Saturday, January 14, 2012 was both the best and worst night of Chad Mendes’ career as a professional fighter.That night, inside the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a then-unbeaten Mendes stepped into the Octagon to challenge Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title on his home turf.
When talking about his UFC 179 bout against Darren Elkins, Lucas Martins discusses fighting in front of his home fans in Brazil, saying “I know the Brazilian fans will give me a lot of energy,” and also that “I will be very hard to beat when I am fighting in Brazil.”On the first point, that’s a no brainer, as we’ve seen the Brazilian diehards do everything in their power to give their fighters that extra jolt on fight night.
The biggest fight to be made in women's MMA now has a date and a home, as UFC President Dana White confirmed Wednesday that UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will defend her crown her for the fifth time against number one contender Cat Zingano at UFC 182 in Las Vegas on January 3.The bout will be the UFC 182 co-main event, with the UFC light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier serving as the headliner.Rousey (10-0) has ripped through contender after contender at 135 pounds, needing just a combined 82 seconds to defeat Sara McMann and Alexis Davis in her
It was the offer Diego Ferreira couldn’t refuse. Sure, a UFC 179 fight against Beneil Dariush was on short notice, but when the opportunity included a chance to pick up his third win of the year and to do it while fighting in his native Brazil for the first time, he was all-in.“That was also one of the reasons,” he laughs. “But it didn't matter where the fight was, I felt ready.
This week’s episode focuses on the highly anticipated grudge match between No. 6 Felice Herrig and No. 11 Heather Clark. Heather explains her distaste for Felice by politely saying, “I don’t particularly care for [Felice’s] antics.” She then throws out all civility and calls Felice things like trashy, obnoxious and tasteless. She may be concerned with Felice’s antics, but Heather should also worry about her own teammates. Sensing the rising tension, Coach Gilbert Melendez calls a team meeting.
If former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is planning on making his return to the Octagon once his contract with World Wrestling Entertainment runs out, it is news to UFC president Dana White.
White and Lesnar still communicate regularly, and White said Brock hasn’t brought up a UFC comeback. But the boss also doesn’t rule it out.
“I have a great relationship with Brock, we talk all the time,” White said. “I don’t know, we’ll see. If he wants to fight, he knows my number.”
Daffy Duck has officially arrived and his Muay Thai is scary. But the UFC’s version of the famed bird is a lot less wise-cracking fowl and a lot more face-punishing striker as The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 2 finalist William “Patolino” Macario is nicknamed after the crazy cartoon. It’s possible that “Non-Stop Kicking and Punching Machine” doesn’t translate into a cute Portuguese nickname, but that’s exactly what Patolino looked like in his first Octagon win at UFC 168 against iron-chinned Strikeforce veteran Bobby Voelker.
Beneil Dariush has learned a lot about himself in 2014 and now it’s time to learn why you should be a fan of his. First thing first, it’s pronounced “b-neil” “daryoosh.” Born in Iran, Dariush is of Assyrian descent and spent the first nine years of his life working on his family’s farm in the small city of Gol Tappeh. When Dariush was four, his father moved to California to lay the groundwork to eventually move the whole family, which they did five years later.
Las Vegas, NV – With the historic season of The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned in full swing, the 16 fighters vying for the opportunity to be the first UFC female 115-pound champion have shown the world they are both strong and beautiful, inside and out. Each has pushed herself to peak athleticism - prepared for any battle.
The UFC's return to Brazil this weekend will be met with several local favorites getting back in action, as well as a welterweight fighter looking for his fifth win in 2014. Former Ultimate Fighter competitor Neil Magny has been on a tear this year, racking up four wins in a row and looking for No. 5 this weekend.
Every fight needs a hook. For his UFC 179 bout in Rio de Janeiro against Glover Teixeira, Phil Davis’ hook is that he’s looking to go 5-0 (1 NC) against Brazilian foes on Saturday; hence, he’s been dubbed “The Brazilian Killer.”“I’m not gonna call myself a killer in any capacity,” Davis laughs.
This week’s episode immediately focuses on tension gripping Team Mexico. Teammates Rodolfo and Yair will face each other, and the Team Velasquez training staff has some hard decisions to make. In order to not upset anyone, the coaching staff decides that they will not corner either fighter. They will assist with conditioning, refuse to do any strategy or planning. The entire team finds the decision to be fair, and don’t have a problem with it.
Following a two-week hiatus, the UFC returns on Saturday with a powerful card coming straight from Brazil, as featherweight champion Jose Aldo looks to further cement his legacy as the best 145-pound fighter on the planet when he takes on Chad Mendes. Mendes is streaking into this fight with five wins in a row, including four by knockout. He lost to Aldo in their previous bout, but two years later, Mendes believes more than ever that he's ready to take home the title. Also on the card, former light heavyweight title contender Glover Teixeira returns to action for the first t
RIO DE JANEIRO - In the UFC, opportunities often present themselves in the midst of a setback. UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will spend the next few weeks recovering from a knee injury sustained in training, rather than preparing to face No. 1 contender Fabricio Werdum for the title in Mexico City on Nov. 15. Now Werdum (18-5-1, fighting out of Los Angeles via Porto Alegre, Brazil) will face a completely different challenge.
Four years ago, Mark Hunt was getting over a first-round submission loss to Sean McCorkle in his UFC debut and wondering where his career was heading. On Wednesday morning in his Australian home, he got word that he was going to be fighting Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180 on November 15 for the interim UFC heavyweight championship.Hunt hasn’t forgotten those dark days and what people said about him back in 2010.“Mark Hunt was one that wasn’t even wanted,” he said.