The Month in UFC History: April's Finest Fights

Some of the best, most important and most memorable fights in UFC history have taken place in the month of April.With four events rapidly approaching next month, here’s a look through the history books at 10 classics that truly stand out.UFC 5: Royce Gracie vs. Ken ShamrockThe first “Superfight” in UFC history was the second chapter in a rivalry that began in the second tournament round of the inaugural event in Denver, Colorado. Shamrock hated losing to Gracie, underestimating the Brazilian’s skills and craving a chance for revenge.After missing UFC 2 with a broken h ... Read the Full Article Here

Gilbert Melendez: The Heart of a Warrior

The measure of a fighter’s heart is something that always comes into question when adversity comes to call. When the proverbial hammer becomes the nail and the waters get choppy, how a fighter reacts is a tell tale sign of what beats inside of their chest and pulses through their veins. In this regard, there has never been a doubt about the will and determination of Gilbert Melendez.The former long-reigning Strikeforce lightweight champion turned perennial UFC contender is as tenacious as they come inside the Octagon. A true embodiment of the Mexican fighting spirit, “El Nino&rdq ... Read the Full Article Here

Escudero vs. Dober Set for Mexico City

Current Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 coach Efrain Escudero will join his coaching counterpart Kelvin Gastelum on the UFC 188 card in Mexico City on June 13, as he faces Drew Dober in a lightweight matchup.UFC 188, which will see Gastelum return to middleweight to take on Nate Marquardt, is headlined by the UFC heavyweight championship bout between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum.Winner of five of his last seven bouts, Escudero's biggest victory was his February decision over Rodrigo de Lima in Broomfield, Colorado. Now coaching a set of UFC hopefuls on TUF LATAM, he will soon begin prep ... Read the Full Article Here

By The Numbers: Brazil's Winning Eleven

At UFC 185, Rafael dos Anjos became the new UFC lightweight champion after scoring a one-sided unanimous decision over Anthony Pettis. The title is the 11th won by a Brazilian in UFC history. In honor of that occasion, here are the 11 Brazilian champions in UFC history and their rise to prominence. 1. Murilo BustamanteThe Octagon’s first Brazilian champion was none other than famed Carlson Gracie protégé Murilo Bustamante. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt signed with the UFC as an undefeated MMA pro and following the career high of winning the World Jiu-Jitsu Championsh ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC World Tour: Tensions Run High, Patience Wears Thin

TORONTO Dana White loves tension-filled face offs between fighters, but even the UFC President has to concede the continued close proximity of featherweight champion Jose Aldo and top challenger Conor McGregor has reached a boiling point. While temperatures outside hovered just below freezing during a schedule-packed stop in Toronto on Friday, McGregor quickly heated up their feud even more. Twice during a busy morning filled with rapid-fire media interviews in this UFC 189 World Tour, the headstrong Irish superstar reached past the bodyguards shadowing the fighters and put his hands on Aldo ... Read the Full Article Here

Lightweight Prospects Case and Trevino Meet in Mexico

Top lightweight prospects Johnny Case and Francisco Trevino have agreed to meet in the Octagon on June 13 for a UFC 188 bout expected to produce fireworks at the Mexico City Arena.Case, unbeaten since 2010, has finished both of his UFC bouts thus far, submitting Kazuki Tokudome and knocking out Frankie Perez. The 12-0 Trevino, a native of Mexico City, was victorious in his UFC debut last March, decisioning Renee Forte.Also added to the UFC 188 card, which is headlined by the UFC heavyweight championship bout between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum, is a featherweight matchup between excitin ... Read the Full Article Here

Two UFC Events Broadcast On Free TV In UK

PICK has secured the rights to UFC FIGHT NIGHT GONZAGA vs CRO COP 2 and UFC FIGHT NIGHT BERLIN which will be available to view on Sky (152), Freeview (11) Freesat (144) and Virgin Media (123) and UPC CH 133 in Ireland. UFC FIGHT NIGHT GONZAGA vs CRO COP 2, which will take place in Krakow, Poland on April 11, will be broadcast from 23:00 in the UK on PICK. The highly anticipated card features an unmissable bout between London born and bred light heavyweight Jimi ‘ Poster Boy’ Manuwa and Polish star Jan Blachowicz. Scottish strawweight athlete Joanne ‘Badmofo Jojo’ ... Read the Full Article Here

Dariush Faces Miller after Injury Fells Felder

A knee injury has forced Paul Felder from his UFC on FOX bout against Jim Miller on April 18 in Newark, but stepping in for "The Irish Dragon" at Prudential Center to face the home state favorite will be rising lightweight star Beneil Dariush.Winner of three straight, Dariush is coming off a second-round finish of Daron Cruickshank at UFC 185 earlier this month that earned him Performance of the Night honors. In Sparta's Miller, he will face an 18-fight veteran of the UFC who has won two of his last three bouts.Tickets for UFC Fight Night Newark, which is headlined by the middleweight bout bet ... Read the Full Article Here

Unflappable Aldo Continues To Absorb McGregor's Verbal Blows

NEW YORK, N.Y. UFC 189 World Tour Flight Facts LEG: Boston to TorontoDATE: Thursday, March 26, 2015DEPART: 8:40 p.m. ET, Teterboro Airport, Teterboro, N.J.ARRIVE: 9:42 p.m. ET, Toronto Pearson Intl Airport, Toronto, OntarioFLIGHT TIME: 1 hour, 2 minutesDISTANCE: 350 miles/ 564 kmALTITUDE: 36,000 feet/10,972 mAIRSPEED: 527 mph/848 kphAIRCRAFT: Gulfstream G-IV Thursday’s UFC 189 World Tour was all about looking good in New York City – and looking the part in a good suit. Would Jose Aldo ever get his back from the cleaners in time? The UFC featherweight champi ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 188 Sold Out; UFC 189 Soon to Follow

Just a week after going on sale, tickets for June 13th's UFC 188 event at the Mexico City Arena are sold out, making it the second consecutive sellout at the venue for the UFC, which made its debut there in November of 2014.Headlined by the UFC heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum, UFC 188 is expected to pack in over 21,000 fans, with the UFC's record for the highest gross in Mexico City Arena history also expected to be shattered.In other ticket news, UFC 189's championship doubleheader in Las Vegas on July 11 is a near sellout. Tickets for the event, which featu ... Read the Full Article Here

Tweets of the Week - 3/27

These Dudes! “I don’t care about all this talking. Even parrots can talk" @JoseAldoJunior #UFCWorldTour #UFC189 pic.twitter.com/0nYaeQpO9Y — UFC (@ufc) March 25, 2015   Y'all sitting back hating on @TheNotoriousMMA while this guy out here making them dollars. #youngmulababy #UFC — Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) March 27, 2015   This week's profit. pic.twitter.com/QhP2UgIYqk — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 27, 2015   The Celtic Tiger. pic.twitter.com/ZCFiW6lVFv — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 23, 2015 &nbs ... Read the Full Article Here

Jouban Injured, Scratched from NOLA Bout

The Louisiana homecoming for welterweight up and comer Alan Jouban will have to wait, as the Lafayette native has been forced from his New Orleans bout against veteran Brian Ebersole on June 6 due to an elbow injury. Stepping up to face Ebersole at the Smoothie King Center will be Omari Akhmedov, who has won 12 of his last bouts.Tickets for UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the light heavyweight matchup between Daniel Cormier and Ryan Bader, go on sale on Friday, April 10. The card will air live on FOX Sports 1. Read the Full Article Here

TUF LATAM 2 Coach Profile - Efrain Escudero

When it came to his UFC career, Efrain Escudero could have been on the outside looking in had he not defeated Rodrigo de Lima in Colorado in February. But instead, “Hecho en Mexico” is a player again at 155 pounds in the Octagon, as well as a coach on season two of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America.“It was very important,” Escudero said of his decision win over de Lima, his first UFC win since 2010, and perhaps his most impressive performance to date in the Octagon. “There was a time when I was fighting not to lose, but I found myself again. It took me seven ye ... Read the Full Article Here

Luck of the Irish: Boston Cheers Its UFC Son

DORCHESTER, Mass. UFC 189 World Tour Flight Facts LEG: Boston to New York CityDATE: Wednesday, March 25DEPART: 7:40 p.m. ET, Laurence G. Hanscom Field, Bedford, Mass.ARRIVE: 8:30 p.m. ET, Teterboro Airport, Teterboro, N.J.FLIGHT TIME: 50 minutesDISTANCE: 263 miles /424 kmALTITUDE: 18,000 feet/ 5,486 mAIRSPEED: 450 mph / 724 kphAIRCRAFT: Gulfstream G-IV Rio de Janeiro may have been Jose Aldo’s hallowed turf on this UFC 189 World Tour, but Boston belongs to Conor McGregor. And he owned every minute of his return to New England. The Irish featherweight star was center ... Read the Full Article Here

Silva-Dober Result Overturned to No Contest

Following a botched call in the UFC Fight Night bout between Leandro Silva and Drew Dober that saw Silva erroneously awarded a second round submission victory in the March 21 bout in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's MMA commission, CABMMA, overturned the result to a no contest Thursday.Referee Eduardo Herdy admitted making a mistake in halting the lightweight bout when he did, with Dober pulling free from a guillotine choke at the time of the stoppage.   Records for the two fighters are now 17-2-1, 1 NC for Silva and 15-6, 1 NC for Dober. Read the Full Article Here

TUF LATAM Winner Perez Returns in June

Back in the Octagon for the first time since his debut win over Jose Quinonez at UFC 180 last November, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America season one winner Alejandro "Diablito" Perez will fight in front of his Mexican fans once more on June 13, when he takes on Patrick Williams in bantamweight action on the UFC 188 card in Mexico City.UFC 188 is headlined by the UFC heavyweight championship bout between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum at the Mexico City Arena. Read the Full Article Here

Boston Fans Get Up Close With Idols McGregor, Aldo

DORCHESTER, Mass. Amid the vicious taunts and pointed challenges, there were heartwarming gestures of kindness and warmth Wednesday when UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and top challenger Conor McGregor met Boston fans on the fourth stop of their UFC 189 World Tour. Onstage at the historic Strand Theatre in the city’s diverse Dorchester community, UFC President Dana White told the largely pro-McGregor crowd that he’d been warned by Aldo’s trainer to keep the emotionally charged fighters apart due to their growing animosity on this eight-city tour. All that viciousness di ... Read the Full Article Here

Catone Out of Newark Bout, Retires from MMA

After withdrawing from his UFC on FOX bout on April 18 due to injury, UFC middleweight veteran Nick Catone has decided to retire from the sport due to lingering back issues.Catone was expected to compete against Vitor Miranda at the Prudential Center in Newark. Miranda was also injured and withdrew from the bout, with a replacement fight expected to be announced shortly.“In the last couple years I’ve had a lot of injuries,” Catone said, and he’s not exaggerating, with his back issues compounded by a laundry list of ailments that have included Achilles, ACL, and tendon ... Read the Full Article Here

Fallon to Gov. Cuomo: 'Make it Happen.'

Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC® Chairman & CEO, today thanked the New York State Senate for passing the bill to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York, the last state in the nation where professional MMA remains illegal, for the sixth consecutive year. Fertitta also applauded UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey for spending two days lobbying for the bill in Albany and then discussing it with Jimmy Fallon on last night’s “Tonight Show.”“For six years, the New York State Senate has approved this common sense bill that would bring New Yo ... Read the Full Article Here

Dana White believes Aldo vs. McGregor could be the 'fight of the year'

Dana White believes Aldo vs. McGregor could be the 'fight of the year'   FOX Sports   UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo, top contender Conor McGregor and UFC president Dana White talk with Karyn Bryant about the upcoming fight at UFC 189.   Watch the full interview Read the Full Article Here