Ngannou overcomes obstacles to become fan favorite

In three UFC fights, Francis Ngannou has scored three knockouts, propelling him into the top 15 of the heavyweight division. That’s quite a 12-month run, and it has made “The Predator” an instant fan favorite and the kind of fighter that not only looks the part of heavyweight contender, but plays it as well.But the soft-spoken 30-year-old admits that the fanfare that has led him to Friday’s co-main event against Anthony Hamilton has snuck up on him a bit.  Ngannou, Lewis, Anderson … Friday night’s UFC Fight Night is stacked! Watch it live and exclusive ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Unfiltered: Cowboy Cerrone & Matt Brown

Cowboy Cerrone calls in to address Dana White's UF49 comments about him and his involvement in the MMAAA, his thoughts on Bjorn Rebney, fighting Matt Brown at UFC 206, and shooting guns while riding a horse. Later, Matt Brown joins the show to talk about fighting Cowboy on Saturday, USADA and PEDs, his UFC 198 run-in with his former coach, metal music, and more. Plus, Jim and Matt discuss Cris Cyborg's statement on why she turned down two Women's Featherweight title fights, the controversial Gray Maynard vs. Ryan Hall fight at the TUF 24 Finale, and a lot more.Some of the highlights from Episo ... Read the Full Article Here

By The Numbers - UFC 206 Edition

145Pounds or featherweight division that Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis will be competing for the interim UFC championship2Current ranking of Max Holloway as a UFC featherweight9Consecutive wins by “Blessed” inside the Octagon, tied for the 3rd longest active UFC win streak8Consecutive wins by Holloway as a UFC featherweight, longest win streak in the UFC/WEC featherweight division11Wins overall by Holloway as a UFC featherweight, 4th most win in UFC/WEC featherweight history MORE FROM UFC 206: Reasons to Watch | Holloway still fighting like his spot is on the line  ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 206 - Fight by Fight

ANTHONY PETTIS VS MAX HOLLOWAYMax Holloway has more than earned his shot at 145-pound gold, and while the interim title adds more weight to this main event between “Blessed” and Anthony Pettis, this was a great fight without two extra rounds and a title on the line. Pettis is still one of the most creative fighters in the sport, and when he’s on, he’s a scary matchup for anyone. But in recent bouts, being “on” has been the issue for “Showtime.” That’s not the case for Holloway, who has always shown up with his “A” game, and it ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Albany - Fight by Fight

SHAMIL ABDURAKHIMOV VS DERRICK LEWISIt’s the most wonderful time of the year…to see a fighter go from contender to star, and while 2016 has been a breakthrough year for Derrick Lewis, a big win in his first headlining gig could be a star-making turn for “The Black Beast.” Sure, the win over Roy Nelson wasn’t pretty, but that’s nothing a knockout of Dagestan’s Shamil Abdurakhimov can’t cure. “Abrek” is a tough out though, making this an intriguing headliner.ANTHONY HAMILTON VS FRANCIS NGANNOUThe first bout of the heavyweight doublehea ... Read the Full Article Here

Brown doesn't like Cowboy and plans to beat him up

  // When Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone walked into town in Toronto for UFC 206 fight week, the adventure-seeking fan favorite attempted to say hello to former training partner Matt Brown.But Cowboy received the cold shoulder.“All my team is training him, right? All the guys from Colorado are all his coaches,” Cerrone said at UFC 206 Open Workouts. “So I went to go see him and he walked off. I said, ‘Come on. We’re not fighting until Saturday. We can be cool.’”RELATED: Hear Brown and Cerrone on the UFC Unfiltered podcast  ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 206: Holloway vs. Pettis Fantasy Cheat Sheet

Think you know how the next fight card will play out? Play UFC Pick 'EmThe interim featherweight title will go up for grabs when the UFC returns to Toronto, Canada this Saturday night, with Max Holloway facing Anthony Pettis in the main event. Holloway is riding an incredible nine-fight winning streak while racing up the rankings at 145 pounds, but he'll face his toughest test when he takes on the former lightweight champion who made an impressive debut in the division with a submission victory over Charles Oliveira. Also on the card, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone looks for another big win at welter ... Read the Full Article Here

Holloway still fighting like his spot on the line

January 2014. Max Holloway was coming off back-to-back decision losses to Dennis Bermudez and Conor McGregor, and he felt as if his job was on the line if he dropped a third fight against Will Chope in Singapore.He didn’t lose that fight. Instead, the Hawaiian fought with a vicious intensity, picking up Knockout of the Night honors for his second round stoppage of Chope. The win began a nine-fight winning streak that not only took him to the top of the featherweight division, but also landed him an interim title fight against Anthony Pettis this Saturday in Toronto.But surprisingly, Holl ... Read the Full Article Here

Abdurakhimov ready for his time in spotlight

Shamil Abdurakhimov may not have expected to get a main event slot in his fourth UFC fight, but now that he’s here and facing Derrick Lewis on Friday night in Albany, he plans on making the most of this opportunity.“I signed a contract with UFC to fight against the best fighters,” he said through manager / translator Alexey Yatsenko. “I didn't expect that my fourth fight will be the main event, but I’ll do everything to not to lose my chance. I believe in my victory and I hope that after this fight I will have the opportunity to fight for the belt.”Currently ... Read the Full Article Here

By the Numbers - Fight Night Albany

  // 10Current ranking of Derrick Lewis as a UFC heavyweight4Consecutive wins by “The Black Beast,” including Lewis’ most recent split decision win over Roy Nelson in July, which was preceded by three consecutive knockouts, longest active win streak in UFC heavyweight division6KO/TKOs by Lewis. Only UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has scored this many striking stoppages inside the Octagon since Lewis’ UFC debut in April 20146:13Average fight time by Lewis, 4th fastest among active UFC heavyweights (min. 5 fights)93.8Career finishing percentage by ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Unfiltered: Dana, Holloway and Pettis

UFC President Dana White calls in to discuss a wide range of topics including the newly announced MMA Athletes Association, Conor McGregor fighting Floyd Mayweather, Cris Cyborg turning down two Women's Featherweight title fights, Jon Jones, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tim Elliott, Ronda's return, and much more. Later, Max Holloway calls in to talk about his interim Featherweight title fight against Anthony Pettis at UFC 206, matching up with anyone on Earth, Conor's punching power, and his love of video games. Then, Anthony Pettis joins Jim and Matt to discuss fighting Max Holloway on December 10, t ... Read the Full Article Here

On the Rise: Albany Edition

  //   A couple weeks back, the UFC delivered a day-night doubleheader from Belfast and Sao Paulo that brought 20-plus fights into your living room over the course of the day.This weekend, the organization is going back-to-back with events on Friday and Saturday night, beginning in Albany, New York and then returning to Toronto, Ontario, Canada for the first time since UFC 165.Both events feature several emerging talents worth tracking.Here are three to watch Friday night in the New York State capital.This is On the Rise: Albany Edition.Andrew SanchezOne of the most UFC-rea ... Read the Full Article Here

Pettis experiencing similar feelings ahead of UFC 206

Even though it was nearly six years ago, Anthony Pettis still remembers his first major title fight against Benson Henderson like it was yesterday. More importantly, he remembers what led to that 2010 bout for the WEC lightweight title.“Man, I remember being excited and nervous and those familiar feelings are coming back now,” Pettis said as he awaits his UFC 206 main event against Max Holloway for the UFC featherweight crown. That may be the best sign of all for “Showtime,” who parlayed those feelings six years ago into the WEC title and highlight reels everywhere than ... Read the Full Article Here

Lewis uses past to focus on future

If you follow Derrick Lewis on social media (and you should), you know that the UFC heavyweight has got jokes.From off-kilter videos featuring himself and others to some of the best memes in the business, the Houston native has taken to using Instagram and Twitter to showcase his playful personality, which is a far cry from the focused, menacing impression he gives off every time he steps into the Octagon. RELATED CONTENT: Three fighters On the Rise | Albany kicks off great weekend of fights | Albany Fantasy PreviewAs it turns out, his antics aren’t reserved str ... Read the Full Article Here

Reasons to watch UFC 206 this Saturday

DO NOT MISS OUT! PRE-ORDER UFC 206 DIGITAL PPV NOWAnthony Pettis vs. Max Holloway was intriguing enough when the fight was first announced. It was a three-round, non-title bout destined for just 15 minutes of furious stand up action. But when Daniel Cormier was forced to pull out of his UFC 206 main event light heavyweight title defense against Anthony Johnson, Pettis and Holloway were moved up to become the new main event. That means 25 minutes for the interim featherweight title and a guaranteed shot at new undisputed champion Jose Aldo early in 2017. It’s hard not to be excited about ... Read the Full Article Here

Pena, Shevchenko Clash in Denver Main Event

After huge wins in their recent bouts, Julianna Pena and Valentina Shevchenko are on a collision course that leads to Denver, Colorado, where the two bantamweight contenders will meet in the UFC on FOX main event on Saturday, Jan. 28.The five-round headlining bout takes place at Pepsi Center.Winner of season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter, Pena has been on a perfect run in the UFC since the show, going 4-0 with wins over the likes of Milana Dudieva and Jessica Eye. In her most recent bout at UFC 200 in July, “The Venezuelan Vixen” decisioned former world title challenger Cat Zingano, c ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC names Andrew Schleimer Chief Financial Officer

LAS VEGASUFC® today announced the appointment of Andrew Schleimer as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Schleimer will replace outgoing CFO Nakisa Bidarian who will be leaving at the end of December to join Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta where he will be responsible for building and leading a new direct investment platform for the family. “We’re excited to welcome Andrew to the family as we enter this new chapter of our history,” remarked UFC President Dana White. “Andrew brings a strong finance and operations background to our team – experience that will ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Albany Fantasy Cheat Sheet

The UFC returns to New York this Friday night for a special UFC FIGHT PASS card that features two heavy-hitting heavyweights at the top of the bill. Derrick Lewis will look to build on his recent winning streak when he faces tough as nails Russian Shamil Abdurakhimov. Both fighters are ranked in the top 15, but a win in this main event showdown will make a strong case to crack the top 10. Also on the card, rising heavyweight star Francis Ngannou will try to stay undefeated in the UFC when he faces crafty veteran Anthony Hamilton, while former Ultimate Fighter winner Corey Anderson will look ... Read the Full Article Here

Overeem will serve as commentator for GLORY: COLLISION event

The biggest event in kickboxing history just got even bigger – with the announcement UFC star Alistair Overeem will serve as a special guest commentator for this Saturday’s epic GLORY: COLLISION super-card.The GLORY: COLLISION main event sees the hotly anticipated clash between GLORY heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven and the most dangerous puncher in kickboxing - Badr Hari. It is a dream fight fans feared would never happen – but it finally goes ahead as the headline attraction of a show which sold out the 12,500 seat Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany, over a mont ... Read the Full Article Here

Ultimate Fighter 24 finale fantasy rewind

Think you know how the next fight card will play out? Play UFC Pick 'EmDemetrious Johnson proved once again why he is the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the sport on Saturday night after he survived an early scare from Ultimate Fighter winner Tim Elliot to earn his ninth straight successful title defense and 11th win in a row overall. Johnson had his hands full early as Elliott came out aggressively and nearly locked up a guillotine choke before transitioning to a D'arce choke that looked to have the champion in trouble. Elliott added on to his offensive onslaught with a punch later in the ... Read the Full Article Here