Latifi Meets Newcomer Blachowicz At UFC Stockholm

Fresh from his victory in Dublin earlier this month, Ilir "The Sledgehammer" Latifi will step into the Octagon in front of his home fans to meet Jan Blachowicz at UFC Fight Night Stockholm. Blachowicz will be making his UFC debut having been a former light heavyweight champion in his native Poland. Latifi has finished his last two opponents inside the first round but Blachowicz will be eager to make his mark inside the UFC and silence the Swedish fans."Last time I fought in Stockholm my preparations were minimal, but the audience was amazing. This time will be even better, and after ... Read the Full Article Here

Riggs Forced Out of Thiago Bout

Scheduled to return to the Octagon in Brasilia, Brazil on September 13 against Paulo Thiago, veteran Joe "Diesel" Riggs's first UFC bout since 2006 has been put on hold after an accident at Riggs' home in Arizona Monday night.The UFC released the following statement on the incident.“We were made aware that newly-signed UFC competitor Joe Riggs was involved in an unfortunate accident last night. While cleaning his permitted firearm (a pistol), the gun discharged, injuring his hand and upper thigh. Riggs was transported to a nearby hospital in Arizona where he is being treated by physicians. We ... Read the Full Article Here

Green-Masvidal is on for UFC 178

Following big wins on last weekend's UFC Fight Night card in San Jose, lightweight contenders Bobby "King" Green and Jorge "Gamebred" Masvidal will get right back to business on Saturday, September 27, when they meet in a pivotal UFC 178 bout in Las Vegas.Both graduates of the Strikeforce organization, Green and Masvidal have taken their game to the next level in the Octagon, with Green's eight-fight winning streak including four UFC victories, most recently a split decision win over Josh Thomson last Saturday. On that same card, Miami's Masvidal rose from a first-round knockdown to decision D ... Read the Full Article Here

Siver Returns in Oct. vs Whiteford

German featherweight standout Dennis Siver will make his first start since December of 2013 when he faces Scotland's Robert Whiteford at UFC Fight Night Stockholm on October 4th."I am very happy to be allowed to fight again after such a long time and I can't wait to get back into the Octagon," said Siver. "My opponent is perfect to get rid of the ring rust. I will try to deliver an exciting fight."Unbeaten in three of his last four bouts, the hard-hitting Siver has been on the shelf since a positive drug test following a win over Manvel Gamburyan at UFC 168. The win was subsequently changed to ... Read the Full Article Here

The Comeback of Dominick Cruz

“No.” Dominick Cruz didn’t even let the question finish before he’s answered it. He knows what it is, he’s heard it a million times before, and each time, the response is the same.For the record, the question was, after two knee surgeries and a groin injury that has kept him sidelined since October of 2011, did he ever wonder if he was going to hear the words “welcome back” again.“No.” So he knew he was going to hear them?“Absolutely.”That’s a strong young man right there, one who, not surprisingly, earned the title World Champion next to his name.“I knew I was young, I was passionate about th ... Read the Full Article Here

Silva-Diaz Superfight Set for Super Bowl Weekend

Speculation about possible opponents for newly re-signed UFC star Nick Diaz ended Tuesday afternoon when UFC President Dana White announced on ESPN SportsCenter that the Stockton standout will face future Hall of Famer Anderson Silva on January 31 in Las Vegas.Silva, sidelined since a leg injury ended his UFC 168 fight against middleweight champion Chris Weidman, has been greenlighted by doctors to fight again, and he has looked sharp in training. Now he has even more to train for as he takes on Diaz in what is expected to be a striking lovers' dream matchup on the UFC's annual Super Bowl week ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 178 Media Tour Headed to Vegas and L.A.

Tickets go on sale for UFC 178 on Aug. 8, so all the stars that are set to enter the Octagon will take part in a media tour next week with stops in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will be in the MGM Grand lobby on Aug.5 and then Club Nokia at LA Live on Aug. 5. Both events are open to the public.Ultimate Media Day in Las Vegas begins on Monday at 11 a.m. PT. On Tuesday a moderated Q & A for fans and media begins at 4 p.m. Read the Full Article Here

Rankings: Green, Bermudez Soar After Big Wins

Lightweight Bobby Green and featherweight Dennis Bermudez were the big winners when this week's updated UFC official rankings were released Monday afternoon.Green, coming off a decision win against No. 3 lightweight Josh Thomson, made the biggest jump of the week, moving all the way up to No. 7 after entering the weekend at No. 13. The loss dropped Thomson three spots to No. 6.Many thought Bermudez was grossly undervalued at No. 12 last week, but "The Menace" was rewarded for his dominant second-round submission win over Clay Guida, getting voted up five spots to No. 7 at featherweight. Guida ... Read the Full Article Here

Incredibly Smooth: The Best of Benson Henderson

Benson Henderson returns to the Octagon next month when he takes on fellow top-ranked lightweight Rafael Dos Anjos in the main event of the August 23 UFC Fight Night event in Tulsa, Oklahoma.Over the last five years, the 30-year-old known as “Smooth” has proven himself to be one of the very best in the treacherous 155-pound ranks, claiming championship gold in both the WEC and the UFC while amassing a 14-2 record over that time, with both setbacks coming in title fights opposite his chief rival, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis.As the MMA Lab product prepares to return to the UFC cage, here’s a look ... Read the Full Article Here

Aldo-Mendes 2 Heads to Rio

Originally scheduled to take place on August 2, the biggest rematch in UFC featherweight history now moves to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 25, as 145-pound champion Jose Aldo and number one contender Chad Mendes meet at UFC 179. UFC president Dana White made the announcement in San Jose Saturday night after the UFC Fight Night card at the SAP Center.In their first meeting in January of 2012, Aldo stopped the then-unbeaten Mendes with one second remaining in the first round. Since then, Mendes has won five straight, most recently decisioning Nik Lentz. Aldo, the only 145-pound champio ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night San Jose Musings

HENDRICKS-LAWLER IISo how do you top the frontrunner for 2014 Fight of the Year? You do it again. Often, rematches never live up to the first fight, but I’m not expecting that to be the case with the return bout between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler. Despite the furious pace of their first bout in March, neither welterweight knows how to fight any other way. So while the action level should remain high, it will be the fighter who adjusts better who will win the second time around. For Hendricks, he has to try and use his wrestling better in the rematch, as that will dilute some of Lawler’s ... Read the Full Article Here

Lawler Tops Brown, Secures Rematch with Hendricks

SAN JOSE, July 26 - Johny Hendricks, Robbie Lawler is coming for you…again. After a gritty five-round battle with Matt Brown at the SAP Center Saturday, the veteran Lawler secured a second UFC welterweight title fight against the reigning titleholder by pounding out a close unanimous decision win.“I’m very excited,” said Lawler. “It’s time to go back to work and I’ll be waiting for him.”Scores were 49-46 twice and 48-47 for Lawler, who lost a razor-thin bout to Hendricks for the vacant title in March. But to get a rematch, he had to knock out Jake Ellenberger in May and then survive 25 minutes ... Read the Full Article Here

Vet Masvidal Rises from Deck to Beat Cruickshank

SAN JOSE, July 26 - Longtime lightweight contender Jorge Masvidal rose from a first-round knockdown in his UFC Fight Night prelim bout against Daron Cruickshank Saturday at the SAP Center, taking control in the next two frames to secure a three-round unanimous decision win over the highly-touted prospect.Scores were 29-28 twice, and 29-27.After the two took a bit of time to get acclimated, Cruickshank’s first serious offensive move – a right hand – landed flush and put Masvidal on his back. Referee Herb Dean moved in quickly as if to stop the fight, but Masvidal stood up immediately and told C ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night: Lawler vs. Brown Post Fight Bonus Recap

UFC President Dana White was joined at the UFC Fight Night: Lawler vs. Brown post fight press conference by Robbie Lawler, Anthony Johnson, Dennis Bermudez, Patrick Cummins, Bobby Green and Jorge Masvidal, Lawler vs. Brown was announced as the fight of the night after the two welterweight contenders went the distance. Both fighters earned a $50k fight bonus for their effort, Lawler gets the next title shot against Johny Hendricks and Brown was taken to the hospital, thus didn't attend the press conference.Johnson and Bermudez earned the performance bonuses - Johnson for his first-round KO ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC on Fox 13 Heading To Phoenix

On Saturday night during the Fight Night: Lawler vs. Brown broadcast on Fox, it was announced that the UFC will make its first trip to Phoenix, Ariz. in December this year for the final UFC on Fox event of 2014.No bouts have been announced yet. The last three Fox main events were Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown, Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne and Benson Henderson vs. Josh Thomson.Make sure to check back at UFC.com for updates on this card and all future UFC events. Read the Full Article Here

Tweets of the Week - 7/25

UFC on Fox: Lawler vs Brown . @Ruthless_RL getting a quick workout in for the fans. #UFCFightNight on FOX https://t.co/0Kj6Z0KDzG — UFC (@ufc) July 24, 2014 On my way to the Left Coast. Thank you, Immortal Army, for your unwavering support. I am humbled. I will give... http://t.co/T5oC8KVYYS — Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) July 22, 2014 Headed to work in California pic.twitter.com/YDL3IFrCH4 — Daron Cruickshank (@Cruickshank155) July 22, 2014 #UFCFightNight's @ClayGuida hanging out @SJEarthquakes game w/ good friend Q! cc: @LukeRockhold #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/hcSH ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night San Jose Study Guide

The UFC makes its return to San Jose for an action-packed card Saturday night live on FOX. Before the big show, take a look at all the stars from the card in action. Robbie LawlerResurgent veteran Robbie Lawler has been one of the most exciting welterweights since his return to the UFC in early 2013. Lawler, who touts a 23-10 record overall, has dispatched wrestling ace Josh Koscheck, former Strikeforce fighter Bobby Voelker, and up-and-coming Canadian Rory MacDonald before falling victim to champion Johny Hendricks at UFC 171. Ruthless is coming off a third-round finish of Jake Ellenberg ... Read the Full Article Here

By The Numbers: UFC on FOX 12

On Saturday, the Octagon is in San Jose for the welterweight showdown between Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown. But before UFC on FOX 12 begins, let’s take a look at the card By The Numbers.4Times the Octagon has traveled to San Jose, California including this Saturday’s UFC on FOX: Lawler vs. Brown card with its main event, the UFC welterweight title eliminator between Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown7Knockdowns recorded inside the Octagon for both “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler and Matt “The Immortal” Brown, tied for 5th most in UFC welterweight history4.03Strikes landed per minute rate by Lawler, 7th hig ... Read the Full Article Here

Brown, Lima Weigh-In Update

Confusion reigned in San Jose after today's UFC Fight Night weigh-in, with both main eventer Matt Brown and strawweight newcomer Juliana Lima missing their marks weight wise, Brown coming in at 172.5 and Lima at 117.Both Brown and Lima intended to make a second attempt at coming in at 171 and 116, respectively, but Brown was told by a California State Athletic Commission official that he was not going to be allowed to make a second try, though commission rules allow two hours for such an attempt. Shortly afterward, Lima was pulled from her attempt to make weight and put back on the scale, wher ... Read the Full Article Here

Robbie Lawler Keeps It Moving

As the great resurgence of Robbie Lawler continues, the fistic artist known as “Ruthless” doesn’t blink when it comes to a schedule that would make most fighters cower, or at least hit the ‘ignore’ button when they see UFC matchmaker Joe Silva’s name on the caller ID.With three fights and nearly 11 rounds in since last November, and potentially five more on the docket in this Saturday’s FOX main event against Matt Brown, Lawler is just happy to be working.“It’s a good thing because it keeps me in the gym, keeps me training, and keeps me getting better,” he said. “I’m getting stronger, getting ... Read the Full Article Here