TUF Latin America - Episode 2 Preview

It was very clear from the debut episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America that the divide between the two teams living in the house this season may be wider than any cast in the history of the show.  It's quite common for the international versions of the series to feature the most hostile relationships as home country pride goes on the line, and it's also natural for the fighters on each team to stick with the guys from their native land. In the case of Team Velasquez, all eight fighters came out of Mexico, with many of them already knowing or training with each other before t ... Read the Full Article Here

John Moraga: Something to Prove

When your trade is stepping into the Octagon and attempting to break the will of another individual, there is always going to be something to prove. There will never be a moment in a fighter’s career where this won’t be true, even in the most basic sense. Yet, some fighters shun the idea and twist the concept around to where the only people they have to please are themselves and those who have invested the time and effort to help them improve, and believe the only pressure which exists is the type they chose to wear. John Moraga is not of this mindset. He knows he has something t ... Read the Full Article Here

Rankings: Rousey Moves Past Barao on P-4-P List

After being unable to compete at UFC 177 because of an injury suffered while cutting down to 135 pounds, former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao has fallen in the latest release of the UFC official rankings. Current women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey supplanted Barao in the No. 8 spot on the pound-4-pound list. Rousey was still one of the main topics of conversation during UFC 177, despite the fact that the “Expendables 3” star wasn’t fighting. That’s because Bethe Correia took out another member of the “Four Horsewomen” when she stopp ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 177: Post-Fight Bonus Report

Five fighters joined the UFC president Dana White at the UFC 177 post-fight press conference: Diego Ferreira, Yancy Medeiros, Bethe Correia, Tony Ferguson, and UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw Dillashaw and Medeiros took home Performance of the Night bonuses for their finishes on the main card. Fighting in front of his hometown of Sacramento, Dillashaw displayed superior hand speed en route to 150 total strikes and his second straight fifth-round finish. Medeiros earned his 50k bonus by pulling off a sick guillotine in the second round of his main card bout against Damon Jackson Th ... Read the Full Article Here

Brunson Shuts Larkin Down and Out at UFC 177

  It was a shutout win for middleweight prospect Derek Brunson in UFC 177 preliminary action at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento Saturday, as he used his wrestling to dominate his three-round middleweight bout against Lorenz Larkin and take home a unanimous decision. All three judges saw it 30-27. Larkin’s striking served him well in the opening stages of the fight, but Brunson closed the distance and locked him up against the fence. After a bit of a stalemate, Brunson almost finished his foe with a guillotine choke, and while Larkin escaped, he did get put on the mat, which playe ... Read the Full Article Here

Ferguson, Correia Score Wins on 177 Main Card

It wasn’t a popular verdict with the fans at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, but Ultimate Fighter 13 winner Tony Ferguson scored the most important victory of his career in the UFC 177 co-main event Saturday night, taking a hard-fought three-round split decision over hometown favorite Danny Castillo in a meeting of lightweight prospects.Scores were 29-28 twice, and 28-29 for Ferguson, now 17-3; Castillo falls to 17-7.Ferguson was busy with his kicks to the leg and body to open the bout, and his defense was solid too as he threw off Castillo’s first takedown attempt. By the secon ... Read the Full Article Here

Barao Devastated but Eager for Return

The look on former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao's face spoke volumes as he spoke to UFC color commentator Joe Rogan before Saturday's UFC 177 main card in Sacramento's Sleep Train Arena. Yet while he was crushed by having to withdraw from the show's main event against T.J. Dillashaw after collapsing and hitting his head during his weight cut Friday, he was still resolute in his desire to get back at the man who took his title in May."I want to come back and tear T.J.'s head off," Barao said.The Brazilian insisted that he didn't do anything differently during the weight cut process, an ... Read the Full Article Here

Champ Dillashaw Stops Soto in Five

After scoring the biggest upset of 2014 by beating Renan Barao in May, TJ Dillashaw could have been the victim of the biggest upset of all-time Saturday night at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, but the UFC bantamweight champion made the best of an awkward situation as he retained his crown with a fifth-round knockout of late replacement Joe Soto. How awkward and how late? The veteran Soto, who was scheduled to make his UFC debut Saturday against Anthony Birchak, was called into action Friday afternoon when Barao was pulled from the fight after collapsing during his weight cut. It wasn&rsquo ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC & Harley-Davidson Launch Hometown Throwdown promotion at UFC 177

Las Vegas, Nev. ‒ Harley-Davidson and the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC) will launch a new contest at UFC 177 this weekend sure to make one fan an instant hometown hero. The Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown III event puts one lucky fan and their city in the spotlight; the two iconic brands will roll into the winner’s home town with the ultimate prize package – a UFC fight and tailgate party topped off with custom Harleys, live music, Octagon Girls® and more.  The contest, running through Dec. 31, 2014, kicks off with a bang Aug. 30 at UFC 177 in Sacramento, w ... Read the Full Article Here

Cejudo-Jorgensen Off UFC 177 Card

Due to medical reasons, debuting flyweight Henry Cejudo has been forced to withdraw from Saturday's UFC 177 bout against Scott Jorgensen in Sacramento.The card will continue as scheduled with nine bouts. Read the Full Article Here

Shayna Baszler: Hail to the Queen

When Shayna Baszler first put on gloves and fought, there were no UFC fights for women, no appearances in video games or in national ad campaigns, and her fights certainly weren’t discussed on major television networks. None of that mattered though.“We fought for different reasons, we had different dreams,” Baszler, who turned pro in 2003, said. Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s Baszler did it because she just wanted to fight. There was no UFC Gym back where she was growing up, so the garage, a few friends, and a Ken Shamrock book with some techniques in the back had to do.&l ... Read the Full Article Here

Will The Next Hometown Throwdown be in Your City?

After memorable visits to Fort Lauderdale and Milwaukee, Harley-Davidson is looking for a place to go for their third annual Hometown Throwdown, and fight fans who want to see the UFC in their town have until December 31 to cast their vote and tell the world why the Octagon belongs in their city.The lucky fan whose hometown is chosen to host a UFC event in 2015 won’t just have a ticket for an action-packed night of fights though, as he or she will receive their choice of a customized 2015 Harley-Davidson® Dark Custom™ motorcycle, learn to ride during a five-day/four-night trip ... Read the Full Article Here

Tony Ferguson's Perfect Storm

“I made it. It’s about damn time.” The words from Tony Ferguson regarding his elevation to the UFC 177 co-main event slot for his Saturday bout against Danny Castillo spoke volumes. And they were spot on.When he steps into the Octagon to face “Last Call” in Sacramento, it’s Ferguson’s opportunity to shine on the sport’s biggest stage and mark himself as a lightweight to keep a close eye on in the coming years. Frankly, Ferguson should have been in that position already as a former Ultimate Fighter winner who has an engaging personality, wins in f ... Read the Full Article Here

Ramsey Nijem Turns the Corner

After a switch in training camps to Team Empower in San Francisco and two impressive wins over Justin Edwards and Beneil Dariush, UFC lightweight Ramsey Nijem has apparently turned the corner in his promising, but previously erratic, career. And he likes life on the other side of the prospect line.“I’ve always believed that I could be a champion, and I’m finally starting to actually believe it,” he laughs. “You always kind of believe it in the back of your mind, but to actually put it all out there is different. So it feels good that a lot of the hard work is pa ... Read the Full Article Here

Derek Brunson: Putting the Puzzle Together

Derek Brunson has never been one to look before he leaps. And at this point, as a UFC middleweight with wins in two of his three fights in the Octagon, why should he? He’s made it this far with the attitude that if he sees it and likes it, he can do it, and while he’s suffered some bumps and bruises along the way, he hasn’t been broken yet.He doesn’t plan on it happening this Saturday night in Sacramento either, as he expects to bounce back from a January loss to Yoel Romero with UFC win number three against Lorenz Larkin at UFC 177.“He’s had close fights ... Read the Full Article Here

Joe Soto: From the Prelims to the Main Event

It’s already the most remarkable Rocky story ever, and Joe Soto hasn’t even set foot in the Octagon yet. On Friday afternoon, as the Porterville, California native was cutting weight for his UFC debut against Anthony Birchak on Saturday night, he received a call that would change his life. Not that he was really prepared for it.“I was lying on the floor in my rest room naked, cooling off on the tiles, and a UFC number was calling me,” Soto said, still an hour removed from stepping on the scales. “I was like ‘man, what is this about?’ (Laughs) And they ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 177 Available on Playstation 4 This Weekend

This Saturday night, Sony Playstation 4 users can tear themselves away from playing the hit EA Sports UFC game for a few hours and watch the warriors of the Octagon in action live, as the UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Soto event from Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California, as well as all future UFC Pay-Per-View events, will now be broadcast live on the device.Available through the PS4's Live Event Viewer, fans in the United States and Canada who have the console connected to the Internet will now be able to download the Live Events Viewer application and begin streaming this weekend.For more inf ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 177 Weigh-In Results

UFC 177, which is headlined by the UFC bantamweight championship bout between T.J. Dillashaw and Joe Soto and the lightweight bout between Tony Ferguson and Danny Castillo, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Three prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.   MAIN EVENT - UFC BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE Joe Soto 135 vs. T.J. Dillashaw 135 Tony Ferguson 155.5 vs. Danny Castillo 156 Shayna Baszler 135 vs. Bethe Correia 135.5 Diego Ferreira 155.5 vs. Ramsey Nijem 156* Yancy Medeiros 156* vs. Damon Jackson 155 ... Read the Full Article Here

Newcomer Matsuda Replaces Kimura vs. Beal

A former competitor on season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter, Boston's Tateki Matsuda will make his UFC debut at Foxwoods in Ledyard, Connecticut on September 5 when he replaces the injured Dustin Kimura in a bantamweight bout against Chris Beal.Following his close majority decision loss to Dustin Pague in the elimination round on TUF 14, Matsuda went back to the local scene and compiled four wins, including two straight in 2014 over Matt Doherty and Robbie Leroux. He will have a formidable task in front of him next Saturday in California's Beal, a TUF 18 cast member who won his UFC debut in April ... Read the Full Article Here

By The Numbers: UFC 177

On Saturday, the Octagon is in Sacramento for the UFC bantamweight championship fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Joe Soto. But before UFC 177 begins, let’s take a look at the card By The Numbers.173 UFC event where then UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao clashed with then challenger TJ Dillashaw -800Average betting odds Barao would win+500Average betting odds the underdog Dillashaw would win3:58Minutes into their fight when Dillashaw scored his first knockdown of Barao 22:26Minutes into their fight when Dillashaw scored the second knockdown and finish of Barao to become the new UFC ... Read the Full Article Here