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January 30th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

We’ve been keeping busy this past week as UFC on Fox 18 draws close, so it’s only fair that you get a one-stop shop for all the articles we’ve posted for the event, which goes down today (January 30, 2016) at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and features a light heavyweight main event between Anthony Johnson…

December 12th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

We’ve been keeping busy this past week as UFC 194 draws close, so it’s only fair that you get a one-stop shop for all the articles we’ve posted for the event, which goes down today (December 12, 2015) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and features a featherweight main event between Jose Aldo and Conor…

November 23rd, 2015
Brad Taschuk

On Saturday night, the UFC expanded their Mexican operations beyond Mexico City for the first time. The Octagon touched down in Monterrey, Mexico for UFC Fight Night 78, which doubled as the finale for another season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America’. After a fun start to the card, viewers were treated to eight consecutive…

November 17th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Aside from Bellator announcing a pair of squash matches for their upcoming Bellator 148 card — headlined by Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley… not fighting each other, of course — Monday night and Tuesday were slow news days. However, the weekend provided quite a few announcements that ended up getting lost in the shuffle of…

November 16th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

In the minds of many, there were very few ways for UFC 193 to live up to the billing that the organization had promoted it with. While Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium is larger than Toronto’s Rogers Centre, and the event ended up drawing the biggest attendance in UFC history, there wasn’t the same type of energy…

November 14th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

We’ve been keeping busy this past week as UFC 193 draws close, so it’s only fair that you get a one-stop shop for all the articles we’ve posted for the event, which goes down today (November 14, 2015) at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, and features a women’s bantameweight title main event between Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm….

November 13th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

There were a couple fight announcements yesterday, but the biggest news coming out of Thursday night was the fact that the scheduled ONE FC 32 welterweight title bout was cancelled. The bout was set to be a rematch of Ben Askren and Luis Santos, after their bout earlier this year ended in a no contest…

November 12th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

On Tuesday it was announced that Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic had pulled out of his schedule fight at UFC Fight Night 79 and also announced his retirement from MMA (again). It was thought that the decision was made in large part due to injury, however some additional news surfaced yesterday that changes the picture a bit….

November 11th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Former TUF runner-up Ramsey Nijem was one of many fighters the UFC released recently in their effort to purge a bloated roster. In an interview with MMA Junkie, Nijem stated that he believes his release had less to do with his performances than his unwillingness to agree to put his name next to some of…

November 4th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

For the second time in less than three months, Neil Magny will be stepping in on short notice for a high-profile UFC bout. Back in August, Magny quickly put the thrashing he received at the hands of Demian Maia in the rear-view mirror by stepping up just three weeks later to defeat Erick Silva in…

November 3rd, 2015
Brad Taschuk

It’s good to be back, and it’s good to see MMA hasn’t changed in the couple of weeks I’ve been gone. Injuries and personal drama seem to be the order of the day, just as they always were. The biggest news coming out Monday night is that UFC welterweight contender Matt Brown is out of…

October 30th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

In perhaps the least surprising news of the year, top UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov is injured again. According to reports, Nurmagomedov was forced to pull out of his upcoming Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale co-headlining bout against Tony Ferguson due to a rib injury. There are preliminary talks of Edson Barboza stepping in to replace him,…

October 26th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

The biggest MMA story of 2015 came to a conclusion this past weekend when former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was reinstated by the UFC. Jones had been suspended indefinitely and had his title stripped following a felony hit and run earlier this year where a pregnant woman was injured. Eventually,…

October 24th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

We’ve been keeping busy this past week as UFC Fight Night 76 draws close, so it’s only fair that you get a one-stop shop for all the articles we’ve posted for the event, which goes down today (October 24, 2015) at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland, and features a flyweight main event between Patrick Holohan and Louis Smolka….

October 23rd, 2015
Brian Hemminger

Thankfully, there are no UFC roster cuts or major fight cancellations to report today. Even better, there were four high profile fights announced in the last 24 hours for both upcoming UFC and Bellator events. Let’s get to business: Neil Magny vs. Stephen Thompson – UFC 195 Just two weeks after having his seven-fight winning streak…

October 20th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

The hits keep coming this week as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announced a pair of upcoming fights, and just like yesterday, we’ll be detailing the latest fighters released from their contracts as well. Sage Northcutt vs. Cody Pfister – UFC Fight Night 80 Sage Northcutt took the world by storm with his UFC debut. The…

October 19th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

While we usually discuss fight announcements here (and we still have one), the biggest news this weekend was the rumor that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will be reducing its roster by 50 fighters. While the promotion didn’t drop all 50 over the weekend, there were at least six fighters who were released from the roster. Here’s…

October 9th, 2015
Gabe Killian

In an interview with MMAFighting, UFC women’s bantamweight Jessica Andrade revealed that she would be making the jump from bantamweight all the way down to the strawweight division. It is not a move she desired, as in a previous interview she said that cutting down to 115-pounds would be “too much” for her. However, that…

October 7th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

We’ve known since Bellator — I legitimately began typing Strikeforce, and had to correct myself — 142 that Fedor Emelianenko would be making his return to MMA at the end of the year in Japan. He’ll be the centerpiece to former PRIDE president Nobuyuki Sakakibara’s first foray back into the sport in many years. However…

October 5th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Saturday night saw UFC 192 take place from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. It was a card that started impressively — with five of the seven prelims ending via stoppage — and ended even more so, as Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson traded shots for 25 minutes in an incredibly entertaining light heavyweight title…

October 2nd, 2015
Brad Taschuk

It seems that the UFC’s new drug-testing program, and its partner USADA have been quietly getting to work. It was released on Wednesday that 50 fighters have been tested through the new program since July 1st, with 81 tests being administered in total. The list of tested fighters is available via USADA’s website, and it…

October 1st, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Somewhere along the way, Uriah Hall and Donald Cerrone must have switched bodies, because Hall has been acting very much like ‘Cowboy’ in terms of his fight bookings lately. After Roan Carneiro pulled out of his scheduled fight with Gegard Mousasi little more than a month out, Hall stepped in to take the fight. As…

September 30th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Tuesday was headlined by yet another fighter appearing in court, although this hearing had a more favorable result for the party in question. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was given what amounted to little more than a light tap on the wrist for the accident he caused resulting in a pregnant woman breaking her…

September 28th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

The bulk of the UFC’s booking work is done for the remainder of the year, and with a slow October looming before the year ends on a massive high note, there wasn’t much news over the weekend. That meant that the focus of the weekend were actual fights. While the UFC’s latest offering for the…

September 25th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Aljamain Sterling is one of the brightest prospects in the UFC right now, but he may not be for long. Sterling posted on his facebook page yesterday that he feels his “shot” to make it big in MMA may be slipping through his fingers even though he is still just 26 years old. He sent…

September 23rd, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Former Bellator champion Michael Chandler looked much the part of his former self when he rebounded from three consecutive losses to batter Derek Campos back in June. He has a golden opportunity to build off that momentum moving forward, as his next bout will be featured on Bellator 145 against David Rickels. The booking is…

September 22nd, 2015
Brad Taschuk

It was a slow day in MMA on Monday, and that made the timing of Josh Gross’ A Sketchy Drug Test… all the more potent. Gross brought some documents to light from back in 2012 prior to Jon Jones defending his light heavyweight title against Vitor Belfort that are fairly damning for the UFC. First…

September 18th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

The UFC has designs on making the weekend surrounding the Jose Aldo/Conor McGregor featherweight title fight their biggest and busiest ever. Recently they announced that there would be UFC cards held on three consecutive days leading up to UFC 194. Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes are already slated to fill the main event spot of…

September 16th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Perhaps the world’s top welterweight outside of the UFC got his latest assignment recently, as ONE FC champion Ben Askren will be rematching his last opponent, Luis ‘Sapo’ Santos. The rescheduled bout is set for ONE FC 34 taking place in Singapore on November 13th. The first time Askren and Santos met, the bout resulted…

September 15th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

While the MMA community is still rightly focused on the aftermath of Nick Diaz’ hearing and subsequent five-year suspension at the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Monday night was back to business as usual in terms of fight bookings. However, before we get to that, check out Nick Diaz’ thoughts on his time…

September 14th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Nearly eight months after his last appearance inside a cage, Nick Diaz finally had his hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission earlier today. To put it mildly, things did not go well for Mr. Diaz. While the punishment technically could have been more harsh, the commission effectively put an end to Diaz’ career as…

September 10th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

On Wednesday night, the UFC announced the bantamweight fight that everyone has been waiting to see ever since TJ Dillashaw dominated Renan Barao to capture 135lb gold. Dillashaw’s third title defense will come against the first ever UFC bantamweight champion, and a man who never lost the belt in the cage, Dominick Cruz. The card…

September 9th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

The UFC remained quiet on the news front on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning (although, as predicted, more “news” came out about Conor McGregor), but at least the Bellator front office heard my pleas for something to talk about after yesterday’s slow news day and added a few bouts to their upcoming cards. First, Melvin…

September 8th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

The UFC’s heavyweight division is stuck once again, and this time Cain Velasquez isn’t the culprit. The oft-injured former champ is still slated to rematch Fabricio Werdum in an attempt to regain his title, but Werdum has told Dana White that he won’t be ready to fight until March. There has been no reason given…

September 5th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

We’ve been keeping busy this past week as UFC 191 draws close, so it’s only fair that you get a one-stop shop for all the articles we’ve posted for the event, which goes down tonight (September 5, 2015) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and features a flyweight title rematch between champion Demetrious…

September 5th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

In a bit of a surprise announcement (although there had been some rumours leading up to it), the UFC announced that strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk would be joining Ronda Rousey on UFC 193 scheduled for November 15th in Melbourne, Australia. The surprise wasn’t in the fact that the organization is attempting to tie their 115lb…

September 4th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

UFC 194 was already a fantastic card with three of the best, most intriguing bouts the organization could put together at the top of the event. The main event sees Jose Aldo defending his featherweight title against #1 contender Conor McGregor in perhaps the most hotly anticipated bout of the year. Joining that title fight…

September 3rd, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Conor McGregor was at it again last night. This time, in an appearance on UFC Tonight alongside Urijah Faber that was intended to hype the next season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ the conversation instead centered around the Irish interim champion. McGregor announced that after he beats someone named “Hosay” Aldo that he will move up…

September 2nd, 2015
Gabe Killian

Four months left in the year 2015, and the UFC’s calendar continues to fill up. Here are my thoughts on some recently booked match-ups… Fight: Paddy Holohan vs Louis Smolka Card: UFC Fight Night 76 Where: Saitama, Japan When: October 24, 2015 Thoughts: I love this fight. I think these flyweights are going to put…

September 1st, 2015
Brad Taschuk

About 10 minutes before this article was to be posted, the news officially broke that Fedor Emelianenko, the greatest heavyweight to ever compete in MMA, will be joining the UFC. Rumors are out there that Emelianenko may make his UFC debut at UFC 193 in Australia, in an effort to help Ronda Rousey and Holly…

August 21st, 2015
Brian Hemminger

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey opened the morning with a special announcement, and it came as a bit of a surprise as she won’t be fighting Miesha Tate or Cris Cyborg for her next title defense, but will instead be taking on undefeated boxing champion Holly Holm. Here are my thoughts on the latest…

August 20th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

Not to be outdone by the significant amount of bouts recently added to the upcoming UFC Fight Night 77 event in Brazil, the upcoming UFC 193 event in Australia (which will be a stadium show) released a whopping seven fight announcements in the last 24 hours. Here’s my take on them: Antonio Silva vs Mark Hunt…

August 19th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

Not to be outdone by a wide variety of fight announcements on Monday, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) kept journalists very busy with a huge day of bookings, specifically the upcoming UFC Fight Night 77 event this November in Brazil. Here are the details and my thoughts: UFC Henry Cejudo vs Jussier Formiga, TUF Latin America Finale…

August 18th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

While the weekend was a slow one for fight announcements, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) more than made up for it with multiple fights being booked for upcoming pay-per-view events later this year. Here’s a brief recap: Joseph Benavidez vs Ali Bagautinov, UFC 192 Two former flyweight title contenders will throw down on one of…

August 17th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

Surprisingly, no fights were announced over the last three days in any of the major promotions. Instead, we’ll be talking the biggest story of late last week, which was the final ruling of Anderson Silva’s failed drug test for UFC 183 from earlier this year. Silva defeated Nick Diaz in the main event of UFC…

August 12th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

Ultimate Fighting Championship has kept busy this past week and upcoming fight cards are starting to fill up. Late September’s UFC Fight Night 75 event, which is headlined by a heavyweight clash between Josh Barnatt and Roy Nelson, added four fights in the past few days. Here they are: Chico Camus vs. Kyoji Horiguchi, UFC Fight…

August 10th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

After this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 73 event, we now have two weeks until the next major show, but that didn’t stop some pretty big fight announcements from taking place: Ross Pearson vs Paul Felder, UFC 191 Both men are coming off of decision losses, but it was Felder who actually had his stock…

August 7th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

After some headlining and co-headlining fights were announced yesterday for upcoming UFC pay-per-views, it’s time to start filling out the rest of the card. Here are the bouts announced over the past 24 hours: Andre Fili vs. Clay Collard, UFC 191 After both coming off of tough losses, featherweights Andre Fili and Clay Collard will…

August 6th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

While one of these bouts was previously announced, fans will be getting to unwrap their present nearly a month early for an upcoming UFC pay-per-view headliner while a pair of other elite match-ups were announced in the welterweight and featherweight divisions. Robbie Lawler vs Carlos Condit, UFC 193 Originally announced as the headliner of an…

August 5th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

UFC kept everyone busy with a plethora of fight announcements yesterday including three for the upcoming UFC 192 pay-per-view. Here’s a look at them: Matt Brown vs Kelvin Gastelum, TUF: Latin America 2 Finale Kelvin Kastelum is getting another chance to compete at welterweight. Fresh off a dominant performance at middleweight over former Strikeforce champion and…

July 31st, 2015
Brian Hemminger

It’s not often you see a fight change without an injury, but for UFC 191’s case, it actually made the card much better. The Anthony Johnson vs Jan Blachowicz fight has been scrapped and from the ashes, two new light heavyweight bouts have been created. Anthony Johnson vs Jimi Manuwa, UFC 191 Coming off a…

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