In search for life after fighting, Danny Downes remakes himself as an MMA writer
Danny Downes got the news in a text message. He'd been expecting it, and he thought he was ready for it, but he thought wrong.
This was the fall of 2011, a little more than a month after his second loss in as many attempts with the UFC. Before that he'd gone 1-1 in the WEC, beating the much-hyped Chinese import Tiequan Zhang via unanimous decision in the organization's final event.
But 0-2 in the UFC? "Danny Boy" could do the math. He knew he was likely on the chopping block, but the UFC's upcoming event in his hometown of Chicago that January gave him some faint hope. Maybe they'd keep him around for that. Maybe he'd get one more chance. Then he saw the text from his manager...
Josh Barnett Ready to Make the First Defense of the UFC Title He Won a Decade Ago
Josh Barnett will be returning to the UFC after an 11-year absence to take on fellow former heavyweight champion Frank Mir in Milwaukee on Saturday night.
With nine wins in his last ten fights, Barnett is clearly still a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division. More than that, he believes he is still the champion because he hasn’t lost a fight in the Octagon since winning the title at UFC 36...
VIDEO | Wanderlei Silva Ready To Break Sonnen’s Nose, Make Him Swallow His Own Teeth
Wanderlei Silva has an intense and clear message for Chael Sonnen!
“I’m only waiting for the date and the location. Because the people want this fight and I want this fight. Sonnen, I will beat you up, you coward… why do I have so many fans? Why does everybody want to watch me fight? Why are you my fan? It’s because I fight with all my heart.
“I don’t go int here to give up. Like Sonnen did against Jones in the very first round. Like he did against Anderson, when a knee to the chest and stayed down like a little girl.
“Sonnen is a lower level fighter. Don’t listen to what that fool says. Now you’ve messed with the wrong guy, and I will beat you up.
UFC: Donald Cerrone cooperating with authorities on alleged boating incident
Donald Cerrone declined comment both directly and through officials, but the UFC said the lightweight is cooperating with authorities following an alleged "boating rage" incident two months ago in Colorado.
"We are aware of the situation and understand that Mr. Cerrone is fully cooperating with the investigation," a UFC official stated in an email to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com)...
Eddie Alvarez says new Bellator deal is ‘fair enough'
Eight months of anger, resentment and legal roadblocks came to a tidy conclusion last week when former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez reached a settlement with the promotion that built him into a star then threatened to cage his livelihood away for years in the courts.
The U.S. justice system never got around to determining whether Bellator matched the terms of the UFC's contract. But nonetheless, Alvarez now is scheduled to rematch Michael Chandler in the co-main event of Bellator's inaugural pay-per-view, providing a cordial end to his rocky year...
Eddie Alvarez and Bellator mend fences, book Michael Chandler rematch for PPV
Former Bellator MMA lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez's contract dispute is over, and he's returning to the California-based promotion to face the man who took his title.
The rematch with reigning titleholder Michael Chandler will serve as the co-main event of Bellator's first-ever pay-per-view offering, Bellator 106, which takes place Nov. 2 at California's Long Beach Arena. Former UFC champs Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Tito Ortiz clash in the headliner...
Paul Daley Signs A multifight Deal with BAMMA
Paul Daley will be fighting for a familiar promotion in the near future, but it won't be the UFC.
"Semtex" has signed a new three-fight contract with the European-based BAMMA, Daley's manager Wad Alameddine confirmed with MMAFighting.com. BAMMA officials also confirmed the deal, which is a 12-month United Kingdom exclusive.
In a nation of legends, UFC 163's Jose Aldo is the people's champion
It takes a small army of security personnel to usher Jose Aldo into the van that awaits the UFC's featherweight titleholder. Along the way, he answers as many reporters' questions as possible, smiles for camera click after camera click and signs a few dozen autographs.
Thursday's swirl of activity follows a three-hour engagement in which Aldo participated in a news conference, put on a public workout session that featured a soundtrack by a live rock band and then waded through a sea of fans and reporters to answer even more questions as microphones, cameras and recorders were shoved in his face.
It was time for Aldo to retreat to his hotel, but his removal from the scene was anything but easy...
UFC 163's 'Korean Zombie' says nickname a blessing and curse
The posters advertising UFC 163 make it tough to tell if you're about to watch a professional MMA fight or a monster movie.
"World Featherweight Championship," it says at the very top. "Aldo vs. Korean Zombie."
Nowhere on the posters trumpeting his clash with UFC 145-pound champion Jose Aldo (22-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) in Brazil on Saturday (pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) does it mention Chan Sung Jung's actual name. Which, surprisingly enough, is exactly how the featherweight challenger likes it...
UFC prez on Tito Ortiz's rumored comeback: 'Obviously, Tito needs money'
UFC President Dana White isn't exactly waiting with open arms if Tito Ortiz decides to come out of retirement.
In fact, he's pretty much the opposite of a cheerleader when it comes to the UFC Hall of Famer's recent hints at a return.
"Who gives a s--t?" White blurted when asked by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) for his thoughts on Ortiz's recent musings on the topic...
If Rory MacDonald gets past Jake Ellenberger, he faces his toughest decision
Ever since the then 21-year-old Rory MacDonald threw around Nate Diaz before 55,000 fans at the Rogers Centre in Toronto en route to a unanimous decision win, people have labeled him as the next Georges St-Pierre, or as the heir apparent to St-Pierre’s crowns.
St-Pierre is not just the UFC welterweight champion, but the face of the sport in Canada. He earns millions in endorsements to go along with being the sport’s biggest drawing card.
MacDonald (14-1) was 20 when he moved from Kelowna, British Columbia, across the country to Montreal in search of the training that he felt would allow him to reach his potential as a fighter. That meant training at Tri-Star Gym, the home of St-Pierre...
Matt Hughes Talks New UFC Executive Role and Comparisons to Johny Hendricks
Upon retiring from fighting, Matt Hughes took on an entirely new role as the UFC Vice President of Athletic Development and Government Relations.
Much like his pioneering role as a fighter in the cage, Hughes is now learning on the job outside of the cage, trying to figure out how he can best help the newer fighters coming into the sport prepare for the various aspects of their career outside of actually fighting...
Ray Sefo takes temporary leave from WSOF to prepare for 100th pro combat match
Ray Sefo has taken a temporary leave of absence from his job as World Series of Fighting president to focus on his job as World Series of Fighting fighter.
Sefo is scheduled to compete against Dave Huckaba on the Aug. 10 WSOF 4 event in Ontario, California, and the match will be the 100th combat sports bout of his long career.
For a while, it's been his goal to reach triple-digits, and with about a month to go until the opening bell, it's time to get serious in training...