The Ultimate Fighter 20: Episode 3 Preview

Rematches are always tricky business when it comes to fighting. An epic war the first time around certainly doesn't guarantee anything in a second fight. Just ask Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar about that.  A one-sided knockout doesn't necessarily guarantee the second fight will go the same way -- ask Matt Serra and Georges St-Pierre about that.  And sometimes things get even worse when two fighters rematch -- just ask Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva about fighting Cain Velasquez twice.  This week on The Ultimate Fighter, two of the women on the show rematch as Jess ... Read the Full Article Here

Jorge Masvidal Content to Wait His Turn

  From the time UFC 178 was starting to take shape, lightweight firestarter Donald Cerrone has been linked to the September 27 fight card in Las Vegas, but there has been a revolving door of opponents positioned opposite “Cowboy.”First it was contender Khabib Nurmagomedov. However, as soon as the bout was verbally set, it was scrapped when the unbeaten American Kickboxing Academy representative wrecked his knee during a training session the exact same day.Then it was Bobby Green, fresh off a debated split decision win over Josh Thomson at the end of the July and riding an e ... Read the Full Article Here

Rankings: Hunt Moves Into Top 5

Mark Hunt’s performance at Fight Night Japan against Roy Nelson has earned the New Zealand native his breakthrough into the top 5 of the heavyweight division rankings. Hunt’s perfectly-placed right uppercut three minutes into the second round of the Fight Night Japan main event over the weekend impressed the voting panelists, allowing the 40-year-old to pass Josh Barnett, now No. 6 at heavyweight, in the official UFC rankings. Hunt immediately made his plea for a fight that will put him on the road to a title shot at the Fight Night Japan post-fight press conference. “I ... Read the Full Article Here

Meeting of Top Five Flyweights Heads to Phoenix

Two of the best 125-pound fighters in the world will square off at Phoenix' US Airways Center on December 13, as the number four-ranked Jussier Formiga meets Arizona standout John Moraga in a pivotal flyweight meeting.The fifth-ranked Moraga, a former world title challenger, comes into the bout fresh from a second-round submission win over Justin Scoggins. Brazil's Formiga has won two straight, defeating Scott Jorgensen and Zach Makovsky.In another verbally agreed to bout for the card, Arizona newcomer Anthony "El Toro" Birchak makes his Octagon debut against Ian Entwistle.Tickets go on sale f ... Read the Full Article Here

TUF Latin America - Episode 5 Preview

Four weeks into The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, and outside of a three-round fight between Alejandro Pena and Fredy Serrano, Team Velasquez has been absolutely dominating the competition. The Mexican side of the tournament was stronger from the very first day they entered The Ultimate Fighter house, and it's clear the losses that are piling up are starting to bother Latin America head coach Fabricio Werdum. Last week when Humberto Brown went down after a lackluster and tentative performance, Werdum unloaded and let his voice be heard to the team that he was not only disappointed but t ... Read the Full Article Here

Weidman Hurt; Hendricks-Lawler II Now Headlines UFC 181

Las Vegas – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that middleweight champion Chris Weidman has suffered a hand injury in training and has been forced out of his fight with Vitor Belfort on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas. The fight will be rescheduled to a later date.As a result, UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks will take on No. 1 contender Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC 181 on Dec. 6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The fight will serve as a rematch to their hotly-contested title fight in March, a bout narrowly won by Hendricks.UFC 181 will be co-headlined by th ... Read the Full Article Here

Cat Zingano: The Number One is Back

When Cat Zingano walked from the locker room to the Octagon for her UFC debut against Miesha Tate in April of 2013, it was one of those great moments in the sport that had nothing to do with what happens once the bell rang.Showing every ounce of the emotion that comes from surviving a tough training camp and years of hard work to make it to a goal that may have not even seemed possible when she started, Zingano didn’t play the “tough fighter” role that night; she let it all out, her tears and smile speaking volumes.“It was kind of a do or die kind of training camp,&rdqu ... Read the Full Article Here

Amanda Nunes: On the Road to Rousey

Currently taking up the final three spots in the UFC women’s bantamweight division top ten, the trio of Amanda Nunes, Bethe Correia, and Jessica Andrade has been setting the standard for female MMA fighters from Brazil, and they’re only getting better with each passing fight. But only one of the three – the number eight-ranked Nunes – has taken her show on the road in order to give herself the best shot at becoming a champion. And that wasn’t an easy decision.“I came here to get better,” Nunes, who has made her home in the United States for the last th ... Read the Full Article Here

Riggs Returns to UFC against Saunders in Phoenix

UFC veteran Joe "Diesel" Riggs will get a home game in his return to the Octagon on December 13, as he faces Ben "Killa B" Saunders at US Airways Center in his backyard of Phoenix, Arizona.Stepping back into the Octagon for the first time in nearly eight years, the soon to be 32-year-old Riggs has gone 15-6 during his time outside of the UFC, a stretch that includes a current six-fight winning streak. In Saunders, Riggs will be facing another vet who came back to the UFC in 2014, with Florida's "Killa B" reintroducing himself with a Performance of the Night submission of Chris Heatherly in Aug ... Read the Full Article Here

Cody Gibson: No Room for More Regrets

  Getting the call to fight in the UFC is not only the culmination of a dream for every fighter, but it also serves as an opportunity for many of the newcomers to commit themselves to their craft full-time.Ask competitors about their time climbing the ladder and gaining experience on the regional circuit, and you’re bound to hear about various jobs of necessity – flexible positions that provide supplemental income and enough free time to allow aspiring fighters the chance to keep pursuing their craft, but also put a couple dollars in their pocket at the same time.Over the y ... Read the Full Article Here

Fury Puts Out The Fireball Kid in One

SAITAMA, September 20 – In the biggest fight of his career, unbeaten Myles Jury delivered his best performance yet, knocking out former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi in the first round of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night co-main event at Saitama Super Arena. Jury looked to be frustrating Gomi with his activity and movement as the fight opened, but “The Fireball Kid” continued to match forward, assuming he would eventually catch the Michigan native. But in the second minute, Jury put an end to such thoughts, nailing Gomi with a right hand that put the Tokyo produc ... Read the Full Article Here

JoJo Calderwood: They Say I'm Too Sweet And Innocent To Be A Fighter

  Joanne 'Jojo' Calderwood, 28, from Kilmarnock, Scotland, is taking part in the first women-only season of BT Sport's The Ultimate Fighter - a reality TV series where she will compete against other female fighters from around the world. 'People say "your face is too pretty to be getting hit". I just laugh. I train hard every day so that I don't get hit in the face!' she said.  Although some may be shocked at Jojo's vocation because of her gender, she said there's no such sexism within the fighting industry. She said: 'Luckily, I've been in an environment where I've never be ... Read the Full Article Here

Kang, Tanaka Steal the Show in Prelim War

SAITAMA, September 20 – Bantamweights Kyung Ho Kang and Michinori Tanaka thrilled fans at the Saitama Super Arena for three rounds Saturday, with Kang pulling off a razor-thin split decision in UFC Fight Night prelim action that could have easily gone the other way.Scores were 29-28 twice, and 28-29 for Busan, South Korea’s Kang, now 13-7 with 1 NC; Tanaka falls to 10-1.Kang stunned Tanaka with a punch in the first exchange to open the fight, and as Tanaka looked to regroup, he got rocked again. In the ensuing scramble that hit the mat, Kang got into the mount position and then too ... Read the Full Article Here

Hunt Big in Japan Again with KO of Nelson

SAITAMA, September 20 – The war ended early at Saitama Super Arena Saturday night, and this one belonged to Mark Hunt. Facing off with fellow heavyweight knockout artist Roy Nelson in an eagerly-anticipated clash of top ten contenders, “The Super Samoan” struck often, eventually denting the steel chin of Nelson en route to a second-round knockout victory that reaffirmed the resurgent 40-year-old as one of the most dangerous punchers in the sport.And he did it in the same country as some of his biggest fights in PRIDE and K-1, making the victory even sweeter.Two of the divis ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Japan Bonus Report

Five fighters convened at the Fight Night Japan post-fight press conference: Myles Jury, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Kyoji Horiguchi, Mark Hunt, and Takanori Gomi. Bantamweights Michinori Tanaka and Kyung Ho Kang took home $50,000 dollars each for their Fight of the Night bout during the prelims. Kang controlled the opening round but Tanaka bounced back in the second before a razor-thin third round led to a split decision in Kang's favor. The Performance of the Night bonuses went to Hunt and UFC newcomer Johnny Case. Hunt became the first person to finish Roy Nelson inside the Octagon with punches, whi ... Read the Full Article Here

MMA Power Training

Hitting your local gym over and over for half an hour of lifting followed up with 20 minutes of cardio is a waste. To elicit increased strength or endurance you need to introduce new stressors. This workout puts featherweight contender Cub Swanson through three distinct phases tailored to increase the performance of a mixed martial artist -- and the movements will benefit you as well. The key elements are a dynamic warm-up that primes the body, a series of movements designed for energy system development, followed by strength training employing some of the same movements Swanson uses in the Oc ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Statement on Anthony Johnson

STATEMENT ON ANTHONY JOHNSON We are aware of the situation involving Anthony Johnson. As a result, we are suspending him indefinitely. We are using a third-party law firm to conduct a formal investigation and once we have more information, we’ll determine whether further course of action is necessary. Read the Full Article Here

Mark Hunt: Still Hungry for Glory

Some fighters lose their passion with age.  Their competitive fire is extinguished, and fighting becomes all about the pay check.The opposite has happened for Mark Hunt, who fights Roy Nelson this Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson in Saitama Super Arena.With six children (two adults and four under 10 years old) it’s fair to say Hunt has more responsibilities than ever.  But at 40 years old, the financial incentives aren’t the main motivator for the “Super Samoan,” who remains hungry for glory in the UFC’s Octagon.“Of ... Read the Full Article Here

Gonzaga Aims to Stop Mitrione Streak in Phoenix

With two consecutive first round knockouts in the books, Matt Mitrione will seek a third straight win in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, December 13, as he meets veteran heavyweight contender Gabriel Gonzaga in a match at US Airways Center.The former Ultimate Fighter competitor has rebounded in style from a 1-3 stretch in 2011-13, knocking out Shawn Jordan and Derrick Lewis to improve to 8-3. Brazil’s Gonzaga is as tough and crafty as they come though, and with wins in two of his last three, he will be a tough out for the hard-hitting Mitrione. Read the Full Article Here

Johnny Case: His Time is Now

First things first. Johnny Case earned his shot to scrap inside the Octagon by having an eight-fight win streak, including six stoppages via strikes. The 25-year-old Iowa native has been, literally, laying the smack down all over MMA’s midwest regional scene for the past several years. Amassing a pro record of 18-4, “Hollywood” owns all but two of his victories from finishes with well over half of those KO and submissions coming in the first round.And that would have been the first thing said from people’s lips or written from their fingertips about Case if the promisin ... Read the Full Article Here