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Yoshihiro Akiyama: Winning is the Only Motivation

The typical question after a fighter experiences a long layoff is “what did you miss the most?” The typical answers range from the honesty of saying “a paycheck” to the more expected “the competition.”Yoshihiro Akiyama has never been a typical fighter, so his answer to that question is all his own:“Victory.”This Saturday, the man dubbed “Sexyama” by his army of fans returns to active duty for the first time since a February 2012 bout with Jake Shields, and in the opposite corner is another fighter making his first appearance in two

Miesha Tate Ready to Make UFC History

Miesha Tate will make history when she takes on undefeated Rin Nakai in the UFC’s first ever women’s bout in Japan on September 20th at Tokyo’s famed Saitama Super Arena. But don’t think “Cupcake” will be in hostile territory in Nakai’s home country, where her opponent is Japan’s best known female fighter today.“If I was ever going to fight anyone on their own turf it would be in Japan because the fans are extremely respectful, and even if you beat one of their own they won't hold it against you,” she said.

Fight Night Saitama Main Card Fantasy Preview

For several years, Japan was the central hub for many of the world's biggest mixed martial arts fights and this weekend the UFC returns to the Land of the Rising Sun for a stacked card airing on UFC FIGHT PASS, headlined by heavyweight knockout artists Roy Nelson and Mark Hunt in the five-round main event. Nelson is fresh off his first-round finish over former UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira while Hunt returns to action for the first time since last December when he engaged in one of the greatest heavyweight bouts of all-time against Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva. The

The Ultimate Fighter 20 - Episode 2 Preview

Upsets have been a part of The Ultimate Fighter since the very beginning.  If anybody told Chris Leben that he would be eliminated from the inaugural season, not once but twice, by far smaller and lesser-experienced opponents, he would have called you crazy on the spot. The newest season of The Ultimate Fighter kicked off with a massive upset as No. 14 ranked Randa Markos -- a relative unknown in the strawweight field -- knocked off No.

Sam Sicilia: Turning Things Around

Nobody paid much attention to Sam Sicilia’s whereabouts earlier this month, but maybe they should have. In Connecticut, far across the country from his Spokane home base, the featherweight prospect was preparing his friend and teammate Michael Chiesa for his fight against Joe Lauzon at UFC Fight Night on September 5.Forget the fact that Sicilia has his own fight – in Japan no less – this Saturday against Katsunori Kikuno.

Alex Caceres: Always Entertaining

Alex Caceres isn’t down in the dumps following his July loss to Urijah Faber. It wasn’t his finest hour, but at 26, he knows it’s part of the process in this sport. Hopefully, you win more than you lose, and you’ll never find out where you’re at until you test yourself against the best in the game.Faber, a man who has never lost a non-title fight, qualifies as one of the best bantamweights on the planet. It’s a reason why when the UFC 175 bout was announced, many wondered if Caceres, who had gone unbeaten in his previous five fights, was in too deep.

Rankings: Arlovski Jumps Into Top 10

The UFC heavyweight division got a major shakeup for the second straight week in the official rankings after Andrei Arlovski finished Bigfoot Silva by TKO at Fight Night Brasilia.
Arlovski, the former UFC heavyweight champion, won his second-straight inside the Octagon and he did so in devastating fashion. The rankings panel took notice and voted “The Pit Bull” up seven spots to No. 7 in the heavyweight division, passing the likes of Roy Nelson, Ben Rothwell and Alistair Overeem.

TUF Latin America - Episode 4 Preview

When The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America debuted it was hard to deny the amount of talent and experience sitting on the Mexican side led by UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. His squad of featherweights and bantamweights had far more fights than their Latin America counterparts against higher level competition, with many of the competitors regularly training at top gyms in Mexico, as well as many of them working with some of the best camps in America as well.

Fight Night Brasilia: Post Fight Bonus Recap

UFC Brazil Managing Director Grace Tourinho was joined at the Fight Night Brasilia post fight press conference by Andrei Arlovski, Bigfoot Silva, Gleison Tibau, Francisco Trinaldo, Leonardo Santos, Jessica Andrade, and Godofredo Pepey.
Pepey and Arlovski each earned performance bonuses for their finishes at Fight Night Brasilia. Tibau vs. Piotr Hallmann was awarded fight of the night honors. All four fighters earn an extra $50k for their efforts.

The Pit Bull Bites Back, KOs Silva in Rematch

Written off by many after a lackluster effort in his June victory over Brendan Schaub, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski announced his re-emergence into the title race Saturday night at the Ginásio Nilson Nelson in Brasilia, Brazil with a first round knockout of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.“I trained hard, I worked a lot, it was very important for me,” Arlovski said of the fight. “I “definitely wanted to knock him out. Nothing personal.”The bout was a rematch of a 2010 Strikeforce bout won by Brasilia’s Silva via decision.

No Escape - Pepey Subs Johnson in One

Fortaleza featherweight Godofredo Pepey made it two furious finishes in a row Saturday at the Ginásio Nilson Nelson in Brasilia, Brazil, as he followed up his knockout of Noad Lahat in March with a first-round submission of Dashon Johnson in UFC Fight Night prelim action.There was plenty of posturing and not enough punching in the first three and a half minutes of the bout before Johnson got the fight to the mat. But as soon as it hit the deck, all hell broke loose, with Pepey responding to the slam with a triangle armbar attempt.

Tweets of the Week - 9/12

UFC Fight Night: BigFoot vs Arlovski

5 days to go! @MateFit @1LAW pic.twitter.com/y0Ltt6mDKS
— Andrei Arlovski (@AndreiArlovski) September 7, 2014

A dupla @GleisonTibauMMA e @BigfootSilva em clima de descontração em Miami! Garanta seu ingresso para o UFC Brasília pic.twitter.com/TBKHsMb3jw
— UFC Brasil (@ufc_brasil) September 12, 2014

Me and @IridiumSports were flipped off while crossing the street. NOW it feels like home ☺️
— russell doane (@RussellDoane135) September 11, 2014

Fight Night Brasilia Weigh-In Results

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the heavyweight bout between Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Andrei Arlovski and the lightweight bout between Gleison Tibau and Piotr Hallmann, airs live on UFC Fight Pass from the Ginásio Nilson Nelson in Brasilia, Brazil beginning at 5:45pm ET / 2:45pm PTUFC FIGHT PASS MAIN EVENTAndrei Arlovski (248) VS Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva (264)UFC FIGHT PASS MAIN CARDPiotr Hallmann (155) VS Gleison Tibau (156)Efrain Escudero (156) VS Leonardo Santos (155)Wendell Oliveira (170) VS Santiago Ponzinibbio (171)Russell Doane (136) VS Iuri Alcantara (136

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