UFC returns to Manila in October, continuing Fight Night tradition

Register now for special presale access and up-to-date information about UFC Fight Night Manila 2016Last year may have marked the first time the UFC Octagon touched down in the Philippines, but the island nation has a rich and robust history with martial arts and combat sports. Whether you call it Arnis, Eskrima or Kali, the martial art of the Philippines is a style that centers on fighting with sticks, knives and bladed weapons, but also incorporates joint locks, grappling and hand-to-hand combat. Two MMA notables with experience and training in the country’s national sport include form ... Read the Full Article Here

Chicago rewind: What you got right & wrong

Think you know how the next fight card will play out? Play UFC Pick 'EmValentina Shevchenko capped off a huge night of fights in Chicago with a shocking upset, as she knocked off former women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm with a unanimous decision victory after some early trouble to start the first round.Holm clipped Shevchenko with a quick punch early in the fight, knocking “Bullet” to the ground for a split second before she regained her balance and got back to her feet. That one misstep ultimately ended up as Shevchenko's only real deficiency over five rounds, because she t ... Read the Full Article Here

Wineland returns to Octagon with TKO win

WINELAND vs SAENZBack in the win column for the first time since January of 2014, veteran bantamweight contender Eddie Wineland did it in impressive fashion at the United Center in Chicago on Saturday, halting Frankie Saenz in the third and final round of their featured prelim bout.Fighting it out on even terms for the first half of the opening round, Wineland broke into the lead when he drilled Saenz with a right hand that wobbled the Arizonan. Saenz shook off the blow and scored a takedown with 90 seconds left, but Wineland fought well off the bottom before giving up his back in the closing ... Read the Full Article Here

Holm-Shevchenko to clarify title picture

CHICAGOIn a division that has evolved into one of plentiful depth, Valentina Shevchenko is hoping to become the next women’s bantamweight to make a statement.The title changed hands for the third consecutive time when Amanda Nunes finished Miesha Tate at UFC 200, leaving the door wide open for former champion Holly Holm to earn a rematch sooner than expected.Holm makes her first appearance since dropping the title to Tate just months after putting on an upset performance for the ages to capture the title in the first place against legendary Ronda Rousey.   // Saturday at U ... Read the Full Article Here

Chicago Talking Points: Where do Shevchenko, Holm go from here?

  // The landscape of the women’s bantamweight division has changed drastically in the past eight months. Ronda Rousey, the division’s longtime queen, has been out of action since losing the title to Holly Holm at UFC 193.Holm quickly became the new face of the division, but her time on top was short-lived. “The Preacher’s Daughter” lost the title to Miesha Tate, who in turn dropped the championship to Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. Holm continued her run of bad fortune Saturday night in Chicago, dropping a unanimous decision to Valentina Shevchenko (49- ... Read the Full Article Here

Shevchenko stuns Holm with dominating win

A year ago, Valentina Shevchenko was hoping for a call from the UFC. Saturday night at the United Center in Chicago, the Peru-based striker may be in line for a shot at the UFC women’s bantamweight title after outpointing former world champion Holly Holm via unanimous decision.“My strategy was to do everything I know, to put all my heart, all my power, everything I learned in more than 20 years in martial arts, and I did it,” Shevchenko said.Now winner of two of her three Octagon bouts, she hopes to face off with the woman who handed her that lone UFC defeat, newly crowned ch ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Heads to Oregon in October

The Octagon will set down in Portland, Oregon for the first time since 2009, when UFC Fight Night takes place at the Moda Center on Saturday, October 1.The card will air on FOX Sports 1. In the UFC's last visit to Portland for UFC 102 on August 29, 2009, "Minotauro" Nogueira scored a stirring victory over fellow Hall of Famer Randy Couture.Stay tuned to UFC.com for ticket on-sale dates and fight card announcements. Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Chicago final results and news

Who were the winners at UFC Fight Night: Holm vs Shevchenko? Click below to get the results for all the fights at the United Center on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Holm vs Shevchenko | Barboza vs Melendez | Ngannou vs Mihajlovic | Herrig vs Curran | Saenz vs Wineland | Elkins vs Pepey | Usman vs Yakovlev | Prazeres vs Cottrell | Oliveira vs Moontasri | Alers vs Knight | Henrique vs Smoliakov UFC Fight Night: Holm vs Shevchenko main card Main event: Valentina Shevchenko defeats Holly Holm In a stunning upset, Valentina Shevchenko overcame a first-round knockdown to take out the former UFC cham ... Read the Full Article Here

Oliveira, Knight, Henrique claim victories

OLIVEIRA vs MOONTASRI Rio de Janeiro’s Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira got back in the win column in a big way at the United Center in Chicago on Saturday, as he delivered a shutout decision win over James Moontasri in their welterweight bout. Scores were 30-26 twice and 30-25.The early part of the first round was fought in the clinch against the fence, broken only by an inadvertent low knee that sent Moontasri to the canvas in pain. Two Octagonside physicians tended to Moontasri, who took a break before the fight resumed. After a brief standup period, Oliveira locked his foe up ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Chicago bonus recap

Fight of the Night: Jason Knight vs Jim Alers Performance Bonus: Eddie Wineland and Felice Herrig • Felice Herrig's second fastest finish in the history of the division earned her a performance bonus• Jason Knight and Jim Aler's three-round brawl took home Fight of the Night• Eddie Wineland's knockout win in his Octagon return earned him a bonus• All four fighters earn $50k for their efforts tonight.More from Fight Night Chicago: Final results | Postfight bonus recap | Talking Points after Chicago | Shevchenko stuns Holm | Barboza, Ngannou, Herrig clai ... Read the Full Article Here

Barboza, Ngannou, Herrig claim big wins

BARBOZA vs MELENDEZBrazilian banger Edson Barboza used his patented leg kicks to great advantage in his UFC Fight Night co-main event against perennial lightweight standout Gilbert Melendez on Saturday, parlaying those punishing strikes into a three-round unanimous decision at the United Center in Chicago.Scores were 30-27 twice and 29-28.Melendez didn’t shy away from standup exchanges with Barboza in the first round, though two missed takedown attempts played into that reality. “El Nino” did hold his own with the Brazilian for the most part, but Barboza’s kicks did mar ... Read the Full Article Here

By the Numbers – Fight Night Chicago

  // 2Current ranking of Holly Holm as a UFC women’s bantamweight193UFC event where “Holm” scored a second-round head kick KO of Ronda Rousey to become the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, awarded Knockout of the Year in 2015196UFC event where Holm dramatically lost the title in the closing moments of the fifth round to Miesha Tate10Wins and one loss by Holm as an MMA pro5Fighters have scored head kick knockouts in UFC title fights - Holm, TJ Dillashaw at UFC 173 and 177, Renan Barao at UFC 165, Anderson Silva at UFC 126 and Georges St-Pierre at UFC 65 ... Read the Full Article Here

On FIGHT PASS: Glory on the line tonight

“Chopper” Chi Lewis-Parry, 6-1 (2KOs), is characteristically bombastic ahead of his GLORY SuperFight Series main event vs Moe 'The Pirate' Greene, 4-2 (2KO). The British born kickboxer is predicting not only a KO in Virginia, but one sufficiently impressive to earn him a title shot later this year.“'Moe the Pirate' is getting sunk. That's the gameplan,” he said. “He's going to need to wear a pirate eye-patch over his whole face by the time I have finished busting him up. I am going to kick one of his legs off so he can finally get himself a wooden one to go with h ... Read the Full Article Here

Tweets of the Week - 7/22

UFC Chicago - Live on Fox! UFC BWs @HollyHolm vs @BulletValentina headline #UFCChicago this Saturday LIVE on FOX pic.twitter.com/KsBtphxYVH — #UFCChicago (@ufc) July 21, 2016   Thanks for the support brother @MarquetteKing #RaiderNation https://t.co/yWx3YEkp4v — Gilbert Melendez (@GilbertMelendez) July 21, 2016   Early morning @ufc weigh ins. Almost time !! https://t.co/k0m9LUSvRK — Felice Herrig (@feliceherrig) July 22, 2016   Happy camper! Putting my belly back on. @RomanSalazarMMA @latty_jon pic.twitter.com/O3IGqI7XyT &md ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC athletes trade kicks with Vancouver Whitecaps

The conditions at Thunderbrid Park were near perfect on Thursday as UFC athletes Paige VanZant, Carlos Condit and Kajan Johnson stepped out onto the field with Vancouver Whitecaps players Cole Seiler, Tim Parker and goalkeeper Spencer Richey to teach each other a little about their respective sports and have some fun.Under clear, blue skies and with a summer breeze keeping things comfortable, the three fighters got their opportunity to live out their FIFA dreams (or nightmares) from the penalty spot. After some quick pointers on ball placement and proper kicking technique from Seiler and Par ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Chicago weigh-in results

UFC Fight Night Holm vs Shevchenko, which is headlined by the UFC women’s bantamweight fight between Holly Holm and Valentina Shevchenko, and the lightweight clash between Edson Barboza and Gilbert Melendez, airs live on FOX from the United Center in Chicago on Saturday, July 23 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX at 6pm ET / 3pm PT, and the event's first three prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 4:30pm ET / 1:30pm PT.Main Event – UFC women’s bantamweight fightHolly Holm (135) vs Valentina Shevchenko (133)FOX Main CardEdson Barboz ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC statement on George Sullivan

UFC competitor George Sullivan voluntarily disclosed information to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that could pose a potential compliance issue with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. Out of an abundance of caution, Sullivan has been removed from his scheduled bout on Saturday night against Hector Urbina while USADA conducts an investigation into the matter. Urbina will still weigh in as a potential backup opponent should there be a need for him to compete in another bout on Saturday. Otherwise, he will be re-booked for another card in the near future. Read the Full Article Here

The Downes Side – Fight Night Chicago Predictions

That’s right, boys and girls, it’s time for another Chicago edition of the Downes Side! While I love the place of my birth, it’s usually a place for division. Countless arguments over the thickness of pizza crust or whether to put ketchup on a hot dog have the Windy City as the focal point. Once a year, though, we get to unite under something we can all appreciate – professional mixed martial arts. This weekend, the UFC rolls into the United Center for a stellar card on FOX. The main event takes place in the women’s bantamweight division, as Holly Holm begins her ... Read the Full Article Here

Melendez ready to prove himself all over again

As the UFC lightweight championship continues to change hands, with the latest man holding the belt being Eddie Alvarez, Gilbert Melendez watches closely, and not just because his last fight saw him lose a close split decision to the new king. Yet a rematch does have quite a bit of heat behind it should “El Nino” defeat Edson Barboza in this Saturday’s UFC on FOX co-main event in Chicago.“Absolutely, we’ve got a very compelling storyline when I win this fight,” Melendez said. “Eddie and I had a very close fight, but if you looked at our faces after the ... Read the Full Article Here

Reasons to watch Fight Night Chicago

Holly Holm is the former women’s bantamweight champion and one of the best women’s boxers that have ever stepped into a ring. That’s all well and good. But what makes Holm the main event attraction she is today is the simple fact that she was the woman to end the undefeated reign of Ronda Rousey. Rousey never even went to a decision before she faced Holm. She put together one of the greatest runs in the history of the sport, and “The Preacher’s Daughter” brought that to a screeching halt with the iconic head kick finish at UFC 193. Now Holm begins her own ... Read the Full Article Here