Milstead looks to continue hot start in second UFC fight

Adam Milstead celebrates after defeating Chris De La Rocha in his UFC debut" align="center" />The only thing that gave Adam Milstead away was the PRIDE / UFC shirt. Otherwise, when watching him sing and play the song “Like I Love You,” on YouTube, it would be natural to guess that he was the next big thing on the music scene, a singer / songwriter about to go on world tours, not making a trip to the Octagon to fight Curtis Blaydes on Feb. 4 in Houston.But his second UFC fight is the most important thing on his immediate to do list, and he’s hoping “Razor” Blaydes ... Read the Full Article Here

Sterling has altered mindset; undeterred by first loss

When Aljamain Sterling steps into the Octagon on Jan. 28 to face Raphael Assuncao, it’s officially tip-toe time for the New Yorker. In other words, if the 27-year-old was like many of his peers, the talk would turn to taking the right fight at the right time with the right amount of time to train for that right fight.Instead, the No. 7-ranked bantamweight, who could start planning out a road to the title if he can beat the No. 4-ranked Assuncao, is opting to leave his phone on for UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby. “I am open for short notice fights,” “The Funk Master” s ... Read the Full Article Here

All-star coaching staffs add to allure of upcoming Ultimate Fighter season

Sunday night, amid the fisticuffs on the first event of the year in Phoenix, Arizona, the UFC announced some of the details for Season 25 of The Ultimate Fighter and the latest installment of the long-running reality TV competition is shaping up to be a doozy.In addition to declaring that the cast will be made up of welterweight competitors that have appeared on previous seasons of the show, including one current active member of the UFC roster, the organization confirmed that the two men heading up the rival sides will be newly crowned bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and No. 1 contender ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 209 title fights about best vs. the best

  // In an era where the superfight is all the rage, UFC 209 features a pair of title fights with a similar theme: the best vs. the best. UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley defends his title against No. 1-ranked Stephen Thompson. Also, with Conor McGregor out of the fray for the foreseeable future, No. 1-ranked lightweight Khabib Nuramgomedov meets No. 2-ranked Tony Ferguson for the interim 155-pound championship. Woodley and Thompson have unfinished business after fighting to a draw during the historic UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden last November. In what many hav ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Performance Institute anchors new UFC campus

  // Think of the innovative new UFC Performance Institute and UFC Corporate Campus facilities as a spotlight – literally and figuratively - inside the future of performance athletic training and wellness. Certainly, the layout of the 15-acre, 184,000-square foot campus off Jones Blvd. and the 215 Beltway in southwest Las Vegas will lend itself to a front row view of the world’s finest Mixed Martial Arts athletes, immersed in cutting edge training techniques. Sight lines throughout the new corporate campus, scheduled to open in May, are all directed toward the 30,00 ... Read the Full Article Here

Where are they now? Eliot Marshall

This was as close to rock bottom as Eliot Marshall had ever been as a professional fighter. The Ultimate Fighter 8 alumnus had weathered the storms of his career well, rebounding after being cut by the UFC to win three in a row and earn a return to the Octagon.That return in March of 2011 wasn’t what he expected, as he was knocked out in the first round by Luiz Cane in a short notice bout in New Jersey. Seven months later, he was in Las Vegas and about to take on Brandon Vera. “I had never been so scared before a fight,” Marshall said of the UFC 137 bout. “I had a terri ... Read the Full Article Here

Friday Fight Update

Changes were announced to a trio of upcoming UFC cards on Friday, with two newcomers making their first trip to the Octagon while a South African favorite makes his return to fight in Brazil.On next Saturday’s card in Denver, Wales’ John Phillips has been forced to withdraw from his first UFC bout against Marcos Rogerio de Lima, opening the door for Colorado’s Jeremy “Grizzly” Kimball to make his debut against the veteran Brazilian bomber.The return of light heavyweight contender Ovince Saint Preux hit a snag when Jan Blachowicz suffered an injury that prompted hi ... Read the Full Article Here

Hometown favorite Manuwa set to face Anderson in London

London, UK- UFC® have added four more explosive bouts to the card set for The O2 in London on Saturday, March 18. Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT® LONDON will go on general sale on Friday, January 27 and are expected to sell out quickly. Following a shock knockout at UFC® 204: BISPING vs. HENDERSON 2 against favourite Ovince Saint Preux, which also earned him a performance of the night bonus, No.5 ranked light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa (16-2; fighitng out of London, England) takes on No. 9 ranked Corey Anderson (10-2; fighting out of Robbinsville, NJ, USA). Manuwa will have the hometown ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC camp update: Sik-Jitsu and Pena, Chiesa, Sicilia and more

It must be a Pacific Northwest thing. Just like novelist Chuck Palahniuk wrote that the one rule of Fight Club is that you do not talk about Fight Club, another Washington State product, Spokane’s Rick Little, has a rule when it comes to his own “fight club,” the Sik-Jitsu Fighting Systems school.“You’re not allowed to block a body shot in my gym,” Little said matter-of-factly, adding another “You’re not allowed,” for emphasis. From anyone else, the statement would have come from out of nowhere, but not from Little, the head coach and found ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Unfiltered: Woodley, Thompson talk fight

UFC Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley calls in ahead of his rematch with Wonderboy Thompson on March 4 at UFC 209 and talks about how the first fight went, particularly the scoring of the fourth round, managing his energy, and he asks Matt what he did wrong with the guillotine attempt in the fourth round, as well. Later, title challenger Stephen Thompson calls in and discusses wanting to come into the rematch bigger than the first fight, feeling like he had an off night at UFC 205, Tyron being noncommittal about a rematch, and more. Plus, Jim and Matt discuss Amanda Nunes calling for the win ... Read the Full Article Here

Weidman to face Mousasi at UFC 210 in Buffalo

Middleweight contender Gegard Mousasi has been calling for a fight with former 185-pound champion Chris Weidman, and on Apr. 8, he will be granted his wish. The only catch is that he’ll have to go to Weidman’s home state of New York to get the fight, as the two meet in a UFC 210 bout at KeyBank Center in Buffalo.UFC 210 will air live on Pay-Per-View. Stay tuned to UFC.com for more fight card announcements . To pre-register for tickets, click here.The fighting pride of Baldwin, Weidman held the UFC middleweight crown for over two years after beating Brazilian icon Anderson Silva f ... Read the Full Article Here

Woodley, Wonderboy spar on ESPN interview

Tickets go on sale Friday for UFC 209 featuring the UFC welterweight title rematch between champion Tyron Woodley and challenger Stephen Thompson.If today’s ESPN interview is any indication, those tickets are going to be some of the hottest in town on March 4 in Las Vegas.“Any person – the three blind mice could have watched that fight – many referees would have stopped that contest when I dropped (Thompson) for the third time in the fourth round,” Woodley said on ESPN's SportsCenter.The champion is referring to the very close majority draw result that t ... Read the Full Article Here

Correia vs Reneau set for Fortaleza

Popular bantamweight contender Bethe Correia will have the fans on her side on Mar. 11 when she returns to the Octagon in Fortaleza, Brazil to face fellow 135-pound standout Marion Reneau.In the UFC Fight Night main event, which airs live on FS1 from Centro de Formação Olímpica de Fortaleza, Kelvin Gastelum faces Vitor Belfort in a five-round middleweight bout.A member of the UFC roster since 2013, the No. 9-ranked Correia is coming off her fourth UFC win in September, as she outpointed Jessica Eye at UFC 203. This March, she fights in her native Brazil for the first time ... Read the Full Article Here

The top UFC fighters under 25

Cody Garbrandt celebrates after defeating Dominick Cruz at UFC 207 to become bantamweight champ" align="center" /> It wouldn’t be fair to say mixed martial arts was an “old man’s sport,” but for a long time, athletes in MMA either started late or hit their prime a lot later than they did in other sports. That has changed, and it would be fair to say that we are seeing the greatest collection of young talent to hit the sport and start hitting their prime years at the same time. Want proof? Read on for 13 of the top fighters in the UFC that are just 25 and under.In order ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Unfiltered: Din Thomas and Fight Night recap

The great Din Thomas joins Jim and Matt in studio to break down the results of UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Penn, Robbie Lawler leaving American Top Team, Din and Matt's experiences at UFC 33, Woodley vs. Wonderboy 2, Dana White: Lookin' For A Fight, and much more.Some of the highlights from Episode 61 of UFC Unfiltered include:Matt talks about BJ Penn's loss to Yair Rodriguez Din texted Matt something nice… maybe Din talks about Robbie Lawler leaving ATT Read the Full Article Here

Angela Hill returns to UFC, faces Andrade in Houston

After tearing through the strawweight division in Invicta FC, former Ultimate Fighter standout Angela Hill will return to take care of some unfinished UFC business on Feb. 4 when she takes on No. 5-ranked contender Jessica Andrade at Toyota Center in Houston.In the UFC Fight Night main event, it's the return of "The Korean Zombie," Chan Sung Jung, as he faces featherweight contender Dennis Bermudez in a five-round matchup. Tickets are on sale now.Entering the Octagon with just a single pro fight in 2014, Hill defeated TUF 20 castmate Emily Peters Kagan in her UFC debut, and though she lost s ... Read the Full Article Here

Garbrandt-Dillashaw promises to be intriguing feud

Cody Garbrandt made sure to deliver a message to TJ Dillashaw immediately after upsetting pound-for-pound great Dominick Cruz to win the bantamweight title at UFC 207. “Anyone can come get it. TJ Dillashaw, try me mother f***er,” Garbrandt said. Garbrandt mentioned only one name in his post-fight Octagon interview, leading to the announcement that “No Love” will coach opposite Dillashaw on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter. Some of the greatest rivalries in the history of the UFC have played out on the set of the show. Matt Hughes and Matt Serra; Dan Henderson ... Read the Full Article Here

Kennedy thanks troops in farewell to Octagon

In a Facebook post announcing his retirement on Tuesday, longtime middleweight contender Tim Kennedy wrote of his reasons for walking away from the sport at the age of 37, and also touched on his greatest moment in a pro career that began in 2001. Not surprisingly, it was a night the decorated member of the United States Armed Forces shared with his fellow soldiers.“I’ve been a professional fighter for two decades, but there was no greater moment for me than winning the main event of Fight for the Troops 3,” Kennedy wrote. “You made me invincible that night.”It wa ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Statement on Angela Hill

On December 13, 2016, UFC strawweight Angela Hill was re-enrolled by USADA into the UFC Anti-Doping Policy Registered Testing Pool (RTP). Hill had previously been part of the RTP as a contracted athlete in 2015, before she was released at the discretion of UFC and subsequently removed from the program. UFC is granting Hill an exemption to the four-month RTP requirement, which will allow her to compete against Jessica Andrade on February 4, 2017, in Houston, Texas. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy section 5.7.1, in exceptional circumstances or where the strict application of that rule would be ... Read the Full Article Here

Waterson featured in Uninterrupted documentary

Michelle Waterson’s explosion onto the UFC scene seemed like just a moment away when she debuted back in July 2015.The former Invicta FC atomweight champion took out Angela Magana in dominant fashion and announced her arrival in grand fashion. She had the look, the fighting style and that unexplainable star quality wrapped up into one sensational package.Unfortunately for "The Karate Hottie," the injury bug hit hard, beginning with a broken hand in her debut. When she seemed ready to return later in 2015 she suffered a knee injury. Then Waterson broke her hand just days before h ... Read the Full Article Here