Archive: mma

Dec 6, 2013 8:00 am

Fertitta: New York Won’t Make Or Break The UFC

Fifteen years ago, the UFC was in dire straits. Only a handful of states would allow them to set up shop within their borders, and when they did get to put on an event, live crowds of two to three thousand people would be considered a success. One of the UFC shows was actually held in...

Dec 6, 2013 7:55 am

PHOTO | Hunt vs. Silva Staredown In Australia

During the UFC Fight Night 33 weigh-ins event in Australia, the two heavyweight headliners engaged in an intense pre-fight staredown. Bigfoot and Hunt will face off in the UFC Fight Night 33 main event Friday from Brisbane, Australia.

Dec 6, 2013 7:46 am

Forrest Griffin: ‘I physically can’t (come back) To MMA’

One of the greatest of all time and possibly the most recognizable name in MMA, Forrest Griffin, retired from Mixed Martial Arts earlier this year. Griffin, known best for his epic three round war with Stephan Bonnar at the TUF Season 1 Finale, and grueling battles with greats like Anderson Silva, “Rampage” Jackson, and “Shogun”...

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 8:34 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 8:18 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 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 11:26 am

QUICK TWITT | Bisping Prepping For Latest DJ Gig In Australia

DJ Michael Bisping is a master on the ‘one’s and two’s’. His spinning prowess is so high-level that if ‘The Count’ should want to give up cage fighting for a worldwide tour of dominance in the area of night-club DJ’ing, he could do it with ease. If you have never seen Bisping entertaining crowds, check out...

Dec 4, 2013 10:31 am

Despite UFC 167, UFC Ranks Rory MacDonald Above Robbie Lawler

UFC 167 saw a sizeable upset when Robbie Lawler (left) defeated Rory MacDonald (right).  Coming into the fight, Lawler was ranked 9th in the welterweight contenders and MacDonald 3rd.  Weeks after the fight, you’d expect Lawler to have assumed MacDonald’s spot amongst the top three welterweight contenders, but the UFC rankings have MacDonald 3rd and...

Dec 4, 2013 9:59 am

QUICK TWITT | Chris Weidman Draws Motivation From Anderson Silva Poster

UFC middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, draws inspiration for his pending date with Anderson Silva by hanging a poster of his opponent as a reminder to stay focused. Check it out: One of the posters hanging around the house during this camp. #refusetolose http://t.co/iTqRi9ItPM — Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) December 3, 2013

Dec 4, 2013 9:40 am

TUF: Nations Cast Announced – Show To Feature Welterweights, Middleweights

In an apparent plan for global domination that would leave Pinky and The Brain fuming with jealousy, The UFC is set to unleash yet another iteration of its reality tv show, “The Ultimate Fighter”, on the general public. As reported by MMASun, we will see welterweights and middleweights featured on the show, with Canada taking on Australia. Kyle Noke will...

Dec 4, 2013 8:22 am

WSOF Boss Ray Sefo Issues Warning To Rousimar Palhares

“I will not tolerate any of that nonsense that happened before. I’m pretty sure if he does it here, he won’t have somewhere else to go. I was one of the people that said the same thing, that I wasn’t interested. I don’t want to see someone get hurt … because of some silliness. Nogueira gave...

Dec 3, 2013 11:49 am

UFC on FOX 9’s Matt Brown Recounts Heroin Overdose That Lead To Near Death

“Back in the younger days when I was addicted to drugs and partying all the time,” said top-ten ranked UFC welterweight Matt Brown on the premier episode of UFC Road to the Octagon, “all I did was take that to the extreme.  Now I take something positive and take it to the extreme.  I’m still...

Dec 3, 2013 9:30 am

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rustam Khabilov In The Works For UFC 170

An intriguing lightweight matchup is reportedly in the works between Rafael dos Anjos (pictured) and Rustam Khabilov for February’s UFC 170 event. This announcement comes by way of FOXSports.com, but UFC officials have yet to announce the bout. UFC 170 is set to go down in the UFC’s backyard of Las Vegas, Nevada. The pay-per-view event...

Dec 3, 2013 8:48 am

Three MMA Fighters Make Yahoo’s ‘Most Searched Athletes Of 2013’

Well… color me surprised – it seems that people are still interested in Tito Ortiz. A total of three MMA fighters made the list for Yahoo’s 10 most-searched athletes in 2013: Tito Ortiz, Ronda Rousey, and Gina Carano (yes, she’s apparently still an athlete). Ronda (ranked 5th) was the highest-placed fighter to make the top 10, with...

Dec 3, 2013 8:13 am

Despite Reports Dana White Denies Apologizing To Georges St. Pierre

And the saga continues. UFC President Dana White, who had harsh words for Georges St. Pierre after St. Pierre decided he would take some time away from the sport, now denies ever having apologized to the champion for his comments. St. Pierre’s long time mentor Krostof Midoux claimed that after the comments, White called St....