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Justin Wren stroked his prodigious beard, scratched the dry, red skin on his arm and squinted.
"It's kind of crazy we're here," he said. "All that green."
The ivy-covered coffee shop patio about two miles from the campus of UCLA brought Wren back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. And, more specifically, the vision he had that led him to the African nation in the first place.
Four years ago, Wren was an MMA fighter struggling with addiction and depression, looking for something else of value in his life. During a spiritual retreat, he found it even if he didn't know where it was.
Looks like Ronda Rousey's personal life just became a lot more public. Over the past couple weeks, rumors have been cropping up around the internet that the UFC's biggest star and 135 lb champ has been dating one of the promotion's current persona non grata. The man in question? Current UFC heavyweight Travis Browne, who is under investigation by the UFC after his wife publicly accused him of domestic violence back in July.
It’s no secret that Wanderlei Silva is not fond of the UFC or its management. The former PRIDE and UFC star has been lashing out at UFC officials since running out of a gym to avoid a Nevada State Athletic Commission drug test ahead of his scheduled bout with Chael Sonnen at UFC 175.
UFC President Dana White made it clear that Silva was “in a very bad position” with the UFC initially, before calling Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) “very wrong” for thinking that the situation would blow over. A minor war of words escalated with Silva lashing out at the UFC and retiring from MMA before the NSAC handed down a $70,000 fine and lifetime ban for skipping the drug test.
Silva has popped up repeatedly whenever the UFC is affected by controversy. The 39-year-old has now released statements on Facebook in support of Jacob “Stitch” Duran, the veteran cutman whom the UFC relieved of his duties after speaking out about the way he was impacted by Reebok’s sponsorship deal with the UFC.
As it turns out, Nick Diaz won’t go in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission during the commission’s Thursday meeting in Las Vegas.
After the NSAC this past week confirmed Diaz (26-10 MMA, 7-7 UFC) and ex-middleweight champ Anderson Silva (34-6 MMA, 17-2 UFC), Diaz’s rep said his attorney has a conflict that day and can’t attend...
The Nevada Athletic Commission disciplinary process has begun for Rousimar Palhares and Jake Shields.
The NAC issued temporary suspensions Wednesday to both Palhares and Shields for their roles in a messy World Series of Fighting main event Saturday night in Las Vegas, executive director Bob Bennett confirmed with MMAFighting.com.
Chris Leben seems to have taken a plea deal.
The UFC veteran pleaded guilty Monday to three criminal charges, including a felony charge of possession of an assault weapon in San Diego district court, NBC San Diego reported. The two misdemeanor charges were vandalism and violation of a temporary restraining order.
At the annual Convention of the Association of Boxing Commissions in San Diego, Wanderlei Silva and a host of ex-UFC fighters made a push for a Muhammad Ali act in the sport of MMA.
The last few years have really brought the idea of a possible union of MMA fighters into the forefront. While a union is unlikely at this point, one thing that fighters have been doing is looking at the idea of introducing something similar to the Muhammad Ali act for the sport of MMA.
This time may have been one time too many for Rousimar Palhares. The reigning World Series of Fighting welterweight champion defended his belt Saturday night against Jake Shields with a third-round kimura at WSOF 22, but yet again found himself in hot water due to a series of eye gouges and a failure release his fight-winning submission in a timely manner.
Nate Diaz and Khabib Nurmagomedov have exchanged many words in recent months. Tonight at WSOF 22 in Las Vegas, their rivalry came to a head.
Diaz (17-10 MMA, 12-8 UFC)), along with his older brother Nick, engaged in a wild brawl with Nurmagomedov (22-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) in the stands at WSOF 22, which went down at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
UFC President Dana White made up for lost time on twitter this past Wednesday night, as he took part in several spirited exchanges with fans on twitter.
It has been months since fans and pundits have seen UFC President Dana White release his frustrations in the form of spirited twitter tirades with some of the promotion's fans. White's combative approach to social media is infamous and he relived that on Wednesday evening when he targeted several fans that spoke out against the firing of beloved cutman Jacob ‘Stitch' Duran.
Consider this another highlight-reel finish for Ronda Rousey.
The UFC women's bantamweight champion took home the Best Fighter award at ESPN's ESPYs on Wednesday night, beating out the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Then, in an interview after, she took a jab at Mayweather's history of domestic violence.
On Tuesday rumors surfaced that the greatest heavyweight in mixed martial arts history, The Lasst Emperor, Fedor Emelianko was returning. Now it was been confirmed, by Fedor's longtime manager Vadim Finkelchtein.
"It was unexpected," said Vadim to Karim Zidan for BloodyElbow.com. "I was trying to convince Fedor to come back for about year or two, but then gave up this idea. And about a week or two ago he told me he is thinking about coming back to sport. I am happy about that."
In June of 2007, former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell invested $2,000,000 in a Kelly Gearhart housing development, via a San Luis Obispo escrow company. The development went bust, but the escrow company officer was close friends with the developer, lived with his brother for a time, took frequent trips on his jet, and had herself invested in the development, a clear conflict of interest.
Dan Henderson only has two fights left on his UFC contract, and at 44 years old, he wants to make those two fights count.
"The two guys I'd like to fight would be Vitor (Belfort) and (Gegard) Mousasi," Henderson said Monday on The MMA Hour. "Mousasi, not for any other reason than I felt like I didn't get to fight him. And Vitor, you know, it'd be nice to fight him in the States, without his doctor as the head of the athletic commission."
Joe Schilling is going all in on mixed martial arts.
The two-sport star told MMAFighting.com on Friday that he plans on soon moving his family to South Florida from Los Angeles to continue his training at American Top Team in Coconut Creek. Schilling has been at ATT for weeks and will complete his camp there in advance of a fight against Hisaki Kato at Bellator 139 on June 26 in Mulvane, Kan.
Bethe Correia inked a new contract with the UFC ahead of the biggest fight of her MMA career.
The undefeated bantamweight fighter, who takes on UFC 135-pound champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 1, announced on her Instagram that she has signed a new 8-fight deal with the promotion.
"I’m really happy today," Correia wrote. "With hard work, blood, sweat, punches to the face and much more… I’m renewing my contract with the UFC for eight more fights. I will be able to give my fans at least eight fights on TV, and follow my life and my camp for more eight fights. I will always do my best."
UFC Lightweight T.J. Grant talks to the about having to get a job in the mean time; where's he's at physically and the chances of him making a return to the sport.
Despite his hiatus from mixed martial arts, T.J. Grant is still fighting the good fight.
The former No. 1 contender for the UFC lightweight title hasn’t competed in two years after suffering a concussion in a training mishap. With his career on hold, Grant eventually had to seek other means to support his family, electing to take a job at the K+S potash mine near Bethune.
According to a report from the Associated Press’ Moscow branch, Aleksander Emelianenko, the brother of former Pride Fighting Championships heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, has been sentenced to 4.5 years in prison after being convicted of aggravated sexual assault in charges stemming from March, 2014.
Schaub compellingly made the case that given the current penalties for PED use, it makes sense to use them.
"Listen, I would love to hear an argument for why I shouldn't do steroids," he said. "Give me one. Let's say I take steroids and test positive. Say I'm a young kid [getting to the UFC] and I ask my dad, 'Dad, why shouldn't I take steroids?' Can I say, 'Well, you'll never be world champ.' That's not true. Anderson Silva's world champ. 'Well, you'll never fight for a title.' That's not true.