- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter13 hrs ago
This Sunday, the UFC on FOX 12 will feature some of the UFC's most exciting stars on a nationally televised card. Welterweight contenders Matt Brown and Robbie Lawler lock up to determine who will face Johny Hendricks next for the 170 pound title.
Featherweights Clay Guida and Dennis Bermudez also clash to determine who will move forward in one of the UFC's most competitive division. Check out the "Road to the Octagon" documentary above to get inside the camps of Brown, Lawler, Guida and Bermudez to see how they've prepared for battle.
Then, let us know who you're picking in the comments section!
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter15 hrs ago
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is one of the best MMA heavyweights of all time. He's won both Pride and UFC world titles and earned some of the most dramatic come-from-behind victories in the sport's history.
However, "Minotauro"has clearly stayed in for far too long and sustained horrible damage to his body and mind. going back to late 2008, Nogueira is just 3-5 in his last eight fights. The Brazilian was once seemingly impossible to finish but he's been stopped in all of those last five losses.
His last loss - a first round KO at the hands of Roy Nelson las April - was one of his ugliest and most one-sided. However, Nogueira seems to be hanging on to the hope that he can still fight well and relatively safely against the best in the world.
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter16 hrs ago
Ronda Rouseyis the new Chuck Liddelland, according to UFC president Dana White,Conor McGregormight be the new Ronda Rousey. Before his successful return to the Octagon this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 46, the brash Irish sensation McGregor said that hehas visions of what he will accomplish in the future.
McGregor has absolute faith that his visions of grandeur will come true. In that way, White told assembled media in Dublin after Saturday's event that McGregor is a lot like Rousey. " Ronda Rousey has a million visions too," he said.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter1 day ago
By almost any measure, the UFC's card in Ireland on Saturday was a smashing success: The fights, top to bottom, were largely excellent. The atmosphere in the arena was incredible. There was drama, as a star seemed to be born.
Anyone who had something bad to say about the show at the O2 Arena in Dublin was simply looking for something to complain about.
When considering atmosphere and quality of card, it was right at the top.
Here is my list of the 10 greatest UFC shows considering crowd, quality and significance of fights, and atmosphere in the arena:
10. UFC 66, Dec. 30, 2006, MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas -- The main event of this show featured the rematch between light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell against former champion Tito Ortiz. The build-up to the fight was intense and the atmosphere inside was charged. When Liddell walked to the cage, it was almost as though the walls shook. On the undercard, Keith Jardine scored a massive upset by knocking out the beloved fan favorite Forrest Griffin.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter2 days ago
The one commodity a fight promotion can never have enough of is stars.
After a devastating performance in stopping Diego Brandao at The O2 arena in Dublin on Saturday, it appears Conor McGregor could become the UFC's next big star.
The audacious featherweight sold out The O2 in just three minutes, and the fans who filled the building cheered from start to finish like giddy school kids. The atmosphere was one of the greatest ever at a UFC fight.
There should be little doubt now that McGregor is a star of the highest order in his native Ireland, the United Kingdom and throughout Western Europe.
He's already one of the best promoters in the UFC and should get better at that with more experience. There remains a question of whether he's as good of a fighter as he says he is – before the fight, he repeatedly said he'd win the featherweight title before the end of 2014, a feat that seems impossible at this stage – but he took a big step toward answering that by bludgeoning Brandao.
McGregor took his share of shots from Brandao in the opening moments of the bout, but he simply walked through them and they had no discernible impact.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter3 days ago
Donald Cerrone wanted Khabib Nurmagomedov, and he got him. At least for 20 minutes, he did.
UFC president Dana White told reporters in Dublin, Ireland, Friday that the company had reached a deal to pit the unbeaten Russian against the always exciting Cerrone, who stopped Jim Miller in the second round in Atlantic City, N.J., on Wednesday, against each other on the main card of UFC 178.
But 20 minutes after all parties agreed to the deal, White said, matchmaker Joe Silva got the terrible news: Nurmagomedov injured a knee and had to pull out of the fight.
That leaves Cerrone, who has been on a roll with four wins in succession. During that span, he has won a fight night bonus four times, getting Knockout of the Night, Submission of the Night and two Performance of the Night honors. He's earned $200,000, at $50,000 apiece, for those bonuses.
Cerrone is still likely to fight on UFC 178, but no opponent was announced.
White had no details of the extent of Nurmagomedov's injury. Trainer Javier Mendez of the American Kickboxing Academy did not know, either. He said the 20-0 Nurmagomedov normally spends the last month of camp with his team.
Dana White says Ronda Rousey will defend against Gina Carano in December ... if Carano inks UFC dealKevin Iole at Cagewriter3 days ago
Gina Carano will fight Ronda Rousey for the women's bantamweight title, likely at UFC 181 in Las Vegas on Dec. 6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, if Carano signs a new deal, UFC president Dana White told reporters in Dublin on Friday.
White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta have a face-to-face meeting scheduled Monday with Carano and her attorney in a bid to finalize a contract.
White told reporters Friday that the fight would be in December, but not on the UFC's annual New Year's Eve card. The Dec. 6 show at Mandalay Bay is the only pay-per-view the UFC has scheduled in December.
That raises three major questions:
• Does Carano deserve a championship match after five years on the sidelines?
• Can Carano make the bantamweight division's 135-pound weight limit?
• Would Carano stand a chance to be competitive with Rousey?
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter3 days ago
UFC star Conor McGregor insists that no other featherweight in the world is eager to fight him. Diego Brandao, his UFC Fight Nightmain event opponent Saturday night in Dublin,told reporters this week that he's not buying the hype.
"I don’t think any guy is afraid to fight Conor. Come on, bro. Nobody is afraid of you,” he said.
The Brazilian is coming off of a loss but promises that he is capable of stopping or going the distance with the "Notorious" one.
“He’s only talked trash until now,” Brandao said.
“But that doesn’t affect me. I remain focused and positive. I have all the skills needed to submit him or knock him out. I’ll press him for all five rounds, looking for victory."
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter3 days ago
The atmosphere was raucous and electric Friday in Dublin for the UFC Fight Night weigh-ins. The O2 Arena in Dublin roared to life most notably when their home town hero, Conor McGregor stormed out onto the stage, the scale and then towards his opponent for Saturday Diego Brandao.
McGregor and the Brazilian exchanged shouts and had to be separated by UFC president Dana White. Afterwards, Brandao promised to destroy the Irishman and "Notorious" promised to knock the TUF 14 winner's "head clean off."
Catch the sights and sounds for yourself in the full weigh-in video above. Then, let us know who you're picking to win Saturday, in the comments section!
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter4 days ago
Much has been said about a special bond existing between the 2013 Yahoo! Sports MMA Trainer of the Year, Duane Ludwig and UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw. Ludwig, a former UFC fighter himself, doesn't deny that there's something special about his relationship with Dillashaw, even in comparison to his other close Team Alpha Male students like Chad Mendes and Joseph Benevidez.
"We just clicked," Ludwig says of he and Dillashaw, whoupset Renan Barao with a dominating finish win in May to win the world title.
"We get along in a lot of areas and are very similar. We have a teacher-student relationship but he's also a good friend."