Former The Ultimate Fighter 19 Contestant Arrested on Rape and Other Charges
When The Ultimate Fighting Championship held tryouts for TUF 19 in Indianapolis in August 2013, Doug Sparks stood out among the other competitors. Nicknamed, “Ants in the Pants,” Sparks wore polar bear ears and proclaimed to be a genius.
The 32-year-old light heavyweight was arrested Saturday in Bloomington, Ind., for allegedly detaining a woman against her will and assaulting her repeatedly over a several day period.
UFC 2014: A ridiculously robust look at stats, streaks, skids and record-setters
2014 was in many ways a forgettable one for UFC mostly due to its schedule being ravaged by injuries.
However, from a statistical standpoint, 2014 was a breakthrough year from hosting the most events in history over the course of a 365-day span to adding to its second female weight class to perhaps the most important thing of all: some memorable moments inside the octagon.
Now that the year has come to a close, and with a major assist from FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producers Michael Carroll, here are some of 2014’s most significant milestones from the events, the fights and individual performances...
Raquel Pennington still looking to fight Holly Holm in 2015
Women’s bantamweight Raquel Pennington hasn’t forgotten Holly Holm and is angling to rebook their bout that was scratched for UFC 181.
Pennington (5-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC), a “TUF 18 alum, took on Ashlee Evans-Smith (3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the pay-per-view event earlier this month when Holm (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) suffered a neck injury and withdrew from the event.
Kron Gracie scores quick submission in MMA debut
After months of training with Nick Diaz, Gilbert Melendez and Nate Diaz, jiu-jitsu wizard Kron Gracie finally made his MMA debut.
Son of legendary fighter Rickson Gracie, the multiple time jiu-jitsu and grappling champion fought for the first time under MMA rules at Tuesday’s Real Fight Championship 1 in Tokyo, Japan, against fellow MMA newcomer Hyung Soo-Kim, and scored a 65-second armbar after pulling guard...
UFC Partners with TSN, RDS, and Fight Network for Canadian Broadcasts
TSN, RDS, Fight Network and UFC on Monday announced a new multi-year agreement for Canadian media rights to UFC global events.
Bell Media’s TSN and RDS will deliver a slate of marquee UFC programming to fans across multiple platforms, including major live events, preliminary fights of UFC Pay-Per-View events, UFC Fight Night events, and The Ultimate Fighter series.
Fight Network will broadcast all UFC Fight Night events from around the world as well as preliminary bouts for domestic non-Pay-Per-View cards...
Sources: Monster nearing multi-year, multi-million dollar deal with UFC
Energy drink brand Monster could soon be seen in the UFC’s world-famous octagon.
According to multiple sources with knowledge of the deal, Monster is in advanced negotiations to enter a multi-year partnership with the UFC as an official sponsor. The partnership is worth more than $7 million dollars and puts the energy drink on the level of other major sponsors such as Reebok and Budweiser.
The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the deal publicly...
'Devastated' Raphael Assuncao breaks ankle in training
With Dominick Cruz suffering another injury, it could have been good news for Raphael Assuncao. However, the Brazilian bantamweight is also out with an injury.
Assuncao, who was hoping to fight for the UFC title after scoring seven straight wins as a bantamweight, but saw Cruz eventually taking his place against T.J. Dillashaw, won’t be able to return to the Octagon due to a broken ankle.
Former UFC champion Dominick Cruz sidelined with another knee injury
Dominick Cruz has suffered another knee injury.
The former UFC bantamweight champion, who was sidelined for years after suffering consecutive knee injuries, has now suffered an ACL injury in his right knee.
"It is with great sadness to report I have experienced another ACL injury," Cruz posted on his Facebook page. "This time it’s in the right knee, opposite side of my first and second ACL injuries."
Video: Conor McGregor Can Kick, Too
Dennis Siver is known for his sensational kicks ... but may have met his match in UFC Fight Night 59 headliner Conor McGregor, who sure is showing that yellow wall who's boss. Can he do likewise on Jan. 18 in Boston?