T.J. Dillashaw: The Champ is Here

  There was no summer vacation for T.J. Dillashaw. Not that he’s complaining, but when you’re the newest UFC champion, time is not your own anymore.“I’m definitely enjoying it, but I didn’t have any down time, that’s for sure,” Dillashaw, who won the UFC bantamweight championship from Renan Barao in May and will fight him once again this Saturday in Sacramento, said. “I went straight from the big victory / media tour and back into training. So it would have been nice to enjoy with my family and my wife and my friends, but I feel like it’s a lot shorter of a turnaround for Renan than it ... Read the Full Article Here

Renan Barao: Business as Usual

  Renan Barao may have lost his UFC bantamweight title, but he hasn’t lost his smile, his laugh, or his sense of humor. Just ask him if he’s watched May’s bout with T.J. Dillashaw and you can hear him in the background laughing as the questioned is being translated to him.“I can’t even count,” Barao said through translator Cauan Ahmed. “I’ve watched it many, many times.”Each time, the result is the same, Dillashaw fighting a brilliant fight from horn to horn until the bout was halted in the fifth round. For the first time since his ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 177 Prelim Fantasy Preview

The UFC 177 preliminary fights taking place on Saturday feature a ton of talented competitors, including two former contenders from Strikeforce as well as an Olympic Gold medalist making his Octagon debut.  Lorenz Larkin looks to bounce back from a couple of tough losses as he takes on former college wrestler Derek Brunson in a fight that promises at least a few explosive moments between these two tough middleweights.  Also, 2008 Olympic Gold medalist Henry Cejudo makes his UFC debut against a former title contender in Scott Jorgensen, who looks to give the newcomer a rude welcome ... Read the Full Article Here

Austin Gets Wiman Return Against Vallie-Flagg

Longtime lightweight standout Matt Wiman will step back into the Octagon for the first time since January of 2013 when he takes on recent Fight of the Night winner Isaac Vallie-Flagg on November 22 in Austin, Texas.The verbally agreed to UFC Fight Night bout will see Wiman look to get back on the winning track after a UFC on FOX loss to TJ Grant. The former Ultimate Fighter season five competitor had won his two prior fights over Paul Sass and Mac Danzig, picking up Submission and Fight of the Night honors in the process.Winner of five of his last seven, Vallie-Flagg lost his last bout against ... Read the Full Article Here

Bethe Correia: Another Horsewoman in Her Sights

Bethe Correia is a woman on a mission. In fact, one could attach any number of descriptors to her (lioness, warrior, pitbull) and they all would support the notion that the undefeated Brazilian powerhouse has come to the UFC with something to prove. While some fighters are fine taking time to ease their ways into the situation, Correia isn’t pulling punches.She’s gunning for the top of the mountain in women’s MMA phenom Ronda Rousey, and she has zero issues with dismantling “Rowdy’s” crew piece by piece until she gets her shot at the champion. The infamous & ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 177: Dillashaw vs Barao II

UFC 177 Embedded: Vlog Series - Episode 2     // UFC 177 Embedded: Vlog Series - Episode 1     // Countdown to UFC 177: Dillashaw vs Barao     // Countdown to UFC 177: Ferguson vs Castillo     //   UFC 177 Free Fight: Castillo vs Bailey     // Read the Full Article Here

Castillo: Your Favorite Fighter's Favorite Fighter

You know those bands that just stay on the road, grinding out albums, garnering critical acclaim and registering the occasional chart hit while cultivating a loyal, hardcore following?They may have a track or two that pops up on the radio from time-to-time, but they’re never the biggest band going at the time. Instead of selling out arenas, they’re playing clubs and theatres packed with diehard fans that know every word to every song, ready to sell you on their brilliance whenever they can and quick to dismiss you when you say your favorite band is the latest act to capture 15 minu ... Read the Full Article Here

Henri Hooft Keeps It Simple

By all accounts, including his own, Henri Hooft is one of the nicest folks in the fight business. But when it’s time to fight, don’t expect to see a smile on his face.“I’m a nice guy,” he laughs. “But for me when the fights are on, I take it very seriously. I was a fighter myself too, so we have fun in the dressing room but as soon as it comes to the fight, it’s all business.”And business is good these days for the head stand-up coach for Florida’s Blackzilians fight team, home to the likes of Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Anthony Johnso ... Read the Full Article Here

Meet The Strawweights: Randa Markos

Allanna Jones may never make it to the UFC, but she will always have a place in the heart and mind of The Ultimate Fighter 20’s Randa Markos.“If she didn’t take a fight with me, I don’t know where I would be right now,” Markos said. “I had two years of waiting and watching my life pass by. I could have had kids and all this stuff, but thank God Allanna Jones took that fight. I still, to this day, thank her for taking that fight because it’s turned my life around completely.”The year was 2012. Born in Iraq but raised in Ontario, Canada, Markos&rsq ... Read the Full Article Here

Skelly Replaces Injured Fili vs. Soriano

Chas Skelly is living up to his nickname "The Scrapper," as he will return to the Octagon on September 5, just two weeks after his most recent win against Tom Niinimaki to face Sean Soriano at UFC Fight Night in Ledyard, Connecticut.The verbally agreed to bout comes after Soriano's original foe, Andre Fili, was forced to withdraw due to injury. Read the Full Article Here

UFC 177 Main Card Fantasy Preview

The UFC returns to Sacramento this weekend with one of the biggest rematches of 2014 headlining the card as Team Alpha Male's T.J. Dillashaw looks to successfully defend his bantamweight title for the first time against the man he took it from, Renan Barao. Barao was undefeated for nearly 10 years and over 30 fights before he ran into Dillashaw, who buzzsawed through the former champion for four rounds before finishing him off in the fifth.  Now it's time to see if Barao has the ability to bounce back and reclaim the title or if Dillashaw is just the first fighter in almost a decade ... Read the Full Article Here

Dillashaw Visits Raiders Headquarters on Road to UFC 177

Renan Barao is training like never before. He is starved for redemption; desperate to regain the UFC bantamweight title. T.J. Dillashaw, the man who took the title and is set to battle Barao again in the rematch this Saturday night at UFC 177, said nothing Barao does will help him rewrite history.   History is bound to repeat itself, according to Dillashaw. “I’m in his head. He’s changing things up because of me, and I don’t think it’s going to benefit him,” Dillashaw said. “For him to change his training up – I’m in his head. I h ... Read the Full Article Here

Tickets On Sale Wednesday for UFC 180

Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez collides with no.1 contender Fabricio Werdum in main event on November 15Plus:Jake Ellenberger vs. Kelvin GastelumDiego Sanchez vs. Norman ParkeRicardo Lamas vs. Dennis BermudezErik Perez vs. Marcus BrimageDodger Montano and more…Tickets for UFC® 180: VELASQUEZ vs. WERDUM at Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City on sale Wednesday, August 27Mexico City - The UFC® was in Mexico today to kickoff ticket sales for UFC® 180: VELASQUEZ vs. WERDUM, and unveil several of the fighters and bouts slated for the Saturday, November 15 event at th ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Statement Regarding Judging at UFC Fight Night Macao

After an internal review, the UFC organization announced today that a breach of its independent regulatory protocol occurred on Saturday night during UFC FIGHT NIGHT MACAO.After the second fight of the night, UFC President Dana White requested that Howard Hughes, one of the event's five assigned judges, be removed from working any further bouts. Pursuant to UFC's protocol, neither White nor any other UFC executive possesses such authority. Nevertheless, protocol was breached and Hughes did not work further bouts on Saturday night.The UFC organization has always been in support of government re ... Read the Full Article Here

No Surprise: Aldo-Mendes Presser Gets Heated

After several heated verbal exchanges over the last few weeks, featherweight rivals Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes met face to face at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, and not surprisingly, the two were not happy to see each other.An initial staredown for photographers at the UFC 179 media day came off as intense but without incident. A second one provoked a shove from Aldo, but the two were separated immediately, avoiding a scene like the one in Las Vegas earlier this month when light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and challenger Daniel Cormier brawled at a press conference in Las Ve ... Read the Full Article Here

Episode 1 Recap -- The Ultimate Fighter Latin America

Before the sixteen fighters have enough time to take in the Ultimate Fighting training center, Dana White comes in with the coaches Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum. Dana is especially excited for this season because TUF serves as a way to spread knowledge of MMA throughout the world. This time, he’ll be spreading that gospel with bantamweight and featherweight fighters from Mexico and Latin America. We move right to the coin toss and Team Mexico wins. That gives Cain Velasquez control of the first pick which he will make after a couple days to assess the team.  The fighters le ... Read the Full Article Here

VanZant-Curran Heads to Austin

Due to an injury suffered by Paige VanZant, her clash of strawweight newcomers against Kailin Curran will now move from Halifax' UFC Fight Night event on October 4 to the recently announced event in Austin on November 22.A replacement fight for the Halifax card will be announced shortly. Read the Full Article Here

Mexico, the UFC is Here

UFC President Dana White couldn’t contain his excitement. Calling Mexico one of the three “no brainers” when it came to the areas he, Lorenzo Fertitta, and the rest of the UFC brass wanted to hit as part of the company’s international expansion, he finally got to make it official Tuesday in Mexico City as he officially announced UFC 180, which will take place on November 15 at Arena Ciudad de México.“We've been waiting to come to Mexico for a long time, and we're finally here,” White said at a press conference held at Polyforum Siqueiros. “A lot of things go into making a deal, and we're on th ... Read the Full Article Here

Benavidez Returns Against Ortiz in Nov.

The UFC's number two-ranked flyweight, former world title challenger Joseph Benavidez, will attempt to follow up his Performance of the Night effort against Tim Elliott in April when he faces off with Dustin Ortiz in a UFC Fight Night bout in Austin, Texas on November 22.Sacramento's Benavidez has won four of his last five, the most recent victory being his first-round submission of Elliott at UFC 172. In Ortiz, he faces a top 15 flyweight who has won two straight over Ray Borg and Justin Scoggins. Read the Full Article Here

Lorenz Larkin Takes a Look Back

  Wonder what Lorenz Larkin thinks of the inevitable questions about his upcoming bout with Derek Brunson being a must-win after losses in three of his last four fights?Nothing at all.“I haven’t heard them really because I haven’t been doing interviews,” he laughs. “I just want to fight, that’s it.”Can’t argue with that logic, and as he approaches Saturday’s UFC 177 event in Sacramento, the Riverside middleweight is having fun again in the gym, and he’s looking forward to throwing down with Brunson in one of the most interesti ... Read the Full Article Here