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By The Numbers - Previewing Invicta FC 9

In September, Invicta Fighting Championships made its illustrious debut on UFC FIGHT PASS with two hard fought title fights. On the Invicta FC 8 card, Katja Kankanpaa secured a late fifth-round D’Arce choke to earn Finland’s “Killer Bunny” the promotion’s strawweight championship. And, in the main event, Invicta FC atomweight queen Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson put on a striking clinic against Yasuko Tamada en route to a third-round TKO to keep her belt. This Saturday, Invicta FC is switching things up by hosting its first event away from ... Read the Full Article Here

Fab Five - Mark Hunt's Defining Moments

Mark Hunt has always been the people’s favorite. On November 15 in Mexico City, he could become the people’s champ when he takes on Fabricio Werdum for the interim UFC heavyweight title. It’s been a rollercoaster ride to get here for “The Super Samoan,” so read on for a look back at his five defining UFC moments.UFC 127 - Chris Tuchscherer (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)February 27, 2011Result: Hunt KO2A former K-1 Grand Prix champion in 2001, Mark Hunt made the move to mixed martial arts in 2004, quickly becoming a star in Japan’s PRIDE and Dream promotions as he ... Read the Full Article Here

Coach's Corner: Conor McGregor on Aisling Daly

Tell us a little bit about your relationship with Aisling Daly? Aisling Daly has been with me in Straight Blast Gym since day one. She was the only girl – she still is the only girl. But when the team was only four people strong, we were only in a little shed hitting bags, doing nothing really, Ais was always there. She’s been on our team a long, long time. What was your first impression of Aisling? Aisling is a friendly girl, but she’s tough as nails, ya know? She’s a nice girl but don’t mess with her. What do you think she brings to the women’s 115-l ... Read the Full Article Here

Fab Five - Werdum's Defining Moments

On November 15, number one contender Fabricio Werdum faces Mark Hunt for the interim UFC heavyweight title in Mexico City. Yet despite Werdum’s current success, his road to UFC 180 has been a long and winding one. Read on for a look at his five defining moments.UFC 90 - Junior Dos Santos (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)October 25, 2008Result: Dos Santos TKO1This may be an odd place to start, but if you ask Werdum about the fight that changed his career for the better, it was this one. Of course, at the time Werdum didn’t feel that way, but after getting knocked out by the then-unknown D ... Read the Full Article Here

Manuwa Injured; OSP Faces Shogun Next Week

With British light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa forced to withdraw from his UFC Fight Night main event on November 8 against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua due to a broken foot, co-main eventer Ovince Saint Preux will now step up to face the Brazilian icon in the five-round headlining bout.Saint Preux' original opponent, Francimar Barroso will still be at the event as a backup in case of a last minute injury. The flyweight bout between Ian McCall and John Lineker will now serve as the co-main event. Read the Full Article Here

Changes Hit Sydney Card

Two card changes have hit next week's UFC FIGHT PASS event in Sydney, Australia, with flyweight Neil Seery and bantamweight Frankie Saenz both withdrawing due to injury.Stepping in for Seery to face Australia's own Richie Vaculik will be Hawaii's Louis Smolka, while Saenz' bout against Aljamain Sterling has been called off, as there wasn't proper time to get another opponent for the New York prospect.The card, headlined by the middleweight bout between Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping, will now proceed with 11 bouts. Read the Full Article Here

The Ultimate Fighter: Episode 6 Recap

We start this week’s episode with the focus firmly on No. 12 Angela Magana as she prepares for her fight against No. 5 Aisling Daly. Born to drug addicted parents, she tells us that, in many ways, she’s been a fighter since day one. She doesn’t let her difficult past sidetrack her from her goal, though. She’s firmly focused on her fight, and certainly doesn’t lack confidence. Every fighter says they’ll knock their opponent out, but Angela goes a step further. She says that she has a “premonition of a TKO.” It’ll be a tall order to knock o ... Read the Full Article Here

Contenders Boetsch and Leites Meet in Jan.

Top 15 middleweights Thales Leites and Tim Boetsch will look to keep the momentum going from recent wins when they battle it out in Las Vegas on the UFC 183 card on January 31.In August, "The Barbarian" Boetsch scored an emotional Performance of the Night TKO of Brad Tavares in his home state of Maine, putting him into the number 13 spot in the current 185-pound rankings.Brazil's Leites, ranked number 11 in the world, has been on a hot streak for a while, going unbeaten in his last seven fights, a string that includes four UFC wins and back-to-back knockouts of Trevor Smith and Francis Carmont ... Read the Full Article Here

Cerrone vs. Jury to Co-Main UFC 182

2015 will get off to a great start for fans of the lightweight division, as UFC President Dana White announced Wednesday that top 155-pound contenders Donald Cerrone and Myles Jury will meet in the co-main event of UFC 182 in Las Vegas.In the main event of UFC 182, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Jon Jones defends his UFC light heavyweight crown against Daniel Cormier.The number four ranked Cerrone has been showing the best form of his career, winning five straight while picking up four post-fight bonuses. Michigan native Jury is unbeaten as a pro, and he is coming off a big w ... Read the Full Article Here

Weidman vs. Belfort Set For UFC 184 in Los Angeles

Dana White confirmed via Instagram on Wednesday that UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman will defend his title against No. 1 contender Vitor Belfort in Los Angeles on Feb. 28 at UFC 184.   This is the whole video of what is said Vitor didn't give a shit about. A couple seconds got clipped off the front of the original post A video posted by Dana White (@danawhiteufc) on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:29pm PDT Belfort announced the fight on his Instagram earlier in the day, and White responded with a social media confirmation hours later. Joining Weidman and Belfort in LA will b ... Read the Full Article Here

Henderson-Alvarez Set for Showdown in Boston

With the anticipation for the UFC's January 18 event in Boston already heating up, the promotion announced Wednesday that the co-main event of the card headlined by Conor McGregor and Dennis Siver will see former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson take on Eddie Alvarez in what promises to be an early Fight of the Year candidate.The UFC lightweight champion in 2012-13, Henderson has won nine of his last 11 bouts, including 2014 victories over Josh Thomson and Rustam Khabilov. 10-2 in his last 12, Philadelphia native Alvarez made his long-awaited UFC debut in September, and while he lost ... Read the Full Article Here

Anderson Silva and Shogun Rua to Coach TUF Brazil 4

Sao Paulo – Two of the greatest Brazilian fighters of all time will lead the search for the next generation of Brazilian mixed martial artists, as the UFC® and Globo announce that Anderson Silva and “Shogun” Rua will coach the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter® Brazil. The legendary icon Silva (33-6 in professional MMA, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil), the longest-reigning and most successful UFC champion of all time, will coach the UFC’s flagship reality competition series for the first time. He will coach against a team lead by “Shogun” ... Read the Full Article Here

The Ultimate Fighter 20: Episode 6 Preview

Aisling Daly and Angela Magana face off on the latest episode of The Ultimate Fighter, as two of the most experienced veterans in the history of women's MMA finally get a chance to shine this week.  Five fights into the current season of The Ultimate Fighter, things have been going quite well for lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and his team of assassins.  The momentum all started with the first bout of the season when unknown Canadian Randa Markos took out No. 3 seed and undefeated prospect Tecia Torres to set the tone for the entire competition. From there, it's just been o ... Read the Full Article Here

The Ultimate Fighter Latin America: Episode 10 recap

The episode begins with an update on Marlon “Chito” Vera’s condition. Scheduled to face Alejandro Perez in the semifinal match, Chito has a skin condition that could prevent him from competing. The rashes on his face and body are becoming progressively worse, and he’s starting to feel nauseous as well. As a precaution, he’s quarantined at a local hotel so he doesn’t infect the other housemates. As Chito’s chances dim, the other bantamweights on Team Latin America could be given a second opportunity. Guido feels that he should replace Chito because he ... Read the Full Article Here

Boxing King Algieri and the UFC Share Common Ties

Considering that the first thing you see when you walk into the UFC offices in Las Vegas is a larger than life statue of boxing great Joe Louis, Chris Algieri felt right at home when he visited the company last Thursday.“There’s boxing stuff all over here, I love it,” Algieri said. No mere tourist, the WBO junior welterweight champion is in town to prepare for his November 22 title fight with Manny Pacquiao in Macao, and in a break from his training at the Venetian, he jumped at the chance to see how the other combat sport lives. But again, this isn’t someone who has si ... Read the Full Article Here

Rockhold-Bisping Feud Reaching Fever Pitch

Fight fans love a rivalry and the feud between Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping is as real as it gets.The grudge between the former Strikeforce middleweight champion and the brash Brit has been steadily growing over the past two years and they will finally set in to handle their business at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping on November 8. With post-fight callouts and interview sound bites, neither fighter has wasted an opportunity to speak their opinion of the other in the lead-up to their main event tilt in Sydney, Australia.There is no love lost between the two 185-pound contenders, and ... Read the Full Article Here

TUF Latin America - Episode 10 Preview

If you stay ready you don't have to get ready. Those are wise words to live by for all the competitors that join The Ultimate Fighter.  For nearly a decade, every season has featured some unfortunate circumstances where a fighter gets injured or is forced to leave the show, and in their place steps a teammate or potentially someone from the opposite side to replace them. It's a particularly hard situation going into the latest episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America as Team Werdum deals with a lot of uncertainty surrounding bantamweight Marlon Vera after he started develo ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 179 Musings

BRAZIL’S LAST CHAMP STANDINGJose Aldo needed last Saturday night, and not just because his win over Chad Mendes doubled his paycheck and added a Fight of the Night bonus to his bank account. No, the UFC featherweight champion needed that victory because of the way he won. In winning an exciting five-rounder that showed off his heart, power, and precision striking, he reminded the world just why he’s one of the top fighters in the world as well as the best featherweight to strap on the gloves. When you’re on top for as long as he’s been, you can forget how good he is, ... Read the Full Article Here

Rankings: Phil Davis Cracks Top 5 at 205

Phil Davis’ victory against Glover Teixeira shook up the majority of the light heavyweight division when the official rankings were released on Monday following UFC 179. Davis moves up to No. 5, dropping Teixeira two spots down to No. 6. Anthony Johnson moves up two spots to No. 3, passing Rashad Evans, who falls to No. 4. “I thought it was a good performance,” Davis said about his win at the post fight press conference. “I got done with what I wanted to get done. Obviously I was looking for a finish, to finish a guy like Glover Teixeira. That means you’re in ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 179 Post-Fight Bonus Report

Seven fighters joined UFC president Dana White at the UFC 179 post-fight press conference: Darren Elkins, Beneil Dariush, Gilbert Burns, Fabio Maldonado, Phil Davis, Chad Mendes, and Jose Aldo. Performance of the Night was awarded to light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado and lightweight Gilbert Burns. Maldonado posted his 14th career knockout victory against Hans Stringer during the main card. Burns highlighted the UFC FIGHT PASS prelims with his first round submission of UFC newcomer Christos Giagos. Fight of the Night went to featherweights Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes for what Dana White called, ... Read the Full Article Here

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