Sara McMann: Always Up to the Challenge

There is starting out at a high level of competition and then there is being thrown to the proverbial wolves. Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann had been facing the best the world had to offer on wrestling mats around the globe, and when she decided to dedicate herself to becoming a mixed martial artist, a similar path was in her immediate future.There would be no easy road for McMann to get a feel for things. Instead, her credentials and reputation for being a gritty competitor preceded her and the potential for her to quickly become the next big thing in women’s MMA hovered above. T ... Read the Full Article Here

Colorado's Pfister to Make UFC Debut in Broomfield

With Jake Lindsey forced to withdraw from his February 14 bout with James Moontasri, Boulder lightweight prospect Cody Pfister will step in to face the "Moon Walker" and make his UFC debut in his home state at 1st Bank Center in Broomfield.Sporting an 11-3-1 pro record that includes seven finishes, the 24-year-old Pfister has not tasted defeat since 2011, a run that has seen him go 7-0-1. In his most recent bout in September of 2014, Pfister submitted Brett Glass in the first round. Read the Full Article Here

Anderson Silva Ready To Restart Career, Reinforce Legacy

At the moment of impact – that horrific instant when bone met bone in a gruesome collision – everything suddenly stopped. A fight. A career. Perhaps even the future. Details What: UFC 183: Silva vs. DiazWhen: Jan. 31 at 10pm/7pm ET/PTWhere: MGM Grand Garden Arena How to watch: Pay Per View Buy Tickets Anderson Silva lay on the Octagon canvas grimacing in pain. That was 13 months ago. Certainly, to those who witnessed it, it seemed like the end. Silva, his left leg broken, couldn’t stand on his own two feet, but he still could have ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Stockholm: Post Fight Bonus Recap

Fight Night Stockholm was full of finishes and UFC President Dana White decided to hand out four performance bonuses. Anthony Johnson was the first winner for his first-round TKO win against Alexander Gustafsson in the main event, which earned him a future title shot against UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Next up was Gegard Mousasi, who also had a first-round TKO win against Dan Henderson in the co-main event. Kenny Robertson pulled off an impressive first-round KO as well to take home the third performance bonus. Finally, Makwan Amirkhani took home the final bonus for his hist ... Read the Full Article Here

Mousasi Halts Hendo in One; Bader Outpoints Davis

The finish may have generated some controversy and boos from the crowd at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden Saturday, but middleweight contender Gegard Mousasi did his job in impressive fashion regardless, halting Dan Henderson in the first round of their UFC Fight Night co-main event.“If I’m ready, I can beat anyone,” Mousasi said. “Whoever’s next, I’m ready.”He certainly looked ready against “Hendo,” who was making his return to the 185-pound weight class.Mousasi used his range nicely as the bout began, jabbing and keeping Henderson ... Read the Full Article Here

Pesta Spoils Erokhin Debut in Stockholm

Czech Republic heavyweight Viktor Pesta ate bomb after bomb from highly-touted Octagon newcomer Konstantin Erokhin early in their UFC Fight Night prelim bout at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden Saturday, but once he shook off the blows, Pesta went on to dominate, winning a three-round unanimous decision.Scores were 30-27 twice and 29-28.Erokhin made an impression on Pesta almost immediately, as he tagged the Prague native with a series of hard left hooks. Pesta cleared his head and got the bout to the mat midway through the round, allowing him to surge ahead and finishing the round on to ... Read the Full Article Here

Sunday Morning Stunner - Johnson KOs Gustafsson in One

It was 3:45am local time on Sunday morning when top light heavyweight contenders Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson got down to business in the UFC Fight Night main event at the 30,000-seat Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, but it was only a little over two minutes later that Johnson earned the next shot at 205-pound champion Jon Jones with a stunning first-round TKO that shocked Gustafsson’s hometown fans. Now it’s on to Jones for Johnson, whose ninth consecutive win was the third of his second run in the UFC, and clearly the biggest yet.“Jon Jones, I hope you get wel ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Stockholm Celebrity Twitter Reactions

Here is a compilation of celebrity reaction to tonight's main event.    Johnson! On that man's home turf too. Reality over hype. @ufc #TBMIG — OMAR EPPS (@omarepps) January 25, 2015 Anthony Rumble Johnson is a beast! Wow — Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) January 25, 2015 WOW...@Anthony_Rumble  heavy hands!!! Looking forward to seeing the fight with @JonnyBones #UFC — Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) January 25, 2015 Wow! Rumble I  you. — Marcedes Lewis (@MarcedesLewis89) January 25, 2015 I told yall! — Arthur Jon ... Read the Full Article Here

Tumenov Wins Gritty Decision over Musoke

Utilizing steady pressure throughout, Russian welterweight prospect Albert Tumenov won an impressive three-round unanimous decision over hometown favorite Nico Musoke in UFC Fight Night prelim action at Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden Saturday night.All three judges saw it 29-28.The first round was a chess match, with Musoke doing the better work thanks to a steady stream of body kicks and counterpunches upstairs. In the second though, Tumenov evened the score with sharp punching attacks while the workrate of the bloodied Musoke dipped.Musoke sought several takedowns in round three, but was ... Read the Full Article Here

Barnatt Meets Hester in Virginia this April

Former Ultimate Fighter competitor and current middleweight prospect Luke Barnatt will return to the Octagon on Saturday, April 4, as he faces TUF 17 castmate Clint Hester in a UFC Fight Night bout at Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.Tickets for UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas go on sale on February 11. Staring at the first two-fight losing streak of his pro career, the talented Barnatt is more determined than ever to recapture the form that saw him defeat Collin Hart, Andrew Craig and Mats Nilsson in his first three UFC bouts. Georgia's Hester has won seven of his last eight bouts, inclu ... Read the Full Article Here

Alexander Gustafsson: A Big Year Begins on Saturday

Alexander Gustafsson laughs when you ask him what life is like for him in Sweden these days. About to headline the 30,000-seat Tele2 Arena in Stockholm in a fight against Anthony Johnson, the man who put Swedish MMA on the international map is his characteristic humble self.“People notice me over there, but it’s not like I’m a rock star or anything,” Gustafsson said. “It’s more laid back (in Sweden). People let you have your privacy and they let you be. Of course, sometimes they come up to you and want an autograph or a photograph, but that’s not a h ... Read the Full Article Here

Johnson Respectful, but Ready to 'Rumble'

When Anthony Johnson faces Alexander Gustafsson this weekend in Stockholm, Sweden, he will have come full circle in a career that has seen many ups and downs.“I’m looking forward to it,” Johnson says. “I made my own path in this sport. Some of my decisions were good, some were bad, but recently they’ve been good. A year ago I never would have thought I would be in a title eliminator bout for the UFC light heavyweight championship, but here I am, and I am damn well not going to take it for granted.”Johnson spent some time in Sweden to acclimate his body to ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Announces Three European Events For 2015

London, UK – UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organisation, has today confirmed the addition of three European events to its 2015 calendar. Speaking at a press conference in Stockholm, three UFC athletes, each representing their home country where the events are set to take place, confirmed that the UFC would this year host events in Poland, Germany and Scotland. Poland, announced by Jan Blachowicz and Scotland, announced by Joanne “BadMofo” Calderwood, will be debut events on the UFC calendar while the UFC will return to Germany, announced by Nick &ldqu ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Stockholm Weigh-In Results

Fight Night Stockholm, which is headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson and the middleweight bout between Dan Henderson and Gegard Mousasi, airs live on FOX from Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, beginning at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Six prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 5pm ET / 2pm PT, and the first three prelims of the night will be available exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 4:00pm ET / 1:00pm PT.MAIN EVENT Anthony Johnson (204) VS Alexander Gustafsson (205)FOX MAIN CARDGegard Mousasi (185) VS Dan Henderson (185)Ryan Bader (205) ... Read the Full Article Here

Tweets of the Week - 1/23

UFC Stockholm: Gustafsson vs Johnson Who's NEXT? #TheTimeIsNow #UFCStockholm on FOX @AlexTheMauler @Anthony_Rumble pic.twitter.com/UpFd9LuoPS — UFC (@ufc) January 21, 2015   Good to be home! Got the best hairdresser in town to get my hair and beard in fight shape lol thanks… http://t.co/GpUQ8j8SS8 — Alexander Gustafsson (@AlexTheMauler) January 20, 2015   Half of the #UFCStockholm main event, @Anthony_Rumble arrives, but never leave your back open to @BurtWatson4real! pic.twitter.com/wjeHc14Txe — UFC United Kingdom (@UFC_UK) January 20, 2015 &n ... Read the Full Article Here

Cro Cop-Gonzaga II Headlines First UFC Event in Poland

London, UK – In a landmark announcement the UFC today confirmed the date and venue for the first ever UFC event in Poland and stacked the card with two incredible fights. The announcement, made by Polish rising star Jan Blachowicz at a press conference in Stockholm on the eve of UFC Fight Night GUSTAFSSON vs JOHNSON, confirmed that the event will take place on April 11 at the Krakow Arena.After a three year absence legend Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic returns to the Octagon to meet Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga in the headline event, while Blachowicz returns home to Poland ... Read the Full Article Here