To use language that refers back to Mike Rhodes’ time on the hardwood as a point forward for Ellsworth Community College, the Roufusport product hasn’t exactly had a bunch of open layups since getting the call to the Octagon.Assignment No. 1: make your UFC debut on less than two weeks’ notice and drop 36 pounds in the process.Assignment No. 2: fly to New Zealand and face a tough, young talent and TUF Smashes winner on his home court.Assignment No. 3: head to Brazil to share the cage with a heavily-hyped prospect coming off a loss in one of the most exciting fights of the ye … Read the Full Article Here

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The highly anticipated strawweight women’s rankings are out for the UFC’s newest division, and beneath new champion Carla Esparza, who submitted Rose Namajunas to win the first-ever 115-pound strap, Joanna Jedrzejcyk is sitting in the No. 1 spot.
UFC President Dana White spoke to the media after Fight Night Phoenix and said that Jedrzejcyk, who picked up a crucial decision win over the heralded Claudia Gadelha, will likely get the first crack at the champion.
“I love the way (Jedrzejcyk) fights. I love her striking,” White said. “She’s probably going to get the next (title) sho … Read the Full Article Here

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THE ART OF WAROne of the greatest takeaways I had from my brief (very brief) amateur boxing stint was that what you saw on television wasn’t as easy as you may have thought it was before. As an example you can try at home, stand up and put your hands up in a defensive posture and hold them there for three or five minutes. Not easy, right? Now do that while moving around a ring or Octagon with someone trained to beat you swinging at your head. It’s why, despite the keyboard warriors’ insistence otherwise, there are no cowards in combat sports. Then again, there are those who … Read the Full Article Here

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Nate Diaz exits the Octagon following his decision loss to Rafael dos Anjos. (Getty)

Diaz’s theatrics and style have long made him a fan favorite, but his return to the Octagon wasn’t pretty.


Carla Esparza celebrates her submission victory over Rose Namajunas in their strawweight championship fight. (Getty Images)

Carla Esparza used her wrestling for a convincing victory over Rose Namajunas in “The Ultimate Fighter” event.


Back in May, it took Stipe Miocic 135 seconds to walk from the dressing room into the Octagon. It took him just 35 seconds to win inside it. The Performance of the Night awarded stoppage proved two things: weight classes are there for a reason and Miocic hits hard. Originally, Miocic was in Sao Paulo, Brazil to headline The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale against former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos. As he was coming off two back-to-back one-sided beatings of Gabriel Gonzaga and Roy Nelson, a winning go-around with Dos Santos would have catapulted Miocic into the title hunt, whic … Read the Full Article Here

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