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UFC today announced the appointment of Eric Winter as senior vice president and general manager of the UFC Fight Pass network. Winter will oversee and manage the continued global expansion of the online subscription service moving forward.

This past weekend's UFC on Fox 16 event, which was headlined by a bantamweight championship rematch between former champ Renan Barao and defending champ TJ Dillashaw, has proved to be a big success as it pulled an average of 2.8 million viewers. The audience peaked during the final fight of the evening, garnering a 2.4/5 and 3.8 million viewers. The show was the top-rated sports event of the day.

UK-based MMA promotion BAMMA will, for the first time in the organization's history, be featuring female bouts at their upcoming event in Dublin, Ireland. Catherine 'Alpha Female' Costigan will face Simona Soukupova in an atomweight bout, while bantamweights ​Sinead Kavanagh and Hatice 'The Turkish Delight' Oyzurt will also meet.

UFC on Fox 16 took place on Saturday July 25th at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. In the main event, bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw put his title on the line against the man he took it from, Renan Barao, in a highly-anticipated rematch.

UFC today announced a broadcast partnership with maxdome - part of leading German media group ProSeibenSat1. The deal will come into play with the broadcast of UFC 190 on August 1st to viewers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

One Championship has announced its second event in China this year. One: Dynasty of Champions (One Championship 30) will take place in Shanghai on September 1st at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

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. 

 

UFC Fight Night 77, which will take place at the 3Arena on October 24th in Dublin, Ireland, had its main event confirmed this morning in the form of a lightweight bout between Dustin Poirier and Ireland's own Joe Duffy.

Since their fight back in Pride FC - arguably recognized as one of the best in iconic Japanese promotion's history - Brazilian veterans Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira have become two of the most legendary light heavyweights in MMA. Now the two are set to rematch at UFC 190 on August 1st.

UFC women's bantamweight champion 'Rowdy' Ronda Rousey will look to continue her dominant reign at the top this weekend when she faces Brazilian contender Bethe Correia in the UFC 190 main event.

Brazilian featherweight contender Bethe Correia will look to achieve her dream of becoming a UFC champion this coming Saturday at UFC 190 when she faces reigning champ Ronda Rousey in the main event. 

TJ Dillashaw is still the UFC bantamweight champion after finishing Renan Barao via TKO at UFC on Fox 16 this past weekend. The win not only cements TJ as the world's top 135lb'er but, arguably, also puts him among the best pound-for-pound fighters.

UFC lightweight Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone is looking like he'll be first to get a crack at Rafael dos Anjos' championship belt when the Brazilian returns from injury, but he isn't against the idea of fighting a man who currently holds a belt in another division - arguably the UFC's biggest star - interim UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor.

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UFC on Fox 16 saw a bunch of exciting fights take place, including a sensational main event, that's sure to keep fans talking well into this week. See below for reactions from the pros on social media.

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.

Polish MMA promotion Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki (KSW) will make its first event visit to England on October 31st with KSW: Road to Wembley. In the latest issue of Fighters Only, KSW founder Martin Lewandowski discusses the philosophy behind his product that has helped it grow into a European MMA powerhouse.

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