Thursday Fight Update: Holm-Reneau Set

A pivotal bout in the UFC women's bantamweight division has been secured for July 15 in San Diego, as unbeaten Holly Holm seeks her second UFC victory against surging fellow contender Marion Reneau.Fight Night San Diego, which is headlined by the heavyweight bout between Frank Mir and Todd Duffee, will air live on FOX Sports 1.Currently ranked tenth in the world at 135 pounds, former boxing great Holm made a successful debut in the UFC in February, winning a decision over Raquel Pennington. The 11th-ranked Reneau burst onto the Octagon scene this year, defeating Alexis Dufresne and Jessica And ... Read the Full Article Here

Travis Browne: Here and Now

UFC heavyweight contender Travis Browne has no illusions about what will happen when he and his good friend Andrei Arlovski meet in the Octagon on Saturday night in Las Vegas. “We’re gonna go out there and we’re gonna scrap,” Browne said. “We’re gonna put it on the line.”In other words, it won’t be a tentative dance, a stick and move sparring session for fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. It will be Browne seeking a finish and Arlovski doing the same. It may be a strange concept for some to wrap their head around, but the first thing that comes ... Read the Full Article Here

Vitor Belfort: Every Day Matters

There is something to be said about being able to stand the test of time. Combat sports - much like other forms of athletic competition - is a realm where youth and talent combine to make even the loftiest goals obtainable. Yet, even with the most gifted skill set, the only way a fighter can reap the benefits that come with experience is to put in the time under the bright lights.Vitor Belfort has been forging his craft for two decades, and is living proof that there is always an exception to every rule. In a game where youth conquers all, “The Phenom” has lived up to his nicknam ... Read the Full Article Here

Uriah Hall: Nothing's Personal Until It Is

There are a lot of additional elements that come with spending time in the spotlight. When a fighter’s profile is on the rise, there are other aspects that increase with the popularity that comes. Expectations get bigger and the criticisms get louder as every step along the way is put under the microscope. Uriah Hall is all too familiar with this scenario and it’s one he’s chosen to leave alone. Granted, the flashy middleweight striker understands such things will continue to exist with or without his involvement, but Hall’s motivations for competing have nothing to d ... Read the Full Article Here

Josh Burkman: Saving It All for the Fight

After 39 fights, Josh Burkman is finally coming to terms with the fact that mixed martial arts is a professional athletic endeavor, and he’s surrounded himself with professionals going into his UFC 187 fight against one of the best welterweights in the world, Dong Hyun Kim.The fight takes place on May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.Kim is making his return for the first time since suffering a KO loss last August at the hands of Tyrone Woodley. Burkman is coming off a unanimous decision loss against Hector Lombard that was later overturned and called a no-contest ... Read the Full Article Here

Andrei Arlovski: The Fire Remains

At 36 years old, Andrei Arlovski has to do things differently than he did when he was 25. That means early morning rituals that he doesn’t really care for.“I don’t remember when the last time I had a workout at 6 o’clock in the morning,” he chuckles. “I have to wake up at 4:45, have some tea or coffee, walk my dog and go to the gym. It sucks, I don’t like to wake up early in the morning.” But he does it, each day recalling something his longtime coach, Dino Costeas, told him.“Discipline is remembering what you want.” Arlovski pauses.& ... Read the Full Article Here

The Downes Side: UFC 187 Predictions

That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for another double championship edition of the Downes Side! Make sure to tell all your emo friends that the UFC is taking back the two belts thing.Turn down your My Chemical Romance CD and turn up the volume on your TV, because the UFC is live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada for UFC 187. In the main event of the evening, Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson will crown a new light heavyweight champion. In the co-main event, Vitor Belfort gets another shot at the middleweight title as he takes on Chris Weidman. Who needs eye ... Read the Full Article Here

Rose Namajunas: Still the Next Big Thing

A stirring three-fight run through the field on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter last year established Rose Namajunas as a strawweight fighter with uncommon talent. Yet after falling short of championship gold in the series final against Carla Esparza, what the Milwaukee native has displayed even more impressively is uncommon honesty.In the fight game, that’s rare. So rare that you need to mention it when it crosses your path, and when the 22-year-old discusses the most disappointing night of her professional career, there’s no machine gun spray of blame being fired everywhere b ... Read the Full Article Here

Dodson Wants To Be Pound-4-Pound King

LAS VEGASListen up, Dana White. John Dodson has a master plan. He wants to conquer the UFC, starting Saturday night and ending with titles in three weight divisions. Dodson says he can knock out featherweight contender Conor McGregor. He says he’s the only flyweight capable of defeating champion Demetrious Johnson, and he plans to do it the next time they fight. And he intends to ensure a second bout with Johnson by scoring a spectacular win over Zach Makovsky in the prelims of UFC 187. > More UFC 187 Content: Weidman Enjoying Moment | Cormier-Johnson Open Workout Story& ... Read the Full Article Here

Namajunas Focused On Fighting

The TV cameras are no longer in her face, and that’s fine with Rose Namajunas. Her focus now is Saturday night and a successful return to the Octagon, not a reality show. Namajunas, a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will be Crowned, meets Nina Ansaroff at UFC 187, her first bout since losing to Carla Esparza in the TUF finale last December. There’s little question she’s ready to resume her career. > More UFC 187 Content: John Dodson | Weidman Enjoying Moment | Cormier-Johnson Open Workout Story | Cowboy Cerrone | Anth ... Read the Full Article Here

Donald Cerrone: Fighting's New Role Model

There is a good chance Donald Cerrone doesn’t know what the word “stop” means. In fact, it is probably safe to stretch things a bit further and question his interpretation of the word “slow” as well because whether he’s taking high-profile fights on less than two weeks’ notice or being pulled behind his speed boat on a wakeboard…Cerrone is always on the move.With the rugged nature of his profession, it would be excusable for a fighter as prolific as Cerrone to square away some personal downtime, but that’s simply not the case. The hard-c ... Read the Full Article Here

Cerrone Says Makdessi 'Brings It'

LAS VEGAS Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone says there’s no chance he’ll underestimate his opponent at UFC 187 on Saturday night, even if everyone else is. Cerrone, the UFC’s No. 3 lightweight contender, faces unranked John Makdessi in the main card of at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but he understands that the Canadian fighter (12-3) is a worthy opponent.   // “You’re not in the UFC because you’re on the corner with a sign, ‘will fight for food,’ ” Cerrone (27-6) said Wednesday following open workouts. “You’re ... Read the Full Article Here

Chris Weidman: The Best wants to be Better

Chris Weidman knew it all along. He knew he would beat the unbeatable Anderson Silva, repeat the feat, and stand alone atop the UFC’s middleweight division, championship belt slung over his shoulder.He just didn’t want to say it. At least not just a couple fights into his UFC career. Just 6-0 (2-0 in the UFC) after beating Jesse Bongfeldt at UFC 131 in June of 2011, the buzz about the Long Island native was already reaching deafening levels, but he was still a prospect at 185 pounds, albeit a talented one.So Weidman kept his mouth shut for the most part. His family and friends kn ... Read the Full Article Here

TUF 21 - Episode 5 Recap

It was a celebration five weeks in the making, but American Top Team finally got on the board during this week's episode of The Ultimate Fighter, as Hayder Hassan stepped up and finished Andrews Nakahara with a blistering first-round knockout in a fight that lasted just 48 seconds. American Top Team was in desperate need of a performance like that and Hassan delivered in the biggest way possible as he crushed the Blackzilians just like he promised he would do and he did it in devastating fashion. Before the fight started this week, American Top Team was a group dealing with a lot o ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 187 Fantasy Preview

When UFC 187 is completed, it may go down as one of the biggest and most important cards of the year, as two titles will be decided while new lightweight and flyweight contenders may also be crowned by the time this show is over. With Jon Jones being stripped of his title, Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier will battle for the vacant gold with a new light heavyweight champion being crowned at the end of the main event. In addition to Johnson vs. Cormier, the middleweight title will finally go up for grabs as Chris Weidman looks to keep his undefeated streak alive as he faces legendar ... Read the Full Article Here

Natal Ready for the Big Stage

Rafael “Sapo” Natal has been fighting much longer than most of his peers in the middleweight division. Yet, at age 32, he doesn’t boast the high-profile many of his peers do, even though he’s heading into his 13th fight for the organization against Uriah Hall at UFC 187 on Saturday.“I don’t worry about that,” he says. “The job I chose for my life is training, not so much fighting. I get to go to the gym every day. I’m teaching jiu-jitsu at Renzo Gracie’s school, and I get to see all my friends and beat them up.”On any given day ... Read the Full Article Here

Weidman Enjoying Moment; Belfort Believes

LAS VEGASChris Weidman was in a very good mood Wednesday afternoon. He kissed a baby, smiled and waved at the crowd who came to watch him work out at MGM Grand, then led fans in singing happy birthday to his head coach, Ray Longo, who turned 57.Four days from a fight to defend his middleweight championship, Weidman was all grins.   // “I’m just enjoying it, man,” he said later. “This is what I love to do. This is like breathing for me. This is the best time in my life right now.”It should be. Weidman (12-0) is a heavy favorite to defeat No. 3-rank ... Read the Full Article Here

First Class of 2015 HOF Inductees Announced

Las Vegas – The first inductees for the new look UFC Hall of Fame have been announced. Jeff Blatnick - a key personality during the UFC’s formative years - and the April 2005 rematch between Matt Hughes and Frank Trigg will be inducted as in this year’s Contributor and Fight categories, respectively. The announcements were made Wednesday on UFC Tonight, the UFC’s official magazine show on FOX Sports 1. The formal induction will take place at a gala event on Saturday, July 11 at the UFC Fan Expo, during the UFC’s annual International Fight Week. Jeff Blatnick wil ... Read the Full Article Here

An Offer John Makdessi Couldn't Refuse

This Saturday night, UFC lightweight John “The Bull” Makdessi has the chance to join a very special and rare combat sports club: the “I have defeated Donald Cerrone” Hall of Fame.Enshrined thus far are two former UFC and WEC lightweight champions, a former WEC lightweight champion, the current UFC lightweight champion and Nate Diaz. The task to gain membership is extraordinarily difficult, but the reward of holding a win over a remarkable talent like “Cowboy” is beyond measure.“At this point in my career, when opportunity knocks - you have to take it ... Read the Full Article Here

Cormier Ready For 'Bully' Johnson

LAS VEGASNo matter what Daniel Cormier says about him, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson insists he’s no bully.When he gets hit, Johnson hits back. That’s his mentality.   // But Cormier, who fights Johnson for the vacant UFC light heavyweight title Saturday night at UFC 187, said his opponent likes to push people around in the Octagon. But it won’t happen with him.“When I watch Rumble Johnson, he’s a bully,” Cormier said Tuesday after an open workout on the MGM Grand casino floor. “He bullies guys. He makes them go backward, and he t ... Read the Full Article Here