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Back in the day, you know, like, about a week or so ago, one so-so submission on an entire fight card would yield a sweet $50,000 bonus paycheck to a UFC fighter, even if there were far more exciting fights that night.
That's a goner, now.
The UFC announced earlier this week that they are eliminating the submission of the night and knockout of the night bonuses and replacing them with...Read more »
LAS VEGAS -- As I watch the sun rise up from the mountains in the desert from my hotel room, I'm reminded that it is a new day, which means more time to process all the things seen at UFC 168 several hours ago.
Here are of the thoughts I'm generating at the moment after watching a series of fights that stirred up more than $6.2 million in gate revenue for the UFC:
-- Miesha Tate vs....Read more »
LAS VEGAS -- Some thoughts about what to look for at UFC 168 on Saturday night (besides just the punching and the kicking and the grappling):
-- How does Uriah Hall respond after two losses and that "He's not a fighter" quote by UFC president Dana White from the last time he fought? That should be quite interesting to watch unfold against Chris Leben.
-- Can Miesha Tate push...Read more »
Jose Aldo hasn't lost a fight in eight years and yet the UFC featherweight champion from Brazil gets shown very little love as the best pound-for-pound fighter MMA fighter in the world.
That's because of who's ahead of him. Heck, Aldo even lost out to anyone not already listed as an option.
In our latest Fightin' Words reader poll, Jon Jones took the plurality of votes (a total of 1,835...Read more »
His image is on top. His name is listed first. He'll be introduced last.
Still, new UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman would have preferred a different photo be used in the poster for UFC 168 and his rematch against former champ Anderson Silva.
As for the "Leave No Doubt" tagline used on the poster?
"I like that," Weidman said Wednesday at a UFC 168 promotional...Read more »
On the off chance you haven't heard Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman answer these questions of late, here's one more chance.
Weidman, the reigning UFC middleweight champion, and Silva, the former champion, spent Thursday at ESPN doing a media blitz.
Here's a clip from MMA Live Extra.
(Newsday's app users can watch the video at http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9726603)...Read more »
In the span of eight days beginning Sept. 23, Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva will visit seven cities across the United States and Brazil to promote their rematch at UFC 168 in Las Vegas on Dec. 28.
Presumably, they will be asked many of the same questions in each city and offer the same answers. Expect quite a few of them to be about UFC 162 when Weidman upset Silva to win the middleweight...Read more »
If you're wondering why your Internet didn't slow to a crawl this week, one possibility is that Chael Sonnen didn't fire away at Mauricio "Shogun" Rua much leading up to their headline bout Saturday in Boston on UFC Fight Night on Fox Sports 1.
Below are the juiciest of Sonnen's work on the conference call from earlier this week. None of them figure to have the type of staying power...Read more »
When Long Island's own Chris Weidman won the UFC middleweight title last Saturday, Newsday was there. Now UFC fans can relive the momentous fight with our exclusive documentary.
Shot by Mario Gonzalez, the documentary -- entitled "Chris Weidman: 'I was destined for this' " -- follows Weidman both in and out of the octagon, sharing a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a fighter as...Read more »
Chris Weidman says he and Anderson Silva will go at it again in the near future -- and it could happen as close to home as possible.
Weidman said Wednesday on WFAN's Boomer and Carton Show that there would "100 percent" be a rematch between he and Silva. The Baldwin native knocked Silva out in stunning fashion Saturday night at UFC 162 to take the middleweight title and snap Silva's...Read more »