Signal to Noise: UFC on FUEL TV 9, Invicta 5's best and worst
In the UFC's return to Stockholm, Sweden, and Invicta's fifth event of its existence, there was much to love and plenty to hate. As far as the UFC is concerned, losing their main event wasn't fortuitous. Their hectoring of fans who felt the card wasn't worth their time is also regrettable. Yet, plenty of fighters put on sensational performances, an Irish featherweight made an incredible UFC debut and the Swedish crowd showed up in support.
Invicta had a banner event as well. Known fighters returned with sensational performances, a new champion was crowned and a controversial figure returned to dominance.
It's time to separate the good from the bad, the winners from the losers and the signal from the noise...
UFC on Fuel TV 9: Through my eyes
So once again I was off to Stockholm, Sweden to watch the UFC, but this time was different, this time I was going not only as a fan. but a fan with Media Credentials. Always looking to make the most of an opportunity I booked into the same hotel as the fighters were staying hoping I would get the opportunity to mingle with the fighters during the build up and after there fights.
Conor McGregor targeted for UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 in Boston, Dublin in future
STOCKHOLM – With a dazzling UFC debut, a $60,000 "Knockout of the Night" bonus, and a quickly filling bandwagon, featherweight prospect Conor McGregor appears to have a date for his next fight.
Following McGregor's 67-second dismantling of Marcus Brimage (6-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at Saturday's UFC on FUEL TV 9 event at Stockholm's Ericsson Globe Arena, the Irish fighter next will fight in a city with Irish roots.
Brad Pickett aiming for Michael McDonald-like foe after UFC on FUEL TV 9 win
STOCKHOLM – When perusing his division's rankings, Brad Pickett often finds his opponent's name further down the list from his own. However, he hopes it's a trend that soon ends.
Pickett (23-7 MMA, 3-2 UFC) earned a split-decision victory over fellow bantamweight Mike Easton (13-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) on Saturday's UFC on FUEL TV 9 main card at Stockholm's Ericsson Globe Arena.
Ross Pearson says foot not broken after UFC on FUEL TV 9 victory
A backstage injury didn't turn out to be as severe as Ross Pearson originally thought.
While warming up backstage for an eventual TKO victory over Ryan Couture in Saturday's UFC on FUEL TV 9 co-headliner, the British lightweight believed he had broken his foot after a kick bounced off a pad and hit coach Eric Del Fierro's elbow.
Colin Fletcher announces UFC release.
TUF: The Smashes lightweight runner-up Colin Fletcher is no longer with the UFC following a loss to Mike Ricci at UFC 158.
The first cut casualty of UFC 158 has been announced. Lightweight Colin Fletcher announced on Twitter that he's been released from the UFC after just two fights.
'UFC 161: Barao vs. Wineland' lineup set, tickets on sale this week
The 13-bout lineup, including a championship headliner between interim bantamweight titleholder Renan Barao (30-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) and challenger Eddie Wineland (20-8-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC), is set for June's UFC 161 event.
The pay-per-view event takes place June 15 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. FX and Facebook carry the prelims.
UFC Victory Under His Belt, Popular Irishman Conor McGregor is Now Shipping Up to Boston
Irishman Conor McGregor went from collecting a little less than $250 per week to being paid thousands for fighting in the UFC, and now he’s shipping up to Boston.
UFC president Dana White – who prior to a recent trip to Ireland knew little of McGregor – said the Irishman went a long way towards securing a spot on the UFC’s next trip to Boston, which kicks off the launch of Fox Sports 1 on Aug. 17.
McGregor’s knockout of Marcus Brimage at 1:07 of their fight in Sweden on Saturday certainly won his UFC boss over.
“The answer is yes,” answered White, prior to the question even being posed. “You’re gonna ask if we’re gonna put McGregor on (the Boston) card...
Ross Pearson suffered backstage foot injury at UFC on FUEL TV 9
As bad as things got on the week of UFC on FUEL TV 9, they couldn't have gotten worse: The event nearly lost its co-headliner just hours before it was set to begin.
Ross Pearson (15-6 MMA, 7-3 UFC), who eventually knocked out fellow lightweight Ryan Couture (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in Saturday's FUEL TV-televised co-main event, began warming up backstage at Stockholm's Ericsson Globe Arena and instantly knew there was trouble...
Gegard Mousasi fought Ilir Latifi on injured knee, will undergo surgery
If Gegard Mousasi seemed slow and deliberate in his unanimous decision victory over Ilir Latifi in Saturday's UFC on Fuel 9 main event, he had a good reason.
The former Strikeforce and Dream champion revealed following the event that he suffered a knee injury during his training camp, which will require surgery.
Mousasi, who improved to 34-3-2 on his career, didn't want to get into the specifics of the injury, but elaborated as best as he could at the post-fight press conference...
From welfare to custom suits, Conor McGregor says UFC win biggest of career
While it's already being praised as one of the most impressive UFC debuts in recent memory, Conor McGregor's UFC on FUEL TV 9 win didn't just boost his notoriety in the sport: It's also going to get him off welfare.
"Just last week I was collecting the social welfare," McGregor (13-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) said at Saturday's UFC on FUEL TV 9 post-event press conference. "I was in there saying to them, 'I don't know what's going to happen. I'm signed to the UFC. I don't know. Blah, blah, blah.' Now I supposed I'm just going to have to tell them, 'F--k off!'"