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UFC

Dustin Poirier: Always Personal, Never Business

It’s the oldest cliché in combat sports, and that’s only because it’s true. But when you tell Dustin Poirier that losing is part of the game, he knows it, but he doesn’t want to hear it, and he certainly doesn’t accept it . . . click here for more

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April 1st, 2015




UFC

MMA Lawsuit Dismissed on Technicality

Judge Kimba Wood of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled on UFC® and other Plaintiffs’ claim that New York’s mixed martial arts (MMA) law is so vaguely written that reasonable people could not understand what it prohibited. (more…)



March 31st, 2015



UFC

Ron Stallings: Marching To His Own Beat

Like jazz music, mixed martial arts has a rhythm and sound that is often improvised on the spot. Fighters can come in to a bout with a strategy and a game plan but when your game plan isn’t working, you’ve got to be able to jam to a different tune, and Ron Stallings understands this better than anyone . . . click here for more

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March 31st, 2015


UFC

This Month in UFC History: April’s Finest Fights

Some of the best, most important and most memorable fights in UFC history have taken place in the month of April. With four events rapidly approaching next month, here’s a look through the history books at 10 classics that truly stand out . . . click here for more

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March 30th, 2015


UFC

Gilbert Melendez: The Heart of a Warrior

The measure of a fighter’s heart is something that always comes into question when adversity comes to call. When the proverbial hammer becomes the nail and the waters get choppy, how a fighter reacts is a tell tale sign of what beats inside of their chest and pulses through their veins . . . click here for more

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March 29th, 2015


UFC

UFC World Tour: Tensions Run High, Patience Wears Thin

Dana White loves tension-filled face offs between fighters, but even the UFC President has to concede the continued close proximity of featherweight champion Jose Aldo and top challenger Conor McGregor has reached a boiling point . . . click here for more

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March 28th, 2015


UFC

Fallon to Gov. Cuomo: ‘Make It Happen’

Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC® Chairman & CEO, today thanked the New York State Senate for passing the bill to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York, the last state in the nation where professional MMA remains illegal, for the sixth consecutive year. Fertitta also applauded UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey for spending two days lobbying for the bill in Albany and then discussing it with Jimmy Fallon on last night’s “Tonight Show.” . . . click here for more

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March 27th, 2015


UFC

Gastelum vs. Marquardt set for Mexico City card

Currently serving as a coach on season two of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, Kelvin Gastelum will get back to his day job on June 13, when he faces Nate Marquardt in UFC 188 action in Mexico City . . . click here for more

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March 26th, 2015


UFC

Aldo & McGregor War of Words Continues in Las Vegas

A Brazilian reporter asked Conor McGregor which chant would reverberate loudest in the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 11, when the Irishman challenges Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title . . . click here for more

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March 25th, 2015


UFC

Rousey tells Brazil, Correia, ‘This is a personal fight’

Ronda Rousey made quick work of Cat Zingano at UFC 184 and she didn’t have to wait long for her next title defense. The UFC female bantamweight champion appeared at Rio de Janeiro’s Ginasio do Maracanãzinho on Friday to confirm she’ll face unbeaten Brazilian Bethe Correia on Aug. 1 in the main event of UFC 190 at Rio’s HSBC Arena . . . click here for more

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March 24th, 2015


UFC

UFC announces Giovani Decker as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Brazil

The UFC® today announced the appointment of Giovani Luis Decker as its Senior Vice President and General Manager of Brazil, effective early April 2015 . . . click here for more

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March 23rd, 2015


UFC

Fight Night Rio Main Post-Fight

With nine finishes out of 12 fights at Fight Night Rio on Saturday night, UFC president Dana White said at the post fight press conference that he had a hard job picking the winners of the performance bonuses for the event . . . click here for more

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March 22nd, 2015


UFC

Fight Night Rio Main: Maia Masterful in Decision Win Over LaFlare

What could have been a star-making turn for Long Island welterweight Ryan LaFlare on Saturday night instead turned into a reminder why Demian Maia is one of the top groundfighters in the sport, as the Brazilian contender put together a Jiu-Jitsu clinic in winning a five-round unanimous decision in the UFC Fight Night main event at Ginasio do Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil . . . click here for more

Also see: Silva subs Koscheck

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March 22nd, 2015


UFC

Fight Night Rio Prelims: KO Kevin Finishes Kikuno in One

The story of Saturday’s featherweight matchup between Rio’s Kevin Souza and Tokyo’s Katsunori Kikuno was expected to be one of punches vs. kicks. Well, punches won at Ginasio do Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with a single right hand ending Kikuno’s night in the first round of the UFC Fight Night prelim bout . . . click here for more

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March 21st, 2015


UFC

Demian Maia: The Long Road to Maracanazinho

Considered to be one of the best pure Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu players in the UFC, an unofficial accolade that has been part of his resume since his Octagon debut in 2007, Demian Maia is also one of the most notable representatives of what has been described as “The Gentle Art.” . . . click here for more

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March 21st, 2015


UFC

UFC Fight Night Rio at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the welterweight bouts between Demian Maia and Ryan LaFlare and Erick Silva and Josh Koscheck, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Ginasio do Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil beginning at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 2 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and the first two prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Ryan LaFlare (171) VS Demian Maia (171)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Josh Koscheck (170) VS Erick Silva (171)
Tony Martin (156) VS Leonardo Santos (156)
Shayna Baszler (136) VS Amanda Nunes (136)
Alex Oliveira (155) VS Gilbert Burns (154)
Andre Fili (145) VS Godofredo Pepey (145)

FOX SPORTS 2 PRELIMS
Akbarh Arreola (156) VS Francisco Trinaldo (155)
Katsunori Kikuno (146) VS Kevin Souza (146)
Drew Dober (156) VS Leandro Silva (156)
Cain Carrizosa (155) VS Leonardo Mafra (155)

UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Christos Giagos (155) VS Jorge de Oliveira (156)
Fredy Serrano (125) VS Bentley Syler (126)

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March 20th, 2015


UFC

Andre Fili: The Fight Inside

As far as auditions go, this wasn’t one for the memory book, though Andre Fili doesn’t forget October 2, 2010.While not an official tryout by any means, Fili, then 20 years old, wanted to train with the Team Alpha Male squad in Sacramento, just 20 minutes away from where he lived and home – even back then – to the top lighter weight fighters in the game . . . click here for more

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March 20th, 2015


UFC

Amanda Nunes: The Lioness Evolves

This could have been a different conversation. If things went well for Amanda Nunes in rounds two and three of her UFC 178 bout against Cat Zingano, we might have been talking about her as the top contender for the women’s bantamweight crown, or perhaps even as champion if she, and not Zingano, got the February crack at Ronda Rousey’s title . . click here for more

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March 19th, 2015


UFC

The Educated Feet of Katsunori Kikuno

Do you like karate kicks?

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: You’re going to love Katsunori Kikuno.

“Just like the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the past, if I have a skill that my opponent has no knowledge of, then my skill becomes very effective,” Kikuno said . . click here for more

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March 18th, 2015


UFC

UFC 185 Musings

That’s why they fight the fights. That was the prevailing thought throughout Saturday’s Master Class by Professor Rafael dos Anjos against Anthony Pettis. As I wrote last night, dos Anjos had plenty of respect from the MMA world and was expected to be a threat to Pettis, but not enough of one to actually win the fight. Well, those of us who picked against RDA were wrong – in a big way . . click here for more

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March 17th, 2015


UFC

UFC 189 World Championship Tour Dates Set

Undisputed UFC® featherweight champion Jose Aldo and challenger Conor McGregor will embark on a world press tour spanning eight cities in five countries over the course of 12 days to promote their upcoming championship bout at UFC® 189: ALDO vs. McGREGOR on Saturday, July 11 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The co-main event featuring newly cemented welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and the division’s No. 2 contender Rory MacDonald will also make appearances on the tour . . click here for more

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March 16th, 2015


UFC

UFC announces Houston, Nashville, San Diego events

On the night of an exciting event in Dallas, Texas the UFC announced its return to the Lone Star State, as the promotion will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Houston with UFC 192 at Toyota Center on Saturday, October 3. . . click here for more

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March 15th, 2015


UFC

UFC 185 Main: Dos Anjos Domination – RDA Stuns Pettis, Wins 155-Pound Crown

Leading up to their UFC 185 main event clash at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Saturday night, 155-pound title challenger Rafael dos Anjos was seen as a threat to champion Anthony Pettis, but wasn’t expected to dethrone “Showtime.” Five rounds later, Brazil’s dos Anjos shocked the doubters and stunned Pettis, putting on a master class en route to a five-round unanimous decision that earned him the UFC lightweight title . . . click here for more

Also see: Jedrzejczyk Stops Esparza in Two

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March 15th, 2015


UFC

UFC 185 Prelims: Ross the Boss in KO of Stout

Following a 2014 loss to Al Iaquinta, Ross Pearson vowed a return to form in his UFC 185 prelim bout against Sam Stout, and “The Real Deal” delivered, knocking Stout out in the second round at American Airlines Center Saturday . . . click here for more

Also see: Three Finishes Kick Off UFC 185 in Style

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March 14th, 2015


UFC

UFC 185 Fantasy Preview

Two title fights headline UFC 185 in Dallas as lightweight champion Anthony Pettis puts his lightweight gold on the line against top contender Rafael dos Anjos while new strawweight champion Carla Esparza faces rising Polish star Joanna Jedrzejczyk . . . click here for more

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March 14th, 2015


UFC

UFC 185 at the scales

UFC 185, which is headlined by the UFC lightweight title fight between Anthony Pettis and Rafael dos Anjos and the UFC women’s strawweight title bout between Carla Esparza and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, airs live on Pay-Per-View from American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FX at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. And the event’s first three prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT.

Main Event – UFC Lightweight Championship
Rafael dos Anjos (155) VS Anthony Pettis (155)

Co-Main Event – UFC Women’s Strawweight Title
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (115) VS Carla Esparza (115)

PPV Main Card
Matt Brown (171) VS Johny Hendricks (170)
Alistair Overeem (247) VS Roy Nelson (254)
Henry Cejudo (125) VS Chris Cariaso (126)

FX Prelims
Sam Stout (156) VS Ross Pearson (156)
Roger Narvaez (186) VS Elias Theodorou (186)
Beneil Dariush (156) VS Daron Cruickshank (157.5*)
Josh Copeland (264) VS Jared Rosholt (245)

UFC FIGHT PASS Early Prelims
Ryan Benoit (126) VS Sergio Pettis (126)
Joseph Duffy (156) VS Jake Lindsey (156)
Germaine de Randamie (136) VS Larissa Pacheco (136)
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March 13th, 2015


UFC

Roy Nelson brings the drama

Roy Nelson never minces words when discussing his sport, his career, or anything for that matter. It’s a trait that has endeared him to the UFC fanbase, but what they really enjoy about “Big Country” is that when it’s fight night, he’s there to fight . . . click here for more

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March 13th, 2015


UFC

Johny Hendricks: Leaner and Meaner

McCarran International Airport is always overflowing with people leaving Las Vegas who feel they were bamboozled by the house when big money was on the line . . . click here for more

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March 13th, 2015


UFC

The “Detroit Superstar” Firing On All Cylinders

Daron “Detroit Superstar” Cruickshank understands the fight business as well as any veteran in the game, and coming into his UFC 185 bout against Jiu-Jitsu specialist Beneil Dariush, his outlook is all confidence in both his fight game and his showmanship . . . click here for more

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March 12th, 2015


UFC

Patience is key for Sergio Pettis

Sergio Pettis faces Ryan Benoit at UFC 185 in Dallas’ American Airlines Center on Saturday, and for the second time he will be on a UFC card that his older brother Anthony is headlining . . . click here for more

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March 12th, 2015

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