Moreno all heart as he enters Ultimate Fighter

Like many kids growing up in Tijuana, Brandon Moreno just wanted something to keep him busy. “I was very young and trying to fill up my time with something good, something productive,” he said. I’m a fan of boxing, but I didn’t know a lot about combat sports.”Capoeira looked interesting enough, and he went off to find a school, which turned into a near impossible task, as Tijuana isn’t exactly a hotbed of the Brazilian martial art.“I wanted to do Capoeira, but I never found a Capoeira gym,” he laughed. “So then I was walking on the street a ... Read the Full Article Here

Secret weapons give Shelton boost ahead of Ultimate Fighter debut

It was an arrival fit for a champion, and while Galesburg, Illinois’ Eric Shelton hasn’t wrapped UFC gold around his waist yet, he was treated like a king at the airport when he returned home from a stint on The Ultimate Fighter 24 earlier this month.“It was awesome,” Shelton said of the rousing reception he got at Quad City International Airport. “It felt good. It’s something I worked for, and it’s paying off, finally.”The fight game is full of sacrifices, and the 25-year-old is no different from his peers in that regard. But Shelton and 15 of h ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night: Arlovski vs Barnett Cheat Sheet

Think you know how the next fight card will play out? Play UFC Pick 'EmThe UFC returns to Germany this weekend with two of the best heavyweights to ever grace the Octagon, as former champions Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett duke it out in a five-round main event that's been years in the making. When Arlovski made his UFC debut in 2000, his win over Aaron Brink preceded another heavyweight fight where Barnett took out Gan McGee by TKO in the second round. While the two fighters ended up competing on two more cards together, Barnett and Arlovski never got the chance to face off until now. Also ... Read the Full Article Here

Rizzo's long grind leads to Ultimate Fighter shot

As a stop in the early careers of UFC champions and standouts such as Frankie Edgar, Chris Weidman, Edson Barboza, Aljamain Sterling, Al Iaquinta, Jimmie Rivera and Uriah Hall, fighting in the east coast’s Ring of Combat promotion has often been a launching pad into the Octagon. Levittown, Pennsylvania’s Matt Rizzo is the Ring of Combat flyweight champion. Has been since September of 2014. And it’s been that long that he’s been waiting for a call from the UFC.“I do know that good things do come eventually down the line,” he said. “You feel like you&rsq ... Read the Full Article Here

Alvey wins by TKO, Bochniak, Di Chirico score split decision victories

ALVEY vs CASEYMiddleweight prospect Sam Alvey left the Octagon smiling for the second time in 2016 on Saturday, as he knocked out fellow Ultimate Fighter alum Kevin Casey in the second round of their Fight Night Vancouver bout at Rogers Arena.Casey had a solid first round, with the measured pace to his advantage as he fought well at range and also worked effectively against the fence. With seconds to go in the round, though, Alvey got loose with some hard shots that appeared to rattle Casey.Alvey followed up his late first-round success with a strong surge two minutes into the second as he roc ... Read the Full Article Here

Maia defeats Condit, sets sights on title next

Demian Maia’s first fight in Vancouver was a disaster, as he lost to Mark Munoz in 2011. Five years later, the second one ended in a much more favorable fashion for the No. 3-ranked welterweight contender, as he submitted former interim UFC champion Carlos Condit in the first round of their main event bout at Rogers Arena on Saturday.“I knew it would be a hard fight,” Maia said. “I’m just so happy. I think I earned a title shot, and now, finally, I will get the chance to fight for the title.”New welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is expected to make the fir ... Read the Full Article Here

Laprise wastes no time, Kennedy takes longer route to victory

LAPRISE vs. GOUTIFormer TUF Nations winner Chad Laprise snapped a two-fight losing streak in his Fight Night Vancouver bout against Thibault Gouti on Saturday, halting the TUF 22 competitor in the first round at Rogers Arena.Laprise and Gouti both got down to business early, but as Gouti got a little lax with his defense while moving in, a right hand dropped the Frenchman hard to the canvas. Gouti appeared to weather the follow-up storm as he rose to his feet, but a left hand put him back down, prompting referee Kevin Dornan to step in and stop the fight at 1:36 of the opening stanza.Ontario&r ... Read the Full Article Here

Maia, Condit meet in high-stakes Vancouver main event

  // VANCOUVERDemian Maia wants his first shot at the welterweight title and Carlos Condit wants another one.The No. 3 and 4-ranked fighters in the world at 170 pounds battle tonight in the main event of Fight Night Vancouver for the eventual right to fight for the title that both men have relentlessly pursued for the past year.Maia thought he locked up a title fight with a dominant win over Matt Brown in May. Condit almost beat Robbie Lawler in a Fight of the Year contender in January, but was edged out on the final judges’ scorecards. UFC President Dana White said recentl ... Read the Full Article Here

Pettis, VanZant, Miller triumph in Vancouver

PETTIS vs OLIVEIRAFormer UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis got the fight of his life in his featherweight debut against No. 6-ranked Charles Oliveira on Saturday, but “Showtime” delivered the goods at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, submitting the Brazilian in the third round, snapping a three-fight losing streak in the process.Oliveira immediately rushed Pettis into the fence, but Pettis’ takedown defense was strong. Yet as soon as the two broke, Oliveira wasn’t going to give him space to breathe, and he got the takedown the second time around. “Do Bronx” ... Read the Full Article Here

Vancouver rewind: What you got right & wrong

Think you know how the next fight card will play out? Play UFC Pick 'EmDemian Maia has been making a hard charge towards a shot at the UFC welterweight title, and it's going to be awfully hard to deny him after an incredibly impressive submission win over former interim champion Carlos Condit on Saturday night.Maia had won five straight bouts coming into the fight, but he picked up his most important victory with a dominant performance in the main event from Vancouver.Maia wasted no time getting Condit to the ground early and quickly wrapped up a rear naked choke as he got the tap less than tw ... Read the Full Article Here

Celebs weigh in after Paige VanZant wins

Paige VanZant made plenty of new fans after her appearance on Dancing with the Stars. In her return to her day job inside the Octagon, plenty of those new celebrity fans weighed in after her victory over Bec Rawlings at UFC Fight Night Maia vs Condit in Vancouver.UFC Vancouver Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Vancouver final results and news

Who were the winners at UFC Fight Night: Maia vs Condit? Click below to get the results for all the fights at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Saturday, August 27, 2016. Maia vs Condit | Pettis vs Oliveira | VanZant vs Rawlings | Lauzon vs Miller | Alvey vs Casey | Barzola vs Bochniak | McLellan vs Di Chirico | Campbell vs Silva | Laprise vs Gouti | Kennedy vs Ricci UFC Fight Night: Maia vs Condit FOX main card Main event: Demian Maia defeats Carlos Condit Before Carlos Condit could even get things going against Demian Maia it was already too late. Maia got the fight to the ground in the openin ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Vancouver bonus recap

Fight of the Night: Jim Miller vs Joe Lauzon Performance Bonus: Paige VanZant and Demian Maia • Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon's rematch from 2012's Fight of the Year earned Fight of the Night honors• Paige VanZant's return to the Octagon included a vicous head-kick knockout and a performance bonus• Demian Maia has only absorbed 13 significant strikes in his last four fights. He earned a performance bonus for his quick submission win over Carlos Condit Saturday• All four fighters earn $50k for their efforts tonight.More from Fight Night Vancouver: Results | Postfig ... Read the Full Article Here

Talking points: Maia, Condit, VanZant and more

VANCOUVERWhile waiting for the official announcement from Bruce Buffer, Demian Maia fought back tears after submitting Carlos Condit in under than two minutes Saturday night. That moment was the culmination of four years relentlessly pursuing another title shot. Maia lost to Anderson Silva for the 185-pound title back in 2010, and two years later moved down to 170 pounds to fight for his chance to become a champion. After five consecutive wins in one of the most competitive divisions in the UFC, many believed Maia had earned a title shot before he even stepped foot inside the Octagon to face C ... Read the Full Article Here

Family driving Pantoja to Ultimate Fighter success

Whether talking about fighting, his upcoming stint on season 24 of The Ultimate Fighter, or anything else for that matter, Alexandre Pantoja always comes back to family. It’s why he makes the sacrifices he does to be a professional prizefighter.“I'm doing this for my family, for my life,” he said. “They give me support. I have two boys and it's very hard for my wife alone. I'm fighting in the cage and my wife is fighting in the house for my children.”   // Fighting out of Arraial do Cabo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Pantoja has built his stellar ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC stars train with Special Olympics British Columbia

  // VANCOUVERStephen Thompson isn’t just the likely next contender for the welterweight title; “Wonderboy” is one of the most lethal strikers in the UFC.Even his UFC peers are impressed with his skills.“When you have someone like Wonderboy here you may as well use him to the best of his ability – which is striking,” said UFC middleweight Elias Theodorou, who is a guest fighter with Wonderboy in Vancouver this week ahead ofUFC Fight Night: Maia vs Condit.Thompson, Theodorou and Joseph Benavidez put those skills to use as they visited Diaz ... Read the Full Article Here

Rawlings looking forward to playing villain again

It’s fair to say Paige VanZant has what Bec Rawlings wants: a top ten ranking and a bigger fan base.“Rowdy” is hoping to gain both with a win against VanZant this Saturday on the main card of UFC on FOX: Maia vs Condit.“I’m always fired up for my fights,” she said. “I love to fight and go out there and make money. But obviously this is a fight I’ve been asking for for a long time, I feel like it’s kind of lit a little fire in my belly. I’m looking forward to going out there and stealing her ranking and stealing some of her fans.&rdq ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC statement on Adam Hunter

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Adam Hunter of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on August 11, 2016. USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. However, because Hunter was scheduled to compete against ... Read the Full Article Here

Rockhold-Lovato? TMZ on rumors swirling

Luke Rockhold’s name surfaced in the tabloids early this morning, but it’s not to announce when his next fight will be.TMZ is reporting that the UFC’s former middleweight champion is dating music superstar Demi Lovato. The report says the two hit it off while training together at Unbreakable gym in Los Angeles and the romance has been blooming for months.Rockhold and Lovato's recent Instagram posts seem to confirm the story.   Sessions at Junqs make me happy A photo posted by Luke Rockhold (@lukerockhold) on Aug 4, 2016 at 5:03pm PDT   Caus ... Read the Full Article Here

Fishing and fighting? They're similar for Miller

It’s been a good summer for Jim Miller. First, the fighting pride of Sparta, New Jersey snapped a two-fight losing streak with an impressive first-round TKO of Japanese star Takanori Gomi at UFC 200 in July. Then he got the call to return to the Octagon for a Saturday rematch with Joe Lauzon in which the two lightweight veterans will revisit 2012’s Fight of the Year.But in between, the biggest smile might have been due to his performance on August 6, when he, brother Dan, and pro angler Joe Sancho won the first annual Ike Foundation Pro-Am Bass Tournament on the Camden Waterfront.W ... Read the Full Article Here