RIO DE JANEIRO -- Renan Barao will fight his third UFC title fight in less than seven months at Augustâ€™s UFC 177, but this time he will be in the blue corner.
The former UFC bantamweight kingpin will try to reclaim the title when he rematches T.J. Dillashaw on Aug. 30 in Las Vegas, Nev., and he changed a few things in his camp for the rematch.
"You always have to bring something new," Barao said in a media scrum in Brazil. "I accepted the fight on short notice and I wasnâ€™t 100 percent ready more
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Jose Aldo is not medically cleared to train yet, and the possibility of creating an interim title won’t make him rush back to the Octagon.
UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta admitted earlier this month that the promotion could create an interim title if the featherweight champion from Nova Uniao couldn’t return to the Octagon by October.
"No chance at all," Aldo’s coach and manager Andre Pederneiras said of the possibility of rushing his rehab to avoid an interim title.
"He’s alread more
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Finally back to the Octagon after a long layoff, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira discusses his upcoming bout with Anthony Johnson at UFC on FOX 12’s co-main event in San Jose, California, the injuries that forced him to cancel a fight with Alexander Gustafsson and UFC’s decision to remove him from the light heavyweight rankings.
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RIO DE JANEIRO -- World Series of Fighting welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares is back in the gym, and he’s training to beat Jon Fitch.
The leglock specialist asked to be taken off the WSOF 11 card on July 5 to assist his mother on her surgery for thrombosis in her legs, but Fitch, who was set to fight for the welterweight title, didn’t approve of his decision.
Fitch called Palhares "unprofessional", wishing he had "manned up" and fought him. By saying that, he made things personal.
"My fami more
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Nothing is going to stop Duda Yankovich.
Yankovich, a former WIBA light welterweight boxing champion who is signed with Invicta Fighting Championships, suffered a stroke during a training session at Team Nogueira in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 9. She was rushed to a hospital and underwent surgery.
Eight days later, Yankovich showed up at the gym.
"It’s good to be back," Yankovich told MMAFighting.com on Wednesday. "I was scared, but everything was done on the right time. We more
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is on the shelf again, and he won’t think about fighting before recovering from another right knee surgery.
"Minotauro" tore his ACL days before fighting Roy Nelson at the main event of UFC Fight Night 39 in Abu Dhabi in April, and he’s not cleared to train yet.
"I had surgery four weeks ago, and I’m doing fine now," Nogueira told MMAFighting.com. "ACL surgery takes at least five months to return to fighting. I’m doing physical therapy now. I know the l more
RIO DE JANEIRO -- There can only be one Bellator bantamweight champion.
Eduardo Dantas and Joe Warren, Bellator champion and interim champion, respectively, will square off for the undisputed 135-pound title in September, Dantas’ coach and manager Andre Pederneiras said during a media day at Nova Uniao on Wednesday.
"September," Pederneiras said when asked when Dantas will fight again. "He has a fight scheduled, but I don’t have the exact date of the fight."
Dantas (16-3) defended his title for more
Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes said back in February that he'd be surprised to see fellow former champion Georges St-Pierre actually make a return to the Octagon. Now, Hughes is urging his former rival to make his competitive hiatus permanent.
"The UFC would hate me saying this but I'm going to say it anyway," Hughes told Canada.com (via MMA Mania). "If I was GSP, I'd probably hang them up. Here I am a guy that lost my (last) two fights and I'd love to get back in there (to finish more
Paul Gift returns to crunch the fight numbers and estimate win probabilities for tomorrow’s UFC 175 card and Penn vs. Edgar 3 on Sunday.
It's UFC Fight Week!!! Ronda Rousey's busy getting mobbed, Luke Barnatt's cruising around Cosmo in a suit jacket and shorts and Justin Scoggins is finally on a main card! Thanks to the UFC for listening to this tweet and then one-upping it.
The UFC pool party is going on right at this moment and I'm tucked away in my hotel room typing. Man, I love you guys. As more