On Monday, UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and former Strikeforce titleholder Gilbert Melendez began filming the twentieth season of The Ultimate Fighter in Las Vegas, NV. While the show has, in large part, become formulaic and stale, especially after a recent listless nineteenth season, this upcoming iteration at least promises a few fresh caveats, as it will not only introduce a brand new weight class to UFC audiences -- the women's 115-pound division -- but it will also crown a new ch more
BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down the first two rounds of Swanson vs Stephens, a fantastic tactical battle between two top featherweight power punchers. As a fan of strategic fights (and Cub Swanson), the main event of UFC Fight Night 44 certainly lived up to expectations. What stands out most about this fight is the fact that Cub Swanson seemed to be fighting the best version of Jeremy Stephens yet, and vice versa. Both men showed an excellent ability to adapt to the other, i more
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BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down rounds 3 through 5 of the spectacular back-and-forth fight between top featherweights Jeremy Stephens and Cub Swanson. Every fight fan loves a spectacular finish, but some of the greatest fights in history have been tactical wars. Aside from the judges' decision, which is often a notable drama of its own, the narrative of a long, back-and-forth fight can be more compelling than even the most spectacular finish. With Cub Swanson vs Jeremy Steph more
Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar expects a different BJ Penn but the same result in their third fight at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale on July 5. more
While former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar never had to leave his comfort zone in his trilogy fight with BJ Penn last night, the dominant victory made the New Jersey native $260,000 richer. Mixedmartialarts.com reported the salaries earned at The Ultimate Fighter Season 19 Finale, with Edgar topping the list with $130,000 to show and $130,000 to win. The usual disclaimer applies: The salaries do not include money deducted for insurances, licenses, taxes, etc. and do not include the UFC' more
The same weekend, coincidentally, that his former rival-turned friend, B.J. Penn, also walked away from the sport. This past Fourth of July weekend (July 6, 2014) saw not one, but two mixed martial arts (MMA) veterans and former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champions call it a career.
While it may not be garnering the same buzz as B.J. Penn's retirement after he was finished by Frankie Edgar in the third round of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 Finale main event (video), Jens P more
Undefeated UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov revealed that he is yet to get a call regarding his next fight, but that he expects it will be the winner of the Cerrone vs. Miller main event on July 16. Khabib Nurmagomedov is still waiting to find out who his next opponent will be inside the octagon.
"The Eagle," who picked up arguably the biggest win of his UFC career when he defeated Brazil's Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision back in April, was hoping the win would elevate him towards a t more
In this final installment of the 'objective retrospective', we'll look at B.J. Penn's dominance at Lightweight in the UFC, and what to make of his legacy. In part 3 of our trip down memory lane, we'll at look at Penn's brief time atop the LW division, and subsequent fall. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven't already. Following his loss to Matt Hughes, BJ Penn was being given another shot at UFC relevancy, but this time in the Lightweight division. His opponent was Jens Pulver: the man who more