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April 9th 2014

Ryan LaFlare urges fans 'don't blink' as he chases Abu Dhabi finish

Unbeaten Ryan LaFlare insists his perfect hat-trick of UFC wins so far aren't a true reflection of his natural finishing prowess, and believes Friday's fight with John Howard in Abu Dhabi is set up perfectly for him to show the world what he's truly all about. The Blackzilians star racked up four TKO's and three submission victories in an almost faultless run before...
April 9th 2014

It's Thailand or bust for John Howard in Abu Dhabi

Red hot UFC welterweight John Howard is hoping a bonus cheque-winning performance in Abu Dhabi this weekend will fund a planned training vacation in Thailand right after. Howard, currently enjoying the best form of his decade-long career in this his second stint with the UFC, takes on unbeaten prospect Ryan LaFlare in the open-air purpose built venue here on Friday...
April 9th 2014

Diaz speaks out against UFC: "They tried to do me dirty."

Nate Diaz has finally opened up about his problems with the UFC, which he has been hinting at through vague online posts over the past few months. "I'm ready to fight but not for some funny money that they're trying to give me,” Diaz told MMAFighting.com. “They can let me go or they can let me fight, but let me do something. They know I need to make some money....
April 8th 2014

Ramsey Nijem out to derail the hype train in Abu Dhabi

Ramsey Nijem is reveling in the role of 'underdog' in Abu Dhabi, despite the fact his opponent is a one-fight UFC novice. The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 graduate laughs off the notion he's simply the next destination of choice for the Beneil Dariush hype train, and intends to give the Kings MMA prodigy a real Octagon welcome on Friday night. Speaking at today's...
April 8th 2014

Dariush hopes 'home' advantage unlocks UFC Abu Dhabi bonus

Beneil Dariush hopes being the closet thing to 'the home town fighter' will sway Friday night's 'Performance of the Night' bonus his direction, after narrowly missing out on a cash prize in his UFC debut. The 24-year-old jiu-jitsu prodigy made a dream start to his UFC career when he choked out Charlie Brenneman inside two minutes in January. But he could only look...
April 8th 2014

Jones doesn't think MacDonald should strive to be the next GSP

Jon Jones believes it's important to be your own man and would advise welterweight contender Rory MacDonald to bear that in mind, rather than trying to emulate teammate and renowned former champ Georges St-Pierre. “I don't think he should be striving to be the next Georges St-Pierre,” Jones told Sportsnet Canada.  MacDonald, an MMA prodigy fighting out of...
April 8th 2014

Bellator 115 salaries - Kongo tops payroll

Although he didn't walk away with the heavyweight championship this past weekend, Cheick Kongo was the highest earner among the 18 athletes who competed at Bellator 115. His opponent, the victorious champion Vitaly Minakov, was the second-highest paid competitor earning a total of $35K.  The total payout for the event was $160K, meaning an even spread of the pot...
April 8th 2014

Sonnen vs Silva, JDS vs Miocic given new dates

Two of the UFC's most high-profile upcoming bouts, Chael Sonnen vs Wanderlei Silva and Junior Dos Santos vs Stipe Miocic, have both been moved to new venues. UFC president Dana White recently confirmed the changes, although a specific reason was not stated. Sonnen vs Silva will now take place at UFC 175 on July 5th in Las Vegas. The card features a middleweight...
April 7th 2014

Jake Shields cut by the UFC

#11-ranked welterweight Jake Shields has been released from the UFC. The announcement comes after the former Strikeforce middleweight champ lost his most recent outing against top 170lb contender Hector Lombard, ending a four-fight unbeaten streak. Although he came into the UFC with some hype behind him, having defended his title against the legendary and...