The UFC debut of highly-touted newcomer Holly Holm will have to wait, as the former world boxing champion and undefeated MMA bantamweight has suffered an injury that has forced her removal from her UFC 181 bout against Raquel Pennington.Stepping in to face “Rocky” in Las Vegas will be debuting California prospect Ashlee Evans-Smith, who brings a perfect 3-0 record and a lengthy amateur slate into the Octagon against TUF 18 alum Pennington.Tickets for UFC 181 are on sale now. Read the Full Article Here

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The UFC’s launch of its “The Time Is Now” campaign coincides with a colossal two-day opportunity Thursday and Friday allowing fans to purchase advance tickets for some of the biggest shows of 2015.
Championships belts are on the line and stars will be catapulted starting Jan. 3, with the UFC 182 showdown between light heavyweight champion and pound-for-pound king, Jon “Bones” Jones, and his much-despised challenger, Daniel Cormier at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
The star power continues with the Jan. 18 return of Conor McGregor to the Octagon, as he faces kickboxin … Read the Full Article Here

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Ten pounds.Heading into his sixth UFC fight, Chico Camus is preparing to lose that amount of weight for the first time in his career. In his previous 19 professional bouts, “King” has never competed at any less than 135 pounds, but, this Saturday, Camus will make the drop to flyweight to even the playing field and, hopefully, give his career a needed boost.   “Even before the UFC, every fight I was in was a ‘David vs. Goliath’ matchup,” Camus said. “The small guy vs. the giant. I wanted to see what it was like to fight a guy who is my size. … Read the Full Article Here

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The wrestler test. It’s a kind of an “inside baseball” idea that any UFC fighter who is winning and climbing the ranks of their division must at some point tangle with and defeat a high-level wrestler inside the Octagon to prove their merit. There’s a great history of top wrestlers achieving a lot of success in the UFC because of their gritty toughness, never-ending cardio, grinding pressure and preternatural ability of breaking their opponent’s spirit on the mat as well as in the Octagon. So, who is the “wrestler test” for UFC heavyweight Jared Rosh … Read the Full Article Here

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As the quarterfinal round gets underway on The Ultimate Fighter this week, a team is torn apart when training partners start getting matched up with each other to get to the next round of the tournament that will determine the first ever UFC women’s strawweight champion. Unlike any previous season of The Ultimate Fighter, the winner of the show won’t just walk home with a nice contract and a future in the UFC.  The victor who wins four fights between now and December 12 at the finale will be crowned a champion.  With additional reward also comes additional pressure, and things a … Read the Full Article Here

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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

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