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Unfiltered Episode 147: James Vick and Bobby Kelly

James "The Texecutioner" Vick, fresh off his UFC 217 victory over Joe Duffy, calls in and discusses the win, wanting to fight Justin Gaethje next, weightcutting, a possible move to Welterweight, and more. Before that, Matt Serra joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Conor McGregor situation, Bisping vs. Gastelum, Oscar De La Hoya, and some recently announced fights. Plus, Jim and guest co-host Bobby Kelly talk about Anthony Pettis's fractured rib, Dominick Cruz's injury, and more. Full Episode James on Joe Duffy and listening to his opponents' interviews James on Justin Gaethje ... Read the Full Article Here

Tybura has experience against former champs, focused on Werdum

Marcin Tybura of Poland celebrates his knockout victory over Viktor Pesta of the Czech Republic in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Vivint Smart Home Arena on August 6, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)" align="center" /> Coming off a unanimous decision win over Andrei Arlovski in the spring, Marcin Tybura knew his next opportunity to step into the Octagon would come against another high profile opponent; one a little further up the heavyweight rankings, where a victory could carry him into the title conversation.With a little over a mon ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Sydney – Fight by Fight Preview

FABRICIO WERDUM VS MARCIN TYBURAWhen I spoke to Fabricio Werdum before his last fight, he said if the UFC came to him with a fight that next weekend, he would take it. So a little over a month after defeating Walt Harris, the former champ is back to face Marcin Tybura. It’s good to see Werdum staying busy at 40, because waiting around won’t get him a shot at regaining the crown. Wins will, and he has to be favored over Tybura, though the Polish standout is showing top form in winning his last three bouts, including a June victory over Andrei Arlovski. Add in a training camp with th ... Read the Full Article Here

Cyborg vs Holm a done deal for UFC 219

It's the dream fight fans have been waiting for, and on Saturday, Dec. 30, the UFC's final event of 2017 will see a battle between two of the greatest female fighters ever, as Cris "Cyborg" Justino defends her UFC women's featherweight title against Holly Holm at UFC 219 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.UFC 219 airs live on Pay-Per-View. Tickets go on sale December 1.An accomplished competitor who has held titles in Strikeforce and Invicta FC, defeating the likes of Shayna Baszler, Gina Carano and Marloes Coenen along the way, feared striker Cris Cyborg (18-1, 1 NC) made her long-awaited UFC d ... Read the Full Article Here

Bisping, Gastelum both feel an advantage about short-notice bout

It’s not very often that both halves of a short-notice matchup view their impending bout as a win-win scenario, but that’s exactly how Michael Bisping and Kelvin Gastelum see their main event clash in Shanghai, China next weekend. “I only feel like it’s an advantage career-wise,” Gastelum said of the shift from facing Anderson Silva to squaring off with Bisping during Wednesday’s media conference call. “Mike is obviously the former champion, he’s highly ranked and his position in the UFC is very high, so this is a great move for my career. &ldq ... Read the Full Article Here

The Ultimate Fighter 26 - Ep. 10 Preview

Last week on The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion, No. 1 seed Roxanne Modafferi and No. 12 seed Sijara Eubanks punched their tickets into the semifinal round with only a few matchups still remaining until a UFC women's flyweight champion is crowned. This week, the other two semifinalists will join them in the final four of the tournament as former Invicta FC flyweight champion Barb Honchak takes on tough-as-nails Hawaiian competitor Rachael Ostovich-Berdon, while submission specialist Montana Stewart faces off with Nicco Montano, who surprised everybody in the competition when she knocke ... Read the Full Article Here

The Ultimate Fighter 26 - Episode 10 Recap

The semifinals are now set after the last two quarterfinal round matchups took place on the most recent episode of The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion. In the first matchup this week, former Invicta FC flyweight champion Barb Honchak looked to continue her run through the tournament where she entered as one of the biggest favorites to make it all the way to the finals. She faced off with Hawaiian fighter Rachael Ostovich-Berdon, who pulled off an upset in her elimination round matchup and looked like a serious threat to take down Honchak as well going into this week. Following a quick ... Read the Full Article Here

Camacho, in search of first UFC win, is embracing the moment

Frank Camacho poses during Fight Night Singapore weigh-ins" align="center" />After taking a short notice bout with Jingliang Li that earned him a Fight of the Night bonus but not a victory in his UFC debut, the normally upbeat and positive Frank Camacho was in the dumps as he left Singapore Indoor Stadium.“I got on the bus with my coach and I was so bummed, wondering where I go from here,” he said. But soon, there would be good news in the form of the aforementioned Fight of the Night award, and it brightened his mood – not just for the extra money in his pocket, but for some ... Read the Full Article Here

Means continues improvement under longtime coach, Tom Vaughn

Back in the win column with a June victory over Alex Garcia, welterweight veteran Tim Means wanted another fight before the end of 2017 because that’s what guys like Means do. And when Jesse Taylor was forced out of his Sydney bout with Belal Muhammad, “The Dirty Bird” was more than happy to step in.“They called me, I had already been back in practice a good month and a half or so, and asked if we could fill in,” he said. “Five and a half weeks notice, I checked my weight and we were good.” And now Means is in Australia, getting ready for what could be ... Read the Full Article Here

Muhammad aspires to improve until he's unbeatable

Losing an opponent is usually never good news, but it was for Belal Muhammad. After his original fight against Jesse Taylor was scrapped due to a potential anti-doping violation by the TUF 25 winner, Chicago’s Muhammad got a new foe to face in Sydney this weekend, Tim Means. On paper, it’s the difference between defending takedowns all night and getting a fight that could net the two welterweights a bonus check when the dust settles down under.“I was happy because I know that Tim Means is gonna bring an exciting fight,” Muhammad said. “With Taylor, it was a fight ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura Fantasy Cheat Sheet

The UFC returns to Australia this weekend for a card stacked with top 10 fighters and prospects hoping to earn a spot in the rankings when this event unfolds on Saturday (Sunday local time). At the top of the bill, former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum looks to build on his lightning-quick submission win over Walt Harris in October when he faces Marcin Tybura in a matchup of fighters both hoping to earn a spot in the title race in 2018. In the co-main event, the women's flyweight division will kick off with an all-Australia battle as former Ultimate Fighter competitor Bec Rawlings takes ... Read the Full Article Here

Volkanovski was a natural from the first step he took in an MMA gym

Many fighters fall in love with MMA after getting beat up on their first day of training, consumed by wanting to learn whatever magic their opponent used to dominate them.The story of UFC featherweight Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski, who fights Shane Young this Saturday (Sunday local time) at UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs Tybura at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, is the opposite.Before he even stepped foot in what would later become his home gym, Volkanovski was targeted as fresh meat. Strange, considering that this was in 2011, when he was still a 213-pound rugby league player. Un ... Read the Full Article Here

Young to make UFC debut against Volkanovski in Sydney

Despite losing opponents Jeremy Kennedy and Humberto Bandenay due to injury, Australian prospect Alexander Volkanovski will be in action this weekend in Sydney, as New Zealander Shane Young has stepped up for the UFC Fight Night bout at Qudos Bank Arena.Auckland's Young, 11-3 as a pro, brings a five-fight winning streak into his Octagon debut against Windang's Volkanovski, who has won 12 straight, including two UFC bouts against Yusuke Kasuya and Mizuto Hirota, leading up to this weekend's matchup, which will be contested at a catchweight of 150 pounds.The UFC Fight Night card, which is headli ... Read the Full Article Here

Unfiltered Episode 146: Sage Northcutt, Aleks Paunovic, and Bobby Kelly

Actor and big UFC fan, Aleks Paunovic, joins Jim and guest co-host Bobby Kelly in-studio to talk about UFC 217, boxing vs. MMA, working on War for the Planet of the Apes, and much more. Later, UFC Fight Night Norfolk winner "Super" Sage Northcutt calls in to discuss his first fight back inside the Octagon after a little less than a year away, training full time at Team Alpha Male, auditioning to be Ivan Drago's son in Creed 2, and more. Plus, Matt Serra joins the show from his family vacation in Disney World to give his thoughts on this past weekend's fights. Full Episode Aleks on why boxi ... Read the Full Article Here

Heavyweight rivals have to be separated at GLORY press conference

Security staff had to get involved in separating Rico Verhoeven and Jamal Ben Saddik at Tuesday’s GLORY: REDEMPTION press conference in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The tension between the two giants almost exploded into violence after challenger Jamal spat at his rival. The pair collide with the world title on the line in Rotterdam, Holland, on December 9 in literally the biggest kickboxing fight of the year.Saddik (32-5, 26 KO’s) holds a 2011 stoppage win over Verhoeven (52-10-1, 15 KO’s) and has seldom let the fact go unmentioned. Earlier this year he manoevered himself into ... Read the Full Article Here

Northcutt's star burns brighter after Norfolk win

An 11-month layoff and a switch to Team Alpha Male seemed to suit Sage Northcutt beautifully. During the Fight Night Norfolk prelims, the Texas native controlled nearly the entire bout against Michel Quinones with a mixture of patience and precision, a development he attributes 100% to his new teammates and his last three months of training. If this is what three months looked like, he mused from The Octagon following the win, “…I can’t wait to see what six months looks like, or a year looks like. I’m looking forward to the future.”He dropped into the UFC Unfilte ... Read the Full Article Here

On the Rise: Sydney Edition

For the fifth time in UFC history, the Octagon arrives in Sydney, Australia for a massive 13-fight event at Qudos Bank Arena.The last time the company swung through the state capitol of New South Wales was three years ago and that night, the 11 pairs of combatants that stepped into the cage combined to make history as every contest ended inside the distance. Only one fight reached the third round and, even then, Louis Smolka only needed 18 seconds of it to put away Richie Vaculik.While there is no telling if history will repeat itself this weekend, there are a few emerging talents you should p ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Norfolk Scorecard

Saturday’s UFC Norfolk event is in the books, and now that the dust has settled in Virginia, it’s time to go to the scorecard to see who the big winners were at Ted Constant Convocation Center. 1 – Dustin PoirierOne of mixed martial arts’ good guys, Dustin Poirier will be auctioning off the fight kit used for Saturday’s bout against Anthony Pettis to raise money for the family of Lafayette police officer Michael Middlebrook, who was killed in the line of duty in October (see auction here). Whoever wins that auction will have some souvenir after Poirier’s th ... Read the Full Article Here

Mackenzie Dern makes Invicta FC debut in December

As one of the top Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners on the planet and the daughter of BJJ royalty, Mackenzie Dern is used to having the spotlight on her. On Dec. 8, the spotlight on the unbeaten prospect will glow even brighter as she makes her Invicta FC debut against former title challenger Kaline Medeiros.“With the opponent that they offered and to be on UFC FIGHT PASS, and to keep growing as an athlete and try to get the fan base bigger and bigger, this was a good opportunity,” said Arizona’s Dern, who improved to 4-0 with a first-round submission of Mandy Polk in Octob ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs Pettis Fantasy Rewind

In an action-packed main event thrill ride, Dustin Poirier picked up a huge win over former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis to cap off a great night of fights from Norfolk, Virginia. While Poirier loves to stand and trade with his opponents, he used a well-rounded attack to go after Pettis on the feet and on the ground after landing several takedowns in the fight. Poirier was relentless with his forward pressure, but Pettis continued to battle back with a pair of triangle choke attempts that were nearly locked in. Poirier wasn't about to be deterred, however, and after he opened up a ... Read the Full Article Here

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