . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 189 is live on PPV on Saturday, July 11 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 29th, 2015




UFC

Fight Night Florida Main: Romero KOs Machida in Three

Cuban middleweight contender Yoel Romero made an emphatic case for a future shot at the 185-pound crown Saturday, knocking out former world champion Lyoto Machida in the third round of the UFC Fight Night main event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for his tenth and most important pro win . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see: The Monsoon Rolls Through Florida
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 189 is live on PPV on Saturday, July 11 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 28th, 2015



UFC

Fight Night Florida Prelims: Cowboy Rides Off With Win

Brazilian prospect Alex Oliveira wasn’t able to finish off Octagon debutant Joe Merritt in UFC Fight Night prelim action on Saturday, but in their welterweight bout at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, it was “Cowboy” picking up his second victory in a month, this time via unanimous decision . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 189 is live on PPV on Saturday, July 11 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 27th, 2015


UFC

UFC UFN Florida Predictions

That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for a Hollywood (Florida) edition of the Downes Side! Don’t worry, I promise it’s much better than Dublin, Ohio, or Paris, Arkansas . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT HOLLYWOOD is live on FOX Sports 1, Saturday, June 27 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 27th, 2015


UFC

Fight Night Florida at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the middleweight bout between Lyoto Machida and Yoel Romero and the welterweight bout between Lorenz Larkin and Santiago Ponzinibbio, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 2 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Lyoto Machida (186) vs. Yoel Romero (186)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Santiago Ponzinibbio (170.5) vs. Lorenz Larkin (170.5)
Antonio Carlos Junior (185) vs. Eddie Gordon (184.5)
Steve Bosse (185.5) vs. Thiago Santos (185.5)
Levan Makashvili (145) vs. Hacran Dias (145.5)

FOX SPORTS 2 PRELIMS
Alex Oliveira (170) vs. Joe Merritt (169)
Lewis Gonzalez (174*) vs. Leandro Silva (170)
Steve Montgomery (170) vs. Tony Sims (170)
Danny Martinez (135.5) vs. Sirwan Kakai (135.5)

*Gonzalez did not make weight – he will be fined 20% of his purse and the bout will proceed as scheduled
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT HOLLYWOOD is live on FOX Sports 1, Saturday, June 27 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 26th, 2015


UFC

UFC UFN Machida vs. Romero Fantasy Preview

The upcoming UFC Fight Night card headed to Hollywood, Florida took an unexpected hit last week when visa issues forced 12 fighters off the show, but luckily the main event remained intact, as former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida looks to bounce back from a recent loss when he takes on Olympic silver medalist Yoel Romero in a five-round headliner in the middleweight division . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT HOLLYWOOD is live on FOX Sports 1, Saturday, June 27 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 26th, 2015


UFC

UFC statement on UFC 189: Aldo-McGregor a go

In light of recent reports regarding the status of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, UFC has received official medical confirmation from several doctors that Aldo did not suffer a broken rib. Following a review of the scans, it has been determined that the champion suffered a bone bruise to his rib and cartilage injury during training . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT FLORIDA is live on FOX Sports 1, Saturday, June 27 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 25th, 2015


UFC

The Real Eddie Gordon Heads to Hollywood

Winning is a beautiful thing. It can also cloud a fighter’s judgment, making him ignore things that otherwise couldn’t be ignored. Even a loss like the one Eddie Gordon suffered against Josh Samman could be washed away with the simple sentence “I just got caught.” . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT HOLLYWOOD is live on FOX Sports 1, Saturday, June 27 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 25th, 2015


UFC

Thiago Santos’ Quest For The Beautiful KO

It’s the kind of question you know the answer to before it is even asked, but you ask anyway, wondering if the person on the receiving end of the query has a different view on things. And no, Thiago “Marreta” Santos doesn’t have a reason other than the obvious for his popularity among fight fans . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT HOLLYWOOD is live on FOX Sports 1, Saturday, June 27 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 24th, 2015


UFC

UFC 189 Extended Preview

Get an extended look at the bitter rivalry that’s played out between UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Irish superstar Conor McGregor. Also, get a look at the welterweight title showdown between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT HOLLYWOOD is live on FOX Sports 1, Saturday, June 27 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 23rd, 2015


UFC

USADA, UFC make anti-doping policy public

As announced in early June, as part of UFC’s Athlete Marketing and Development Program, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) will serve as the independent third-party administrator of UFC’s year-round Anti-Doping Policy beginning on July 1, 2015 . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT HOLLYWOOD is live on FOX Sports 1, Saturday, June 27 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 22nd, 2015


UFC

UFC: They are fighters. They are fathers.

In a career that spans 21 fights, UFC heavyweight Travis Browne remembers one bout vividly. In the first round against Alistair Overeem in 2013, Browne can still recall the trouble he was in, the vicious knees to the body that sent him to the ground and the right hands by Overeem that he was helpless to stop . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT HOLLYWOOD is live on FOX Sports 1, Saturday, June 27 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 21st, 2015


UFC

UFC Fight Night Berlin: Joanna Halts Penne in Three

Poland’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk sent yet another message to the strawweight division Saturday at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, successfully defending her UFC 115-pound title for the first time with a one-sided third-round TKO of number three-ranked contender Jessica Penne . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see: Crusher too much for silver in Berlin co-main | Amirkhani steals prelim show

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT HOLLYWOOD is live on FOX Sports 1, Saturday, June 27 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 20th, 2015


UFC

UFC Fight Night Berlin Predictions

Wie geht’s meine Dame und Herren? Stell dir voll? Es ist das Downes Side! The greatest prediction column this side of the Rhein river. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BERLIN is live on UFC FightPass TODAY, June 20 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT HOLLYWOOD is live on FOX Sports 1, Saturday, June 27 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 20th, 2015


UFC

UFC required to make adjustments to Machida-Romero event

Due to an issue affecting the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs visa system and a technical problem with the Consular Consolidated Database, UFC® is unable to secure entry into the country for 12 of its athletes slated to compete at UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: MACHIDA vs. ROMERO on Saturday, June 27, at the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. After reviewing every available option, UFC has committed to moving forward with the fight card in Florida, adding several new bouts to round out the nine-fight card . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT HOLLYWOOD is live on FOX Sports 1, Saturday, June 27 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 19th, 2015


UFC

UFC Fight Night Berlin at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the UFC Women’s Strawweight Title Fight between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Penne and the featherweight bout between Dennis Siver and Tatsuya Kawajiri, airs live on UFC FIGHT PASS from the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany beginning at 3pm ET / 12pm PT. Seven prelim bouts will air live on UFC FIGHT PASS at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT.

MAIN EVENT – UFC WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT TITLE
Jessica Penne (114) VS Joanna Jedrzejczyk (114)

UFC FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD
Tatsuya Kawajiri (146) VS Dennis Siver (145)
Steve Kennedy (170) VS Peter Sobotta (171)
Lukasz Sajewski (155) VS Nick Hein (155)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Masio Fullen (145) VS Makwan Amirkhani (145)
Alan Patrick (154) VS Mairbek Taisumov (155)
Arnold Allen (144) VS Alan Omer (146)
Noad Lahat (145) VS Niklas Backstrom (146)
Antonio dos Santos (185) VS Scott Askham (185)
Magomed Mustafaev (155) VS Piotr Hallmann (154)
Ulka Sasaki (135) VS Taylor Lapilus (135)

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BERLIN is live on UFC FightPass on Saturday, June 20 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 19th, 2015


UFC

Kawajiri refuses to surrender the dream

After 15 difficult years, one of Japan’s most revered prizefighters senses the clock is ticking on his glorious career. Every time Tatsuya Kawajiri steps into the Octagon, he knows the journey could be his last. The veteran heads to UFC Berlin this weekend aware that defeat against Dennis Siver could spell the end for his featherweight title dreams. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BERLIN is live on UFC FightPass on Saturday, June 20 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 19th, 2015


UFC

Fight Night Berlin Fantasy Preview

For the first time ever on UFC FIGHT PASS, a title will be up for grabs, as women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk defends her crown against Ultimate Fighter semifinalist Jessica Penne in Berlin, Germany this Saturday . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BERLIN is live on UFC FightPass on Saturday, June 20 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 18th, 2015


UFC

Peter Sobotta: A Changed Man

Before the work in the gym starts and the fists and feet start flying, it’s just Peter Sobotta and the forest at home in Balingen, Germany. It’s a time to run, yet beyond the physical, it’s an important few minutes alone to get the mental part of his game right . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BERLIN is live on UFC FightPass on Saturday, June 20 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 17th, 2015


UFC

UFC steps up to sponsor Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes

Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes can count on UFC as its official title sponsor for the 34th annual Race Across America (RAAM) and its efforts to support military heroes and their families . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BERLIN is live on UFC FightPass on Saturday, June 20 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 16th, 2015


UFC

UFC brings event to Monterrey in November

Following two star-studded events in Mexico City, the UFC will continue its tour of Mexico on Saturday, November 21, with a UFC Fight Night card to be held at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BERLIN is live on UFC FightPass on Saturday, June 20 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 16th, 2015


UFC

UFC 188 Talking Points: Werdum Assumes Throne

Was it the altitude? The long layoff? A superior opponent?

It’s difficult to really know what happened to Cain Velasquez at UFC 188 Saturday night in Mexico City, but it might have been a combination of all of those . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BERLIN is live on UFC FightPass on Saturday, June 20 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 15th, 2015


UFC

UFC 188 Main: Werdum Stuns Velasquez, Owns Undisputed Title

In his first fight since winning the UFC interim heavyweight title last November, Fabricio Werdum made that title undisputed Saturday night at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, submitting and dethroning Cain Velasquez in the third round of the UFC 188 main event . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see: Gastelum back on track, stops Marquardt . . . And A star is born: Rodriguez rocks Rosa

Watch the post-fight press conference following the fights

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BERLIN is live on UFC FightPass on Saturday, June 20 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 14th, 2015


UFC

UFC 188 Prelims: Cejudo continues to roll, remains undefeated

Rising flyweight star Henry Cejudo got the toughest test of his pro career from veteran Chico Camus in UFC 188 prelim action at Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, but he still found a way to win, keeping his unbeaten record intact with a three-round unanimous decision victory . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see: Two prelim subs set modern UFC record . . . And Best Benitez yet wins by decision vs. Collard

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BERLIN is live on UFC FightPass on Saturday, June 20 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 13th, 2015


UFC

Wingin’ it with UFC 188: Here’s How

The UFC and chicken wings go together like a punishing Cain Velasquez jab and victory. For over two decades, Wingstop has been a staple for fight fans whenever the UFC hits the airwaves, and this summer, the home of the best wings on the planet will be teaming up with the premier brand in mixed martial arts for a sweepstakes that will get those fans even closer to the action . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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TONIGHT: UFC 188 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 13 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more

COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BERLIN is live on UFC FightPass on Saturday, June 20 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 13th, 2015


UFC

UFC 188 at the scales

UFC 188, which is headlined by the UFC heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum and the lightweight fight between Gilbert Melendez and Eddie Alvarez, airs live on Pay-Per-View from Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FX at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. And the event’s first two prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.

Main Event – UFC Heavyweight Championship
Fabricio Werdum (236) VS Cain Velasquez (242)

PPV Main Card
Eddie Alvarez (156) VS Gilbert Melendez (156)
Nate Marquardt (184) VS Kelvin Gastelum (185)
Charles Rosa (145) VS Yair Rodriguez (145)
Angela Hill (115) VS Tecia Torres (114)

FX Prelims
Chico Camus (126) VS Henry Cejudo (125)
Drew Dober (155) VS Efrain Escudero (156)
Patrick Williams (136) VS Alejandro Perez (136)
Johnny Case (155) VS Francisco Trevino (154)

UFC FIGHT PASS Early Prelims
Cathal Pendred (170) VS Augusto “Dodger” Montano (170)
Clay Collard (146) VS Gabriel Benitez (145)
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 188 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 13 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 12th, 2015


UFC

Nate Marquardt: Change is Good

If someone fights long enough, it’s easy to get caught in a routine. Sometimes that’s good, but most of the time, it can catch up to you at the most inopportune times. And when it does, you can either chalk it up to bad luck or a bad night and go back to the same old habits, or you can try something new . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 188 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 13 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 12th, 2015


UFC

Yair Rodriguez: Driven

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it.”

The words from Chicago’s Ferris Bueller couldn’t be more fitting for the life of another young man making his home in the Windy City, UFC featherweight Yair Rodriguez. Just 23 years old, the native of Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico has gone from unknown prospect to Ultimate Fighter Latin America to main card fighter in his home country. It’s something he couldn’t have imagined when he turned pro in 2011 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 188 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 13 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 12th, 2015


UFC

UFC 188 Fantasy Preview

The heavyweight title will be unified this weekend in the main event of UFC 188 in Mexico City, as incumbent champion Cain Velasquez faces off with interim champ Fabricio Werdum . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 188 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 13 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 11th, 2015


UFC

Gilbert Melendez: Mr. Reliable

At 33 years old, and just days away from a UFC 188 co-main event against Eddie Alvarez, it’s clear that Gilbert Melendez is not knocking on the door of retirement yet. But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t crossed his mind yet. The only thing is, “El Nino” keeps moving the goalposts . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 188 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 13 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 11th, 2015


UFC

Escudero to Heavies: ‘Don’t Steal My Bonus’

TUF 8 lightweight winner Efrain Escudero thinks UFC 188’s heavyweight main event has all the makings of one of the greatest fights ever, but he’s got a message for Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 188 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 13 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 10th, 2015


UFC

Angela Hill: Always Smiling and Dangerous

Angela Hill is ready to show what she’s all about.

While the scrappy Maryland native was introduced to the UFC fan base during her time on The Ultimate Fighter 20, the slick striker believes there was very little about who she actually is as a person and a fighter that translated from the reality show. Where some of her fellow strawweights – who were already veterans in the fight game – were quick to look for camera time in order to further their personal brands, that’s simply not Hill’s style, as she chose to sit back and take it all in . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 188 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 13 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 10th, 2015


UFC

“Si, Se Puede” Cain Velasquez embodies Mexican-American pride

The large, elaborate lettering is impossible to miss when Cain Velasquez takes off his shirt. Two words are stenciled prominently in a semi-circle upon his upper chest.

Brown Pride . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 188 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 13 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 9th, 2015


UFC

TUF Brazil 4 – Episode Ten Recap

It’s been a rough road for Team Nogueira all season long on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4, ever since former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was forced to leave the show due to looming allegations that he used performance enhancing drugs prior to his fight against Nick Diaz in January . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 188 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 13 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 9th, 2015


UFC

Dariush Draws ‘The Menace’ on August 8

The UFC Fight Night card in Nashville continues to take shape, with the latest addition to the lineup being a batte of lightweight contenders pitting number five-ranked Michael “The Menace” Johnson against the 14th-ranked 155-pounder, Beneil Dariush on August 8 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 188 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 13 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 8th, 2015

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