Jason Mertlich: Fighting is a Team Effort

Jason Mertlich likes the number 47.Many believe 47 is the universe’s quintessential random number. It’s a prime, a safe prime, a supersingular prime, a Lucas prime and an Eisenstein prime for starters. It’s also the number of ronin or lordless samurai in the Japanese epic about a warrior’s code of honor. On the periodic table, 47 is the atomic number of silver, the most reflective known metal in the world, whose uses range from currency and jewelry to water filtration and X-rays. So when it came time for the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt to claim ownership of and put ... Read the Full Article Here

Neil Magny on the Drive for Five at UFC 179

Winning streaks are difficult to come by at the top level of MMA, and Neil Magny has earned every step of his.The Ultimate Fighter season 16 alum has had an incredible campaign in 2014 as he’s found victory in all four of his showings in the calendar year. While four wins in a year would be enough for most fighters to stop and appreciate, the 26-year-old Colorado transplant isn’t done yet. He’s going into territory few of his peers have traveled and will get his fifth fight within a 12-month period. Furthermore, he will tie a benchmark if he’s successful in getting his ... Read the Full Article Here

Tweets of the Week - 10/17

  Fashion is Clearly A Work-in-Progress MEMBERS ONLY pic.twitter.com/M0ZzXbSY1d — Joseph Benavidez (@JoeJitsu) October 14, 2014 You've Been Warned! Hall & Oates before wrestling practice. Someone's getting cuddled to death... — russell doane (@RussellDoane135) October 15, 2014 Women are Closet Hippies? Serious question. Why does every woman in the world have s**t like this somewhere in their house? pic.twitter.com/4UO1zWePGG — ike vallie-flagg (@IKEVF) October 16, 2014 A Lot of Training Goes Into It! Closest I get to an MMA fight is flying cross-co ... Read the Full Article Here

Dan Hardy On The Return Of Anderson Silva

With the news of the former middleweight Champion being almost ready for a return to competition, UFC fans are right to be excited. Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva was, up until he met current champion Chris Weidman, looking like an unstoppable force in two weight divisions. From his time signing with the UFC he racked up a sixteen fight win streak, picking up the middleweight crown in his second fight in the organization.As a fan, it was fascinating to see him evolve into the fighter UFC fans are familiar with today. Traveling between Europe and Asia to compete, he put together some ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Announcements: Four for Friday

Despite this being a non-fight weekend, UFC matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby have been working the phones this week to bring fight fans even more compelling matchups for events in December and January.At UFC 181 on December 6 in Las Vegas, it will be a meeting of featherweight prospects as all-action Clay Collard takes on Alex White in what could be a show-stealer on a stacked card at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.Just a week later, on December 13 in Phoenix, the UFC’s newly-instituted women’s strawweight division gets the most important fight of its young history when unbeat ... Read the Full Article Here

By The Numbers - The Knockouts of October

With new Octagon action still a week away, let’s take a look back at 10 of the most thrilling and chilling UFC knockout finishes from Octobers past, which are all available on UFC Fight Pass. 10. Pedro Rizzo vs. David Abbott at UFC: Ultimate Brazil (watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)Way back in 1998, two hard-hitting heavyweights stole the show on the Octagon’s first trip to Brazil. Riding a two-fight win streak in the UFC at the time, David “Tank” Abbott was a very dangerous veteran who the year earlier had fought for the UFC heavyweight title against then-champ Maurice Smith. ... Read the Full Article Here

GSP Receives Doctor's Clearance To Resume Training

  Georges St-Pierre received medical clearance on his injured left knee from his doctor in Los Angeles on Friday, UFC President Dana White told UFC.com. GSP is now able to resume full MMA training just seven months after tearing his left ACL during a workout. White and UFC chairman/CEO Lorenzo Fertitta flew to Montreal earlier this week to visit with St-Pierre, and White followed up on Friday to see how the former UFC welterweight champion was doing and if he had heard back from his doctor. “They cleared GSP’s knee,” White said. “After surgery like that i ... Read the Full Article Here

The UFC at Halloween? Bring It On

So, you wanna be a UFC Fighter... for Halloween. Excellent choice. In fact, why not get your fight fan friends together and have a UFC themed-Halloween party? If you want to be a champion, and who doesn't, the UFC Store has replica championship belts and UFC gloves to start you off. Here are a few more ideas for UFC-themed costumes but feel free to share your own!Ronda Rousey - There are a lot more options for women's costumes at a UFC-themed Halloween party now that the Women's division is well-established and growing bigger all the time. If you're going to be a female fighter, why not b ... Read the Full Article Here

Chris Weidman Heroically Saved The Life of His Neighbor

It should have been just another Thursday morning for UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, but instead of running out to the airport to pick up training partner Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and the UFC welterweight’s brother, “The All-American” found himself called into action to save the life of his 94-year-old neighbor.Trapped in a torrential downpour outside his Long Island, New York home, Weidman was shuttling between his car and house when he noticed something odd.“I kept hearing this crazy, weird noise repeatedly,” Weidman said. “I st ... Read the Full Article Here

Jordan Battles Newcomer Cannonier at UFC 182

Fresh from an impressive TKO win over Jack May in August, heavyweight powerhouse Shawn Jordan will kick off his 2015 campaign at UFC 182 on January 3 as he welcomes unbeaten newcomer Jared Cannonier to the Octagon.In the UFC 182 main event, which will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Jon Jones defends his UFC light heavyweight title against Daniel Cormier.Former LSU football player Jordan has earned each of his four UFC victories by knockout, making him a must see in the heavyweight division, but he will be pushed hard by Cannonier, who has ended six of his seven pro wins by ... Read the Full Article Here

Fathom Events and UFC to Bring UFC 180 to Theaters

DENVER – October 16, 2014 – The UFC® returns to movie theaters nationwide on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. CT / 8:00 p.m. MT / 7:00 p.m. PT, as Fathom Events and the UFC® bring UFC® 180: VELASQUEZ vs. WERDUM, the UFC’s first-ever event in Mexico, to the big screen. Fans will have a front-row Octagon® view of all the action when heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez collides with no.1 contender Fabricio Werdum in the five-round main event on November 15. Broadcast live from the sold-out Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City, audiences will ... Read the Full Article Here

Robbie Lawler: Seizing the Moment

Robbie Lawler should be on vacation right now. But the welterweight contender has never been one to back down from a fight or shy away from an opportunity, so when middleweight champion Chris Weidman suffered a hand injury that forced him out of his December 6 title defense against Vitor Belfort, Lawler got a call, and his response was typical.“All right, I’m healthy, let’s do it.”Now he’s in the UFC 181 main event against Johny Hendricks in a welterweight title fight rematch that has plenty to live up to, considering that their first bout in March is the leadin ... Read the Full Article Here

Alves-Mein Back on for UFC 183

Originally scheduled to face each other in August, the welterweight battle fans have been waiting for will land in Las Vegas on January 31, as Muay Thai wrecking machine Thiago "Pitbull" Alves continues his comeback against Canada's Jordan Mein on the UFC 183 card headlined by Anderson Silva's return against Nick Diaz.A member of the UFC roster since 2005 who challenged Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight crown in 2009, Alves has been hampered by injuries over the last few years, but in April he made a triumphant return with a Fight of the Night winning performance against Seth Baczynski. ... Read the Full Article Here

Johny Hendricks: Better the Second Time Around

It should have been the greatest moment of Johny Hendricks’ life, and in a lot of ways it was, but as the UFC welterweight champion approaches his December 6 rematch with Robbie Lawler at UFC 181 in Las Vegas, looking back at his title winning effort in March produces what he calls some “bad memories and good memories.”The good? Winning the title in the frontrunner for 2014 Fight of the Year and placing the championship belt around his waist that he (and many others) thought should have been his last November when he lost a controversial split decision to Georges St-Pierre. ... Read the Full Article Here

Overeem Grateful for Quick Return against Struve

No sooner had Alistair Overeem lost to Ben Rothwell in early September did the speculation about his future begin.For the third time in four outings, the Dutch heavyweight was on the wrong side of a knockout finish, leaving him with a 2-3 mark through his first five appearances in the Octagon. Though he hasn’t had the impact many anticipated following his high-profile move to the UFC and first-round destruction of Brock Lesnar at UFC 141, the organization quickly silenced any chatter about his future by making it clear they would not be releasing the former Strikeforce champion.Two wee ... Read the Full Article Here

Tyron Woodley Fights for Ferguson

These days, and perhaps forever, the word “Ferguson” will represent a place where relations between police and civilians and black and white in a small Missouri town were put in an international spotlight for all to see and debate.Yet for UFC welterweight Tyron Woodley, Ferguson will always be home. In describing the place where he spent much of his 32 years, he says “Ferguson is a good place to live. There are positive people there and there’s a sense of community there. It’s a small community where you know your neighbors, they know you, and they might even ... Read the Full Article Here

Faber-Rivera Gives UFC 181 Even More Firepower

With two world championship fights, the UFC debut of female superstar Holly Holm, and several other high-profile and high-impact matchups, UFC 181 on December 6 in Las Vegas is shaping up to be the biggest event of 2014. But the intriguing bouts aren’t done yet, as “The California Kid,” Urijah Faber, will return to the Octagon to face bantamweight knockout artist Francisco “Cisco” Rivera in a bout verbally agreed to Wednesday.Tickets are on sale now for UFC 181, which is headlined by the welterweight championship rematch between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler ... Read the Full Article Here

Barao is Back on Dec. 20

Former world bantamweight champion Renan Barao will make his first start since his May loss to T.J. Dillashaw when he returns to the Octagon in Sao Paulo, Brazil to face rising Canadian star Mitch Gagnon on December 20.Unbeaten for nine years, the 27-year-old Barao dominated his opposition night in and night out before the upset loss of his title to Dillashaw earlier this year. Expected to face Dillashaw in an August rematch, Barao was pulled from the bout on weigh-in day after falling and hitting his head while trying to make weight. Now more determined than ever to regain his crown, Barao ca ... Read the Full Article Here

Silva Looks To Regain Stature as UFC's Best

We’ve been here before with Anderson Silva; questioning the future of arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter of all time. This time, though, we have a different question. Back in the summer of 2009, following a pair of lackluster efforts by Silva to retain his UFC middleweight title, we wondered if “The Spider” was content to coast by relying on his elite skills and experience inside the Octagon. He shut us up when he embarrassed Forrest Griffin at UFC 101, in one of the most one-sided fighting displays in UFC history. He went on to best Chael Sonnen in a two-fight ri ... Read the Full Article Here