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TUF 19 - Episode One Preview

The Ultimate Fighter returns for season 19 tonight, with former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar making his first appearance on the show after being a member of the UFC roster for the last seven years.  He will coach opposite fellow former champion BJ Penn, who returns for coaching duties for the second time after leading a team of lightweights during season five.   Ironically enough, Edgar actually tried out for The Ultimate Fighter once upon a time, but didn't make the list for the final casting of the show.  Care to guess which season he tried out for? Yep, you guessed ... Read the Full Article Here

Stone Cold Tim Kennedy

The media is supposed to be impartial, never choosing one fighter over another in the performance of its duties. But when Tim Kennedy ended his November fight with Rafael Natal in four minutes and 40 seconds, saving those in attendance in an open airplane hangar at Fort Campbell in Kentucky from four more rounds in progressively colder conditions, there was no more popular fighter in the world.“Those aren’t ideal circumstances to fight in either,” said Kennedy, “especially when you have a torn quad. I didn’t want to be in there much longer either.”Cold and injuries aside, it was the perfect en ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC on FOX 11 Prelim Fantasy Preview

Khabib Nurmagomedov" title="UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov" style="width: 300px;" src="http://media.ufc.tv/photo_galleries/UFC165_event_4/UFC165_20130921_03492.jpg" align="left">The upcoming FOX UFC Saturday card in Orlando is so packed with talent that two of the world's best lightweights actually landed on the preliminary card, and that’s not to mention the return of a popular welterweight in his long-awaited trip back to the Octagon. Rafael Dos Anjos looks to keep his winning streak alive and make a statement to the 155-pound division when he faces Dagestani machine Khabib Nurmago ... Read the Full Article Here

Theodorou: Not just Mom's Favorite Fighter

If your mother says The Ultimate Fighter Nations finalist Elias Theodorou looks familiar, or if your wife or girlfriend has suddenly become a fight fan, but only when he’s fighting, don’t be too surprised. Let’s face it, as a model and actor that has made more than a few appearances on the covers of Harlequin romance novels, the Toronto native doesn’t fit the fighting stereotype of flattened noses, black eyes, and missing teeth.That doesn’t mean he can’t fight though, and if a perfect pro MMA record isn’t enough to prove that point, his two wins over Zein Saliba and Tyler Manawaroa that earned ... Read the Full Article Here

Vik Grujic: A Fighter All His Life

Life isn’t too bad for Vik Grujic these days. He won the most important fight of his life against thyroid cancer, he’s got a loving wife and three daughters, a spot in the UFC for a Wednesday fight against his The Ultimate Fighter Nations castmate Nordine Taleb, and at 37, he’s living out a scenario few his age could imagine. But don’t expect him to be letting up on the intensity anytime soon.“I’ve never really been in a situation where I can train with a gym like Team Alliance and train twice a day,” said Australia’s Grujic, who has prepared for the Taleb fight in San Diego. “And on top of th ... Read the Full Article Here

Michael Bisping's Second Chance

Like most of us that can be categorized as stubborn males, Michael Bisping believed that going to a doctor was only necessary if a limb was falling off. So when he began having problems with his right eye after his January 2013 fight with Vitor Belfort, the longtime middleweight contender brushed it off, despite the insistence of his girlfriend and other family members to get it checked out. He even had another fight, defeating Alan Belcher by technical decision at UFC 159 in April of last year, despite admitting that he went into the bout “with not much vision.” But finally, he couldn’t put a ... Read the Full Article Here

The Downes Side: TUF Nations Predictions

That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for another TUF edition of the Downes Side! Initially, there was some miscommunication with my editor and I wrote a densely worded essay concerning Transports Urbains Français. I was then told such work was “completely useless,” and decided to work on The Ultimate Fighter finale. It may not have the sex appeal of 21st century mass transit, but these Wednesday night fights will be sure to reach their entertainment destination. We have an all-Canadian finals, as the Canucks ran through Team Australia this season. After crowning a middleweight and welterweig ... Read the Full Article Here

TUF Nations Finale Weigh-In Results

The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale event, which is headlined by the middleweight bout between Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy, and the welterweight and middleweight finals of TUF Nations, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Canada at 7pm ET / 4pm PT. Fans can also see four prelim bouts on FOX Sports 1 at 5pm ET / 2pm PT, and UFC Fight Pass members can see four early prelim bouts at 3:15pm ET / 12:15pm PT.MAIN EVENTTim Kennedy (186) VS Michael Bisping (186)FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARDKyle Noke (171) VS Patrick Cote (170)TUF NATIONS MIDDLEWEIGHT FINALElias Theodorou (185) ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC on FOX 11 Main Card Fantasy Preview

The UFC will return to FOX this Saturday night with a stacked card, including a main event between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne that will see the winner getting the next shot at UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez later this year.Two top 10-ranked bantamweight women will also square off when Miesha Tate takes on Liz Carmouche, and with both fighters coming off losses, this could be a win or go home situation for the one that wants to get back to another title shot.There's also a striker's dream match on this card, as Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone faces Muay Thai wrecking machine Edson Barbo ... Read the Full Article Here

Sheldon Westcott: Looking for a Fight

Often, you find out more about a mixed martial artist from instances that have nothing to do with mixed martial arts. The Ultimate Fighter Nations middleweight finalist Sheldon Westcott is a perfect example.Instance number one: Westcott is an avid wake surfer, a pastime that involves being pulled by a boat at high speeds. On the water. Pretty straightforward stuff until you realize that until fairly recently, he didn’t know how to swim.“I love being in the water, and I’m not bad, either,” he laughs of his wake surfing passion, which was actually a dangerous one until he took some swimming less ... Read the Full Article Here

Indich Eager to Prove that He Belongs

Missing a flight is normally not a good thing, but when Chris Indich missed his departure from Las Vegas to Los Angeles on the way back home to Australia, he wasn’t complaining.See, the reason why he was heading home in the first place was because of an email he received, telling him that he didn’t make the final cut for the Ultimate Fighter Nations competition, but would instead be the competition’s first alternate.“I assumed that I was going to get into the house, just from a gut feeling, not from reputation or anything like that,” said the Perth native. “So I went to Las Vegas to prepare, b ... Read the Full Article Here

"When I'm done Kennedy will be in a recruitment office" - Bisping

Kennedy called Bisping out and has been vocal in the build up to the fight with disparaging remarks, even describing his opponent as the person he dislikes most in all of sport. He also accused Bisping of making fun of his military service, something which the Brit denies. Bisping said: “I never criticised the fact he was in the military. I was born on a military base, my dad served in the army for 20 years; my brothers are in the army, so I have got nothing but respect for people who serve in the military. “The thing about Tim Kennedy is that he just loves the image. All he talks a ... Read the Full Article Here

"It's not violence, it's a sport." - Ricky Gervais

The star of The Office and Derek is a secret fan of the US mixed martial arts company, full name Ultimate Fighting Championship, which features British stars like Michael Bisping and Brad Pickett. Asked what he watches when he is not working, he said: “UFC. My guilty pleasure is violence. I love the UFC and I cant get enough of it. “It is not really violence it is a sport. It is fair and fascinating how disciplines like mixed martial arts and boxing come together.” Read the Full Article. Read the Full Article Here

The Master Plan Remains Intact for Cote

As Patrick Cote approaches the tenth anniversary of his UFC debut against Tito Ortiz back in October of 2004, I had to ask him whether it feels like nearly a decade since that first fight in the Octagon.“Sometimes when I wake up,” he laughs. “But seriously, no. I think with the knowledge of nutrition and training, you can go a little bit further in your career when it comes to age. I just turned 34, but I feel so good. I’ve never felt better, and I know it sounds cliché, but I’m seriously in the best shape of my life, and that’s the truth. I’m more mature, I’m in great shape, and I know a lot ... Read the Full Article Here

Edgar vs. Penn: A Rivalry Rekindled

Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn" title="Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn" style="width: 300px;" src="http://media.ufc.tv//118/118_press_conference_photo_gallery/11_UFC118_Press_Conference_Edgar_v_Penn.jpg" align="left">When the 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter kicks off with a two-hour premiere on Wednesday night, the two teams of middleweight and light heavyweight hopefuls will be led by a pair of former champions and familiar foes.BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar are set to rekindle their rivalry - first as opposing coaches, and then when they step into the Octagon for a third time, headlining this season’s ... Read the Full Article Here

How to Watch the TUF Nations Finale

Wednesday, April 16thTUF Nations Finale Early Prelims - 3:15pm ET / 12:15pm PT / 7:15pm GMTOnline AiringsBrazil and Latin America- BlockedAll other countries – Fight Pass on UFC.TV Cable/Satellite AiringsBrazil - Combate Mexico - UFC NetworkArgentina - UFC NetworkBolivia - UFC NetworkChile - UFC NetworkColombia - UFC NetworkEcuador - UFC NetworkPanama - UFC NetworkParaguay - UFC NetworkPeru - UFC NetworkRep. Dominicana - UFC NetworkVenezuela - UFC NetworkTUF Nations Finale Prelims - 5pm ET / 2pm PT / 9pm GMTOnline AiringsUS, UK, Australia, Brazil, and Latin Amercia  – blocked  All ot ... Read the Full Article Here

Chad Laprise: The Disciple's Path

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and losing on The Ultimate Fighter. One of those little things for Chad Laprise was finding out that once he entered the house for the TUF Nations competition, it was going to be about the competition, not he and castmates becoming reality television stars.“I’m so thankful that we didn’t have any crazy dudes, any Junie Brownings or guys like that in the house,” said Team Canada’s Laprise, referring to the season eight wildman. “Everybody was really nice, really respectful, and it made things a whole lot easier. Being the ... Read the Full Article Here

Sarah Kaufman: Achieving the Balance

Sarah Kaufman was philosophical in discussing 2013, a year in which she went to hell and back with Leslie Smith, saw her UFC debut against Sara McMann called off, and then lost a controversial decision to Jessica Eye that was later changed to a no contest.“2013 was a big year for women’s MMA, so just being a part of that prior to, as well as in, that year is a big step forward,” she said. “That being said, I didn’t have enough fights, and I would have loved to have fought better, especially with the outcome of the Jessica Eye fight. But I didn’t feel like I lost the fight. I can’t even be upse ... Read the Full Article Here

Thiago Alves: The Pitbull Unleashed

An eternal optimist, Thiago Alves may be the only person in the universe to say that going through four surgeries that kept him out of the Octagon for over two years was “lucky,” but considering that his wait to return ends on Saturday when he faces Seth Baczynski in Orlando, that positive thinking is right on time.“I was lucky to have four surgeries back-to-back, so I don’t believe I have anything else to do on my body,” he laughs. “It is what it is and you really can’t think about what happened to you. You’ve got to think about what you’re going to do with those things. That was my mentality ... Read the Full Article Here

Stout-Noons moves to Welterweight

The lightweight bout originally scheduled between Sam Stout and KJ Noons for UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Kennedy has been changed to a welterweight contest. The fighters approached the UFC to request the change in weight class, and it was subsequently approved by both the UFC and the Quebec athletic commission, the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux. Read the Full Article Here