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“The Immortal” Set For One Final Fight

Thu, 2017-11-09 14:00

Matt Brown takes part in his retirement fight this Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 120 vs. Diego Sanchez.

Brown reflects on his incredible UFC career ahead of making one final walk to the Octagon.

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Injury Forces “The Answer” Out Of UFC 218

Thu, 2017-11-09 10:45

According to multiple reports, former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar has suffered an injury and will not be cleared to face Max Holloway for the featherweight title at UFC 218.

The bout was set to headline the December 2 card from Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena.

Edgar (22-5-1) has previously challenged for the featherweight title and was hoping to join Georges St-Pierre, Conor McGregor, BJ Penn and Randy Couture as multi-division champions in the UFC.

Holloway (18-3) won the unified title back at UFC 212 with a victory over Jose Aldo.

Below is the current fight card:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Featherweight Championship
Max Holloway (c) vs. TBA

Heavyweight: Alistair Overeem vs. Francis Ngannou

Flyweight: Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis

Lightweight: Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje

Strawweight: Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Charles Oliveira vs. Paul Felder

Welterweight: Alex Oliveira vs. Yancy Medeiros

Lightweight: David Teymur vs. Drakkar Klose

Strawweight: Felice Herrig vs. Cortney Casey

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:15 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi

Light Heavyweight: Dominick Reyes vs. Jeremy Kimball

Strawweight: Angela Magana vs. Amanda Cooper

Heavyweight: Justin Willis vs. Allen Crowder

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Free Fight: Dustin Poirier

Thu, 2017-11-09 09:00

Before he faces Anthony Pettis this Saturday, check out a fight replay between Dustin Poirier and Carlos Diego Ferreira from 2015.

UFC Fight Night 120 takes place from Norfolk, Virginia and airs live on FOX Sports 1.

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KO Of The Week: Dustin Poirier

Wed, 2017-11-08 19:00

Dustin Poirier showed off his power in a meeting with Bobby Green at UFC 199.

Check out the finish to that fight before Poirier meets Anthony Pettis this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 120 in the main event.

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Title Fight Headlines LFA 27 On Friday

Wed, 2017-11-08 14:00

Robert Watley will defend his lightweight title against Daryl Wilson this Friday night in the main event of Legacy Fighting Alliance 27.

The event airs live on AXS TV.

Also, light heavyweight veterans Ryan Spann and Myron Dennis square off in the co-main event with prospects Derrick Adkins and Alex Hernandez set to be in action.

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ESPN Series To Take Look At Birth Of UFC

Wed, 2017-11-08 14:00

Later this month, the ESPN “30 for 30” podcast series will take a look at the birth of the UFC.

The episode, entitled “No Rules: The Birth of UFC” is part of the second season for the audio series.

The first episode is set to be released on November 14.

In the early 1990s, salesman Art Davie and Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Rorion Gracie set out to answer a simple riddle: Who is the ultimate fighter? A wrestler? A boxer? A martial arts master? The answer, in the form of the first-ever ‘Ultimate Fighting Championship’ (UFC), was more violent and electrifying than anything else on TV. In the aftermath, a multi-billion-dollar sport was born, but Art and Rorion were left to watch others get all the credit. Featuring interviews with: Art Davie, co-creator of UFC; Rorion Gracie, co-creator of UFC; Royce Gracie, UFC Hall of Famer; Ken Shamrock, UFC Hall of Famer

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Fight Motion: Relive UFC 217

Wed, 2017-11-08 09:00

Check out highlights from this past Saturday’s UFC 217 courtesy the “Fight Motion” cameras used by FOX Sports.

The event featured Georges St-Pierre becoming the new middleweight champion with a submission win over Michael Bisping.

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Copa Combate Gains NBCSN For Live Broadcast

Tue, 2017-11-07 19:00

Combate Americas upcoming special, “Copa Combate,” will air on NBC Sports Network live on November 11 from Cancun.

The event features a one-night, eight-man tournament with $100,000 going to the winner.

Below is a release:

Combate Americas today announced the addition of an English-language telecast of “COPA COMBATE” live on NBCSN from Cancun, Mexico on Saturday, Nov. 11, beginning at 11:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. CT. The telecast will complement the live Spanish language broadcast of the historic event on NBCUniversal’s Telemundo network, and marking the first time ever that two NBCU platforms will simulcast live Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) action.

“COPA COMBATE” will be headlined by an epic, one-night, eight-man bantamweight (135 pounds) tournament that will award its winner, who will have persevered through three consecutive bouts, a grand prize of $100,000, on the 24th anniversary of UFC 1, which was executive produced by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) co-founder and Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren, and which was also headlined by a one-night, eight-man tournament.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer this incredible event to both the Telemundo and NBCSN audiences in Spanish and in English, respectively” said McLaren. “’COPA COMBATE’ is the first event of its kind in the MMA fight world, so being able to serve the largest group of fans possible in the U.S. under the NBC umbrella is an honor.”

“We look forward to presenting Combate Americas’ unique brand of elite mixed martial arts to our viewers,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming, NBC Sports Group.

The live simulcast of “COPA COMBATE” on Telemundo and NBCSN will feature the tournament’s semifinal stage consisting of two bouts that pit the winners of the quarterfinal stage matchups in each tournament bracket against one another, as well as the championship stage showdown.

In addition to the tournament action, Telemundo’s and NBCSN’s live television coverage of “COPA COMBATE” will feature the previously announced women’s strawweight (115 pounds) co-main event between undefeated knockout artist Melissa “Super Melly” Martinez (2-0) of Mexico City, Mexico, and submission expert and Miesha Tate pupil Gloria “Gloriosa” Bravo (4-2) of Santiago, Chile.

The entire quarterfinal stage of the tournament, as well as two tournament alternate bouts and a second women’s bout that will be announced soon, will stream live on the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo app and TelemundoDeportes.com. Coverage on NBCSN will be live streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

The eight fighters representing their respective countries on a quest to win the inaugural ‘Copa’ are as follows:

John “Sexi Mexi” Castaneda (14-2) of Mankato, Minn.
Marcelo “Pitbull” Rojo (12-4) of Cordoba, Argentina
Carlos “Lobo” Rivera (10-2) of Mexico City, Mexico
Mikey “El Terrible” Erosa (12-5) of San Juan, Puerto Rico
Marc “Lufo” Gomez (20-10) of Barcelona, Spain
Andres “Doble A” Ayala (11-4) of Bogota, Colombia
Kevin “El Frio” Moreyra (4-1) of Lima, Peru
Ricky “El Gallero” Palacios (9-1) of Mission, Texas

A lottery ball drawing to determine the quarterfinal stage matchups will take place on Thursday, Nov. 2.

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Countdown To UFC Fight Night 120

Tue, 2017-11-07 14:00

Dustin Poirier and Anthony Pettis ready themselves for a pivotal main event that could position one of them to compete for the title in 2018 in this replay of “Countdown to UFC Fight Night 120.”

Poirier and Pettis headline Saturday’s card from Norfolk, Virginia. The main card airs live on FOX Sports 1.

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Cody Garbrandt Wants Rematch With Dillashaw

Tue, 2017-11-07 14:00

Cody Garbrandt plans to return from his first pro loss even better.

Garbrandt dropped the bantamweight title to T.J. Dillashaw Saturday night at UFC 217 from Madison Square Garden.

“I am the better fighter,” he said. “And I will prove that in the rematch.

“I stand by everything I said. I’ll give T.J. respect for capitalizing, but I’m still the better fighter.”

The two former Team Alpha Male teammates nearly came to blows during filming of The Ultimate Fighter. The two were scheduled to meet earlier this year, but an injury scrapped the contest.

“This is going to be a learning experience for me,” Garbrandt said. “This is my passion. This is what I love to do.”

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UFC Announces Plans For London Card In 2018

Tue, 2017-11-07 09:00

The UFC returns to England’s capital this March with a “Fight Night” card.

Officials confirmed that UFC Fight Night: London will take place March 17 from The O2, with tickets going on sale in February.

“London is always a landmark event for UFC; the fights, fans and city itself always deliver. To see how the organisation has grown from the first event at The Albert Hall in 2002 is incredible,” UFC Senior Vice President, International and Content, David Shaw said. “Our dedicated fans have helped us grow the sport in the UK to where it is today and we are delighted to bring our 10th event to London. 2018 will be an exciting year for UFC in EMEA and we will certainly be kicking things off in style in March.”

The event will mark the 10th card to go down in London dating back to the first in 2002.

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Namajunas Has Different Outlook Now

Mon, 2017-11-06 19:00

New UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas wants to bring a different kind of class and respect to the gold belt.

Namajunas claimed her first UFC title with a victory over Joanna Jedrzejczyk Saturday night at UFC 217.

“I feel like it’s time for a new era,” she said. “We have a responsibility to be good role models. I know I’m not perfect.

“I used to fight with a lot of hate. There’s been a lot of aggression in my past. Love is a more sustainable energy to draw from.”

Namajunas was denied in her first bid to become UFC champion, falling to Carla Esparza in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter.

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Gaethje Tabbed To Drive NASCAR Pace Car

Mon, 2017-11-06 14:00

Justin Gaethje will strap in behind the wheel of the pace car for a race in Phoenix this November.

Phoenix Raceway confirmed in a press release that Gaethje will drive the car for the November 12 event.

Below is more information, along with a list of fellow fighters to be pace car drivers:

At Phoenix Raceway, the fastest drivers in the sport of NASCAR are led to the green flag by the fastest hands in mixed martial arts. Since 2011, the track has invited some of the best fighters in the world to serve as the official pace car driver. We are excited to continue this tradition for the Can-Am 500, where Arizona’s own undefeated UFC® star Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje will pace the field.

Gaethje owns an impressive 18-0 mixed martial arts record after turning professional in 2011 and joined the World Series of Fighting in 2013, where he became Lightweight Champion and defended his championship title a total of five times before vacating to join the UFC in 2017.

He made his UFC debut a memorable at the “The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale,” where he won a back-and-forth fight against Michael Johnson via total knock out to earn “Fight of the Night” and “Performance of the Night” honors. Less than a week later, UFC announced Gaethje will coach “The Ultimate Fighter 26” along with Eddie Alvarez, where the two will fight in the finale.

Before becoming an All-American wrestler at the University of Northern Colorado, Gaethje attended Safford High School where he was a four-time finalist and two-time Arizona state champion.

Here is a look back on some of the other top MMA stars to take the track at Phoenix:

Anderson Silva – On November 13, 2011, the UFC® middleweight champion came to Phoenix Raceway to lead the field in the Kobalt Tools 500. The self-proclaimed long-time NASCAR fan was a hit at the track as UFC’s longest reigning champion, with 14 consecutive wins.

Dominick Cruz – Dominick, from Tucson, Ariz., was a hometown hero as he paced the field of the AdvoCare 500 on November 11, 2012. After serving in the same role in the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ on March 3, 2013, the former bantamweight champion and star of The Ultimate Fighter® Live continued his partnership with Phoenix Raceway as they sponsored him in a fight versus Takeya Mizugaki in Las Vegas in 2014. Dominick recently returned to the track as the honorary pace car driver in the Good Sam 500 on March 15, 2016.

Benson Henderson – In addition to sponsoring Henderson in a fight versus Anthony Pettis in August 2013, Phoenix Raceway welcomed the local fighter to serve as the honorary pace car driver in the AdvoCare 500 on November 10, 2013. A Phoenix resident, the former UFC® lightweight champion is part owner of The MMA LAB in Glendale, Ariz., and is active in the community and the growth of mixed martial arts.

Henry Cejudo – The most recent MMA star to visit Phoenix Raceway was Arizona native and Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo. Cejudo drove the pace car for the start of the Camping World 500 on March 19, 2017. He is the second youngest American to win Olympic gold for wrestling at 21 years old. He debuted in the UFC in 2014, and has a record of 11-2 in flyweight and bantamweight competition.

Chael Sonnen – Also known as “The American Gangster”, UFC fighter and FOX Sports analyst Chael Sonnen came to Phoenix Raceway as the Honorary Pace Car Driver for The Profit on CNBC 500 on March 2, 2014. When not fighting in the Octagon, Chael was the host of UFC Tonight on FS1.

Chuck Liddell – Regarded as one of the greatest light heavyweights in the history of professional mixed martial arts, the track was thrilled to have Chuck Liddell behind the wheel of the official pace car in the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 on November 9, 2014. In addition to adding pace car driver to his resume, the former light-heavyweight champion was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2009 and published an autobiography titled “Iceman: My Fighting Life,” in 2008.

Dan Henderson – Two-time Olympian and current UFC star, Henderson paced the field to green in the CampingWorld.com 500 on March 15, 2015. A former wrestler for Arizona State University, Dan owns more major tournament titles than any other athlete in MMA history, winning four different international events in three weight divisions – heavyweight, light heavyweight and middleweight.

Brian Stann – Phoenix Raceway was honored to have Marine Corp veteran as the honorary pace car driver in the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 as part of Veterans Day Weekend on November 15, 2015. Stann played middle linebacker for the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2003 before serving two deployments in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. The versatile fighter retired from the UFC in 2013 and is a nationally-recognized fight analyst and speaker, while also leading Hire Heroes USA, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that empowers U.S. military members, veterans and their spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce.

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Complete Highlights From Bellator 186

Mon, 2017-11-06 09:00

Check out highlights from Friday night’s Bellator 186 event, including the headline bout between light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader and Linton Vassell.

The card took place from the Bryce Jordan Center on the campus of Penn State University.

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“Thug Rose” Gets The Job Done

Sun, 2017-11-05 19:00

Rose Namajunas became the third UFC strawweight champion Saturday night, finishing Joanna Jedrjzecjzyk at UFC 217.

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OSP Adds Another To Highlight Reel

Sun, 2017-11-05 14:00

Ovince Saint Preux added to his highlight reel Saturday night, scoring a head-kick knockout of Corey Anderson at UFC 217.

Hear from Saint Preux after his finish inside the Octagon at Madison Square Garden.

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Three Title Fights, Three New Champs At UFC 217

Sun, 2017-11-05 00:58

Georges St-Pierre put an exclamation point on a wild night at UFC 217 Saturday, becoming the new middleweight champion with a submission victory over Michael Bisping.

After splitting the first two rounds, the former welterweight titleholder locked in a rear-naked choke thanks to his strong wrestling base, becoming the latest multi-division champion in UFC history.

St-Pierre, who vacated the welterweight title almost four years ago and stepped away from MMA, joins BJ Penn, Randy Couture and Conor McGregor as the only men in UFC history to wear gold in two weight classes.

T.J. Dillashaw returned to the top of the bantamweight mountain, finishing Cody Garbrandt in the second round to win the belt. Dillashaw is now a two-time champion in the UFC, but this one means a little more.

Dillashaw and Garbrandt were once teammates at Team Alpha Male before Dillashaw left the crew. The two have gone back-and-forth for months, including a stint as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter.

Garbrandt, unbeaten coming into the night, appeared to be in good shape early on, flooring Dillashaw at the end of the first round. The challenger, though, returned fire in the second, securing the stoppage.

The second time was the charm for Rose Namajunas, as the former Ultimate Fighter runner-up earned a first round TKO victory over Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the strawweight title.

Namajunas made the finals of TUF, but was denied the belt by Carla Esparza. This time, she was the one getting her hand raised, dealing Jedrzejczyk her first career loss in the process.

Former UFC title contender Stephen Thompson claimed a decision vs. Jorge Masvidal. Thompson was fighting for the first time since dropping a decision to Tyron Woodley back in March for the belt.

Paulo Costa scored the biggest win of his career to date, finishing former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks. The referee stopped the middleweight contest at 1:34 of the second round, awarding the Brazilian the win.

A recap of the prelims is on the next page:

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Bouts Added To UFC Fight Night 122

Sat, 2017-11-04 18:00

Two fights have been added to the upcoming UFC Fight Night 122 event.

The card takes place November 25 from Shanghai, China and the Mercedes-Benz Arena. In the main event, former champion Anderson Silva faces Kelvin Gastelum.

Added to the lineup recently were bouts pitting Cyril Asker vs. James Mulheron and Alex Garcia vs. Muslim Salikhov.

Below is the current fight card:

Middleweight: Anderson Silva vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Female Bantamweight: Yanan Wu vs. Gina Mazany

Strawweight: Yan Xiaonan vs. Kailin Curran

Heavyweight: Chase Sherman vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov

Featherweight: Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Sheymon Moraes

Featherweight: Alex Caceres vs. Wang Guan

Welterweight: Li Jingliang vs. Zak Ottow

Heavyweight: Cyril Asker vs. James Mulheron

Welterweight: Muslim Salikhov vs. Alex Garcia

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Battle Cry Promo For UFC 217

Sat, 2017-11-04 13:00

Here’s a special look back at the official trailer for UFC 217 entitled “Battle Cry” that was released last month.

The card features the return of Georges St-Pierre, as he challenges Michael Bisping for the middleweight title Saturday night.

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Rest Of UFC 217 Title Fights On “Inside The Octagon”

Sat, 2017-11-04 08:00

John Gooden and Dan Hardy offer up their insights and thoughts into the other two UFC 217 title fights set for this Saturday.

The event takes place from Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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