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Monday 05.20.2013 8:00am ET | View Full Article
The MMA Hour is back in your life on Monday. Below is a rundown of who will be stopping by and when:
1:00 p.m. ET -- Gray Maynard will preview this weekend's UFC 160 title eliminator against T.J. Grant.
1:25 p.m. -- John Cholish will talk about why he decided to retire before this weekend's fight against Gleison Tibau.
1:45 p.m. -- Stephen Thompson will discuss his UFC 160 bout against Nah-Sh...
Sunday 05.19.2013 9:54pm ET | View Full Article
Mark Hunt will be fighting Junior dos Santos next Saturday night.
The heavyweight fighter will "likely" fly out tonight after getting his visa, the UFC confirmed to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani.Hunt's travel nightmare began around two weeks ago when he was stopped twice going to the airport because of a 2002 arrest. The UFC was even targeting Roy Nelson as a possible replacement if Hunt wouldn't...
Sunday 05.19.2013 9:00pm ET | View Full Article
Any time a fighter as accomplished as Vitor Belfort steps in the Octagon, there is always something factual of note to bring up.
In the case of "The Phenom," his name in the sport for more than a decade has been built around being one of the most dangerous first-round fighters in not just the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), but in all of mixed martial arts (MMA).
The Brazilian proved once...
Sunday 05.19.2013 4:56pm ET | View Full Article
It came down to the absolute last minute, but it seems Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Mark Hunt has finally been granted a work visa and will fight Junior dos Santos at UFC 160 on Saturday night (May 25, 2013).
On what was reportedly the final day for Hunt to get his visa and make his way to the United States, "The Super Samoan" has come through just six days before the event a...
Sunday 05.19.2013 3:07pm ET | View Full Article
UFC Middleweight Vitor Belfort demolished former Strikeforce champ Luke Rockhold in the first round of their UFC on FX 8 bout last night with a beautiful spinning wheel kick. Unfortunately for Belfort, what people want to talk about instead of his technique is his use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
MMA Junkie's John Morgan asked Belfort about TRT use at the post-fight press conferen...
Saturday 05.18.2013 11:48pm ET | View Full Article
UFC on FX 8 may have been short on stars, but the few that were in the arena on Saturday night made their presence felt with style.
Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza put on an absolute clinic, lulling Chris Camozzi into unconsciousness within a matter of seconds after locking in a first-round arm triangle for his UFC debut. And then came Vitor Belfort. An underdog o...
Saturday 05.18.2013 7:45pm ET | View Full Article
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Mark Hunt is still in New Zealand, unable to clear United States Customs and board a plane bound for Las Vegas, Nevada, to fight Junior dos Santos next weekend in the co-main event of UFC 160, which takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
"Super Samoan" has attempted numerous times and has been frustratingly turned back because of an old arrest tha...
Friday 05.17.2013 8:40pm ET | View Full Article
Friday 05.17.2013 5:38pm ET | View Full Article
Mark Hunt may not have his visa yet, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission granted him a license to fight Junior dos Santos at UFC 160 next weekend.
Hunt, who is still stuck in New Zealand awaiting a visa to fly to Las Vegas, told the commission on Friday that he is hopeful his visa will come soon."I'm still waiting." he said. "I think I should be getting one on Monday. Hopefully Monday...
Thursday 05.16.2013 3:14pm ET | View Full Article
It's become a popular position that Florida is a hotbed for weirdness, whether it be social, criminal, or in this case political. Adding fuel to the Floridian phenomena, two rival Mayors have decided to move their political battles into the cage for a charity event sometime this summer at Milander Auditorium in Hialeah, Florida.
The Miami Herald reports that Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez and Mi...
Thursday 05.16.2013 11:02am ET | View Full Article
Mayors in competing cities often place bets when there sports teams face off. Quite often, they offer the city's signature foods and gifts. For this year's Super Bowl, the San Francisco mayor spent a day in service in Baltimore after the Ravens won. But two mayors in south Florida are upending that tradition. They'll be the ones competing.
Carlos Hernandez, the mayor of Hialeah, and Michael Pizz...
Wednesday 05.15.2013 4:24pm ET | View Full Article
The UFC has asked Roy Nelson to fight Junior dos Santos at UFC 160 if Mark Hunt is unable to get his visa issues worked out.
Wednesday 05.15.2013 4:00pm ET | View Full Article
(This shit again? Oh, yes. This shit again. / Photo via Getty Images)
Twitter rallies, brutal victories and even celebrity endorsements could not get Mark Hunt what he deserved — a clear path to the UFC heavyweight title. When Hunt was booked for UFC 160 against former champion Junior Dos Santos, however, it looked like the New Zealander's violent campaign had finally paid off.
Dana White sai...
Wednesday 05.15.2013 9:34am ET | View Full Article
In case you hadn't heard, Chael Sonnen really, really wants to fight Wanderlei Silva.
Sonnen called out "The Ax Murderer" on television, Twitter, and even issued a 24-hour deadline for Silva to accept his challenge in recent weeks. The deadline ultimately came and went, and through it all Silva mostly remained mum on the subject. But that ended in magnificent fashion on Tuesday.
"Jon Jones and ...
Wednesday 05.15.2013 2:40am ET | View Full Article
Tuesday 05.14.2013 11:35pm ET | View Full Article
Even though Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials are confident Mark Hunt will fight Junior dos Santos at UFC 160 on May 25, 2013 (
His name is Roy Nelson.
Hunt has struggled to travel from his home country of New Zealand to Las Vegas, Nevada, which where UFC 160: "Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2" takes place in less than two weeks, because of visa issues. And as of this afternoon (May 14, 201...
Tuesday 05.14.2013 10:35pm ET | View Full Article
Last week MMA fans found out that UFC Heavyweight Mark Hunt was having trouble traveling to the U.S. due to issues obtaining a work visa. A 2002 arrest seems to be what's giving Hunt difficulties in making it to Las Vegas to fight Junior dos Santos. Hunt has remained confident that he'll eventually be able to board his flight, but as of Tuesday he's still in New Zealand.
On today's episode of UF...
Tuesday 05.14.2013 10:19pm ET | View Full Article
UFC officials have asked heavyweight contender Roy Nelson to apply for a license to fight Junior dos Santos in the co-main event of UFC 160, MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reported on Tuesday's edition of UFC Tonight.
Nelson has yet to accept the offer, but is expected to serve as a backup plan in the event that Mark Hunt is unable to resolve his ongoing visa issues. The Nevada State Athletic C...
Tuesday 05.14.2013 6:17pm ET | View Full Article
Brandon Vera is returning to the heavyweight division, where he first rose to prominence as a young prospect. He will face Ben Rothwell at UFC 164 on August 31st in Milwaukee, Wisconsin according to MMA Junkie. It's a highly intriguing contest because we could see "the best Brandon Vera ever", or "the old Brandon Vera", or "Brandon Vera 2.0 rebooted".
Vera (12-6, 1 NC) has not fought since a ...
Monday 05.13.2013 5:48pm ET | View Full Article
Daniel Cormier has a message for his American Kickboxing Academy teammate, Luke Rockhold, who makes his UFC debut Saturday against Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC on FX 8: Don't sweat it.
Last month, Cormier experienced what's known in the business as "the UFC jitters" before his unanimous decision win over Frank Mir in the UFC on FOX 7 co-main event. So, from one teammate to another, Co...