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Jun 4, 2013 10:33 am

VIDEO | Benson Henderson Earns his BJJ Blackbelt

Benson Henderson is now a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt! This video was put together by Ben’s head coach, John Crouch, and features congratulations from several big names, including Shaquielle O’Neal, Larry Fitzgerald, Lorenzo Fertitta, Ben’s Highschool and College wrestling coaches, Ariel Helwani, Mike Goldberg, Jon Jones, Royce Gracie, and Ben’s mom.

Jun 4, 2013 9:51 am

Paulo Thiago vs. Kelvin Gastelum Set for UFC on FOX Sports 1 #2

  A welterweight fight between Paulo Thiago (15-5) and TUF 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum (6-0) has been scheduled for the UFC on FOX Sports 1 #2 show on August 28th at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Thiago is 2-4 in his last six, winning his last fight against a promotional newcomer at UFC...

Jun 4, 2013 8:16 am

Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson Signs Contract with Bellator MMA

  Quinton Jackson (32-11) has been relatively quiet lately as the often outspoken former light-heavyweight champion opted not to renew his UFC contract after his last bout, a losing effort against Glover Teixeira, his third in a row. Now, the 34-year old Tennessee native has signed a contract with Bellator MMA, per sources close to...

Jun 4, 2013 6:06 am

Sonnen vs. Shogun not happening at UFC 161 due to reported visa issues

Despite reports on Monday that Chael Sonnen (27-13-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) would be stepping in for the injured Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) against Shogun Rua (21-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC) in the co-main event of UFC 161, that fight will not be happening. The UFC announced late Monday night that Shogun Rua was...

Jun 3, 2013 4:16 pm

Lyoto Machida and Phil Davis Set To Duke It Out At UFC 163

Dana White and Joe Silva have evidently put in some hours over the weekend planning what the future of the UFC’s light heavyweight division will look like. With the recent injury of Lil’ Nog, rumors were flying around that Lyoto Machida would replace him and fight Shogun Rua for a third time. After Chael Sonnen...

Jun 3, 2013 4:12 pm

EXCLUSIVE | (PART 1) Manny “The Mean Bean” Rodriguez Talks About Alliance MMA, His Coaching Role, and His Job as a Bellator Commentator | Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio

By JAKE CHASTAIN | This week on Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio our boys invited Alliance MMA coach, Bellator commentator, and former King of the Cage heavyweight/ mixed martial artist Manny Rodriguez onto the show. During his segment on the show Rodriguez touched on several topics ranging from Bellator’s upcoming summer shows, his coaching role at Alliance MMA, and his...

Jun 3, 2013 12:55 pm

Clint Hester to Battle TUF: Brazil Winner Cezar Ferreira at UFC 163 in Brazil

By JAKE CHASTAIN | Over the weekend a few sources leaked that the UFC is working to place TUF alum Clint Hester against TUF Brazil winner Cezar Ferreira at UFC 163 at the end of the summer. Brazilian news outlet SporTV Globo first reported news of the match up on Friday (May 31, 2013); However, UFC officials have...

Jun 3, 2013 11:56 am

Report: Chael Sonnen Replaces Injured Nogueira; Set To Face Shogun Rua At UFC 161

Following the confirmation of a back injury that will force Antonio Rogerio Nogueira out of his UFC 161 appearance against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua later this month in Winnipeg, the rush to find a replacement for “Lil’ Nog” began. Less than 24 hours later, we have a replacement, none other than the infamous Chael P. Sonnen....

Jun 3, 2013 8:40 am

Anderson Silva Says He Only Wanted 4 Fight Deal; Still Signed 10 Fight Contract

When UFC President Dana White said that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva suggested inking a ten-fight deal, the MMA world was shocked. When Anderson Silva signed that deal, we all sat in amazement at the idea of the best in the world fighting for our pleasure 10 more times. While the deal is done, it...

Jun 3, 2013 8:24 am

Sergio Moraes vs. Neil Magny added to UFC 163

UFC 163: Aldo vs. Pettis has picked up a welterweight bout in the form of Sergio Moraes vs. Neil Magny. Both TUF alumni are coming off wins, with Magny defeating Jon Manley via unanimous decision at UFC 157, and Moraes defeating Renee Forte via submission at UFC 153. No word on whether or not this...

Jun 3, 2013 8:17 am

Matt Serra: Patrick Cote Knows How To Party

“You want to know what’s really exciting? In Montreal, it’s called a Patrick Cote house party. Holy Shit! Does that f*cking French Canadian know how to party! I did a seminar over there, and he he had a party at his house. Damn, that guy knows how to party [laughs]. Listen to me, all I...

Jun 3, 2013 8:11 am

EXCLUSIVE | Korean Zombie talks upcoming UFC 162 bout, Pettis vs Aldo and much more

Dubbed the ‘Korean Zombie’, Chan Sung Jung (13-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is one of the fastest rising stars in the UFC. His popularity can be attributed to his fight style, which involves Chan constantly moving forward and always looking to finish the fight. Jung has won “fight of the year” and “submission of the year”...

Jun 3, 2013 8:10 am

Chael Sonnen wants to fight Shogun, with Lil Nog out

Yesterday evening, Chael Sonnen (27-13-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) took to his Twitter account to issue a challenge to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC). Chael Sonnen @sonnench: @ShogunRua I HEAR BRAZILIAN CHICKEN IS OFF THE MENU. AMERICAN GANGSTER IS STILL AVAILABLE IF YOU WANT TO SEND YOUR WAITRESS OVER. Sonnen’s challenge came shortly after...

Jun 3, 2013 8:03 am

John Moraga Thinks Champ “Mighty Mouse” Is A Boring Fighter

“I think he’s boring … He just bounces around … He runs around too much. He doesn’t fight. He doesn’t put on exciting fights. He’s got a lot of technique and a lot of skill, but he doesn’t finish people, I don’t feel.”

Jun 3, 2013 8:00 am

Philippou Latest To Call Out Bisping

“It’s a win-win for everybody. I’m not just anybody, I’m ranked, he can see that. I noticed Luke Rockhold called him out today, but like Bisping said he hasn’t won a single fight in the UFC and he told him to go get a few wins in the UFC and then come back. He can’t...

Jun 3, 2013 7:50 am

Dana White Inducted Into Sports Hall Of Fame

UFC President Dana White was inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall Of Fame recently alongside Tennis legend Andre Agassi. The gracious UFC boss took to the podium during his induction with the following acceptance speech. “As you know, we were losing a ton of money on this thing. We were $44 million in the...

Jun 3, 2013 7:43 am

UFC Fan Expo 2013 Set To Feature Over 30 Fighters, Several Champions Included

The greatest fan experience of all time, The UFC Fan Expo, returns to Las Vegas this July in tandem with UFC 162: SIlva Vs. Weidman, and as always the athletes attending are high profile. This edition of the ‘Fight Week’ festivities will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on July 5th and 6th,...

Jun 3, 2013 6:54 am

John Alessio: Nobody left at Xtreme Couture

BloodyElbow’s Steph Daniels recently did a wide-ranging interview with John Alessio, which included the topic of the decline of Xtreme Couture. When asked “Are you doing anything special to beef up your wrestling? Have you made any camp changes or brought in specific people to help you out?” John Alessio responded with the following: I’ve...

Jun 3, 2013 6:30 am

Woodley: TRT Creates “Madmen” In Training

“If your body says it’s time to stop [fighting], it’s time to stop. You shouldn’t be able to hit a reset button and go back and act like you’re 25 when you’re 39. I think people that do it, supposedly if you do it in moderation, if you have a doctor monitor it, if you...

Jun 3, 2013 6:25 am

Bonnar “Never Expected” ‘Hall-Of-Fame’ Bid

“I never even dreamed [of being in the Hall of Fame]. I did this as a hobby, I got picked for the show and just that was enough for me — I could have died happy there… If they want to put me in the Hall of Fame then like, my god what an honor....

Jun 3, 2013 6:15 am

Pettis Don’t Beat Aldo, Lamas Want’s That Accolade

“I’ve thought about that, and being the guy to beat Aldo would be the best. He’s one of the best champs of all of them, and such a dominating athlete, and I’d love to be able to beat him. So if Pettis does it before me, I’d be a little disappointed.” Top featherweight contender, Ricardo...

Jun 3, 2013 6:10 am

Hendricks: ‘I may have to beat GSP twice’

“I’m gonna have to beat him twice. Unless I knock him out. If I manhandle him for two round and I knock him out, then there won’t be a rematch,” Hendricks explained. “But if it’s a close fight or I go out and knock him out in the first minute, yeah, there’ll be a rematch.”...