An Interesting Year for Luke Barnatt

Luke Barnatt knew he beat Sean Strickland. The May bout in Berlin didn’t mark the best performance turned in by “The Bigslow,” but everyone has those days. As the great boxing trainer George Benton once said, “win today, look good next time.”“There's nothing you can do, and before the decision was read out, I was pretty bummed because I didn't feel like I performed that well,” Barnatt recalled. “I performed to the game plan and beat the guy, but no one wants to watch that fight. I'll just move on to the next one. Then they called out that I los ... Read the Full Article Here

By The Numbers: Fight Night Austin

Saturday, the Octagon is in Austin, Texas for the featherweight clash between Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson. But before UFC Fight Night begins, let’s take a look at the card By The Numbers. 9Octagon events in Texas including this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson1529Days between this weekend’s event in Austin and the Octagon’s previous Austin appearance at UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares3Current ranking of Frankie “The Answer” Edgar as a UFC featherweight4:45:25Total fight time by Edgar inside the Octagon, 4th most in UFC history998Sign ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Austin 2014 Weigh-In Results

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the featherweight bout between Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson and the lightweight bout between Edson Barboza and Bobby Green, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas beginning at 10:00pm ET / 7:00pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and the first two prelims of the night will be available exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT.MAIN EVENTCub Swanson (145.8) VS Frankie Edgar (145)FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARDEdson Barboza (155) VS Bobby Green (155.4)Chico Camus (125.6) VS ... Read the Full Article Here

Isaac Vallie-Flagg: Finishing Strong

2014 has been like an Isaac Vallie-Flagg fight for Isaac Vallie-Flagg, complete with plenty of back-and-forth action, some adversity, and a strong finish. He’s got the first two segments down. On Saturday he hopes he delivers the strong finish when he faces Matt Wiman at UFC Fight Night in Austin, Texas.“I want it (2014) to end with a win,” he said. “I want to win, I want to stay employed, and I don't care if I get a bonus or a finish, I just want to win this fight and stay employed. That's what it's boiling down to, ending the year on a positive note. The beginning o ... Read the Full Article Here

Roger Narvaez: Daring to be Great

Roger Narvaez began fighting at heavyweight, moved to light heavyweight and then settled in at middleweight, where he built a solid reputation on the local Texas MMA circuit. But when he got called to take a short notice UFC fight at 205 pounds against Patrick Cummins in June it was that offer he couldn’t refuse.Of course, he did let UFC matchmaker Joe Silva know that he was going to go back to middleweight following the bout, win or lose, but after a few visits to The Egg and I restaurant across the parking lot from the host hotel on fight week, he had second thoughts.“During the ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Austin Study Guide

Frankie Edgar Fight Night Austin headliner Frankie Edgar started his UFC career in true phenom fashion, ripping off three straight wins while outstriking opponents 128-50 and maintaining a 16-3 takedown advantage during that streak. That is until he ran into Gray Maynard at Fight Night Broomfield in 2008. Maynard would go on to use his size and wrestling to take Edgar to the canvass nine times en route to a decision win. Edgar rebounded nicely, however, destroying his next three opponents on his way to a lightweight title fight with UFC legend BJ Penn at UFC 112. The New Jersey native, Ed ... Read the Full Article Here

Cub Swanson's Quest for Respect

Main events are main events for a reason. They are meant to feature the most anticipated matchup on any given fight card, and if all the stars are aligned, the main event will deliver on all levels. The fans are happy. The bosses are happy. And one fighter emerges having proved to the world that he was the best on fight night.So when Cub Swanson meets Frankie Edgar this weekend in Austin’s Frank Erwin Center on FOX Sports 1, there are no other two fighters in the building with more at stake, and that will make for a main event for the ages, with the winner emerging as the consensus num ... Read the Full Article Here

Rogan Returns To Comedy Central in Latest Special

Joe Rogan has always kept it simple when it comes to his stand-up comedy: “Talk about sh*t that is funny.” He’s at it again in his latest uncensored special, “Joe Rogan: Rocky Mountain High,” which is set to premier tonight on Comedy Central at midnight ET/PT. This will be Rogan’s third Comedy Central special, and the always-on-the-go UFC color commentator said he thinks it may be his best one yet. “It’s hard for me to tell because I’m so close to it, but I had a lot of time to work on this one. I really concentrated and focused on it, ... Read the Full Article Here

Tweets of the Week - 11/21

UFC Fight Night Austin: Edgar vs Swanson Me and Yves taking over at Fox 7 in Austin :) http://t.co/kX1OH9UsQv pic.twitter.com/daKKTA5S1x — Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) November 20, 2014   Almost go time @ufc http://t.co/OAzD1Cr4IN pic.twitter.com/a26Ms6DnKn — Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) November 20, 2014   He said what?!? UFC Fight Night 57's Bobby Green, uncut, on walking away from MMA http://t.co/UQTthb42nW via @mmajunkie — Bobby King Green (@BobbyKGreen) November 21, 2014   Also in my @BurtWatson4real voice (WE ROLLIN) @DustinOrtizMMA pic.tw ... Read the Full Article Here

Introducing Paige VanZant

When you hear that Paige VanZant’s first exposure to mixed martial arts came through classes at Ken Shamrock’s Lion’s Den facility in Reno, she gets an instant badge of respect even before she steps into the Octagon for the first time Saturday night against Kailin Curran.See, if you’ve followed MMA for any length of time, you’ll remember that no team had a tougher tryout than the Lion’s Den, with those initiations taking on a mythical dimension over the last two decades. And while the then 15-year-old VanZant wasn’t exposed to those kinds of workouts ... Read the Full Article Here

Frankie Edgar Looking to Make Definitive Statement

Anyone following the sport of mixed martial arts knows that I’ve interviewed Frankie “The Answer” Edgar more than any other fighter on the UFC’s roster over the past several years. He served as my fight analyst on FOX Fight Game, was a guest on all my TV and radio shows, I devoted a chapter to him in my “Fighting Words” book, and I’ve written at least four magazine columns on my Toms River, NJ neighbor.But there was something different in his voice when I interviewed him about his fight with Cub Swanson on FOX Sports 1 this weekend. Maybe it was the ... Read the Full Article Here

The Downes Side: Fight Night Austin Predictions

That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for another Texas-sized edition of The Downes Side! While I can’t guarantee it’ll be as entertaining as Walker Texas Ranger, I think we all know it’ll be a lot better than Texas toast.Regardless of how you feel about carbohydrates, the Ultimate Fighting Championship fits well into any paleo diet lifestyle. Live from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, Cub Swanson can punch his ticket to a featherweight title shot with a win over Frankie Edgar. In the co-main event of the night, lightweights Bobby “King” Green ... Read the Full Article Here

Brad Pickett: Not Letting Go of His Title Dreams

With five post-fight bonuses in his UFC career thus far, Brad Pickett isn’t known for his patience in the Octagon. As far as he’s concerned, when it’s time to fight, it’s time to fight, and if his opponents don’t feel the same way, it can lead to frustration on the part of the London native and the fans.Unfortunately though, the former bantamweight contender is in a position in his flyweight run where patience is going to be necessary, as he’s only 1-1 in his fairly new weight class leading up to his Saturday bout against Chico Camus, meaning that a shot a ... Read the Full Article Here

The Ultimate Fighter: Coach's Corner - Dustin Ortiz

  So start off by letting us know what it felt like when Anthony Pettis asked you to be an assistant coach? It was awesome. When it was brought to my attention that I was going to be an assistant coach, I thought it was an awesome opportunity and great learning experience. I’ve never done anything like this. I remember watching the show and now I’m coaching it. I love giving the knowledge I have, to other people, especially if I’m helping them further their career. One of these girls is going to be champion after this, so the opportunity to help with that is awesome. W ... Read the Full Article Here

Kailin Curran: Hawaii's First Lady of MMA

We’ve all heard the stories from the Hawaiian fighters who graced the UFC roster over the years, from Penn to Holloway, Grove to Tavares. They all spoke of Hawaii having a fighting culture that didn’t necessarily confine itself to the gyms and rings. That was the male version of matters. So, Kailin Curran, first female fighter from Hawaii to be signed to the UFC, is it the same way for the ladies?“It is,” she laughs. “Unfortunately, as much as there are guy fights out of the cage, there are a lot of girl fights too. I've never been in one outside of the cage, but ... Read the Full Article Here

A Busy Fall Season for Edson Barboza

Edson Barboza has never been one to fight at a leisurely pace. From start to finish he’s throwing punches and kicks with the intent of getting his opponent out of there and going home early.This Saturday, he really wants to go home early.Matched up with fellow lightweight contender Bobby Green in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night in Austin, Texas, Barboza isn’t just fighting for himself and his wife Bruna anymore. In early December, the couple is expecting a son, yet while that’s the expected date of the youngest Barboza’s arrival, kids have a way of making their o ... Read the Full Article Here

Dan Hardy: Luke Barnatt Will Reach The Top

Coming off a disappointing loss to Sean Strickland back at UFC Fight Night Berlin at the end of May, Barnatt, originally from Cambridge, will be looking to get back to winning ways as he faces Roger Narvaez in Austin. Speaking plainly just a few hours after his last loss in Berlin, Barnatt admitted getting frustrated by Strickland’s counter-fighting style, and found himself chasing his opponent to get the fight going. He has a very analytical mind when assessing his performances and should have no problem taking his first defeat in his lengthy stride. His height advantage is something ... Read the Full Article Here

Pickett: Flyweights Have A Duty To Deliver

Brad Pickett has been around a while, he knows the sport inside out. He is coming to his last charge, got married in the last year, and will probably start a family fairly soon. He has already shown a great ability to instruct, and break down fights, and fighters. But right now, he’d like to break down fighters, literally, four to five more times, and get the title belt around his waist. In an ideal world, Pickett believes fellow fighters should feel a duty to "stand and deliver" for the fans, but is realistic enough to know that it not always going to be the case. Read the Ful ... Read the Full Article Here

The Time is Now - Get Your Tickets

The UFC’s launch of its “The Time Is Now” campaign coincides with a colossal two-day opportunity Thursday and Friday allowing fans to purchase advance tickets for some of the biggest shows of 2015. Championships belts are on the line and stars will be catapulted starting Jan. 3, with the UFC 182 showdown between light heavyweight champion and pound-for-pound king, Jon “Bones” Jones, and his much-despised challenger, Daniel Cormier at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. The star power continues with the Jan. 18 return of Conor McGregor to the Octagon, as he faces kickboxin ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Austin Prelim Fantasy Preview

The UFC Fight Night card headed for Austin, Texas this Saturday features a preliminary card filled with prospects, including two serious knockout artists from the heavyweight division.  Ruslan Magomedov makes his second appearance in the UFC after a successful debut as he looks to build upon his 12-1 overall record against an undefeated newcomer by the name of Josh Copeland, who is 9-0 as a pro with finishing power in both hands and a slick submission game as well.  Also on the prelims, popular former Ultimate Fighter competitor Luke Barnatt takes on Roger Narvaez in an interesting ... Read the Full Article Here