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October 4, 2015

DANIEL CORMIER BEATS GUSTAFSSON TO RETAIN TITLE

Daniel Cormier won a closely contested battle against contender Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192 in Houston on October 3rd to retain his UFC light heavyweight championship belt by a split decision.

Two judges gave the fight to Cormier (17-1) with 49-46 and 48-47 scores, and the third had it 48-47 for Gustafsson (16-4).  The loss was Gustafsson’s second loss in a row.

It was Cormier’s first title defense.

Up next for the Cormier, there is already talk of a rematch against former champ Jon Jones, if an when he is reinstated.  Cormier lost his first shot at the light heavyweight title to Jones at UFC 182.  Then, Jones was stripped of the belt following felony charges for leaving the scene of a traffic accident and Cormier won the vacant championship against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187.

Cormier has said that he’d like a rematch, but not in Jones’ home state of New York.

June 14, 2015

CAIN VELASQUEZ FALLS TO FABRICIO WERDUM IN MEXICO CITY

Fabricio Werdum pulled off an upset victory at UFC 188 submitting reigning champion Cain Velasquez with a 3rd round.  Werdum, the Former PRIDE FC and Strikeforce star is now the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion.

While Velasquez gave all of the credit to Werdum, claiming at the post fight press conference "Nothing was wrong. Fabricio was the better guy tonight. That's it," many have cited altitude as a contributing factor in Cain’s performance that has been described in the media as “flat” and “listless”.

Werdum was in Toluca, at a higher elevation than Mexico City, for over a month before the fight. While Velasquez arrived only there two weeks early. Cain admitted the altitude got to him.

The fight was Cain’s first bout in almost two years due to shoulder and knee injuries.

May 26, 2015

DANIEL CORMIER TAKES THE UFC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE

Daniel Cormier defeated Anthony Johnson in the third round of their championship bout at UFC 187 in Las Vegas on Saturday for the vacated light heavyweight title. The bout was Cormier’s second shot at the title in the past five months, and this time Cormier walked out of the octagon as the UFC light heavyweight champion.

Cormier wasted little time before calling out former light heavyweight champ Jon Jones, telling The MMA Hour, “He (Jones) doesn't want to see me win. He doesn't want to see me carry what he probably feels is still his title, which it isn't -- it's mine."

Jones and Cormier have had a long and heated rivalry that came to a head at UFC 182 on January 3rd, when Jones beat Cormier by unanimous decision. 

After the fight, Cormier dedicated his title to his wife and family that supported him on the difficult path to the pinnacle of the sport. 

May 8, 2015

DANIEL CORMIER TO FACE ANTHONY JOHNSON FOR ANOTHER SHOT AT TITLE

UFC’s decision to strip Jon Jones of the UFC light heavyweight title following his arrest for an alleged hit-and-run has opened the door for Daniel Cormier to once again vie for the UFC light heavyweight crown.

Cormier will face Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at UFC 187 on May 23rd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the belt.

UFC 187 was expected to be headlined by a UFC championship bout between then champion Jones and Johnson, however on April 28th, due to Jones' hit-and-run incident, the UFC decided to strip Jones of the title and suspend him indefinitely. Jones was replaced by Cormier, who was scheduled to face Ryan Bader at the main event of UFC Fight Night 68.

April 20, 2015

ROCKHOLD SUBMITS MACHIDA, EYES CHAMPIONSHIP

Luke Rockhold (14-2) impressively beat former light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida Saturday, submitting Machida in the second round of their UFC on FOX 15 bout via rear naked choke.

It was only the third time that Machida was stopped in his 12-year career.

Rockhold will likely meet the winner of bout between Chris Weidman, the UFC middleweight champion, and Vitor Belfort at UFC 187 on May 23rd.

February 11, 2015

CAIN VELASQUEZ VS. FABRICIO WERDUM BOUT LIKELY SET FOR JUNE 13TH IN MEXICO CITY

The UFC has not officially announced a date for the highly anticipated heavyweight championship bout between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum, but Werdum recently posted on social media and told The MMA Hour that he expects the fight to take place at UFC 188 on June 13th in Mexico City.

Werdum is the interim champion after defeating Mark Hunt by TKO in the second round of their bout on November 15th in Mexico City.

The UFC has two events scheduled in Mexico this year, after a successful UFC 180 last year where they sold out 24,000 tickets in less than eight hours.

Reigning champion Cain Velasquez has not fought since his TKO victory against Junior dos Santos in October of 2013.  

January 5, 2015

Jon jones beats daniel cormier to retain his light heavyweight title at ufc 182

In what was billed as the possibly the biggest fight ever to come to UFC, Daniel Cormier lost to Jon Jones by unanimous decision in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Jones is considered by many to be the top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, but Cormier is one of the most respected fighters in MMA and considered to be Jones biggest test so far.

Cormier is a two-time Olympic wrestler, who had never lost a fight or even a single round until the opening round of the Jones fight.

The victory was Jones eighth successful defense of his title since winning the belt in 2011.

After the fight, a despondent Cormier vowed to fight back into the title mix saying “I’ve rebuilt myself a number of times like people can’t even imagine, and this is no different.  This is not going to ruin me.”

Cormier turns 36 in March.

Next, Jones will likely fight the winner of the January 24th bout between Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson.

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December 1, 2014

DANIEL CORMIER ADMITS THAT HE IS CONSUMED WITH JON JONES IN THE RUN UP TO UFC 182 ON JANUARY 3RD

In anticipation of the biggest fight of his career, Daniel Cormier told the Calgary Sun last week that he’s “consumed by him (Jon Jones) in a way that people don’t even understand… I want to beat him at every single thing.”

The rivalry between Cormier and Jones has been well documented, including a melee between the two last summer that resulted in disciplinary action for both fighters.

Their light heavyweight title fight was originally scheduled for September, but was postponed after Jones was injured. 

November 20, 2014

CAIN VELASQUEZ IS TARGETING JUNE 2015 FOR HIS HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH AGAINST FABRICIO WERDUM

Velasquez was originally scheduled to fight Werdum for the title in Mexico City at UFC 180 this month, but the fight was called off when Velasquez injured his knee while training for the bout.

The UFC brought in Mark Hunt to replace Velasquez, and created an interim heavyweight title, which Werdum won by TKO’ing Hunt in the second round.

UFC President Dana White confirmed this week that plans are set for the unification bout in June in Mexico City. 

If the fight occurs in June as scheduled, it will have been 20 months since Velasquez’s last fight, a TKO against Junior dos Santos at UFC 166 in October 2013.

Werdum is on a five fight win streak, and Velasquez currently has a four fight win streak.

October 26, 2014

"BRAZILIAN KILLER" PHIL DAVIS LOOKS SHARP IN UNANIMOUS DECISION OVER GLOVER TEIXEIRA AT UFC 179

Phil Davis cruised to an easy victory over Glover Teixeira at UFC 179 in Rio de Janeiro this weekend erasing memories of his loss to Anthony Johnson and removing any doubt that he remains a force to be reckoned with in the UFC.  The victory raises his stock and puts #6 ranked Davis right back into mix in the light heavyweight division.

After the fight, Davis called out middleweight Anderson Silva, who was in attendance, suggesting that he'd like to face Silva, perhaps after Silva's scheduled bout with Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on January 31st. 

October 23, 2014

Cain Velasquez injures knee will miss UFC 180

UFC heavyweight Cain Velasquez injured his knee in practice this week and will not face Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180 on November 15th in Mexico City. The injury will likely sideline Velasquez for a couple of months and delay his highly anticipated return to the octagon. The cancellation comes just three weeks before the sold out event.  UFC Veteran Mark Hunt will take Velasquez’s place against Werdum.

October 20, 2014

Daniel Cormier named permanent co-host of “UFC Tonight”

While preparing for his January 3rd fight with Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier will have some additional work sitting alongside Kenny Florian on the weekly show which airs on Wednesdays on Fox Sports 1. 

Cormier has been a fixture on FOX for the past couple of years, filling in on UFC Tonight and conducting interviews, and pre and post fight interviews.  During that time, Cormier has emerged as one of the top analysts and commentators in the sport.

October 15, 2014

Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum will be available at select movie theaters

UFC 180 featuring the highly anticipated bout between UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum will be broadcast at select movie theaters via a partnership between UFC and Fathom Events.  This is not UFC's first event to be aired at movie theaters, most recently UFC 167 featuring Georges St-Pierre vs. Johnny Hendricks appeared in theaters.  The event will be broadcast live on November 15th. Tickets went on sale October 16th.

October 7, 2014

Cain Velasquez is a heavy favorite to beat Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180

Despite a 13 month layoff since his last bout, Cain Velasquez is heavily favored to bring home a victory at UFC 180. The heavyweight champion Velasquez is a significant 4.5-1 odds-on favorite to dispose of Fabricio Werdum on November 15th in Mexico City. The Arena Ciudad de Mexico will host the event, the first major UFC event to be held in Mexico.

September 23, 2014

Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones answer to Nevada Athletic Commission for their August brawl 

Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones appeared before the Nevada Athletic Commission today to receive punishment for their melee at the MGM Grand Hotel is Las Vegas in August.

The two fighters went in front of the commission separately to answer questions before receiving their penalties. During the proceedings Jones admitted that he lost his Nike endorsement deal as a result of his actions during the altercation. Jones didn’t say how much money he was making from Nike, but he did indicate that he was making six figures from the deal.

After deliberation, Jones was fined $50,000 for his part (10% of his $500,000 purse) and sentenced to complete 40 hours of community service in Nevada. Cormier received a fine of $9,000 and 20 hours of community service in his hometown of San Jose, CA.

September 9, 2014

Phil Davis to Face Glover Teixeira at UFC 179

Phil Davis will face off against Glover Teixeria in the co-main event at UFC 179 October 25 in Rio De Janeiro.  Both fighters are coming off of losses, the first losses for each of them in the UFC. The bout gives one of the fighters the opportunity to reestablish himself in the light heavyweight division which rife with talented fighters including the likes of Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier, Alexander Gustafson and Ovence Saint Preux.

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September 2, 2014

Former Bellator Title Holder Ben Askren is a Champion Once More

Ben Askren destroyed Nobutatsu Suzuki in their welterweight title bout at ONE FC 19 in Dubai, UAE. It took Askren just under a minute and a half of the first round to get the TKO and take home the ONE FC welterweight title. The former Bellator Champion extended his professional record to 14-0 while Suzuki fell to 11-2-2.  Mmajunkie.com called Askren’s effort “quite possibly… the most dominant performance in ONE FC title fight history.”

August 12, 2014

Jon Jones injures leg forcing postponement of his title bout with Daniel Cormier

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones injured his leg, forcing postponement of his title fight with Daniel Cormier that was scheduled for UFC 178 on September 27 in Las Vegas.

Now, Jones and Cormier will headline UFC 182 on January 3, 2015 at UFC’s traditional year-end show in Las Vegas.

Flyweight’s Demetrious Johnson and Chris Cariaso will fight for the title in the new main event at UFC 178.

July 24, 2014

Daniel Cormier Set to Fight Jon Jones on September 27th after Alexander Gustafsson Withdraws

Undefeated Daniel Cormier will fight Jon Jones at UFC 178 for the UFC light heavyweight championship, after an injury forced Alexander Gustafsson to pull out of the bout.

Jones (20-1) was originally planning to fight Cormier (15-0) after his bout with Gustafsson.

After defeating Dan Henderson in May at UFC 173, Cormier admitted that he fought through a torn LCL and partial ACL tear in his right knee. Cormier was expected to undergo surgery on the knee this month, but will wait now to pursue the UFC light heavyweight title.

The pay-per-view event is scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on September 27, 2014.

July 9, 2014

Filming is currently underway for The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America featuring Cain Velasquez

Filming is underway in Las Vegas UFC’s latest international edition of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

Coaches Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum lead a total of 16 fighters, comprised of the bantamweight and featherweight divisions. 

Velasquez's team is made up entirely of fighters from Mexico. Werdum, from Brazil, coaches fighters from Central America and South America. The 12-episode season will debut in August on UFC Fight Pass in the U.S. 

Velasquez will defend his heavyweight title against Werdum at UFC 180 on Nov. 15 in Mexico City, the promotion’s first pay-per-view event in that country. The card will also feature the finals of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America.”

June 18, 2014

Jon Jones thinks Daniel Cormier deserves a shot at the title

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones appeared on "America's Pregame" on Fox Sports 1 earlier this week and was asked who he felt was more deserving of a title shot between Alexander Gustafsson and Daniel Cormier.

Jones responded, "I would say Daniel Cormier has better accolades and has the better record. He's undefeated and he's beaten former world champions before. He is a world champion in the Strikeforce organization. So I would say Cormier". Jones went on to say that his opinion wasn't the one that mattered most, "I think the fans want to see me fight Alexander more and I think that's what's most important."

May 30, 2014

Former Bellator Champion Ben Askren is victorious in his One FC debut

Ben Askren extended his professional MMA record to 13-0 with a first round submission win against Bakhtiyar Abbasov at ONE FC: Honor & Glory Friday in Singapore.

Askren forced Abbasov to tap out in the first round of the co-main event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium with an arm triangle choke. The win was Askren’s first since signing with Asia’s biggest MMA promotion.

Next up, Askren will likely get a title shot at reigning welterweight champion Nobutatsu Suzuki.

May 27, 2014

Cormier submits Henderson at UFC 173

Daniel Cormier submitted Dan Henderson early in the 3rd round of their co-main event match that pitted the former Olympians on Saturday at the MGM in Las Vegas.

The victory elevated Cormier's record to 15-0.  The win was Cormier's fourth against former champions in three weight divisions - Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, EliteXC heavyweight; Josh Barnett, UFC heavyweight; Frank Mir, UFC heavyweight; and Dan Henderson, PRIDE and Strikeforce light heavyweight, and PRIDE middleweight.

The win puts Cormier in line to fight light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, either before or after Jones fights Alexander Gustafsson.

May 22, 2014

Cormier ready for Henderson this Saturday at UFC 173, Jon Jones on the Horizon

Daniel Cormier’s highly anticipated bout this Saturday against fellow former Olympian Dan Henderson at UFC 173 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas will be a closely watched bout.

The winner of this co-main event puts himself in line for a potential fight against light heavyweight champ Jon Jones.

The 43-year old Henderson is 30-11 and coming off an upset technical knockout victory against Mauricio Rua in March.  Henderson is an MMA legend as the former PRIDE middleweight and welterweight champion and Strikeforce light heavyweight champion.

The former Strikeforce champion Cormier, 35, is 14-0 and has never lost a round in his professional MMA career.

Despite Cormier being a 5-1 favorite in Vegas to win the fight, this intriguing match-up will not disappoint.

April 29, 2014

Phil Davis falls three spots to #7 in UFC's latest light heavyweight rankings while Luke Rockhold maintains his #5 middleweight ranking after his win against Tim Boetsch

Following his loss to Anthony Davis at UFC 172, Phil Davis dropped to #7 in UFC's latest light heavyweight rankings.  Meanwhile, Luke Rockhold remained the #5 ranked UFC middleweight and is rumored to be closing in on a title shot after his win.

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Luke Rockhold shares a snack with light heavyweight champ Jon Jones at the UFC 172 post fight press conference

Rockhold submits Boetsch in first round at UFC 172

Luke Rockhold look impressive as he finished Tim Boetsch in the first round of their main card fight at UFC 172 in Baltimore on Saturday via submission. After Boetsch attempted a takedown, Rockhold locked on a triangle with the legs and then transitioned to a Kimura, forcing Boetsch to tap out at 2:08.

After the fight, Rockhold said he wants to earn a UFC middleweight title shot, claiming that the best way to go about it is by taking on Vitor Belfort in a rematch, although he added that he would also accept a fight with Michael Bisping.

April 27, 2014

Phil Davis loses to Anthony Johnson at UFC 172

Anthony Johnson (17-4) made a successful UFC light heavyweight debut Saturday at UFC 172, as he beat the highly ranked Phil Davis in the co-main event at Baltimore Arena. All three judges scored the contest 30-27 for Johnson. The loss was Davis’ first loss since January 2012.

April 24, 2014

Aaron Pico takes top honors at the 2014 FILA Junior National freestyle finals at 66kg in Las Vegas

Aaron Pico defeated 2012 Cadet World champion Zain Retherford in a bout featuring the last two Americans to win a Cadet World title.  Retherford, fifth in the NCAA Championships this year as a true freshman for Penn State, was bested by Pico 7-0

Pico, who last year was a FILA Junior Nationals double champion was also awarded the Outstanding Wrestler Award for the event.

The Fila Junior National Championships feature many of the top young college stars and talented high school athletes from across the nation. 

The 17-year old sophomore Pico was dominant throughout the tournament.  He was unscored upon throughout the competition, tallying 61 points against his six opponents, all of which are in college. 

The win puts Pico one best-of-three series away from getting another chance to compete for a World title.

April 22, 2014

Phil Davis shows fighting attitude as UFC 172 approaches, calls out Jon Jones

Phil Davis (19-1 MMA, 13-1 UFC) apparently took heart to recent criticism from UFC President Dana White who said Davis lacks ambition.  Minutes after White made those comments, Davis told FOX Sports that White is “going to regret saying that.”

The Number 4 contender continued his verbal assault during the UFC 172 teleconference, promising titleholder Jon Jones that he would “break him apart like a sugar cookie.”

Meanwhile, Anthony Johnson (16-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) the fighter that will face Davis in the co-headliner at UFC 172 on Saturday, feels he’s not getting his due, “I think he (Davis) doesn't take me too seriously. I think he doubts me just a smidge and that's all I need."

April 17, 2014

Winner of the Fabricio  Werdum vs. Travis Browne fight to face Cain Velasquez in Mexico later this year 

The winner of this Saturday's heavyweight main event at UFC on Fox 11 between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne will earn a shot at UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez later this year.

UFC president Dana White announced that Velasquez would be defending his title against the winner of the bout in Mexico at the UFC on FOX 11 pre-fight press conference on Thursday.

This will be the inaugural UFC event to be held in Mexico.  The time and location have yet to be determined.

April 1, 2014

Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson in the works for UFC 175

Sources say that the UFC is working on signing a match between light heavyweights Daniel Cormier and Dan Henderson at UFC 175 July 5th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Cormier (14-0) is coming off of a decisive first round victory over Patrick Cummins at UFC 170, for his third win in the UFC.  Henderson is coming off of a win against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC Fight Night 39. 

March 31, 2014

Jon Fitch to fight Rousimar Palhares for WSOF Welterweight Title at WSOF 11

Jon Fitch will get a shot at the WSOF 170 lb. title this July against Rousimar Palhares, at a site and date to be determined.  Fitch is coming off of a victory against Marcelo Alfaya at WSOF 6.  Palhares beat Steve Carl at WSOF 9 to win the title.  It will be Palhares first defense of his title.

March 17, 2014

Cain Velasquez targeting November return in Mexico

UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez is hoping to fight sometime around November, likely against the winner of the upcoming Fabricio Werdum v. Travis Browne bout.  Velasquez had shoulder surgery in December after his win over Junior dos Santos in October in UFC 166.  Velasquez has been rehabilitating and could be close to getting his doctor's okay to start training again.  Velasquez's father is from Mexico.

February 22, 2014

Cormier wins bout in 79 seconds

Daniel Cormier only needed just over a minute to knock out Patrick Cummings at UFC 170 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday.  Cummings was a late fill in for Rashad Evans who sustained an injury.  The win elevated Cormier to 14-0, and 3-0 since moving to the UFC.

January 26, 2014

"This might be it, man", Thomson ponders retirement after loss to Henderson

After his controversial split decision loss to Ben Henderson in the UFC on FOX 10 main event, 35-year old Josh Thomson announced that he is considering retirement.  Despite breaking his right thumb in the first round, many pundits including ESPN had Thomson winning the bout.  Thomson spoke to mmajunkie.com saying that the stress and strain of the sport has started to take its toll on him, and he said he doesn’t want to overstay his welcome in the sport. "I love the sport. I don’t want to stop, I still want to be around it. But everybody needs to know that their time has come. Maybe it’s not mine right now, but I also don’t want to be that person who fights until they don’t know when it’s time to quit.”

January 25, 2014

Thomson loses to Henderson in split decision

Josh Thomson fought gallantly but came up short losing a split decision to Benson Henderson in five rounds at the United Center on Saturday. The loss dropped Thomson to 20-6 and likely cost him a shot at the title.  Thomson injured his right thumb in the first round prompting officials to ask him if they should stop the fight. Thomson continued, but as the fight wore on the injury became more evident.  Thomson was supposed to fight Anthony Pettis in December for the lightweight title, but Pettis hurt his knee and withdrew from the bout. 

January 24, 2014

Thomson "next in line" for a title shot if victorious Saturday

Josh Thomson will have a shot at the UFC lightweight title if he wins his fight against Ben Henderson this Saturday.  MMAjunkie.com quoted UFC President Dana White following a media event for at United Center in Chicago, “Here’s the reality: If Thomson wins, he’s the next in line.”  

Thomson was supposed to have a shot at the title in December until current champion Anthony Pettis injured his knee and had surgery.

January 23, 2014

Ben Henderson has no sympathy for Thomson's "worst camp ever" 

Henderson recently told Fox Sports "It just makes me think, ‘that’s life. That’s how it works out sometimes. I’ve had some of the worst camps in my life where things didn't go well lead into some great performances. I’ve had some training camps go very well and the fight go not so well. I don’t really think it’s that much of an indicator of how someone will perform once the lights are on and the cage door is locked."

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January 23, 2014

Ben Askren signs with ONE FC

Former Bellator Champion Ben Askren (12-0) has accepted an offer to fight for Singaporean promoter ONE FC for six fights over two years.  Askren is slated to make $50,000 guaranteed in his first fight and would get another $50,000 if he wins.  After that, Askren's purses increase for each subsequent bout as long as he keeps winning. 

Askren signed with ONE FC after he was relased by Bellator and UFC did not tender an offer to the undefeated welterweight.  Askren also recieved an offer from World Series of Fighting, but opted to go with ONE FC's offer which could be worth close to $1 million dollars.

Askren expects to make his debut in March or April.

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January 22, 2014

Phil Davis calls out Jon Jones

Phil Davis (12-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) recently spoke with MMAjunkie Radio implying that Jon Jones may be scared to get back into the octagon.  Davis is questioning why Jones has withdrawn from three successive UFC events (UFC 169, UFC 170, and UFC 171). “Alexander Gustafsson put tips all over that boy. [Jones] doesn’t know up from down, left from right. So I really don’t see him wanting to get back in there with anybody – definitely not Alexander. I don’t even think he wants to get back in there with Glover Teixeira – bless his little heart." said Davis.

Davis went on to say, “I will gladly step in and fight Glover, and for the second time, be the No. 1 contender, and hopefully, that will earn me a title shot. But in the meantime, I’ll fight anybody. You name them, I’ll fight them.”

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January 17, 2014

Josh Thompson confident despite one of his worst camps ever

Thompon recently spoke with FOX Sports saying,"I've gotta say it's probably been one of my worst camps I've ever had in my history of fighting. Just being honest. It's been a rough camp, been a long camp... I think what happened was four weeks with [Anthony] Pettis then I took a week off because the fight was canceled and then I got the call to fight Benson [Henderson] so I thought, don't break the routine too much, jump back into camp and I think what happens when you have such a long camp it just starts dragging on and on and on. You're just not feeling it anymore. You're losing motivation, whatever the reason being. It's been a long, just distracted kind of camp, it's been really weird...There's no excuses, I'm just telling you like it is. The thing is sometimes it makes me rise to the occasion so that what I'm hoping happens. I can't say it's going to look pretty in this fight, but I've got to go out there and get the 'W' no matter what happens...This is what I tell everybody - I don't have to be better than Benson every single day of my camp, I've just got to be better than him on one night. So I'm not really concerned about everything that's happened during this camp."

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January 16, 2014

UFC on FOX 10 Weigh-in Scheduled for January 24th

UFC on FOX 10's weigh-in Scheduled for January 24th at the Chicago Theater, a nearly 100 year old historic theater on Chicago's State Street.

Fans are invited to attend the weigh-in ceremony, which is free and open to the public. Doors open to the public at 3 p.m. local time, and the first fighter hits the scale at 4 p.m.

Before the fighter weigh-ins, UFC Fight Club members can take part in a Q&A session at 2 p.m. which will feature a UFC fighter still to be determined.

Chicago Theatre, a nearly 100-year-old institution on the city’s historic State Street, has hosted UFC weigh-in events each of the three previous times the promotion has visited Chicago for UFC 90, UFC on FOX 2 and UFC on FOX 6.

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January 16, 2014

Fox Announces Fight Card for UFC on FOX 10

UFC on FOX 10 will be the UFC’s third straight January event in Chicago on the FOX Network. In 2012, UFC on FOX 2 featured a light heavyweight title eliminator between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis. And UFC on FOX 6 in 2013 featured a flyweight title fight between champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger John Dodson.

The UFC on FOX 10 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Benson Henderson vs. Josh Thomson
  • Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Stipe Miocic
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Adriano Martins
  • Darren Elkins vs. Jeremy Stephens

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 5 p.m. ET)

  • Alex Caceres vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Adam Khaliev vs. Pascal Krauss
  • Oleksiy Oliynyk vs. Jared Rosholt
  • Yves Jabouin vs. Eddie Wineland
  • Chico Camus vs. Yaotzin Meza
  • Ramiro Hernandez vs. Hugo Viana

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4 p.m. ET)

  • Daron Cruickshank vs. Mike Rio
  • Walt Harris vs. Nikita Krylov
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January 15, 2014

Rockhold Shines in Victory Over Philippou

Luke Rockhold defeated Constantinos Philippou in the main event of UFC Fight Night 35 at Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA last night with a pair of kicks to the body 2:31 into the first round of a scheduled five round fight.   The bout aired on FOX Sports 1.  Rockhold's resounding victory showcased the skills that have elevated him as one of the top 185-pound fighters in the world.

After the win Rockhold (11-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) called for a rematch with Vitor Belfort, as well as a potential bout with British slugger Michael Bisping.

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