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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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Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva goes back in time to talk about some of his biggest moments and historic victories inside the Octagon. He hopes to add another memorable chapter vs. Nick Diaz at UFC 183.

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In every sport, there exists a perpetual debate as to who the greatest of all time is. And with each passing generation, the line blurs between the ghosts of past, present and future

Mixed martial arts, under the banner of the UFC, turned 20 in 2013. In comparison to its more seasoned siblings, MMA is going through puberty. But that doesn’t mean the cage hasn’t showcased its share of brilliance.

What was once mostly spectacle, like matching a 600-pound sumo wrestler against a 170-pound whirling dervish, became a fully defined sport. And when it’s performed at its finest, MMA can be a ballet of violence.

A few names rise above the rest when talk turns to the greatest MMA fighter of all time. It starts with the self-effacing Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko. In real time, some are already willing to proclaim current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones as the man

Between those two in the debate are two different champions in Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva. You can make a case for both, as well as for the two aforementioned fighters, but for many, the guy who’s making his long-awaited return this weekend at UFC 183 stands tallest

Fans and pundits alike compare win-loss records. They debate respective strength of competition and add up who has more knockouts and submissions versus judges’ decisions. Win streaks and total time as champion matter. Bonus points if they’ve held belts in more than one organization. 

Beyond the calculators, protractors and the inexact science of it all, there’s the poetry found in motion. The splendor of Silva is what separates him from the others.

If Jones is currently channeling the ruthlessness of Michael Jordan, Silva is Dr. J. 

Think about the way he moved and the manner in which he flattened once tall men. Silva was the first mixed martial artist who made you feel you were breathing in the Matrix. He’d mastered the sequencing of ones and zeros and was giving us the woman in the red dress

We couldn’t look away. And then, just like that, it all came crashing down. With the flick of a wrist, Silva’s near seven-year reign was over at the hands of an agent of change in the unbeaten Chris Weidman.

In their first fight, Silva’s bullet-dodging backfired. Weidman dropped the champ with a left hook and followed it up with some retaliatory (Caution: Strong language) ground-and-pound. The second match added injury to insult with the leg break that put The Spider out of action for 13 months. 

Silva could have easily called it a career. The injury was an excruciating one.

A few months shy of 39 at the time, he had nothing left to prove. But he refused to be put out to pasture. Over the past year, various videos of Silva’s comeback trail flooded the Internet. The ones of him kicking with his mending leg were the most visceral. 

When he steps into the cage Saturday night at UFC 183, it will be a moment that lives with his fans forever. Jack Dempsey said, “A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.” Silva didn’t have to get up, but he did. 

Combat sports are unforgiving by design.

Most career endings are not the stuff of Hollywood. There’s no guarantee that Silva’s final dance, whenever it comes, won’t be any prettier than if he’d hobbled out on a broken leg.

But at least he’ll be going out on his terms—GOAT status in tow for the time. 

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Jon “Bones” Jones and Daniel “DC” Cormier have a plethora of skills between them, but they both have a specific quality that they need to accentuate if they hope to win Saturday’s main event at UFC 182.

Jones is already the longest-reigning light heavyweight champion in UFC history, and Cormier is a two-time Olympian with an undefeated professional MMA record. If the fight credentials weren’t enough to make this a must-see fight, the fact that both men hate each other only makes this bout more compelling.

Bleacher Report’s Jeremy Botter seemingly agrees.

Check out some of the hype for this fight in the video below from the UFC’s YouTube channel.

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ll be watching the fight—or at least wishing you could. There may never have been a more universally approved main event in UFC history.

As much as this fight will be about emotion, it’ll also be a chess match. Here’s a look at the most important piece for both men.

 

Jon Jones‘ Use of Length and Height

Aside from Alexander Gustafsson, every one of Jones’ opponents has had to deal with a massive reach disadvantage. The champion stands 6’4″, and his reach is a condor-like 84 inches. 

Against Cormier, Jones’ length will be an even bigger component in the fight. The challenger is just 5’11”, and his reach is only 72 inches. Length isn’t everything, but when the advantage is that dramatic, and when the fighter with the edge is a master at taking advantage of the situation, it could be the determining factor.

Most tall fighters don’t know how to use their length. Like Wladimir Klitschko, Jones has excellent spatial awareness. He knows when he’s in range to strike and when his opponents can’t reach him.

Before Cormier can have any success in Saturday’s fight, he must find a way to close the distance. Obviously that is much easier said than done.

 

Daniel Cormier’s Wrestling 

Cormier’s boxing skills are underrated. He has fast and powerful hands. He has shown them off in previous fights against the likes of Patrick Cummins and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.

While that part of DC’s game deserves respect, his chances of winning begin and end with his ability to impose himself as a wrestler.

The former Olympian has perhaps the strongest wrestling base of any fighter in the UFC. He’s a step above Chael Sonnen and Rashad Evans in this category—both of whom Jones has already dismantled.

Can Cormier prove to be any different? That’s the million-dollar question that won’t be answered until the two gladiators settle their differences in the Octagon.

 

All height and length references per FightMetric.com

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    On the latest edition of the "Heyman Hustle," UFC Octagon announcer Bruce Buffer does one final UFC-style Brock Lesnar introduction for old time's sake. Check out the video above to watch as Buffer does his UFC-style introduction for the former UFC Heavyweight Champion as his WWE on-air "advocate," Paul Heyman watches on in joy. The […]
  • Phil Baroni Claims He’s Signing With WWE At WrestleMania 31 This Weekend
    "The New York Bad Ass" Phil Baroni recently announced that he is officially signing a contract with WWE. Baroni, known for his brash and entertaining persona, claims WWE is flying him into Santa Clara, California, the site of this weekend's WrestleMania 31 pay-per-view event, to sign him to a contract. "I just got flight and […]
  • Dana White Confirms Cyborg Will Try To Make Weight For Ronda Rousey Super Fight
    UFC President Dana White has confirmed that Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino will indeed attempt to make 135-pounds for a mega-fight against UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey. "For her next fight, she’s going to try to make 135 pounds," White said on Friday in an interview with Toronto’s CP24. "If she successfully makes that weight and […]
  • Anderson Silva Says He Will Continue To Fight In The UFC For Five More Years
    Former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva continues to claim innocence regarding his failed UFC 183 drug tests in January, however regardless of what happens with the Nevada Athletic Commission, "The Spider" insists he will continue fighting for several more years. Silva, who will have his NAC hearing in April, revealed on Thursday that the reason […]
  • Video: UFC 189 “World Championship Tour” Embedded — Episode Six
    UFC is giving their ongoing UFC 189 "World Championship Tour" the "Embedded" treatment, and episode six is now available. The official description for episode six of UFC 189 World Championship Tour Embedded, which you can watch above, reads as follows: "On Episode 6 of UFC 189 World Championship Tour Embedded, headliners Jose Aldo and Conor […]
  • Bill Goldberg: “There’s A Distinct Possibility I’ll Be Fighting For GLORY In 2015″
    After a lot of speculation, Bill Goldberg addressed the rumors that he'll be fighting for GLORY in the near future, and fans who want to see the former professional wrestler slug it out in a kickboxing bout might like what he had to say. Goldberg noted last week that he was offered a fight for […]
  • Video: Dana White: “Vince McMahon Threw The Vault At Brock Lesnar”
    UFC President Dana White recently spoke with Breithart Sports about Brock Lesnar's decision to walk away from MMA this past week. "This is a young man's sport," said White. "You shouldn't be hemming and hawing about whether you want to come back to this game." White also commented on the deal Lesnar received from WWE. […]
  • Video: UFC 189 “World Championship Tour” NYC Press Conference
    The UFC 189 "World Championship Tour" passed through New York City on Thursday, with UFC President Dana White, UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo, Conor McGregor, UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald. Courtesy of MMAFighting.com, above is a video archive of the complete NYC press conference, which featured possibly the most energetic and intense […]
  • Chris Weidman, Jon Jones Talk About Potential “Dream Match” Against Each Other
    UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman recently mentioned UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones' name when discussing potential "dream match" opponents, a call-out that has led to a back-and-forth between Weidman and Jones on social media. "Yeah, that's definitely not a call out," Jones noted. "That's a man appreciating a good fight and a good payday." […]
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