UFC 179 Weigh-In Results

UFC 179, which is headlined by the UFC featherweight championship bout between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes and the light heavyweight bout between Glover Teixeira and Phil Davis, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 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 FEATHERWEIGHT TITLEChad Mendes (145) VS Jose Aldo (145)PAY-PER-VIEW MAIN CARDPhil Davis (205) VS Glover Teixei ... Read the Full Article Here

By The Numbers: UFC 179

On Saturday, the Octagon is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the UFC featherweight championship rematch between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes. But before UFC 179 begins, let’s take a look at the card By The Numbers.142UFC event where Jose Aldo first defended the UFC featherweight title against Chad Mendes4:59Time it took for Aldo to score a knockout over Mendes via knee 100Percentage of Mendes’ 7 takedown attempts in that first round loss that Aldo successfully stuffed, only loss on Mendes’ 17 fight pro career 1015Days between their first meeting in Rio de Janeiro and their forthc ... Read the Full Article Here

Jose Aldo: The Last Man Standing

Jose Aldo has been the best featherweight fighter on the planet for the past five years. While stringing together any type of success at the highest level of the sport is a feat unto itself, the Brazilian phenom has operated on a level few fighters have experienced in the history of mixed martial arts. Aldo emerged onto WEC scene as a highly touted prospect back in 2009, and five years and 11 consecutive victories later, the 28-year-old Nova Uniao leader has carved out his place in the UFC record books as one of the most dominant ever.And his reign as the featherweight king is one he’s ... Read the Full Article Here

Glover Teixeira: For the Love of the Fight

Cover this sport long enough and you will find that the rarest mix an athlete can have is to be compelling inside and outside the Octagon. Talk to UFC light heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira, and it’s clear that while he’s a must see on fight night, with the wins in 20 of his last 21 bouts to prove it, he’s just as interesting when he doesn’t have gloves on. Strangely enough though, most of us didn’t know this until the last couple years. Before he made his long overdue UFC debut in 2012, Teixeira was that mystery man, the fighter you heard of but never saw ... Read the Full Article Here

Darren Elkins gets Back to the Grind

In a sport where fighters are often described as dynamic or members of the new breed of mixed martial artist, Darren Elkins remains a throwback. That doesn’t mean he can’t handle himself wherever a fight happens to go, because no one earns seven UFC wins being one-dimensional. But at his core, the Portage, Indiana native is wrestler whose sole goal on fight night is to win, and the way he does that is by making his opponent miserable for 15 minutes or less.There are no spinning back kick finishes or flying armbar submissions on Elkins’ record, but there are plenty of qual ... Read the Full Article Here

Conor Takes On Brazil

The Fight Club Q&A is traditionally a way for UFC fans to interact with their favorite fighters before an event weigh-in. Friday in Rio de Janeiro, it was something quite different, as the polarizing Conor McGregor ignited an entire crowd of Brazilians with his always entertaining brand of trash talk and commentary, much of it directed at the man defending the featherweight title Saturday night, Jose Aldo.“I am the number one contender,” McGregor said. “The next time Jose steps into the Octagon after Saturday night, it will be to face me. In the meantime, I took another ... Read the Full Article Here

Tweets of the Week - 10/24

UFC 179: Aldo vs Mendes 2 Cool pic from open workouts yesterday http://t.co/dKEfXQgsKn — chad mendes (@chadmendes) October 24, 2014   https://t.co/FSpZ5Ux34r http://t.co/QKUgKpJICW — Jose Aldo Junior (@josealdojunior) October 22, 2014   Guess who's back... #backinbrazil #ufc179 #brasil #zipzap http://t.co/6qdb70XuWB pic.twitter.com/lrc8ce4ed8 — Phil Davis (@PhilMrWonderful) October 23, 2014   Feeling the love from the fans is amazing valew Brasil http://t.co/RpZvFUawL7 pic.twitter.com/54qUOYjirF — glover teixeira (@gloverteixeira) Octob ... Read the Full Article Here

Chad Mendes: Prepared for Part Two

Saturday, January 14, 2012 was both the best and worst night of Chad Mendes’ career as a professional fighter.That night, inside the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a then-unbeaten Mendes stepped into the Octagon to challenge Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title on his home turf. Having rattled off 11 consecutive victories to begin his career, the former All-American wrestler had quickly climbed the ladder to stand as the top contender in the 145-pound ranks and was tabbed by many as being the fighter with the best shot at dethroning the dominant Brazilian champion.Until the ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 179 Study Guide

Featherweight champion Jose Aldo is one of the more dominant title holders in UFC history. Aldo has won 17 straight fights dating back to 2006, with notable wins over Cub Swanson, Urijah Faber, Manny Gamburyan, Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes, and Frankie Edgar. With 15 career wins by knockout and one by submission, Aldo is considered one of MMA’s best pound-for-pound fighters. He’ll look to keep his streak and tact – and his belt – when he faces Team Alpha Male rival Chad Mendes at UFC 179.   // More: KO of the Week – Jose Aldo vs. Cub Swanson | Jo ... Read the Full Article Here

Injuries Scrap Sanchez-Lauzon Bout

Two days after UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was forced out of his UFC 180 bout against Fabricio Werdum on November 15 due to injury, lightweight contenders Joe Lauzon and Diego Sanchez have suffered the same fate as Velasquez, as injuries to both have prompted the removal of their bout from the Mexico City event.Stepping up to open up the main card will be a bout between hard-hitting welterweights Edgar Garcia and Hector Urbina. The UFC 180 card will proceed with 11 bouts, headlined by the interim UFC heavyweight title fight between Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt. Read the Full Article Here

The Downes Side: UFC 179 Predictions

Dry your eyes boys and girls, it’s time for another edition of the Downes Side! Don’t call it a comeback (it was more of a brief hiatus), but the Nostradamus of MMA has returned to enlighten, engage and enfuriate readers and editors the world over. (Ed note – nice one with enfuriate and not infuriate)This weekend we find ourselves in Rio de Janeiro for UFC 179. Live from the Maracanzinho Gymnasium, Jose Aldo defends his featherweight title against Chad Mendes in the main event of the evening. A rematch nearly three years in the making, Aldo knocked out Mendes with a well-pl ... Read the Full Article Here

Hans Stringer: Back to Brazil

New York City produces point guards, the Dominican Republic is renowned for making shortstops, and the Netherlands routinely delivers the best kickboxers on the planet. UFC light heavyweight Hans Stringer, a proud native of Rhenen, took a different route to the UFC as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.“I was lucky to start in one of Holland’s best Jiu-Jitsu clubs - Jiu-Jitsu Factory,” he said. “It was also one of Holland’s first Jiu-Jitsu clubs that had a Brazilian black belt - Cadu Francis - as a teacher who lived permanently in Holland, which helped the level o ... Read the Full Article Here

Life is Good for Scott Jorgensen

Scott Jorgensen likes his video games. He streams his game playing in his off-time, he has his own team that goes out and represents him in the ever-growing field of competitive gaming, and while he’s not about to drop his career as a UFC flyweight contender, “Young Guns” is pretty good with the controller. So much so that he says it has some benefits for his fight game.“It does help my reaction time, especially the Call of Duty game because it moves so quickly, and the way the competitive rules are set up, it’s not just like run around, kill someone, run around ... Read the Full Article Here

McGregor to Headline Boston Event on Jan. 18 against Siver

On January 18, the UFC’s breakout star of 2014, Dublin’s Conor McGregor, will kick off his 2015 campaign with a return to the place where he first made his name in the United States, as he takes on fellow featherweight contender Dennis Siver in the main event of a special Sunday edition of UFC Fight Night at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.FOX Sports 1 will air the five-round featherweight matchup, which marks McGregor’s first visit to Boston since an August 2013 victory over Max Holloway , as the headliner of a two-hour main card beginning at 10pm Eastern time. Since th ... Read the Full Article Here

Notorious and the Stars of UFC 181 on Aldo-Mendes 2

This Saturday, the featherweight rematch the MMA world has been waiting for finally takes place in Rio de Janeiro, as 145-pound champion Jose Aldo defends his crown against number one contender Chad Mendes. The UFC 179 main event has produced more than its share of debate among fans and pundits over the past several weeks, but how do some of the top fighters in the UFC see this fight playing out? We asked the four headliners of the UFC 181 card on December 6th, as well as an interested observer from Dublin for their takes on the bout.CONOR McGREGORTop featherweight contender“Ultimately ... Read the Full Article Here

No Nerves for Christos Giagos Before Octagon Debut

Flyweight Chris Kelades got things off to a good start with his win over Paddy Holohan earlier this month. So would a victory by lightweight newcomer Christos Giagos over Gilbert Burns this Saturday at UFC 179 officially signal the start of a Greek invasion in the UFC?Giagos sure hopes so, and he wouldn’t mind being the one waving the flag.“My parents are from Greece, and I want to embrace it,” he said. “I’m a proud Greek and I want to be the Greek version of Conor McGregor one day, hopefully.”He laughs at the McGregor reference, knowing how polarizing the I ... Read the Full Article Here

Top Rookie Diego Ferreira Just Wants to Fight

It was the offer Diego Ferreira couldn’t refuse. Sure, a UFC 179 fight against Beneil Dariush was on short notice, but when the opportunity included a chance to pick up his third win of the year and to do it while fighting in his native Brazil for the first time, he was all-in.“That was also one of the reasons,” he laughs. “But it didn't matter where the fight was, I felt ready. But yes, I'm very excited to fight in my country; it's gonna be awesome.”As for the other reasons why he stepped in for the injured Alan Patrick, just look at what he’s done as a m ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 179 Prelim Fantasy Preview

The UFC's return to Brazil this weekend will be met with several local favorites getting back in action, as well as a welterweight fighter looking for his fifth win in 2014. Former Ultimate Fighter competitor Neil Magny has been on a tear this year, racking up four wins in a row and looking for No. 5 this weekend. He'll have has hands full against former TUF Brazil competitor William Macario, who has proven to be a tough test for anyone in the welterweight division. Also on the preliminary card at UFC 179, top 15-ranked flyweight Scott Jorgensen will look to climb up the ladder at ... Read the Full Article Here

Dana White Would Welcome Brock Lesnar Back To UFC

If former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is planning on making his return to the Octagon once his contract with World Wrestling Entertainment runs out, it is news to UFC president Dana White. White and Lesnar still communicate regularly, and White said Brock hasn’t brought up a UFC comeback. But the boss also doesn’t rule it out. “I have a great relationship with Brock, we talk all the time,” White said. “I don’t know, we’ll see. If he wants to fight, he knows my number.”   // > Watch: "Best of the Beast" only on UF ... Read the Full Article Here

The Ultimate Fighter Takes on Breast Cancer Awareness

Las Vegas, NV – With the historic season of The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned in full swing, the 16 fighters vying for the opportunity to be the first UFC female 115-pound champion have shown the world they are both strong and beautiful, inside and out. Each has pushed herself to peak athleticism - prepared for any battle.  One opponent however, doesn’t care about strength, fitness or mental determination. Breast cancer will affect one in eight women in their lifetime and, despite the cast of The Ultimate Fighter being at the top of their physical prowess, they ... Read the Full Article Here