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Dec 6, 2013 7:44 am

John Moraga set to fight Dustin Ortiz at UFC Fight Night 35

Flyweight contenders John Moraga (13-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC, pictured) and Dustin Ortiz (12-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) are set to face off next month at UFC Fight Night 35 scheduled to take place at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. The event is set to air on FOX Sports 1 on January 15 with Luke Rockhold...

Dec 6, 2013 7:27 am

Nick Catone vs Tom Watson Added to 169

Another bout has been added to the quickly filling Super Bowl weekend card. Nick Catone (9-4 MMA, 3-4 UFC) will fight Tom Watson (16-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC 169, UFC officials announced Thursday. Both fighters are looking to come back from losses. Catone last fought at the TUF 16 Finale in December of 2012, where he...

Dec 5, 2013 7:58 pm

UFC Fight Night 33: Hunt vs. Bigfoot Weigh-in Results

The UFC Fight Night 33 weigh ins are finally in the books, and all fighters made weight without any issues. Heavyweights took to the scale for the main event fight, with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva tipping the scale at 264lbs, while Mark Hunt came in at 262lbs. For the co-main event, both Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and...

Dec 5, 2013 9:19 am

Yves Jabouin vs. Eddie Wineland Set for UFC on FOX 10

Bantamweight fighters Yves Jabouin and Eddie Wineland are set to face off on the preliminary card of UFC on FOX 10, which takes place January 25 at the United Center in Chicago, Il.   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA   The UFC has added a bantamweight bout between Yves Jabouin and Eddie Wineland to January’s event,...


Dec 5, 2013 8:45 am

Tatsuya Kawajiri Gets Opponent for UFC Fight Night 34: Undefeated Sean Soriano

The long-awaited UFC debut of Japanese MMA superstar Tatsuya Kawajiri will take place at UFC Fight Night 34; and with his original opponent in Hacran Dias forced out of the bout, Kawajiri is set to welcome undefeated Sean Soriano to the UFC.   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA   UFC officials announced today that Japanese superstar...

Dec 5, 2013 8:35 am

EXCLUSIVE | ‘Bigfoot’ Silva more than ready for Hunt at UFC Fight Night 33

UFC heavyweight Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva was the lone guest on last Friday’s BJPENN.COM Radio show. Silva, of course, is slated to face fellow American Top Team teammate Mark Hunt on Dec. 7 from Brisbane, Australia at ‘UFC Fight Night 33: Bigfoot vs. Hunt.’ Silva discusses fighting a teammate, being there when Hunt injured his leg...

Dec 5, 2013 8:34 am

Ben Askren And Phil Baroni Verbally Spar On Twitter

Ladies and gentlemen, it looks like we might finally get our superfight… no more arguing with your friends over who would beat who; no more crossing your fingers, hoping that these two MMA giants eventually meet in the cage – the wait is over. Phil Baroni and Ben Askren are (probably) going to get it on....

Dec 5, 2013 8:33 am

EXCLUSIVE (Part 1) | TUF18’s Raquel Pennington Talks Modafferi Fight at TUF Finale

Raquel Pennington’s fight at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale marked her official debut for the UFC, a fight in which she would go on to earn the unanimous decision victory over fellow TUF18 competitor, Roxanne Modafferi.  Pennington spoke to BJPenn.com’s Late Night Cageside Radio about what it was like to finally fight inside the UFC’s...

Dec 5, 2013 8:32 am

EXCLUSIVE | Matt Brown talks upcoming fight with Condit and more

By Evan Stoumbelis Recently I was fortunate enough to interview top welterweight contender Matt “The Immortal” Brown on his upcoming fight with Carlos Condit, GSP vs. Hendricks, how he got his start in the sport and more. As always, Matt’s responses are italicized. How is training for the Condit fight going?: So far so good...

Dec 5, 2013 8:25 am

QUICK TWITT | Conor McGregor Blasts Fighters, Lets Everyone Know How Great He Is

It isn’t a day in MMA without some quotables from Irish fighter, Conor McGregor. The brash and controversial UFC featherweight is ready to take on all-comers and has no problem picking fights with athletes much bigger than him. Here is the latest in the world of Conor’s twitter account: @TheNotoriousMMA nice tattoo, i'm sure that...

Dec 5, 2013 8:21 am

Cat Zingano injury update: Cleared to train, wants the winner of Rousey vs. Tate 2

UFC women’s bantamweight title contender, Cat Zingano (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), finally got some good news following her latest visit with her physician, who revealed that “Alpha” was cleared to resume jiu-jitsu training, as well as light pad work, with full clearance expected for March 1, 2014. Naturally, Zingano was thrilled by the news (via...

Dec 5, 2013 8:18 am

Daniel Cormier Signs 8-Fight Deal With UFC, May Fight Rashad Evans

According to a report from UFC Tonight, which aired Wednesday night, former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier has renewed his contract with the UFC; and talks have indicated that Cormier could be facing former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA   Daniel Cormier’s run in the UFC has...

Dec 5, 2013 8:18 am

Thiago Alves Looking To Return to Action at UFC 171 in March

According to his manager, former UFC welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves is looking to make a return to the Octagon at UFC 171 this coming March.   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA   Thiago Alves, at one time the top contender for Georges St-Pierre’s UFC welterweight title, is healthy and ready to make a return to...

Dec 5, 2013 8:16 am

QUICK TWITT | Diaz Responds To Pettis Callout, Tells Champ To Work His Way Back Up

Last night on Fox Sports 1 we learned that UFC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis is interested in tangling with Nate Diaz. Diaz, who often speaks poorly of Pettis came back with the following: You work ur way up u have alot of catching up to do I was injured too still fought.. #1fightayearwhyrutalking — Nathan...

Dec 5, 2013 8:15 am

THE BJPENN.COM RADIO NETWORK IS ON BREAK

Unlike our editorial crew, the team behind BJPENN.COM radio will be enjoying the last few weeks of 2013 off the air and with family during this holiday season. If you’re looking to get caught up on your MMA Fix, it’s the perfect time to catch our archived shows HERE. You can listen to past episodes...

Dec 5, 2013 8:13 am

Mark Hunt: ‘I’ve Got The Hunger Back’

“I’ve got the hunger back for fighting and to be doing it at my age is pretty cool. It’s a real mental challenge and a roller coaster. I love it. You put yourself through so much pain, and mentally straining, everything. It’s hard to break the wall every day, and when you got little ones,...

Dec 5, 2013 8:07 am

UFC 168: Leben Planning On Breaking Uriah Hall

“After what Dana said about his last fight, Hall is definitely in a must-win situation. We both kind of are, and that’s what makes this fight exciting. It seems like this is one of those fights where the winner stays, and the loser walks. It feels like that kind of a deal. This is definitely...

Dec 5, 2013 7:52 am

TUF 18 Finale pulls off strong numbers for FOX Sports 1

Saturday night’s “TUF 18 Finale” event did a substantial numbers increase from the last several live events airing on the network, drawing 1,129,000 viewers according to a report from MMAFighting.com. The event was headlined by a lightweight bout featuring former title challengers Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard and also showcased the the men’s and women’s final from the recently-completed...

Dec 5, 2013 7:46 am

Promotion Raises PPV Price For UFC 168

Do you have an extra $5? If you’re interested in watching the star-studded UFC 168 on Dec. 28th from the comfy confides of your own home that’s what it’ll cost you. It was announced on Wednesday that the cost for UFC 168, which features the eagerly anticipated rematch between current champion Chris Weideman and Anderson...

Dec 5, 2013 7:43 am

Anthony Pettis expected to be out 6 to 8 months. Wants Diaz when he returns

UFC Lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis is set to go under the knife and have surgery for his torn PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) this December. The surgery will have the Champ out for six to eight months. “The doctor said six to eight months, so I’m hoping six.” Pettis stated to UFC Tonight about his...

Dec 5, 2013 7:41 am

Jon Jones set to face Glover Teireira at UFC 171

After coming out victorious from his toughest test to date against Swedish Light Heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafson, UFC Light Heavyweight Champ Jon “Bones” Jones (19-1-0) is set to fight Brazilian Glover Teixeira (22-2-0) this March in Dallas at UFC 171. Teixeira is undefeated in the UFC, winning all five of his matches under the Zuffa...

Dec 4, 2013 8:14 pm

Firas Zahabi Defends GSP: ‘He Doesn’t Owe Anybody Anything’

After a hellacious, brutal fight against Johny Hendricks on November 16, Georges St-Pierre retained his welterwight title. However, mere moments after the fight in his post-fight interview, St-Pierre announced his intention to temporarily step away from the sport to resolve personal issues. This statement angered Dana White, to say the least. At the post-fight presser,...

Dec 4, 2013 6:59 pm

Anderson Silva: ‘I Made Basic Mistakes’ Against Weidman

On the night of July 6 this past year, for the first time in his seven-year tenure with the UFC, Anderson Silva failed to obtain victory. Throughout the duration of his championship bout with Chris Weidman, it seemed as though Silva could hardly take the American challenger seriously. ‘The Spider’ had started to engage in...

Dec 4, 2013 4:57 pm

UFC Signs Three New Fighters To Its Roster

The UFC is continuing its march towards global domination, as three new prospects have been signed to the roster. Now, I’ll be first to admit that whenever we have a list of newly signed UFC fighters, it can sometimes read more like a “who’s that” list, rather than a “who’s who” list. But this time...

Dec 4, 2013 4:56 pm

Makovsky gets the nod to face Jorgensen next week at UFC on FOX 9

Scott Jorgensen has an opponent. Days after an injury forced John Dodson off next week’s UFC on Fox 9 a former Bellator champion and current RFA flyweight king got the call to take on Jorgensen. Zach Makovsky (pictured) received the nod, as it was first reported by MMA Weekly on Wednesday. Makovsky (16-4) is just two...

Dec 4, 2013 11:55 am

Khabib Nurmagomedov Still Lobbying For Gilbert Melendez Fight

In the UFC’s lightweight division there is a host of talent all trying to climb their way up to a shot at division kingpin Anthony Pettis. None more-so than AKA’s Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is in the midst of an unblemished pro-fighting career spanning the course of 21 MMA victories in 21 fights. If you missed...