Demian Maia will return to the Octagon next month.
Maia will square off against Mike Pyle in a welterweight contest at UFC Fight Night 49 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Aug. 23, according to UFC officials Tuesday night.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist has won three of his past five fights, including a unanimous decision win over Alexander Yakovlev at TUF: Brazil 3 on May 31.
Pyle has won four of his past five fights, including a third-round TKO of T.J. Waldburger at UFC 170 on Feb. 22.
Sara McMann will return to the Octagon for the first time since a failed title bid against Ronda Rousey, as the Olympic silver medalist faces Lauren Murphy on Aug. 16. more
Vitor Ribeiro will enter the Octagon later this month, but he won’t do it as a fighter.
"Shaolin," a former Shooto and Cage Rage 155-pound champion, will referee a UFC fight for the first time at the UFC Fight Night 45 card in Atlantic City, N.J., on July 16, and he’s anxious to step inside the Octagon.
"I’m excited," Ribeiro told MMAFighting.com. "I have a lot experience as a referee in Brazil, but I worked at some amateur events in New Jersey, and recently worked at a professional event in May more
“The Ultimate Fighter 8? winner Efrain Escudero is once again back in the UFC.Filed under: News, UFC more
Donald Cerrone wants to step into the Octagon as often as humanly possible. Lately, that seems to be a good thing for just about everyone but his opponents. more
UFC commentator and former welterweight title challenger Dan Hardy still thinks he’s got a good shot at fighting again in the octagon. Filed under: MMAjunkie Radio, News, UFC more
UFC commentator and former welterweight title challenger Dan Hardy still thinks he’s got a good shot at fighting again in the octagon. Filed under: News, UFC more
Gleison Tibau wanted a quick return to the Octagon, and he’s getting one.
Days after a unanimous decision victory over Pat Healy, the longtime UFC veteran is scheduled to co-headline the UFC Fight Night 51 card in Brasilia, Brazil, against Piotr Hallmann. UFC announced the match-up Tuesday.
Tibau (29-10) returned to the win column following a TKO loss to Michael Johnson in December, and Hallmann (15-2) gets back in action following a submission victory over Al Iaquinta in June.
UFN 51 takes plac more
Robert Drysdale finally makes his UFC debut on Sunday night, and he decided to open up about his controversial start in the promotion in 2013.
Drysdale, a jiu-jitsu world champion and ADCC openweight champion, was set to make his promotional debut at UFC 167, but was removed from a light heavyweight bout with Cody Donovan after failing a Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) mandated out-of-competition drug test.
Ironically, Drysdale was never suspended by the commission or punished by the UFC for te more