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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 UFC 156, White...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 striking skills with...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 "Don't...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 him...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 judges scored the...Read more »
In his first 19 professional MMA bouts, Joseph Benavidez has three losses -- two against Dominick Cruz and one against Demetrious Johnson. Cruz is the current UFC bantamweight champion, and Johnson beat Benavidez to win the UFC flyweight title. Two of those losses were via split decision in five-round fights. Not too shabby of a resume, right? Benavidez added to it with a unanimous decision win...Read more »
Embedded above these words (or via the "play" button on our apps), you'll find the UFC 156 video preview, featuring analyst Joe Rogan (with a Kenny Florian cameo) talking about the fairly stacked card for this Saturday. Jose Aldo defends his featherweight title against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar in the main event, and Alistair Overeem fights Antonio "Bigfoot"...Read more »