Over the past few days, the UFC production team has remained busy, putting out several videos ahead of Saturday’s UFC 189 card. In the videos below, check out the first three episodes in the “Embedded” series, featuring Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes.
On July 11, Robbie Lawler will have another rematch, defending his welterweight title against Rory MacDonald at UFC 189. In another rematch for Lawler, “Ruthless” won the title, besting Johny Hendricks. You can see that complete fight replay in the video below.
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How has Conor McGregor placed himself among the elite of the featherweight fighting world? Take a look at the video below to see “Notorious” in action. McGregor, who takes on Chad Mendes at UFC 189 on July 11 for the interim title, dominated veteran Marcus Brimage in his early UFC career.
I'm going to make an assumption right out of the gate here and assume that next to none of you have been following this season of The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians. I know I haven't. That said, I'll give the UFC credit for coming up with a pretty novel concept to inject some life into this season, even if it's a perfect example of "too little too late."
My grievances with the show aside, last night's episode of TUF 21 featured a must-see battle between American Top Team's Michael Graves and the Blackzilians' Jason Jackson. Between the unpenalized nut shots, back of the head shots, and the absolutely incredible come-from-behind victory that topped it off, we may have just seen our round of the year -- like Hughes vs. Trigg 2, only crazier.
As luck would have it, we've managed to find a video of the fight in its entirety and have thrown it after the jump. You're welcome.
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(Official prediction based on this video: McGregor via triangle choke, round 1.)
Well, this has been a real roller coaster of a week, eh Nation? First Aldo was out, then he wasn't, then Chad Mendes was being flown into Vegas/paid his show money just in case Aldo did decide to pull out, and now, this.
Jose Aldo is out of UFC 189. For realsies this time. Conor McGregor will now face Chad Mendes for the interim featherweight title at UFC 189 on 11 days notice. The news was delivered by Dana White on Sportscenter last night, the video of which you can check out after the jump.
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If you're a big follower of MMA personalities on the social medias, you might've gotten wind of something called #UFCFightKit earlier today, which rang in the official unveiling of the Reebok's UFC fighter uniforms (or "kits"). The ceremony -- which kicked off in NYC just 20 minutes past its 10 am-scheduled time -- was of what we've come to expect from the UFC's "style over substance"-themed press events: A hysterically inept series of flubs that managed to both hyperstimulate and underwhelm at every conceivable turn.
Truthfully, the only enjoyment anyone has been able to scrape out of the whole ordeal has come via the brutal mocking the event has received on said social medias, so join after the jump to check out all the highlights (if you can call them that) from this morning's ceremony. In keeping with the UFC's way of doing things, this list will neither be 10 items long nor adhere to any numerical system.
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Watch the official unveiling of the UFC Fight Kit uniforms right here on FightLine. The press conference is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET from New York City, with UFC champions Chris Weidman, Robbie Lawler, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Fabricio Werdum, Daniel Cormier, T.J. Dillashaw, Rafael dos Anjos and Demetrious Johnson among those in attendance. The […]
Fight Night 70 Highlights/Results: Romero Obliterates Machida, Larkin, Santos, and Sims Score Big KO’s
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Lyoto Machida may have been the slight favorite heading into Saturday's fight against Yoel Romero, but "The Soldier of God" nearly sent him to Jesus with a series of (as Thomas Myers best described them) "murderous" elbows in the third round of their Fight Night 70 headliner.
Video highlights and a complete list of results are after the jump.
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Should I even bother dressing this article up with fancy words and intro paragraphs? It would just be reiterating that same sh*t New York-born/based MMA fans have been dealing with for as long as I can remember, with the lone exception being the arrest of Sheldon Silver -- one of the biggest opponents of the MMA in NY bill -- being arrested on corruption charges in January. Nah, I think I'll just cut to the chase.
The bill to legalize professional MMA in NY has died once again before it reached the legislature. In other news: The sky is blue. Water is wet. Arrested Development was cancelled way too soon.
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UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and lightweight No. 1 contender Donald Cerrone have both been nominated for 2015 ESPY Awards. Rousey, who became the first MMA fighter to claim an ESPY last year, is once again up for Best Female Athlete and Best Fighter. Also, her armbar victory is in the running for Best […]
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Officials have set the lineup for August’s UFC 190 card, as Ronda Rousey invades Brazil. Rousey will defend her bantamweight title on August 1 from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro against Bethe Correia. The bout highlights the pay-per-view main card that begins at 10 p.m. ET. Along with Rousey-Correia, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and […]
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Today is a good day, Nation. The best, even.
After initial reports Tuesday claimed that Jose Aldo had fractured a rib in training and would most likely be removed from "the most anticipated featherweight fight of all time" at UFC 189, the UFC released a statement earlier today rebuffing those claims and offering a beacon of hope in the dreary, dystopic landscape that MMA fans have long grown accustomed to (no hyperbole).
That statement is after the jump.
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So not too long ago, it was revealed that former Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko had tested positive for elevated testosterone following his win over Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 133. While our initial shock appeared to stem from the fact that the man above, not his cut from steel counterpart was the one juicing, yesterday's CSAC hearing regarding Shlemenko's punishment unveiled some rather mind-blowing information to say the very least.
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Fresh on the heels of Bellator 138 going down this past Friday night, the promotion returns this week with Bellator 139. Set for Friday from the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas, the Spike TV main card will feature a heavyweight contest between UFC veteran Cheick Kongo and former champion Alexander Volkov. Along with Kongo-Volkov, […]
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(*inhales deeply*) (*buries face in couch pillow*)
We all knew that this day would come. Between the next-level trash-talk, the unprecedented world tour, the insane promos -- both of which were described by Dana White as "the most expensive ever" -- and the talks that the event would need to sell 1 million+ pay-per-views for the UFC to break even (which early figures indicated would happen), we knew that the MMA Gods would simply never allow the UFC 189 megafight between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo to come to fruition. We knew this, yet we held out hope.
Which is why, perhaps more than ever before, it hurts so much to say this.
According to various sources (but first broke by Combate's Anna Hissa), Jose Aldo fractured a rib in training early this morning. Two and a half weeks out from UFC 189. While his fight with McGregor has yet to be officially called off, one has to imagine that it's only a matter of time.
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UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo once ruled the WEC like he has the Octagon. As Aldo prepares for Conor McGregor next month at UFC 189, take a trip back in time to his WEC days in the video below. Aldo, just 22 years old, takes on Cub Swanson and earns a highlight-reel victory:
It has been many moons since we had our last caption contest, and boy oh boy did it show in last week's results. I'd like to think this was you Taters working out the comedy ring rust, so to speak. Some of you opted for stoner jokes, because Nick Diaz, some of you opted to make fun of the gentleman on the right's attire (WSOF vet Martin Sano, FWIW), and some of you didn't really even attempt jokes at all, but merely observed that Diaz was in the same picture as the GOAT. Overall, I'd say this was a moderate success.
But onto the winning caption, which came via our Facebook page and completely destroyed the competition...
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(Here it is: What will soon be known as the Zapruder film of MMA footage.)
Chalk it up to the marketing brilliance of Ken Shamrock, the Coker Era of Bellator matchmaking, or the undeniable Internet prescence of Kimbo Slice, but here it is Monday morning, and the only thing anyone can talk about is the Bellator 138 main event. Nevermind that there was a perfectly acceptable UFC Fight Pass card over the weekend as well, or that Bellator 138's co-main event featured one of the most brilliant comebacks you will ever see -- all we want to know is: Did the 51-year-old man take a dive against the 41-year-old man?
This is, of course, a ludicrous question to anyone who saw the axe wound that Slice opened up over Shamrock's eye, but then again, when has a piece of obvious evidence like that ever stopped us from crafting completely nonsensical conspiracy theories? Internet's gotta Internet, amiright? You can count Joe Rogan among the Shammy-Slice truthers, so with that in mind, we decided mocked up a little survey to make sure all your voices are heard (as long as those voices conform to 1 of the 4 options we've allowed you to choose from).
Join us after the jump to weigh in!
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Bellator MMA held a special press conference on Friday and announced plans for a monumental September event. First, light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary will defend his title against Tito Ortiz, while a one-night, four-fighter tournament to crown the No. 1 contender at 205 pounds will also take place. The tournament field includes Phil Davis, Muhammed […]
For the first time, the UFC put a championship belt on the line in Germany and on Fight Pass, as Joanna Jedrzejczyk took on Jessica Penne at UFC Fight Night 69 Saturday. Jedrzejczyk did exactly as she said she would, picking the former Invicta FC champion apart in defending her title. She nearly knocked Penne’s […]
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