Brazil Gets Two Big Summer Showdowns

The UFC announced Friday that Brazil will be the site for two exciting battles in the heavyweight and welterweight divisions.At UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on August 1, former world title challenger Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva will attempt to get back in the win column when he meets up with Australia's Soa "The Hulk" Palelei.But first, it's the TUF Brazil 4 Finale event in Sao Paulo on June 27, and an intriguing meeting between Santiago Ponzinibbio and Lorenz Larkin. Read the Full Article Here

CB Dollaway: Always Prepared

CB Dollaway never saw it coming. That’s okay, no one else saw the kick to the midsection that effectively ended his December 2014 bout against Lyoto Machida coming either, save the man who threw it.“It was a perfect shot,” Dollaway said. “If he (Machida) is an inch the other way, he catches my elbow and breaks his foot. But I’m sure he trained it. It’s Machida, that’s what he does. I actually thought he was going high and was going to try and kick me in the head. After I tried to kick him in the head, he kinda gave me that look like ‘all right. ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 186: By The Numbers

3Current ranking of UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson on UFC’s pound-for-pound list7Fight win streak by “Mighty Mouse” as a UFC flyweight, most wins in UFC flyweight division and tied for 3rd longest active UFC win streak5Consecutive UFC flyweight title defenses by Johnson including Mighty Mouse’s most recent second round submission finish of Chris Cariaso at UFC 179, tied for 5th with Ronda Rousey, Matt Hughes and Tito Ortiz for the most consecutive title defense in UFC history2:18:20Octagon time by Johnson as a UFC flyweight56.5Significant striking accuracy ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 186 Weigh-In Results

UFC 186, which is headlined by the UFC flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi and the light heavyweight bout between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Fabio Maldonado, airs live on Pay-Per-View from Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. And the event's first three prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT.Main Event - UFC Flyweight ChampionshipKyoji Horiguchi (124.5) VS Demetrious Johnson (124.5)PPV Main CardFabio Maldonado (215) VS Quinto ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Executives Scout New York State Arenas

Albany – Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC® Chairman & CEO, announced that two UFC executives spent the last three days meeting with arena managers as they toured venues from Buffalo to New York City. As the New York State Assembly will soon consider whether to pass legislation – approved by the State Senate for the last six years – making New York the 50th state to legalize professional mixed martial arts (MMA), Fertitta said the UFC wanted to be ready to move as quickly as possible to begin planning events across the Empire State. “Let me reiterate what I’ve said pu ... Read the Full Article Here

Invicta FC 12: Souza Locks Up Title in KC

Through the opening two rounds of Friday night’s Invicta FC strawweight championship main event at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Livia Souza appeared to be on her way to duplicating the effort put forth by her atomweight compatriot Herica Tiburcio, who made her North American debut with an upset win of Michelle Waterson to claim Invicta gold.Over the first 10 minutes of her fight with reigning titleholder Katja Kankaanpaa, Sao Paulo’s Souza controlled the action, taking the fight to the once-beaten Finnish champion. In each of the first two rounds, Souza was able to take ... Read the Full Article Here

David Michaud's South Dakota Heart

If you’re lucky in this life, you’ll have one place to call home. David Michaud has two. The current one is in Glendale, Arizona, where he plies his trade as part of the renowned MMA Lab team. The other is the one always close to his heart in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and though he doesn’t get as much time there these days due to his day job as a fighter in the UFC’s lightweight division, when he does return, he tries to make the most of it.“It’s usually three months to train, then home for one month,” he said. “So when I’m home, I try to ... Read the Full Article Here

Tweets of the Week - 4/24

UFC 186: Johnson vs Horiguchi Two days out! The champ @MightyMouseUFC is ready for Saturday night! #UFC186 pic.twitter.com/Ky65Kwuj3g — UFC (@ufc) April 24, 2015   Meanwhile in Montreal earlier!!! https://t.co/ChFACRuWpA — michael (@bisping) April 23, 2015   Day 5 Giant Bowl Captain Crunch! #bestforlast #foodporn #food #yummy #fatkidatheart #craving pic.twitter.com/JIGAp8sssp — BRYAN BARBERENA (@bryan_barberena) April 24, 2015   At this time in weight cut I feel like the piece of Voldermort that died in Harry. The sad shell of a once great and ... Read the Full Article Here

OAM: The New Initials for Canadian MMA

For someone as quick with a joke as Olivier Aubin-Mercier is, it’s hard to picture him being anything but fun loving 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But despite making it to the UFC and compiling a 1-1 record thus far, those fights were anything but fun for him.“The hardest part for me was the pressure when I was getting into the Octagon,” he said. “It’s a shame that my last two fights I really didn’t enjoy being in the Octagon since I was so scared to lose.”Most fighters deal with those feelings; few are brave enough to admit it. In Aubin-Mercier&r ... Read the Full Article Here

Cejudo Makes Mexico Debut in June

Two flyweights ranked in the top 15 will meet up in Mexico City on June 13, as unbeaten former Olympic Gold medalist Henry Cejudo (#9) takes on hard-charging veteran Chico Camus (#14) in a UFC 188 bout at the Mexico City Arena.UFC 188 is headlined by the UFC heavyweight championship bout between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum. Read the Full Article Here

Fabio Maldonado Gets His Dream Fight

A week ago, Fabio Maldonado was unmoved by the reality of the moment, that his highly-anticipated UFC 186 co-main event against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was off, with a bout on the same Bell Centre card against Steve Bosse moved from that lofty Pay-Per-View slot.“The opponent doesn't really matter,” he said then. “What matters is that I will put on a big show. Of course I wanted the fight against Rampage to happen but I know that the UFC will give it to me in the future.”It was as graceful an answer to be given in the midst of a difficult situation, and a ... Read the Full Article Here

How to Watch UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi

Skip ahead to Main Card UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi  Saturday, April 25th FIGHT PASS Prelims 6:30PM EST / 3:30PM PST / 10:30PM GMT Online Airings FIGHT PASS on UFC.tv: Available Worldwide Excluded Countries: Brazil and Latin America Cable/Satelite Airings Central/South America Brazil - Combate Mexico - UFC Network Argentina - UFC Network Bolivia - UFC Network Chile - UFC Network Colombia - UFC Network Ecuador - UFC Network Panama - UFC Network Paraguay - UFC Network Peru - UFC Network Rep. Dominicana - UFC Network Venezuela - UFC Network Late Pre ... Read the Full Article Here

Lightweight up and comers take to the Octagon in July

Four 155-pound talents looking to take the next step in their UFC careers will get the chance to do so in July, as two intriguing bouts were announced by the promotion on Friday.On July 15 in San Diego, Kevin "The Motown Phenom" Lee seeks his fourth straight Octagon victory when he faces "The Moonwalker," James Moontasri, who is coming off a second-round submission win over Cody Pfister in February.Another Michigan native, exciting striker Daron Cruickshank, got the call to return to action on July 25, as he will battle James Krause in UFC Fight Night action in Chicago. Read the Full Article Here

Rampage is Back...Again

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson never lost faith. Even when an April 7 court injunction threatened to scrap his return to the UFC, the former light heavyweight champion didn’t stop training. In fact, he amped things up back home in California.“Yeah, I was staying in the gym,” Jackson said Thursday morning in Montreal. “This thing was a little stressful, but I started training even harder.”He didn’t have a fight, as his UFC 186 meeting with Fabio Maldonado was a casualty of the legal proceedings with Jackson and his previous promoter, Bellator, but as ... Read the Full Article Here

Randa Markos: No More Drama

Randa Markos’ hectic life hasn’t gotten any less hectic since her first UFC fight against Jessica Penne last December, but when you’re in the eye of the (Quiet) storm like she is, you take little victories anywhere you can. So going from full-time to part-time in the pharmacy she works in back in Ontario helps, as does the fact that as she prepares for her UFC 186 bout against Ultimate Fighter teammate Aisling Daly on Saturday, she does so without any drama swirling around her.“I’m so happy that all that stuff is kind of behind us now and I just have to worry ab ... Read the Full Article Here

Joe Riggs: The Survivor

Forget December 13, 2014. Joe Riggs already has. That night was celebrated as his return to the Octagon for the first time since 2006, but a freak neck injury ended his bout against Ben Saunders almost as soon as it started. It wasn’t exactly what “Diesel” expected; not even close.“I don’t consider that last one actually a fight,” Riggs said. “I felt really good going into it and I felt like I was going to dominate the fight. Any fighter knows that you can pretty much feel how the fight’s going to go right when you first match up with a guy. I fe ... Read the Full Article Here

Invicta FC 12 Preview

On Friday night, April 24th, Invicta FC is returning to Kansas City, Missouri with an exciting card and a glittery gold belt up for grabs. In the main event, Invicta FC strawweight champion Katja Kankaanpaa will make her first title defense as she faces off with undefeated submission magician Livia Renata Souza. Also in action in the co-main, The Ultimate Fighter 18 alum Roxanne Modafferi will aim to remain perfect in Invicta FC as she tangles with the owner of, arguably, the stiffest jab in the flyweight division, Vanessa Porto. Here’s a rundown of Invicta FC 12: Kankaanpaa vs. Souza& ... Read the Full Article Here

Michael Bisping Giving Fans What They Came to See

Much like his fighting style, Michael Bisping’s nickname has evolved into a multi-faceted entity. While “The Count” was originally a nod to his ancestry, it has since become a descriptor of the guarantee he brings into the Octagon, because win, lose or draw…the Manchester native is going to captivate the attention of fight fans regardless. And further to the point, this is the way Bisping has been doing things for a very long time. > Check out the fight matchup between Bisping and CB DollawaySince his arrival on the sport’s biggest stage as the winner of th ... Read the Full Article Here

ESPN Preview of UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi

Demetrious Johnson waited four months for John Lineker, only to get stood up.Johnson (21-2-1), the six-time defending UFC flyweight champion, needed an opponent after he utterly dismantled Chris Cariaso in September -- and Lineker looked like a viable option. Actually, he looked like a great option.The hard-hitting Brazilian had won five of six at that time, with four knockouts. He wasn't some anonymous flyweight who happened to be on a winning streak. Lineker's punching power was drawing attention. All he needed to do was beat Ian McCall at UFC 183 on Jan. 31 and Johnson would have his man.Th ... Read the Full Article Here

The UFC.TV App on Xbox One Brings the Octagon Home

Technology is a wonderful thing, especially when it allows you to watch fights – past, present and live – from anywhere. So while the idea of UFC FIGHT PASS was a brilliant one, execution was always going to be the key, and with the addition of the UFC.TV app to the Xbox One a few weeks back, you could say Mission Accomplished.Providing console users with the ability to access countless fights and original programming from the comfort of their couch through their UFC FIGHT PASS account, the app also allows the purchase of Pay-Per-View events, even outside of the United States and C ... Read the Full Article Here