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There's a UFC fight on Fuel this Saturday, Feb. 16, featuring Renan Barao and Michael McDonald for the interim bantamweight championship.
That may get lost in the shuffle, though, as all eyes have turned to Ronda Rousey's debut in the octagon the following Saturday, Feb. 23, at UFC 157.
The press coverage will be intense that week, including a profile of her on HBO's "Real Sports."...Read more »
The first episode of "UFC Primetime," the three-week series that chronicles fighters in the days leading up to their bout on pay-per-view, generated quite a few tweets from MMA media who saw an advanced copy Thursday before its midnight debut.
Ronda Rousey was the star of the show, as you'd expect. But, if it's possible for the lead star to steal the show, she did that. Yes, Liz...Read more »
Should you ever be asked who to pick to win any particular season of "Dancing With the Stars," or any other sort of show, put your money on the Olympian.
I never needed a reality competition television show to understand this basic rule: Athletes are wired differently that civilians, and Olympic athletes are wired differently than professional athletes.
"There's a level...Read more »
Uriah Hall, deliverer of the most vicious knockout in "Ultimate Fighter" history, continued his narrative of being bullied as a kid on Tuesday night's episode. He mentioned something similar on an earlier episode as well.
He expanded on that during an interview with Newsday in the days leading up the airing of his first fight on "TUF 17." Basically, the reason you saw him...Read more »
The World Series of Fighting, one of the newest MMA promotions, announced Monday a three-year broadcast partnership with NBC Sports Network, one that promises at least six live events per year.
NBC Sports Network is NBC's fairly new 24-hour sports channel. The deal gives them another live event to promote -- and more importantly, the MMA audience to promote to. The network already airs NHL,...Read more »
There's a certain ceremonial dance that occurs at UFC post-fight news conferences.
Members of the assembled media take the lead and ask who so and so will fight next, and UFC president Dana White says he doesn't like to make fights right after a night of fights.
It seems like a silly song and dance, but sometimes, someone bumps into the DJ table and the song changes.
After...Read more »
Frankie Edgar withstood the talk for so long. Besides, why should the lightweight champion drop down to featherweight?
But once he lost that title and the subsequent rematch with Ben Henderson, moving down to 145 pounds seemed like the right idea.
Except . . .
Jose Aldo rules the 145-pound division and is among the top five pound-for-pound fighters in the world. He has supreme...Read more »
Rashad Evans lacked any worry, he said, heading into his UFC 156 fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Not his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, of which he is a black belt. Not his boxing, of which he was a Pan-American Games bronze medalist.
Well, when their fight went to the judges, there had to be some worry in the mind of the former light heavyweight champion. Not so much because of the general...Read more »
Alistair Overeem stood at the opening where fighters first enter the arena from backstage and soaked it in. Thousands of fans making noise inside of Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, awaiting his walk toward the octagon followed by his work inside the cage.
He paused, put his monstrous arms in the air and kept with the beat of his entrance music as if summoning more excitement from the crowd to help...Read more »
The Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia bout at UFC 156 was billed as submission defense specialist vs. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu submission specialist.
What we got Saturday night in Las Vegas was . . . exactly that.
Maia took down Fitch with ease in each round, controlling his body with back mounts, body triangles and submission attempts. At times, Maia looked like a human backpack.
All three...Read more »