Mirko 'Cro Cop' Announces Decision to Retire
“Dear friends, unfortunately I had to cancel the fight [against Anthony Hamilton at UFC Fight Night “Henderson vs. Alves”]. In the beginning of the preparation I hurt my shoulder, so I couldn't raise [my] hand. I tried to save a shoulder injury and repair in all possible ways: daily therapy, injections of blood plasma and various cocktails of drugs but it didn't work out. The only cure would be a break of two to three weeks, and that I could not afford in the midst of final preparations. By daily trainings the injury got worse. Part of the muscle is snapped, the shoulder is filled with a lot of fluids, and the great danger is that tendon ruptures and then go to operation again.
Joe Silva’s Shoes: What's next for UFC Fight Night 77's winners?
The lineup was strong for the UFC’s return to Sao Paulo, and as they should have, the fighters delivered and produced a memorable night of action.
Saturday’s main card, which aired on FOX Sports 1 from Ibirapuera Gymnasium, had plenty of ups and downs but ultimately ended on a high note for the Brazilian fans because Vitor Belfort (25-11 MMA, 14-7 UFC) scored yet another huge knockout of fellow MMA legend Dan Henderson (34-14 MMA, 8-8 UFC)...
If you're waiting for Dan Henderson to see the writing on the wall, get comfortable
The way it works is, a few minutes after the conclusion of each fight some poor UFC PR flack has to go collect quotes from both the winning and the losing fighter, then email those quotes out to members of the media. Since half the people this unfortunate soul has to talk to have just been beaten (which often means getting beaten up), this is bound to be an unpleasant task from time to time...
UFC Fight Night 77 Bonuses
SAO PAULO – Vitor Belfort, Thomas Almeida, Alex Oliveira, and Thiago Tavares each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 77 event.
All four earned “Performance of the Night” honors; no “Fight of the Night” was given. UFC officials announced the winners via Twitter ahead of the post-event news conference.
UFC Brazil exec: Ex-champ Anderson Silva wants to fight in Brazil upon return
SAO PAULO – The UFC’s point man in Brazil believes ex-middleweight champ Anderson Silva has a hankering to fight again on home soil.
“There’s nothing set,” Giovani Decker, general manager of the UFC’s Brazil office, said at the post-event press conference for UFC Fight Night 77 on Saturday at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “I think it’s another wish of Anderson’s to fight in Brazil; I think every fighter has that wish.”
GSP planning a 6 week camp to see if he wants to return
"He's gonna train for a fight," said Roach, who worked with St-Pierre recently at his Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. "He's gonna have a six-week training camp. And at the end of the six weeks, if he feels like he's ready to fight and he's hungry for it like he always has been, he's gonna do it. He's gonna fight one more time."
Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine, three other fights added to UFC on FOX 18
It's been a while since fans have head from Tarec Saffiedine. He'll be back early next year.
The welterweight contender will meet Jake Ellenberger at UFC on FOX 18 on Jan. 30 in Newark, N.J., it was announced Wednesday on UFC Tonight.
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Current UFC on Fox 18 card:
Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader
Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine
George Sullivan vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Joaquim Silva
Felipe Olivieri vs. Tony Martin
What investors are being told about the UFCs finances (Part 2)
The second of three articles looking at the UFC's finances. In part two, John S. Nash uses reports from various financial service companies to examine the UFC's debt.
For an in-depth look at the UFC's revenue see our previous article: Earning will be examined next week in part 3.
To get a better understanding of the UFC's debt load, Bloody Elbow analyzed all the available published materials from Moody's, Standard & Poor's, Deutsche Bank, and Prospect News and consulted with a team of financial professionals to evaluate the reports.
None of the documents reported on the UFC's liabilities before 2005, so we are forced to start our debt history with that year.
Ben Askren: Fans hating on CM Punk stems from jealousy
CM Punk has become public enemy No. 1 for diehard MMA fans and pro wrestling fans who are angry that he left sports entertainment for the UFC. For someone who is still months and months away from an Octagon debut, Punk gets an uneven amount of hate on social media -- and he's been vocal about it.
'UFC Fight Night 80: VanZant vs. Namajunas' lineup finalized with 12 bouts
The lineup is set for next month’s UFC Fight Night 80 event, which marks the first headliner for Paige VanZant and a quick turnaround for former title challenger Rose Namajunas.
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 10 p.m. ET)
•Rose Namajunas vs. Paige VanZant
•Michael Chiesa vs. Jim Miller
•Sage Northcutt vs. Cody Pfister
•Thiago “Marreta” Santos vs. Elias Theodorou
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:45 p.m. ET)
•John Howard vs. Tim Means
•Omari Akhmedov vs. Sergio Moraes
•Kevin Casey vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
•Johnny Eduardo vs. Aljamain Sterling
•Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Andreas Stahl
•Michael Graves vs. Danny Roberts
•Phillipe Nover vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
•Kailin Curran vs. Emily Kagan
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