On hot streak, UFC's Nik Lentz welcomes all-comers in lightweight division
Fighting in arguably the UFC's strongest division, lightweight Nik Lentz (21-3-2 MMA, 5-0-1 UFC) has yet to experience defeat since entering the organization 18 months ago.
Over that span, Lentz has taken on all challengers and beaten the likes of Tyson Griffin, Andre Winner, Rob Emerson and, most recently, Waylon Lowe to continue his rise to the upper echelon at 155 pounds.
Stout-Edwards Official; 8 Bouts Greenlit for UFC 131
A rumored lightweight showdown between Canadian kickboxer Sam Stout and well-traveled veteran Yves Edwards is now official for UFC 131, the promotion announced Wednesday.
Eight bouts have been greenlit for the June 11 event, which goes down at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Headlined by a heavyweight No.1 contender’s bout between Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos, UFC 131 will also feature Kenny Florian’s featherweight debut against Nova Uniao product Diego Nunes.
Brown-Attonito Official for UFC Live 4 in Pittsburgh
The fourth installment of the “UFC on Versus” series now has a home, as the promotion announced Wednesday that UFC Live 4 will take place at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on June 26.
Additionally, a welterweight showdown between Matt Brown and Rich Attonito has been green-lit for the event, which marks the promotion's first trip to Pittsburgh.
Return of the Dragon: Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres Will Get Another Shot in the UFC
When Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres made the trip to Seattle for his fight against Mackens Semerzier, he had all the right confidence heading into the fight.
The former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor made the drop to 145lbs, which was a more natural weight class. He had been working with the Renzo Gracie academy to get him ready for the fight. He even had Taimak, the original Bruce Leroy from the film “The Last Dragon” in his corner.
In Spite of M-1's Earlier Denial, Fedor Admits He is Indeed Considering a Drop to 205
When rumors began circulating that Fedor Emelianenko was considering a drop to light heavyweight to face Strikeforce 205-pound kingpin Dan Henderson, representatives from M-1 were quick to quash them.
“At this time it is all rumor with no truth. It’s not anything M-1 has considered at all,” M-1's head of PR Eric Nicholls told MiddleEasy last month. “Should it be decided that Fedor would consider dropping to 205, M-1 would make an official announcement.”
Bud Light renews UFC sponsorship and brings 'Battle on the Bayou' to Spike TV on Sept. 17 in New Orleans
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today (April 6, 2011) has announced a multi-year sponsorship renewal with Bud Light, the world's best-selling beer.
To celebrate, Brock Lesnar is going home to get on top of his wife.
The new agreement with Bud Light means more to fans than just a few well-placed logos and witty commercial spots. In fact, the boys at Anheuser-Busch will bring one special promotional event per year, beginning on Sept. 17, 2011, with a live event in New Orleans airing on Spike TV.
Women's MMA: Potentially Dying in America, Thriving in Japan
The Queen of Pancrase. For those familiar with the testosterone heavy environment of the pioneering MMA promotion, it's something that's tough to wrap your head around. It's not just the MMA business that is changing, it's Japan. A once fiercely patriarchal society is welcoming women into the workforce in record numbers. The role of motherhood, at one time so lauded and respected, has shifted into the background as Japanese women have fewer and fewer babies. These two news items, of course, are connected at the hip. But that's a story for another time and another blog. The times are indeed changing - and that includes MMA as well.
Andrei Arlovski's Long-Time Coach Thinks He Should Retire
Former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlvoski has had a rough 2 1/2 years since beating Roy Nelson by TKO at EliteXC:Heat in October 2008. He's been KO'd by Fedor Emelianenko, Brett Rogers and Sergei Kharitonov and lost via decision to Antonio Silva.
With the growth of his losing streak, many fans have called for Arlovski's retirement, but now his long-time striking coach Mike Garcia has joined the chorus, via Pro MMA Now:
"I didn't mean it like he doesn't have the skills. There's just... I just don't want to see him get hurt. There's something not clicking, and you can see in his last couple fights he's not the same Andrei. He says he wants to fight, I hope he does. But if he doesn't , I just don't want to see him get hurt."
Tyson Griffin meets featherweight Manny Gamburyan at UFC on Versus 4
Joe Stevenson isn't the only former lightweight who's heading to featherweight for UFC on Versus 4.
UFC officials today announced that former lightweight contender Tyson Griffin (14-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) is following through with a previously announced drop in weight and will meet featherweight Manny Gamburyan (11-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at the summer event.
Great fight. I've been wondering who Manny would fight next.