Al Iaquinta: More Dangerous Than Ever

Hair gel. That’s the one thing Al Iaquinta couldn’t imagine traveling without. It took the surging lightweight a few moments to carve out the answer to the lofty question, but when he delivered his response it came with absolute certainty.“You have to have hair gel,” Iaquinta said in the front lobby of LAW MMA. “You want to make sure you look good wherever you are and that means you are going to need hair gel.”While the Serra-Longo product would crack a smile and a few laughs after paying a passionate homage to styling products, it was absolutely clear to ... Read the Full Article Here

Anderson Silva Wows at UFC 183 Open Workout

Anderson Silva hit pads and grappled with teammates for about an hour just outside the sports book in the MGM Grand casino on Wednesday afternoon to officially kick off fight week with the UFC 183 Open Workouts. Fans clamored for just a glimpse of “The Spider,” who is fighting for the first time since breaking his leg against Chris Weidman at UFC 168. Men, women and children were almost climbing on top of each other to reach their cell phones high enough to snap a picture or shoot a few seconds of video. Silva received the rock star treatment, and he didn’t disappoint. ... Read the Full Article Here

Pawlak and Jotko Featured on Krakow Card

Two of Poland's finest will compete on the first UFC card held in their country on Saturday, April 11, as Lodz' Pawel Pawlak meets TUF Nations finalist Sheldon Westcott and Orneta's Krzysztof Jotko faces newcomer Garreth McLellan in UFC Fight Night bouts at Krakow Arena.The bouts are part of a card headlined by the return of Mirko Cro Cop against Gabriel Gonzaga in a highly-anticipated rematch.Welterweight prospect Pawlak has won all but one of his 11 pro MMA bouts, with nine of his victories coming before the final bell. In Canada's Westcott, he will face a hungry up and comer who is 9-1-1 in ... Read the Full Article Here

OSP and Cummins Collide in Newark this April

Two light heavyweights on the rise will square off in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday, April 18, as number eight-ranked Ovince Saint Preux battles 15th-ranked Patrick Cummins at Prudential Center.Tickets for UFC Fight Night Newark, which is headlined by the middleweight bout between top contenders Lyoto Machida and Luke Rockhold, go on sale on February 20. The card will air on FOX.Unbeaten in six of his last seven bouts, Saint Preux is coming off the biggest win of his pro career last November, a 34-second knockout of Brazilian star Mauricio "Shogun" Rua that earned him Performance of the Night ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Announces First Event in Manila

Singapore – The UFC® today announced their inaugural, and much anticipated UFC Fight Night Manila event in partnership with SM Lifestyle Entertainment inc. The first UFC event in Asia of 2015 will take place in Manila on May 16, 2015 at the city’s destination venue, SM Mall of Asia Arena. Executive Vice President and General Manager, UFC Asia, Ken Berger said: “We are thrilled to be kicking off our Asia event calendar in Manila this year. The UFC has a loyal and passionate fan base in the Philippines and we’re looking forward to bringing the very best of mixed mar ... Read the Full Article Here

Get Ready Manila, the UFC is Coming

Home to revered boxing stars Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire, combat sports fans in the Philippines will make May 16 a date to circle on the calendar. If past support is any indication, the UFC’s first event at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila might rival Dublin, Ireland for an unforgettable atmosphere, while making history at the same time.No fights have been made official for the UFC Fight Night card, which was announced Wednesday evening in the United States (Thursday morning in Manila), and will air in the States on FOX Sports 1. But with rising stars Roldan Sangcha-an and Mark Eddi ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 183 Fantasy Preview

A legend will return at UFC 183 when Anderson “The Spider” Silva steps back into the Octagon for the first time in over a year following a devastating leg injury that many thought might end his career. Maybe the only person who could match Silva in sheer anticipation when it comes to a fighter coming back to the cage is Nick Diaz, who comes back from semi-retirement to face the man recognized as the greatest of all-time in the main event this weekend. In addition to Silva vs. Diaz, two of the best welterweights in the world will square off when Tyron Woodley looks to build on hi ... Read the Full Article Here

TUF Winner Pena Returns in April

The ladies of the bantamweight division will be out in force in the first half of 2015, with two more compelling matchups added to a schedule that already includes Ronda Rousey's February title defense against Cat Zingano and this Saturday's showdown between top contenders Miesha Tate and Sara McMann.On April 4 in Fairfax, Virginia, The Ultimate Fighter season 18 winner Julianna Pena will make her long-awaited return to the Octagon after an injury-induced layoff when she battles Milana Dudieva. Russia's Dudieva is unbeaten in three straight, including an August 2014 victory over Elizabeth Phil ... Read the Full Article Here

Tim Boetsch: Changing the Definition of a Must-Win Fight

Tim Boetsch can breathe a little easier these days. Following a decisive second-round finish of Brad Tavares last August that broke up a 1-3 string, “The Barbarian” doesn’t have to answer the age-old question presented to guys who are 1-3 in their previous four fights:“Is this a must-win situation?”Boetsch laughs, understanding of those who have to ask that question, but glad that it won’t be the only topic of conversation as he returns to the Pay-Per-View main card for a Saturday bout against Thales Leites at UFC 183.“It’s better, but I honest ... Read the Full Article Here

Baczynski Gets Long-Awaited Fight in Poland on April 11

It's only fitting that the man nicknamed "Polish Pistola" will be heading to Krakow for the UFC's first event in Poland, and on Saturday, April 11, Seth Baczynski will face off with England's Leon "Rocky" Edwards in UFC Fight Night action at Krakow Arena.The welterweight bout is part of a card headlined by the return of Mirko Cro Cop against Gabriel Gonzaga in a highly-anticipated rematch.Despite dropping his last two bouts against Thiago Alves and Alan Jouban, Baczynski picked up Fight of the Night honors in both, proving that he's on the verge of big things at 170 pounds should he win in Apr ... Read the Full Article Here

Akira Corassani: On to the Next Chapter

Not every fighter wins a world championship or ends up in the Hall of Fame. That’s just not how sports work, especially not combat sports. In combat sports, those who leave the game usually don’t do it by their own free will. They are generally forced out, unable to compete with younger, faster, stronger competition.That’s not the case with Akira Corassani, who hung up the gloves Monday at the age of 32. Yes, the native of Lund, Sweden had suffered three consecutive defeats at the hands of Dustin Poirier, Max Holloway and Sam Sicilia, the most recent against Sicilia coming ... Read the Full Article Here

Thiago Alves: A Prime Pitbull Stays Hungry

Thiago Alves could have had a bad case of déjà vu last July, as a knee injury took him out of an August matchup with Jordan Mein. It would have been understandable too, considering that he missed more than two years of fighting due to several injuries that required multiple surgeries. But this time around, the “Pitbull” shrugged it off and simply vowed to get healthy and get back to work.“I’m pretty good at putting the past behind me,” he said. “I let it be what it is and I don’t really focus on it or look backwards. I’m always look ... Read the Full Article Here

First UFC GYM in Silicon Valley Hosts Grand Opening Saturday

San Francisco, CA – UFC GYM®, known for its unique TRAIN DIFFERENT® approach that combines the world of mixed martial arts (MMA) and fitness, will celebrate the grand opening of its newest gym in Sunnyvale, CA on Saturday, January 31, beginning at 9:30 am PT.UFC GYM Sunnyvale, located at 733 S. Wolfe Rd., Sunnyvale, CA 94086 (corner of S. Wolfe & Old San Francisco Rd.), is the first UFC GYM in Silicon Valley. Open 24 hours, Sunnyvale joins more than 100 UFC GYM clubs and 100,000 members worldwide.The 30,000 square-foot facility features a 30 foot Octagon, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ... Read the Full Article Here

Tuesday Evening Fight Update

Upcoming UFC events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Newark, New Jersey got new fights Tuesday evening, with the promotion announcing verbally agreed to bouts in the lightweight and light heavyweight divisions.On their way to the Ginasio do Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro on March 21 will be 155-pounders Francisco "Massaranduba" Trinaldo and Akbarh Arreola. Brazilian favorite Trinaldo has won four of his last six bouts, including a September 2014 decision victory over Leandro Silva. Mexican veteran Arreola is 4-1 in his last five, and his most recent win is his biggest to date, as he submitted Yv ... Read the Full Article Here

Miesha Tate: A Cupcake in Nickname Only

When it comes to nicknames, Miesha Tate has one of the more interesting ones in the world of women’s MMA, but while some of her reason for choosing the moniker “Cupcake” has to do with her love for baking, just as much comes from another love: proving people wrong.“When I first started fighting, it would really bother me that people in general, and not just my opponents, would take one look at me when I got into the Octagon or at weigh-ins like ‘oh, that girl’s gonna get her ass kicked, for sure,’” Tate explains. “It used to really, reall ... Read the Full Article Here

Nick Diaz Knows What You Think About Him. He Also Knows You Cannot Turn Away

LODI, Calif. Nick Diaz just doesn’t care what you think about him. Sure, if you like his relentless attacking style in the UFC Octagon and his angry defiance outside of the cage, he’s cool with that. And if you’re among the legion of mixed-martial arts fans who believe he needs a serious attitude adjustment? Well, that’s your problem, not his. But here’s the important thing: Diaz knows exactly who he is, and it’s not his job to make anyone else happy. He’s paid to fight and put on an entertaining show. Details What: UFC 1 ... 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

Rankings: Johnson Claims Gustafsson's No. 1 Spot at 205

Anthony Johnson takes Alexander Gustafsson’s No. 1 light heavyweight ranking in the latest official UFC rankings release after his unbelievable first-round TKO finish of the Sweden star on FOX. With the win, Johnson punched his ticket to the next title shot against champion Jon Jones for some time later this year. “Rumble” said Jones is in for something he’s never had to face before. “I think I’ll be the hardest puncher he’s ever faced, and he’s faced a lot of top quality guys,” Johnson said at the Fight Night Stockholm post fight press ... Read the Full Article Here

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

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