Cirkunov knows the belt is in reach with a win at Stockholm

It seems like a while since fight fans have seen Misha Cirkunov in the Octagon, and for the UFC Fight Night Stockholm co-main event participant, he may be a little bit behind his usual schedule.“Normally I would like to already have one fight under my belt and be concentrating on the second fight of the year around this time,” Cirkunov said. But after his fourth UFC win – and finish – over Nikita Krylov last December and the signing of a new six-fight deal with the promotion, the timing is now perfect for the Latvia native, who faces fellow top ten light heavyweight con ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Camp Update: Allstars readies for home card

  Great sparring this morning #buster @rezamaddog @alexthemauler @pb1_ @haaardz A post shared by "Buster" (@davidbielkheden) on May 15, 2017 at 7:42am PDT On fight night, Andreas Michael may be the most serious man in mixed martial arts. The head coach of the Allstars Training Center in Stockholm, home to one of the men in Sunday’s UFC Fight Night main event, Alexander Gustafsson, Michael isn’t joking with his fighters before they make the walk to the Octagon or grinning ear to ear just before a bout begins. “My job is to worry, the fighter’s job is to ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC GYM increases footprint in the United Arab Emirates with second Dubai location

Dubai – UFC GYM® announced the continued expansion of its global footprint into the Middle East with the opening of franchises second location in the Jumeirah Beach Residence community of Dubai. Located at JBR – Dubai Murjan, Plaza Level UAE, the new gym will celebrate its grand opening in September and serve as the fourth of five locations scheduled to open in the region in the next year. “UFC GYM provides the opportunity for anyone, regardless of age or fitness level, the resources to improve their health by using various fitness techniques and disciplines in a group or ... Read the Full Article Here

Gordon-Quinones rescheduled for OKC card

A bout of food poisoning kept Jared Gordon from his first UFC bout against fellow debutant Michel Quinones earlier this month, but the featherweight up and comers are slated to finally meet in the Octagon on June 25 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.   Also added to the card is a light heavyweight matchup between unbeaten newcomer Azamat Murzakanov and Joachim Christensen.In the UFC Fight Night main event, which airs live on FS1, lightweight contenders collide as Michael Chiesa faces Kevin Lee.A pro since 2011, Gordon has finished seven of 12 bouts, and has won three in a row ... Read the Full Article Here

Browne, Oliynyk to clash in Vegas this July

Hungry to smash his way back into the win column with the world watching during International Fight Week, Travis Browne will face off with submission master Alexey Oliynyk in a battle of heavyweight contenders to take place on the UFC 213 card on July 8.In a championship doubleheader headlining the event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Amanda Nunes defends her UFC women's bantamweight title against Valentina Shevchenko, and Yoel Romero meets Robert Whittaker for the interim UFC middleweight crown.Fresh from a Fight of the Night battle with Derrick Lewis in February, Hawaii's Browne has hit a r ... Read the Full Article Here

Six bouts added to UFC 214 card in Anaheim

Before UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and former titleholder Jon Jones resume their rivalry in the main event of UFC 214 on July 29, a host of contenders, veterans and rising stars will take to the Octagon in six bouts made official on Wednesday.In an explosive showdown that could shake up the upper reaches of the featherweight division, the No. 5-ranked "Korean Zombie," Chan Sung Jung, takes on No. 3-ranked Ricardo "The Bully" Lamas."Explosive" is also a good term to describe the meeting between No. 8-ranked bantamweight contender Aljamain Sterling and former world champion Ren ... Read the Full Article Here

The Ultimate Fighter Redemption: Ep. 6 Preview

Don't miss a brand new Ultimate Fighter episode this Wednesday on FS1 It's been a season full of woe for bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt as he enters the last two fights of the opening round down 0-5 to TJ Dillashaw, and he's hoping his fellow Buckeye Julian Lane can turn things around on the latest episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption. Last week, Garbrandt listened to Hayder Hassan when the American Top Team fighter said that he would make easy work of his teammate Dhiego Lima if they met inside the Octagon. While the two friends are training partners, Hassan seemed confident tha ... Read the Full Article Here

Oezdemir looks to continue making mark

It’s very likely that only diehard mixed martial arts fans knew who Volkan Oezdemir was before his short-notice UFC debut against Ovince Saint Preux in February. Then he upset the former world title challenger and everybody knew the man with the coolest name in the sport.But whether they were in the corner of the Switzerland native or not, he was focused on just one thing: winning.“I just came here to win my fight and I wasn’t listening to anything,” said Oezdemir, who faces Misha Cirkunov in Sunday’s UFC Fight Night co-main event in Stockholm. “There was on ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC 213's Romero-Whittaker worthy of a belt

Michael Bisping is injured and Georges St-Pierre won’t be ready to fight until November. The plan was for those two legends to face off in 2017 for the middleweight title, but time waits for no super fight.UFC president Dana White announced that an interim middleweight title will be created while Bisping recovers. In the meantime, No. 1-ranked Yoel Romero and No. 3-ranked Robert Whittaker will vie for the interim strap in a high stakes co-main event at UFC 213.The title hasn’t been in play since October 2016, when Bisping defeated Dan Henderson to make his first title defense.Romer ... Read the Full Article Here

Lane brings new focus to the Octagon

  // Julian Lane knows that the phrase, “Let me bang, bro,” will follow him for eternity. But nearly five years after his plea on The Ultimate Fighter 16 went viral and became a part of the fight game lexicon, he’s at peace with it.“I’m immune to it,” he laughs. “I actually embrace it now. That’s what people know me by, and just because someone says that, it doesn’t mean they’re dogging me. It’s cool.”The 29-year-old, who faces Ramsey Nijem on Wednesday’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption, i ... Read the Full Article Here

Nunes-Shevchenko to main event UFC 213; Romero-Whittaker will co-main

UFC president Dana White on Tuesday announced big changes to the UFC 213 card on July 8 in Las Vegas.Amanda Nunes (14-4) will defend her women’s bantamweight title against Valentina Shevchenko (14-2) in the main event at T-Mobile Arena, while middleweights Yoel Romero (12-1) and Robert Whittaker (19-4) will battle for the interim title in the co-main event.The scheduled bantamweight title bout between Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw, both of whom have served as coaches in the current season of The Ultimate Fighter, has been removed from the card. Read the Full Article Here

UFC Unfiltered: Neil deGrasse Tyson joins show

Astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson joins Jim and Matt in studio to discuss his wrestling and rowing days at Harvard, being the only kid he knew who never had a fight, the Big Bang, flat Earth theories, knowledge of the universe being liberating, and much more. Plus, the guys talk about UFC Fight Night Stockholm, Conor McGregor signing on to fight Floyd Mayweather, and Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno.Some of the highlights from Episode 96 of UFC Unfiltered include:Neil deGrasse Tyson on wrestling in high school Neil deGrasse Tyson on dismantling the ego with knowledge of ... Read the Full Article Here

On the Rise: Stockholm Edition

This weekend, the UFC returns to Sweden with a card headlined by perennial light heavyweight contenders Glover Teixeira and Alexander Gustafsson and featuring an array of emerging talents battling to make a name for themselves and establish their footing in their respective divisions. It’s the kind of card that usually features one or two upstarts taking another step forward and delivering the kind of performance it takes to stand out from the pack.Here’s a look at three fighters who poised to emerge from the shadows in Stockholm.This is On the Rise: Stockholm Edition. Volkan Oezd ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC selects Hospital for Special Surgery as global brand's first ever official hospital

LAS VEGAS UFC® today announced that Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) will serve as the global brand’s first-ever official hospital. The new multi-year partnership provides UFC with access to the hospital’s sports medicine physicians, who will serve as orthopedic consultants in conjunction with the brand’s medical team. “We are excited to partner with a world-class medical provider of HSS’ caliber,” UFC Chief Operating Officer Ike Lawrence Epstein said. “The health and safety of UFC athletes is our top priority, and this partnership further extend ... Read the Full Article Here

During time away Ramsey Nijem found reason to keep fighting

  // Ramsey Nijem needed a break. Not surprising since he hadn’t had one since he was a child.“I started training when I was a little kid,” he explains. “My dad trained us, made us go to boxing and then into wrestling. I went to college wrestling, then straight from that to fighting pro and then into the UFC. I hadn’t had a break since I was 5 years old, so I think that was a big thing.”It was. So big that when he was released from his UFC contract after a controversial decision loss to Andrew Holbrook in July 2015, he wasn’t in a parti ... Read the Full Article Here

Stockholm Cheat Sheet: All you need to know before fight night

Think you know how the next fight card will play out? Play UFC Pick 'EmAs the UFC returns to Sweden this weekend, the main event pits two of the top light heavyweights in the world together in a matchup that could determine the next No. 1 contender in the division. Alexander Gustafsson has long clamored for a second shot at either Jon Jones or Daniel Cormier and he could earn that opportunity if he can pick up a win while competing in front of his home country fans. The same could be said for Glover Teixeira, who fell to Jones in his only UFC title fight, but the Brazilian veteran always seems ... Read the Full Article Here

Pettis vs. Moreno set for Mexico City main event

Two of the top young fighters in mixed martial arts will headline the UFC’s return to Mexico City on August 5, as Brandon Moreno squares off with fellow 23-year-old flyweight contender Sergio Pettis in a five-round bout at Arena Ciudad Del Mexico.The UFC Fight Night event, which airs live on FS1, marks the UFC’s fifth card in Mexico since UFC 180: Werdum vs. Hunt in November 2014.Currently ranked seventh in the world at 125 pounds, Tijuana’s Moreno is unbeaten for nearly five years, a run that includes three wins in the UFC over Louis Smolka, Ryan Benoit and Dustin Ortiz. Thi ... Read the Full Article Here

Still just the beginning for Covington

Colby Covington will take on Dong Hyun Kim on June 17 at Fight Night Singapore" align="center" />Colby Covington made it on to the poster for his UFC Singapore fight against Dong Hyun Kim on June 17. But don’t tell “Chaos” that he has arrived. The way he sees it, this is just the beginning.“It’s cool for my fans and it shows that we’re heading in the right direction, but I’m not the main face on the poster, and I got into this sport to be the main face, so I’m not satisfied until I get that top spot and the main event spot,” he said. &ldquo ... Read the Full Article Here

Top 10: Vitor Belfort’s Most Memorable Moments

On June 3, UFC legend Vitor Belfort will compete in his native Rio de Janeiro for only the second time, as he takes on fellow middleweight veteran Nate Marquardt at UFC 212. It’s another opportunity to see one of the greats of the sport, who will attempt to add another chapter to a legacy that you can read about below. Tra Telligman – February 7, 1997 – UFC 12Result – Belfort TKO 1 (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)Few, if any, knew about Brazil’s Vitor Belfort when the fresh-faced 19-year old made his UFC debut against the Lions Den’s Tra Telligman at UFC 12. 77 ... Read the Full Article Here

Invicta FC 23 packed with great fights on FIGHT PASS

START YOUR UFC FIGHT PASS FREE TRIAL RIGHT NOW TO WATCH INVICTA FC 23, GLORY 41 AND MUCH MORE THIS WEEKENDOn the heels of Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s dominant strawweight title defense last weekend in Dallas and the UFC announcing the launch of a women’s flyweight division through the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, Invicta FC steps back into the spotlight this week with a collection of high quality fights at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City.As the female side of the sport continues to claim more time in the spotlight, events like this become increasingly important as the all- ... Read the Full Article Here