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Tuesday 05.21.2013 12:00pm ET | View Full Article
Vitor Belfort's knockout win over Luke Rockhold last Saturday predictably received quite a bit of attention in the hours that followed. There were those who simply wanted to enjoy it for the "wow" factor, and others who used it as a springboard to delve once again into the debate over testosterone replacement therapy. Both viewpoints have validity. As Belfort's supporters note, he is not breaking...
Sunday 05.19.2013 8:00pm ET | View Full Article
UFC on FX 8: "Belfort vs. Rockhold" is in the books and in the organization's second event in Brazil of 2013, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) delivered a tremendous night of mixed martial arts (MMA) action that was filled with submissions and knockouts.
Vitor Belfort, Ronaldo Souza, Rafael dos Anjos and Rafael Natal were the big winners Saturday night (May 18, 2013) at Arena Jaragua in ...
Sunday 05.19.2013 4:00pm ET | View Full Article
It was a big night for Brazilians, who won 12 of 13 bouts before a hot partisan crowd at Arena Jaragua in Santa Catarina, Brazil on Saturday night.
Vitor Belfort's knockout of Luke Rockhold in the main event was both a thing of violent beauty, and of controversy, due to the elephant in the room of testosterone replacement therapy being used by a fighter who had earlier in his career failed ...
Sunday 05.19.2013 1:00pm ET | View Full Article
With over 16 years of professional experience at the tender age of 36, it doesn't appear Vitor Belfort is slowing down one bit following his incredible spinning head kick knockout of Luke Rockhold (watch it here) in the UFC on FX 8 main event Saturday (May 18, 2013) night in Santa Catarina, Brazil.
Under almost any other circumstances, Belfort would be the clear-cut No. 1 contender in the middl...
Saturday 05.18.2013 11:47pm ET | View Full Article
I think we can officially stop asking to see "the old Vitor," since the new one would probably kick his ass.
Just ask Luke Rockhold, who was on the receiving end of one of the most spectacular head kick finishes in the history of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). In addition, he now replaces Adam Cella as "that guy who got KTFO with that kick."
Vitor Belfort (23-10) defeated the form...
Friday 05.17.2013 1:19pm ET | View Full Article
T.J. Grant heard the critics after the announcement that the winner of his UFC 160 bout with Gray Maynard would get the next shot at Benson Henderson's lightweight championship.
Several observers, including this reporter, questioned whether a title shot for Maynard or Grant was the wisest decision, given the top of the lightweight division still features the likes of Gilbert Melendez, who many f...
Tuesday 05.14.2013 8:00am ET | View Full Article
Cauliflower ear is one of the more common byproducts of grappling. There are the more famous ones such as Randy Couture's ear that was featured on ESPN the Magazine, or the balloon ear of James Thompson that Kimbo Slice popped during their 2008 bout (which is still one of the most watched fights in MMA history).
Today, another more gruesome iteration of these traumatized ears is floating the web...
Friday 05.10.2013 12:00pm ET | View Full Article
The May 18 middleweight fight between Vitor Belfort and Luke Rockhold is drawing more attention that your standard basic cable main event.
Part of that is due to the fight's significance in the divisional scheme. Rockhold was the final Strikeforce middleweight champ and brings a nine-fight win streak into the UFC on FX 8 bout in Brazil. Belfort, since dropping to 185 pounds five years ago, hasn...
Wednesday 05.08.2013 2:30pm ET | View Full Article
You didn't think that a lack of fight cards in the early part of May would mean a corresponding lack of news, did you? MMA has a way of filling it's own void, which has been the case this week.
From Anderson Silva skipping out on UFC press events, to the announcement of Bellator's Fight Master cast, to the prospects of Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva, to Luke Rockhold's prospects for a middlewe...
Monday 05.06.2013 10:35pm ET | View Full Article
Since today is a day that ends in "y," Chael Sonnen has said something yesterday that contradicted what he said the day before.
While he isn't retiring (for now), I was fortunate enough to be able to watch his latest high-profile mixed martial arts (MMA) bout from a mere four rows away more than one week ago (Sat., April 27, 2013) at UFC 159, which took place at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J....
Friday 05.03.2013 1:00pm ET | View Full Article
Think back to February 5th, 2011. The scene was set in the Mandalay Bay Events Center for one of the biggest middleweight fights of the past few years - reigning P4P king Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort. Two of Brazil's biggest MMA stars met in front of 10,893 screaming fans in Vegas, with millions more watching on Brazilian TV. The Phenom's night ended with a front kick and some punches just 3:...
Wednesday 05.01.2013 7:50pm ET | View Full Article
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Tuesday 04.30.2013 1:00am ET | View Full Article
With Anderson Silva defending his title against Chris Weidman in July, Michael Bisping recently picking up a win at UFC 159, and standouts Luke Rockhold, Vitor Belfort, Costa Philippou, “Jacare” Souza, Chris Camozzi, and Rafael Natal all hitting the Octagon in May, the middleweight division looks like it could be in for a shakeup. So what better time is there than now to see how the 185-pound wei...
Monday 04.29.2013 9:30pm ET | View Full Article
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) now features "official" rankings on its website, UFC.com, covering all eight weight classes (including women) plus a pound-for-pound list. Rankings are updated approximately 36 hours after every UFC event, which means we're back with another installment following this past weekend's (April 27, 2013) UFC 159 show in Newark, New Jersey.
The biggest movers and s...
Monday 04.29.2013 1:00am ET | View Full Article
MR. JONESGuess we’ll be dealing with this Jon Jones guy at the top for a while, eh? Fresh from another dominant performance, one that tied him with Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz for most UFC title defenses at 205 pounds, Mr. Jones is starting to hear that All-Time great talk once again. To his credit, he’s taking it all in with grace and saying the right things, but man, it’s hard not to see that the ...
Sunday 04.28.2013 8:00pm ET | View Full Article
UFC 159: "Jones vs. Sonnen" is in the books and in one of the most anticipated pay-per-view (PPV) cards of the year; the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) produced one of the oddest shows in history as questionable fight tactics, eye pokes and broken appendages were a theme throughout the evening.
Jon Jones, Michael Bisping, Roy Nelson, Phil Davis and Pat Healy were the big winners Saturday (...
Sunday 04.28.2013 5:00pm ET | View Full Article
UFC 159 is in the books, and quite frankly it was not one of the UFC's better shows. If last week's UFC on Fox 7 was enthralling from start to finish, UFC 159 consisted of fouls interspersed with entertainment. The exciting moments were buried underneath an avalanche of both eye pokes and Joe Rogan ranting about how a new style of gloves will magically reduce the number of eye pokes we see. The o...
Sunday 04.28.2013 11:00am ET | View Full Article
Heading into his 2012 fight campaign, Michael Bisping stood just one win away from a title shot against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. Unfortunately, he suffered a major setback when Vitor Belfort popped him and dropped him earlier this year at the UFC on FX 7 event in Brazil.
Just a few months later, he found himself in the UFC 159 co-main...
Sunday 04.28.2013 10:34am ET | View Full Article
The UFC 159: Sonnen vs. Jones card seemed to hit a hitch before it even began with the scratch of a welterweight bout between Nick Catone and James Head, but things only got worse from there.
A tough night for referees Kevin Mulhall and Dan Miragliotta. If you hear a referee's name mentioned during a fight, something has gone awry. That would be an understatement tonight as both officials made q...
Sunday 04.28.2013 10:00am ET | View Full Article
A very odd top 10 middleweight match-up took place last night (April 27, 2013) as top contender Michael Bisping took on rival Alan Belcher in the co-main event of UFC 159 in Newark, New Jersey.
Both Bisping and Belcher entered the fight on the heels of losing their opportunities to potentially fight for the middleweight title. Belcher had cone up short against Yushin Okami while Bisping had fall...