Jose Aldo has a ‘new vision’ for rematch with Max Holloway

RIO DE JANEIRO – It is no secret that Jose Aldo is a simple man. It doesn’t matter that he is one of the great legends of the MMA world – outside the Octagon, he is just Junior, as the most intimate of his friends and family call him. This is always clear when the now featherweight title challenger makes public appearances. On Monday, he participated in a media day at the Upper Arena, Team Nova União’s new home in Rio de Janeiro. The sleepy face and bare feet showed that Aldo didn’t spend hours preparing to talk to reporters. “I woke up late and came straight to the gym,” he would con … Read the Full Article Here

UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum Fantasy Cheat Sheet

The UFC will debut in mainland China this Saturday with a main event where former middleweight champion Michael Bisping steps up on two weeks’ notice to face the always dangerous Kelvin Gastelum in a five-round fight. Gastelum was contemplating a move back down to welterweight following his last fight, but the opportunity to headline this card in China kept him at 185 pounds. Now he’ll have the opportunity to face Bisping, who is looking to wash the bad taste of defeat out of his mouth following a loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217. Also on the card, Li Jingliang will look for his four … Read the Full Article Here

Unfiltered Episode 148: Din Thomas and UFC Fight Night Sydney Recap

American Top Team coach and former UFC fighter, Din Thomas, joins Jim and Matt in-studio for the whole show to discuss a variety of topics including UFC Fight Night Sydney, Colby Covington’s run-in with Fabricio Werdum, Volkan Oezdemir’s legal issues, Cyborg vs. Holly Holm, Tyron Woodley’s potential fight against Nate Diaz, Nik Lentz, Dana White: Lookin’ For a Fight, and much more.
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Din and Matt on Colby Covington

Din on Nik Lentz’s animosity towards ATT

Din on Will Brooks

Matt is picking Holly Holm over Cyborg at UFC 219

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Soukhamthath steps in for Caraway in Fresno

After a pair of razor-thin split decision losses, Andre “The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath hopes to take the judges out of the equation On Dec. 9 when he battles Luke Sanders in a UFC Fight Night bout at Save Mart Center in Fresno.

Soukhamthath replaces Bryan Caraway, who was forced out of the bout due to injury.

The card, which is headlined by an explosive featherweight bout between Cub Swanson and Brian Ortega, airs live on FS1.

After parlaying a three-fight knockout streak into a call from the UFC, hard-hitting Rhode Island native Soukhamthath has fallen just short of victory in bouts against Albert Morales and Alejandro Perez, but he’s expecting that the third time will be the charm against the always exciting Sanders, who owns wins over Terrion Ware and Maximo Blanco, the latter victory earning him Performance of the Night honors.

Lineker to face Rivera at UFC 219

An injury to Dominick Cruz has forced the former UFC bantamweight champion out of his UFC 219 bout against Jimmie Rivera on Dec. 30. Stepping in to meet the New Jersey standout in a 135-pound matchup at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will be hard-hitting Brazilian contender John Lineker.

UFC 219 airs live on Pay-Per-View and tickets go on sale December 1. In a recently announced championship bout on the card, UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg defends her crown against Holly Holm.

UFC Sydney Scorecard

Saturday’s UFC Sydney event is in the books, and now that the dust has settled down under, it’s time to go to the scorecard to see who the big winners were at Qudos Bank Arena.1 – Frank Camacho and Damien BrownHad to put this pair of Fight of the Night winners together because separating them defeats the point. Yes, Frank Camacho missed weight and he emerged victorious, but Damien Brown can’t be listed as 1a or 2 on this list because it takes two to put together a war like these lightweights delivered in Sydney, and while Brown didn’t get a win bonus, calling him … Read the Full Article Here

On the Rise: Shanghai Edition

The non-stop month of November wraps up this weekend with the UFC’s first event on Mainland China, airing exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS.While this month has already produced a handful of stunning performances from established stars – the trio of new champions crowned at UFC 217, Dustin Poirier’s victory over Anthony Pettis, Matt Brown’s hellacious finish of Diego Sanchez – there have also been a slew of emerging prospects that have propelled themselves into the spotlight or taken another step forward in their development in the previous few weeks.This weekend&rsqu … Read the Full Article Here

3 Australian Fighters Impress In UFC Debuts At UFC Fight Night 121 In Sydney

For the past five years, the UFC has visited Australia during November or December. This year’s event, UFC Fight Night 121 took place at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. The event, held on November 18, was headlined by a decidedly non-local heavyweight bout between Brazilian competitor Fabricio Werdum and Polish fighter Marcin Tybura. Before the two big boys stepped into The Octagon a number of fighters with Australian roots threw down. Three of those pugilists – Nadia Kassem, Tai Tuivasa and Jessica Rose-Clark were impressive in their UFC debuts.
 
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Ottow sets big goals ahead of first co-main in Shanghai

Zak Ottow poses for a post fight portrait backstage after defeating Joshua Burkman during the UFC Fight Night event at the Moda Center on October 1, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)” align=”center” /> There was good news and bad news for Zak Ottow when he got the call to face Li Jingliang this weekend in Shanghai.The good news was his first co-main event as a UFC fighter. The bad? He has to travel halfway around the world to Li’s backyard of China to do it. Yet when you talk to “The Barbarian,” he’s got no problem with making the 15-hour flight … Read the Full Article Here

UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs Tybura Fantasy Rewind

Taking a main event fight on short notice didn’t rattle former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum one bit as he earned a unanimous decision win over Marcin Tybura to cap off the latest UFC Fight Night card from Australia.
While he’s arguably the greatest submission specialist in heavyweight history, Werdum showed off his striking chops on Saturday night as he punished Tybura round after round with forward pressure and great combinations throughout all 25 minutes.
Werdum made Tybura pay with every shot he landed, including several nasty kicks to the body that left the Polish heavyweight w … Read the Full Article Here