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August Awesomeness: The Best of the Month Ahead

Last month might have been the best month in UFC history.Starting with International Fight Week, successful championship defenses by Ronda Rousey and Chris Weidman and BJ Penn’s retirement, moving on to Cowboy Cerrone’s second-round finish of Jim Miller and Conor McGregor capping off an incredible night in Dublin, and wrapping up with a tremendous collection of fights on FOX, July 2014 has to go down as one of the absolute best collections of performances and events ever.Given how exceptional the 31 days between June and August were, it’s natural to anticipate a bit of a letdown in the mont

Siver: McGregor Has No Place in Front of Me

After nine months out of action you will return to the Octagon on October 4th. How is your mindset right now?
Dennis Siver: Great. That I get to step back in there again right away is a big relief for me. I thought I would rather have to wait until November or December. That things are moving so quickly motivates me. I am ready.

UFC Statement on Casey and Drysdale

The UFC has been notified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that UFC middleweight Kevin Casey and light heavyweight Robert Drysdale failed drug tests following their fights at UFC 175 and The Ultimate Fighter Finale, respectively. Casey tested positive for drostanolone and Drysdale was flagged for an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio. Both fighters have been temporarily suspended from competition and informed their positive tests violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC.

Looking Ahead: What's Next For Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson is only two fights into his most recent UFC run, but "Rumble" has quickly generated some serious momentum in the light heavyweight division. After absolutely destroying Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night: Lawler vs. Brown, Johnson has established himself as one of the scariest strikers in any division.

Diaz on Silva: 'You never know what you're going to get'

On a Wednesday teleconference with the media, Nick Diaz quoted Forrest Gump and his January 31st opponent Anderson Silva, asked a reporter if he would want to fight “The Spider,” and admitted that he really didn’t enjoy fighting.In short, it was Nick being Nick, and yes, it’s good to have him back for the first time since his March 13, 2013 bout with Georges St-Pierre.“It’s been a really productive time off for me, it’s been positive,” said Diaz of the time off from the Octagon. “I wasn’t stressing about taking a fight or having a fight, and that was fine for me.

Joey Lauzon 1, Cancer 0

The three rounds were over and Lauzon was the winner. It’s a sentence that shouldn’t come as a surprise to mixed martial arts fans, but the victor in this fight wasn’t UFC lightweight contender Joe Lauzon; it was his son Joey, who came out of the womb swinging and into the beginning of three rounds of chemotherapy within a week of his birth.If you want to call your child being diagnosed with neuroblastoma the worst news any parent can hear, that doesn’t cover it. Not by a long shot.

Silva-Diaz Superfight Set for Super Bowl Weekend

Speculation about possible opponents for newly re-signed UFC star Nick Diaz ended Tuesday afternoon when UFC President Dana White announced on ESPN SportsCenter that the Stockton standout will face future Hall of Famer Anderson Silva on January 31 in Las Vegas.Silva, sidelined since a leg injury ended his UFC 168 fight against middleweight champion Chris Weidman, has been greenlighted by doctors to fight again, and he has looked sharp in training.

Riggs Forced Out of Thiago Bout

Scheduled to return to the Octagon in Brasilia, Brazil on September 13 against Paulo Thiago, veteran Joe "Diesel" Riggs's first UFC bout since 2006 has been put on hold after an accident at Riggs' home in Arizona Monday night.The UFC released the following statement on the incident.“We were made aware that newly-signed UFC competitor Joe Riggs was involved in an unfortunate accident last night. While clearing his permitted firearm (a pistol), the gun discharged, injuring his hand and upper thigh. Riggs was transported to a nearby hospital in Arizona where he is being treated by physicians.

Green-Masvidal is on for UFC 178

Following big wins on last weekend's UFC Fight Night card in San Jose, lightweight contenders Bobby "King" Green and Jorge "Gamebred" Masvidal will get right back to business on Saturday, September 27, when they meet in a pivotal UFC 178 bout in Las Vegas.Both graduates of the Strikeforce organization, Green and Masvidal have taken their game to the next level in the Octagon, with Green's eight-fight winning streak including four UFC victories, most recently a split decision win over Josh Thomson last Saturday.

Siver Returns in Oct. vs Whiteford

German featherweight standout Dennis Siver will make his first start since December of 2013 when he faces Scotland's Robert Whiteford at UFC Fight Night Stockholm on October 4th."I am very happy to be allowed to fight again after such a long time and I can't wait to get back into the Octagon," said Siver. "My opponent is perfect to get rid of the ring rust. I will try to deliver an exciting fight."Unbeaten in three of his last four bouts, the hard-hitting Siver has been on the shelf since a positive drug test following a win over Manvel Gamburyan at UFC 168.

UFC 178 Media Tour Headed to Vegas and L.A.

Tickets go on sale for UFC 178 on Aug. 8, so all the stars that are set to enter the Octagon will take part in a media tour next week with stops in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will be in the MGM Grand lobby on Aug.5 and then Club Nokia at LA Live on Aug. 5. Both events are open to the public.Ultimate Media Day in Las Vegas begins on Monday at 11 a.m. PT. On Tuesday a moderated Q & A for fans and media begins at 4 p.m. Read the Full Article Here

Rankings: Green, Bermudez Soar After Big Wins

Lightweight Bobby Green and featherweight Dennis Bermudez were the big winners when this week's updated UFC official rankings were released Monday afternoon.Green, coming off a decision win against No. 3 lightweight Josh Thomson, made the biggest jump of the week, moving all the way up to No. 7 after entering the weekend at No. 13. The loss dropped Thomson three spots to No. 6.Many thought Bermudez was grossly undervalued at No. 12 last week, but "The Menace" was rewarded for his dominant second-round submission win over Clay Guida, getting voted up five spots to No. 7 at featherweight.

Incredibly Smooth: The Best of Benson Henderson

Benson Henderson returns to the Octagon next month when he takes on fellow top-ranked lightweight Rafael Dos Anjos in the main event of the August 23 UFC Fight Night event in Tulsa, Oklahoma.Over the last five years, the 30-year-old known as “Smooth” has proven himself to be one of the very best in the treacherous 155-pound ranks, claiming championship gold in both the WEC and the UFC while amassing a 14-2 record over that time, with both setbacks coming in title fights opposite his chief rival, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis.As the MMA Lab product prepares to return to the UFC cage, here’s a lo

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