MMA coming back to Blaisdell Arena, Hawaii. Bellator doing what UFC isn’t

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What a slap in the face to Max Holloway. The poor guy has been trying to get the UFC to come back to Hawaii and while Dana White says he’s trying, no headway has been made. Bellator one-upped the UFC and announced that they are going to Hawaii for the first time and they will … Read moreMMA coming back to Blaisdell Arena, Hawaii. Bellator doing what UFC isn’t

Holy Shiitake Mushrooms. Machida agrees to multi-fight deal with Bellator

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Holy Shiitake Mushrooms!!! Lyoto Machida agrees to a multi-fight deal with Bellator. It was curious this morning when Lyoto Machida was removed from the UFC rankings. Usually, this is the first sign of unrest. We’ve seen the UFC remove guys like Cub Swanson and John Dodson from the official rankings if they haven’t re-negotiated their … Read moreHoly Shiitake Mushrooms. Machida agrees to multi-fight deal with Bellator

UFC 224: The Thrill and The Agony – Sneak Peek Video

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UFC 224 The Thrill and The Agony has a touching moment with Vitor Belfort.

The UFC does a fantastic job of producing high-quality behind the scenes videos from their events. UFC 224’s The Thrill and The Agony is another great example. They take you inside the cage, into the corners and backstage with the unprecedented footage. In order to see the entire video, you need to be a member of Fight Pass but we’ll bring you the sneak peek right here.

There’s a scene in this that is tremendously touching. Vitor Belfort walks to the back and greets some friends and his friend and Cezar Ferreira comes over and hugs him. Vitor asks him how he did and if Cezar won his fight. Cezar says he did and Vitor congratulates him. At that point, Cezar begins to cry.  It’s a really touching moment. It’s why these videos are so amazing.

The full-length version of the video is available via Fight Pass. It’s well worth checking out if you’re a member. Fight Pass is worth the price if nothing else than for their incredible library of fights from WEC, KOTC, Strikeforce, Pride and more.

You can revisit UFC 224 and see the winners and losers, right here.

Vitor Belfort was advised by doctors to drop out of Machida fight

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Vitor Belfort apparently had an injured knee as was told by doctors to back out. Vitor Belfort who was unceremoniously knocked out in his final trip to the Octagon was advised to not make that trip at all. Reports are indicating that Vitor had injured his knee early in camp as was told by doctors to … Read moreVitor Belfort was advised by doctors to drop out of Machida fight

UFC 224 Embedded Vlog Episode 5: Interviews and photo shoots.

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Here is the UFC 224 Embedded Vlog Episode 5

The UFC has released UFC 224 Embedded Episode 5 of their popular series for UFC 224.  In this episode, the Brazilian fighters take center stage doing photo shoots and interviews with media ahead of the fight card. Mackenzie Dern gets in a workout at Big Nog’s gym and Kelvin Gastelum dazzles at his open workout.

Kevin Casey, Lyoto Machida’s training partner, and former UFC fighter blesses us with some freestyle rapping. They are traveling in a van, as he raps along to the beat on his phone. He’s pretty talented.

UFC 224 takes place Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The fight card is available here.

From the UFC Youtube Channel

On Episode 5 of UFC 224 Embedded, the Brazilians on the card shine for the cameras, as Vitor Belfort, John Lineker, Lyoto Machida, Jacare Souza and Amanda Nunes do photos and interviews. Strawweight Mackenzie Dern trains at the gym of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. At official open workouts, middleweight Kelvin Gastelum impresses the crowd by speaking Portuguese, and the crowd impresses title challenger Raquel Pennington by not booing her.

UFC 224 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the women’s bantamweight championship at UFC 224 on Saturday, May 12th on Pay-Per-View.

UFC 224 Embedded Vlog Episode 4: Ramping up for fight night.

UFC 224 Embedded

Here is the UFC 224 Embedded Vlog Episode 4 The UFC has released UFC 224 Embedded Episode 4 of their popular series for UFC 224.  In this episode, the fighters are ramping up their final training sessions and beginning their final weight cuts for the fights Saturday night. Lyoto Machida works out in Brazil, looking … Read moreUFC 224 Embedded Vlog Episode 4: Ramping up for fight night.

Five can’t miss fights that you have to see this weekend

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The UFC and Bellator are offering some awesome fights this weekend This is going to be a big Saturday night for fans of MMA. Both the UFC and Bellator are putting on events with some great potential fights on them. I still wish that the two cards were running Friday & Saturday instead of both … Read moreFive can’t miss fights that you have to see this weekend

Vitor Belfort draws Lyoto Machida in his retirement bout at UFC 224

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Vitor Belfort will likely retire, win or lose, at UFC 224 in Brazil The long and storied career of Vitor Belfort is coming to an end. He was supposed to have his retirement bout against Uriah Hall but Hall had severe complications during his weight cut and the fight was scrapped. Since that time the UFC … Read moreVitor Belfort draws Lyoto Machida in his retirement bout at UFC 224

Michael Bisping likes the sound of Lyoto Machida retirement bout

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Former UFC Champion Michael Bisping is looking to end an amazing 14-year career. Michael Bisping has never been shy with his opinions. He isn’t afraid to tell people exactly whats on his mind. He flatly refused a retirement fight with Vitor Belfort. Opting to not do business with Vitor, who he doesn’t have any respect … Read moreMichael Bisping likes the sound of Lyoto Machida retirement bout

Fight Night 125 Weigh-in results – Eryk Anders makes weight on second attempt

Fight Night 125 Weigh-ins

Eryk Anders initially missed weight but on his second attempt, he made weight. Tomorrow night the fighters will step into the Octagon as part of Fight Night 125, today they stepped on the scale. The Fight Night 125 Weigh-ins took place this morning and let’s just say, things could have gone much smoother. Four fighters … Read moreFight Night 125 Weigh-in results – Eryk Anders makes weight on second attempt

Khabib’s cousin Abubakar Nurmagomedov is set to debut.

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What’s scarier than one Nurmagomedov in the UFC? Yep…2 Nurmagomedovs. We’re a week removed more or less from Khabib Nurmagomedov’s amazing victory over Edson Barboza at UFC 219. He’s an undefeated dominant fighter and many would have you believe the next Lightweight Champion. He’s a scary dude, and now, the UFC has gotten even scarier. … Read moreKhabib’s cousin Abubakar Nurmagomedov is set to debut.

Lyoto Machida will face Eryk Anders at Fight Night 125 in Brazil

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Fight Night 125 will be headlined by Middleweights Lyoto Machida and Eryk Anders The UFC is headed back to South America in February for an event that despite not being fully announced, is already looking really solid. Lyoto Machida will face Eryk Anders in a Middleweight match-up. It seems as if Machida might be on … Read moreLyoto Machida will face Eryk Anders at Fight Night 125 in Brazil

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: UFC Fight Night 119 Edition

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

UFC Fight Night 119 was an interesting night for a number of reasons. UFC Fight Night 119 is in the books and we saw some tremendous action from Sao Paulo, Brazil last night. It’s time to take a look at The Good, The Bad and The Ugly that took place last night. From Marcelo Golm’s … Read moreThe Good, The Bad and the Ugly: UFC Fight Night 119 Edition

Lyoto Machida Ready to Make Return to Octagon After Two Year Absence

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Lyoto Machida is considered one of the greatest light heavyweights in UFC history. He held the light heavyweight title briefly, before losing it to fellow Brazilian, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, in 2010. After being unable to regain the light heavyweight belt, Machida dropped to middleweight, where he has been fighting since. With only a few days … Read moreLyoto Machida Ready to Make Return to Octagon After Two Year Absence

Watch the Fight Night San Paulo Weigh-ins here at 1 PM PST

Fight Night San Paulo Weigh-ins

The  Fight Night San Paulo Weigh-ins will be live at 1 PM PST

We all know how this all goes down. Tomorrow the fighters step into the cage, today they step onto the scale. One by one the fighters will weigh-in and then pose face to face for the media and the fans.  At the top of the card is Derek Brunson and the return of Lyoto Machida.  Lyoto returns after an eighteen-month suspension for admitting to using a USADA banned substance. Tune in today for the Fight Night San Paulo Weigh-ins.

The official UFC Weigh-in has taken place already and the results can be seen below. All 24 fighters made weight on their first attempt.

Main card

Derek Brunson (185) vs. Lyoto Machida (185)
Demian Maia (171) vs. Colby Covington (171)
Pedro Munhoz (136) vs. Rob Font (136)
Francisco Trinaldo (155) vs. Jim Miller (155)
Thiago Santos (186) vs. Jack Hermansson (185)
John Lineker (136) vs. Marlon Vera (135)

Undercard

Vicente Luque (171) vs. Niko Price (171)
Antonio Carlos Junior (185) vs. Jack Marshman (186)
Hacran Dias (155) vs. Jared Gordon (156)
Elizeu Zaleski (171) vs. Max Griffin (171)

FightPass Undercard

Deiveson Figueiredo (126) vs. Jarred Brooks (125)
Christian Colombo (258) vs. Marcelo Golm (242)