Phil Davis: Stacking Hours

Phil Davis is not a man in a hurry. The way he sees it, the longer it takes for him to get a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title, the worse it’s going to be for the man holding the belt, because every day spent in the gym is another day “Mr. Wonderful” is getting better.“I’m not a person that rushes into things,” he said. “I’m not trying to say I’m really good at a lot of things, but patience is one of the things I’m very good at. So is working hard, and it’s one of those things I think I’ve come to really appreciate from wrestling.”A 2008 NCAA Division I champion for Penn State, Davis kno ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 172 Prelim Fantasy Preview

The upcoming undercard for UFC 172 features the No. 2 flyweight in the world, as Joseph Benavidez looks to get back on track in the division when he faces Timothy Elliott in the featured bout on the prelims, while former Ultimate Fighter competitor Jessamyn Duke looks to pick up her second win in the Octagon when she takes on Brazilian striker Bethe Correia. PRIDE legend Takanori Gomi also returns this weekend when he draws Team Greg Jackson fighter Isaac Vallie-Flagg. All told, it's an action-packed slate of fights with implications on the top 10 rankings, as well as some top up and ... Read the Full Article Here

Charlie Brenneman: A New Man at 155

The UFC call. Once you’ve received it the first time, it’s hard to ignore it the second time around. So after Charlie Brenneman put together four wins on the local circuit following his UFC 152 loss to Kyle Noke and subsequent release from the promotion, a request for him to step in on two weeks’ notice to face Beneil Dariush wasn’t one he thought too hard about.“Career wise, my goal was to get back to the UFC, and that was the path back,” he said. “So it was a calculated decision, but we decided to take it.”The January 15 fight in Atlanta came two and a half months after his previous bout in ... Read the Full Article Here

Henderson vs. Cormier Official for UFC 173

Las Vegas, Nevada – Former PRIDE® and STRIKEFORCE® champion (No. 6) Dan Henderson will take on surging title contender (No. 5) Daniel Cormier in a highly-anticipated light heavyweight clash at UFC® 173 on Saturday, May 24 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The Henderson-Cormier bout will serve as the night's co-main event. Coming off an impressive KO victory against Mauricio "Shogun” Rua in March, Henderson (30-11, fighting out of Temecula, Calif.) proved he still has what it takes to compete with the UFC’s best. Currently ranked sixth in the division, Henderson owns career victo ... Read the Full Article Here

Tim Boetsch: Time to Make It Happen

In a business full of tough guys, Tim Boetsch is one of the toughest. But there is one middleweight he wouldn’t want to share the Octagon with.“When you’re in the cage with a guy that you can throw your best stuff at, and even if it lands, he absorbs it and keeps moving forward, that’s gotta be a terrible feeling for somebody,” said the Pennsylvanian.That hypothetical opponent? Himself.“That would be one heck of a knock down, drag out battle,” he laughs. “But the answer is, no, I wouldn’t want to fight me.”It may sound like a throwaway question, but it’s not. When you’re known for going above ... Read the Full Article Here

Jessamyn Duke: Locked and Loaded

Setting goals is important in any walk of life. Approaching her second fight in the UFC this Saturday against Bethe Correia, Jessamyn Duke agrees, but her goal is a singular one.“Nobody goes into a fight thinking they’re going to lose,” she said. “But I don’t just go into a fight saying I’m going to win. No, I’m going to dominate this fight. I’m going to go in and impose my will. I’m going to punch her in the face and in the body, I’m going to throw every tool I’ve got at her and do my best to just melt her with one punch. That’s my goal.”Those are fighting words, but with a hashtag of #dontpl ... Read the Full Article Here

The Ultimate Fighter 19: Episode 2 Recap

The episode opens with the fighters arriving at the house and picking out their bunks. Many of them are excited for the opportunity, and it’s finally starting to hit home that they’re on The Ultimate Fighter. There’s no time to admire the decor, though, as we immediately move into breaking down this week’s fight between Team Penn’s Cathal Pendred and Team Edgar’s Hector Urbina. Even though he didn’t have to fight to make it into the house, Pendred isn’t short on confidence. “I know that I’m better than [Hector] everywhere.” He considers himself an all-around threat and wants to make a statemen ... Read the Full Article Here

Ellenberger-Rocha Scratched from UFC 172

Joe Ellenberger's UFC debut will have to wait, as Vagner Rocha, who recently replaced Yancy Medeiros against the Octagon newcomer, has now been forced out of Saturday's UFC 172 card due to an injury suffered while getting in some last-minute training in Baltimore. The UFC 172 card will now proceed with 10 bouts, with the Danny Castillo vs. Charlie Brenneman moving to the FOX Sports 1 prelim section of the event. Read the Full Article Here

Bader-Feijao Set for UFC 174

Vancouver will be host to an important light heavyweight showdown on June 14, as Ryan Bader meets up with Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante at UFC 174 at Rogers Arena.Winner of four of his last six bouts, Bader is coming off a dominant three round win over Anthony Perosh last December. Former Strikeforce champion Cavalcante picked up his first UFC win last November, finishing Igor Pokrajac in just 78 seconds. Read the Full Article Here

TUF 19 - Episode Two Preview

Following 15 fights to open The Ultimate Fighter 19, the one fighter who was already in the house without actually battling inside the Octagon to get there was Irish fighter Cathal Pendred. Now it wasn't Pendred's idea to coast through the elimination round without actually fighting to get to the house, but a litany of injuries and other hopefuls missing weight left him sitting in the audience as a bystander, scouting potential opponents instead of fighting alongside them to prove his worth. Pendred was already considered a hot commodity coming from Ireland, where he was a welterweig ... Read the Full Article Here

The Fireball Kid Forever

As a fighter gets older, the time for clichés grows shorter, with that energy spent telling the media what they want to hear better spent on training, strategy, and making the run for whatever that particular fighter is running for. In the case of Takanori Gomi, that run still ends with a UFC lightweight championship belt around his waist.“Of course I am looking for a championship,” he said through translator Mizuka Koike. “It would be great if I get a shot in the UFC held in Japan.”It’s what you want to hear out of “The Fireball Kid,” the revered former PRIDE lightweight champion who appeared ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 172 Main Card Fantasy Preview

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will go into UFC 172 looking to extend his already record-setting run as the best 205-pound title holder of all-time when he faces Glover Teixeira in the main event of the UFC's first trip to Baltimore. In addition to the main event, top five-ranked fighter Phil Davis will try to make a statement to the rest of the division when he faces the returning Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, who comes back to the UFC as a light heavyweight after stints at both welterweight and middleweight in his previous run in the Octagon. Former Strikeforce champion Luke ... Read the Full Article Here

Andre Fili: Express Yourself

With a nickname that inspires giggles and after walking to the Octagon at UFC 166 with a “piano key belt in JoeJitsu” around his waist, one can rightfully assume that Andre “Touchy” Fili knows how to enjoy himself and have fun in the moment. But make no mistake, once the Octagon door closes – the featherweight prospect is a stone-cold serious stoppage machine, something which was on full display against Jeremy Larsen inside the Octagon in Houston last October. Owning a 13-1 pro record that includes ten finishes, Fili is an all-consuming destructive force in the cage who has been unbeaten in ni ... Read the Full Article Here

Luke Rockhold: The Patient Realist

Luke Rockhold is confident, not cocky; ambitious, but patient; a dreamer, yet a realist. It’s the mix that makes him one of the more intriguing personalities on the UFC roster, but at heart, what drives him is the fight.So every day, he travels to the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) Gym in San Jose, California, and he fights. He doesn’t get paid in cash for these daily scraps with some of the best in the business, but in experience, in confidence, and in knowing that, like the old saying goes, “the more you sweat, the less you bleed.”You can also go with “steel sharpens steel,” “the harder t ... Read the Full Article Here

Bedford, Yahya to Settle the Score in TX

After an accidental clash of heads brought an end to their April 11 bout in Abu Dhabi and produced a no contest verdict, bantamweights Johnny Bedford and Rani Yahya will meet again, this time in San Antonio, Texas as part of the UFC Fight Night event on June 28. Read the Full Article Here

UFC FIT: East Coast Breakfast Toast Recipe

Ingredients:1 egg (or egg alternative)1/4 cup almond milk2 slices breadCoconut oil (as needed)Dash of cinnamonDirections:• Coat pan with coconut oil and place over low heat.• In bowl, beat eggs and milk together with fork.• Dip bread into egg mixture and soak through.• Put bread slices in pan and cook until lightly browned.• Be sure to flip them over to cook both sides.• Repeat until all bread slices have been browned.• Top each bread slice with cinnamon, fresh fruit or serve with Fresh Berry Syrup.(Gluten-free [if made with gluten-free bread], vegan) Serves 1. Note: If cooking for more than o ... Read the Full Article Here

Miller's Long Cold Winter is Over

A career in mixed martial arts is a rigorous trade by any measure and there are numerous elements that can create pressure and strain in both the physical and mental realms. Therefore, it is crucial for fighters to have a release - a place where peace of mind can be found - in order to recharge their resources and keep themselves dialed in and focused.For Jim Miller, the expansive woodlands of northern New Jersey are where that particular brand of “zen” is located. The outdoorsman has long enjoyed challenging himself against the natural elements, and his hands on approach to what is otherwise ... Read the Full Article Here

Werdum Makes Big Move in Rankings

After his dominant five-round win over Travis Browne last Saturday, Fabricio Werdum put himself in place for a shot at UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, and the media agreed that the Brazilian veteran is the right man for the job, putting him in the number one spot on this week's edition of the UFC Fighter Rankings.Also movin' on up is unbeaten lightweight sensation Khabib Nurmagomedov, whose victory over Rafael dos Anjos on the same card in Orlando moved him up two spots and into the top five for the first time.View the rest of this week's UFC Fighter Rankings by clicking here Read the Full Article Here

Joseph Benavidez: In The Franklin Zone

Despite his best efforts, Joseph Benavidez is back in a familiar place, a state of contender purgatory affectionately known as “The Rich Franklin Zone.”Named after the former UFC middleweight champion, “The Rich Franklin Zone” is reserved for top fighters that have faced and lost to the reigning champion in their respective division on multiple occasions, as “Ace” did to Anderson Silva at the start of the Brazilian’s dominant championship reign.When you’ve already got a pair of losses to the person lording over the division, it’s hard to make a compelling case for a third kick at the can. Fran ... Read the Full Article Here

TUF Brazil 3: Episode 7 Recap

We open with Wanderlei Silva at the doctor’s office. His hand has been bothering him since last week’s scuffle with Chael Sonnen, and he wants to find out if anything is seriously wrong. The doctor tells him that he pulled a muscle in his hand and puts him up in a soft cast. We cut to the TUF gym and Job Kleber has his hand in a cast. Unlike Wanderlei, his injury came inside the Octagon. If the injury weren’t bad enough, Chael Sonnen has to deliver more bad news. Because Job cannot continue training, he must leave the show. Chael tells him that he’s very proud of his performance, and he will m ... Read the Full Article Here