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Numbers be damned, Chris Weidman is approaching legendary status in the UFC’s middleweight division.

The 30-year-old Serra-Longo product faces Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort on Saturday, May 23 at UFC 187 in Las Vegas, where he’ll attempt to defend his middleweight title for the third time.

Before there were talks of UFC title defenses for the Long Island native, however, there was an obsession with one man: UFC legend Anderson “The Spider” Silva.

Silva was not only the king in Weidman‘s weight class, he was widely regarded as the greatest fighter to ever compete in the sport. He was, as they say, the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time).

Weidman knew Silva had something special—and he was determined to take it from him.

“Every time I trained for a fight, I didn’t train to beat the guy I was fighting,” Weidman wrote for the Players’ Tribune. “I trained to beat Anderson Silva.”

After nine straight wins, Weidman got his chance against The Spider at UFC 162, famously knocking out the longtime king and ushering in a new era in the UFC’s middleweight division. For Weidman, this was a defining win, a grand payoff for all the years of studying, training and grinding toward Silva’s title.

Weidman has since added two additional title defenses to his legacy—one more over Silva and one over Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida—and he’ll look to extend his run against Belfort on Saturday evening in what may prove to be his toughest test to date.

Should Weidman do what he does inside the cage and snag another title defense on Saturday evening, it will be time to have a little talk about the greatest middleweight in history.

And this talk will feel a lot like a debate.

Silva’s run as the UFC middleweight champion was magical. He was hands down the most dominant fighter I’ve ever watched go to work, toying, dancing and playing with grown men before sending them into another dimension with his pinpoint strikes.

His 10 consecutive title defenses are the most in the promotion’s history. His 14 finishes? Also tops.

He had the kind of run at 185 pounds that felt like it would never face a legitimate challenge. He was the division’s Cy Young, and everybody else was playing an impossible game of catch-up.

But if Weidman gets past Belfort at UFC 187, we’ll need to have a discussion. A one-two-three run over Silva, Machida and Belfort would look a lot like the beginning stages of Jon “Bones” Jones’ run at light heavyweight when he assumed the throne in March 2011.

Jones demolished legends and former champs, and he was widely considered the best light heavyweight of all time even before he matched Tito Ortiz’s then-record of five consecutive title defenses.

Weidman can do the same.

The quantity of wins and accolades is not there for him just yet, and he may never match Silva fight-for-fight. Consider this: Silva had already notched four UFC title defenses by the time Weidman made his pro MMA debut.

Weidman may never be able to close this gap in terms of sheer quantity, but man, oh man, is he making up for it with quality.

Like Jones, Weidman seized control of his division and rattled off victories over some of the best fighters the sport has ever seen.

He needed just 12-and-a-half minutes to slay the G.O.A.T. twice. No big deal, but none of Silva’s 15 other UFC opponents could do it even once. Some of them even had a second chance at him and still couldn’t seal the deal.

If sending The Spider packing wasn’t dramatic enough, Weidman then bested Machida at his own game, out-striking the karate expert over five rounds in a Fight of the Night performance at UFC 175. Again, no big deal, but the lifelong wrestler and grappling specialist just stood toe-to-toe with an expert striker and won.

Compared to Silva’s resume, well, there’s no comparison.

This is like having two Lamborghinis and a Ferrari in your garage and comparing it to a garage with four Mustangs, a Camaro and five souped-up Civics.

Sure, Silva has more pink slips, but put any of his 10 cars against Weidman‘s Ferrari, and it’ll end poorly for the former champ.

Making matters worse for The Spider’s case, Weidman‘s garage has some bays just begging to be filled by more supercars.

Luke Rockhold and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza await after Belfort, and either fighter would stand among or above the best on Silva’s hit list. Silva’s garage is locked. Weidman is building an addition.

On Saturday, Weidman has the opportunity to begin this construction by adding another victory over a former UFC champ to his record. Beating Belfort is arguably the best win of Silva’s title reign, so this fight can give us a better understanding of how Weidman and Silva match up against common opponents as well.

Don’t expect Weidman to front-kick Belfort‘s face into the second row like Silva did, but don’t be shocked if the American is able to thoroughly dismantle the aging Phenom any way he sees fit.

If he does, he’ll take one more leap toward snatching Silva’s claim as the greatest middleweight in the sport’s history.

The game of catch-up Weidman signed up for when he entered the middleweight division as a pro fighter in 2009 was supposed to be impossible, but so was beating Silva in the first place.

It seems Weidman has a different perspective on what’s possible, and he’s blazing a trail to show us things his way. Pretty soon, we’ll have to open our eyes and accept him for what he’s becoming: the greatest middleweight of all time.

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Revisit the matchups that made highlight reels — and history — as the Ultimate Fighting Championship counts down the five best bouts of all time. Check out the collection here: http://www.ufc.tv/category/ufcs-top-5-greatest-fights

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UFC’s Top 5 Greatest Fights relives the epic match-ups that captivated audiences and made combat sports history. Through original interviews, viewers will get the inside perspective from the fighters involved and the spectators privileged to witness these incredible bouts. As we count down these five incredible fights, dubbed the greatest of all time by this 1-hour program, it’s more likely to start debates then to settle them, but it’s guaranteed to be a thrill ride. The show premieres tonight on FOX Sports 1 at 9pm/6pm ETPT.

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From Tokyo, Japan to the bright lights of Las Vegas, no fighter has captured the intensity and pure power of Mixed Martial Arts like Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Now, the pivotal fights of the UFC superstar’s amazing career are collected in Rampage: Greatest Hits, featuring his trademark slams and devastating knockouts. Watch the full video now on UFC FIGHT PASS.

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Brock Lesnar was the greatest popcorn fighter in the history of combat sports. We savored every taste all the way down to the bottom of the bucket. But now the bucket is empty.

While some would rather stick around and lick their fingers for the salty remnants from four years ago, the rest of us have already moved on.

Lesnar is D-O-N-E fighting. The former heavyweight champion gracefully passed on a contract reportedly worth “10 times” as much as his previous UFC contract to stay with World Wrestling Entertainment, per Greg Beacham of the Associated Press.

“My legacy in the Octagon is over. However, my legacy this Sunday at WrestleMania will not be my last,” Lesnar said on ESPN SportsCenter in an interview with Michelle Beadle.

In Japanese, Italian and English, that means sayonara, arrivederci and goodbye.

Lesnar, who battled diverticulitis toward the tail end of his MMA run, made the smartest decision a 37-year-old with plenty of money, a UFC title on his shelf and limited fight experience could make.

He chose to walk away.

Some will likely criticize Lesnar for being in the right place at the right time. Let’s face it: The UFC heavyweight division wasn’t anywhere near as crowded back then as it is now. UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, a natural light heavyweight, was still dumping heavyweights on their heads at the time.

Just as the division started to hit its stride, Lesnar fell ill and was diagnosed with diverticulitis, an intestinal disorder. After multiple surgeries, no one can say for sure whether it was the illness or facing tougher opponents that ultimately did Lesnar in. The sports world is just left with a bunch of what-ifs.

What if Lesnar never got sick? What if he had more time to develop his skills? What if he chose MMA first?

These questions will never be answered, and as far as Lesnar is concerned, they never have to be. He is a former UFC champion, and his name will forever be etched in MMA history. One could even argue that Lesnar was the first cog in the wheel that really put the UFC over in the mainstream sports community.

He was the one-man circus act everyone had to see.

We all tuned in at UFC 81, bursting at the seams with excitement as Lesnar made his UFC debut against former heavyweight champ Frank Mir. A quick trip back to the UFC video vault unlocks a whirlwind of nostalgia, sweeping fight fans off their feet once more in the Lesnar craze:

This isn’t some b——t scheme. I’m coming to this fight to win, and that’s no b——t. … I can just picture [Mir’s] eyeballs getting big as I dump him on his head, and he doesn’t know where the hell he’s at. And all of a sudden, I’ve got these fists in his mouth, buried down his throat and I’ll pull his head off.

Is this guy serious?

This was the question running through the minds of every hardcore MMA fan. Mir was a world-class fighter with years of experience. The notion that Lesnar would waltz right into the UFC and defeat a top contender wasn’t just asinineit was asi-10 to the Stephen A. Smith degree.

Mere logic told us Mir would win handily, but MMA is a sport where logic and reason mixes like oil and water. No one looked away, and it was a good thing no one did. Aside from “pulling Mir’s head off,” Lesnar did everything he said he was going to do. He dumped Mir on his head and went throat-scuba diving with his fists. 

The outcome didn’t matter. No one cared about Mir’s rally to pull out a first-round submission after being folded like an accordion. The talk of the town was the legitimacy of Brock Lesnar and his roofless ceiling of potential. MMA media would never be the same again after that night.

Luke Thomas, journalist for MMAFighting.com, put Lesnar’s meaning to the sport into perspective in a Twitter post:

This is the second and hopefully final farewell to MMA’s greatest circus act. Lesnar’s UFC run is perfect as it is, beginning to end, and it would be nothing short of gluttonous to attempt to indulge in seconds. Sequels rarely top the original.

Those of you lucky enough to witness it will live on and tell others about that time you saw Lesnar, a WWE wrestler, sign with the UFC and win the heavyweight title with a 2-1 record.

You’ll tell others how this massive, larger-than-life figure emerged from the locker rooms with “Enter Sandman” blaring across darkened, sold-out arenas. You might even pop open a Coors Light and snuggle up with your significant other since Bud Light “didn’t pay Lesnar enough.”

Dust off your hands and leave those emptied buckets by the wayside. The curtains have closed on Lesnar’s MMA career, and they should forever remain that way. Thank you, Mr. Lesnar, for all that you’ve done.

Sayonara, arrivederci and goodbye.


Jordy McElroy is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA writer for Rocktagon and FanRag Sports.

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December 16, 2010. WEC 53. The blue cage would see its final night under the bright lights. The UFC was absorbing the lighter weight classes into its ranks, and the winner of the night’s main event between Benson Henderson and Anthony “Showtime” Pettis would be the final WEC lightweight champion and earn a unification fight with the UFC lightweight champion.  

While the MMA world was looking ahead to a 2011 where the WEC fighters would finally get their shot in the UFC, Henderson and Pettis were gearing up to remind us that the show wasn’t over just yet.

The night was already historic in that it was the only time a UFC championship would be decided outside of the Octagon. Dominick Cruz became the inaugural UFC bantamweight champion when he successfully defended his WEC title against Scott Jorgensen that night in Glendale, Arizona.

Stephan Bonnar and Todd Harris were on commentary at WEC 53, and in the pre-fight highlight video, Harris told us that, “The WEC has saved the best for last.” Neither Harris nor anyone else knew just how true that statement was.  

With the stage set, the two lightweights made their walk to the cage. The on-screen bullet points described Pettis as a “creative striker.” This description was about to take on an entirely new meaning.

It was a close and fun fight and was effectively tied heading into the fifth frame. It was the final round of the final fight in the WEC, and it was about to become legend.

With one minute and four seconds left on the clock, Pettis ran up the side of the cage and uncorked a right head kick that floored the champion. The MMA world collectively stood in shock. Bonnar called the action as he saw it, saying, “He ran up the wall like a ninja! I’ve never seen anything like it.” The crowd in attendance can be seen through the cage walls marveling at the feat.

The move sent shockwaves through the MMA landscape that reverberated through the mainstream sports world. Pettis won a unanimous decision and left as the final WEC lightweight champion. The “Showtime Kick” was ESPN’s No. 2 play of the day following the event and has spawned endless breakdown videos.

Others have tried and failed, epicly in fact, to reproduce the thunderous kick since we first saw it in December 2010. Pettis himself has shown similar moves, like the “Showtime Knee” against Donald Cerrone, but nothing will ever replicate the authenticity of the original Showtime Kick.

It wasn’t just the uniqueness of the kick that made it so special. It was something we hadn’t seen anyone attempt before that night, and Pettis landed the move with pinpoint accuracy. It was even more impressive because he did this one-of-a-kind move after fighting one of the best lightweights in the world for nearly 24 minutes.

The kick set the bar high for Pettis when he made his way into the UFC. After coming up short against Clay Guida in his Octagon debut, he has rattled off five impressive victories in a row and won the UFC lightweight title from his WEC adversary Henderson at UFC 164.

Pettis is on his way to becoming the greatest lightweight of all time, and the Showtime Kick helped etch his name into the MMA history books. Pettis recently became the first MMA athlete to be featured on a Wheaties box, a new height for mixed martial arts.

The evolution of mixed martial arts was on full display when Pettis landed the famous Showtime Kick. Nothing like it had ever been achieved in the MMA cage, and we haven’t seen anything like it since.

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Throw away your stupid pound-for-pound rankings and flush the stinking all-time great debate down the toilet. The greatest fighter of all time is a woman, not a man, and her name is Ronda Rousey, according to Ronda Rousey.

The reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champ has looked relatively unbeatable in the UFC, tossing grown women around like babies and ripping arms from torsos. It’s like a McDonald’s drive-thru in the division.

Rousey has competed 10 times professionally, and all of those fights combined have ended in less than 25 minutes. Without Miesha Tate included, the combined total is eight minutes.

Take a moment and let that stat sink in.

Rousey is set to headline UFC 184 on Saturday night against undefeated contender Cat Zingano, who could ultimately prove to be the champ’s stiffest test. During an appearance on Fox Sports’ American Pregame, Rousey was complimentary of her opponent but supremely confident in her ability to ruin another perfect record:

I think it’s personality that really sets the great fighters apart, and I do believe that Cat is one of those great fighters. It’s just that I’m the greatest fighter of all time, and it’s bad timing for her.

There are a plethora of other names that initially come to mind when pondering the list of all-time greats. Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Fedor Emelianenko and Jose Aldo are all candidates in the unending debate.

Not to mention, Rousey only has four UFC title defenses. Quality of opposition is another crucial aspect to a champion’s resume. Even on paper, it’s tough to make a legitimate case for Rousey being the greatest of all time.

But then again, Muhammad Ali claimed he was the greatest before he actually inherited the title.


Jordy McElroy is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA writer for Rocktagon and FanRag Sports.

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On a map, it looks like the Dave & Buster’s in Manchester, Connecticut, sits along a quintessentially American stretch of blacktop.

Buckland Hills Drive cuts a gentle curve from east to west, just a stone’s throw north of I-84 and a little south of a thin blue pencil line called Plum Gulley Brook. It’s hemmed in on all sides by shopping centers. There’s a Home Depot right there, an Olive Garden, a Sam’s Club.

The restaurant itself sits across the street from a sprawling mall, where a Sears, a Barnes & Noble and a Dick’s Sporting Goods are among the anchor stores.

It seems fine, it seems like suburbia, but it seems impossible that Fedor Emelianenko could ever feel at home there.

It’s difficult, in fact, to imagine the enigmatic Emelianenko at a Dave & Buster’s at all—yet that’s exactly where he’ll be come Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. He’ll participate with a fleet of other aging “brand ambassadors” at a function called Bellator MMA Fan Fest, a few days before that fight company puts on its biggest event of the year so far, in nearby Uncasville.

This trip marks the first time Emelianenko has set foot in the United States since his Strikeforce run, which ended in 2011 on the heels of three consecutive losses. Prior to that, he’d gone undefeated for nearly a decade. Afterward, he finished up his legendary MMA career with three straight wins overseas, though the rebound couldn’t totally blot out the fall.

By 2012, he ran his professional record to 34-4-1 and then walked away from a sport where he was universally loved but never really known. Now he’s back, to spend an hour or two signing autographs and meeting fans alongside other Bellator emissaries like Ken Shamrock, Royce Gracie and Kimbo Slice.

At a Dave & Buster’s.

In Manchester, Connecticut.

If you could offer a penny for his thoughts, it might be fascinating to know what the religiously devout Russian knockout artist will make of this garish American chain restaurant, which markets itself as a glorified video arcade for grown-ups.

Unfortunately, we’ll never know. You could ask him, but Emelianenko probably wouldn’t say. The closest he’ll come this week is the following impenetrable report on how it feels to be back in America:

“There is a lot of diversity in America, cultural diversity,” he says through his interpreter. “There are a lot of things that I can appreciate about it, and there are some things that I’m definitely not used to and wouldn’t say that I welcome very much.”

Nearly three years into retirement, the consensus greatest heavyweight in MMA history still keeps most of his thoughts to himself. He’s still so judicious with words, his sentences still so difficult to parse, it’s hard to know if he’s just a very simple man or a very, very shrewd one.

Ask him if, now that it’s all over, he’s finally able to appreciate his status as one of the two or three greatest fighters of all time, and he says: “I never thought about it. I never try to think about it.”

Ask him if his new association with Bellator will last beyond this weekend and he says: “We’ll see.”

Ask him if he has a favorite memory of his fighting career and Emelianenko says: “The most colorful memory I have right now is when I realized God is with me.”

After a moment more to think about it, he adds that, yeah, that time he beat Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to unify the Pride heavyweight title on New Year’s Eve 2004 was pretty good too.

(Ed note: I’m paraphrasing.)

At base, Fedor is still Fedor. As if you didn’t know, he still talks and looks exactly the same:

He’ll give you a full paragraph about how much he likes Bellator CEO Scott Coker, a few fleeting words about his ongoing love for MMA, but it’s still pretty hard to talk to the guy.

There’s the language barrier, there’s the translator, there’s the occasionally wonky phone connection. Sometimes you ask a question and the pause afterward goes three, five, 10 seconds. Even after he answers, you’re left wondering if either side’s complete message got through.

But the man seems different in subtle ways too. Maybe it’s just your imagination, but Emelianenko appears ever slightly more relaxed these days. He’s a bit more talkative—which is to say, still not very talkative at all—a bit more at ease.

He actually laughed at one point.

Even the idea of the Dave & Buster’s meet-and-greet, which you might assume would be tortuous for a quiet, painstakingly private man, appears to be his pleasure.

“It’s like meeting old friends,” he says. “It’s never forced, I don’t look at it as work. It’s always two-way love.”

Spend a few scant minutes trying to peer into the impossible fortress of his mind, and you come away with the distinct impression that retirement agrees with him.

The life he describes in his hometown of Stary Oskol, Russia—a city about the same size as Scottsdale, Arizona or Baton Rouge, Louisiana—sounds fairly idyllic. About a year ago, he reportedly divorced his second wife and remarried his first wife. Now he says he spends his free time with his family, going to church, going on trips, to museums and to the gym together.

“Now that MMA has become a very popular sport in Russia, it’s proved slightly more difficult to walk around on the street,” he says. “People do recognize my face.”

Today, Emelianenko describes himself as a full-time advocate for MMA. While it’s unclear exactly what that means, it’s easy to imagine him traveling the world, doing essentially the same thing he’ll do for Bellator this weekend: offering support and garnering free press just by, you know, being there.

Ask him if he ever has thoughts of a comeback, and he’ll say he never left.

“Even though I’m retired, I train every day,” he says. “I try to stay in shape to keep my stamina up. I’m still in the sport, but from a slightly different angle.”

Ask him a question he appreciates and he’ll thank you for it. Literally, he’ll thank you for asking. When the conversation concludes, he’ll thank you again and say he hopes you can meet in person one day.

He’ll say he hopes to continue the “dialogue,”—even though the talk you just had barely met the minimum requirements of a conversation—and then he’s gone.

Still Fedor.

Still the greatest.

And on his way to Dave & Buster’s.


Chad Dundas covers MMA for Bleacher Report.

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Chael Sonnen may not be mixing it up inside the Octagon these days, but that doesn’t mean his opinion doesn’t resonate throughout the MMA community whenever a hot issue arises.

His career may have been mired and eventually ended in controversy inside and out of the cage, but one thing the silver-tongued Oregon native could always be counted on was his work behind the microphone. 

Simply put: “The Gangster From West Linn” calls things as he sees them, and whether or not that perspective is slightly skewed is left up to interpretation by the listener.

Ever the showman, Sonnnen has never been one to pull his punches where his opinion is concerned. The former two-divisional title challenger stayed true to form during a recent appearance on the Louder with Crowder podcast (h/t MMA News).

During his appearance on the show, the ESPN MMA analyst discussed the careers and legacies of former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and former middleweight king Anderson Silva.

In the aftermath of “The Spider’s” failed drug test leading up to his return at UFC 183, Silva’s “greatest of all time” status has been called into question.

For Sonnen—who faced the Brazilian phenom on two occasions and became the former champion’s greatest rival—the pound-for-pound great category has already changed, and he shared his thoughts on the matter during the podcast:

I don’t think there’s any argument. It definitely goes to GSP. And GSP was ranked No. 1 in the world pound-for-pound. There was a press conference done and they said ‘No, Anderson’s the best’, and our president Dana White argued that. And that is his opinion, but the entire media shifted. They dropped GSP from No. 1 to No. 2, then moved Anderson to No. 1. Anderson’s a fantastic fighter. This isn’t a commentary on him, but if you want to talk about the greats, I’ve fought Anderson twice, I’ve worked out with Georges, I’m just calling it like it is. It’s Georges.

While Sonnen‘s take is simply a matter of the former contender’s personal opinion, there is no way to deny Silva’s once-prominent legacy is in jeopardy of being permanently damaged due to the failed test.

Silva has denied taking performance-enhancing drugs, and the former champion plans to fight the allegations. Should the current results remain, it would put the stamp on an ominous chapter for a once-proud champion.

Furthermore, it would cast a shadow of doubt over Silva’s entire run in the UFC.

It would also forever tarnish his place as the longest-standing champion in the promotion’s history and make the argument between Silva and St-Pierre’s placement on the all-time list a lopsided debate.

The French Canadian star made his exit from MMA when he was on top of the sport and holds recognition as the best welterweight to ever compete in MMA.

The 33-year-old Tri Star leader went into pseudo-retirement after edging out Johny Hendricks via split decision at UFC 167 in November of 2013, which was St-Pierre’s ninth consecutive successful title defense and 12th straight win overall.

Should Silva’s failed drug test stand, his victory over Nick Diaz at UFC 183 will be likely changed to a no-contest, and that would make the 39-year-old unsuccessful in his past three outings.

When compared to how St-Pierre left the sport, it would be difficult to argue Sonnen is wrong.


Duane Finley is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. All quotes are obtained firsthand unless noted otherwise.

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    As CM Punk continues to train for his upcoming UFC debut, he has begun training outside of Roufusport in Milwaukee. The former WWE Superstar posted a photo of himself working out with UFC Middleweight contender Luke Rockhold and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans in Phoenix. Check out the photo below. Training w/ @LukeRockhold […]
  • Ronda Rousey Teases Surprise Return To WWE In The Future
    During a recent Q&A hosted by The Wall Street Journal in Los Angeles, California, UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey appeared to be teasing a potential surprise return to WWE in the future. When asked if she would confirm that she will never return to WWE again, "Rowdy" Ronda pointed out that the surprise factor […]
  • Frank Trigg Makes Strong Comments About Jon Jones, Talks UFC Hall Of Fame Induction
    Former UFC title contender Frank Trigg recently had some strong comments to make about the Jon Jones situation. "Twinkle Toes" Trigg spoke with Submission Radio and offered the following comments about Jones. "People have to stop making excuses for this guy and feeling sorry for this guy. I feel sorry for his Mom and Dad. […]
  • Main Event, Co-Main Event Announced For UFC’s First Ever Event In Scotland
    UFC announced on Monday the main event for their debut show in Scotland. Longtime UFC veteran Michael Bisping will headline his ninth UFC event, as he and Thales Leites will fight in the main event at the show, which will take place at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, and will air live on FOX Sports […]
  • Anderson Silva: “I’m Tired Of Listening To Lies And False Accusations”
    As he continues to await a date for his hearing with the Nevada Athletic Commission, former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva is starting to get frustrated with feedback he has been hearing as of late. "The Spider" took to social media recently, venting frustration about "lies and false accusations" he has been reading regarding his […]
  • Video: Dana White Torn On Who Will Challenge Chris Weidman Next
    UFC President Dana White doesn't seem too sure who will be challenging Chris Weidman for the UFC Middleweight Championship in his next fight, although he has narrowed it down to two contenders. When speaking with FOX Sports' Ariel Helwani and UFC's Megan Olivi, White gave different takes on who might be next for Weidman. "It […]
  • Ronda Rousey Talks To WWE.com About Her Future In WWE
    UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey recently spoke with WWE's official website about her WrestleMania experience and rumors of doing more work with the company in the future. Below are some highlights from the interview: On what a chapter in a book on her WrestleMania debut would look like: "I don't know. I guess it'll […]
  • Video: Cormier, Bader Nearly Come To Blows At UFC 187 Post-Fight Presser
    Although the UFC 187 card was full of exciting fights on Saturday night, the best fight of the evening nearly came to fruition at the post-fight press conference immediately after the event. Daniel Cormier, who was celebrating his victory over Anthony Johnson in the main event of the show, a win that earned him the […]
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