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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Backstrom vs. Wilkinson At UFC Stockholm

Undefeated Swede Niklas Backstrom (8-0, 1NC) will meet Brit Mike Wilkinson (8-1) at UFC Fight Night Stockholm on October 4th. Backstrom will be looking to build on his impressive debut at UFC Fight Night Berlin where despite being a late replacement for Thiago Tavares he earned a ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus for his submission win over Tom Niinimaki.“I feel great about fighting at home in Sweden! The Swedish crowd is always amazing so it's always something special fighting here.” said Backstrom. Featherweight Wilkinson will make his return to the Octagon after over a year on the sidelines ... 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

Tim Means: Back to Basics

When Tim Means describes the training camp for his Saturday fight against Hernani Perpetuo, please note that he’s not complaining.“It’s been a humbling training camp and I really had to be open-minded,” said the Albuquerque welterweight, who has been sent into the fire in preparation for what he hopes will be a return to the win column after a May decision loss to Neil Magny.In that fight, Means was simply outboxed and outfoxed by the fleet-footed Magny, whose stick and move style kept “The Dirty Bird” from getting untracked. Clearly frustrated as he walked past press row after the fight, Mean ... Read the Full Article Here

Nick Diaz Is Back In The UFC; Eyes 2015 Return

UFC superstar Nick Diaz has come out of retirement and has signed a three-fight contract extension in hopes of returning to the Octagon in early 2015. Diaz, who has been out of action since March 2013, has hinted at a return in recent months if either a road to a title shot or a super fight opportunity presented itself. The Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt said the time off has helped him reenergize, and he is now ready to fight. "I've been doing a whole lot of not getting punched around-type stuff," Diaz said Thursday afternoon at UFC headquarters. "I've been staying in shape pretty ... 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

Matt Brown: The Quiet Storm of The Immortal

Matt Brown’s intensity is a tangible, living, breathing thing. Yet, his presentation is as calm as the Ohio skies in June. That’s a testament to the personal growth he’s experienced after nearly a decade spent testing his own personal will, and breaking those of others in the fire of hand-to-hand combat.  Brown doesn’t step into the Octagon to shake hands and “bro hug;” he’s there to shred and destroy, and it’s a job he does far better than most.That said, the 33-year-old Columbus native wasn’t always the “Apex predator” of the welterweight fold. In fact, the hard-scrabble father of two s ... 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

UFC Signs Olympic Gold Winner Cejudo

The UFC has been home to several Olympians over the years, including medalists Ronda Rousey, Sara McMann, Yoel Romero, and Matt Lindland. But the only Olympic Gold medalists to compete in the Octagon thus far have been 1992 Gold winner in freestyle wrestling Kevin Jackson, and fellow wrestler Mark Schultz, who scored Gold in 1984.That is until today, as the 2008 United States Olympic Gold medal winner in freestyle wrestling, Henry Cejudo, has been signed to a promotional contract that will start with his UFC 177 flyweight bout against Scott Jorgensen on August 30 in Sacramento.“It feels good t ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night San Jose Weigh-In Results

UFC on FOX 12, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown and the light heavyweight bout between Anthony Johnson and Rogerio Nogueira, airs live on FOX from the SAP Center in San Jose, California at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans can also tune in to FOX for four televised prelims at 6pm ET / 3pm PT, and four early prelim bouts will be available on UFC FIGHT PASS at 4:15pm ET / 1:15 pm PT.MAIN EVENTMatt Brown (172.5**) VS Robbie Lawler (171)FOX MAIN CARDRogerio Nogueira (205.5) VS Anthony Johnson (204.5)Dennis Bermudez (146) VS Clay Guida (145)Bobby Green (155.5) VS ... Read the Full Article Here

Nogueira Tries to Write His Rocky Story

Rogerio Nogueira coulda been a contender. In boxing.A Bronze medalist in the 2007 Pan American Games and a 2006 and 2007 amateur champion in his home country, the Bahia native had the potential to be that rarity of rarities – a serious Brazilian threat in the sweet science.The fact that he was having this success in the amateur boxing ranks while he was beating fighters like Dan Henderson and Alistair Overeem and engaging in a classic with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua makes his prowess even more impressive. But he isn’t looking back with any what ifs.“I’m just focused on MMA,” said Nogueira, who take ... Read the Full Article Here

The Glass is Always Half-Full for Clay Guida

It was like old times again; Clay Guida putting it on an opponent, winning the bout, and then walking away with a Fight of the Night award. He did all of the above in his April victory over Japanese veteran Tatsuya Kawajiri, picking up his second victory at featherweight, but his first post-fight bonus since a 2011 Fight of the Night against Benson Henderson. For a guy who had seven such bonuses on his resume, that was a long drought. So was all right in the Clay Guida universe after the win in Abu Dhabi?“All is always great in the Clay Guida universe,” he laughs. “Even through some ups and do ... Read the Full Article Here