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Newly crowned heavyweight champion of the world Stipe Miocic will return to a heroes welcome when he makes the first defense of his UFC crown in Cleveland, Ohio at UFC 203 on September 10th. The event will be the first time the UFC has visited the city and a capacity 20,000+ crowd is expected at the Quickens Loans Arena.

Miocic, 33, who is a firefighter by day and cage fighter by night, claimed the biggest prize in fight sports just 12 days ago when he knocked out Fabricio Werdum in Curitiba, Brazil courtesy of a perfectly timed right hand midway through the opening round. The speed of the victory is what has allowed the UFC to put him straight back in for a quick defense.

In the opposing corner will be former K-1 Grand Prix and Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem, who will be looking to become the first heavyweight in history to hold all of MMA's major titles. Following his own dramatic TKO of leading contender Andrei Arlovski in Rotterdam, Holland earlier this month, Overeem stated he would be next for a shot at the title. Yet his initial thoughts of a title shot at UFC 205 in New York City in November proved inaccurate.

With both heavyweights unscathed from their latest wins the UFC have handed Miocic the perfect homecoming parade, at the home of his beloved Cleveland Cavaliers. Announcing the fight last night, Micioc said: "Hey Cavs fans, have I got some news for you. I'm pumped to let you know that my first title defense is going to be right here. That's right, UFC is com in to Cleveland for the first time ever and I will be defending my title against Alistair Overeem."

Further information regarding a full undercard and ticket details will be announced soon.

Now 23 seasons into MMA reality show, The Ultimate Fighter, the UFC will be catching up with some old faces from past seasons in a brand new online documentary. Where Are They Now? will begin May 26th and will be available exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.

ESPN have announced that UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will be the latest MMA star to feature in their annual Body Issue, following the likes of Ronda Rousey, Jon Jones and Miesha Tate.

Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champ BJ Penn has been pulled from his scheduled UFC 199 bout with Cole Miller due to an apparent violation of the UFC's Anti-Doping Policy.

Bellator 155 took place on Friday May 20th at the CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.

Jason 'Mayhem' Miller has missed weight by an enormous amount ahead of Venator FC 3, due to take place tomorrow in Milan, Italy.

Former UFC women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey is gracing the cover of the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. But rather than donning their model in the traditional swimwear for the magazine, SI took a different approach.

Let the dice decide which 145lb’er is king by playing FO’s fantasy featherweight game – fun for all the family!

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.

Former UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar has always been one of the quieter, more humble and non-confrontational fighters outside the cage. However, he has become more and more outspoken in recent times since one particular fighter managed to talk his way into earning some pretty big bucks... and he isn't the only one.

Former Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard will return to 185lb in his next fight, against Dan Henderson at UFC 199, after an unsuccessful run in the UFC's welterweight division.

Former Bellator lightweight champ Michael Chandler will have the chance to reclaim his old title when he faces Patricky 'Pitbull' Freire for the vacant strap at Bellator 157 (Bellator: Dynamite 2) on June 24th.

Retired MMA veteran Chael Sonnen's Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) suspension is due to expire in July, but the former UFC fighter remains adamant that he will not be making a comeback once that time comes.

MMA legend Dan 'Hendo' Henderson - one of the last icons from MMA's breakout era still competing at a high level - will have his 46th pro MMA contest at UFC 199 next weekend when he faces former Bellator champ Hector Lombard at UFC 199.

The MMA rumor mill was buzzing recently with talks of Zuffa possibly selling their UFC promotion for around $3.5-$4 billion. According to reports, one term of the sale would be that Dana White steps down as UFC president.


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In this week's edition of her TUF 23 blog, Team Claudia's Lanchana Green recalls the aftermath of her impressive win in last week's episode and recaps her teammate Eric Spicely's bout against Team Joanna's Elias Urbina.

Sage Northcutt's unbeaten MMA run came to a surprising end this past weekend when he tapped to replacement opponent Bryan Barberena's modified head-and-arm choke.

After the event took place last Friday at The Venetian in Las Vegas, MMA fans in the US and Ireland will be able to watch the highlights from Eighth Annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards tonight.

Jacob 'Stitch' Duran's future in MMA seemed uncertain when he unceremoniously parted ways with the UFC last year, but the future now looks bright after he inked a new deal with Bellator. In an FO exclusive, the veteran cutman gives his thoughts on working under his long-time friend, Bellator president Scott Coker.


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