Due to a previously scheduled Arena Football game at the HP Pavilion, today’s UFC on FOX 7 weigh-ins were held less than a mile away at the California Theater. The small theater was completely filled with cheering fans and all the fighters they came to see made weight.
The UFC heavyweight title is on the line tonight in the UFC 160 main event from inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Cain Velasquez will look for a repeat performance as he defends his title against Antonio Silva, who will be looking to avoid that repeat performance.
Ask an MMA fan who Keith Miner is and they will likely shrug their shoulders, explain to them he is an MMA fighter who also happens to be an amputee and they’ll likely mistake him for Nick Newell. Keith Miner is also an amputee turned Mixed Martial Artist who will be fighting on the June 19th Bellator MMA undercard and in doing so will become the first amputee to fight for the promotion.
There was one last weekend, there will be one this weekend, and there will likely be one every weekend for the foreseeable future. As fans, we’re all heart-broken when we feel an injustice has been done to a fighter via poor judges decisions. Sometimes we had money on someone we feel was “robbed” or perhaps we just wanted to see our favorite guy advance. If you take pains to be impartial, you might just hate the fact these decisions are a blemish on the sport we all love and a disservice to fighters.
Next Month’s UFC 161 suffered a major loss this past weekend when the night’s main event was scratched and replaced by the co-main event. In an attempt to bolster the main card, a heavyweight bout between Roy Nelson and Stipe Miocic was added. The side effects of the resulting turn of events have currently left two fighters on the UFC 161 bench.
The UFC made its second trip to Brazil this year for tonight’s 13 bout UFC on FX 8 fight card. Headlined by an important middleweight bout featuring Vitor Belfort, who also in the main event of Brazilian card back in January.
Back from another trip to Brazil the UFC returns home this Memorial Day weekend with a heavyweight title fight and UFC 160. Having regained his title in December of last year, Cain Velasquez defends the heavyweight title against a man in Antonio Silva that he completely destroyed almost exactly one year ago.
Fighters have thin skin these days. Say someone hits like a girl, or that they make funny noises during a match, or that they’re legally cheating with TRT, and all of a sudden everyone has hurt feelings. Back in the day, this was just your standard banter before the fight, and for good reason: Everyone was scared shitless. If you’re a judoka walking into a rickety cage against some monster of unknown origins and skills, you’re damn right you’re going to call him a name or three to make yourself feel better.
The UFC heads into uncharted territory with its upcoming 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter. The long running reality series will feature women coaches for the first time, as well as both male and female fighters living in the same house while separately competing for a UFC contract.
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A small fight organization trying to make some waves, Championship Fighting Alliance has parlayed a national news story into a chance to appear on AXS TV. While the co-main event with Fallon Fox is what everyone is talking about, there’s actually some substantial quality fights on the card that should more than exceed expectations.
Another night and another title on the line as the UFC rolls into Fight City USA with an outstanding UFC 160 fight card. Our main event is a rematch you wouldn’t expect, yet one that is hard to argue against, as Cain Velasquez faces Antonio Silva for the second time. Silva was destroyed in their last fight, but a win over Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem paved his way to another chance at a win over Velasquez. The gold at the end of the rainbow just sweetens the pot.