Jorge Masvidal: The Bigger, the Better

The bigger the opponent and, apparently, the bigger the weight limit makes everything better for Jorge Masvidal.After going 5-2 as a UFC lightweight, the 12-year pro out of South Florida decided the juice wasn’t worth the squeeze to keep scrapping at 155 pounds. “It was like running through a desert to get to a fight,” Masvidal said of his previous weight cuts. Only three months following his controversial split decision loss to Al Iaquinta, Miami’s Masvidal returned to the Octagon in July as a welterweight against The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil winner Cezar “Muta ... Read the Full Article Here

Benson Henderson: I'm Your Huckleberry

Benson Henderson already has a fitting nickname that he’s carried with him throughout his UFC career. “Smooth” not only embodies the way the former lightweight champ moves inside the Octagon, shifting between phases and never looking rattled, but it also speaks to the 32-year-old’s mellow nature and the down-to-earth, approachable personality he displays outside of the UFC cage as well.It works, and while there are no plans to change his nickname, Henderson’s approach to the game might prompt him to switch monikers at some point in the future.If you’re eve ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC fighters show their moves at Seoul-area high school

SEOUL, South KoreaIn this setting, “Big Nog” was living up to his nickname. With more than 100 starstruck high school students looking on and screeching in delight, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira placed his size XL hands on the shoulders of a South Korean student half his size.With a few swift moves just taught to him by the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master, the student grabbed the man beloved in Brazil as Minotauro, and swung him firmly to the floor.“And that is how you defend yourself!” Nogueira proclaimed, breaking out in a wide smile and high-fiving the beaming young man.  ... Read the Full Article Here

Forty is the New Thirty for Yoshihiro Akiyama

Yoshihiro Akiyama doesn’t have an answer when asked why his level of popularity has remained untouched over the years. But he is appreciative of the fan support.“I’m delighted,” he said, “but I don’t know where my popularity comes from.”We could start with his acting and modeling gigs or his “Sexyama” persona, but what it really comes down to is his fighting style, which is centered not on a particular martial arts base, but on entertaining those who are watching. Yes, Akiyama has a judo black belt, but those skills often go out the windo ... Read the Full Article Here

Coolest UFC gear for the holidays

Official Fight Gloves (1)These are always a safe bet: The official UFC black competition gloves are legit, the same leather gloves worn by every fighter who steps into the Octagon.  For display, they’re cool on their own. With autographs, they’re the ultimate collectible.Reebok UFC Champion Authentic Fighter’s Snapback Adjustable Cap (2)These are the most popular mid-crown, flat-bill caps worn by fighters during event weeks. The champion’s logo is a heat-sealed applique on the front left panel. Tip your cap like a true champion.Reebok UFC Champion’s ... Read the Full Article Here

The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber - Ep. 10 Recap

On paper, it might seem like The Ultimate Fighter is an easy way to guarantee a future in the UFC, but the rigors of essentially a four-fight tournament over the course of six weeks can take a brutal toll on the body and mind and it's always tougher to make it through each round as injuries often mount.  Martin Svensson found that out the hard way this week, as the Swedish submission specialist saw his dream come to a catastrophic end after he felt numbness in his arm following his fight against Thanh Le a few weeks ago. Svensson was actually on the chopping block after the elimination ro ... Read the Full Article Here

How to Watch UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Masvidal

Skip ahead to Main Card UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Masvidal  Saturday, November 28th FIGHT PASS Prelims 5:00AM EDT / 2:00AM PDT / 9:00AM GMT Online Airings FIGHT PASS on UFC.tv: Available Worldwide Excluded Countries: Brazil Cable/Satellite Airings Central/South America Brazil - Combate Mexico - UFC Network Argentina - UFC Network Bolivia - UFC Network Chile - UFC Network Colombia - UFC Network Ecuador - UFC Network Panama - UFC Network Paraguay - UFC Network Peru - UFC Network Rep. Dominicana - UFC Network Venezuela - UFC Network Pacific Rim China&nb ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Seoul 2015 Fantasy Preview

The international travel of the UFC in November will come to a close this weekend, as Benson Henderson and Jorge Masvidal headline the first ever card in Seoul, South Korea in a show airing exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS. Henderson has been out of action for several months due to injury, but the former lightweight champion is now ready for his second straight fight at 170 pounds after debuting in his new division earlier this year and taking out top prospect Brandon Thatch. Masvidal is also a former lightweight competitor who opted to move up in weight as well, and now he'll look to g ... Read the Full Article Here

Dongi Yang: A Good Time for a UFC Return

As one of the first wave of Korean fighters to make their mark in the UFC, Dongi Yang could conceivably be seen as a pioneer of the sport in his country. Just don’t expect the Seoul native to talk about such matters.“I don't really think about things like this,” Yang said, opting instead to focus on his second stint in the Octagon, which begins Saturday in his hometown when he faces Jake Collier. It’s been more than three years since his last UFC bout against Brad Tavares in May of 2012, and “The Ox” couldn’t be happier about his return.“I feel ... Read the Full Article Here

Cathal Pendred Retires with Head Held High

As far as his mixed martial arts career is concerned, Cathal Pendred – or anyone else for that matter – doesn’t have to think too long when picking out THE highlight.It’s that obvious.“It has to be my debut,” Pendred, who retired Wednesday at the age of 28, said. “It was in Dublin on the night of the clean sweep for my team. Conor (McGregor) was the main event, he won against (Diego) Brandao. Gunni (Gunnar Nelson) fought, he won. Paddy Holohan was the first fight of the night and he won. And my fight in particular, the first round I was on the bad si ... Read the Full Article Here

Holly Holm: The Champ Gets Her Just Due

The Hollywood answer to the question “when did you know you had the fight won?” would be “when I signed the contract.” That’s just not Holly Holm’s style. But it was fairly early on in her UFC 193 bout against Ronda Rousey that “The Preacher’s Daughter” knew that she was on the right track to upsetting the unbeaten Californian and shocking the world.“After I was landing a few good straight lefts, I knew that I had it if I didn’t lose focus,” Holm said Tuesday while in New York for the latest stop in an exhausting media t ... Read the Full Article Here

Sam Sicilia: Start with a KO, End with a KO

Sam Sicilia wants to finish 2015 how it started – with a knockout win.On January 24 at UFC on FOX: Gustafsson vs. Johnson, The Ultimate Fighter 15 alum scored his third finish inside the Octagon via knuckle sandwich as Sicilia dropped and stopped Akira Corassani in front of the Swede’s home crowd. This Saturday at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Masvidal, Sicilia is intent on recreating that pummeling performance by scoring a knockout of Dooho Choi in Choi’s native South Korea.   // “I started this year out how I wanted to and I’m going to close it ... Read the Full Article Here

The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber - Ep. 10 Preview

As the quarterfinal matchups on this season of The Ultimate Fighter get underway, Team Faber's Chris Gruetzemacher is despondent after having his dream ended one week ago when UFC President Dana White determined that he would be eliminated from the competition despite winning his fight in the opening round of the tournament. With nine fighters moving on to the quarterfinals, somebody had to go, and coach Conor McGregor felt it should be Gruetzemacher, while Urijah Faber believed it was Martin Svensson, who looked the least impressive despite pulling off a submission win over his team's ... Read the Full Article Here

Holly Holm's Victory Tour Continues With ESPN Appearance

It's been more than a week since Holly Holm pulled off her historic upset win against Ronda Rousey at UFC 193, but the new champ is still basking in the all the glory.On Tuesday, Holm continued her victory press tour, appearing on ESPN's SportsCenter to talk about how she frustrated Rousey. Holm also demonstrated once again how she pulled off the highlight reel KO head kick and spoke about possibly being overlooked by the Rousey camp.Watch all four ESPN videos below and then check out more video content from Holm's amazing tour. More from Holly Holm's Media Tour: Holly on LIVE wi ... Read the Full Article Here

Barnett vs. Rothwell Set for Jan. 30

Heavyweight contenders Josh Barnett and Ben Rothwell have faced the best of the best over the years, but they haven't faced each other, a dilemma that will be solved on Saturday, January 30, when they meet at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.The FOX-televised event is headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Anthony "Rumble" Johnson and Ryan "Darth" Bader. Tickets for the event go on sale on December 18.Currently ranked sixth in the world, Josh "The Warmaster" Barnett is a former UFC heavyweight champion who has won two of three bouts since returning to the promotion in 2013. Mos ... Read the Full Article Here

Fredy Serrano: Class is in Session

For most, another day at the office is humdrum and unremarkable. For a former Olympian turned UFC fighter, another day at the office meant Fredy Serrano scored a Performance of the Night bonus in his Octagon debut. “My mindset was to be prepared for a three-round war,” Serrano said of his March bout against Bentley Syler. “Go out there, do my job, follow my game plan and, finally, have fun. My feelings needed to be in complete harmony with my motivation, my fears and what I wanted to do. In a perfect balance, my thoughts were that this was something very important, but I ha ... Read the Full Article Here

Tae Hyun Bang: Back to Basics

With the UFC heading to Seoul for its first event in South Korea this Saturday, the stakes have never been higher for the local fighters competing on the card and for the sport in general in the country. But for the members of Korean Top Team, it’s business as usual once it’s time to train.“It's the same,” laughs lightweight Tae Hyun Bang. “Everyone is always training hard.”Bang, who faces American Leo Kuntz, is joined by teammate Dongi Yang on this weekend’s card. Another KTT squad member, Hyun Gyu Lim, was also scheduled to fight until an injury fo ... Read the Full Article Here

Magny jumps up in rankings, Jones on rise

Neil Magny is reaping the benefits in Monday’s official UFC rankings release after taking yet another fight on short notice this past Saturday.Check out the latest rankings hereMagny replaced an injured Matt Brown and defeated Kelvin Gastelum at Fight Night Monterrey by split decision. The win bumps Magny, who fights out of Denver, up four spots to No. 9 in the welterweight rankings. Gastelum, who turned in a spirited effort in the final two rounds, also sees an increase in his position as he moves up to No. 13.Saturday’s results affected one other division as flyweights Henry Ceju ... Read the Full Article Here

Cruz says TJ Dillashaw is a fake person

Dominick Cruz certainly isn’t lacking confidence. The former UFC bantamweight champion, who lost his belt in 2014 because of injury and not a loss in the octagon, will have a chance to win it back Jan. 17 when he squares off against TJ Dillashaw at TD Garden in UFC Fight Night Boston. While Cruz admits that Dillashaw is talented, he isn’t afraid to criticize other parts of his fighting life. Read more here Read the Full Article Here

Dillashaw: Only way fight with Cruz will be short if he finishes it

TJ Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz take different approaches when they step into the octagon. Dillashaw, the reigning UFC bantamweight champion, isn’t afraid of coming out on the attack, looking for a quick decision. Cruz, on the other hand, plays a more defensive style and dances around a bit, waiting for his opponent to make a mistake and then punish it. Cruz’s fights usually last a bit longer, too. Just two of his last 10 bouts went two rounds or fewer, while six of Dillashaw’s 13 career fights have gone less than three rounds.Read more here Read the Full Article Here