The Ultimate Fighter: Episode 2 Recap

The show beings in the aftermath of Randa Markos’s huge upset last week. Team Pettis is back at the TUF house taking some celebratory shots. Even though they’re non-alcoholic, they still cause the women to recoil worse than cheap tequila. Anthony Pettis and the rest of his coaching staff also show up to celebrate, bringing Randa’s celebratory carne asada fries in tow. Felice Herrig gives assistant coach Sergio Pettis a friendship bracelet she made, but that’s the spirit of friendship doesn’t appear to be present in the practice room. We cut to footage of a Team ... Read the Full Article Here

Machida vs. Dollaway Tops Dec. 20 Brazil Card

Arizona middleweight CB Dollaway has been showing the best form of his career over the last two years, winning four of five bouts while capturing two post-fight bonus awards. But on December 20, the ninth-ranked “Doberman” will get the big fight he’s been waiting for, as he headlines a UFC card for the first time against former world champion Lyoto Machida in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Sao Paulo, Brazil.Stepping back into the Octagon for the first time since his stirring five-round battle with UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 175 in July, Brazil’ ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Japan Prelim Fantasy Preview

The UFC Fight Night card in Japan this weekend is not only highlighted by a great main card, but the preliminary fights are dotted with some of the best talent of any undercard inside the Octagon for all of 2014. Among the fights taking place this weekend are Alex Caceres getting back in action against newcomer Masanori Kanehara, as well as Katsunori Kikuno taking on Sam Sicilia in a guaranteed crowd pleaser.  Korean powerhouse Hyun Gyu Lim is also fighting, as well as top rated prospect Michinori Tanaka. All told, this preliminary card is filled with fighters destined to be mai ... Read the Full Article Here

The Ultimate Fighter Latin America: Episode 4 Recap

The episode opens up with Team Mexico riding high. They’ve won all three fights this season, and show no signs of slowing down. As great as Team Mexico is feeling, Team Latin America feels the exact opposite. They’re clearly annoyed at the current situation and can’t even find the humor in Team Mexico’s underwear pool parties.  Next up looking to change Team Werdum’s luck will be Panamanian Humberto Brown. After following his brother into the world of MMA, Humberto decided to stay in the sport so he can buy his mother a house. Extremely tough and aggressiv ... Read the Full Article Here

The Sadollah Way

  TOKYO, September 17 - After close to two years away from the Octagon due to injury, all it takes is a response to a simple question about his absence to realize one of the reasons why we all missed Amir Sadollah in the first place. “If I was a better storyteller then the answer to this would involve polar bears, submarines, and the cure for the common cold,” he said. “But since I am not, and the prior is wholly untrue, I'd have to say...I was just hanging out, and also getting over a few injuries.” It’s that quick wit, coupled with an exciting approach ... Read the Full Article Here

Takanori Gomi Rises Again

There may be no one in Japan this week who knows more about what Myles Jury is feeling than the man who will fight him on Saturday, Takanori Gomi. Facing a legend away from home as an unbeaten rising star is a situation Gomi is all too familiar with, having been there himself back in 2001 as an undefeated 23-year-old traveling to Chiba to face Rumina Sato for the Shooto lightweight title.“Speaking of home and away, I felt the venue was completely away for me when I fought against Rumina-san,” Gomi said through translator / manager Mizuka Koike. “Since then, I became a UFC f ... Read the Full Article Here

Overeem vs. Struve Set For Phoenix

Alistair Overeem and Stefan Struve, two of the most feared strikers in the heavyweight division, verbally agreed on Wednesday to throw down at Fight Night Phoenix on Dec. 13 - the UFC’s first trip to Arizona. Overeem is looking to get back on track after a disappointing loss to Ben Rothwell at Fight Night Foxwoods. “The Reem” is 1-3 in his last four fights, but is confident he’ll be able to return to his championship form next time he steps inside the Octagon. “I'm still in a great place," Overeem recently said in an interview with MMA Fighting. "I think I rea ... Read the Full Article Here

Masanori Kanehara: It's Not the Start, but the Finish

TOKYO, September 18 – It’s always interesting to travel to different places and hear unique perspectives on things you thought you had a handle on. And you did, but it was just your handle on it, your way of thinking, and that doesn’t necessarily mean it was right. Take the career of UFC newcomer Masanori Kanehara for example. When the Tokyo native started off as a professional in 2003, his record was a less than attractive 1-3-3. In the United States, if that didn’t bury a young fighter’s dreams, other people would help bury them for him. But in a Japanese fight ... Read the Full Article Here

Yoshihiro Akiyama: Winning is the Only Motivation

The typical question after a fighter experiences a long layoff is “what did you miss the most?” The typical answers range from the honesty of saying “a paycheck” to the more expected “the competition.”Yoshihiro Akiyama has never been a typical fighter, so his answer to that question is all his own:“Victory.”This Saturday, the man dubbed “Sexyama” by his army of fans returns to active duty for the first time since a February 2012 bout with Jake Shields, and in the opposite corner is another fighter making his first appearance in two ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Japan Main Card Fantasy Preview

For several years, Japan was the central hub for many of the world's biggest mixed martial arts fights and this weekend the UFC returns to the Land of the Rising Sun for a stacked card airing on UFC FIGHT PASS, headlined by heavyweight knockout artists Roy Nelson and Mark Hunt in the five-round main event. Nelson is fresh off his first-round finish over former UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira while Hunt returns to action for the first time since last December when he engaged in one of the greatest heavyweight bouts of all-time against Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva. The mai ... Read the Full Article Here

The Ultimate Fighter: Episode 2 Preview

Upsets have been a part of The Ultimate Fighter since the very beginning.  If anybody told Chris Leben that he would be eliminated from the inaugural season, not once but twice, by far smaller and lesser-experienced opponents, he would have called you crazy on the spot. The newest season of The Ultimate Fighter kicked off with a massive upset as No. 14 ranked Randa Markos -- a relative unknown in the strawweight field -- knocked off No. 3 seed Tecia Torres, who was a heavy favorite to win the entire series and claim the 115-pound women's title.  Now her run is over and like a good ... Read the Full Article Here

Miesha Tate Ready to Make UFC History

Miesha Tate will make history when she takes on undefeated Rin Nakai in the UFC’s first ever women’s bout in Japan on September 20th at Tokyo’s famed Saitama Super Arena. But don’t think “Cupcake” will be in hostile territory in Nakai’s home country, where her opponent is Japan’s best known female fighter today.“If I was ever going to fight anyone on their own turf it would be in Japan because the fans are extremely respectful, and even if you beat one of their own they won't hold it against you,” she said. “The fans look at i ... Read the Full Article Here

TUF Latin America - Episode 4 Preview

When The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America debuted it was hard to deny the amount of talent and experience sitting on the Mexican side led by UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. His squad of featherweights and bantamweights had far more fights than their Latin America counterparts against higher level competition, with many of the competitors regularly training at top gyms in Mexico, as well as many of them working with some of the best camps in America as well.   In other words, Fabricio Werdum's team was fighting an uphill battle from the first day the show started filming. ... Read the Full Article Here

Rankings: Arlovski Jumps Into Top 10

The UFC heavyweight division got a major shakeup for the second straight week in the official rankings after Andrei Arlovski finished Bigfoot Silva by TKO at Fight Night Brasilia. Arlovski, the former UFC heavyweight champion, won his second-straight inside the Octagon and he did so in devastating fashion. The rankings panel took notice and voted “The Pit Bull” up seven spots to No. 7 in the heavyweight division, passing the likes of Roy Nelson, Ben Rothwell and Alistair Overeem. Silva, who was ranked at No. 4 going into Fight Night Brasilia, dropped all the way to No. 9, ... Read the Full Article Here

Sam Sicilia: Turning Things Around

Nobody paid much attention to Sam Sicilia’s whereabouts earlier this month, but maybe they should have. In Connecticut, far across the country from his Spokane home base, the featherweight prospect was preparing his friend and teammate Michael Chiesa for his fight against Joe Lauzon at UFC Fight Night on September 5.Forget the fact that Sicilia has his own fight – in Japan no less – this Saturday against Katsunori Kikuno. This was just as important, but when asked about it, he doesn’t see it as a big deal, just something friends do for one another.“We’ve g ... Read the Full Article Here

Alex Caceres: Always Entertaining

Alex Caceres isn’t down in the dumps following his July loss to Urijah Faber. It wasn’t his finest hour, but at 26, he knows it’s part of the process in this sport. Hopefully, you win more than you lose, and you’ll never find out where you’re at until you test yourself against the best in the game.Faber, a man who has never lost a non-title fight, qualifies as one of the best bantamweights on the planet. It’s a reason why when the UFC 175 bout was announced, many wondered if Caceres, who had gone unbeaten in his previous five fights, was in too deep. He lost ... Read the Full Article Here

No Escape - Pepey Subs Johnson in One

Fortaleza featherweight Godofredo Pepey made it two furious finishes in a row Saturday at the Ginásio Nilson Nelson in Brasilia, Brazil, as he followed up his knockout of Noad Lahat in March with a first-round submission of Dashon Johnson in UFC Fight Night prelim action.There was plenty of posturing and not enough punching in the first three and a half minutes of the bout before Johnson got the fight to the mat. But as soon as it hit the deck, all hell broke loose, with Pepey responding to the slam with a triangle armbar attempt. Johnson tried to escape, but Pepey just tightened ever ... Read the Full Article Here

The Pit Bull Bites Back, KOs Silva in Rematch

Written off by many after a lackluster effort in his June victory over Brendan Schaub, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski announced his re-emergence into the title race Saturday night at the Ginásio Nilson Nelson in Brasilia, Brazil with a first round knockout of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.“I trained hard, I worked a lot, it was very important for me,” Arlovski said of the fight. “I “definitely wanted to knock him out. Nothing personal.”The bout was a rematch of a 2010 Strikeforce bout won by Brasilia’s Silva via decision. This ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Brasilia: Post Fight Bonus Recap

UFC Brazil Managing Director Grace Tourinho was joined at the Fight Night Brasilia post fight press conference by Andrei Arlovski, Bigfoot Silva, Gleison Tibau, Francisco Trinaldo, Leonardo Santos, Jessica Andrade, and Godofredo Pepey. Pepey and Arlovski each earned performance bonuses for their finishes at Fight Night Brasilia. Tibau vs. Piotr Hallmann was awarded fight of the night honors. All four fighters earn an extra $50k for their efforts. Igor Araujo had to be taken to the hospital following his TKO loss to George Sullivan. After an MRI, Araujo is said to be in good condition and sho ... Read the Full Article Here

Bigfoot Silva: Home, Finally

The first time Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva faced Andrei Arlovski in 2010, he recalls the emotion he felt like it was yesterday.“I remember I was very nervous,” he smiles.Heading into the rematch with “The Pit Bull” on Saturday in Brasilia, Brazil, the hometown favorite isn’t nervous anymore. In fact, after beating Arlovski via unanimous decision in that first bout in Strikeforce and going on to become one of the top heavyweight contenders in the UFC, his confidence is sky-high. But there will still be some emotions floating around in his head and stomach b ... Read the Full Article Here