Archive: ufc news

Oct 17, 2013 9:36 am

Diego Sanchez Hoping For Title Shot With Win Over Melendez

“Gilbert Melendez is my golden ticket. I’ve done it before. I fought two fights in 2009 at 155. Straight to the belt. “(Melendez) has never been stopped. He avenged two of his three losses. His only loss is to Benson Henderson in a split decision that I felt went his way, so in a way...

Oct 17, 2013 9:24 am

Roy Nelson gets to keep beard for UFC 166

Big Country will remain woolly. In the weeks leading up to his UFC 166 co-main event clash with Roy Nelson, Daniel Cormier filed an official complaint with the Texas athletic commission about the size of Nelson’s well-known beard. Cormier put in a request that Nelson would have to shave or trim the substantial swath of...

Oct 17, 2013 9:19 am

VIDEO | Gilbert Melendez sounds off on Diego Sanchez, Pettis & the Diaz bros

“El Nino” will be storming into Houston this weekend to face Diego Sanchez at UFC 166. The No. 2-ranked lightweight and former Strikeforce champ discusses his Sanchez fight plan, “boring” fighters, Anthony Pettis, Nick and Nate Diaz, Ronda Rousey, and a potential fourth fight with Josh Thomson.

Oct 17, 2013 6:30 am

Zahabi Retracts: GSP not planning on retiring anytime soon

Last week, Tristar gym coach Firas Zahabi, stated that if longtime UFC welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre, lost the motivation to train, he may retire after his next bout.  Yesterday, Zahabi clarified his comments, noting that they were taken out of context: “GSP has always said that if he loses the drive to really go...

Oct 17, 2013 6:14 am

Werdum Believes He Can Finish Velasquez If Given Title Shot

UFC heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum (17-5-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is one of the best jiu-jitsu practitioners in the MMA game. Werdum most recently fought at June’s ‘UFC on FUEL TV’ event in Brazil, where he submitted former UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Fabricio is currently riding a three-fight win streak and is aiming...

Oct 16, 2013 8:11 pm

PHOTO | Full Team Penn Coaching Staff Revealed For TUF 19

While we are still in the midst of the 18th season of the UFC’s ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ reality series, the 19th installment is underway with BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar set as coaching opposites. Today, on the TUF set, BJ Penn sent out this image of his selected coaching staff for his second sting as...

Oct 16, 2013 11:34 am

EXCLUSIVE (Part 1) | Sidelined With Injury Brandon Vera Focuses On Teaching / Seminar At Alliance MMA | Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio

  While currently sidelined with an injured hand, UFC heavyweight fighter Brandon Vera has continued his involvement with MMA through coaching.  Vera talked with BJPenn.com’s Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio about his approach to coaching at Alliance MMA.   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA   Brandon Vera, long-time UFC fighter, has been out with a broken hand.  The injury...

Oct 16, 2013 11:05 am

VIDEO | BJ Penn Says 145 Pound Title Next After Edgar Fight

During the UFC GYM New York Grand opening last weekend, BJ Penn answered questions from the fans in attendance. One of those questions happened to be what’s next for ‘The Prodigy’ after his fight with Edgar? Hit play above to hear Penn’s response.

Oct 16, 2013 11:00 am

UFC Executive Defends MMA’s 10-Point Must System

Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Marc Ratner, is one of the world’s most respected combat sports regulators. The former Executive Director for Nevada has seen it all. In a sport where the only rules used to be no biting or eye gauging, he, with the assistance of the UFC, has...

Oct 16, 2013 10:28 am

Kenny Florian On How JDS Can Beat Velasquez

Kenny ‘Kenflo’ Florian has gone from a two-division title challenging fighter to a full-blown MMA analyst for FOX. In the UFC Tonight hosts latest blog entry for FOX he breaks down Cain Velasquez for Dos Santos. Check it: “The first fight didn’t last long… The second fight was very different. Velasquez used forward pressure, head...

Oct 16, 2013 10:12 am

Daniel Cormier: Everyone’s Chin Expires, Even Roy Nelson’s

“Every person, every tough guy you’ve ever seen fight, whether it’s in boxing or martial arts who is known for having a great chin — there’s an expiration date on that. There’s a number these guys can take. What if the last one from Stipe Miocic was the one that was one too many? Maybe...

Oct 16, 2013 10:05 am

Coach: Askren Being Used As Pawn Between Two Promotions

“I feel like at times [Askren]’s being used as a pawn from one promotion to the other, personally. I mean, if [Bellator] doesn’t want him, let him go. I would love to see that fight happen, for sure. But Georges is talking about retiring, for one. Two, in order to make a title fight at...

Oct 16, 2013 6:36 am

Cain Velasquez passed on submitting JDS to prove point

Current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (12-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) is set to face former UFC heavyweight title holder Junior dos Santos (16-2 MMA, 10-1 UFC) for a third time, when the two sluggers square off in the main event of Saturday’s UFC 166 card in Houston, Texas. JDS was able to defeat Velasquez via first-round knockout when the...

Oct 16, 2013 6:10 am

Diego Sanchez: I love the way I match-up with Anthony Pettis

Diego Sanchez (24-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) made his lightweight debut in February of 2009, this after a 6-2 run in the UFC’s welterweight division. “The Dream” scored back-to-back wins over Joe Stevenson and Clay Guida, which earned him a lightweight title shot against then-champion, B.J. Penn. Unfortunately for fans of “The Dream,” Sanchez was dominated...