Gallicchio ready to become the underdog story on TUF Redemption

  // It’s a cliché to talk about the power of the human spirit, but not when it comes to the mixed martial arts career of The Ultimate Fighter 22 and 25’s Tom Gallicchio. For the New Jersey native, this isn’t just a career. It’s his life, and watching him dodge the boulders the world has thrown at him is inspiring. “I’m like Tom Everyman,” he said. “I’m a working class man. I do odd jobs to get by, and everybody loves an underdog story. It’s something people can rally behind.”As MMA has gotten bigger over th ... Read the Full Article Here

Singapore to feel like home for Dos Anjos

Get tickets to Fight Night Singapore and see Rafael Dos Anjos live!As far as Rafael Dos Anjos is concerned, he won’t be surprised if the biggest cheers from the crowd at Singapore Indoor Stadium on Jun. 17 will be for a Brazil native who makes his home in California.“That’s for sure,” he laughs. “Team Evolve has three schools there and we have a huge fan base, so for sure I’ll be the hometown guy.”He’s not exaggerating either. The globetrotting former UFC lightweight champion has been making the trip to Singapore to train since 2008, and he estim ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Unfiltered: TJ Dillashaw and Eddie Gordon

Number two ranked UFC Bantamweight and No. 13 UFC Pound-For-Pound contender TJ Dillashaw calls in to talk about coaching on TUF 25, the bad blood with Team Alpha Male, Cody Garbrandt's KO video claims, the Cody vs. Cruz title fight, and more. Later, Eddie "Truck" Gordon joins the show to talk to Jim and Matt about being inside The Ultimate Fighter house for a second time, battling his weight earlier in his career, and getting into MMA after running into Chris Weidman. Plus, the guys talk about UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov, Edson Barboza wanting a rematch with Tony Ferguson, Frank Mir's t ... Read the Full Article Here

Former TUF winner Gordon respects 2nd chance

Don't miss a brand new Ultimate Fighter episode this Wednesday on FS1At 33 years old, Eddie Gordon knows how the world works, especially when it comes to prizefighting. When he wins, everyone loves him. When he loses, it’s open season. So when it comes to his chosen profession, the Ultimate Fighter 19 winner and TUF 25 competitor will always respect those he competes against as well as anyone who straps the gloves on.“When we’re kids in junior high school or high school, and somebody’s talking trash to you and saying, ‘We’re gonna fight after school,’ ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov Fantasy Rewind

Think you know how the next fight card will play out? Play UFC Pick 'Em Following weeks of words exchanged in interviews and on social media, Cub Swanson finally met Artem Lobov in the main event in Nashville on Saturday night and the fight lived up to the hype as the two featherweights slugged it out for five rounds. While Swanson stepped into the fight as a decided favorite as the No. 4-ranked fighter in the division, Lobov was not about to back down from the challenge as he tried to seize the moment in the biggest matchup of his young UFC career. Swanson hit Lobov with everything he had in ... Read the Full Article Here

Fab Five - Miocic's Greatest Fights

On May 13 in Dallas, UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic defends his title against the last man to defeat him, Junior Dos Santos. The bout, which headlines the stacked UFC 211 card, is a rematch of a classic 2014 bout won by “Cigano,” and two and a half years later, Miocic will be seeking payback and another addition to his list of defining moments.2013Roy Nelson (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)After blitzing six opponents on the local circuit, winning five of those bouts by knockout and one by submission, Cleveland’s Miocic got the call to the UFC in 2011, and won his first thr ... Read the Full Article Here

Leites, Moreno, Davis among big prelim winners

Miss any of the action from Nashville? Check out the full results hereLEITES vs. ALVEYIn a clash of middleweight contenders at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Thales Leites won a shutout three-round unanimous decision over Sam Alvey, snapping Alvey’s four-fight winning streak in the process.Scores were 30-27 across the board for the No. 11-ranked Leites, now 27-7. The No. 13-ranked Alvey falls to 30-9 with 1 NC.Leites came out firing kicks at Alvey, quickly battering his foe’s lead right leg. Alvey tried his best to counter, but Leites made sure to be gone before the thunder rolled ... Read the Full Article Here

Maurice Smith gets UFC Hall of Fame nod

Long before he debuted in the UFC in 1997, Maurice Smith was already immortalized with a name check in the classic 1989 film “Say Anything.”But the man John Cusack’s character Lloyd Dobler used, along with Don “The Dragon” Wilson and Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, as an example of champions in “Kickboxing, sport of the future,” still had more to achieve in a career that will see him inducted into the Pioneer Wing of the UFC Hall of Fame this July in Las Vegas.“I didn’t know what the criteria was initially, so I was quite surprised,&r ... Read the Full Article Here

Swanson dominant in five-round war win

Despite being a prohibitive underdog to No. 4-ranked featherweight Cub Swanson, unranked Artem Lobov gave a stellar effort for 25 minutes in the UFC Fight Night main event at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville before losing a unanimous decision in a competitive five-rounder.Scores were 50-45 and 49-46 twice.“It’s a fight,” Swanson said. “It’s my 21st fight in the UFC / WEC, so I’m running out of opponents. You’ve got guys like this who are willing to call me out and test themselves, so I’m in a position now where I’m a veteran and I’ ... Read the Full Article Here

Iaquinta scores huge KO win; OSP, Dodson also triumph

Miss any of the action from Nashville? Check out the full results hereIAQUINTA vs. SANCHEZA two-year absence didn’t appear to slow down lightweight contender Al Iaquinta, as his first bout since April 2015 saw him score a spectacular first-round knockout of Diego Sanchez in the UFC Fight Night co-main event at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.A tactical opening from both fighters heated up in a hurry when Iaquinta dropped Sanchez with a right hand. The Albuquerque veteran rose immediately, but he wasn’t able to get back in the fight, as another right hand sent Sanchez down and p ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC® Announces Three Bouts for Highly Anticipated Return to Scotland

London, UK – UFC® today announced three exciting match ups set to take place when the organisation returns to Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday, July 16 at The SSE Hydro. Tickets set to go on general sale on Friday, June 2. Scotland’s own Paul Craig (9-1; fighting out of Coatbridge, Scotland) is the first name to be confirmed for the event. He will collide with finalist of UFC’s long-standing reality TV series, The Ultimate Fighter®, Khalil Rountree (6-2; fighting out Las Vegas, Nevada, USA) in a light heavyweight bout that is sure to excite fight fans all over Scotlan ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Nashville: Official weigh-in results

Fight Night Nashville, which is headlined by the five-round featherweight bout between Cub Swanson and Artem Lobov, and the lightweight bout between Al Iaquinta and Diego Sanchez, airs live on FS1 from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Saturday, April 22 at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.Four prelim bouts will air live on FS2 starting at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Three fights will kick off the night of action on UFC FIGHT PASS starting at 6:30 pm ET/3:30 pm PTMain Event – Five round boutCub Swanson (145 lbs) vs Artem Lobov (145 lbs)FS1 Main Card – 10 pm ET/7 pm PTAl Iaquinta (154.5) vs Diego Sanchez (155 ... Read the Full Article Here

Holtzman feels he's just getting started

From baseball to hockey to mixed martial arts, Scott Holtzman was seemingly destined for life as a professional athlete. But before he moves off to the PGA Tour or something else, it begs the question, what has kept him in MMA while he “turned the page” on his time on the diamond and rink?“I still feel like there’s some unfinished business,” said Holtzman, who faces Michael McBride in a UFC Fight Night bout this Saturday. “MMA takes a little while to develop and it can take a long time. You need plenty of experience, and I feel like I’m just getting st ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Nashville - Fight by Fight

CUB SWANSON VS. ARTEM LOBOVSome would put this in the “be careful what you wish for” department when it comes to unranked Artem Lobov’s call out of No. 4-ranked featherweight contender Cub Swanson, but don’t count “The Russian Hammer” out just yet. The SBG Ireland standout has bricks for fists, and as a veteran of the game, he wouldn’t just haphazardly call someone out if he didn’t see some flaws he could exploit in Saturday’s main event. Is Swanson the favorite? Absolutely. But if Lobov can goad “Killer Cub” into a brawl, thi ... Read the Full Article Here

TUF's Baczynski not ready to 'hang em up' just yet

Born in Hawaii, raised in Arizona, how did Seth Baczynski ever become a farmer?“Don’t ask me,” he laughs. “I know it’s shocking, but there are farms in Arizona and I own one of them.”The acre and a quarter farm in Chandler, Arizona is where Baczynski, his wife and five children live these days, along with the cows, chickens, turkeys and a goat that come along with such a life. But when he got the call for a return to The Ultimate Fighter house, he had to leave the farm behind.“My wife, God bless her, both her parents are pro golfers, so she gets it,& ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Nashville: Swanson vs Lobov - final results

Who were the winners at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs Lobov? Click below to get the results for all the fights at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Swanson vs Lobov | Iaquinta vs Sanchez | Saint Preux vs De Lima | Dodson vs Wineland | Lauzon vs Ray | Ellenberger vs Perry | Leites vs Alvey | Ortiz vs Moreno | Holtzman vs McBride | Penne vs Taylor | Davis vs Dandois | Barberena vs Proctor | Sandoval vs Schnell UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs Lobov main card Main event: Cub Swanson def. Artem Lobov Artem Lobov came out strong in the first round and hung tough ... Read the Full Article Here

Smith's journey back to TUF defines redemption

  // All it takes is a few minutes with The Ultimate Fighter 25’s Gilbert Smith to realize that he’s one of those glass half-full kind of guys. But recently, in the space of 24 hours, that optimistic nature was threatened, even if only for a moment.In April 2013, Smith had his one and only UFC fight, losing to Bubba McDaniel on the TUF 17 season finale card. Four years later, he has a philosophical take on the whole experience.“That was a gift and a curse,” he said. “Obviously, the curse was that I lost that fight to Bubba McDaniel, and when I look b ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Unfiltered: John Dodson, Al Iaquinta

John "The Magician" Dodson calls in ahead of his UFC Fight Night Nashville fight against Eddie Wineland to talk about treating every day like it's special, being recruited by Jackson-Wink MMA at a Chuck E. Cheese's, loving video games, Jon Jones, Mighty Mouse, Cody vs. TJ, and more. Later, "Raging" Al Iaquinta joins the show to talk about fighting Diego Sanchez in the Co-Main Event of UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov, sightseeing and enjoying traveling solo, and the UFC 211 matchup between Jorge Masvidal and Demian Maia. Plus, Jim and Matt break down CSAC's potential MMA weightcutting reform ... Read the Full Article Here

McGregor makes TIME's 100 influential people list

Thursday UFC superstar Conor McGregor was named to TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People list. In the last year McGregor's superstardome continued to grow and was highlighted by his performance in New York City at Madison Square Garden for UFC 205. McGregor knocked out former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez to become the UFC's first ever multi-division simultaneous belt holder. TIME's 100 list is sorted into five different groups of people: pioneers, artists, leaders, titans and icons. McGregor was placed into the 'pioneers' category. He joins a select groups of athletes that made t ... Read the Full Article Here

RANKINGS: Whittaker vaults up middleweight list

Robert Whittaker shook up the top of the middleweight division in the rankings with his upset TKO finish against Jacare Souza at Fight Night Kansas City.“The Reaper” moved up to No. 3 at 185 pounds, passing Gegard Mousasi (No. 4), Souza (who fell two spots to No. 5), and Chris Weidman (No. 6). A whole new world seems to have opened for Whittaker after the monumental win as he catapulted his name into the pool of title contenders. But nothing changes for him – win or lose.“I’m going to go home and rest. I have my kids to see and my wife to love,” Whittaker sa ... Read the Full Article Here