With time on his side, Oliveira back to 155

Alex Oliveira laughs when asked if it’s scarier to engage in a night in the Octagon or a night in his previous job as a rodeo bullrider, but he doesn’t hesitate in his response either.“Bulls,” he exclaims. “I’m not afraid of people after riding bulls.” That explains a lot about Rio de Janeiro’s “Cowboy,” who is back in the Octagon this Saturday to face Will Brooks. Since his UFC debut in March of 2015, Oliveira has fought six times, winning four. Included has been his share of short-notice bouts, and adding to his fearless nature, he ... Read the Full Article Here

Prominent entertainment, sports figures to join UFC ownership group

LAS VEGASAbel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, Adam Levine, Anthony Kiedis, Ben Affleck, Calvin Harris, Cam Newton, Conan O’Brien, Flea, Guy Fieri, Jimmy Kimmel, Li Na, LL COOL J, Maria Sharapova, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Bay, Rob Dyrdek, Robert Kraft, Serena Williams, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Brady, Trey Parker, Tyler Perry and Venus Williams are the latest to join UFC’s ownership group. In July 2016, global entertainment and sports leader WME | IMG – joined by Silver Lake Partners, KKR, MSD Capital, L.P. and MSD Partners, L.P. – announced it would acquire UFC®, the ... Read the Full Article Here

Smolka not content being just a 'contender'

The way Louis Smolka sees his UFC career, he’s behind schedule. “I’m way behind,” he said. “Had I beat Chris Cariaso that night and then I beat Demetrious (Johnson), I’d have been the youngest champion in UFC history. So I’m way behind right now.”“That night” was in Cincinnati in May of 2014. The 22-year-old Smolka was unbeaten and coming off a win over Alptekin Ozkilic in his UFC debut. But it was the veteran Cariaso who eked out the split decision win. “I don’t know what happened,” Smolka said. “I was overc ... Read the Full Article Here

Sports, music, TV icons invest in UFC

As icons in their chosen fields, Tom Brady, Venus Williams, Conan O’Brien, Sylvester Stallone and LL Cool J all have unique skill sets and knowledge that have carried them to the top. Now, those five superstars, along with 18 of their fellow luminaries, will lend their knowledge and influence as the latest investors in the ownership group of the UFC. “Expanding our ownership group to include this caliber of talent and entrepreneurs is a strong indicator of UFC’s fast-growing global presence,” UFC President Dana White said in a statement. “Our new investors bring a ... Read the Full Article Here

Brooks adapting to UFC life; lightweight division is on notice

Since he’s moved on to become one of the top lightweights in the world of mixed martial arts, former high school and college football player Will Brooks can make an admission about his days as a cornerback.“Yeah man, I won’t lie to anybody, you get burned sometimes,” he laughed. “Fortunately for me, I never got burned to the point where I was giving up touchdowns and big plays. But you get burned sometimes. It’s part of the business, especially when you play that position.” The reason for the topic being brought up is that on the gridiron, a cornerback ... Read the Full Article Here

The Downes Side - Fight Night Portland Predictions

Bust out your flannel and ironic mustache boys and girls, it’s time for a Portland edition of The Downes Side. If you’re looking for 100% organic, free range combat, the UFC will have it live from Moda Center. John Dodson and John Lineker, two of the hardest hitting bantamweights in the world, will be slinging some leather in the main event. We’ll analyze that fight and a few more. Grab some single origin coffee, a gluten free bagel and some homemade preserves, it’s fight time!NATE MARQUARDT VS. TAMDAN MCCRORY We begin in the middleweight division, live on UFC FIGHT PAS ... Read the Full Article Here

On FIGHT PASS: Fedor-smasher returns Saturday

EFN 52 Preview (live on UFC FIGHT PASS this Saturday, 10am ET/ 7am PT)Former UFC veteran Fabio Maldonado returns to EFN coming off of that thrilling three-round war with Fedor Emelianenko in June. After almost knocking the famed former PRIDE FC champion out in the opening minutes and dominating much of the fight, many observers believed the Brazilian was the clear victor in what was one of the wildest fights in FIGHT PASS history. But now he returns to EFN to take on the talented 26-year-old Mokhnatkin. Experience is on Maldonado's side, of course, but the momentum lies with Mokhnatkin – ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Unfiltered: Wonderboy, Frankie, Cowboy

Wonderboy Thompson and Frankie Edgar join Jim and Matt in-studio to discuss their fights on the stacked UFC 205 card, Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor, staredowns, the best KOs they've ever seen, and more. Later, Cowboy Cerrone joins in-studio to talk about everything from BJJ and squirrel jumping, to CBD oils and his respect for the Diaz brothers.Some of the highlights from Episode 30 of UFC Unfiltered include:Wonderboy and Frankie talk about fighting without emotionWonderboy doesn't feel more pressure fighting for the titleWonderboy will kill you with nicenessCowboy would ride a sh ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Portland: Get to know John Lineker

It’s not hard for John Lineker to remember his first UFC fight in May of 2012. A veteran of the Brazilian MMA scene, he earned his roster spot the hard way, but when he arrived in New Jersey to face Louis Gaudinot, he was a young man basically on his own.“That was a crazy time looking back,” Lineker said. “I was not ready and was not prepared.”He didn’t have cornermen or a mouthpiece leading up to the bout, and he was still good enough and gutsy enough to engage in a Fight of the Night scrap with Gaudinot before being submitted in the second round. More th ... Read the Full Article Here

The Ultimate Fighter 24: Ep. 5 Preview

A massive upset rocked the Ultimate Fighter 24 competition a week ago, as No. 15 seed Eric Shelton pulled off a submission win over No. 2 seed Yoni Sherbatov, showing once again that rankings don't mean anything once the fighters step inside the Octagon together. Shelton showed supreme confidence in the lead up to the fight and it paid off as he hurt Sherbatov several times on the feet before wrapping up the rear naked choke in the second round. Shelton's win also brought Team Benavidez back in the competition after a couple of tough losses early, and now the tournament is only 3-2 in favor o ... Read the Full Article Here

By the Numbers - Fight Night Portland

3Current ranking of John Lineker as a UFC bantamweight10Knockdowns landed by “Hands of Stone” inside the Octagon0Times Lineker has been knocked down across his 11 UFC bouts17Fighters in UFC history have landed 10 or more knockdowns inside the Octagon - Lineker is the only one who has competed at 135 pounds or lighter MORE FROM FIGHT NIGHT PORTLAND: Free Fights - Lineker vs Rivera | Dodson vs Gamburyan | Dodson has one-punch KO power | KO of the Week - Oliveira vs Hallman 1.43Knockdowns per 15 minutes of fighting rate by Lineker, 2nd best a ... Read the Full Article Here

The Ultimate Fighter LATAM Ep. 6 Preview

The non-stop action from the opening round of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America tournament has now led to the quarterfinals that kick off this week. Sadly, a pair of deep cuts near his eye knocked Alejandro Perez from the competition and he was replaced by Team Liddell fighter John Bedoya. Now the teams are tied up, with four fighters on each squad moving into the next round of the tournament. Two fights will be showcased this week, including one featuring Chuck Liddell's top pick Claudio Puelles, who he pegged right away as a potential star and arguably the most talented young fighter on the ... Read the Full Article Here

Surreal moment for Weidman after long fight to legalize MMA in NY

NEW YORKAs the former middleweight champion of the world, Chris Weidman knows a little something about making an entrance. So it shouldn’t have been any surprise when the word came down from UFC President Dana White Tuesday morning that Weidman would be facing Yoel Romero on the historic UFC 205 card at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12.This, after 11 other fights, including three championship bouts, were already announced.“Yes, I wanted to make an entrance at the end when no one was expecting it,” Weidman laughs. “If I would have came in earlier, people would have forgo ... Read the Full Article Here

The Ultimate Fighter 24: Episode 5 Recap

Six fights into The Ultimate Fighter 24, and all six have ended with either a knockout or submission, and the streak stayed alive this week, as Ronaldo Candido locked in a first-round rear naked choke to put away Jaime Alvarez in the latest flyweight battle. Before the fight started, Candido and Alvarez both gave an intimate look into their lives outside of the show and what they are fighting for as they seek a shot at Demetrious Johnson and the flyweight title. Candido lives in a favela in Brazil in a very modest home, but he wakes up every day and stares directly at his Shooto South Americ ... Read the Full Article Here

How to Watch UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson

  UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson  Saturday, October 1st 11:00PM EST / 8:00PM PST / 3:00AM GMT 9:00PM EST / 6:00PM PST / 1:00AM GMT   7:15PM EST / 4:15PM PST / 11:15PM GMT Countries United States 11pm/8pm/3am ET/PT/GMT - Main Card - FS1 (Channel Finder)9pm/6pm/1am ET/PT/GMT - Prelims - FS1 and FOX Deportes (Channel Finder) 7:15pm/4:15pm/11:15pm ET/PT/GMT - Fight Pass Prelims - Available on UFC Fight Pass Algeria 11pm/8pm/3am ET/PT/GMT - Main Card - Abu Dhabi Sports 6 9pm/6pm/1am ET/PT/GMT - Prelims - Abu Dhabi Sports 6 and UFC Fight Pass 7: ... Read the Full Article Here

Dodson still has sights set on multiple titles; but Lineker first

UFC bantamweight contender John Dodson has always appeared to be an old soul, but who would have guessed that his old soul extended back to 1993, when weight classes weren’t even a thought in the then-brand new UFC.“If Conor McGregor can go to welterweight, why can’t I go to heavyweight,” Dodson asks, ready to do a little verbal sparring on the hypothetical issue of a 135-pound fighter battling it out with opponents who have a hundred or more pounds on him.“It would be me moving a lot and him getting hit way too many times,” he said of a fight with a heavywe ... Read the Full Article Here

McGregor brings the show to New York City

NEW YORK UFC President Dana White was spot on Tuesday at the Theater at Madison Square Garden when he described the UFC 205 card on November 12 at MSG as “the best overall fight card” in company history, and the raucous crowd in attendance for the event’s kickoff press conference agreed. Yet despite the presence of 11 of the card’s participants, including five current or former world champions, the stage - not surprisingly - belonged to the 12th fighter in attendance. “Listen, the Irish, we built this town,” UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor said. &l ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Portland Fantasy Preview

Think you know how the next fight card will play out? Play UFC Pick 'EmThe UFC returns to Portland this weekend with a pivotal main event in the bantamweight division as John Lineker faces John Dodson, while rising lightweight star Will Brooks looks for his second win in the Octagon when he takes on Brazilian Alex Oliveira. Lineker has been on an absolute tear since moving to 135 pounds, including his most recent knockout over former title contender Michael McDonald, but if there's a fighter in this division who can match him strike for strike, it's heavy-handed Ultimate Fighter winner John Do ... Read the Full Article Here

On the Rise: Portland Edition

The UFC machine just keeps on trucking along, with the Octagon returning to a place with an outstanding food scene, incredible outdoors to explore and one of the best backcourt combinations in the NBA – Portland, Oregon – for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night event.Headlined by a blistering bantamweight battle between John Lineker and John Dodson that should produce fireworks – and potentially add the winner to the short list of future title challengers in the 135-pound weight class – the remainder of the fight card is stocked with up and coming talents looking to step ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC FIGHT PASS Preview - Fight Night Portland

No one can truly predict what will happen when the Octagon door closes, but on paper, the UFC FIGHT PASS portion of this week’s Fight Night Portland card has the potential to be the best yet. In four intriguing bouts, light heavyweight and heavyweight finishers collide, two bantamweight up and comers meet, and in the UFC FIGHT PASS Featured Bout, middleweight standouts Tamdan McCrory and Nate Marquardt square off at the 185-pound crossroads.It all begins at 7:15pm ET / 4:15pm PT, and without further ado, this is the UFC FIGHT PASS preview of Fight Night Portland…Tamdan McCrory VS ... Read the Full Article Here