Prior to UFC 167 taking place, top ten welterweight contender Jake Shields had targeted Rory MacDonald as a potential next opponent thinking that beating Georges St-Pierre's teammate would be the fastest path to another shot at the Canadian champion.
As it turns out, MacDonald lost a split decision that night to Robbie Lawler that forced the entire division to shift as the long-time veteran jumped all the way up to No. 3 in the rankings once the dust settled. Today, Lawler and MacDonald swapped positions in the new UFC rankings to No. 4 and No….
UFC heavyweight Stefan Struve is responding well to his treatment for a heart condition, and the fighter fully intends on returning to full competition, according to the fighter’s manager.
Struve’s representative, Nima Safapour, recently told MMAWeekly.com that the 6-foot-11-inch Dutchman is optimistic about a return to the Octagon.
“He is taking the supervised medication and is back to training,” Safapour said. “[There is] no return date yet, as they are still seeing how his body responds to the treatment. He is responding very well to the…
Sam Sicilia understands the value of entertainment better than most. The 27-year-old featherweight has left his fate in the hands of the judges just twice over the course of his 14-fight MMA career, and his love of the firefight is a large reason that, despite a current two-fight slump, Sicilia and TUF Brazil 1 runner-up Godofredo Pepey are headlining UFC Fight Night 32's preliminary card.
"Lets just say I am always bonus hunting," Sicilia told MMAFighting.com.
"I am always looking to cause serious damage (rather) than…
Lyoto Machida got through Mark Munoz on Saturday night, and now Gegard Mousasi wants a piece.
Mousasi, in a message to MMAWeekly.com, said he wants next dibs on Machida, which he believes would earn him a shot at the middleweight title.
“I want to make an impact in the middleweight division and to fight the best contenders out there,” said Mousasi. “I respect Machida and would like to test my stand-up against him. I believe a fight between us would determine the No.1 contender in the middleweight division. ‘The Dream Catcher vs. The…
Only a handful of minutes since her dream had suddenly been snatched from her grasp, Liz Carmouche stood at the dais in the bowels of the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., an ear-to-ear grin creasing her face.
Less than 15 minutes earlier, Carmouche had seemingly been seconds from submitting Ronda Rousey in the main event of UFC 157, a victory that would have made Carmouche perhaps the UFC's most unlikely champion ever.
An enduring image from that show is one of Carmouche on Rousey's back, tugging on a neck crank, the slightest hint of a smile at…
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Like many fighters under contract to Strikeforce in the last year, Virgil Zwicker sat waiting for months just hoping his phone would ring.
Zwicker wasn't a high-profile fighter in the promotion, nor was he a champion at any point, but he was still sitting with fights on his contract with no idea of when he might compete next.
His last fight was in May 2012, and while he enjoyed working with Strikeforce, the inconsistencies of his schedule led to long periods of inactivity, and his training and preparation suffered because of all of the time…
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Well, that didn't last long.
Just a little over two weeks after suspending Matt Mitrione for breaking the UFC Code of Conduct by making transphobic comments against transgender fighter Fallon Fox on this site's 'The MMA Hour', Mitrione's suspension is over. As someone else already said on Twitter, I'm sure Mitrione really learned his lesson on that two-week suspension. The cause for the suspended sentence? A bout at UFC on FOX 8 opposite 'The Ultimate Fighter 10' cast member Brendan Schaub….