TUF Latin America - Episode 6 Preview

There's been very little cause for celebration for the Latin American team so far this season on The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America.  Four fights in, and Team Velasquez was up 4-0, with one of their strongest fighters in the competition up to bat looking to make it five in a row.And then the upkick heard ‘round the world happened.Marlon Vera slammed his heel into Enrique Briones' face and knocked him out cold, giving the team led by Fabricio Werdum their first win of the season and hopefully a shift in momentum as the season moves forward.  Sometimes all it takes is one fight ... Read the Full Article Here

Matt Dwyer: Wary of Buffer, Ready for Tumenov

Talk to a UFC newcomer and there are a couple things you’re bound to hear every time.Beyond the genuine enthusiasm for being called up the big leagues, the tales of long hours in the gym, hard work paying off, and clichéd statements about treating this fight like any other fight, the one thing most admit to is that hearing Bruce Buffer belt out their name on fight night is going to be a “need to check myself” moment.Over time, some fighters have become so comfortable with the pre-fight process that they actively engage the UFC announcer. Buffer had a back-and-forth flo ... Read the Full Article Here

Dennis Siver's Opponent Change In Stockholm

The UFC today announced that American Charles Rosa will step in, with just a week’s notice, to face Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night Stockholm presented by Unibet. The change comes following a ruling by the Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation regarding Taylor Lapilus, who was due to fight Siver on 4 October. The Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation ruled that Lapilus, fighting out of Paris France, was not a suitable opponent for Siver. Featherweight Charles Rosa who fights out of Boynton Beach, Florida, has a 9-0 record and steps in at short notice to make his debut at the UFC&rsq ... Read the Full Article Here

Cathal Pendred: Now the Show Begins

  Heart is a difficult attribute to measure in the fight game. However, it doesn’t take scientific instruments or scales to know that Cathal Pendred has a ton of it. The Irish powerhouse is pure grit and determination when it’s time to go to work, and when those elements are combined with a well-rounded skill set, he has all the tools necessary to make a lasting career under the UFC banner. Yet, his journey through the talent-filled ranks of the welterweight division is just beginning, and every progressive step will come with difficult challenges obstructing his passage.Ne ... Read the Full Article Here

Rankings: Cruz and McGregor Soar

  The two fighters who arguably shined brightest at UFC 178, Conor McGregor and Dominick Cruz, happen to be the same two that made the biggest splash in this week’s official UFC rankings release. Cruz makes the biggest jump, going from No. 10 all the way up to No. 2 in the bantamweight division, while McGregor takes Dustin Poirier’s No. 5 spot at featherweight, dropping “The Diamond” two spots to No. 7. On the pound-for-pound list, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson used his fifth consecutive title defense at UFC 178 against Chris Cariaso to surge past he ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Noise: Scroobius Pip's Guide To UFC Fight Night Stockholm

Who hasn’t watched a UFC event and wondered what walkout song you’d choose to accompany you to the Octagon? After many discussions, I decided I would choose opponent-specific songs. Finally got that big title shot against Jon Jones? March out as Marvin Gaye bellows “Meeee aaaand Mrs Jones,” then watch his reaction. The walkout song really sets the mood, from Ronda Rousey sending the arena into a spin with Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” to Mirko Cro Cop managing to remain intimidating whilst striding out to “The Wild Boys” by Duran Duran. ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 178 Musings

  THE CHAMP IS HERE…TO STAYDemetrious Johnson may not get the attention of a Conor McGregor (then again, who does?) but you better get used to him, because it doesn’t look like he will be giving up his UFC flyweight championship anytime soon. Sure, the names are bigger in other divisions, but as far as beating everyone in his path and being the most dominant champion in the UFC this side of Ronda Rousey, “Mighty Mouse” has set a bar for the promotion’s newest male division that will be hard to reach or exceed in coming years. When discussing his fight wit ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 178: Post-Fight Bonus Report

Seven fighters joined UFC president Dana White at the UFC 178 post-fight press conference: Yoel Romero, Dominick Cruz, Cat Zingano, Donald Cerrone, Conor McGregor, Chris Cariaso, and Demetrious Johnson.Performance of the Night went to former bantamweight champion Cruz and international superstar Conor McGregor for their strong outings. Cruz and McGregor both recorded first round finishes against Takeya Mizugaki and Dustin Poirier, respectively. White wouldn't speculate what was next for McGregor but announced the Cruz would get a shot at the bantamweight title, a belt he technically never lost ... Read the Full Article Here

Mighty Mouse Reigns Supreme, Subs Cariaso in Two

LAS VEGAS, September 27 – Heading into his UFC 178 main event bout against Chris Cariaso at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson was a huge favorite, and he did what great champions do in such situations, dominating then submitting Cariaso in the second round.The victory was the seventh for “Mighty Mouse,” and the fifth successful defense of his 125-pound title. After a brief feeling out process to kick off the bout, Johnson took Cariaso down in the second minute and went to work, trying to improve position in rapid-fire fashion. Ca ... Read the Full Article Here

Like He Never Left - Cruz Wins in 61 Seconds

LAS VEGAS, September 27 – It was like Dominick Cruz never left. After a three-year absence due to injury, the former bantamweight champion who never lost his title in the Octagon returned to active duty Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and he simply looked spectacular, knocking out number five-ranked contender Takeya Mizugaki in 61 seconds, capping off a dream comeback.“I always knew I was going to be back, but man, it was tough,” the 29-year-old Cruz said of his time off due to two knee injuries and a torn groin. But once he ran into the Octagon for tonight’s ... Read the Full Article Here

Cowboy and Conor Deliver Big Wins at UFC 178

LAS VEGAS, September 27 – Longtime lightweight contender Eddie Alvarez delivered on his promise in his highly-anticipated UFC debut, but Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone was a bit better in their UFC 178 co-main event Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, as he pounded out a hard-fought three-round unanimous decision victory.Scores were 29-28 across the board for Cerrone.Alvarez appeared to have a tough time getting a read on Cerrone in the early going, with “Cowboy” not going through the same difficulty as he tagged the Philadelphia native with punches and kicks. When ... Read the Full Article Here

Demetrious Johnson: Priorities in Order

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is used to hearing the same old complaints about the UFC’s newest men’s division since winning the belt just over two years ago.“We don’t draw big numbers, we don’t knock people out,” Johnson says. “I’ve heard them all. It doesn’t really bother me.”Johnson will put his belt on the line for the fifth time against Chris “Kamikaze” Cariaso on September 27th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Contrary to popular wisdom, both fighters have knockout wins in the division, and the matchup promises to ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 181's Fab Four Meet in Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Before Saturday’s UFC 178 card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the four principals in December 6th’s UFC 181 featured bouts squared off at a press conference to officially kick off ticket sales, and while there was a little juggling to be done to put together what is turning into one of the best shows of the year, all’s well that ends well with two championship bouts heading up the lineup for the Mandalay Bay Events Center show.In the main event, the welterweight championship is on the line when Johny Hendricks defends his title against the man he won it ag ... Read the Full Article Here

Chris Cariaso: One Win to Rule Them All

  Chris Cariaso could have been a lightweight or higher right now, resting up from a fight against Kyoji Horiguchi in Japan and eating all the ice cream and pizza he wanted to. He would turn on the television on Saturday night and watch UFC 178 like a regular fan and wait for the phone to ring, offering him his next fight.He won’t be in Tucson this weekend though. Instead, Cariaso is in Las Vegas, his September 20 fight with Horiguchi scrapped in favor of a bout on Saturday against some guy named Demetrious Johnson. Yeah, that guy, the UFC flyweight champion.If it seems like an u ... Read the Full Article Here

Tweets of the Week - 9/26

UFC 178: Johnson vs Cariaso   Embedded episode 4 is up now! http://t.co/zQVspww3Ie — Dana White (@danawhite) September 26, 2014   Watched all the @UFC #Embedded episodes . #UFC178 is S T A C K E D ! What a card — Travis Barker (@travisbarker) September 26, 2014   Go #BTS & into the training of @MightyMouseUFC & @ChrisCariaso as they prepare for #UFC178: http://t.co/cHWiUnFqrr pic.twitter.com/PHCBox68vW — UFC (@ufc) September 26, 2014   “@HeidiFang: Cowboy & Alvarez #UFC178 pic.twitter.com/SiGevfvx9z” This is going ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 178 Weigh-In Results

UFC 178, which is headlined by the UFC flyweight championship bout between Demetrious Johnson and Chris Cariaso and the lightweight bout between Donald Cerrone and Eddie Alvarez, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. And the event's first two prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 7pm ET / 4pm PT. MAIN EVENT - UFC FLYWEIGHT TITLE Demetrious Johnson (124.5) vs. Chris Cariaso (124.5)   Donald Cerrone (155) vs. Eddie Alvarez (155) Dus ... Read the Full Article Here

DC Comics ace Porter "thrilled" to work with UFC

The UFC and DC Entertainment, home to DC Comics, have teamed up to create unique, special edition UFC 181 key art. The UFC and DC Comics, the cutting-edge leaders on their respective fields, collaborated on art which captures the larger than life double main event of the December 6 Pay-Per-View event. A collaboration between DC Entertainment pencil artist Howard Porter, colorist Alex Sinclair and the UFC creative team, the UFC 181 artwork depicts double main event stars Johny Hendricks. Robbie Lawler, Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez, in iconic, one-of-a-kind artwork inspired by DC Comics. ... Read the Full Article Here

By The Numbers: UFC 178

  On Saturday, the Octagon is in Las Vegas for the UFC flyweight championship fight between Demetrious Johnson and Chris Cariaso. But before UFC 178 begins, let’s take a look at the card By The Numbers.100Percentage of the fighters in UFC 178’s top three tangles that are ranked in their division’s top 15 as UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson takes on Chris Cariaso, Donald Cerrone clashes with Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier collides with Conor McGregor735Days for “Mighty Mouse” Johnson’s reign as the first/only UFC flyweight champion since wi ... Read the Full Article Here

James Krause: Expect the Unexpected

  James Krause has been counted out before.The scrappy Missouri-based fighter has spent his entire mixed martial arts career proving the doubters wrong and persevering where many believed he would fail. Yet, there have been junctures where setbacks and low spots have occurred, and it has been in those moments when the rangy lightweight has proven his resilience. Great runs lined with impressive showings have given way to rough patches and projected success hasn’t come to fruition, but throughout it all Krause has kept fighting.His is a classic story of how expectation and realiza ... Read the Full Article Here