Sunday, December 29, 2013

Ronda Rousey defends title vs. Sara McMann at UFC 170 in Las Vegas

 Dana White announced the title bout at the UFC 168 post-event press conference and said it will headline UFC 170, which takes place Feb. 22 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

“Dana approached me about this before the fight, but I’d taken such a long time off that I wanted to fight again soon,” said Rousey, who submitted rival Miesha Tate (13-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) in UFC 168’s co-headliner at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. “I don’t want to sit on the shelf. I’m in the best shape of my life, so it’s the perfect time to go back-to-back.
“I’m still hungry and that’s what I want to do. Hopefully I’ll have another good show for you guys very soon.”
McMann, an Olympic silver medalist in wrestling, made her octagon debut at UFC 159 and earned a first-round TKO over Shiela Gaff. 

Dustin Poirier: Diego Brandao threatened to stab me in the neck

“I was so mad because before we walked on stage at weigh-ins, he told me he was going to stab me in the neck actually,” Poirier said after the fight. “They had to separate us.
“The guy’s nuts, man. That’s why I was so upset.”
“We were in line, waiting to walk out for weigh-ins,” he said. “He comes to me, and he says, ‘You stare at me like this again, and I cut your neck. Then what are you going to do?’
“I wasn’t mad about him missing weight. That sucks. But him stabbing me in the neck? That’s not cool.”

UFC 168 Highlights: Rousey vs. Tate

UFC 168 Highlights: Weidman vs. Silva 2

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

UFC champ Ronda Rousey talks Gina Carano type retirement

“Everyone loved Gina and Gina really started all the interest in women’s MMA, and when she left, the entire sport detonated without her,” Rousey told MMAjunkie. “I never want to leave the sport in that state she had to when she left. I’ve really accomplished a lot at this point, and I’m starting to think about more than just the present moment and thinking more down the line and how I want to leave some sort of a legacy.”

“I really want there to be women’s MMA fights in the UFC 20 years from now and be able to sit there and just revel in what was created – the way I see Royce Gracie sitting front row to the UFC’s now,” Rousey said. “I want to really be able to sit and have that look of contentment and have that smile that I see Royce with when he’s at those events.”

“I’m so excited the 115-pound division was brought in,” Rousey said. “A lot of them are so bright and charismatic. I really think they could carry the gauntlet in a fantastic way, and I couldn’t be any happier for them. It’s a lot of weight off my shoulders that there will be another women’s champion out there.”
“I really still feel like that weight is still on my shoulders,” Rousey said. “When I feel like I don’t have that responsibility anymore, that’s when I’ll start thinking about stepping away.”
“Retire undefeated is what I’m going to do, and my mind is resolved to that,” Rousey said. “None of these girls have the right to beat me under any circumstances, and I’m not going to allow that to happen. I’m going to fight until I feel like I’m done, and when I feel like I’m done, I’m going to walk away and leave the sport in very capable hands.”

Thursday, December 12, 2013

UFC acquires 11 fighters from Invicta FC, launches women’s strawweight division with ‘TUF 20′

UFC President Dana White today announced the promotion has acquired the contracts of 11 Invicta FC fighters, who will compete on the first all-women season of “The Ultimate Fighter” for the inaugural UFC strawweight title.

Filming for the show kicks off May 18 and features Carla Esparza (9-2), Alex Chambers(4-1), Claudia Gadelha (11-0), Felice Herrig (9-5), Bec Hyatt (5-3), Emily Kagan (3-1), Juliana Lima (6-1), Rose Namajunas (2-1),Tecia Torres (4-0), Paige VanZant (3-1) and Joanne Calderwood (8-0). A debut date for the first episode wasn’t immediately announced.

“The fans like it, I’m thrilled with it, and we’re going to dive into the 115-pound division,” White said. “We’re invested, we’re in, as far as the women go.”

Monday, December 9, 2013

UFC 168 card official with 11 bouts, Chris Leben vs. Uriah Hall as featured prelim

The full UFC 168 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
  • Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva – for middleweight title
  • Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title
  • Josh Barnett vs. Travis Browne
  • Fabricio Camoes vs. Jim Miller
  • Diego Brandao vs. Dustin Poirier
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Uriah Hall vs. Chris Leben
  • Michael Johnson vs. Gleison Tibau
  • Manny Gamburyan vs. Dennis Siver
  • Siyar Bahadurzada vs. John Howard
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)
  • William Macario vs. Bobby Voelker
  • Estevan Payan vs. Robert Peralta

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira headlines UFC 171 in Dallas

Jon Jones next title defense will take place in Dallas as he meets Brazilian slugger Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 171.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

TUF 18 Finale: Nate Diaz Post-Fight Interview-Video

Julianna Pena shares her feelings on Ronda Rousey after TUF 18 Finale

“Whether Ronda has one penny or $10 million, the point I was trying to draw there is she has her nose in the air, and she acts like she’s better than everyone else,” Pena said after the event. “She went on the show like, ‘I’m Team Real Mean vs. Fake Nice.’
“Well, if she was so real, why didn’t she tell me that I didn’t deserve to breathe the same air Shayna Baszler does? Why didn’t she tell me that to my face instead of saying it on camera behind my back?”
“It’s her arrogance,” Pena said. “It’s the way she holds herself – like her s–t don’t stink. And that was the point I was trying to make. It doesn’t have anything to do with money; it’s the way that she acts.”

TUF 18 Finale: Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard full fight video highlights

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Saturday’s TUF 18 Finale Fight Card full fight card

Team Rousey’s Jessamyn Duke and Peggy Morgan will square off in a bantamweight bout on this Saturday’s TUF 18 Finale.


In the main event, Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz will square off in a lightweight contest.
Here’s how the TUF 18 Finale fight card looks now:
Gray Maynard vs. Nate Diaz
Julianna Pena vs. TBA
Chris Holdsworth vs. David Grant
Rani Yahya vs. Tom Niinimaki
Jared Rosholt vs. Walt Harris
Sean Spencer vs. Drew Dober
Ryan Benoit vs. Josh Sampo

Monday, November 18, 2013

Dana White Blasts GSP and NSAC During UFC 167 Post Fight Press Conference

“Did you see Georges get smashed and hurt in the first round? It’s about damage. This is a fight. It’s about whoever inflicts the most damage. He got hurt, he got wobbled, he got dropped. I’m blown away that Georges St. Pierre won that fight. And listen, I’m a promoter. He’s the biggest pay-per-view star on the f*****g planet for me, and I still don’t think he won that fight. I want what’s fair and that wasn’t fair.” White claimed.

“I think the Nevada State Athletic Commission is atrocious. I think the governor needs to step in immediately before these guys destroy this sport like they did boxing. It’s absolute 100% incompetence and it needs to stop— I’m f*****g scared to come back here and do fights! I’m afraid of this state. I guarantee if you did a poll, not many people found that Georges St. Pierre won that fight.”


“Did he say he wants to retire? He didn’t say ‘I’m gonna retire, it’s been great everybody! Thanks a lot for all the years, see you later!’ He said ‘I’m gonna take some time off and I’m gonna”— FIRST of all, that decision that happens, right? You don’t just say ‘I’m gonna take a while off and maybe I’ll be back and maybe I won’t’. You owe it to the fans, you owe it to that belt, you owe it to this company and you owe it to Johny Hendricks to give him that opportunity to fight again unless you’re gonna retire.”



Tuesday, November 12, 2013

UFC 167′s Rashad Evans: I had to admit I was afraid

“You lose a couple fights in a row, it’ll happen,” Evans told USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie. “Even though you may say, ‘The hell with everybody and whatever they’ve got to say about me, I’m still the best,’ in your mind, something seeps in and you wonder, ‘What if they’re right? What if I can’t do it?’”

“It’s the hardest thing to do,” Evans says. “You have to confront yourself and say, ‘This is how I feel. I’m afraid. These losses and what people are saying, it’s starting to get to me.’
“But you’ve got to face it, because if you don’t, and if you try to lie to yourself and say it’s not bothering you, it’ll come out. And it will come out at the most inopportune time, when you’re not ready for it.”



Saturday, November 9, 2013

UFC Fight Night 32 results: Vitor Belfort TKOs Dan Henderson with head kick

  • Vitor Belfort def. Dan Henderson via TKO (kick, strikes) - Round 1, 1:17
  • Cezar Ferreira def. Daniel Sarafian via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-28)
  • Rafael Cavalcante def. Igor Pokrajac via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 1:18
  • Brandon Thatch def. Paulo Thiago via submission (strikes) - Round 1, 2:10
  • Ryan Laflare def. Santiago Ponzinibbio via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jeremy Stephens def. Rony Jason via KO (kick, punch) - Round 1, 0:40
  • Sam Sicilia def. Godofredo Pepey via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:42
  • Omari Akhmedov def. Thiago Perpetuo via KO (punches) - Round 1, 3:31
  • Thiago Tavares def. Justin Salas via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 2:38
  • Adriano Martins def. Daron Cruickshank via submission (kimura) - Round 2, 2:49
  • Dustin Ortiz def. Jose Maria via TKO (strikes) - Round 3, 3:19

Friday, November 1, 2013

Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi booked for Feb. 8 UFC show in Brazil

Machida (20-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC), a former UFC light heavyweight champion, will fight former Strikeforce 205-pound champ Gegard Mousasi (34-3-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in the main event of a show expected to take place Feb. 8 in Brazil.The "Fight Night" card will be broadcast on FOX Sports 2


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

John Dodson vs. Scott Jorgensen added to UFC on FOX 9 lineup


UFC on FOX 9 takes place Dec. 14 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif. The main card airs on FOX, but FOX Sports 1 and MMAjunkie.com carry the prelims, which include Dodson vs. Jorgensen.

The latest UFC on FOX 9 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Anthony Pettis vs. Josh Thomson - for UFC lightweight title
  • Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald
  • Matt Brown vs. Carlos Condit
  • Nik Lentz vs. Chad Mendes
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, MMAjunkie.com)
  • Mac Danzig vs. Joe Lauzon
  • John Dodson vs. Scott Jorgensen
  • Pat Healy vs. Jamie Varner
  • Edson Barboza vs. Danny Castillo
  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. Court McGee
  • John Moraga vs. Darren Uyenoyama
  • Roger Bowling vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Cody McKenzie vs. Sam Stout

Monday, October 28, 2013

Robert Drysdale denied UFC 167 license due to elevated T/E ratio

Nevada State Athletic Commission has declined to medically clear the jiu-jitsu player turned MMA fighter to compete at next month's UFC 167 event after an out-of-competition drug test revealed an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

UFC 167 lineup set

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
  • Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks - for welterweight title
  • Rashad Evans vs. Chael Sonnen
  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald
  • Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley
  • Ali Bagautinov vs. Tim Elliott
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Evan Dunham
  • Ed Herman vs. Thales Leites
  • Brian Ebersole vs. Rick Story
  • Edwin Figueroa vs. Erik Perez
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie.com, 6:45 p.m. ET)
  • Jason High vs. Anthony Lapsley
  • Vaughan Lee vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Cody Donovan vs. Robert Drysdale

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Jose Aldo wants Anthony Pettis at lightweight


"I want it at lightweight," Aldo recently said in regards to a potential fight with Pettis. "That's where his belt resides, so I can steal it. It would be better for me since I already have a belt of my own. My belt is already up on the wall at my home."


"I give great importance to superfights," Aldo said. "Once you are a champion, you are a small part of history, but to win in other weight classes, that's very rare, like B.J. Penn and Randy Couture. That will always be remembered in the history of the UFC and of MMA itself. When people talk about MMA legends, those two names are brought up because they succeeded in more than one weight class. Whoever wants to be the best, and be recorded in history, it's necessary to win these superfights."


"Many people like to talk superfights, but I see a certain respect, maybe it's fear, to take on a fight like this," Aldo said. "I think it's a great idea. I think fighting up means that you can prove that you are the best and that you can win in the class above your own. As I see it, if Renan fights at featherweight, he would be a great champion. He has the strength and the game to fight at featherweight. Regarding myself, I already faced Frankie Edgar and was able to show that I would be able to fight as a lightweight and become the champion.

"I look at superfights positively, and I hope this happens in the future. I don't believe in hiding. To win more than one belt would be like Michael Phelps winning multiple gold medals at the Olympics. If, as a champion, you just stay within the confines your weight class, you still make some sort of history, but you won't become a legend."


"A change in weight has been talked about a lot – me going up in weight; I even requested this," Aldo said. "But it has to be at the right moment. 'Dede' Pederneiras and Dana White didn't think it was a good idea, but with every title defense, we are closer to this actually taking place. It's in their hands. Once they think it's a good idea for me to go up in weight, then I'm fighting at lightweight, without any problem."

Chael Sonnen, Wanderlei Silva booked as 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3' coaches

Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will be the coaches of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3."

UFC President Dana White announced the company's plans on Monday's new edition of FOX Sports 1's "FOX Sports Live."


Tryouts for the third edition of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 11 in Rio de Janeiro. The session is set for two days after next month's "UFC Fight Night 32: Belfort vs. Henderson" event, which takes place at Goiania Arena in Goiania, Goias, Brazil.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Video replay: UFC 166 fighter weigh-ins

Video: 'Countdown to UFC 166,' Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos

Dana White: Everything I hear from Nick Diaz is that he doesn't want to fight


"I love that fight," White said following today's pre-UFC 166 media session. "I love that fight. I like it, but everything I hear from Nick Diaz is that he doesn't want to fight."  Dana White is talking about a matchup of Diaz vs Michael Bisping.

And if things are any different behind the scenes, White isn't sharing. But he also isn't hiding his enthusiasm for a potential Bipsing vs. Diaz slugfest.


"I love that fight," White reiterated. "Fun fight."

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Dong Hyun Kim calls KO of Erick Silva 'luck,' apologizes for fence grab

"I know Erick has a lot of good strikes, but I believe it was very good luck to have won in the second round like that," Kim said via translator after the event, which took place at Jose Correa Arena in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Kim earned an extra $50,000 in pay for "Knockout of the Night."

"I don't remember, but if I had the fence, I apologize," he told MMAjunkie.com.

"I tried to tie up my opponent a little bit, and I knew I was going to take a lot of punches," Kim said. "So I tried to counter the attack.

"Erick Silva was very strong. He started very aggressive, and it was a war. I needed to fight against him, or I was going to lose. So I was trying to make Erick lose his strength. But I think it was luck (that I finished the fight by knockout)."

Friday, October 4, 2013

Full episode: 'UFC 166 Primetime: Velasquez vs. dos Santos' Part 1 video

Jon Jones-Glover Teixeira, Mir-Overeem top UFC 169 on Super Bowl weekend

A title fight between Jones (19-1 MMA, 13-1 UFC) and Teixeira (22-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) will headline what now will be the UFC 169 pay-per-view on Feb. 1 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. In addition, a heavyweight bout between former UFC champ Frank Mir (16-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) and former Strikeforce champ Alistair Overeem (36-13 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has been moved from UFC 167 in November and may wind up serving as the card's co-main event, though that is not yet official.

UFC officials told Newsday in a statement that the Mir-Overeem fight was moved to allow Mir more time to recover following his knockout loss to Josh Barnett on Aug. 31. That fight was supposed to be part of the UFC's 20th anniversary show on Nov. 16 in Las Vegas.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira planned for Super Bowl weekend

According to a report from ESPN, citing UFC President Dana White, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (19-1 MMA, 13-1 UFC) will defend his belt against Glover Teixeira (22-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) – likely at the promotion's Super Bowl weekend card in New Jersey.

Dana White told ESPN the Teixeira fight was requested by Jones.

"That's what the champ wants," White said. "We'll probably have that fight on the Super Bowl card in New Jersey."


"I said before the fight my sights were set on breaking the record," Jones stated. "I want to crush the record. I want to beat the record so bad it can never be broken. I'm going to fight Glover and I will answer all the critics about the Gustafsson fight. I will fight Gustafsson after I fight Glover. I won the fight but I look at it as a blemish on my record because some people think I didn't. I promise you, he will be next."


Sunday, September 22, 2013

UFC 165: Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson full fight video highlights

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Jon Jones predicts Teixeira or superfight next

Jones told Jim Rome he expects Glover Teixeira (22-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) to be standing between him and the record for light heavyweight title defenses, but could also be in the mood for a superfight.


"As far as Daniel Cormier, he definitely won't be getting a title fight," said Jones, who on Saturday meets Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre. "I don't think I would accept a fight against him. He's a guy I don't respect at all. I'd definitely make sure he loses the weight, makes 205 and make sure he earns a title shot.
"At the end of the day, the guy's a hater. I've really done nothing wrong to the guy to have an issue with him, and every time I turn around he's figuring out a way to have my name in his mouth."


"I just don't respect the guy at all, and I think the ultimate way to defeat him is to make him lose all that weight, which is tough work, make him earn a title fight, which is tough work, and then at the end of the day, walk away with nothing," Jones said of "DC."


"My biggest goal is to accomplish this record of seven title defenses," he said. "But after that, I'm here for the fans. I'm an entertainer, and if (the fans) want to see me against a certain heavyweight, I'll talk to my team and my coaching staff and see if it makes sense to us. But I'm predicting either Glover Teixeira or some interesting superfights for the fans."


"I feel great against Glover Teixeira, definitely," he said. "I think he's a little slower of an athlete. He has great power. But i have really big eyes when I'm out there and I see things coming, and I come well-prepared. He reminds me of 'Rampage' Jackson. The difference is, he attacks your takedowns a little bit more and he has better grappling. But I'm a pretty well-rounded fighter, and very confident."

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

UFC 165 Full Fight Card

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
  • Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson - for light-heavyweight title
  • Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland - for interim bantamweight title
  • Matt Mitrione vs. Brendan Schaub
  • Francis Carmont vs. Constantinos Philippou
  • Pat Healy vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Myles Jury vs. Mike Ricci
  • Ivan Menjivar vs. Wilson Reis
  • Chris Clements vs. Stephen Thompson
  • Mitch Gagnon vs. Dustin Kimura
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6 p.m. ET)
  • Renee Forte vs. John Makdessi
  • Michel Prazeres vs. Jesse Ronson
  • Alex Caceres vs. Roland Delorme
  • Nandor Guelmino vs. Daniel Omielanczuk

Scott Jorgensen now a flyweight, Taking on Ian McCall at UFC on FOX 9

UFC officials on Tuesday announced a new matchup, that takes place at "UFC on FOX 9: Pettis vs. Thomson," which is scheduled for Dec. 14 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif.  Scott Jorgensen is dropping to 125 pounds, and he'll meet Ian McCall in his flyweight debut.
 UFC on FOX 9 now includes:
  • Champ Anthony Pettis vs. Josh Thomson - for UFC lightweight title
  • Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald
  • Nik Lentz vs. Chad Mendes
  • Scott Jorgensen vs. Ian McCall

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Jon Jones not out of reach, says UFC 165 title challenger Alexander Gustafsson

"My reach is not 76.5," he said during a conference call in support of UFC 165, which takes place Sept. 21 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. "It's 81.2. I just wanted to mention that." said Alexander Gustafsson

"It's not always about reach," he said. "It's about footwork. It's about being fast, getting in and out. I'm really making sure I've done my homework there. I'm super motivated."

Jon Jones on Reach 

"I just believe that I use my reach better," he said. "If you watch my fights and you watch Alexander's fights, he gets hit a lot with a lot of different punches. 
"With me, I've gone through some fights where fighters have only punched me once. I mean, I fought (Quinton) 'Rampage' Jackson, and he hit me, like, twice in the whole fight. Lyoto Machida was able to touch my face twice in the whole fight. 

"(I'm) fighting against the best guys in the world, and a lot of them never even get a chance to punch me in the face throughout the fight. So I just believe I use my timing, my rhythm, my distance a lot better than him. I think the proof is in the pudding." 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Video-Miesha Tate: 'Emotionally unstable' Ronda Rousey showing true colors on 'TUF 18'



 "It's easy when you're doing an interview for 15 minutes to look like the cool chick and whatever, but when you're on a show for six weeks, it's hard to conceal exactly who you are," Tate today told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "I think there's finally some light being shed on the whole situation, and basically it's going to change in one way or another." 


 "I realized that she is very, very, very emotional," Tate said. "I would even go as far as to say emotionally unstable. When my team's going through ups and downs, I want to be the stable one that they look to and find strength in. That was my goal. I didn't necessarily see that from her all the time. She came off a little unstable. She is emotional, she did care [about her team], but I do see that as a weakness."