Robbie Lawler” title=”UFC welterweight Robbie Lawler” style=”width: 613px;” src=”http://media.ufc.tv/photo_galleries/ufc173_10/ufc173_10_lawler_vs_ellenberger_014.jpg”>That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for another edition of the Downes Side. The Nostradamus of MMA has been on a roll lately. They say pride goeth before the fall, and while that may have been true for Oedipus, there’s no way that sort of thing applies to me. Speaking of the former King of Thebes, this weekend we have such a great fight card that even Sigmund Freud couldn’t find any problems. One of the most anticipated fight … Read the Full Article Here

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Despite having to withdraw from his championship rematch with Jon Jones in September due to injury, top light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson’s fighting fire has not dimmed.“I’m disappointed I can’t fight, but this is not the end, it’s just the beginning,” said the Swedish star. “I’m going to come back much stronger.”It’s good to hear such spirit from “The Mauler” the day after he was forced out of the UFC 178 main event due to a torn meniscus in his right knee that he suffered while sparring earlier this week.“I was sparring and I felt my knee pop twice, but it didn’t hurt, it just … Read the Full Article Here

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It was like old times again; Clay Guida putting it on an opponent, winning the bout, and then walking away with a Fight of the Night award. He did all of the above in his April victory over Japanese veteran Tatsuya Kawajiri, picking up his second victory at featherweight, but his first post-fight bonus since a 2011 Fight of the Night against Benson Henderson. For a guy who had seven such bonuses on his resume, that was a long drought. So was all right in the Clay Guida universe after the win in Abu Dhabi?“All is always great in the Clay Guida universe,” he laughs. “Even through some ups and do … Read the Full Article Here

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LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 22: Mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen attends the UFC 170 event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on February 22, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The former UFC contender endured a rambling hearing that toggled between friendly and contentious while waiting to hear the Nevada Athletic Commission’s judgment.


As soon as it was announced that Daniel Cormier was stepping in for the injured Alexander Gustafsson to face UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in the main event of UFC 178 on September 27, breakdowns of one of the most intriguing title fight matchups ever began.Can Jones wrestle with the two-time U.S. Olympic wrestler?Can Cormier dent Jones’ steel chin?Can Cormier get Jones into deep waters, and if so, who will survive such a test?But the most prevalent talk centered on the physical attributes of the two combatants, namely the 6-foot-4 Jones’ height and reach advantages over the 5-foot- … Read the Full Article Here

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Vitor Belfort was granted a license to fight in Las Vegas on Wednesday morning by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, who voted unanimously to grant “The Phenom” his license based on three conditions.Those conditions are that Belfort is not to fight before December, he must fight in Las Vegas and he must be willing to submit to complete and rigorous random drug testing at the discretion of the committee. Belfort was emotional and sincere in his comments, and promised to stay drug free for the remainder of his mixed martial arts career.”UFC is my authority, and [the commission] is my aut … Read the Full Article Here

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