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Escudero vs. Dober Set for Mexico City

Current Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 coach Efrain Escudero will join his coaching counterpart Kelvin Gastelum on the UFC 188 card in Mexico City on June 13, as he faces Drew Dober in a lightweight matchup.UFC 188, which will see Gastelum return to middleweight to take on Nate Marquardt, is headlined by the UFC heavyweight championship bout between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum.Winner of five of his last seven bouts, Escudero's biggest victory was his February decision over Rodrigo de Lima in Broomfield, Colorado.

Gilbert Melendez: The Heart of a Warrior

The measure of a fighter’s heart is something that always comes into question when adversity comes to call. When the proverbial hammer becomes the nail and the waters get choppy, how a fighter reacts is a tell tale sign of what beats inside of their chest and pulses through their veins. In this regard, there has never been a doubt about the will and determination of Gilbert Melendez.The former long-reigning Strikeforce lightweight champion turned perennial UFC contender is as tenacious as they come inside the Octagon.

UFC World Tour: Tensions Run High, Patience Wears Thin

TORONTO Dana White loves tension-filled face offs between fighters, but even the UFC President has to concede the continued close proximity of featherweight champion Jose Aldo and top challenger Conor McGregor has reached a boiling point. While temperatures outside hovered just below freezing during a schedule-packed stop in Toronto on Friday, McGregor quickly heated up their feud even more.

UFC 188 Sold Out; UFC 189 Soon to Follow

Just a week after going on sale, tickets for June 13th's UFC 188 event at the Mexico City Arena are sold out, making it the second consecutive sellout at the venue for the UFC, which made its debut there in November of 2014.Headlined by the UFC heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum, UFC 188 is expected to pack in over 21,000 fans, with the UFC's record for the highest gross in Mexico City Arena history also expected to be shattered.In other ticket news, UFC 189's championship doubleheader in Las Vegas on July 11 is a near sellout.

Lightweight Prospects Case and Trevino Meet in Mexico

Top lightweight prospects Johnny Case and Francisco Trevino have agreed to meet in the Octagon on June 13 for a UFC 188 bout expected to produce fireworks at the Mexico City Arena.Case, unbeaten since 2010, has finished both of his UFC bouts thus far, submitting Kazuki Tokudome and knocking out Frankie Perez.

Tweets of the Week - 3/27

These Dudes!

“I don’t care about all this talking. Even parrots can talk" @JoseAldoJunior #UFCWorldTour #UFC189 pic.twitter.com/0nYaeQpO9Y
— UFC (@ufc) March 25, 2015
 

Y'all sitting back hating on @TheNotoriousMMA while this guy out here making them dollars. #youngmulababy #UFC
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) March 27, 2015
 

This week's profit. pic.twitter.com/QhP2UgIYqk
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 27, 2015
 

Two UFC Events Broadcast On Free TV In UK

PICK has secured the rights to UFC FIGHT NIGHT GONZAGA vs CRO COP 2 and UFC FIGHT NIGHT BERLIN which will be available to view on Sky (152), Freeview (11) Freesat (144) and Virgin Media (123) and UPC CH 133 in Ireland.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT GONZAGA vs CRO COP 2, which will take place in Krakow, Poland on April 11, will be broadcast from 23:00 in the UK on PICK. The highly anticipated card features an unmissable bout between London born and bred light heavyweight Jimi ‘ Poster Boy’ Manuwa and Polish star Jan Blachowicz.

By The Numbers: Brazil's Winning Eleven

At UFC 185, Rafael dos Anjos became the new UFC lightweight champion after scoring a one-sided unanimous decision over Anthony Pettis. The title is the 11th won by a Brazilian in UFC history. In honor of that occasion, here are the 11 Brazilian champions in UFC history and their rise to prominence. 1. Murilo BustamanteThe Octagon’s first Brazilian champion was none other than famed Carlson Gracie protégé Murilo Bustamante.

Unflappable Aldo Continues To Absorb McGregor's Verbal Blows

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UFC 189 World Tour Flight Facts

LEG: Boston to TorontoDATE: Thursday, March 26, 2015DEPART: 8:40 p.m. ET, Teterboro Airport, Teterboro, N.J.ARRIVE: 9:42 p.m. ET, Toronto Pearson Intl Airport, Toronto, OntarioFLIGHT TIME: 1 hour, 2 minutesDISTANCE: 350 miles/ 564 kmALTITUDE: 36,000 feet/10,972 mAIRSPEED: 527 mph/848 kphAIRCRAFT: Gulfstream G-IV

Dariush Faces Miller after Injury Fells Felder

A knee injury has forced Paul Felder from his UFC on FOX bout against Jim Miller on April 18 in Newark, but stepping in for "The Irish Dragon" at Prudential Center to face the home state favorite will be rising lightweight star Beneil Dariush.Winner of three straight, Dariush is coming off a second-round finish of Daron Cruickshank at UFC 185 earlier this month that earned him Performance of the Night honors.

Jouban Injured, Scratched from NOLA Bout

The Louisiana homecoming for welterweight up and comer Alan Jouban will have to wait, as the Lafayette native has been forced from his New Orleans bout against veteran Brian Ebersole on June 6 due to an elbow injury. Stepping up to face Ebersole at the Smoothie King Center will be Omari Akhmedov, who has won 12 of his last bouts.Tickets for UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the light heavyweight matchup between Daniel Cormier and Ryan Bader, go on sale on Friday, April 10. The card will air live on FOX Sports 1.

TUF LATAM Winner Perez Returns in June

Back in the Octagon for the first time since his debut win over Jose Quinonez at UFC 180 last November, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America season one winner Alejandro "Diablito" Perez will fight in front of his Mexican fans once more on June 13, when he takes on Patrick Williams in bantamweight action on the UFC 188 card in Mexico City.UFC 188 is headlined by the UFC heavyweight championship bout between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum at the Mexico City Arena. Read the Full Article Here

Boston Fans Get Up Close With Idols McGregor, Aldo

DORCHESTER, Mass. Amid the vicious taunts and pointed challenges, there were heartwarming gestures of kindness and warmth Wednesday when UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and top challenger Conor McGregor met Boston fans on the fourth stop of their UFC 189 World Tour. Onstage at the historic Strand Theatre in the city’s diverse Dorchester community, UFC President Dana White told the largely pro-McGregor crowd that he’d been warned by Aldo’s trainer to keep the emotionally charged fighters apart due to their growing animosity on this eight-city tour.

Silva-Dober Result Overturned to No Contest

Following a botched call in the UFC Fight Night bout between Leandro Silva and Drew Dober that saw Silva erroneously awarded a second round submission victory in the March 21 bout in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's MMA commission, CABMMA, overturned the result to a no contest Thursday.Referee Eduardo Herdy admitted making a mistake in halting the lightweight bout when he did, with Dober pulling free from a guillotine choke at the time of the stoppage.
 

TUF LATAM 2 Coach Profile - Efrain Escudero

When it came to his UFC career, Efrain Escudero could have been on the outside looking in had he not defeated Rodrigo de Lima in Colorado in February. But instead, “Hecho en Mexico” is a player again at 155 pounds in the Octagon, as well as a coach on season two of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America.“It was very important,” Escudero said of his decision win over de Lima, his first UFC win since 2010, and perhaps his most impressive performance to date in the Octagon. “There was a time when I was fighting not to lose, but I found myself again.

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