Gadelha and Kowalkiewicz to meet in Brazil this June

Top strawweight contenders will collide on Jun. 3 as No. 1-ranked Claudia Gadelha faces No. 2-ranked Karolina Kowalkiewicz in a UFC 212 bout in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.UFC 212, which is headlined by the UFC featherweight championship bout between Jose Aldo and Max Holloway, airs live on Pay-Per-View.Both former title challengers who pushed champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk to the limit in 2016, Gadelha and Kowalkiewicz will attempt to make their case to face the winner of the May bout between Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade. Winner of three UFC bouts thus far, Gadelha's last two victories have come i ... Read the Full Article Here

On the Rise: UFC 209 Edition

For the first time in 2017, the Octagon will be set up in Las Vegas as UFC 209 descends upon T-Mobile Arena this Saturday with a standout fight card capped by a pair of compelling championship tilts as Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson battle for the interim lightweight title before Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson resolve their unfinished business from UFC 205 with the welterweight title hanging in the balance. In addition to the two title fights, this weekend’s fight card also boasts familiar names like Alistair Overeem, Mark Hunt and Rashad Evans, as well as a host of competi ... Read the Full Article Here

Woodley maintains kids-first tradition ahead of UFC 209

See the fights live! Get your tix for UFC 209 hereIt’s become a habit for Tyron Woodley, one he hopes his peers will follow. This ritual has nothing to do with training camp prep, media obligations or anything having to do with being the UFC welterweight champion of the world. It’s more important than that.Mr. Woodley has to meet the kids.“I don’t care if I’m in the hardest part of my training, but we’re going to talk to and impact some kids,” said the Ferguson native, who defends his title for the second time against Stephen Thompson this Saturday in ... Read the Full Article Here

The 10: Rematches You Have to Watch Again

Rematches often carry a different kind of buzz and create a different kind of energy, as fans wait with bated breath for the two rivals to renew acquaintances inside the Octagon.The memories of their first fight and the tension that frequently still exists between the combatants creates a heightened sense of anticipation as the days count down until the two competitors step back inside the UFC Octagon and do it again, with fans, fighters and observers alike sitting on the edge of their seats while they wait to see how things will be different the second time around, if they’re different ... Read the Full Article Here

Nurmagomedov leading Russian UFC surge

See Nurmagomedov vs Ferguson live! Get your tix for UFC 209 here CAN. NOT. WAIT!! #UFC209pic.twitter.com/q3Uk1bUn8C — UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) February 22, 2017 The sun was shining in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Brighton Beach on Feb. 10, but let’s not mince words. It was cold, the streets were covered in ice from a snowstorm the night before, and it was midday on the last workday of the week. In other words, the kind of day where you don’t want to navigate the streets of a busy borough.Fans of lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov did. Far from the theater where t ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 214 date changed to Jul. 29

Fans in Anaheim will have even less of a wait to see the UFC in their town, as it was announced Friday that the date of UFC 214 at Honda Center has been moved up a week from Aug. 5 to Jul. 29.Stay tuned to UFC.com for ticket on-sale dates and fight card announcements. Read the Full Article Here

OSP faces De Lima in Nashville

Looking to break back into the win column, light heavyweight contender Ovince Saint Preux will get the opportunity to do it at home in Tennessee on Apr. 22 when he faces off with Brazil's Marcos Rogerio de Lima in UFC Fight Night action at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.In the five-round main event, which airs live on FS1, featherweight rivals will settle the score as surging contender Cub Swanson takes on hard-hitting European standout Artem Lobov. Tickets go on sale March 3.A former Division I football player for the Tennessee Volunteers, Knoxville's Saint Preux has won seven bouts in the Oc ... Read the Full Article Here

Camp Update – Roufusport

When CM Punk signed with the UFC and declared he was going to take a moment to figure out where he would start learning the skills required to step into the Octagon, many within the industry expected the high profile neophyte to land at one of the larger camps. Either he would end up at American Top Team in South Florida, move to the barren terrain of Albuquerque to train with the Jackson-Wink crew or head to the West Coast and log some time on the mats at AKA.Instead, he drove up Highway 94 from his home in Chicago to Roufusport in Milwaukee. Duke Roufus, the former kickboxing world champion ... Read the Full Article Here

Jedrzejczyk-Andrade gets UFC 211 co-main slot

Since winning the UFC women’s strawweight title in 2015, Poland’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk has run through challenger after challenger at 115 pounds. But on Saturday, May 13, at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, “Joanna Champion” will face her sternest test yet when she faces No. 3-ranked contender Jessica Andrade in the co-main event of UFC 211. In the UFC 211 main event, Stipe Miocic defends his UFC heavyweight title against the last man to defeat him, former world champion Junior Dos Santos, in a highly anticipated rematch. Unbeaten in 13 pro fights, Jedrzejczyk ... Read the Full Article Here

Lewis on rise in latest rankings

  Derrick Lewis’ ferocious knockout of Travis Browne this past Sunday was enough to move him up in the heavyweight rankings; but not by much.In Monday’s release of the latest UFC rankings, Lewis jumped from No. 8 to No. 7, past Mark Hunt, in the heavyweight division. Lewis KO’d Browne in the second round of their main event tilt at Fight Night Halifax, which gave “The Black Beast” his sixth consecutive win with five of those coming via knockout. Still, it wasn’t enough to pass rising star Francis Ngannou or any of the division’s veteran staples ... Read the Full Article Here

Watch Jedrzejczyk on Facebook live talk about UFC 211

UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk just announced her next fight. The champ defends her title in Dallas, Tx. on May 13 against Jessica Andrade. Jedrzejczyk went live on Facebook talking about the matchup. Read the Full Article Here

UFC Unfiltered: Dale Jr. & Lando Vannata

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. calls in at the top of the show to discuss returning to racing at the Daytona 500, mentally getting over his dad's death, dealing with concussion issues, and the thrill of experiencing his first UFC live event in March at UFC 196. Then, up and coming Lightweight contender Lando Vannata joins the show to talk about his UFC 209 fight against David Teymur, his stunning wheel kick KO of John Makdessi, his UFC debut against Tony Ferguson, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and more. Plus, Jim and Matt try out their new catchphrases and the Serra family makes a special appearance ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 209 card finalized

The UFC 209 card in Las Vegas was finalized Thursday with the addition of bantamweight and strawweight bouts as well as an update to a clash of heavyweight prospects.In the heavyweight division, unbeaten Daniel Spitz will step in for Todd Duffee and make his Octagon debut against England's Mark "The Hand of" Godbeer.At 115 pounds, TUF 23 finalist Amanda Cooper will seek her second consecutive win when she faces off with Team Alpha Male newcomer Cynthia Calvillo. And in a bantamweight bout, Albert Morales faces debuting Andre Soukhamthath.UFC 209 airs live on Pay-Per-View from T-Mobile Arena. I ... Read the Full Article Here

Woodley-Thompson focused; Khabib-Ferguson ready for war at UFC 209

See the fights live! Get your tix for UFC 209 hereThe energy levels of the two sets of championship combatants set to close out UFC 209 next weekend at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas couldn’t have been more different as the quartet of fighters took part in Thursday’s media conference call.Welterweight rivals Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson occupied one end of the spectrum, keeping their answers short, sweet and on message, speaking only when they were called upon as reporters probed for insights and opinions about their impending title rematch.“I think the rematch is happenin ... Read the Full Article Here

Excitement in Buffalo mounts as UFC 210 draws near

  // BUFFALO, N.Y The excitement for the UFC’s return to Buffalo for UFC 210 runs the gamut of emotions, from relief to excitement. After all, it’s been 21 years since UFC 7 hit the shores of Lake Erie, and the April 8 event at KeyBank Center is the grand prize many have been working hard to obtain. New York State Senator Tim Kennedy has been on the front lines the past seven years pleading with fellow lawmakers in New York to vote to legalize mixed martial arts in the state. “We recognized how important UFC is to the economy, not just to sports enthusiasts,&r ... Read the Full Article Here

Two bouts added to April slate

Two bouts were added to the UFC's busy April slate, providing fight fans with a look at a pair of lightweights coming off big wins and a matchup pitting a veteran bantamweight contender against a former Invicta FC standout entering the Octagon for the first time. On Apr. 8 in Buffalo, the UFC 210 card at KeyBank Center will see New York's own Gregor Gillespie attempt to keep his unbeaten record intact when he faces Andrew Holbrook. In his UFC debut last September, Gillespie traveled to Brazil to defeat Glaico Franca, but he will get a home game against Holbrook, who is coming off a big Novembe ... Read the Full Article Here

Euro trip: Jedrzejczyk talks how Europe became land of Champions

When Michael Bisping won The Ultimate Fighter in 2006, he was just happy that he would never have to go back to the dead-end jobs that kept him afloat as he battled his way through the local mixed martial arts scene. Germaine de Randamie was a high-level kickboxer who had to start from zero as an MMA fighter, and Conor McGregor was collecting a welfare check just weeks before changing his life with his UFC debut win over Marcus Brimage. As for Poland’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk, she flirted with trying out for the national boxing team before seeing MMA as a viable option for a future where she ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC set to return to Singapore in June

SINGAPORE UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, has announced its first live event in Asia for the 2017 calendar year. UFC FIGHT NIGHT SINGAPORE will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday, June 17 2017, and will feature the sports finest athletes from around the globe arriving to compete in the world’s most intimidating arena, the Octagon®.“We are very excited to kick off our 2017 Asia event calendar with UFC FIGHT NIGHT® SINGAPORE,” UFC Senior Vice President of International Business, Joe Carr, said. “S ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC newcomer Tucker rides victory wave

It’s as intoxicating a moment as you will find in the fight game. An athlete seemingly comes out of nowhere, puts on an electrifying performance in his UFC debut, and all of a sudden, he is the greatest thing since pizza, ready for a title shot…NOW.Gavin Tucker, the latest fighter to experience the glow of the unforgettable debut, laughs. He knows that despite a dominant effort in defeating Sam Sicilia in front of his hometown crowd in Halifax last Sunday, there is still time for him to start calling for a fight against featherweight champion Jose Aldo. “I’d like to ge ... Read the Full Article Here

Silva's sons enjoyed UFC 208 walkout moment with The Spider

When the lights dimmed for the UFC 208 co-main event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Anderson Silva celebrated his family as much as his own career. The Brazilian superstar came out accompanied only by his two sons, Gabriel, 19, and Kalyl, 18, with his coaches following a little further behind. The two boys hugged their father and sat on the first row to watch Silva go toe to toe with Derek Brunson.A few minutes later, following a barrage of shots and fan shouts, Gabriel and Kalyl were by the Octagon’s door waiting for Silva to exit after being declared the unanimous winner by the judges ... Read the Full Article Here