The hardest part about writing a monthly column looking at the best fights poised to transpire inside the UFC’s Octagon isn’t coming up with 10 fights to talk about, but rather paring down the list when there are so many amazing fights on deck.Some months are easier than others. There were only two events in March, which narrowed the crop of bouts to choose from, although UFC 185 was such an impressive lineup that it alone could have populated this column.
Chad Mendes wasted no time ratcheting up the pre-fight rhetoric for UFC 189, vowing that he would finish Conor McGregor in three minutes when they meet for the interim UFC featherweight title July 11.Mendes’ prediction during a media conference call on Wednesday came in response to a McGregor boast this week that he would end the scheduled five-round fight in four minutes – the same time he said it would take to beat injured champion Jose Aldo.> RELATED CONTENT: McGregor Plans To Butcher Mendes At MGM | Lawler, MacDonald All Business Before UFC 189 ScrapMcGregor als
Despite no longer being the hunter, it's business as usual for Bettendorf's Robbie Lawler. Lawler is finishing preparations for his welterweight title bout against Rory MacDonald on July 11 at UFC 189 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
"Plain and simple, this is a big fight," he said. "Just because this is a title fight doesn’t make it any bigger than a normal fight. I feel like I’m going out there to win a fight and showcase the fighter I am."
Jose Aldo tried to battle through a rib injury ahead of his title defense against Conor McGregor at UFC 189, the contingency plan -- Chad Mendes -- began preparing himself as if Aldo were already out.
On Tuesday, as UFC president announced on SportsCenter, that became a reality. In what was one of the stranger situations heading into a big pay-per-view event, Mendes will now step in and fight McGregor for the interim featherweight title on July 11.His leap of faith paid off.
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The UFC welterweight title is one of the most prestigious crown jewels under the promotional banner. Unlike other divisions, the 170-pound strap has been touched by few over the past decade, with two of those men (Matt Hughes and Georges St-Pierre) carving out legendary careers during their time atop one of the most consistently talent-stacked collectives.At UFC 189 on July 11, two epic journeys will collide as champion Robbie Lawler and No. 1 contender Rory MacDonald will meet inside the Octagon with one of the most coveted titles in mixed martial arts hanging in the balance.
The UFC Fight Night event in San Diego on July 15 got a change Wednesday, as South Korean slugger Doo Ho Choi has withdrawn from his bout against Sam Sicilia due to injury, with Arizona veteran Yaotzin Meza stepping in to face the former Ultimate Fighter 15 cast member at the Valley View Casino Center.Fight Night San Diego, which is headlined by the heavyweight bout between Frank Mir and Todd Duffee, will air live on FOX Sports 1.Fresh from a successful return to featherweight in April that saw him defeat Damian Stasiak in April, Meza will look to make it two straight against Sicilia, who k
NEW YORK CITY – The UFC and Reebok today unveiled their new “fighter kits,” and the organization’s biggest stars, including champion Ronda Rousey and UFC 189 headliner Conor McGregor, were there to model them.
The kits, which debut July 11 and come in three options – including country-specific versions and one reserved solely for champions – have received mixed reviews (a few unfortunate design errors didn’t help matters).Check out video
Singapore – The UFC® is headed back to Japan with another stacked card headlined by heavyweight’s Josh Barnett and Roy Nelson. This clash will take place at the Saitama Super Arena on the 27th of September, the organization’s fourth visit to Japan.
Las Vegas – UFC® is proud to announce its largest-ever roster of UFC superstars, UFC Hall of Famers and legends for UFC Fan Expo®, taking place Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at the Venetian/Palazzo, as part of its 4th Annual UFC International Fight Week™.As the centerpiece of the largest celebration of combat sports in the world, UFC Fan Expo provides fight fans with unprecedented access to UFC champions, top-ranked UFC contenders, celebrities, legendary fighters, Octagon Girls® and budding amateur stars while attendin
The UFC on Wednesday made good on its promise to announce a return to Ireland. It marks the promotion's first event in Dublin since 2014's UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Brandao, which provided a quick sellout.The October 24 event will be another UFC Fight Night, which will take place at 14,500-seat 3Arena, which is actually just a new name on the same arena that the promotion has used in the past, the O2.
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A change in opponents has not rattled Conor McGregor's confidence one bit as he shifts from facing Jose Aldo to fighting Chad Mendes next weekend at UFC 189.Like the rest of the world, McGregor found out on Tuesday that Aldo is withdrawing from the fight due to bruised ribs and cartilage damage the featherweight champion suffered in training a week ago.Now McGregor faces Mendes with the interim title up for grabs and says Aldo dropping out of the fight just proves who was scared and who was ready to go on July 11.
When Chad Mendes got the call from UFC president Dana White asking if he'd be willing to play backup for featherweight champion Jose Aldo in case of injury and face Conor McGregor on July 11, the No. 1 ranked fighter at 145 pounds didn't blink and immediately asked for a contract to sign.From that moment forward, Mendes has been training and preparing as if he was already going to face McGregor while never actually knowing if Aldo would stay in the fight or not after he suffered bruised ribs and cartilage damage in training recently.
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Conor McGregor has no use for the term “interim title.” When he steps into the Octagon against Chad Mendes at UFC 189, he says it will be for the real UFC featherweight belt.> RELATED CONTENT: Mendes Vows To 'Crush' McGregor's Face | Lawler, MacDonald All Business Before UFC 189Champion Jose Aldo withdrew this week because of a rib injury, creating a chance for Mendes, the No 2 contender, to step in against McGregor.
When it's all said and done, the fight that took place this week on The Ultimate Fighter might go down as the greatest comeback in the history of the show, as Michael Graves survived an early foul from Jason Jackson to somehow pull off the most improbable victory and tie the competition between American Top Team and the Blackzilians going into the final fight a week from now. It was another must win situation for American Top Team and they turned to Graves despite part of the coaching staff voting for alternate Cristiano “Soldado” Souza to get the call instead.
The submission. It’s not only a way to attack in the Octagon, it can also be the great savior, the combat sports version of a two-out, bottom of the ninth home run. And when done perfectly, it’s a thing of beauty. Here are five submissions from the first six months of 2015 that capture just what the ground game is in the UFC.5 - Alex Chambers-Kailin Curran (Watch on UFC Fight Pass) Australia’s Alex Chambers was having a rough night against Kailin Curran at UFC Fight Night in Adelaide, Australia in May.