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October 1st 2014

Weidman says he wants to "completely toy" with Belfort

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman was set to put his belt on the line for the third time at UFC 181 this December against Vitor Belfort, before a hand injury forced him to withdraw from the bout. The fight is now being eyed to take place early next year. In a recent interview with Combate, Belfort said he believed the injury was a cover so...
October 1st 2014

[Video] UFC Rankings Report: Cruz skyrockets to #2 at 135lb

There were many shake-ups at UFC 178 on September 27th as a number of important fights took place on the stacked card. Perhaps most notably, former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz returned after a three-year lay-off due to injury and demolished a tough opponent in Takeya Mizugaki. As a result of his first-round KO win, Cruz has catapulted...
October 1st 2014

Cung Le tests positive for HGH, suspended for nine months

UFC middleweight Cung Le has tested positive for elevated levels of human growth hormone (HGH) following his TKO loss to Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 48 in Macau, China. As punishment the former Strikeforce champion has been handed a nine-month suspension. The UFC released the following statement on the news: "UFC middleweight Cung Le...
October 1st 2014

[Video] UFC on the Fly - Ilir Latifi

In the first instalment of the UFC's new series of On the Fly, we were introduced to featherweight prospect Niklas Backstrom. In this second episode, we follow Ilir Latifi as he prepares for his fourth UFC fight at UFC Fight Night 53 against Jan Błachowicz in his home country of Sweden. "The transition from the everyday guy to when I step in...
September 30th 2014

Niklas Backstrom says Wanderlei Silva made him love MMA

Swedish MMA prospect Niklas Backstrom is scheduled to make his second UFC appearance this weekend at UFC Fight Night 53 against Mike Wilkinson. After winning his UFC debut against Tom Niinimaki in May with a 'Performance of the Night'-winning bulldog choke, the undefeated fighter looks like a promising talent moving forward. "I'd say it's changed...
September 30th 2014

UFC 178 salaries - 'Mighty Mouse' tops the list

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious 'Mighty Mouse' Johnson topped the list of earners this past weekend at UFC 178 with an official salary of $183K. He defeated Chris Cariaso via second-round submission to secure his fifth consecutive title defence. Also surpassing the $100K mark were Donald Cerrone and Conor McGregor, who both earned victories on...
September 29th 2014

[Video] UFC on the Fly - Niklas Backstrom

The UFC will return to Sweden this weekend with UFC Fight Night 53. In this new episode of the promotion's On the Fly web series, we follow undefeated Swedish prospect Niklas Backstrom, who will make his second UFC appearance at the event after winning his debut in May against Tom Niinimaki via bulldog choke. "Of course, I wanted to show the...