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April 11th 2014

'Big Nog' plans to float like a butterfly against 'Big Country'

There's a real reason why Antonio 'Minotauro' Nogueira appears to be in the best shape he's been in for some time out in Abu Dhabi this week, not least because he's been on location in the Middle East at his new Team Nogueira school in Dubai for the past month. Nogueira revealed to FO his game plan to defeat Nelson tonight is based on movement, and that not being in...
April 11th 2014

Nelson questions Nogueira's heart to go five rounds

Roy Nelson believes fighting over five rounds in Abu Dhabi against Antonio 'Minotauro' Nogueira tonight gives him a distinct advantage as it provides him with waters deep enough to drown the former heavyweight champion. 'Big Country' and 'Big Nog' square off at the top of tonight's UFC Fight Night 39 fight card on Yas Island, inside the open-air du Arena, and Nelson...
April 11th 2014

Gambling Guide: UFC Fight Night 39 Abu Dhabi

Just like The Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXX last weekend the streak has ended. His was arguably more impressive than mine as mine was a losing streak, snapped by some very sharp – if I say so myself – calls on a Brazil card that was littered with upsets.  Despite it being a horrible stoppage, I was grateful the night opened with a nice win for Rony Jason...
April 10th 2014

KAWAJIRI INSISTS UFC TITLE CHARGE STARTS WITH GUIDA

Tatsuya Kawajiri believes his road to the UFC featherweight title starts with Clay Guida and intends to send out a statement of intent in Abu Dhabi when the pair collide in the co-main event inside Yas Island's purpose-built outdoor du Arena tomorrow night. The Japanese standout, a former Shooto champion and both Dream and Pride FC regular, is viewed as one of...
April 10th 2014

Bisping says marriage is bigger fight than Tim Kennedy

Michael Bisping has promised his vision is clear and he has both eyes set on his upcoming grudge match against Tim Kennedy. "The eye's fine," said Bisping in an interview on UFC Tonight. "There is a little turn in the eye, but other than that it's fine. I can see. It ain't gonna give [Kennedy] any better prospect of beating me, let's just put it like that. The eye...
April 10th 2014

Lawler talks Ellenberger, thoughts on Diaz rematch and more

Robbie Lawler believes he had the wrong strategy going into his UFC 171 title bout against Johny Hendricks. "I don't think I was out there trying to win rounds," explained Robbie on UFC Tonight. "I was trying to stop him, plain and simple. I didn't really care about the score, I didn't really care about anything. I knew I was going to go out there and knock him...
April 10th 2014

Purpose-built TUF house planned for Abu Dhabi

Today is the four-year anniversary of the UFC's first and only previous trip to the Middle East, when UFC 112 rolled into town a matter of months after Zuffa sold 10% of the organization to Flash Entertainment, an events company whose sole shareholder is the government of Abu Dhabi, in a deal which involved Sheikh Tahnoon, a prominent member of the Abu Dhabi royal...