The word “Comeback” is often a dirty one in the world of combat sports. Simply breaking down the word lets you know that if you’re coming back, you must have left, and if you left, there had to be a reason for it.No one leaves when they’re on top, no one walks away simply because they want a little more time on the golf course. In combat sports, when you leave, it’s usually not by choice. And when you come back, it’s often for the wrong reasons.Kyle Kingsbury probably wouldn’t argue with that assessment.
It was like old times again; Clay Guida putting it on an opponent, winning the bout, and then walking away with a Fight of the Night award. He did all of the above in his April victory over Japanese veteran Tatsuya Kawajiri, picking up his second victory at featherweight, but his first post-fight bonus since a 2011 Fight of the Night against Benson Henderson. For a guy who had seven such bonuses on his resume, that was a long drought. So was all right in the Clay Guida universe after the win in Abu Dhabi?“All is always great in the Clay Guida universe,” he laughs.
As soon as it was announced that Daniel Cormier was stepping in for the injured Alexander Gustafsson to face UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in the main event of UFC 178 on September 27, breakdowns of one of the most intriguing title fight matchups ever began.Can Jones wrestle with the two-time U.S.
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The long-awaited rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, scheduled for UFC 178 in Las Vegas on September 27, is off after the Swede suffered an injury in training this week. Although there are scores of hungry challengers waiting for a crack at Jones’ crown, few can rival Daniel Cormier's burning desire to topple the champ at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. And now that matchup is set. UFC officials made the announcement of the main event switch to Jones vs.
Las Vegas – The UFC® announced that former champion Vitor Belfort was granted a license to compete in the state of Nevada at a commission hearing held today. A winner of three straight, Belfort will now face UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 181 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 6.Since returning to the UFC in 2009, Belfort has scored victories over some of the biggest names in the sport, including Rich Franklin, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Anthony Johnson, Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold, and Dan Henderson.
With all the attention focused on the UFC featherweight division recently, it’s a wonder why Dennis Bermudez’ name doesn’t come up more in conversations about the top emerging talents in the 145-pound ranks.After finishing in the runner-up position on Season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter, the Long Island native has gone a perfect 6-0 inside the Octagon, making a slow and steady climb up the divisional ladder.In 2013, Bermudez earned a three-pack of victories, including the Fight of the Year candidate he turned in with Matt Grice at UFC 157 in Anaheim the night Ronda Rousey made history by bein
It was the first fight of the night at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but for Patrick Cummins, his bout against Roger Narvaez in June might as well have been the co-main event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.Vegas was where Cummins made his UFC debut on short notice against Daniel Cormier four months earlier, losing his undefeated record in 79 seconds. Now he was opening up the show against newcomer Narvaez, and it was the biggest fight of his career. If he won, he began the process to fulfilling the potential fight observers saw in him before UFC 170.
On Wednesday afternoon, former UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen was suspended two years from competing in Las Vegas or anywhere else by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his admitted use of banned substances earlier in 2014.Sonnen tested positive for anastrozole, clomiphene, human chorionic gonadotropin, human growth hormone and recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) in a pair of failed tests before UFC 175, forcing him off the card and prompting his subsequent retirement.Sonnen's representative read a prepared statement and then the former middleweight contender answered the committee'
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Vitor Belfort was granted a license to fight in Las Vegas on Wednesday morning by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, who voted unanimously to grant "The Phenom" his license based on three conditions.Those conditions are that Belfort is not to fight before December, he must fight in Las Vegas and he must be willing to submit to complete and rigorous random drug testing at the discretion of the committee. Belfort was emotional and sincere in his comments, and promised to stay drug free for the remainder of his mixed martial arts career."UFC is my authority, and [the commission] is my
Vitor Belfort" title="UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort" style="width: 613px;" src="http://media.ufc.tv/photo_galleries/ufc168_weighin_web/ufc168_weighin_we...">You couldn’t take the smile off Vitor Belfort’s face if you tried.
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It was either the start of a revolution with honesty being the operative term, a snarky response to the worst question in the history of journalism, or simply Josh Thomson being Josh Thomson. Whatever it was, when Thomson said before his January fight with Benson Henderson that he had one of the worst camps of his career, it made plenty of noise.
Before a scheduled fight with Jim Miller at UFC 172 in April, Bobby Green was in a good place. He was about to fight on a Pay-Per-View main card against a respected opponent with the kind of name that would take Green places if he won, and after putting together a seven-fight win streak that included three UFC wins, he was on the verge of shedding the tag of being “the best fighter you never heard of.”So yeah, life was good.“I’m just enjoying the ride,” said Green. “God is good and he’s blessed me with these opportunities.