With USADA thankfully out of the way, you knew Vitor was un-retiring

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USADA is the worst thing to happen to MMA. Literally, ever. Vitor Belfort was an absolute killer when he had a TRT exemption but USADA came into play and changed all of that for UFC fighters. Vitor retired this year and is now able to peruse the free agency market and USADA (thankfully) is no … Read moreWith USADA thankfully out of the way, you knew Vitor was un-retiring

Out of the USADA testing pool, Vitor Belfort is showing massive gains

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Instagram is for posting before-and-afters and showing off your ‘gains’. Actually, it’s just for showing off; Who are we kidding? Vitor Belfort recently retired from MMA, but it could only be a retirement from the UFC. That fact remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, Belfort is out of the USADA testing pool … Read moreOut of the USADA testing pool, Vitor Belfort is showing massive gains

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.

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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.

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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 wrestling with his options, fight or retire?

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Michael Bisping said he has a fight offer from the UFC and has a day to let them know. Michael Bisping has a decision to make. He’s lost two consecutive fights, one where he was choked out by GSP and then he was knocked out by Kelvin Gastelum. He doesn’t want to go out like … Read moreMichael Bisping wrestling with his options, fight or retire?

Uriah Hall suffered “mini heart attack” and “seizure” during weight cut.

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Uriah Hall had an unbelievably scary situation on his hands trying to make weight last weekend.

Uriah Hall, as many of you know, Uriah Hall was supposed to fight Vitor Belfort as the co-main event of last weekends Fight Night 124 event in St. Louis.  However, Uriah never made it to the scales for his fight after fainting on his way to the weigh-ins. It was reported that he’d been transported to the hospital and it was a scary situation.  Now Uriah has cleared up a lot about what happened, and it’s not good.

He did an Instagram video that revealed that he’d suffered a heart attack and seizure during the event. At what point do we say enough is enough and figure out a solution to the weight cutting dilemma in MMA?  While most clamor for more weight classes, that alone can’t be the solution, as people will still try and struggle to get down to a lower weight class to have a size and strength advantage. I think the Athletic Commission unanimously have to implement a rule where you can only compete near a certain percentage of your natural weight.

USADA can start weighing fighters in during their drug tests and based on those “out of competition” weights, it will determine what class they can compete in. I mean, it’s just a suggestion, but we need to do something. Here’s the video that Uriah Hall did and it sheds some light on how scary this can be.

Fight Night 124 Weigh-in results from this morning

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Today fighters from Fight Night 124 weighed in to make their fights tomorrow official. We’ve reported already that Uriah Hall fainted on the weigh to weigh-ins and was unable to weigh in. His fight with Vitor Belfort has been canceled. That said, the rest of the fighters weighed in one by one and we now … Read moreFight Night 124 Weigh-in results from this morning

Vitor Belfort posts a response to fight cancellation via Instagram

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Vitor Belfort is obviously disappointed but he took the high road here. We reported earlier that Uriah Hall had a medical issue this morning and was not able to weigh in for his fight with Vitor Belfort, thus canceling the contest. As you might expect, Vitor Belfort had thoughts on the situation and posted them via … Read moreVitor Belfort posts a response to fight cancellation via Instagram

Uriah Hall unable to weigh in, fight with Vitor Belfort scrapped.

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Tomorrow’s Fight Night 124 card takes another major blow as Uriah Hall fails to make weight. Yesterday, Zak Cummings fell off the card due to a freak accident, and now, Uriah Hall is out of the co-main event. According to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, “Update on Uriah Hall: according to sources, he was on weight and … Read moreUriah Hall unable to weigh in, fight with Vitor Belfort scrapped.

Win or Lose, Vitor Belfort is hanging up the gloves Sunday

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One of the most iconic careers in MMA will end when Vitor Belfort retires. Vitor Belfort has been around the sport of MMA for two decades. He made his debut back in 1996 against John Hess. Since that time he’s been one of the most feared strikers in the history of the sport. I remember … Read moreWin or Lose, Vitor Belfort is hanging up the gloves Sunday

Vitor Belfort takes to social media announcing Uriah Hall fight.

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This fight would be pretty interesting. Vitor Belfort took to Instagram yesterday to indicate he’s signed a bout agreement to fight Uriah Hall on January 14th, 2018. There is currently not an announced card for that date, but it could be forthcoming. Vitor Belfort (26-13) won his last fight against Nate Marquardt at UFC 212. … Read moreVitor Belfort takes to social media announcing Uriah Hall fight.