• Kingdom plans on going out swinging in final season

    If past history is an indicator, the Audience Network series Kingdom never should have made it out of its first season, let alone into its third. But as the mixed martial arts drama counts down to its final episode this year, it leaves the TV universe as a series right up there with the other stalwarts of this Golden Age of television. And the reasons are simple.First, MMA is the backdrop, but the stories being told can hit home to anybody.Second, the characters aren’t cardboard cutouts or walking, talking clichés.Third, the show’s creator, Byron Balasco, got MMA right, and ... Read the Full Article Here
  • Fight Night Oklahoma City: Fight-by-fight preview

    MICHAEL CHIESA VS KEVIN LEEEven without their press conference scuffle, the OKC main event between Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee was a must see bout and it’s easy to see why. These are two of the top up and comers in the lightweight division, and the winner will likely creep closer to a place in the title picture. So who gets it? This is one of those fights where we’ll just have to wait and see, because for all of Lee’s promise, Chiesa is that guy who always finds a way to win. It’s hard to imagine this not being one of the best fights of 2017. Enjoy it.TIM BOETSCH VS JO ... Read the Full Article Here
  • Italy's Marvin Vettori adjusting to life in states

    It’s the toughest question Marvin Vettori will get when it comes to acclimating to life in the United States, but he has no problem answering if he’s able to find good Italian food in California. “No,” he said. “It’s very, very hard. It’s always American Italian, so it’s not real Italian.”Now that’s an adjustment. “I knew from before that I would have some hard times that way, but it’s all right,” he laughs. “I had to come here. It wasn’t even an option. But the food there is different, for sure.”At ... Read the Full Article Here
  • Martin aware of mental game, knows he has to believe he's best

    Tony Martin is like most athletes. When it’s time to compete, he believes he’s the baddest man on the planet. Yet as he points out, just thinking it isn’t enough.“To be an elite athlete in any sport, you gotta believe that you’re better, you’ve got to believe that you’ve put in the harder work and that you want it more and that you’re willing to give more to be the better athlete,” said Martin, who faces Johnny Case this Sunday in Oklahoma City. “I have to go into every fight with that mentality. But to help with that, you’ve ... Read the Full Article Here
  • UFC welcomes Golden Knights to Las Vegas

    The Vegas Golden Knights are officially ready to drop the gloves after members of the newly formed NHL hockey team visited UFC headquarters Thursday afternoon in the fight capital of the world.Marc-Andre Fleury, Deryk Engelland, Jason Garrison, Brayden McNabb and Reid Duke were selected by the Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft. UFC officials, fighters and staff welcomed the players to Las Vegas with special UFC Fight Kit Champions edition hoodies to celebrate their arrival.“We’ve been waiting for a pro sports team, other than us, to come to Las Vegas for a long time,” ... Read the Full Article Here
  • Ten Best - BJ Penn’s Most Memorable Moments

    On June 25, former UFC welterweight and lightweight champion BJ Penn returns to the Octagon to battle Dennis Siver in Oklahoma City. It’s the latest big fight for “The Prodigy” and one he hopes will join the fights below as a defining moment in his Hall of Fame career.Caol Uno – November 2, 2001 – UFC 34Result – Penn KO1 (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)Penn burst on the UFC scene in May of 2001, when he made his pro debut with a first round stoppage of Joey Gilbert at UFC 31. After following that win up with a stoppage of legitimate contender Din Thomas in the fi ... Read the Full Article Here
  • UFC Unfiltered: Chiesa, Carnevale and Shawn Wayans

    Actor, producer, writer, and comedian Shawn Wayans joins Matt and guest co-host Phoenix Carnevale in studio to talk about everything from his film career, In Living Color, and the writing process, to what drives him to do standup comedy and his thoughts on Conor vs. Floyd. Later, #7 UFC Lightweight contender Michael Chiesa calls in to discuss his return to the Octagon after more than a year away, Kevin Lee as an opponent and their press conference run-in awhile back, Tony Ferguson, Conor McGregor, and watching his first UFC fight on VHS. Plus, Matt and Phoenix talk about Germaine de Randamie's ... Read the Full Article Here
  • Boetsch wants to show Hendricks he doesn't belong at 185

    Five years ago in Calgary, Tim Boetsch welcomed Hector Lombard to the UFC.One of the biggest free agent signings in years, the chiseled Cuban judoka had spent the previous five years amassing a 25-fight unbeaten streak, finishing 19 of those opponents and generating a ton of buzz as he moved towards his Octagon debut. He was expected to be an instant title contender in the middleweight division and many viewed his bout with Boetsch as a chance for Lombard to get a solid win under his belt right out of the gate before moving on to face the division’s elite.Instead, Boetsch walked into the ... Read the Full Article Here
  • Tuesday Night Contender Series to premiere July 11

    In 99.9% of the cases, there are no shortcuts in the fight game. Sure, a fighter might get the right management or backing from the start, and he or she may even be able to skip over those fights in a barn somewhere making $200 to show with no win bonus. But even then, there is a road to be taken where there are fights against lesser talents or no hopers on the regional scene, all in a quest to build a record and gain experience.It isn’t as bad in mixed martial arts as in boxing, where a couple dozen of those fights may take place before a step up in competition is taken. But it was in t ... Read the Full Article Here
  • Hendricks overcomes weighty issue to find new lease on UFC career

    Someone call Doc Brown because Johny Hendricks would like to borrow the DeLorean.Go ahead and set the date to October 2, 2015, the day the former welterweight champion was supposed to hit the scales to make his bout with then contender, now champion, Tyron Woodley official while you’re at it.“I wish I’d have listened to myself a long time ago because I would have been at ’85 two years ago,” said Hendricks, happily counting down the days until he will step into the Octagon as a middleweight for the second time this Sunday against Tim Boetsch. “As soon as I mi ... Read the Full Article Here
  • The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption - Ep. 10 Recap

      // The semifinal matchups are set after two fights took place on the latest episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption. The first matchup this week saw Jesse Taylor take on Hayder Hassan, who was the last remaining member of Team Garbrandt still in the competition. Before the fighters could even step on the scale to weigh in, bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and fellow coach TJ Dillashaw began jawing at each other while once again getting into a brutal war of words in front of their teams. The back and forth argument ended up involving Team Garbrandt assistant coaches Just ... Read the Full Article Here
  • The Ultimate Fighter Redemption: Ep. 10 Preview

    Don't miss a brand new Ultimate Fighter episode this Wednesday on FS1Following Dhiego Lima's hard fought win over Gilbert Smith on last week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption, the quarterfinal matchups roll on with two fights this week, as Jesse Taylor battles Hayder Hassan while James Krause takes on Ramsey Nijem. As it stands, Hassan is the last remaining member of Team Garbrandt after Justin Edwards was eliminated in the first quarterfinal matchup by Tom Gallicchio. Hassan earned his second chance in the competition thanks to the wild card, as he earned a vicious first rou ... Read the Full Article Here
  • Lee not worried what people think, he'll keep doing him

    When it comes to talking about fights, the fight game, and the big picture he hopes a world championship will create for him, lightweight contender Kevin Lee can get a little intense.“Kids see these drug dealers and they’ve got the nice cars, the bling, the girls,” said Lee, who headlines Sunday’s UFC Fight Night card in Oklahoma City against Michael Chiesa. “That’s what you want as a kid. But you can work your ass off and still get the same things these dudes got and you can feel better about it because you know why you got yours. You don’t have to ... Read the Full Article Here
  • UFC Unfiltered: Johny Hendricks and Singapore recap

    Former UFC Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks calls in to talk about his UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Lee co-main event bout against Tim Boetsch, feeling great going through another camp as a Middleweight, CSAC's new weightclasses, and fighting back home in Oklahoma for the first time in ten years. Plus, Jim and Matt break down the fights from Singapore over the weekend, and discuss Matt Hughes's condition, the unfortunate passing of former UFC fighter Tim Hague, Conor vs. Floyd officially being booked, and Germaine de Randamie being removed as UFC Women's Featherweight champion.Some of the ... Read the Full Article Here
  • UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Lee Fantasy Cheat Sheet

    UFC Fight Night will land in Oklahoma City this Sunday night with a huge lightweight showdown featured in the main event, as former Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Chiesa takes on surging contender Kevin Lee. Chiesa and Lee are not only two of the brightest rising stars at 155 pounds, but they also have plenty of pride on the line after they nearly got into a fight well ahead of this card after a heated showdown at the UFC Summer Kickoff press conference. Personal feelings aside, Chiesa and Lee have a unique opportunity to make a huge statement this weekend, with the winner almost assuredl ... Read the Full Article Here
  • UFC champ Michael Bisping, Cub Swanson celebrate UFC Gym Costa Mesa grand opening on Saturday

    UFC GYM®, the rapidly-expanding fitness franchise that brings mixed martial arts (MMA) to the masses, welcomes fitness enthusiasts and athletes alike to attend the grand opening of its 18,000 square-foot Costa Mesa location taking place on Saturday, June 24, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Located at 2860 Harbor Boulevard, this ultramodern fitness facility features a 24-foot Octagon®, strength training and cardio machines, battle ropes, agility ladders, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu studio and premium functional training equipment –is their first foray into the world of franchising for franc ... Read the Full Article Here
  • Chiesa still evolving, didn't want 'tune-up' fight in return

    No athlete needs a back injury that results in a year away from his or her sport. But before his return this Sunday to face fellow lightweight contender Kevin Lee, Michael Chiesa is able to see the last 12 months in a glass half full light.“A good day last year probably felt like a s**tty day this year,” he said. “My body was so run down I never knew what it felt to be a hundred percent.”In his nine years as a mixed martial artist, Chiesa pushed himself in the gym as hard as he did in his fights, and through it all, he never chose to step back and take a break, even w ... Read the Full Article Here
  • Anderson's UFC jump opens door for Evinger

     Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson’s jump to the UFC has opened the door for the most dominant champion in Invicta history – reigning bantamweight champ Tonya “Triple Threat” Evinger – to jump up to the 145lbs division. Anderson was scheduled to face undefeated Ukranian Helena Kolesnyk in the main event of Invicta FC 24 on Saturday, July 15. However, the Australian puncher has graduated to UFC level and will now face Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino at UFC 214 on Saturday, July 29, for the vacant UFC featherweight championship. The eagerly-awaited Cy ... Read the Full Article Here
  • UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia Fantasy Rewind

    Think you know how the next fight card will play out? Play UFC Pick 'Em Former women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm returned to the win column on Saturday with a spectacular third-round knockout over Bethe Correia to cap off an action-packed card from Singapore. Holm entered the fight with three straight losses, so she knew this was a make or break moment if she wanted to get back into title contention. Holm stuck to her game plan early by not over extending in her striking attack while waiting for the normally aggressive Correia to come after her. While the first two rounds didn't produc ... Read the Full Article Here
  • The Scorecard: Who were the big winners in Singapore?

    Saturday’s UFC Singapore event is in the books, and now that the dust has settled in Kallang, it’s time to go to the scorecard to see who the big winners were at Singapore Indoor Stadium.1 - Holly HolmAfter losing three straight, Holly Holm needed last Saturday’s knockout of Bethe Correia. Note that I didn’t say she needed a win, but that she needed that kind of win to remind the world just how good she is and what she brings to the table in not just one, but two weight classes. Does Holm’s head kick finish of Correia put her in line for a bantamweight title sho ... Read the Full Article Here