Top Ten - The Newcomers of 2014

The UFC’s rookie class of 2014 was one of the strongest in years, and there was plenty of difficulty whittling this category down to a top ten. How difficult? I decided to go against my rule of newcomers having at least two fights in the calendar year and made a special entry at number ten for three of the top debutants who only fought once in 2014. So without further ado, here are the top fighters who debuted in the Octagon this year…10 (tie) - Carla Esparza, Paige VanZant, Henry Cejudo This trio of lighter weight fighters made quite an impact with only one fight each in the Octa ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Barueri Post Fight Bonus Recap

Lyoto Machida took just over a minute to finish C.B. Dollaway in devastating fashion with a perfectly placed body kick to the liver. Machida was awarded one of four performance bonuses for his spectacular finish.The three other performance bonus recipients were Renan Barao, Erick Silva and Vitor Miranda. All four fighters earned an extra $50k.UFC Chief Content Officer Marshall Zelaznik was joined on stage at the Fight Night Barueri Post Fight Press Conference by seven fighters: Machida, Dollaway, Barao, Mitch Gagnon, Silva, Miranda, and Renato Moicano. Read the Full Article Here

Pezao Potent Once More in KO of Pokrajac

Sao Paulo light heavyweight Marcos Rogerio de Lima didn’t get out of the Octagon in 20 seconds like he did in his May debut against Richardson Moreira, but he did go home early in his UFC Fight Night prelim bout at the Ginasio Jose Correa in Barueri, Brazil, knocking out Igor Pokrajac in under two minutes on Saturday night.Locking up immediately, de Lima bulled Pokrajac to the fence and went to work with punches to the body as he kept the Croatian from getting loose. With 3:15 remaining, referee Fernando Yamasaki broke the stalled action and restarted the fight. As soon as the two were ... Read the Full Article Here

Rampage Returns in 2015

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is returning to the Octagon in 2015 after a nearly two-year absence.News of the Memphis, Tennessee native’s re-signing with the UFC was announced Saturday, after Jackson terminated his contract with his previous promoter and met with UFC officials to finalize a new deal.“It hasn’t really hit me, but it sounds like most people are happy for me to come back,” Jackson told UFC.com. “I feel like I can put on some exciting fights. I don’t feel like there are a whole lot of people out th ... Read the Full Article Here

Barao Back in Business, Subs Gagnon in Three

In Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night co-main event at the Ginasio Jose Correa in Barueri, Brazil, former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao got back in the win column in his first fight since losing his crown to T.J. Dillashaw in May, submitting Mitch Gagnon in the third and final round.“I have one thing to say – I want my belt back,” Barao said. Gagnon got off to a fast start, moving in and out and staying busy on the feet, but midway through the round, Barao began sitting down on his strikes, raising a welt on the leg of Gagnon with his thudding leg kicks. Gagnon ... Read the Full Article Here

Tim Means Business, Decisions Alexandre

Welterweight veteran Tim Means asked for boos after his split decision win over local favorite Marico Alexandre Saturday night at the Ginasio Jose Correa in Barueri, Brazil and he certainly got them, but that was no reflection on his UFC Fight Night performance, as he showed his experience edge in pounding out the hard-fought victory.Scores were 29-28 twice and 28-29 for Means, now 22-6-1; Alexandre falls to 13-2.Alexandre, fighting at welterweight after making it to the finals of TUF Brazil 3 at middleweight, did a nice job of keeping Means from tying the fight up at close range, but it did ... Read the Full Article Here

The Dragon Fires: Machida Wins in One

Showing off the precision striking that has become his trademark, Brazilian middleweight contender Lyoto Machida ended the final UFC event of 2014 quickly and decisively Saturday night, knocking out CB Dollaway in just 62 seconds at the Ginasio Jose Correa in Barueri, Brazil.After the two tentatively circled each other as the fight opened, Machida’s first significant strike, a left kick to the body, stunned Dollaway and sent him reeling into the fence. Belem, Brazil’s Machida followed with a barrage of punches and Dollaway hit the deck, with another unanswered series of strikes b ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Barueri 2014 Weigh-In Results

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Lyoto Machida and CB Dollaway and the bantamweight bout between Renan Barao and Mitch Gagnon, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Ginasio Jose Correa in Barueri, Brazil beginning at 10:00pm ET / 7:00pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and the first two prelims of the night will be available exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT.MAIN EVENTCB Dollaway (186) VS Lyoto Machida (185)FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARDMitch Gagnon (136) VS Renan Barao (136)Patrick Cummins (206 ... Read the Full Article Here

Dollaway Seeks to Tame 'The Dragon'

CB Dollaway has no delusions about his fight against Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida at UFC Fight Night: Machida VS. Dollaway this Saturday in Barueri, Brazil. “It’s the biggest fight of my career,” Dollaway said. “If I can win impressively, I think I have a case for a world title fight.”That’s a big “if.” Machida has fought and beat some of the greatest fighters in mixed martial arts, and Dollaway is just beginning to face top ten talent. But the former Arizona State All-American wrestler has a healthy perspective on the biggest test of ... Read the Full Article Here

The Time is Now for UFC and UFC FIGHT PASS on Apple TV

With some of the biggest events in mixed martial arts on the horizon, it’s the perfect time for fight fans to access all the action in the Octagon through UFC.tv on Apple TV.All UFC Pay-Per-View events and UFC FIGHT PASS, the UFC’s digital streaming service, are now available on this premier platform for sports fans. Apple TV viewers can now watch all UFC Pay-Per-View events - like the upcoming UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier card on January 3. UFC press conferences, breaking news, fight announcements, top stories and videos are free and instantly accessible on-demand. UFC FIGHT PASS, t ... Read the Full Article Here

Lyoto Machida: No Time to Waste

One more round. That’s all Lyoto Machida may have needed to dethrone Chris Weidman in their UFC 175 fight for the middleweight championship of the world. Back in the early days of the UFC, with no time limits, “The Dragon” might have become just the third fighter in the promotion’s history to hold belts in two weight classes.But he’s not. In 2014, with five-round fights the rule in a title bout, 25 minutes just wasn’t enough for the Brazilian. And it sticks with him five months later as he gets ready for his Saturday main event with CB Dollaway in Bar ... Read the Full Article Here

Renan Barao: The Smile is Back

The flight from Sacramento to Rio de Janeiro is a long one, with nearly 16 hours in the air. For Renan Barao this past August, it was even longer.“It was a long flight and I was really sad because I was ready to make my dream come true,” Barao said this week, days before his return to the Octagon this Saturday to face Canada’s Mitch Gagnon in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night in Barueri, Brazil.It’s his first bout since he lost his UFC bantamweight title to T.J. Dillashaw in May. He was supposed to rematch Dillashaw at UFC 177 on August 30, but weight cutting issue ... Read the Full Article Here

Tweets of the Week - 12/19

Fight Night: Machida vs Dollaway Preview of our last event of the year as we head to Brazil for #UFCBarueri live on @FOXSports1 http://t.co/1UN6u5Qffj pic.twitter.com/kFjCbKWOFK — #TheTimeIsNow (@ufc) December 19, 2014   Open training before my figth! Treino aberto! #TaemCasaLyoto #MyArena #UFCBarueri #GoLyoto #PressLyoto pic.twitter.com/MeaWL9SgpF — Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) December 18, 2014   I have arrived in Brazil looking forward to performing in front of the Brazilian fans on Saturday Night ! @ufc #ufcfightnight58 #ufn58 — CB Dollaway (@cb ... Read the Full Article Here

Evans vs. Teixeira Set for Feb. 22

The UFC's first visit to Porto Alegre, Brazil will have a headliner to remember, as former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans returns to face top contender Glover Teixeira in a five-round FOX Sports 1 televised main event on Sunday, February 22. The 35-year-old Evans is on the comeback trail after being sidelined by injury since November of 2013. Before the injury, "Suga" had won two straight over Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen, and he expects to pick up where he left off against popular Brazilian contender Teixeira, who is looking to get back on track after hard-fought decision losse ... Read the Full Article Here

Mitch Gagnon: Ready for His Closeup

After dispatching Roman Salazar in a little over two minutes on October 4, Mitch Gagnon had four consecutive wins and said goodbye to the injury woes that kept him from building any momentum in the competitive bantamweight division.  Not surprisingly, the Ontario native saw bright days ahead and some big things coming, like a top 15 ranking. Yet while he got that ranking he deserved, he didn’t expect that he would be getting another ranked opponent before the end of the year – one on the pound-for-pound list.“It definitely surprised me, for a couple reasons,” Ga ... Read the Full Article Here

How to Watch UFC Fight Night Barueri: Machida vs. Dollaway

Skip ahead to Main Card Saturday, December 20th  UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Dollaway FIGHT PASS Prelims - 7:00PM EST/ 4:00PM PST/ 12:00AM GMT Online Airings Brazil, Latin America, Barbados, Dominica, Haiti, Jamaica, and Caribbean - Blocked All Other Countries - Fight Pass on UFC.tv Cable/Satelite Airings Central/South America Brazil - Combate Mexico - UFC Network Argentina - UFC Network Bolivia - UFC Network Chile - UFC Network Colombia - UFC Network Ecuador - UFC Network Panama - UFC Network Paraguay - UFC Network Peru - UFC Network Rep. Dominicana - UFC Network ... Read the Full Article Here

Antonio Carlos Junior: Brazil's New Breed

A little youthful rebellion never hurt anybody. In fact, Antonio Carlos Junior turned it into a career.“My father said go to study but my choice was to fight,” he laughs, days away from his second UFC fight, and first since winning The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 in May. To call his 2014 campaign a life-changer might be understating things a bit, as he went from a respected world jiu-jitsu champion and budding mixed martial artist to one of the top young fighters in the game. And according to the 24-year-old from Rio de Janeiro, he owes it all to TUF.“It’s been really goo ... Read the Full Article Here

The Downes Side: Fight Night Barueri Predictions

That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for another Festivus edition of the Downes Side! The best mixed martial artists in the world are certainly in the Festivus spirit this week. This Saturday they plan on even showcasing some feats of strength live at Fight Night Barueri. In the main event of the night, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida tries to work his way back to a middleweight title shot as he takes on the fast rising CB Dollaway. In the co-main event of the night, Renan Barao looks for redemption against Canadian submission specialist Mitch Gagnon. DANIEL SARAFIAN VS. A ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Barueri Prelim Fantasy Preview

The UFC's final trip to Brazil in 2014 goes down this Saturday night and the preliminary card will feature a number of local fighters looking to make an impact in front of a home country crowd. At the top of the list is former Ultimate Fighter Brazil contestant Marcos Rogerio de Lima, who made short work of his former castmate Richardson Moreira to win his UFC debut. He faces veteran fighter Igor Pokrajac, who returns to action for the first time in over a year this weekend. Also on the card, No. 13 ranked featherweight Darren Elkins faces a tough test in his trip to Brazil as he takes on No ... Read the Full Article Here