Cruz defends title against Garbrandt in 207 Co-Main

The action-packed bantamweight division will continue to be showcased on Friday, December 30 in Las Vegas, as the UFC announced Monday that 135-pound champion Dominick Cruz will defend his title against unbeaten knockout artist Cody Garbrandt in the co-main event of UFC 207.The matchup joins the UFC women's bantamweight championship bout between Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey, which airs live on Pay-Per-View from T-Mobile Arena. UFC 207 TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4Unbeaten at bantamweight, the 31-year-old Cruz has not lost a fight since he was defeated by Urijah Faber in 2007. "The Dom ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Statement on Lyman Good

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Lyman Good of a potential Anti-Doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on October 14, 2016.  USADA has provisionally suspended Good based on the potential anti-doping violation.Good was scheduled to fight Belal Muhammad in New York at UFC 205.  The UFC is currently seeking a replacement to fight Muhammad.USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case.  It is im ... Read the Full Article Here

The Ultimate Fighter LATAM Ep. 9 Recap

The first finalist for this season of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America has been determined, as Martin Bravo from Team Griffin defeated Leonardo Rodriguez from Team Liddell. Before the fight on the latest episode unfolded, the fighters first had to say goodbye to coach Forrest Griffin, who spent his last few days with the competitors during before heading home to the United States. Coach Chuck Liddell was forced to go home earlier in the competition but Griffin stuck around almost until the end as he helped his team make it through a very tough tournament pitting 16 of the best up and coming ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 205 look ahead: Prelims preview

DON'T MISS THE UFC 205 MAIN CARD PREVIEW   // Q: How good is the lineup for UFC 205?A: So good that the preliminary card fights could make up a pretty damn solid UFC on FOX event.Here’s a look at the action scheduled for the non-Pay-Per-View portion of the show.Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael JohnsonDenied a chance to challenge for the lightweight title, Nurmagomedov asked for a matchup with “The Menace” and his wish was quickly granted, meaning not only is the title on the line on November 12, but the next challenger for the belt could also be decided as well. ... Read the Full Article Here

Garbrandt KOs pay off, earns title shot versus Cruz

Dominick Cruz and Cody Garbrandt have been destined to clash, ever since Cruz defended the bantamweight title in June and Cody Garbrandt fought in August. Before and after his fight, with Cruz in attendance as part of the FS1 announce team, “No Love” had his eyes on the champ. He even called out Cruz inside the Octagon after his win over Takeya Mizugaki. Since then, it’s been a waiting game for fans as well as for Garbrandt and former champion TJ Dillashaw, who has been doing all he can to campaign for his rematch against Cruz. But Garbrandt won out and now gets his crack at ... Read the Full Article Here

After 'vacation', Johnson ready for champion

Since the advent of the flyweight division, Demetrious Johnson hasn’t had much time for summer vacations.Four years and change after the UFC introduced the 125-pound weight class, the one and only man to wear the division’s championship belt has either spent the summer months preparing to compete or actually stepping into the Octagon and in some cases, he’s done both.He won the title in September 2012 after beating Ian McCall in June to advance to the inaugural championship bout opposite Joseph Benavidez in Toronto and made the same quick turnaround two years later, defeating ... Read the Full Article Here

Breaking down Werdum-Velasquez 2

The long-anticipated rematch between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez at UFC 207 in Las Vegas closes out 2016 with what has now become a can’t-miss card, one that also features the return of Ronda Rousey. Both Velasquez and Werdum are former UFC heavyweight champions. Werdum took the belt from Velasquez in their clash at UFC 188 in Mexico City in 2015, and subsequently dropped the title to current king Stipe Miocic. Now Werdum and Velasquez will revisit a fight that was surprisingly one-sided. “Vai Cavalo” dominated Velasquez in the previous meeting, capitalizing on his i ... Read the Full Article Here

Uriah Hall talks Josh Samman, middleweight division & more on FB Live

No. 10-ranked middleweight Uriah Hall joined UFC.com's Matt Parrino Friday afternoon for a segment called UFC Rankings Report Rewind on Facebook Live.Sitting in for former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin, Hall talked about his division, upcoming fights at UFC 205, remembered Ultimate Fighter season 17's Josh Samman, and gave his take on the rankings.Watch the video at the top of the page and don't miss the Rankings Report every week on Wednesday at about 8:30pm/5:30pm ETPT. Read the Full Article Here

UFC Unfiltered: Rashad Evans & Aljamain Sterling

Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Rashad Evans calls in to discuss his Middleweight debut at UFC 205 versus Tim Kennedy in NYC, comebacks in MMA, Rumble Johnson, Michael Bisping, blocking people on Twitter, depression after losses, and a lot more. Also, Aljo Sterling joins Jim and Matt in studio to talk about his fight against Raphael Assuncao in Albany on December 9, growing up with 19 brothers and sisters, and learning from his loss to Bryan Caraway.Some of the highlights from Episode 36 of UFC Unfiltered include:Rashad is happy to be on the UFC 205 card at MSGLosing doesn't ma ... Read the Full Article Here

Gastelum makes promise ahead of UFC 205

NEW YORKKelvin Gastelum promises that when he walks into the Octagon at Madison Square Garden for his UFC 205 bout against Donald Cerrone that he will be better. Better than what? Well, according to the welterweight contender, better than a stellar performance against former world champion Johny Hendricks at UFC 200 in July.“I did pretty well on probably the worst night of my life,” he said of the Hendricks fight, which he won via shutout decision on two of the three judges’ scorecards. “It really was a horrible experience, a horrible weekend.” Every fighter shou ... Read the Full Article Here

Werdum-Velasquez rematch set for UFC 207

There will be no world championship on the line when Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez meet for the second time in a UFC 207 bout on Friday, December 30 in Las Vegas. But don’t expect there to be any less intensity when two of the greatest heavyweights of all-time attempt to settle their score at T-Mobile Arena.Originally scheduled to face each other for the second time in February, an injury to Velasquez scrapped the bout, and heavyweight history was ultimately altered, as Werdum went on to lose the belt he took from Velasquez in June of 2015 to Stipe Miocic at UFC 198 in May.Since tha ... Read the Full Article Here

Next Fight Night is perfect time to visit Mexico

Get tickets for UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs Ferguson in Mexico CityEarlier this year, The New York Times listed Mexico City on top of its list in the article "52 Places to Go in 2016," making a solid case for the country’s largest city.Mexican fans of the UFC couldn’t agree more.Mexico City is not just a safe city to visit or live, but it is one of the most interesting and fun cities in the world, as former champions and Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin can testify.Liddell and Griffin recently spent several hours walking the halls of the historic Chapultepec Castl ... Read the Full Article Here

Miocic won not just for him, but for Cleveland

Over the last couple years, any time you spoke with Stipe Miocic and asked him about his aspirations inside the Octagon, the easy-going heavyweight would always speak of bringing a championship home to Cleveland.For more than 50 years, the loyal, passionate fans in the area had endured a handful of near misses and an abundance of “not even close” seasons on the diamond, the hardwood and the gridiron, and as he ascended the heavyweight rankings, it always seemed like being able to bring UFC gold back to “The Land” was as important to Miocic as earning the championship ... Read the Full Article Here

By the Numbers - The Flyweights

125Pounds is the limit for the UFC flyweight division1693Days the UFC flyweight division has been in existence since its inception on March 3, 20124UFC fighters - Joseph Benavidez, Demetrious Johnson, Ian McCall and Yasuhiro Urushitani - kicked off the new division at UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann in a tournament to decide the inaugural champion152The UFC event where tournament finalists Johnson and Benavidez battled to a split decision to decide the first UFC flyweight champion1UFC flyweight champion has held the belt since then - Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson117UFC flyweigh ... Read the Full Article Here

The 10: Greatest events in UFC history

With UFC 205 quickly approaching and the assembled collection of fighters set to compete at Madison Square Garden on November 12 primed to make it the biggest event in UFC history, what better time than now to run back a list of the stellar shows that can also claim membership in that exclusive club?Here they are in chronological order, because ranking them is completely subjective and an internet fight I’m not interested in having at this moment.This is The 10UFC 1 – November 12, 1993You have to start at the start; there is no way around it.Not only did the initial eight-man tourn ... Read the Full Article Here

Rafael Natal talked UFC 205 on FB live

No. 14-ranked middleweight Rafael "Sapo" Natal hosted a Facebook live chat on Wednesday to talk about his fight at UFC 205 in new York City against Tim Boetsch at Madison Square Garden.Natal is excited to be taking part in the greatest card ever assembled and he's ready to fight.Get ready for UFC 205: Fight card for Nov. 12 | Champions Alvarez, McGregor to headline historic card | Woodley-Wonderboy welterweight title clash set | Polish stars Jedrzejczyk, Kowalkiewicz perfect for NYC | Few tickets remain, buy now Natal is 21-7-1 in his career with a 9-5-1 mark in the UFC. Sapo has won four ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Unfiltered: Tim Kennedy and Jared Watson

UFC Middleweight contender Tim Kennedy calls in to discuss his UFC 205 fight against Rashad Evans, disliking Yoel Romero, Season 2 of his show Hunting Hitler, and more. Also, lead singer of Dirty Heads, Jared Watson, calls in to discuss the band's new album, training with Ian McCall, addictions, and more. Plus, Jim and Matt discuss Ronda Rousey's return to the Octagon.Some of the highlights from Episode 35 of UFC Unfiltered include:Ronda's UFC 207 return and thoughts on her immediate title shot Jared cheats the system training with Ian McCall Tim talks about Yoel Romero Tim's milit ... Read the Full Article Here

Four Welterweight Contenders Meet in UFC 207 Bouts

The UFC 207 card on December 30 in Las Vegas got a double jolt of welterweight action on Tuesday, as the promotion announced that former world champion Johny Hendricks will return to face Neil Magny, and Matt "The Immortal" Brown will take on former Strikeforce titleholder Tarec Saffiedine at T-Mobile Arena.UFC 207, which is headlined by the UFC women's bantamweight championship bout between Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey, airs live on Pay-Per-View from T-Mobile arena. Looking to get back in the race to regain his 170-pound title, the No. 7-ranked Hendricks is eager to return to the form that t ... Read the Full Article Here

Three Added to December Fight Schedule

Fresh off back-to-back knockouts of John Howard and Sabah Homasi, Tim Means will look to crack the welterweight top 15 on Friday, December 30, when he faces Brazil's Alex "Cowboy" Oliveira in a UFC 207 bout in Las Vegas.UFC 207, which is headlined by the UFC women's bantamweight championship bout between Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey, airs live on Pay-Per-View from T-Mobile arena. Also added to the December fight schedule on Tuesday is a lightweight showdown at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento between hometown favorite Josh Emmett and fellow 155-pound prospect Scott Holtzman, and a welterweight m ... Read the Full Article Here

Faber Returns to Sacramento to Face Pickett

Two of the UFC's most revered veterans will square off on December 17, when Urijah Faber gets a home game in Sacramento to face Brad Pickett at Golden 1 Center.The UFC Fight Night event, which is headlined by the strawweight bout between Paige VanZant and Michelle Waterson, will air live on FOX. Tickets go on sale on October 28.Currently ranked seventh in the world in the bantamweight division, former WEC featherweight champion Faber is a pioneer for the lighter weight classes in MMA, but this December, he is intent on proving that he still has another title run left in him. The goal is simila ... Read the Full Article Here