UFC 213's Romero-Whittaker worthy of a belt

Michael Bisping is injured and Georges St-Pierre won’t be ready to fight until November. The plan was for those two legends to face off in 2017 for the middleweight title, but time waits for no super fight.UFC president Dana White announced that an interim middleweight title will be created while Bisping recovers. In the meantime, No. 1-ranked Yoel Romero and No. 3-ranked Robert Whittaker will vie for the interim strap in a high stakes co-main event at UFC 213.The title hasn’t been in play since October 2016, when Bisping defeated Dan Henderson to make his first title defense.Romer … Read the Full Article Here
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UFC Unfiltered: Neil deGrasse Tyson joins show

Astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson joins Jim and Matt in studio to discuss his wrestling and rowing days at Harvard, being the only kid he knew who never had a fight, the Big Bang, flat Earth theories, knowledge of the universe being liberating, and much more. Plus, the guys talk about UFC Fight Night Stockholm, Conor McGregor signing on to fight Floyd Mayweather, and Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno.Some of the highlights from Episode 96 of UFC Unfiltered include:Neil deGrasse Tyson on wrestling in high school Neil deGrasse Tyson on dismantling the ego with knowledge of … Read the Full Article Here
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Nunes-Shevchenko to main event UFC 213; Romero-Whittaker will co-main

UFC president Dana White on Tuesday announced big changes to the UFC 213 card on July 8 in Las Vegas.Amanda Nunes (14-4) will defend her women’s bantamweight title against Valentina Shevchenko (14-2) in the main event at T-Mobile Arena, while middleweights Yoel Romero (12-1) and Robert Whittaker (19-4) will battle for the interim title in the co-main event.The scheduled bantamweight title bout between Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw, both of whom have served as coaches in the current season of The Ultimate Fighter, has been removed from the card. Read the Full Article Here
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Lane brings new focus to the Octagon

 
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Julian Lane knows that the phrase, “Let me bang, bro,” will follow him for eternity. But nearly five years after his plea on The Ultimate Fighter 16 went viral and became a part of the fight game lexicon, he’s at peace with it.“I’m immune to it,” he laughs. “I actually embrace it now. That’s what people know me by, and just because someone says that, it doesn’t mean they’re dogging me. It’s cool.”The 29-year-old, who faces Ramsey Nijem on Wednesday’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption, i … Read the Full Article Here
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Oezdemir looks to continue making mark

It’s very likely that only diehard mixed martial arts fans knew who Volkan Oezdemir was before his short-notice UFC debut against Ovince Saint Preux in February. Then he upset the former world title challenger and everybody knew the man with the coolest name in the sport.But whether they were in the corner of the Switzerland native or not, he was focused on just one thing: winning.“I just came here to win my fight and I wasn’t listening to anything,” said Oezdemir, who faces Misha Cirkunov in Sunday’s UFC Fight Night co-main event in Stockholm. “There was on … Read the Full Article Here
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During time away Ramsey Nijem found reason to keep fighting

 
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Ramsey Nijem needed a break. Not surprising since he hadn’t had one since he was a child.“I started training when I was a little kid,” he explains. “My dad trained us, made us go to boxing and then into wrestling. I went to college wrestling, then straight from that to fighting pro and then into the UFC. I hadn’t had a break since I was 5 years old, so I think that was a big thing.”It was. So big that when he was released from his UFC contract after a controversial decision loss to Andrew Holbrook in July 2015, he wasn’t in a parti … Read the Full Article Here
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UFC selects Hospital for Special Surgery as global brand's first ever official hospital

LAS VEGAS UFC® today announced that Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) will serve as the global brand’s first-ever official hospital. The new multi-year partnership provides UFC with access to the hospital’s sports medicine physicians, who will serve as orthopedic consultants in conjunction with the brand’s medical team. “We are excited to partner with a world-class medical provider of HSS’ caliber,” UFC Chief Operating Officer Ike Lawrence Epstein said. “The health and safety of UFC athletes is our top priority, and this partnership further extend … Read the Full Article Here
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On the Rise: Stockholm Edition

This weekend, the UFC returns to Sweden with a card headlined by perennial light heavyweight contenders Glover Teixeira and Alexander Gustafsson and featuring an array of emerging talents battling to make a name for themselves and establish their footing in their respective divisions. It’s the kind of card that usually features one or two upstarts taking another step forward and delivering the kind of performance it takes to stand out from the pack.Here’s a look at three fighters who poised to emerge from the shadows in Stockholm.This is On the Rise: Stockholm Edition.
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Stockholm Cheat Sheet: All you need to know before fight night

Think you know how the next fight card will play out? Play UFC Pick ‘EmAs the UFC returns to Sweden this weekend, the main event pits two of the top light heavyweights in the world together in a matchup that could determine the next No. 1 contender in the division. Alexander Gustafsson has long clamored for a second shot at either Jon Jones or Daniel Cormier and he could earn that opportunity if he can pick up a win while competing in front of his home country fans. The same could be said for Glover Teixeira, who fell to Jones in his only UFC title fight, but the Brazilian veteran always seems … Read the Full Article Here
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Pettis vs. Moreno set for Mexico City main event

Two of the top young fighters in mixed martial arts will headline the UFC’s return to Mexico City on August 5, as Brandon Moreno squares off with fellow 23-year-old flyweight contender Sergio Pettis in a five-round bout at Arena Ciudad Del Mexico.The UFC Fight Night event, which airs live on FS1, marks the UFC’s fifth card in Mexico since UFC 180: Werdum vs. Hunt in November 2014.Currently ranked seventh in the world at 125 pounds, Tijuana’s Moreno is unbeaten for nearly five years, a run that includes three wins in the UFC over Louis Smolka, Ryan Benoit and Dustin Ortiz. Thi … Read the Full Article Here
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