- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter1 hr ago
We love the UFC Embedded mini-documentaries. They get fans behind the scenes of the biggest MMA events in the world alongside their favorite fighters, who are often more unguarded and open than ever in these moments caught on tape.
The latest one, UFC 178 Embedded, is no different. We're willing to bet that, as cool as it is, featured fighter Dustin Poirier may feel a bit awkward when he watches this one (above), however, if only because it opens with his opponent Conor McGregor and his team eating and watching last week's UFC: Tokyo event with UFC President Dana White in Las Vegas last week.
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter6 hrs ago
"I'm the guy to serve the humble pie."
Poirier may have bristled at McGregor's insults, but he isn't ungrateful for the attention the hype brings to their upcoming bout. If people want to see McGregor fight, that means that in this instance, they'll also be watching Poirier, and "Diamond" likes it that way.
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter7 hrs ago
Fresh off his walk-off KO over Roy Nelson, Mark Hunt already knows who and when he wants to fight next. "I was thinking, Josh Barnett, he's one above me at number five, maybe Dana can put me and him on that show, on Sydney," Hunt said during a Monday interview with MMA Fighting.
The "Super Samoan" is originally from New Zealand but calls Australia home. Apparently, he's healthy enough to fight again, in about a month, on that Nov. 8 Sydney card.
As for why he wants Barnett...well there's revenge, for starters. Way back in 2006, Barnett submitted Hunt with an arm bar when they both competed in the now defunct Pride promotion.
That loss snapped a five fight win streak for the kickboxer Hunt, and was the start of a six fight losing skid. Since then, Hunt has gone 5-2-1 in the UFC's heavyweight division, with four of his wins coming by way of knockout.
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter8 hrs ago
Beginning in the second half of 2015, MMA promotion World Series of Fighting (WSOF) will enter the pay per view (ppv) market. Once they do enter the ppv game, WSOF says it will share 50% of all net revenue from live pay per view telecasts with the fighters on said cards.
At present, the only consistent presence in MMA pay per view is the sport's leading promotion, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Up to this point, WSOF events have been been broadcasted solely on NBC networks.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter23 hrs ago
Two world title fights will still lead UFC 181 on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas. It's just that it will be a different title fight at the top of the card than originally planned.
Middleweight champion Chris Weidman pulled out of his title defense against Vitor Belfort that was to headline the show because he broke his left left while punching during a recent training session. The UFC quickly added a welterweight title rematch between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler to replace it at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Weidman has a hairline fracture. It will be casted 4 weeks, cleared in 6. He'll be fighting Vitor in February now.
Robbie Lawler will face Johny Hendricks for the title at UFC 181 on Dec. 6. http://t.co/io3IUjchdz
The co-main event of UFC 181 will remain a lightweight title fight between champion Anthony "Showtime" Pettis and former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez.
Hendricks, Lawler, Pettis and Melendez will take part in a news conference Friday at 2 p.m. PT in the MGM Grand's Premier ballroom that is free and open to the public.
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter1 day ago
Dominick Cruz will fight for the first time in nearly three years when he faces Takeya Mizugaki this Saturdayin Las Vegas. The former WEC and UFC bantamweight champion never lost his title in the ring, but a string of traumatic injuries and reconstructive surgeries have kept him out of the Octagon since his Oct. 2011 title defense against now-flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.
Cruz hasn't competed in so long that it's anyone's guess as to how well he'll still be able to perform. The fighter, however, is confident that there's still no one better than him at 135 pounds.
"I'm still the best bantamweight in the world in my mind," he recentlytold Damon Martin.
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter1 day ago
UFC queen Ronda Rousey may believe that featherweight champ Cris "Cyborg" is afraid to fight her, but no one can say that the Muay Thai specialist is scared to try new foods. During a recent training trip to Thailand, the Invicta FC champ downed a black scorpion, and video taped it for posterity (above.)
Justino will attempt to move down in weight, to 135 pounds, this December in Iowa. It is expected that the move will be the first step in her re-positioning herself to fight the UFC bantamweight champ Rousey.
The two have traded insults over the years but the Brazilian seems serious now about challenging the "Rowdy" one. Time will tell how well Justino will adjust to 135 pounds from her old weight of 145 pounds, but for the time being - watch her eat a scorpion. Because, Mondays.
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter1 day ago
There will be a lot worth watching this weekend at UFC 178. For starters, Demetrious Johnson will defend his 125 pound championship against Chris Cariaso, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will face off in a lightweight grudge match and Donald "Cowboy" Cerronewill welcome Eddie Alvarez to the UFC.
In the new Countdown to UFC 178 mini-documentary special (above and below), you can check out all of those guys get ready for battle this Saturday from inside their training camps. Watch Johnson goof around with his family and then train hard, see Conor McGregor break boards, and Eddie Alvarez prepare to make his eagerly-anticipated UFC debut.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter1 day ago
The first tiny steps down the path that may lead to a match with UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will be taken on Dec. 5, when Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino will make her 135-pound debut in the main event of an Invicta card that will be streamed on UFC FightPass.
No opponent or venue has been announced.
Since the night in 2012 that Rousey defeated Miesha Tate on Showtime to win the Strikeforce bantamweight title, there have been calls for a match between the ex-American Olympian and Justino, the Brazilian striker who'd held the Strikeforce 145-pound title.
UFC president Dana White has so far steadfastly refused to pit the two, citing a news conference Justino and then-manager Tito Ortiz held in which Ortiz said a doctor told Justino she could be risking her life trying to cut to 135 pounds. Ortiz, who is a longtime White nemesis, was hoping to make the fight at 145 pounds, the weight in which Rousey began her mixed martial arts career.
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter2 days ago
Conventional wisdom might hold that Dustin Poirier (16-3) will be a step-up in competition for rising featherweight star Conor McGregor (15-2) when they meet Sep. 27. The brash Irishman, however, doesn't see it that way.
“He’s a journeyman fighter, and that’s what I see,” McGregor said in a recent interview.
“He doesn’t impress me at all. I believe he’s a basic fighter, he throws basic shots, and in my eyes he’s a journeyman. It’s that simple.”
So, despite his excellent record and three fight win streak Poirier is kinda "basic," (in club girl parlance) or "standard" (in Brit-speak. Yeah, I know Conor is a Dubliner and not from the North and the UK, it's the best I could do, ok?).