There are perks to being a heavyweight, not the least of which are the expansive boundaries of the division’s weight limit that allows many of the athletes that populate the ranks to compete without cutting weight.Just as the ability to avoid the sauna or running on a treadmill in plastics is a major plus from a lifestyle standpoint, the opportunity to make a quick climb up the rankings by stringing together two or three strong performances is a major plus from a career perspective.The lightweight and welterweight divisions both count greater than 100 fighters amongst their ranks, maki … Read the Full Article Here
Nick Hein really is a character. But then he’d have to be to hold down three jobs which are entirely different lifestyles: fighter, policeman, actor.
The day job, he says, makes him see that for him fighting is a diversion, almost a hobby. One he takes extremely seriously, yet which is the fun part of his life, a form of expression.
“I take it from my police job. It’s serious business. It’s a serious job and you need to be serious and reliable in so many situations. But, nevertheless, you won’t get through the day if you can’t keep your smile and your laughter,” he e … Read the Full Article Here
This weekend the UFC featherweight division may find its next title contender as Frankie Edgar squares off against Cub Swanson in a matchup between two of the best in the world at 145 pounds. Edgar has won his last two fights, beating Charles Oliveira before retiring BJ Penn in his third victory over the UFC legend. Swanson is riding an even more impressive six-fight win streak, with five of those victories coming by way of knockout. The winner will be in prime position to ask for a title shot, so this is a huge fight for both competitors. Also on the card, Bobby Green … Read the Full Article Here
When asked point blank if his goal was to be UFC heavyweight champion, Josh “Cuddly Bear” Copeland answered honestly: “Not really.” The conversation took place about three years ago and, seemingly, the question was a part of Grudge Training Center head trainer Trevor Wittman’s process to understand this young, amateur MMA fighter’s mindset. In terms of motivation, Copeland’s drive to put in the hard hours at the famed Colorado gym was not fame, fortune and a glittery gold belt. Simply put, Copeland’s aim was to push himself as hard as he could … Read the Full Article Here
Fresh off the biggest win of his career over Jake Ellenberger at UFC 180 last weekend, welterweight contender Kelvin Gastelum will seek to knock off another highly-regarded 170-pound standout when he faces Tyron Woodley in the co-main event of UFC 183 on January 31 in Las Vegas.In the UFC 183 main event, middleweight great Anderson Silva returns to take on Nick Diaz. Tickets go on sale this Friday. For more information, click HERE.Unbeaten as a pro, Gastelum followed up his Ultimate Fighter 17 finale win over Uriah Hall in 2013 with four consecutive victories, none bigger than his first-roun … Read the Full Article Here
The flyweight division may still be in the early stages of its development on the grander scale, but there are no easy roads that lead to a shot at the 125-pound crown. This is especially true when talking about Dustin Ortiz. One win into his UFC run the prospect jumped into the Octagon to face John Moraga – a fighter who was fresh off a title opportunity of his own. And while the 25-year-old Tennessee native would ultimately come out on the losing end of a split decision that could have gone either way, the trial by fire experience of mixing it up with an established title contender still m … Read the Full Article Here