Lucas Martins: Train Hard to Fight Easy

The Chute Boxe philosophy is a simple one. If you train in the style of the storied Brazilian gym, you fight to finish. It’s something ingrained in the mind and body of featherweight up and comer Lucas Martins, and he has no qualms about fighting that way, even if it could occasionally cost him on the scorecards.“We are always looking for the KO,” he said. “We do not have ‘hold on to the fence’ classes at Chute Boxe. We train takedowns for ground-and-pound or subs; no ‘training for decisions’ classes.”Seven months after his last bout, a t ... Read the Full Article Here

Bisping, Leites Amped Up for Scotland

The bagpipes will be blowing and the leather will be throwing as the Octagon heads to Scotland.On July 18, the UFC will return to the United Kingdom and, for the first time, hold an event north of Hadrian’s Wall in Glasgow. At the SSE Hydro arena, UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites will feature an action-packed card studded with top talent from Scotland, England and, really, all over the world. Headlining this historic first Scottish UFC event is a middleweight melee between the #9 ranked Michael “The Count” Bisping and #10 ranked Thales Leites. The co-main is in the lightwe ... Read the Full Article Here

Damon Jackson: Back to 145, Back to Work

Come Saturday night in Goiania, Brazil, UFC featherweight Rony Jason may not have to worry just about his opponent, Damon Jackson, but Jackson’s uncle as well.“He keeps up with everything,” Jackson laughs when discussing his uncle. “He knows everything about whoever I’m fighting and he keeps me up to date. So I don’t really have to go fishing around for anything. He’ll send me stuff once a week or so.”Call it a built-in scouting service for the 26-year-old Jackson, who was introduced to the sport by the same uncle 16 years ago, something that d ... Read the Full Article Here

TUF 21 - Episode 6 Recap

Just when it looked like things might be turning around for American Top Team with their first fight hosted at home, the Blackzilians came storming back with yet another win to tighten the noose around their necks. Following last week's shocking knockout, as Hayder Hassan finished Andrews Nakahara in just 48 seconds, it appeared that the tables might be turning, but instead the Blackzilians put up one of their best fighters in Jason Jackson to step into enemy territory where he took out veteran comepetitor Marcelo “Grilo” Alfaya after two rounds.   //  Be ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Goiania Fantasy Preview

The UFC travels to Brazil this weekend with a welterweight showcase at the top of the bill, as former interim champion Carlos Condit returns from more than a year away from the sport due to injury to face heavy-handed former title challenger Thiago Alves in the main event. Alves is one fight removed from a lengthy layoff himself, but in his return to the Octagon earlier this year he blasted through welterweight prospect Jordan Mein to land back on the welterweight radar. Condit looks to rebuild into championship form after his knee buckled under him in his last fight against Tyron Wo ... Read the Full Article Here

Casey Returns to Face Alcantara in SD

Back in the Octagon for the first time since July of 2014, former Ultimate Fighter 17 competitor Kevin Casey faces Brazil's Ildemar Alcantara in a middleweight bout at San Diego's Valley View Casino Center on July 15.Fight Night San Diego, which is headlined by the heavyweight bout between Frank Mir and Todd Duffee, will air live on FOX Sports 1.Currently on a four-fight unbeaten streak, jiu-jitsu ace Casey will be making his first start since a no contest with Bubba Bush at UFC 175 last July. In Alcantara, he will meet up with a fighter who has won two of his last three bouts, defeating Alber ... Read the Full Article Here

TUF 21 - Episode 6 Preview

Following four straight weeks of misery, American Top Team finally got on the board with a win by Hayder Hassan, as he snuffed out Andrews Nakahara in just 48 seconds to hopefully change the momentum that's been on the side of the Blackzilians so far this season of The Ultimate Fighter.  Hassan had been itching to fight, but an injured hand forced him to wait longer than expected. Once he got in the cage, Hassan proved he was everything he promised to be as he took out Nakahara in impressive fashion and finally turned the tables on the Blackzilians in the competition.  Now as the si ... Read the Full Article Here

Jedrzejczyk Hopes Her Title Defense First Of Many for UFC European Champs

History will be made at UFC Fight Night Berlin.On June 20, A European will defend a UFC title in front of a European crowd for the first time since records began. Reigning women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk contests the strap against Jessica Penne, marking the Polish sensation’s first outing since she dethroned Carla Esparza in a one-sided title fight at UFC 185 that shocked the world.Jedrzejczyk hadn’t read the script that night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. According to the bookmakers, she was the plucky underdog travelling to the States to offer ... Read the Full Article Here

Wilson Reis' Perfect Timing

The greatest lesson Wilson Reis has learned about being in the fight game isn’t one he picked up in Jiu-Jitsu class back home in Brazil or in the Alliance MMA gym in his current home of San Diego. Instead, it came from a source of wisdom most look to when they need it the most: His mother.“No matter what the situation, she says it will get better, you just have to work for it,” Reis said, smiling every step of the way. “As a person I’m super positive and I’m always like that. No matter what the circumstance is, I’m always positive and I always think ... Read the Full Article Here

Nicolas Dalby: The Danish Are Coming

With the UFC’s global push in recent years there are a lot of fighters who are not only attempting to make a name for themselves inside the Octagon, but to represent their country on the sport’s biggest stage as well. When Nicolas Dalby makes his official promotional debut this Saturday at UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves in Goiania, Brazil, “The Sharpshooter” will be bringing some additional motivation and firepower.As just the second Danish fighter to ever compete under the UFC banner, the undefeated welterweight will be looking to start a new chapter one of his coun ... Read the Full Article Here

Mirsad Bektic: Bosnia Born, ATT Raised

Mirsad Bektic enjoys setting the table for American Top Team on fight night.Last April, the emerging featherweight stepped into the cage for his UFC debut opposite another hyped prospect, Chas Skelly, as the second fight on the night. He would be followed to the cage by five of his teammates and the driven young newcomer was determined to start the night off right for the members of the elite Cococut Creek, Florida institution.“My UFC debut, I fought on the same card as Thiago Alves, Jorge Masvidal and Yoel Romero,” the unbeaten 23-year-old begins. “We had five guys fightin ... Read the Full Article Here

Rousey "My Fight, Your Fight" Book Review

Ronda Rousey wants to grab our attention and command it, much like she grasps her opponents in the Octagon and quickly subdues, then destroys them. It’s the complex, menacing mentality of a warrior that is difficult for non-fighters to truly comprehend. Rousey, who is without a doubt the emotional and cerebral offspring of a steadfast family with a distinct fighting spirit, has offered us a stunning peek into what makes her the most dominant UFC athlete on earth. “My Fight/Your Fight,” is Rousey’s first book, and there is no doubt this is an authorized biography: Th ... Read the Full Article Here

Bisping and Pearson Headline in Glasgow

Two of the UK's top stars will be heading to the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, as the UFC announced Monday that middleweight contender Michael Bisping will face Brazilian standout Thales Leites in the UFC Fight Night Glasgow main event, with Bisping's British countryman Ross Pearson squaring off against Evan Dunham in the lightweight co-main event.Winner of season three of The Ultimate Fighter, Manchester's Bisping is coming off an impressive three-round win over CB Dollaway on April 25 that put him in the number nine spot in the 185-pound rankings. Currently sitting at number ten is the res ... Read the Full Article Here

Tom Breese: Two Years Later

Tom Breese’s original plan was to travel from his native Birmingham, England to Montreal, Quebec, where he’d spend a couple weeks test-driving the fit at Tristar Gym, the elite fight camp tucked away on Ferrier Street.That was two years ago and he hasn’t really left since.“Originally I came out for a few weeks to try Tristar for my own training, and the first week I was here, Georges St-Pierre was in camp for Nick Diaz,” the unbeaten UFC newcomer explains. “I got some sparring in with him and he wanted me to stay for the rest of his camp. From there, I&rsquo ... Read the Full Article Here

TUF Brazil 4: Episode 8 Recap

The latest episode of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4 saw another member of Team Shogun punch a ticket to the next round of the tournament, but the victory didn't come with its own share of defeat as the group said goodbye to Giovanni “Soldado” Santos after a mounting array of injuries forced him to drop out of the competition. The situation got even stranger by the end of the episode after UFC President Dana White had to eventually go through two alternate fighters before finally settling on the final matchup in the bantamweight division, but more on that a little later. B ... Read the Full Article Here

TUF Brazil 4 - Episode Eight Preview

At this point in the Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4 competition, it's clear that Team Shogun is going to put more fighters into the semifinal round of the tournament than their counterparts from Team Nogueira, but if there's one thing all the fighters can agree upon, it's the fact that they are putting their heart and soul into this series. Following another heartbreaking loss for Team Nogueira last week as Bruno “Korea” Mesquita defeated Leandro “Pitbull” Higo by first round rear naked choke, the scales officially tipped to Team Shogun in the scoring for the season. At ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 187: Post Fight Bonus Recap

Fight Of The Night: Andrei Arlovski vs. Travis BrownePerformance Bonus: Daniel Cormier and Chris Weidman• Arlovski and Browne exchanged big shots for almost an entire round before “The Pitbull” was able to finish “Hapa” by TKO. Immediate reaction to the fight on social media included proclamations of “fight of the year candidate” and “best heavyweight round ever.” Arlovski landed 51 significant strikes, which had Browne staggering around the Octagon. In full survival mode, Browne landed a shot that dropped Arlovski, but he wasn’t able ... Read the Full Article Here

Jon Jones Or Not, 'DC' Says He's Champ

Daniel Cormier smiled Saturday night, but in his head and his heart he knew there was no escaping the long shadow of Jon Jones. > Order the UFC 187 replay Win or lose, it will always be there. Even as the UFC’s new light heavyweight champion, Cormier understands the inevitability of a fight with Jones. > Watch Backstage Interviews: Daniel Cormier | Chris Weidman | Dana White | Donald Cerrone This year? Probably not. Next year? Perhaps. Jones, the now-deposed titlist, has a slew of legal problems that need untangling, so for the immediate future, he is on no ... Read the Full Article Here

DC Takes 205-Pound Title, Calls for Jones Rematch

Daniel Cormier, the self-proclaimed "King Of The Grind," experienced the power of Anthony Johnson on Saturday night. But even the most jarring blow from "Rumble" wasn't enough to deter Cormier, who submitted Johnson in the third round by rear naked choke to capture the vacant UFC light heavyweight title.   // Cormier didn’t expect a title fight so soon after losing to Jon Jones in January, but after Jones was stripped of the title and the two-time Olympian got the chance to compete for the vacant crown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, he made the most of his sec ... Read the Full Article Here