“I’m really looking forward to winning my fight and asking for a title shot. That’s what I want.”Rafael dos Anjos’ voice doesn’t waver as he speaks of handing Nate Diaz a loss in his return to action and using his post-fight interview time with Joe Rogan to request a shot at the UFC lightweight title.Now 30 years old, the Brazilian is at the highest point of his career. In late August, he knocked out former champion Benson Henderson with a single shot just one tick beyond the midway point of the opening round to pick up his second consecutive stoppage due … Read the Full Article Here
The Ultimate Fighter Finale, which is headlined by the UFC strawweight championship bout between Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas and the featherweight bout between Jeremy Stephens and Charles Oliveira, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT, and the first two prelims of the night will be available exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 6pm ET / 3pm PT.
MAIN EVENT – UFC STRAWWEIGHT TITLERose Namajunas (115) VS Carla Esparza (115)FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARDCharle … Read the Full Article Here
Thirty-three fights into a professional career that has seen its share of ups and downs, Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens, at age 28, talks more like someone at least ten years his senior when it comes to breaking down mixed martial arts and his next opponent, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Charles Oliveira.The two featherweights will meet in the Octagon at the TUF Finale Friday in Las Vegas, live on FOX Sports 1.“I’ve been in this game a while,” Stephens said. “I’ve seen everything, but that doesn’t take away anything from the kid. He’s got … Read the Full Article Here
Comfort isn’t something a fighter ever sees in large supply. The training grind is as rigorous as it sounds, as a day’s work comes with putting the body through various forms of punishment where muscles are stretched and pulled and punches and kicks handed out and taken in kind. All of these things are done in the preparation stage so that when the time to officially go to work comes around, a fighter’s body and mind will combine to be a slick machine that finds victory wherever that elusive beast presents itself.Just taking that aspect into account shows how little time th … Read the Full Article Here
No one likes getting ready for a fight during the holiday season, and anyone who is in that position isn’t shy about telling you all the negatives: no Thanksgiving dinner, no downtime with family and friends, no time to take care of all those little things we all take for granted.But are there any positives to the whole situation? I asked UFC middleweight Derek Brunson, someone who is generally a ‘glass half full’ kind of guy, that question.“The positive is that you have a job,” he laughed. “But other than that, there’s not much. It’s tough. I’ve got my da … Read the Full Article Here