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The matchup of Ronda Rousey, an Olympic judo bronze medalist, against Sara McMann, an Olympic wrestling silver medalist, is intriguing on a number of levels.
But, for the moment, let's take a look at the shrewd timing of its occurrence -- UFC 170 on Feb. 22 in Las Vegas.
Yes, the fight comes about eight weeks after Rousey last defended her women's bantamweight title against Miesha Tate...Read more »
Gian Villante had been itching to fight in the octagon again. Sparring with the likes of UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and 10th-ranked middleweight Costas Philippou for the past six weeks is nice and all, but that's just training.
The Levittown-raised Villante will do the same over the next eight weeks but with a different end goal. He'll be the one fighting in the cage against light...Read more »
Costas Philippou associates most things in life with food. Tired during a workout when there's no fight to train for? Take a break and eat something. A fun night with friends? Hey, where's the food? Celebrating an accomplishment? Let's eat!
That's all well and good . . . except when he's training for a fight and it's the holiday season and he needs to drop to 186 pounds by Jan. 14.
“People...Read more »
The second biggest weight class in the UFC is looking mighty thin these days.
Once the most glamorous division in the world's most prominent mixed martial arts promotion, the UFC's light heavyweight division lacks depth. Part of that can be attributed to the normal ebb and flow of fighters (and sports in general), as well as the expansion of other weight classes.
Also, don't underestimate...Read more »
Dennis Bermudez, who trains at both Long Island MMA in Farmingdale and Bellmore Kickboxing Academy, has his next fight booked: UFC 171 in Dallas against Jimy Hettes on March 15.
UFC officials announced the fight booking Monday night.
Bermudez, a featherweight, is on a five-fight winning streak since losing to Diego Brandao in the final on Season 14 of "The Ultimate Fighter."...Read more »
A few hours before the start of UFC 168 in Las Vegas, the UFC unveiled its new digital subscription called "UFC Fight Pass."
It's had its share of commentary in social media (as does just about everything does). If you haven't paid much attention to what Fight Pass is all about, here are some bulletpoints ahead of this Saturday's debut in Singapore.
-- It will cost $10 per...Read more »
New years mean looks back at old years.
Next up in the traditional year in review type media cut-ups will be World Series of Fighting. The promotion's "Unstoppable: Best of WSOF" compilation program airs Saturday, Jan. 4 on the NBC Sports Network at 10 p.m. (or just after the Notre Dame-Boston College hockey game ends).
Here's a look at the fights you can see then:
WSOF...Read more »
Billed as the biggest fight in UFC history (as many pay-per-view events often are), UFC 168 brought in a gate of $6.2 million, the promotion's third biggest ever.
But, have a look at the ratings for the UFC 168 prelims which aired on Fox Sports 1 -- an average of 1,554,000 viewers for the two-hour block of 8-10 p.m ET on Saturday, Dec. 28.
That's the fifth biggest draw on Fox Sports...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 »