Jose Aldo, the Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight champ, has pulled out of a scheduled title defense against Conor McGregor because of a rib injury. Chad Mendes will step in to face McGregor for the interim title at UFC 189 on July 11 at the MGM Grand.
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Comparisons between UFC breakout female star Paige VanZant and Ronda Rousey are unavoidable. Both are attractive blondes with a whole lot of ability inside the cage. VanZant, a 21-year-old Reno native, improved to 2-0 in the UFC with a unanimous decision over Felice Herrig on Saturday in Newark, N.J., before a national TV audience on Fox.
Middleweights Luke Rockhold and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza each scored early submission wins at UFC on Fox 15 in Newark, N.J. They could be in line for a title shot, but first, champion Chris Weidman will fight Vitor Belfort on May 23.
A breakdown of the fights on the main card of UFC on Fox 15 today at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The card begins at 5 p.m. on Fox (5).
Gabriel Gonzaga bloodied Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, taking him down in the first two rounds of their UFC fight in Poland on Saturday. But the 40-year-old Filipovic finally launched an attack and finished off Gonzaga in the third.
Nate Diaz will return to welterweight to fight Matt Brown at UFC 189 on July 11 at the MGM Grand Garden. Diaz has fought at lightweight since 2011 and lost a decision to then-champion Benson Henderson in a title fight in 2012.
Former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson left the Ultimate Fighting Championship and signed with Bellator in 2013. He then re-signed with the UFC in late 2014, claiming a breach of contract by Bellator had made him a free agent.
Earlier this year, the UFC promised to overhaul its drug testing program. On Monday, it hired Jeff Novitzky — who investigated BALCO, Lance Armstrong and Roger Clemens — to run the organization’s clean initiative education program.
Chad Mendes stopped Ricardo Lamas midway through the first round of UFC Fight Night 63 on Saturday in Fairfax, Va., to secure his spot as the top contender for the Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight title.
Gray Maynard is back living in Las Vegas and ready to begin his ascent in the lightweight division when he faces Alexander Yakovlev on the preliminary card of Saturday’s Ultimate Fighting Championship card in Fairfax, Va. Maynard started his career 10-0-1, but has lost four of five fights since.
After 12 days on the road spent promoting his July 11 fight against Jose Aldo by poking and prodding the UFC featherweight champion at every opportunity, top contender Conor McGregor saved his final act of defiance for the final media appearance.
Jose Aldo has held the UFC featherweight title since 2010, longer than the champs in any other division. “I look at the champions and see them lose and take lessons from that,” he said as he focuses on his July 11 fight with Conor McGregor at the MGM Grand.
Former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, arguably the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s most marketable fighter ever, ended months of speculation that he would return to the organization by announcing on ESPN that he has signed a new deal with World Wrestling Entertainment.
Conor McGregor expects to win the featherweight belt from longtime champ Jose Aldo in UFC 189 on July 11 at MGM Grand. Why is he so confident? “Fear has a strong stench and he is reeking of it,” the Irishman says of the champ. “I simply see fear.”
Apparently, Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar Ronda Rousey has a few other skills besides inflicting her painful, tapout-inducing armbar move on a rival mixed martial-arts fighter. Rousey has political pull, too.
Welterweight contender Demian Maia took Ryan LaFlare to the ground early and often on his way to a unanimous decision Saturday in the main event of an Ultimate Fighting Championship card in Rio de Janeiro. The loss was the first in LaFlare’s career.
Former middleweight title challenger Demian Maia will fight Ryan LaFlare in the welterweight main event of an Ultimate Fighting Championship card Saturday in Rio de Janeiro. LaFlare is 11-0 as a professional.
Despite a knee injury, UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos left little doubt about the outcome by winning all five rounds on all three scorecards against Anthony Pettis in UFC 185 in Dallas on Saturday night.
Rafael dos Anjos defeats Anthony Pettis by unanimous decision to win the UFC’s lightweight championship, and Joanna Jedrzejczyk scores a second-round knockout over Carla Esparza to take the women’s strawweight title.
Anthony Pettis will defend his lightweight championship against Rafael dos Anjos on Saturday in the main event of UFC 185 in Dallas. Pettis, who has battled injuries throughout his career, has won nine of his past 10 fights.
The main event of UFC 185 matches lightweight champion Anthony Pettis against Rafael dos Anjos. Pettis has stopped four straight opponents in the first or second round and might be the most explosive athlete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Carla Esparza, an accomplished wrestler, became the UFC’s female strawweight champion in December. But challenger Joanna Jedrzejczyk plans to stay on her feet Saturday and take Esparza’s title at UFC 185 in Dallas.
A middleweight bout between Uriah Hall and Rafael Natal has been added to the UFC 187 lineup, the organization announced Thursday.