Conor McGregor Enters Octagon With ESPN

Watch Conor McGregor display his strategy in the Octagon with Chael Sonnen and ESPN, for the upcoming title fight with Jose Aldo at UFC 189. >Watch Video Read the Full Article Here

Conor Urges Aldo To Fight At 189

Amidst the continuing controversy and uncertainty regarding featherweight champion Jose Aldo's health and ability to fight next month against Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 189, the challenger spoke up and spoke out to FOX Sports. "There's a lot on the line," he said in a televised interview, Saturday night. "A lot of money, a lot of pride. There should be no reason to pull out of this contest. But if he does, that's on him and I cannot force another individual to step in there. If I ask myself truly, would I like to step in there and face me, I'd probably go running, too. If it's ... Read the Full Article Here

2015 Half-Year Awards - The Newcomers

Through the first six months of 2015, several fresh faces made their names known in the Octagon, with their mix of performance and presence guaranteeing that the UFC will never be at a shortage of talent. We kick off the highly unofficial awards season for the first half of 2015 today with the top newcomers of the year thus far.5 - Taylor Lapilus Last October, Taylor Lapilus was taken from a UFC Fight Night bout against Dennis Siver because the commission said he didn’t have enough experience to face someone like the veteran from Germany. Two UFC wins over Rocky Lee  ... Read the Full Article Here

McGregor Previews UFC 189 for ESPN

Conor McGregor sits down with ESPN to preview his upcoming title fight with the champion Jose Aldo at UFC 189, making several bold statements regarding the champ Aldo and what we can expect in their upcoming title fight. >Watch Video   Read the Full Article Here

Cowboy Rides Off with Win over Merritt

Brazilian prospect Alex Oliveira wasn’t able to finish off Octagon debutant Joe Merritt in UFC Fight Night prelim action on Saturday, but in their welterweight bout at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, it was “Cowboy” picking up his second victory in a month, this time via unanimous decision. Scores were 30-27 across the board. Oliveira, who normally competes at lightweight, but who stepped up for this bout on short notice after visa issues forced 12 fighters off the card, was coming off a May 30 submission of KJ Noons."I fought in this divisio ... Read the Full Article Here

The Monsoon Rolls through Florida

Truly at home at 170 pounds, Lorenz “The Monsoon” Larkin made it two for two at welterweight Saturday, stopping tough Santiago Ponzinibbio in the UFC Fight Night co-main event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.It was a dazzling effort for Larkin, whose first welterweight win was a knockout of John Howard in January.   “He brought it, I had to bring it," Larkin said. "It was an exciting fight for the fans. I'm a fighter, and I love to do this." Ponzinibbio was the aggressor in the first round, but Larkin appeared to have the edge in spee ... Read the Full Article Here

Perfect Ten - Romero KOs Machida in Three

Cuban middleweight contender Yoel Romero made an emphatic case for a future shot at the 185-pound crown Saturday, knocking out former world champion Lyoto Machida in the third round of the UFC Fight Night main event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for his tenth and most important pro win. > WATCH: Yoel Romero Octagon Interview | Yoel Romero Backstage Interview“I have great respect for Lyoto, and this is the fight I expected,” Romero said. “He’s a great athlete.” Despite Romero making his home in Florida, the fans chanted for Machid ... Read the Full Article Here

Lewis Gonzalez Answers Opportunity's Knock

Lewis Gonzalez may have had to give up Father’s Day last week, but it’s all for a good cause, as he gets that opportunity all fighters dream about this Saturday, as he faces Leandro Silva at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Romero in Hollywood, Florida.And like any such last minute call, it came as a bit of a surprise when he got word that after visa issues prevented 12 fighters from getting into the United States for tomorrow’s card, he was getting his chance to step into the big show.“I had lost two fights ago, so my manager (Jason House) was thinking maybe I’d have ... Read the Full Article Here

UFN Machida vs. Romero Weigh-In Results

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the middleweight bout between Lyoto Machida and Yoel Romero and the welterweight bout between Lorenz Larkin and Santiago Ponzinibbio, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 2 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.MAIN EVENTLyoto Machida (186) vs. Yoel Romero (186)FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD Santiago Ponzinibbio (170.5) vs. Lorenz Larkin (170.5) Antonio Carlos Junior (185) vs. Eddie Gordon (184.5) Steve Bosse (185.5) vs. Thiago Santos (185.5)Levan Makashvili ... Read the Full Article Here

Antonio Carlos Junior is Ready for 185

If it appears that Antonio Carlos Junior is in a perpetually good mood, it’s not a mirage. But to the native of João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil, it shouldn’t be a surprise.“I put in my mind what I wanted to be,” he explains. “I want to be a fighter. So I love what I do and I’m having fun with this. It’s not because I need it; it’s because I want to do this.”It’s the complete opposite of the fight game anecdote that says those who need to fight to put food on the table are the hungriest and most dangerous. Carlos doesn&rsq ... Read the Full Article Here

How to Watch UFC Fight Night: Machida vs Romero

Skip ahead to Main Card Saturday, June 27th UFC Fight Night: Machida vs Romero Prelims - 8:00PM EST/ 5:00PM PST/ 12:00AM GMT Online Airings US, UK, Scotland, Brazil, Italy, San Marino, Vactican City, Barbados, Dominica, Haiti, Jamaica, Caribbean and Latin America - Blocked All Other Countries - Fight Pass on UFC.tv Cable/Satelite Airings North America US - FOX Sports 2 (Channel Finder) US - FOX Deportes Canada - Fight Network Canada - RDS 2 Central/South America Brazil - Combate Mexico - UFC Network Argentina - UFC Network Bolivia - UFC Network Chile - UFC N ... Read the Full Article Here

ISKA Features Vegas Open During IFW

Las Vegas – The International Sports Karate Association (IKSA) today announced the debut of its newest event for its Open World Tour of martial arts tournaments. The Vegas Open, an open sport karate exhibition for competitors and spectators of all ages, genders and martial arts experience, will be held at the UFC Fan Expo® at The Venetian® Las Vegas from Friday, July 10 to Saturday, July 11, as part of the 4th Annual UFC International Fight Week™, taking place in Las Vegas from July 7-12. The Vegas Open will feature more than 700 martial artists participating across 350 div ... Read the Full Article Here

Dismissing Detours, Montgomery Arrives

Steve Montgomery had a plan. With a 7-2 pro record that included knockouts over UFC veterans Colton Smith and Jason Gilliam, as well as a four-fight winning streak, the Florence, South Carolina native figured another big win over another UFC vet, Brock Jardine, would be his ticket to the Octagon.“I really hoped that would be my last fight before the UFC,” Montgomery said. It might have been too, as he stopped Jardine in the second round last Halloween. But then the plan got a new wrinkle to it before it all fell apart.“I ended up hearing from (Ricardo) Liborio, and he told me ... Read the Full Article Here

McGregor Ready For Anything At UFC 189

HENDERSON, Nev. – Conor McGregor still isn’t convinced he’ll be fighting Jose Aldo at UFC 189, but he knows this much: He’s ready to face whomever steps into the Octagon on July 11 at the MGM Grand.> Buy Tickets To UFC 189 | Pre-order UFC 189 on UFC.tvAlthough Aldo, the UFC featherweight champion, has been deemed fit to fight after reports of a broken rib in training, McGregor said Thursday he’s also preparing for an interim title fight against No. 1 contender Chad Mendes if Aldo is forced to bow out.   // It’s one of several op ... Read the Full Article Here

Machida Looking to Get Back in the Mix

Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida isn’t feeling any extra pressure coming into his main event bout with the hard-hitting former Olympic wrestler Yoel Romero this Saturday in Hollywood, Florida.“I only focus on what it is I’m going to do in the Octagon,” Machida said. “There is always excitement to put on a good show for the fans, but I’ve been in this situation many times before in my career, and I just go out and perform my best. I like pressure, but there’s not much for me.”   // There’s no secret what both these ... Read the Full Article Here

Yoel Romero's True Hollywood Story

April 18 should have been the biggest night of Yoel Romero’s professional fighting career. Instead, he was left watching, instead of participating, as three of the top middleweights in the world battled it out in Newark, New Jersey.Romero should have been the fourth, with a match against Brazilian contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza the prelude to that night’s main event between Luke Rockhold and Lyoto Machida. It was the type of doubleheader that would likely produce a challenger for 185-pound champion Chris Weidman, depending on who looked the best at Prudential Center ... Read the Full Article Here

Joe Merritt: Impact Player

As a UFC veteran who now coaches fighters seeking a spot on MMA’s premier roster, Romie Aram has one mantra for his team.“You guys need to stay ready all the time. You never know when it’s gonna happen.”For Joe Merritt, it happened last week when he was asked if he was interested in stepping in on short notice to face Alex Oliveira at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Romero in Hollywood, Florida.“It caught me off guard,” said the unbeaten prospect. “I’m gonna be a little star-struck, but I know how to keep my composure and conduct myself in the right ... Read the Full Article Here

Lorenzo Fertitta on Assembly Failure to Pass MMA Bill

“While our disappointment cannot be overstated, our commitment to seeing New York legalize the fastest growing sport in the nation and the world is intact and undeterred. We continue to strongly believe that legalizing and regulating MMA in New York is the right thing for the state economically, the right thing for the millions of fans in New York and the right thing for the safety and benefit of the thousands of professional and amateur MMA athletes across the state.“UFC is not harmed by not being in New York, as much as we would like to be there for our fans and for the arenas, h ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Hollywood: By The Numbers

  4Current ranking of Lyoto Machida as a UFC middleweight3Knockouts by “The Dragon” stemming from a kick - Randy Couture, Mark Munoz, C.B. Dollaway - inside the Octagon, only one of five UFC fighters to do so13Knockdowns by Machida, tied for 3rd with Melvin Guillard for most knockdowns in UFC history behind Chuck Liddell’s 14 and Anderson Silva’s 1751.8Significant striking accuracy percentage by The Dragon across his UFC career as a middleweight and light heavyweight, UFC average is 42%1.56Significant strikes absorbed per minute rate by Machida, tied for 8th bes ... Read the Full Article Here

Tweets of the Week - 6/26

 Machida vs Romero - Live & Free! Machida vs Romero this Saturday LIVE on @FOXSports1! pic.twitter.com/pRFepeCCTR — Dana White (@danawhite) June 25, 2015   #TheDragon talks Warrior Code Check it out: http://t.co/cX2abpNJai @LyotoMachidaFW #UFCFlorida — UFC (@ufc) June 25, 2015   #UFCFlorida Saturday at 10/7pm ETPT live on @FOXSports1 @YoelRomeroMMA pic.twitter.com/pWPwed0wdg — UFC (@ufc) June 24, 2015 KenFlo Will Be There! @kennyflorian are you calling the fight this weekend? — Jeff Welt (@funnyesquire) June 25, 2015   Yes ... Read the Full Article Here