Wednesday Fight Update

The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday has not slowed down UFC matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby, as four bouts have been added to the upcoming schedule.The UFC 183 card in Las Vegas on January 31 continues to set a high bar for 2015 fight action, with the latest addition being a lightweight matchup between surging Al Iaquinta and UFC bonus king Joe Lauzon that should not only move the winner up the rankings, but also earn him east coast bragging rights.Thirteen days before Lauzon and Iaquinta throw down in Las Vegas, it will be a New England turf war in Boston, as Peabody, Massachusetts' Charl ... Read the Full Article Here

Corey Anderson: A Student of the Game

Within 61 seconds of fight time, 24 significant strikes were landed, two takedowns were scored, a TKO stoppage was called and The Ultimate Fighter winner was crowned. This is the new Corey Anderson. For the TUF 19 faithful viewers, the former NCAA Division III All-American wrestler’s performances in the house compared to the one in the finale was like night and day. And he wouldn’t disagree, but there’s an obvious answer - Anderson got better. “When I was on the show, I had only been training fighting for five to six months,” Anderson explains. “There were a ... Read the Full Article Here

Tavares and Lentz Meet Again in Feb.

Five years after their first meeting at lightweight in 2010, current featherweight contenders Nik Lentz and Thiago Tavares will battle it once more in a UFC Fight Night bout on February 14 in Broomfield, Colorado.In the main event at 1st Bank Center, Matt Brown faces Tarec Saffiedine.On January 11, 2010, Lentz and Tavares fought for the first time in Fairfax, Virginia, with a majority draw verdict being rendered after three rounds. Since then, both fighters have moved 10 pounds south to featherweight, where Lentz sits in the number nine spot after winning four of his last five. Tavares, a more ... Read the Full Article Here

The Ultimate Fighter 20: Episode 10 Preview

It's been a rough few weeks on The Ultimate Fighter for Dublin native Aisling Daly. When she came to the reality show, Daly was one of the most experienced fighters in the entire competition, with a well-rounded skill set and maybe the biggest win on her resume of anybody moving into the house: a submission victory over current UFC bantamweight star Jessica Eye. The only problem is that moving from a very cold, wet climate to the kind of intense heat and dry desert air that swirls around Las Vegas in July, when the show was filmed, can be a shock to the system.  It made Daly qui ... Read the Full Article Here

McCall-Lineker Back On for UFC 183

The highly-anticipated flyweight bout between top contenders Ian McCall and John Lineker is back on and ready to go for January 31 in Las Vegas as part of the stacked UFC 183 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.The matchup was originally scheduled for UFC Fight Night in Uberlandia, Brazil on November 8, but a fight week illness suffered by McCall forced him out of the bout. Now ready for battle once more, the number three-ranked "Uncle Creepy" is eager to square off with "Hands of Stone" Lineker, who is currently ranked seventh at 125 pounds.In the UFC 183 main event, future Hall of Famer An ... Read the Full Article Here

Looking Back: From Mexico to Austin

Ah, time to breathe. Well, not really, because there are plenty of events to fill our weekends in December. But for the moment, there are no fights this Saturday, so instead of looking forward, let’s take a look back at UFC 180 and Fight Night Austin for a little Monday Morning Musing…   WERDUMMark Hunt was the sentimental favorite leading up to his late-notice UFC 180 main event against Fabricio Werdum, and with two early knockdowns he was on his way to capping off the biggest career comeback story seen in a long time in combat sports, if not ever. Of course, a knee from ... Read the Full Article Here

Rankings: Barboza Skyrockets at 155; Edgar Climbs

Bobby Green was arguably the fastest-rising star in the lightweight division before Fight Night Austin, but Edson Barboza, once a heralded prospect himself, reclaimed that title Saturday night. Barboza dominated Green for 15 minutes in their co-main event clash, and was voted up five spots in this week’s official UFC rankings to No. 6. Green falls two spots to No. 9, while Jim Miller (10), Eddie Alvarez (11) and Michael Johnson (12) all move down one spot. Barboza said after the fight that fans have yet to see the best Edson Barboza inside the Octagon. “Believe me, you guys have ... Read the Full Article Here

Newcomer Jones to Face Anderson at UFC 181

Originally scheduled to face Gian Villante at UFC 181 on December 6, TUF 19 winner Corey Anderson has had another change to his dance card, as Jonathan Wilson has been forced from the Las Vegas matchup, prompting unbeaten newcomer Justin "Lazybones" Jones to step up for his Octagon debut.Hailing from San Diego, the 27-year-old Jones has finished each of his three pro bouts, two by submission and one by knockout. Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Austin: Post Fight Bonus Recap

After dominating Cub Swanson for five rounds and finishing him with a timely rear naked choke at 4:56 of the fifth and final round - the latest finish in UFC history - Frankie Edgar was rewarded with one of the performance bonuses, earning an extra $50k for his efforts.Paige VanZant was successful in her Octagon debut, defeating Kailin Curran by TKO on the UFC FIGHT PASS prelims. The two strawweights earned fight of the night honors, and Alexey Oliynyk earned the other performance bonus for his KO win against Jared Rosholt. All four fighters earned $50k.UFC Sr. Director of Public Relations Dav ... Read the Full Article Here

An Interesting Year for Luke Barnatt

Luke Barnatt knew he beat Sean Strickland. The May bout in Berlin didn’t mark the best performance turned in by “The Bigslow,” but everyone has those days. As the great boxing trainer George Benton once said, “win today, look good next time.”“There's nothing you can do, and before the decision was read out, I was pretty bummed because I didn't feel like I performed that well,” Barnatt recalled. “I performed to the game plan and beat the guy, but no one wants to watch that fight. I'll just move on to the next one. Then they called out that I los ... Read the Full Article Here

Leopard Mauls The Cuddly Bear in Austin

Russian heavyweight prospect Ruslan “Leopard” Magomedov fed Octagon newcomer Josh “The Cuddly Bear” Copeland a steady diet of kicks throughout their UFC Fight Night prelim bout at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, and while Copeland didn’t fall, it was a decisive unanimous decision victory for Magomedov Saturday night, upping his Octagon record to 2-0.Scores were 30-27 twice and 29-28.Magomedov struck first with a big right hand to the head in the second minute, but after a brief stagger to the fence, Copeland had his legs back under him, and a minute lat ... Read the Full Article Here

Front Paige News - VanZant Stops Curran in Three

Paige VanZant may have received a lot of attention for her looks and her age, but the 20-year-old strawweight prospect has plenty of mean in her too, as she delivered a stellar performance in her Octagon debut against fellow newcomer Kailin Curran, stopping the Hawaiian in the third round of their UFC Fight Night prelim bout at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.The strawweights engaged immediately, VanZant bulling Curran to the fence immediately. Curran landed an elbow and got loose, but they soon locked up again. Curran scored with a nice throw in response, but VanZant was undeterred, ... Read the Full Article Here

The UFC Returns to New Jersey on April 18

Home to some of the most memorable moments in recent UFC history, including Jon Jones' title-winning stoppage of Shogun Rua in 2011 and February's classic brawl between Abel Trujillo and Jamie Varner, the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey will again host the UFC's best, as the promotion travels east for a UFC on FOX card on Saturday, April 18.The announcement was made Saturday during the Fight Night Austin broadcast.Stay tuned to UFC.com for ticket and fight card information. Read the Full Article Here

Any Questions? The Answer Subs Cub

Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie "The Answer" Edgar put a momentary halt to Cub Swanson’s plans for a featherweight title shot Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, dominating Swanson for nearly five rounds before finishing the bout via submission with four seconds left in the bout.The loss snapped Swanson’s six-fight winning streak. A win in Saturday’s bout was expected to set up a rematch for him against 145-pound champion Jose Aldo, but now it’s Edgar who made his case for a second fight against the Brazilian star, sending a message to U ... Read the Full Article Here

Cub Swanson's Quest for Respect

Main events are main events for a reason. They are meant to feature the most anticipated matchup on any given fight card, and if all the stars are aligned, the main event will deliver on all levels. The fans are happy. The bosses are happy. And one fighter emerges having proved to the world that he was the best on fight night.So when Cub Swanson meets Frankie Edgar this weekend in Austin’s Frank Erwin Center on FOX Sports 1, there are no other two fighters in the building with more at stake, and that will make for a main event for the ages, with the winner emerging as the consensus num ... Read the Full Article Here

Frankie Edgar Looking to Make Definitive Statement

Anyone following the sport of mixed martial arts knows that I’ve interviewed Frankie “The Answer” Edgar more than any other fighter on the UFC’s roster over the past several years. He served as my fight analyst on FOX Fight Game, was a guest on all my TV and radio shows, I devoted a chapter to him in my “Fighting Words” book, and I’ve written at least four magazine columns on my Toms River, NJ neighbor.But there was something different in his voice when I interviewed him about his fight with Cub Swanson on FOX Sports 1 this weekend. Maybe it was the ... Read the Full Article Here

Tweets of the Week - 11/21

UFC Fight Night Austin: Edgar vs Swanson Me and Yves taking over at Fox 7 in Austin :) http://t.co/kX1OH9UsQv pic.twitter.com/daKKTA5S1x — Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) November 20, 2014   Almost go time @ufc http://t.co/OAzD1Cr4IN pic.twitter.com/a26Ms6DnKn — Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) November 20, 2014   He said what?!? UFC Fight Night 57's Bobby Green, uncut, on walking away from MMA http://t.co/UQTthb42nW via @mmajunkie — Bobby King Green (@BobbyKGreen) November 21, 2014   Also in my @BurtWatson4real voice (WE ROLLIN) @DustinOrtizMMA pic.tw ... Read the Full Article Here

By The Numbers: Fight Night Austin

Saturday, the Octagon is in Austin, Texas for the featherweight clash between Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson. But before UFC Fight Night begins, let’s take a look at the card By The Numbers. 9Octagon events in Texas including this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson1529Days between this weekend’s event in Austin and the Octagon’s previous Austin appearance at UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares3Current ranking of Frankie “The Answer” Edgar as a UFC featherweight4:45:25Total fight time by Edgar inside the Octagon, 4th most in UFC history998Sign ... Read the Full Article Here

Roger Narvaez: Daring to be Great

Roger Narvaez began fighting at heavyweight, moved to light heavyweight and then settled in at middleweight, where he built a solid reputation on the local Texas MMA circuit. But when he got called to take a short notice UFC fight at 205 pounds against Patrick Cummins in June it was that offer he couldn’t refuse.Of course, he did let UFC matchmaker Joe Silva know that he was going to go back to middleweight following the bout, win or lose, but after a few visits to The Egg and I restaurant across the parking lot from the host hotel on fight week, he had second thoughts.“During the ... Read the Full Article Here