• [VIDEOS] Inside the UFC 179 camps of Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes & more

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter1 day ago

    The UFC returns to Rio de Janeiro this Saturday with a big card headlined by a world title grudge rematch between Jose Aldo (24-1) andChad Mendes (16-1). Earlier on the UFC 179 card, light heavyweight contenders Glover Teixeira (22-3) and Phil Davis (12-2) lock up to decide who will move closer to a title shot.

    The Countdown to UFC 179 crew followed the participants in those two bouts, as well as lightweights Diego Ferreira (10-0) and Beneil Dariush (8-1), who will kick off the pay per view portion of the event. Check out the three videos here to get inside the camps of featherweight champion Jose Aldo, his challenger Chad Mendes, as well as the lives of Teixeira, Davis, Ferreira, and Dariush.

    Then, head to the comments section and let us know who you're picking, and why!

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  • Jose Aldo on Conor McGregor: 'Nothing stands out'

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter4 days ago

    UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo (24-1) has said talk of him potentially fighting Conor McGregor (16-2) is premature, and even "disrespectful." In a recent MMA Junkie interview, he seemed to maintain that stance, and insisted that he's singularly focused on challenger Chad Mendes and their Oct. 25 fight date.

    However, Aldo didn't go so far as to say that he hasn't kept close tabs on McGregor's fights and progress. “I make it a point to observe all fighters in the featherweight category,” he said.

    “I’m the champion, and I plan to remain the champion. I do pay attention to any featherweight fight where someone is ranked in the UFC, since that could potentially be my next adversary."

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  • Frank Mir wants third Brock Lesnar Fight in UFC

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter4 days ago

    Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir (16-9) has been ambivalent about whether or not he'd return to MMA competition after a long career and losing four straight. In a recent interview, however, Mir said he wants to fight again, if he can get a rubber match with fellow former champ, the retired Brock Lesnar (5-3).

    "If Lesnar comes back, I think it will be good for MMA," Mir told Globo.

    "He is still popular, people still know who he is and this brings more attention.  He and I have a win each in the times we face.  A new fight between us would be very welcome.  I'd love to welcome him in the UFC."

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  • Chael Sonnen: 'I'm not sorry for drug use'

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter5 days ago

    Retired UFC fighter Chael Sonnen is finally being honest about intentionally violating drug rules, but he isn't about to apologize for any of it. Speaking on his new podcast, , Sonnen says he'll just have to live with intentionally trying to game the system.

    "I'm not going to apologize because I'm not sorry. I'm a consenting adult. I knew exactly what I was doing. This was a premeditated decision," Sonnen said.

    Sonnen went on to explain the rationale and criteria he used when deciding what drugs to take. What substances were and were not allowed by governing athletic commissions was not one of the criteria he was concerned with.

    "For me, the litmus test was flawed, but here was my litmus test: Can't be a steroid, and it's got to be legal," Sonnen explained.

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