- Dave Doyle at Yahoo Sports4 days ago
The essence of three months of reality television was whittled down to one very real three-minute live interview.
There was Miesha Tate at Las Vegas’s Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday night, smiling, gracious, and witty.
To her right, separated by interviewer Jon Anik, was UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who looked like she wanted to be anywhere except where she was at the moment.
If this was professional wrestling, they’d call it a double turn, in which the hero becomes the villain and the villain the hero, all in one fell swoop.
But really, should anyone be surprised? Saturday’s Ultimate Fighter Finale card was Tate’s crowning accomplishment, as her fighters went 2-0 in head-to-head championship matchups against their Team Rousey counterparts. Julianna Pena became the first TUF women’s champion by finishing Jessica Rakoczy in the first round of their bantamweight bout; and Chris Holdsworth won the men’s bantamweight crown with a submission win over underdog Davey Grant.
- Dave Doyle at Yahoo Sports11 days ago
"GSP doesn't owe us anything," Fertitta told MMAFighting. If only UFC president Dana White had said the same thing five days earlier.
A bizarre chain of events at UFC 167 in Las Vegas on Nov. 16 unfolded at a dizzying pace. Within the span of an hour, St-Pierre won a controversial split decision over challenger Johny Hendricks and then gave a vague speech in the Octagon announcing a leave of absence for an undetermined length; White ripped into the Nevada commission and St-Pierre at the post-fight news conference; then a banged-up St-Pierre showed up mid-presser and appeared on the verge of a mental breakdown as he hinted at personal issues.
- Dave Doyle at Yahoo Sports18 days ago
LAS VEGAS – Johny Hendricks doesn't see much room for shades of gray.
The Oklahoma native and Dallas resident is a NASCAR-loving country boy and he tends to see things in black and white.
So you probably wouldn't be surprised to hear that Hendricks feels he won his UFC 167 fight against welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, even if two of the three judges felt otherwise.
"I am the champion," said Hendricks. "I outjabbed him. I outwrestled him. I outhit him."
- Dave Doyle at Yahoo Sports25 days ago
A rising star in the early days of the UFC's Zuffa era, Lawler was hyped hard as the next big thing.
But after nearly a decade spent roaming from promotion to promotion as the guy who never quite lived up to his potential, Lawler has become 2013's greatest MMA redemption story. And with a win over highly touted welterweight Rory MacDonald on Saturday night at UFC 167 in Las Vegas, that long-ago forecasted crack at the gold just might come along after all.
"I never lost sight of my goals," said Lawler (21-9, 1 no-contest). "I never stopped thinking I could reach the top. It was just a matter of getting my head in the right place."
Lawler was barely 20 years old when he made his UFC debut with a unanimous-decision victory over Aaron Riley at UFC 37 in May 2002. A pair of knockout wins in his next two fights established that he had thunder in his fists, and his fights were nights to circle on your calendar.
The cantankerous Republican isn't the only Washington heavyweight to appear – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also appears in the film, which debuts on FOX Sports 1 on Tuesday, Nov. 5 – but it was McCain's campaign against the sport in the late-1990s which nearly killed MMA in its infancy.
"He could have said 'Nah, I don't want to be a part of this,'" UFC president Dana White said, following a private screening of the documentary at the Soho House on the Sunset Strip. "He wasn't wrong about the early days. He was right, they needed to be sanctioned. The fact he comes out and says 'Yes, it's a sport now, I like the changes and I like what they've done,' it's a testament to him and to the sport."
On Nov. 19, 2011, Chandler and Alvarez put on what was considered the greatest fight in the five-year history of the Bellator promotion and one of the greatest MMA fights, period. Chandler punctuated four rounds of back-and-forth action by submitting Alvarez with a choke and taking his Bellator lightweight title.
Saturday night, though, the duo just might have outdone themselves. Under the backdrop of a long legal fight between Alvarez and the promotion, and coming at the end of what had been a lackluster fight card, Chandler and Alvarez added their names to a lengthy list of contenders for 2013’s Fight of the Year.
After 25 minutes of back-and-forth action at Long Beach Arena, Alvarez won a decision which could have gone either way. All three judges scored the fight 48-47; two of them leaned Alvarez’s way, as the Philadelphia native took back the belt he lost two years ago while handing Chandler his first career loss.
Rogan, of course, makes his main living as an edgy standup comedian, so he’s not exactly known for a sense of understatement.
But what went down for 15 minutes between the pair of Mexican-American lightweights and former training partners was something that will be long remembered. Melendez outlasted Sanchez for a unanimous-decision victory at a raucous Toyota Center in Houston.
"That was a Mexican world war in there tonight,” UFC president Dana White said at the post-fight news conference. “These are two guys who just move forward and just keeping swinging. It's just awesome, man. In the 13 years of being in this company, we've seen some amazing fights. I don't think I've ever seen a fight like that. That fight was insane."
Sanchez came into UFC 166 with a reputation for putting on wild bouts. From his 2006 Match of the Year win over Karo Parisyan, to his 2009 Match of the Year victory over Clay Guida, to a controversial decision against Martin Kampmann, The Ultimate Fighter 1 middleweight winner has long been associated with legendary scraps.
LOS ANGELES – A few years back, Gilbert Melendez took a trip with his teammate, Jake Shields, to train with Diego Sanchez in San Diego. Sanchez, at the time, was a welterweight in the UFC. The Bay Area-based Melendez was the Strikeforce lightweight champion.
While Melendez stayed only a week, then returned later for a second visit, he and Sanchez came to a consensus after their short time working together: If they ever fought one another, it would be something the fans would remember for a long time.
"We used to say to each other, 'If we ever get to throw down, it's going to be one hell of a fight,' " Sanchez said. "The true warriors that both of us are, we're looking forward to that type of fight."
Melendez agreed. "I think our closed-door sessions were something people missed out on," he said. "People would have paid money for that."
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The Loveland, Ohio, native has already lived a storybook life. He was a three-time NCAA D-III wrestling champion at Rochester Institute of Technology. He parlayed those skills into a respectable mixed martial arts career in which he scored several impressive victories and earned a devoted fan following.
And as any of those fans could tell you, Hamill raised the profile of fellow deaf athletes everywhere through his exploits.
You could say Hamill's story should go up on the big screens, except, they've already made the movie based on his life, a 2010 flick called "The Hammer."
So with his legacy secure and a career well spent, why is Hamill spending birthday No. 37 in Brazil, getting ready to fight Sao Paulo's Thiago Silva on his home turf?
"I still love to compete," Hamill said. "At the end of the day, that's it. I still want to prove myself, I want to show everyone I have what it takes. I love the competition."
Chris Weidman says it 'doesn't really matter' if Anderson Silva tries clowning him again in their rematchDave Doyle at Yahoo Sports2 mths ago
It was the first question out of the mouths of reporters on the first day of a seven-date, two-country media tour promoting the rematch between Weidman, the UFC middleweight champion, and the longtime champion he dethroned in a memorable manner in July.
The way Weidman took the title – knocking Silva silly after the then-champion spent the better part of two rounds toying with the challenger – is part of the intrigue which promises to make UFC 168 in Las Vegas on Dec. 28 one of the biggest events in UFC history.
Since he's going to be asked about Silva's antics in the first fight from now until the duo meet again in the Octagon, Weidman knew to have a good answer ready.
"Sure, that's the way he fights," Weidman said. "If he doesn't, he doesn't. Either way, it doesn't really matter. I think the only way he wouldn't do that is if he was doing it and gets knocked out like that again. He'd have to deal with the backlash from the fans and stuff all over again. I think that's just part of the fight game and what he does and what makes him great."