Rodrigo Damm returns to lightweight after weight-cutting issues
Rodrigo Damm (11-6) is back to the lightweight division.
With a 2-1 record under the UFC banner, and coming off a decision victory over Mizuto Hirota, Damm returns to the 155-pound division to face Ivan Jorge (25-3) at UFC Fight Night 36 in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil, on Feb. 15. Forced to cancel a
featherweight bout with Hacran Dias on October, Damm blames weight-cutting issues for his decision to cut less weight for his next UFC fights.
UFC 168’s Chris Weidman on first Anderson Silva fight: ‘I don’t think I looked that good’
UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman doesn’t have any answers to the questions about which Anderson Silva will show up to Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday night in UFC 168’s pay-per-view headliner.
Will it be the focused Silva with incredibly accurate, one-shot power in his strikes? Or will it be the Silva who goofs around in the cage, taunting and publicly humiliating his foe in front of thousands in attendance and millions more watching at home?
To the reigning 185-pound champion, it doesn’t matter which version of “The Spider” walks into the arguably the biggest UFC fight of the year. Weidman is focused purely on which version of himself shows up.
Adlan Amagov not retired, dealing with undisclosed personal issues
UFC welterweight rising star Adlan Amagov has not retired, but he is taking some time off.
On Sunday, an Instagram account that appeared to be linked to the Red Fury Fight Team announced that Amagov had suddenly retired from MMA due to religious reasons, however, his co-manager Sam Kardan told MMAFighting.com on Monday that the account was fake and has since been deleted.
Mike Constantino, Amagov's co-manager, admitted Amagov is currently dealing with undisclosed issues.
"He has some personal stuff going on and will be off training and fighting until he is ready to return," Constantino said. "We will reevaluate in March."
When asked if he believed Amagov would retire, Constantino replied via text message, "hope not."
Jessica Eye Fights For Her Father
"We just look at things like this where they tell us that we can’t, and we’re like, all right, we’re going to do everything we can to prove them wrong." - Jessica Eye
This year will mark a different Christmas for the Eye family, but even as patriarch Randy Eye battles brain cancer, some old habits remain.
“Of course my dad has never been Christmas shopping in his life,” said his daughter Jessica. “So he gave me money last night and was like ‘hey, go buy something for your brothers and you. You guys go get yourselves something nice.’”
It’s just his way. And through the ups and downs, Jessica Eye, a highly-regarded contender in the UFC women’s bantamweight division, has always been there – if not physically, then always in spirit. And that’s no surprise to anyone that knows the 27-year-old.
Could Phil Davis be fighting Shogun Rua next?
UFC light heavyweight Phil Davis is ready to fight, and his coach said that they'd love it if the opponent was Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
Phil Davis is coming off arguably the biggest win of his career, but it's been over four months since that bout and the light heavyweight still remains unbooked. The college wrestling star defeated Lyoto Machida at UFC 163 to move
his record to a stellar 12-1 (NC), and he might very well be facing off with another Brazilian next though - Mauricio Rua.
Gilbert Melendez vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 170
A Russian MMA news site is reporting an exciting addition to the February fight card.
it looks like UFC 170 just picked up an exciting Lightweight bout. According to the Russian site MMA Boxing, Dagestani Sambo fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov will face former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez on February 22.
Adlan Amagov to retire due to religious reasons
UFC Welterweight prospect, Adlan Amagov, was set to fight Jason High next month at UFC Fight Night 35. Unfortunately, Amagov was injured in training, and forced to withdraw from the bout. Earlier this week rumors were circulating that
Amagov was contemplating retirement due to his religious beliefs. Earlier today, Amagov’s team, the Red Fury Fight Team, posted this on their Instagram:
Here is the translation via Google Translate:
With great regret to inform you that should Adlan Amagov retired fighter, any decision must be respected, Praise be to Allah that we have a brother who put in the first place religion, everyone should take a cue from him to each of us was such Iman !
2013 (Nordic) Fight of the Year : Gustafsson Versus Jones at UFC 165
The Nordic MMA Fight of 2013 goes to Alexander Gustafsson versus Jon Jones at UFC 165 in a bout that captured the MMA world’s attention. The first Nordic fighter to challenge for the UFC belt turned out to be one of the most memorable five
round wars ever. Recently, even the UFC acknowledged the greatness of the fight by ranking it #2 best fight, only behind the TUF Finale between Forrest Griffin versus Stephan Bonnar in the 20 years of the UFC’s existence.
UFC gives glimpse at content plan, pricing for new ‘Fight Pass’ digital network
The UFC’s new digital network won’t be officially unveiled by the promotion until later this week, with a full launch ready for the start of 2014.
But while the finer points of the details are still to be revealed, the network has a name: “UFC Fight Pass.” And it also has a price.
UFC Fight Pass will cost subscribers $9.99 per month, according to an official UFC website that went live on Sunday. Twitter user @rossfinkelstein tweeted out a screengrab of the site overnight.
Ray Longo is the ultimate trainer
Before orchestrating the two greatest upsets in UFC history, trainer Ray Longo cultivated success stories. The type of story he thrives being a part of but rarely touts.
Before Matt Serra and Chris Weidman registered those improbable championship knockouts, Lee Dolowich just tried to avoid vomiting in the ring...
Rick Story to face off with Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 171
An intriguing welterweight bout has apparently been added to UFC 171 on March 15th.
It appears that the UFC has added yet another welterweight fight to the UFC 171 card on March 15th in Dallas. The current top three bouts on the card are all at
170-pounds, and this most recent addition is pretty good as well. The news comes via NBC Sports Radio host Gator Choke. The UFC has not officially announced the bout as of yet.