Nick Diaz Is Back In The UFC; Eyes 2015 Return

UFC superstar Nick Diaz has come out of retirement and has signed a three-fight contract extension in hopes of returning to the Octagon in early 2015. Diaz, who has been out of action since March 2013, has hinted at a return in recent months if either a road to a title shot or a super fight opportunity presented itself. The Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt said the time off has helped him reenergize, and he is now ready to fight. "I've been doing a whole lot of not getting punched around-type stuff," Diaz said Thursday afternoon at UFC headquarters. "I've been staying in shape pretty ... Read the Full Article Here

Robbie Lawler Keeps It Moving

As the great resurgence of Robbie Lawler continues, the fistic artist known as “Ruthless” doesn’t blink when it comes to a schedule that would make most fighters cower, or at least hit the ‘ignore’ button when they see UFC matchmaker Joe Silva’s name on the caller ID.With three fights and nearly 19 rounds in since last November, and potentially five more on the docket in this Saturday’s FOX main event against Matt Brown, Lawler is just happy to be working.“It’s a good thing because it keeps me in the gym, keeps me training, and keeps me getting better,” he said. “I’m getting stronger, getting ... Read the Full Article Here

Tim Means: Back to Basics

When Tim Means describes the training camp for his Saturday fight against Hernani Perpetuo, please note that he’s not complaining.“It’s been a humbling training camp and I really had to be open-minded,” said the Albuquerque welterweight, who has been sent into the fire in preparation for what he hopes will be a return to the win column after a May decision loss to Neil Magny.In that fight, Means was simply outboxed and outfoxed by the fleet-footed Magny, whose stick and move style kept “The Dirty Bird” from getting untracked. Clearly frustrated as he walked past press row after the fight, Mean ... Read the Full Article Here

Matt Brown: The Quiet Storm of The Immortal

Matt Brown’s intensity is a tangible, living, breathing thing. Yet, his presentation is as calm as the Ohio skies in June. That’s a testament to the personal growth he’s experienced after nearly a decade spent testing his own personal will, and breaking those of others in the fire of hand-to-hand combat.  Brown doesn’t step into the Octagon to shake hands and “bro hug;” he’s there to shred and destroy, and it’s a job he does far better than most.That said, the 33-year-old Columbus native wasn’t always the “Apex predator” of the welterweight fold. In fact, the hard-scrabble father of two s ... Read the Full Article Here

The Downes Side: UFC on FOX 12 Predictions

Robbie Lawler" title="UFC welterweight Robbie Lawler" style="width: 613px;" src="http://media.ufc.tv/photo_galleries/ufc173_10/ufc173_10_lawler_vs_ellenberger_014.jpg">That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for another edition of the Downes Side. The Nostradamus of MMA has been on a roll lately. They say pride goeth before the fall, and while that may have been true for Oedipus, there’s no way that sort of thing applies to me. Speaking of the former King of Thebes, this weekend we have such a great fight card that even Sigmund Freud couldn’t find any problems. One of the most anticipated fight ... Read the Full Article Here

Gustafsson's Sights Still Set on Jones

Despite having to withdraw from his championship rematch with Jon Jones in September due to injury, top light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson’s fighting fire has not dimmed.“I’m disappointed I can’t fight, but this is not the end, it’s just the beginning,” said the Swedish star. “I’m going to come back much stronger.”It’s good to hear such spirit from “The Mauler” the day after he was forced out of the UFC 178 main event due to a torn meniscus in his right knee that he suffered while sparring earlier this week.“I was sparring and I felt my knee pop twice, but it didn’t hurt, it just ... Read the Full Article Here

Kingsbury's Comeback not a Typical One

The word “Comeback” is often a dirty one in the world of combat sports. Simply breaking down the word lets you know that if you’re coming back, you must have left, and if you left, there had to be a reason for it.No one leaves when they’re on top, no one walks away simply because they want a little more time on the golf course. In combat sports, when you leave, it’s usually not by choice. And when you come back, it’s often for the wrong reasons.Kyle Kingsbury probably wouldn’t argue with that assessment. After three consecutive losses, the last a punishing TKO loss to Jimi Manuwa in September ... Read the Full Article Here

Anthony Johnson: Potential Has a Shelf Life

There is a line in Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood’s 1988 novel Cat’s Eye that serves as a fitting tagline for the rise, fall, and comeback of current UFC light heavyweight contender Anthony Johnson: “Potential has a shelf life.”You don’t need to know the context of the quote in the story or even anything about the book at all to understand how true the statement is. Sports are littered with top draft picks that didn’t pan out and solid journeymen that should have enjoyed even more substantial careers, except for one reason or another, that just wasn’t in the cards for them.Mixed martial art ... Read the Full Article Here

Musoke vs. Sadollah At UFC Stockholm

With just one month until tickets go on sale for the highly anticipated UFC Fight Night Stockholm on 4th October at the Globe Arena, UFC today announced the first confirmed bout which sees Nico Musoke take on Amir Sadollah. The welterweight bout is an exciting first announcement to the fifth live event for UFC EMEA and will be greatly received by UFC fans all over the world with Swede Musoke taking on The Ultimate Fighter Series 7 champion Sadollah in his hometown.Musoke, from Botkyrka in the capital city of Stockholm, lost his last fight to Kelvin Gastelum in June but recorded two straig ... Read the Full Article Here

The Glass is Always Half-Full for Clay Guida

It was like old times again; Clay Guida putting it on an opponent, winning the bout, and then walking away with a Fight of the Night award. He did all of the above in his April victory over Japanese veteran Tatsuya Kawajiri, picking up his second victory at featherweight, but his first post-fight bonus since a 2011 Fight of the Night against Benson Henderson. For a guy who had seven such bonuses on his resume, that was a long drought. So was all right in the Clay Guida universe after the win in Abu Dhabi?“All is always great in the Clay Guida universe,” he laughs. “Even through some ups and do ... Read the Full Article Here

Diaz' Return Means Superfights Galore

With his hometown of Stockton approximately 84 miles away from the site of this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night event in San Jose, Nick Diaz was going to be a looming presence over the card whether he was fighting or not. He’s NorCal born and bred; three of his greatest victories over Frank Shamrock, KJ Noons, and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos took place in the same building that will house this weekend’s main event between Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown; and with a win over Lawler (albeit in 2004), and memorable bouts with Carlos Condit and Georges St-Pierre, there is still a place for him in the welt ... Read the Full Article Here

Nogueira Tries to Write His Rocky Story

Rogerio Nogueira coulda been a contender. In boxing.A Bronze medalist in the 2007 Pan American Games and a 2006 and 2007 amateur champion in his home country, the Bahia native had the potential to be that rarity of rarities – a serious Brazilian threat in the sweet science.The fact that he was having this success in the amateur boxing ranks while he was beating fighters like Dan Henderson and Alistair Overeem and engaging in a classic with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua makes his prowess even more impressive. But he isn’t looking back with any what ifs.“I’m just focused on MMA,” said Nogueira, who take ... Read the Full Article Here

Sonnen Suspended Two Years by NSAC

On Wednesday afternoon, former UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen was suspended two years from competing in Las Vegas or anywhere else by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his admitted use of banned substances earlier in 2014.Sonnen tested positive for anastrozole, clomiphene, human chorionic gonadotropin, human growth hormone and recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) in a pair of failed tests before UFC 175, forcing him off the card and prompting his subsequent retirement.Sonnen's representative read a prepared statement and then the former middleweight contender answered the committee's q ... Read the Full Article Here

Patrick Cummins: Now He Begins

It was the first fight of the night at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but for Patrick Cummins, his bout against Roger Narvaez in June might as well have been the co-main event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.Vegas was where Cummins made his UFC debut on short notice against Daniel Cormier four months earlier, losing his undefeated record in 79 seconds. Now he was opening up the show against newcomer Narvaez, and it was the biggest fight of his career. If he won, he began the process to fulfilling the potential fight observers saw in him before UFC 170. If he lost, ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night San Jose Prelim Fantasy Preview

Hernani Perpetuo" title="UFC welterweight Hernani Perpetuo" style="width: 300px;" src="http://media.ufc.tv/photo_galleries/Archive_1/ufc_fight_night_11_werdum_vs_browne_021.jpg" align="left">There are going to be plenty of eyeballs locked on the main event for UFC Fight Night in San Jose when Robbie Lawler takes on Matt Brown in a five-round battle no one expects to even see the 25th minute, but to get the evening started there are plenty of great matchups on the preliminary card to watch as well. At the top is a lightweight showdown between always exciting striker Daron Cruickshank and f ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Magazine: Anthony Johnson, Rumble On

In his first stint in the UFC, Anthony Johnson, who now walks around at 230 pounds, was competing as a welterweight. Though this never seemed like anything other than an act of defiance, Johnson didn’t exactly have a yogi’s gift of physical reduction; he struggled mightily to make 170-pound limit. He struggled to make 185 too. Sometimes he didn’t make it. Too often, in fact. That’s where the trouble began. Four times he showed up to the scale heavy. The last miss on the scale led to Johnson’s dismissal from the UFC in January 2012. And yet it was in the self-imposed hell of those struggles ... Read the Full Article Here

Christmas Comes Early for Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier" title="UFC light heavyweight Daniel Cormier" style="width: 300px;" src="http://media.ufc.tv/photo_galleries/ufc170_10/ufc170_10_cormier_vs_cummins_004.jpg" align="left">When Daniel Cormier beat Dan Henderson at UFC 173 in May and said that he was willing to wait for a shot at light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, he didn’t expect the call would come within two months.But it did, bright and early on Wednesday morning, when “DC” was informed that Alexander Gustafsson had suffered a knee injury that forced him out of his September 27 rematch with Jones at UFC 178 in Las Vegas. Now ... Read the Full Article Here

Weidman to Defend Title Against Belfort

Las Vegas – The UFC® announced that former champion Vitor Belfort was granted a license to compete in the state of Nevada at a commission hearing held today. A winner of three straight, Belfort will now face UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 181 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 6.Since returning to the UFC in 2009, Belfort has scored victories over some of the biggest names in the sport, including Rich Franklin, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Anthony Johnson, Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold, and Dan Henderson. Now he’ll challenge the champion W ... Read the Full Article Here

The Underdog No Longer

Matt Brown (left)" title="UFC welterweight Matt Brown (left)" style="width: 613px;" src="http://media.ufc.tv/photo_galleries/ufn_cincy_13a/ufn_cincy_13_brown_vs_silva_003.jpg">In another time and place, Matt Brown and Robbie Lawler probably would have been the best of friends. Both are no nonsense individuals, family men, and the kind of people that like the simpler things in life. Unfortunately, in this time and place, when they meet it will be with gloves on, and you know what happens after that.Of course, neither is bothered by such a prospect. This is the fight business and it’s what they ... Read the Full Article Here

Belfort: 'It's been an Amazing Journey'

Vitor Belfort" title="UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort" style="width: 613px;" src="http://media.ufc.tv/photo_galleries/ufc168_weighin_web/ufc168_weighin_web-ufc168_weighin_006.jpg">You couldn’t take the smile off Vitor Belfort’s face if you tried. Wednesday morning in Las Vegas, the former light heavyweight champion and current middleweight contender was granted a conditional license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to compete in the state, beginning with a December 6 title fight against Chris Weidman.“Everything is good,” said Belfort. “After a big storm comes the rainbow, so I’m pretty ... Read the Full Article Here