SAN DIEGO - It's a common MMA refrain: "This loss was actually good for me."
But how often do fighters really believe themselves when they say it? Derek Brunson might be an exception to the rule - especially because he believes the first loss of his career wasn't a loss at all and better prepared him for the biggest fight of his career.
After a June split decision loss to Kendall Grove outside the promotion, Brunson on Saturday meets Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza in the co-main event of "Stri read news >>
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Derek Brunson looks to play spoiler this weekend by beating Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza and then he plans on calling for a title shot against Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold. read news >>
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"It's tough at the top."
Ireland's face of MMA has never been short on confidence and his signature bravado was on full display Tuesday while promoting the UFC's Jul. 19 event in Dublin. Cole Miller, whose absence from the call was blamed on technical issues, has since been replaced by TUF 14 winner Diego Brandao. Asked for his reaction to the surge in attention he's garnered from fans and fighters alike, McGregor says he's confused as to why his colleagues haven't followed his lead.
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It's tough work trying to get Jeremy Stephens amped up for a fistfight. With 32 professional fights under his belt, Stephens accepts his upcoming UFC Fight Night 44 main event scrap against No. 4-ranked featherweight contender Cub Swanson with a veteran's composure and grace.
He's not boisterous, and he's not making outrageous comments or bragging about how he's going to smash his foe in Round 1. He's matured during his time as a professional, and the fight itself is just a formality, just part read news >>
Junior dos Santos isn't lingering over his loss to Cain Velasquez, which forced him to give back the UFC heavyweight belt he took from him one year prior. He's looking ahead to a UFC 160 card that determine his immediate future. read news >>
UFC flyweight Jussier Formiga is interested in a rematch against ‘Unclecreepy’ Ian McCall. Jussier Formiga holds three losses in his career, yet there is one in particular that he is "bitter" about and interested in avenging: his first professional loss to Ian McCall.
"I will fight whoever they want, but I'm still bitter about my loss to McCall," Formiga told MMAFighting.com. "I fought him three years ago, it was a tough fight, and he ended up defeating me. I wasn't so physically strong by that read news >>
Herbert Burns has been rocketing up the featherweight ranks. He believes that if he can impress in his next fight, the bout after that could be for the ONE FC championship. read news >>
Well, this is one way to go about it.
It seems like every time the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) holds an event, the winner in the headlining fight is asked about a potential title shot, even if it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to do so. Take, for instance, the case of Ryan Bader, who defeated Ovince St. Preux via unanimous decision (watch the highlights here) to close out UFC Fight Night 47 last night (Aug. 16, 2014) in Bangor, Maine.
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And should the Brazilian secure his seventh straight win, fourth inside the Octagon, it would be pretty hard to deny him his wish. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight division is far from being short on top contenders eager to get their shot at dethroning reigning division champion Chris Weidman.
Just look at the top 10, and maybe even one or two of the guys on the outside looking in.
One of the leaders of the pack is Ronaldo Souza, a contender who plans on asking for a title s read news >>
Lewis Gonzalez had a WSOF lightweight title fight in his grasp once before, and he isn’t about to let it slip through the cracks again.Filed under: News, Radio Highlight, WSOF read news >>
UFC Featherweight Dennis Bermudez revealed following his UFC on FOX 12 win over Clay Guida that he believed his 7-fight win streak warranted a title shot against the division's champ.
With the third longest active win streak on the UFC roster, Dennis Bermudez believes it is just a matter of time before he is handed a title shot for his efforts.
The TUF veteran is coming off a fantastic second round submission victory over the durable Clay Guida, which put him at seven consecutive wins since losi read news >>