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This weekend's UFC 191 event is packed full of exciting, closely-matched bouts that should have betting men and women itching with excitement. Here's FO's pick of the best, with odds provided by 5Dimes.

Two lighter-weight bouts have been added to December's UFC 194 card. In the bantamweight division, Urijah Faber will face Frankie Saenz, while featherweight contenders Max Holloway and Jeremy Stephens will also meet. The fights were announced September 3rd on Fox Sports Live.

Bellator MMA have confirmed the semi-final bouts and rule-set for their upcoming four-man one-night light heavyweight tournament, which will take place at Bellator 142 (Bellator: Dynamite) on September 19th.

A flyweight bout between Jon Delos Reyes and Irishman Neil Seery has been added to UFC Fight Night 76. The event will take place in Seery's home city of Dublin in Ireland on October 24th.

Former Invicta FC atomweight champion Michelle Waterson has been given her next challenge in the form of Tecia Torres. The fight will take place at UFC 194 on December 12th.

Bellator 141 took place on Friday August 28th at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. Melvin Guillard took on Brandon Girtz in the main event.

One Championship bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes' story of his rise through MMA is one of the most inspirational stories in a sport filled with inspiring characters. Hear him tell of his journey in this new video.

British UFC veteran Dan 'The Outlaw' Hardy will swap the Octagon for the Atlantic ocean as a crew member of the Great Britain team for its 5,300-mile month-long opening leg of the famous Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race, from London, England to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

UFC welterweight champion 'Ruthless' Robbie Lawler is among the most destructive fighters in his division, so it's no surprise he's a big fan of action movies. Lawler explained his love for action-packed blockbusters in a recent interview with Fighters Only.

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious 'Mighty Mouse' Johnson recently took a break from dominating the 125lb weight class to discuss his favorite TV shows, music and other aspects of his lifestyle in an exclusive interview with Fighters Only magazine.

UFC middleweight contender Luke Rockhold is currently on a collision course with former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, as the two are set to fight at UFC on Fox 15 on April 18th.

But following a recent appearance on US reality show Millionaire Matchmaker, Luke's personal life (and more specifically, his love life) has been of even more interest than his fighting career. In an exclusive interview with the former Strikeforce middleweight champ in the current issue of Fighters Only, Rockhold discusses the movies and TV shows he enjoys when not training and, of course, talks a little about the ladies. Read below for a special preview.

Despite the haters, the profile of Irish UFC featherweight Conor McGregor continues to rise as it was announced yesterday that the one they call 'The Notorious' has inked a deal with top sports equipment brand Reebok. 

“Can you smell that money?" Conor joked with UFC Tonight host Kenny Florian. "I’ve partnered with Reebok. It’s a big step forward in my career and I’m honored to be with this brand... I’m honored to be one of the athletes that Reebok has chosen to get behind. I will prove that by going out and performing in phenomenal style.”

The deal comes roughly one-and-a-half months after the UFC confirmed an exclusive apparel deal with the brand.

McGregor will face his next challenge in Dennis Siver this Sunday in the main event at UFC Fight Night 59. With a win the Irishman will get the next shot at Jose Aldo's featherweight title. He has stated numerous times in the build-up to his next contest that he believes he will stop the fight within the first two minutes.

“I enjoy pressure," he said when asked if he has put more pressure on himself with his bold prediction. "I like the feeling and illusion of pressure. Where the prediction has come from, I analyze my opponent. The shot I need to put him away will happen four or five times over within the first two minutes. So I feel two minutes is a fair prediction for Dennis. I feel it could even be the first exchange. The way he moves, he will not take what I give.”

Watch Conor's full UFC Tonight interview below. 

 

The Ultimate Fighter season 22 coaches Urijah Faber and current interim UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor seem to have developed a fun rivalry during their time filming the latest series of the UFC reality show, unlike the usual (sometimes manufactured) beefs fans are used to seeing on the show.

British MMA veteran Dan Hardy temporarily traded in his smart UFC commentator's outfit for a much more rugged getup this past Sunday when he embarked on the Clipper Round the World Race. Hardy will sail from his native England to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (a distance of roughly 5,300 miles), as part of Team GB in the first leg of the international yacht race - the 10th in the event's history.

At 39 years old and after 46 pro MMA bouts, Brazilian MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has announced his retirement from the sport. The announcement was made on Tuesday September 1st in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

UFC welterweight title contender Carlos Condit received some bad news last week when news broke that 170lb champion Robbie Lawler had suffered a thumb injury, thus postponing their title fight scheduled for UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia. Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm has been added as the event's main event replacement.

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious 'Mighty Mouse' Johnson will face John Dodson for the second time at UFC 191 next weekend. In an exclusive Q&A with FO, the champ comments on his training, the not-so-friendly words his upcoming opponent has fired his way, plus more.

After holding its first ever event on January 10th this year, rising Brazilian jiu-jitsu promotion Polaris is back on September 12th and is taking over Cardiff in Wales once again. FO caught up with Polaris creative director Matt Benyon and asked him why fans should experience the submission only event.

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It was a relatively low-key UFC affair this past Sunday night Saskatoon, but there's plenty to talk about the day after following a series of unusual and interesting occurrences. Here's FO's breakdown...

This past weekend's UFC 188 event in Mexico City, Mexico saw three successful guillotine executions - among them was Fabricio Werdum's amazing upset win over Cain Velasquez in the main event, unifying the heavyweight and interim heavyweight championships to become the undisputed champion.

MMA fans in the US will have plenty more chances to catch the 7th annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards as the event is set to re-air on the Fox Sports 2 network over the next nine days.

Full re-airing schedule (times: ET)

  • Wednesday Feb. 4th, 9pm
  • Friday Feb. 6th, 11pm
  • Sunday Feb. 8th, 11pm
  • Wednesday Feb. 11th, 10am & 12am
  • Thursday Feb. 12th, 4pm

This year's show, sponsored by Bodybuilding.com, RDX Sports and MusclePharm, was hosted on Friday January 30th at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. It was hosted by Nicole Dabeau and retired MMA and military veteran Brian Stann.

Among the winners at the event were UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, who bagged the coveted 'Fighter of the Year' award, and UFC 135b champ TJ Dillashaw who took home the newly-introduced 'Upset of the Year' for his title win over Renan Barao at UFC 173.

As the longest-running and top-selling monthly mixed martial arts publication, Fighters Only magazine has always tried to help build the sport and its stars. And, when the careers of those brightest stars are over, FO always makes a special effort to honor and applaud their achievements.

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