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By the time Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn step into the cage to fight each other for the third time, more than 50 numbered UFC events will have passed since their last bout. Plus all the fight nights and such in between.
When news broke earlier this week that Edgar and Penn would coach against one another on the next season of "The Ultimate Fighter" and then face off again afterward,...Read more »
Andrew Leone, a Center Moriches native, was forced to pull out of his shot at the One FC flyweight title three days shy of the fight because of a knee injury.
Leone tweeted Wednesday that he has a slight tear of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his knee.
Leone (6-2) was scheduled to fight Shinichi Kojimain the Singapore-based promotion's inaugural flyweight title bout.
No...Read more »
UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz hasn't fought in 710 days. In that time, Renan Barao won the interim bantamweight title once, defended it once and had a second defense canceled once.
Barao is now just 11 days away from his second defense -- at UFC 165 in Toronto against Eddie Wineland.
On Tuesday's UFC 165 conference call, UFC president Dana White said Cruz is expected to return...Read more »
Joe Warren, the former Bellator featherweight champion, was declared ineligible to fight for the promotion this Saturday at Mohegan Sun.
Bellator announced the decision by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation on Friday morning. No specific reason was given.
“I’ve been fortunate to work with one of the best commissioners in the sport in Mike Mazzulli, and after carefully...Read more »
The title shot legitimacy of Glover Teixeira is often met with disdain or negativity. Why? Well, for one, that's what MMA fans do. (Ask Chris Weidman . . . after he won the title.)
And second, they say Teixeira has yet to fight a top-10 light heavyweight in the UFC.
Both of those points are true.
Both of those points aren't much of an argument to make in claiming Teixeira doesn't...Read more »
Enjoy this edition of phantom cam highlights from Fox's super slo-mo camera at UFC 164, embedded below.
Wantagh's Al Iaquinta (pictured above) is featured in the early portion of the video. He beat Ryan Couture by unanimous decision.
(Newsday's app users can watch the video at http://youtu.be/_0OzBjzoqlU)...Read more »
Watch highlights from Rafael dos Anjos' unanimous decision victory over Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 27.
Video: UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos/Cerrone
(Newsday's app users can see the video at http://bit.ly/1dtJh1j) ...Read more »
At age 34, loser of his last two fights and 0-3 in his last three title fights, it's fair to wonder where Frank Mir is at in his career.
Is he a title hopeful still, or is it about "the big fights" for the former UFC heavyweight champion? Mir is certainly not the first fighter to face such a question.
"I don't concede to the fact to just try to put on great fights," Mir said on the UFC 164 conference call earlier this week. "An outcome of my drive is to actually work back towards a title. I don't see it as a situation where that is no longer within my grasp."
Mir is ranked No. 6 in the UFC's heavyweight division, and his opponent next Saturday -- Josh Barnett -- is ranked No. 10. He looked sluggish in a decision against Daniel Cormier last April and was knocked out in the second round against then-champion Junior Dos Santos in May 2012.
It is not inconceivable to think that Mir (16-7) is just a few fights away (perhaps as few as three?) from another title shot. Some things would have to go his way, sure, but in MMA, if you stick around long enough, it can happen. All it takes is an injury or two to another fighter and then, well, you know the deal.
"The training I'm doing now to where I'm at in life and stuff, being only 34 years of age, I don't really see it as an issue to concede to the face that, 'Oh, I'm only going to fight for it to be an entertaining fight, just add it on to a card," Mir said. "That's just not where I'm at in my life."
UFC president Dana White spent a few minutes on set at Fox Sports Live on Wednesday night to talk about, what else, the UFC.
After he said Lyoto Machida will drop down to middleweight and fight Tim Kennedy at UFC's Fight for the Troops on Nov. 6 in Kentucky, he snuck in this little nugget.
When he was diagnosed with Meniere's disease, a debilitating ear condition, he received a phone call from Alex Rodriguez. White said A-Rod referred him to a place in Dusseldorf, Germany, that was referred to him by Kobe Bryant.
Watch the clip embedded below. The A-Rod stuff comes in at the 1:45 mark.
(Newsday's app and mobile users can watch the video at http://bit.ly/1av1qtq)
What you see during a live televised fight happens far too quickly to truly comprehend what happens to the human body.
What looks like a simple punch to the face at normal speed looks like the most devastating force of energy that causes the skin to ripple as if you threw a rock into a undisturbed body of water.
Enter Phantom Cam. Below are the Phantom Cam highlights from UFC Fight Night...Read more »