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Thiago Alves: The Pitbull Unleashed in Brazil

Any time Thiago Alves steps into the Octagon, there is a surefire bet some impressive natural skills are about to be put on display.The Brazilian Muay Thai machine brings a mixture of devastating power, speed and agility that he blends with a unique brand of killer instinct to finish his opposition. That combination has made the “Pitbull” a fixture in the upper tier of the welterweight division, but it’s been an intangible element that has made his latest chapter one of his most impressive.

Nik Lentz: The Year of The Carny

Rematches are always interesting, whether they happen four months or four years apart. But in the latter case, so much has usually gone under the bridge for both combatants that it’s practically a new fight.That’s the way things are shaping up for this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night co-main event between Nik Lentz and Charles Oliveira. Back in 2011, the then-lightweight prospects put on a Fight of the Night scrap that ended in a no contest after an illegal knee by Oliveira.

Norman Parke: Just Fight

Goiania, Brazil is the latest stop on a world tour that has taken Norman Parke to the Gold Coast of Australia, Las Vegas, Boston, and Manchester, England, just to name a few. “When we grew up you had to join the army to see the world,” Parke said, clearly pleased that he found another way to travel and experience life outside of his native Northern Ireland.

Thursday Fight Updates

The Summer of UFC continues to pile up the compelling matchups, with two more bouts announced for July events on Thursday.On July 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the TUF Finale 21 event that wraps up International Fight Week will see what is expected to be an all-action flyweight affair between Willie Gates and Darrell Montague.Less than two weeks later, on July 25, Chicago's United Center will be the site for a bantamweight showdown between two returning prospects, as former TUF standout Jessamyn Duke faces Washington's Elizabeth Phillips.

Dropkick Murphys Headline IFW Concert

Las Vegas – UFC® and the Fremont Street Experience today announced that multi-platinum recording artists Dropkick Murphys will headline the Fremont Street Experience concert on Friday, July 10, as part of the 4th Annual UFC International Fight Week™. The concert, which is free to the public, will be located at 425 Fremont Street on the 3rd Street Stage. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

Charles Oliveira's Unfinished Business

Despite nearly four years, eight fights and ten pounds, UFC featherweight contender Charles Oliveira has not forgotten his 2011 lightweight bout with Nik Lentz, an opponent he always knew he would see again.“We have unfinished business,” Oliveira said, and it’s business that will presumably be settled this Saturday in Goiania, when the two meet in the UFC Fight Night co-main event. Back in their first bout, the two were 155-pounders on the rise, and for nearly seven minutes, they delivered plenty of action for fans in Pittsburgh.

A Night With Team Conor McGregor

Tom Egan drives the team van towards the UFC training center as the "Mac Mansion" crew get ready for their daily session. Artem Lobov is riding shotgun. Featherweight title contender Conor McGregor took off beforehand in his Ford Mustang along with his long-term girlfriend Dee Devlin, with a view to meeting the others at the infamous TUF gym.Owen Roddy is reliving the visit of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Henderson estate earlier that day with Frans Mlambo and Joey Breslin in the back, and everybody is getting in on the fun.

Norman Parke Is On A Mission

Who is 'Stormin' Norman Parke? To the uninitiated, he is a cage fighter who attempts to beat his opponent black and blue.In reality, he is a supremely skilled Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) athlete who trains six hours a day in boxing, kickboxing, judo, wrestling and muay thai.

Welcome Back Carlos Condit

Remember that time Carlos Condit almost finished GSP? It was incredible. Condit landed a left head kick, shin flush on the former welterweight champ’s head, in the third round of their UFC 154 main event. It was the closest anyone’s come to stopping St. Pierre during his last 12 fights.Then there was that time when Condit came back to top Rory MacDonald at UFC 115.

Thiago Alves: Return of the Pitbull

For a long time, Thiago Alves seemed to be the welterweight champion that the UFC wanted. From 2005 to 2008, his sole loss was to the great spoiler, Jon Fitch, and Alves rattled off seven knockouts in that three-year period. Consider that today Johny Hendricks is touted as a KO machine based off of three knockouts since 2011 and you will realize that at his peak Alves was startlingly good at putting men down with strikes.Alves had bested Karo Parisyan and Chris Lytle by the summer of 2008, and found himself in against Matt Hughes—fresh off of his rubber match with Georges St.

The Downes Side: Goiania Predictions

That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for another educational edition of the Downes Side. School may be out for summer, but the Nostradamus of MMA is always teaching lessons. Way more interesting than a microeconomics lecture, the UFC is back in Brazil for a Fight Night. Live from the Goiania Arena, the main event features welterweights Thiago “Pitbull” Alves and Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit. In the co-main event of the night, Nik Lentz and Charles Oliveira fight for positioning in the crowded 145-pound field.

TUF 21 - Episode 6 Recap

Just when it looked like things might be turning around for American Top Team with their first fight hosted at home, the Blackzilians came storming back with yet another win to tighten the noose around their necks. Following last week's shocking knockout, as Hayder Hassan finished Andrews Nakahara in just 48 seconds, it appeared that the tables might be turning, but instead the Blackzilians put up one of their best fighters in Jason Jackson to step into enemy territory where he took out veteran comepetitor Marcelo “Grilo” Alfaya after two rounds.

Lucas Martins: Train Hard to Fight Easy

The Chute Boxe philosophy is a simple one. If you train in the style of the storied Brazilian gym, you fight to finish. It’s something ingrained in the mind and body of featherweight up and comer Lucas Martins, and he has no qualms about fighting that way, even if it could occasionally cost him on the scorecards.“We are always looking for the KO,” he said. “We do not have ‘hold on to the fence’ classes at Chute Boxe.