Tweets of the Week - 4/17

Fight Night: Machida vs Rockhold Machida. Rockhold. #UFCNewJersey. LIVE & FREE on FOX! RT if you're excited for this middleweight showdown https://t.co/9lbOCz0mqp — UFC (@ufc) April 14, 2015   #UFCNewJersey headliner @LukeRockhold, looks to make a statement tomorrow night at 6/3pm ETPT live and FREE on FOX pic.twitter.com/qMRpWx8NJm — UFC (@ufc) April 17, 2015   Jacare vs Camozzi this Sat LIVE and FREE on FOX. Thanks for stepping up Chris!! #muchrespect pic.twitter.com/ITneZJQDfj — Dana White (@danawhite) April 17, 2015   Good luck to my g ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night New Jersey Weigh-In Results

Fight Night New Jersey, which is headlined by the middleweight bouts between Lyoto Machida and Luke Rockhold and between Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Chris Camozzi, airs live on FOX from Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey beginning at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. four prelim bouts will air live on FOX at 6pm ET / 3pm PT, and the first three prelims of the night will be available exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 4:30pm ET / 1:30pm PT.MAIN EVENTLuke Rockhold (185) VS Lyoto Machida (185)FOX MAIN CARDChris Camozzi (185) VS Jacare Souza (186)Max Holloway (146) VS Cub Swanson (145)Paige VanZant (11 ... Read the Full Article Here

Jim Miller's Spoiler Alert

Jim Miller relishes the role of the spoiler. He doused a red hot Charles Oliveira with a first-round submission way back in 2010. He followed that up with a TKO of the surging Kamal Shalorus. Both guys showed a lot of promise for the lightweight division. Both were derailed by the Jim Miller express train.Now he’ll have a chance to do it again against Beneil Dariush in New Jersey’s Prudential Center on Saturday night. The rising star is on a three-fight win streak and has looked more and more well-rounded with every outing.“He’s a dangerous guy,” Miller said. &l ... Read the Full Article Here

George Sullivan: The Silencer's Golden

George Sullivan is a heck of a nice guy. So why did so many folks on the New Jersey MMA scene want to pick a fight with him?“I don’t know, I’m a humble, respectful, quiet guy,” he laughs, knowing that he had the last word when he was the recipient of some trash talk before fights against former teammate Greg Soto, Julian Lane and Brandon Becker.“That’s where ‘The Silencer’ thing came from, all the guys that talked s**t that I fought,” he said, explaining the origin of his nickname. “Greg Soto, Julian Lane, Brandon Becker. That was thr ... Read the Full Article Here

Jacare Souza and The Art of Adapting

Crocodiles wish they were this dangerous. Arguably, the greatest predator in today’s UFC middleweight division is Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. The former Strikeforce middleweight champion made a declarative statement to that point in his most recent Octagon outing, as he secured a third round submission stoppage of Gegard Mousasi in a very one-sided scrap. The win was dominant, earned a Performance of the Night bonus and grabbed the famed Brazilian grappler some revenge for a loss six years prior. “I was pretty sure I would do a great performance,” Souza said. &ldquo ... Read the Full Article Here

The Downes Side - UFN New Jersey 2015 Predictions

Don’t let income taxes drag you down boys and girls, it’s time for another edition of the Downes Side! Always fiscally responsible, there’s never a need to ask for a refund. This weekend the UFC rolls into New Jersey for Fight Night on FOX. Live from the Prudential Center, the main event of the evening pits two middleweight contenders as Lyoto Machida and Luke Rockhold battle it out for 185-pound supremacy. In the co-main event of the night, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza attempts to hold on to his lead over both Machida and Rockhold in the rankings. Grab your calculato ... Read the Full Article Here

Chris Camozzi: No Fear

A lot has happened in the nearly two years since Chris Camozzi fought Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Camozzi saw the Brazilian snap his four-fight winning streak, sending him on a four-fight skid that put him out of the UFC late last year, while Jacare has won four straight in the Octagon (seven overall), putting him in the number one contender’s spot at 185 pounds.   // Yet remarkably, the two will meet in a rematch on Saturday’s UFC on FOX card in Newark, New Jersey. Of course, getting here was not that simple.With the news breaking that number six-ranked m ... Read the Full Article Here

New Jersey Fight Night Fantasy Preview

The next contender for the middleweight title will likely be decided in the main event of the upcoming FOX UFC Fight Night card from New Jersey when Lyoto Machida meets Luke Rockhold in a pivotal matchup at 185 pounds. Since a loss in his UFC debut, Rockhold has been storming through every middleweight that's been put in front of him, and after winning three fights in a row it would appear he's one step away from finally fighting for the gold. Machida knows what it's like to have a UFC title wrapped around his waist and he's determined to win it again, but to get there he has to be ... Read the Full Article Here

Max Holloway Gears Up for a Ninja Fight

Balanced. Smooth. Under control. Constant. Steady. These are the tenants of UFC featherweight Max Holloway’s rise to top 10 status. After suffering back-to-back losses for the first time in his young career, the fighting Hawaiian has rattled off five straight wins inside the Octagon, including four finishes with two bonuses in 2014 alone. Success for Holloway has been about staying focused, on pushing forward while he leaves a trail of defeated opponents behind him. “You have to keep a level head,” Holloway said. “You see guys in this sport who do great things, but th ... Read the Full Article Here

Cub Swanson: The Resolve and Resilience of a 'Killer Cub'

It’s hard to keep a smile from Cub Swanson’s face. Over the past four years, the Palm Springs native has established himself as a longstanding threat in the UFC’s featherweight division, and he’s done so by putting on some of the most exciting performances the 145-pound ranks have seen under the UFC banner. The reputation of “Killer Cub” for handling his business inside the Octagon is on par with his love of life beyond the ruckus, and that has brought him a well-earned sense of calm in a sport where comforts come in small doses.   // Whi ... Read the Full Article Here

Eddie Gordon: Don't Look Back

Eddie Gordon has let his last fight go. Admitting that he wasn’t too happy in the aftermath of his first UFC loss to Josh Samman last December, the New Yorker was asked on March 31 when he let it fade from memory.“About 10 minutes ago,” he deadpanned before laughing, proving that in this sport, if you don’t have a short memory, you won’t last long. Gordon wants to stick around for a while, and if you think he’s been in a dark room brooding since UFC 181, you don’t know him.“I’m able to talk about it now,” he said. “When it first ... Read the Full Article Here

Omer and Wilkinson Set to Meet in Berlin

London – UFC® today announced another exciting match up set to feature on the highly anticipated UFC®FIGHT NIGHT: GUSTAFSSON vs. TEIXEIRA fight card, which will take place on June 20 in Berlin.Featherweights Mike “The Warrior” Wilkinson and Alan Omer will face off in what is expected to be a truly powerful match up at the o2 World in the German capital. Wilkinson, who fights out of Leigh in Manchester, England, holds a professional record of 9-1-0. He comes into the fight on the back of an impressive knock out win over Sweden's Niklas Backstrom back in October of last ... Read the Full Article Here

NY Fans Provided with New Way to Show Support for Legalizing MMA in New York in 2015

New York - Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC® Chairman & CEO, today announced the launching of a new page on the official UFC website to provide New Yorkers with a new way to show their support for legalizing and regulating professional mixed martial arts (MMA) in the last place in North America where professional MMA is illegal.The new webpage can be found here: www.ufc.com/NY New Yorkers are urged to join tens of thousands of fans from Buffalo to Montauk and sign up and for a grassroots campaign to urge the New York State Assembly to finally pass the bill to legalize and regulate MMA in New York ... Read the Full Article Here

Older, Wiser Lyoto Machida Pursues Another Title Shot

Older. Wiser. Smarter.Lyoto Machida knows that age is slowly creeping up on him, that he’s 36, not 26. But it’s the reason he trains harder, longer. It’s why he’s cautious about his diet, why he seldom takes time off between fights, why his experience is his best weapon.   // When he steps into the Octagon Saturday night to face Luke Rockhold at UFC Fight Night in Newark, N.J., Machida will bring 12 years, 27 bouts, 69 rounds and enough savvy to fill a how-to book on MMA. If experience is the best teacher, Machida is a professor.And he’s not done, ... Read the Full Article Here

Paige VanZant: Ready to swarm

Swarm.That is most definitely the word to describe how Paige VanZant dealt with Kailin Curran in their Fight of the Night-winning, double UFC debut last November. She swarmed her. And it wasn’t a new strategy, but it’s how “12 Gauge” handles all of her life’s passions - moving forward, attacking it with all she’s got and coming out on top smiling.   // “I feel like I’ve done that in all of my fights where I go out there and immediately attack,” VanZant said. “I think that’s because I go out there for a war. I g ... Read the Full Article Here

The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4: Episode 2 Recap

We continue the preliminary rounds with 16 more fighters that want to make it into the TUF house. You know the drill, let’s get right to it.Matheus “Adamas” Mattos vs. Marcos LimaBantamweightMattos comes out swinging. He may not be accurate, but he does find a home for his overhand right hand. Mattos backs Lima up and shoots for a takedown. Lima survives to make it to the second round, but Mattos’s power is too much. He overwhelms Lima and grabs his spot in the house.Adilson Fernandes vs. Arlen VianaLightweightFernandes is the early favorite for nickname of the year wit ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Legends: Griffin vs. Bonnar 1

In 2005, the UFC made a final gamble at getting mainstream exposure in the form of The Ultimate Fighter. If the show failed, odds are the entire organization would have folded. Obviously, that was not the case. The inaugural season of TUF was an unmitigated success capped off with arguably the most important 15 minutes in UFC history when Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar fought at the finale on April 9, 2005. The impact of the bout reached beyond a mere win or loss on each man’s record. “It’s a good fight, but it’s more than that,” Griffin says. “It was ... Read the Full Article Here

Rivera vs. Caceres Set for June 6

Bantamweight contenders looking to return to the win column, number 11-ranked Francisco Rivera and 15th-ranked Alex Caceres will face off in UFC Fight Night action at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on June 6.Tickets for UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the light heavyweight matchup between Daniel Cormier and Ryan Bader, go on sale on Friday, April 10. The card will air live on FOX Sports 1. Unbeaten in six straight before hard-fought losses to Takeya Mizugaki and Urijah Faber, California's Rivera expects to start another winning streak this June, but the always-exciting Caceres, ... Read the Full Article Here

Ovince Saint Preux - Occupation: Mixed Martial Artist

“What’s broken?”The question posed by Ovince Saint Preux is a rhetorical one, because frankly, he knows the answer, and if you don’t agree with him, he doesn’t care. But the point the light heavyweight contender is making is that despite not running to one of the “big” camps in mixed martial arts, he’s still a top ten-ranked fighter whose stock is only rising, something he believes has to do with staying loyal to his original coach and team, Eric Turner and the Knoxville Martial Arts Academy.“I’m probably one of the few fighters tha ... Read the Full Article Here