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Brazil Gets Two Big Summer Showdowns

The UFC announced Friday that Brazil will be the site for two exciting battles in the heavyweight and welterweight divisions.At UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on August 1, former world title challenger Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva will attempt to get back in the win column when he meets up with Australia's Soa "The Hulk" Palelei.But first, it's the TUF Brazil 4 Finale event in Sao Paulo on June 27, and an intriguing meeting between Santiago Ponzinibbio and Lorenz Larkin. Read the Full Article Here

Invicta FC 12: Souza Locks Up Title in KC

Through the opening two rounds of Friday night’s Invicta FC strawweight championship main event at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Livia Souza appeared to be on her way to duplicating the effort put forth by her atomweight compatriot Herica Tiburcio, who made her North American debut with an upset win of Michelle Waterson to claim Invicta gold.Over the first 10 minutes of her fight with reigning titleholder Katja Kankaanpaa, Sao Paulo’s Souza controlled the action, taking the fight to the once-beaten Finnish champion.

Lightweight up and comers take to the Octagon in July

Four 155-pound talents looking to take the next step in their UFC careers will get the chance to do so in July, as two intriguing bouts were announced by the promotion on Friday.On July 15 in San Diego, Kevin "The Motown Phenom" Lee seeks his fourth straight Octagon victory when he faces "The Moonwalker," James Moontasri, who is coming off a second-round submission win over Cody Pfister in February.Another Michigan native, exciting striker Daron Cruickshank, got the call to return to action on July 25, as he will battle James Krause in UFC Fight Night action in Chicago.

Cejudo Makes Mexico Debut in June

Two flyweights ranked in the top 15 will meet up in Mexico City on June 13, as unbeaten former Olympic Gold medalist Henry Cejudo (#9) takes on hard-charging veteran Chico Camus (#14) in a UFC 188 bout at the Mexico City Arena.UFC 188 is headlined by the UFC heavyweight championship bout between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum. Read the Full Article Here

UFC 186 Weigh-In Results

UFC 186, which is headlined by the UFC flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi and the light heavyweight bout between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Fabio Maldonado, airs live on Pay-Per-View from Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.

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UFC 186: Johnson vs Horiguchi

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CB Dollaway: Always Prepared

CB Dollaway never saw it coming. That’s okay, no one else saw the kick to the midsection that effectively ended his December 2014 bout against Lyoto Machida coming either, save the man who threw it.“It was a perfect shot,” Dollaway said. “If he (Machida) is an inch the other way, he catches my elbow and breaks his foot. But I’m sure he trained it. It’s Machida, that’s what he does. I actually thought he was going high and was going to try and kick me in the head.

Fabio Maldonado Gets His Dream Fight

A week ago, Fabio Maldonado was unmoved by the reality of the moment, that his highly-anticipated UFC 186 co-main event against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was off, with a bout on the same Bell Centre card against Steve Bosse moved from that lofty Pay-Per-View slot.“The opponent doesn't really matter,” he said then. “What matters is that I will put on a big show.

OAM: The New Initials for Canadian MMA

For someone as quick with a joke as Olivier Aubin-Mercier is, it’s hard to picture him being anything but fun loving 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But despite making it to the UFC and compiling a 1-1 record thus far, those fights were anything but fun for him.“The hardest part for me was the pressure when I was getting into the Octagon,” he said. “It’s a shame that my last two fights I really didn’t enjoy being in the Octagon since I was so scared to lose.”Most fighters deal with those feelings; few are brave enough to admit it.

David Michaud's South Dakota Heart

If you’re lucky in this life, you’ll have one place to call home. David Michaud has two. The current one is in Glendale, Arizona, where he plies his trade as part of the renowned MMA Lab team. The other is the one always close to his heart in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and though he doesn’t get as much time there these days due to his day job as a fighter in the UFC’s lightweight division, when he does return, he tries to make the most of it.“It’s usually three months to train, then home for one month,” he said.

UFC Executives Scout New York State Arenas

Albany – Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC® Chairman & CEO, announced that two UFC executives spent the last three days meeting with arena managers as they toured venues from Buffalo to New York City. As the New York State Assembly will soon consider whether to pass legislation – approved by the State Senate for the last six years – making New York the 50th state to legalize professional mixed martial arts (MMA), Fertitta said the UFC wanted to be ready to move as quickly as possible to begin planning events across the Empire State.

UFC 186: By The Numbers

3Current ranking of UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson on UFC’s pound-for-pound list7Fight win streak by “Mighty Mouse” as a UFC flyweight, most wins in UFC flyweight division and tied for 3rd longest active UFC win streak5Consecutive UFC flyweight title defenses by Johnson including Mighty Mouse’s most recent second round submission finish of Chris Cariaso at UFC 179, tied for 5th with Ronda Rousey, Matt Hughes and Tito Ortiz for the most consecutive title defense in UFC history2:18:20Octagon time by Johnson as a UFC flyweight56.5Significant striking accuracy

Joe Riggs: The Survivor

Forget December 13, 2014. Joe Riggs already has. That night was celebrated as his return to the Octagon for the first time since 2006, but a freak neck injury ended his bout against Ben Saunders almost as soon as it started. It wasn’t exactly what “Diesel” expected; not even close.“I don’t consider that last one actually a fight,” Riggs said. “I felt really good going into it and I felt like I was going to dominate the fight. Any fighter knows that you can pretty much feel how the fight’s going to go right when you first match up with a guy.

Lauzon-Gomi Heads to Chicago

MMA fans will get a matchup they won't soon forget on July 25, when the UFC's all-time bonus king, Joe Lauzon, takes on "The Fireball Kid," former PRIDE champion Takanori Gomi, in a lightweight battle at United Center in Chicago.The FOX UFC Fight Night card is headlined by the long-awaited rematch between UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and former titleholder Renan Barao. Read the Full Article Here