Following 15 fights to open The Ultimate Fighter 19, the one fighter who was already in the house without actually battling inside the Octagon to get there was Irish fighter Cathal Pendred. Now it wasn't Pendred's idea to coast through the elimination round without actually fighting to get to the house, but a litany of injuries and other hopefuls missing weight left him sitting in the audience as a bystander, scouting potential opponents instead of fighting alongside them to prove his worth. Pendred was already considered a hot commodity coming from Ireland, where he was a welterw
The UFC call. Once you’ve received it the first time, it’s hard to ignore it the second time around. So after Charlie Brenneman put together four wins on the local circuit following his UFC 152 loss to Kyle Noke and subsequent release from the promotion, a request for him to step in on two weeks’ notice to face Beneil Dariush wasn’t one he thought too hard about.“Career wise, my goal was to get back to the UFC, and that was the path back,” he said.
Luke Rockhold is confident, not cocky; ambitious, but patient; a dreamer, yet a realist. It’s the mix that makes him one of the more intriguing personalities on the UFC roster, but at heart, what drives him is the fight.So every day, he travels to the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) Gym in San Jose, California, and he fights.
As a fighter gets older, the time for clichés grows shorter, with that energy spent telling the media what they want to hear better spent on training, strategy, and making the run for whatever that particular fighter is running for. In the case of Takanori Gomi, that run still ends with a UFC lightweight championship belt around his waist.“Of course I am looking for a championship,” he said through translator Mizuka Koike.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will go into UFC 172 looking to extend his already record-setting run as the best 205-pound title holder of all-time when he faces Glover Teixeira in the main event of the UFC's first trip to Baltimore. In addition to the main event, top five-ranked fighter Phil Davis will try to make a statement to the rest of the division when he faces the returning Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, who comes back to the UFC as a light heavyweight after stints at both welterweight and middleweight in his previous run in the Octagon. Former Strikeforce champion Lu
With a nickname that inspires giggles and after walking to the Octagon at UFC 166 with a “piano key belt in JoeJitsu” around his waist, one can rightfully assume that Andre “Touchy” Fili knows how to enjoy himself and have fun in the moment. But make no mistake, once the Octagon door closes – the featherweight prospect is a stone-cold serious stoppage machine, something which was on full display against Jeremy Larsen inside the Octagon in Houston last October.
After his dominant five-round win over Travis Browne last Saturday, Fabricio Werdum put himself in place for a shot at UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, and the media agreed that the Brazilian veteran is the right man for the job, putting him in the number one spot on this week's edition of the UFC Fighter Rankings.Also movin' on up is unbeaten lightweight sensation Khabib Nurmagomedov, whose victory over Rafael dos Anjos on the same card in Orlando moved him up two spots and into the top five for the first time.View the rest of this week's UFC Fighter Rankings by clicking here
After an accidental clash of heads brought an end to their April 11 bout in Abu Dhabi and produced a no contest verdict, bantamweights Johnny Bedford and Rani Yahya will meet again, this time in San Antonio, Texas as part of the UFC Fight Night event on June 28. Read the Full Article Here
A career in mixed martial arts is a rigorous trade by any measure and there are numerous elements that can create pressure and strain in both the physical and mental realms. Therefore, it is crucial for fighters to have a release - a place where peace of mind can be found - in order to recharge their resources and keep themselves dialed in and focused.For Jim Miller, the expansive woodlands of northern New Jersey are where that particular brand of “zen” is located.
Despite his best efforts, Joseph Benavidez is back in a familiar place, a state of contender purgatory affectionately known as “The Rich Franklin Zone.”Named after the former UFC middleweight champion, “The Rich Franklin Zone” is reserved for top fighters that have faced and lost to the reigning champion in their respective division on multiple occasions, as “Ace” did to Anderson Silva at the start of the Brazilian’s dominant championship reign.When you’ve already got a pair of losses to the person lording over the division, it’s hard to make a compelling case for a third kick at the can.
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We open with Wanderlei Silva at the doctor’s office. His hand has been bothering him since last week’s scuffle with Chael Sonnen, and he wants to find out if anything is seriously wrong. The doctor tells him that he pulled a muscle in his hand and puts him up in a soft cast. We cut to the TUF gym and Job Kleber has his hand in a cast. Unlike Wanderlei, his injury came inside the Octagon. If the injury weren’t bad enough, Chael Sonnen has to deliver more bad news. Because Job cannot continue training, he must leave the show.
Lightweight Bobby Green has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 172 bout against Jim Miller due to injury. Stepping in for the April 26 bout against the New Jersey standout is Hawaii's Yancy Medeiros.Medeiros was originally scheduled to face Joe Ellenberger on the Baltimore card. Returning veteran Vagner Rocha will now take on the debuting Ellenberger. Read the Full Article Here
Seven fighters joined UFC president Dana White at the UFC on FOX 11 post-fight press conference: Donald Cerrone, Thiago Alves, Miesha Tate, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Yoel Romero, Jorge Masvidal, and Fabricio Werdum.The Fight of the Night bonus was given to Thiago Alves and Seth Baczynski for their FOX Sports 1 prelim throwdown. The welterweights landed a combined 206 significant strikes in their back-and-forth, three-round affair. Performance of the Night was awarded to Donald Cerrone and UFC newcomer Alex White.
ORLANDO, April 19 – The momentum and the hype was all with Travis Browne leading up to his UFC on FOX main event against Fabricio Werdum at the Amway Center Saturday night.