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...
Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson set for UFC 166 co-main event
After some speculation he might test the free-agent market, Roy Nelson (19-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has instead signed a new multi-fight deal with the UFC and will face Daniel Cormier (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) this fall.
UFC officials today announced the bout following an initial report from the Houston Chronicle. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) subsequently confirmed Nelson's new deal with sources close to the promotion.
Thank god! I was worried this fight wasn't going to happen for a little while
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...
The economics of UFC fight-night bonuses
Say you're a first-time UFC fighter. A stretch for most of us, I know, but bear with me.
Say you built up a nice record on regional MMA events, stayed motivated and hungry and constantly in shape, then you got the call. You're going to make your debut on the preliminary portion of a UFC pay-per-view. This is your big chance.
And your pay for this big chance? $8,000 to show and another $8,000 to win. Not exactly a jackpot, but it's a start. Then again, once you factor in taxes and management and the cost of your own training camp just to get to this point, you might be lucky if you have enough left over to get you to the next fight...
Dana White talks to Maggie Gray on SI Now about fight fixing
After the first round of shots were fired over on ESPN 2, Dana White took Sports Illustrated up on an invitation to appear on their SI Now show with Maggie Gray, and get to the heart of the fight fixing issue... sort of.
In an admirable move Sports Illustrated looked to confront their most recent and harshest current critic, Dana White, head on over his dislike of a recent round table discussion on the possibility that UFC 162 was fixed. SI did give Dana his say, but the conversation more or less devolved into bickering over who watched who's product and whether or not SI's panel was generally discussing fight fixing or whether or not the UFC main event was fixed.