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Andre Fili: Express Yourself

With a nickname that inspires giggles and after walking to the Octagon at UFC 166 with a “piano key belt in JoeJitsu” around his waist, one can rightfully assume that Andre “Touchy” Fili knows how to enjoy himself and have fun in the moment. But make no mistake, once the Octagon door closes – the featherweight prospect is a stone-cold serious stoppage machine, something which was on full display against Jeremy Larsen inside the Octagon in Houston last October. Owning a 13-1 pro record that includes ten finishes, Fili is an all-consuming destructive force in the cage who has been unbeaten in ni ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 172 Main Card Fantasy Preview

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will go into UFC 172 looking to extend his already record-setting run as the best 205-pound title holder of all-time when he faces Glover Teixeira in the main event of the UFC's first trip to Baltimore. In addition to the main event, top five-ranked fighter Phil Davis will try to make a statement to the rest of the division when he faces the returning Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, who comes back to the UFC as a light heavyweight after stints at both welterweight and middleweight in his previous run in the Octagon. Former Strikeforce champion Luke ... Read the Full Article Here

Miller's Long Cold Winter is Over

A career in mixed martial arts is a rigorous trade by any measure and there are numerous elements that can create pressure and strain in both the physical and mental realms. Therefore, it is crucial for fighters to have a release - a place where peace of mind can be found - in order to recharge their resources and keep themselves dialed in and focused.For Jim Miller, the expansive woodlands of northern New Jersey are where that particular brand of “zen” is located. The outdoorsman has long enjoyed challenging himself against the natural elements, and his hands on approach to what is otherwise ... Read the Full Article Here

Werdum Makes Big Move in Rankings

After his dominant five-round win over Travis Browne last Saturday, Fabricio Werdum put himself in place for a shot at UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, and the media agreed that the Brazilian veteran is the right man for the job, putting him in the number one spot on this week's edition of the UFC Fighter Rankings.Also movin' on up is unbeaten lightweight sensation Khabib Nurmagomedov, whose victory over Rafael dos Anjos on the same card in Orlando moved him up two spots and into the top five for the first time.View the rest of this week's UFC Fighter Rankings by clicking here Read the Full Article Here

UFC FIT: East Coast Breakfast Toast Recipe

Ingredients:1 egg (or egg alternative)1/4 cup almond milk2 slices breadCoconut oil (as needed)Dash of cinnamonDirections:• Coat pan with coconut oil and place over low heat.• In bowl, beat eggs and milk together with fork.• Dip bread into egg mixture and soak through.• Put bread slices in pan and cook until lightly browned.• Be sure to flip them over to cook both sides.• Repeat until all bread slices have been browned.• Top each bread slice with cinnamon, fresh fruit or serve with Fresh Berry Syrup.(Gluten-free [if made with gluten-free bread], vegan) Serves 1. Note: If cooking for more than o ... Read the Full Article Here

Bedford, Yahya to Settle the Score in TX

After an accidental clash of heads brought an end to their April 11 bout in Abu Dhabi and produced a no contest verdict, bantamweights Johnny Bedford and Rani Yahya will meet again, this time in San Antonio, Texas as part of the UFC Fight Night event on June 28. Read the Full Article Here

Joseph Benavidez: In The Franklin Zone

Despite his best efforts, Joseph Benavidez is back in a familiar place, a state of contender purgatory affectionately known as “The Rich Franklin Zone.”Named after the former UFC middleweight champion, “The Rich Franklin Zone” is reserved for top fighters that have faced and lost to the reigning champion in their respective division on multiple occasions, as “Ace” did to Anderson Silva at the start of the Brazilian’s dominant championship reign.When you’ve already got a pair of losses to the person lording over the division, it’s hard to make a compelling case for a third kick at the can. Fran ... Read the Full Article Here

TUF Brazil 3: Episode 7 Recap

We open with Wanderlei Silva at the doctor’s office. His hand has been bothering him since last week’s scuffle with Chael Sonnen, and he wants to find out if anything is seriously wrong. The doctor tells him that he pulled a muscle in his hand and puts him up in a soft cast. We cut to the TUF gym and Job Kleber has his hand in a cast. Unlike Wanderlei, his injury came inside the Octagon. If the injury weren’t bad enough, Chael Sonnen has to deliver more bad news. Because Job cannot continue training, he must leave the show. Chael tells him that he’s very proud of his performance, and he will m ... Read the Full Article Here

Green Out, Medeiros In against Miller

Lightweight Bobby Green has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 172 bout against Jim Miller due to injury. Stepping in for the April 26 bout against the New Jersey standout is Hawaii's Yancy Medeiros.Medeiros was originally scheduled to face Joe Ellenberger on the Baltimore card. Returning veteran Vagner Rocha will now take on the debuting Ellenberger. Read the Full Article Here

Pitbull Wins Thriller Over Baczynski

ORLANDO, April 19 – After four surgeries and a two-year layoff, former welterweight title challenger Thiago “Pitbull” Alves made a triumphant return to the Octagon Saturday at the Amway Center, but he had to dig deep and fight for 15 minutes to take his exciting three round unanimous decision win over the always tough Seth Baczynski.Scores were 30-27 across the board for Alves, now 25-9; Baczynski falls to 18-9.Alves looked as sharp as anyone coming off a two-year layoff had the right to, peppering Baczynski with leg kicks and going upstairs with quick punches, all the while putting an extreme ... Read the Full Article Here

The Downes Side: UFC on FOX 11 Predictions

That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for another trip to the Magic Kingdom. No, I’m not talking about Disney World, it’s the Downes Side! It may not have parades, rides or instill in you a sense of childlike merriment, but at least the lines are a lot shorter.More exciting than a trip to Space Mountain, the UFC rolls into Orlando, Florida tonight for another stacked UFC on FOX card. The main event of the evening pits Travis Browne against Fabricio Werdum in a fight that will determine the next challenger to the heavyweight title. In the co-main event, Liz Carmouche and Miesha Tate try to bou ... Read the Full Article Here

TUF Brazil 3 - Episode 7 Preview

Last week's episode of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 showcased the infamous fight between coaches Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva after a verbal sparring match turned physical, forcing the fighters who were supposed to be competing on the show into glorified bouncers asked to break up a melee between their mentors.While coaches have definitely had serious issues with each other in past seasons of The Ultimate Fighter, this is the first time where things broke down so badly to the point where a fight broke out.  Considering the coaches essentially ended up in a street brawl, with one of t ... Read the Full Article Here

Browne Gets Werdoomed

ORLANDO, April 19 – The momentum and the hype was all with Travis Browne leading up to his UFC on FOX main event against Fabricio Werdum at the Amway Center Saturday night. But as soon as the bell rang, the Brazilian veteran made it clear that he was not going to be denied, not on this night, and when the five-rounder was over, he convinced Browne as well, winning a lopsided unanimous decision to earn his first UFC title shot.Scores were 49-46 and 50-45 twice for Werdum, who will now challenge Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight title later this year, once the champion returns from an injur ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC on FOX 11 Post-Fight Bonus Recap

Seven fighters joined UFC president Dana White at the UFC on FOX 11 post-fight press conference: Donald Cerrone, Thiago Alves, Miesha Tate, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Yoel Romero, Jorge Masvidal, and Fabricio Werdum.The Fight of the Night bonus was given to Thiago Alves and Seth Baczynski for their FOX Sports 1 prelim throwdown. The welterweights landed a combined 206 significant strikes in their back-and-forth, three-round affair. Performance of the Night was awarded to Donald Cerrone and UFC newcomer Alex White. Cerrone submitted Edson Barboza to tie Nate Diaz for the most finishes in UFC/WEC ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC on FOX 11 Weigh-In Results

UFC on FOX 11, which is headlined by the heavyweight bout between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne and the bantamweight bout between Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche, airs live on FOX from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans can also tune in to FOX Sports 1 for six televised prelims at 5pm ET / 2pm PT, and three early prelim bouts will be available on UFC Fight Pass at 3:30pm ET / 12:30 pm PT.MAIN EVENTTravis Browne (245.5) VS Fabricio Werdum (232.5)FOX MAIN CARDLiz Carmouche (135) VS Miesha Tate (135.5)Edson Barboza (156) VS Donald Cerrone (155.5)Yoel Romero (185.5) VS ... Read the Full Article Here

Fabricio Werdum's Second Coming

When things are earned, rather than given, the feeling is often more satisfying than you can ever imagine. No one knows this better that heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum, just one win away from a shot at Cain Velasquez’ UFC title. Of course, that one win on Saturday in Orlando needs to be against one of the hottest fighters in the game right now in Travis Browne, but as a former training partner of a prime Mirko Cro Cop and the owner of wins over a lineup that includes Gabriel Gonzaga, Alistair Overeem, Antonio Silva, “Minotauro” Nogueira, Roy Nelson, and Fedor Emelianenko, the odds of th ... Read the Full Article Here

Tweets of the Week 4/18

UFC on Fox: Werdum vs BrowneUFC on FOX 11: Werdum vs. Browne Preview http://fb.me/2siVh5AiQ  -Fabricio Werdum ‏.@iamgirlrilla getting her hair did for the #UFCFightNight on Fox pre fight presser pic.twitter.com/EkdSuzKHj2  -UFC Guess whose house the pre fight presser was at yesterday?! http://instagram.com/p/m7zLlkCklD/   -Miesha TateHaving some fun at @SHAQ house. pic.twitter.com/AfkohcZboy  -Cowboy Cerrone ‏On weight even got to drink an 8oz organic chocolate milk. You have no idea what that does for the mind, body and soul!  -Patrick Healy ‏ TUF is ov ... Read the Full Article Here

Travis Browne: One Step Away

In a division where fighters are measured by assets such as skill and brute power, having mystique can go a long ways. It has been several years since prospects such as Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos rose to break through into title contention in the heavyweight ranks. While there have been flashes of excitement over that stretch, things have often grown tiresome as the established names and major players have kept the division’s upper tier on a revolving cycle.Travis Browne is looking to change all of that, and he is looking to do so in a manner as imposing as his 6-foot-7 frame.The ran ... Read the Full Article Here

Miesha Moves On

The Ronda Rousey chapter is over for Miesha Tate. For now. After two losses to the current UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Tate is happy to take on a fighter who is still at the top of the division in Liz Carmouche, but one that won’t leave her hanging on a handshake when their Saturday bout is over, no matter the outcome.“It’s been much more relaxed, and I’m able to just focus on what I need to do inside the gym to win the fight and that’s been awesome,” said Tate of fighting Carmouche. “It’s really nice to fight someone who has the same idea about sportsmanship and a positive attitude sim ... Read the Full Article Here

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