Nobody paid much attention to Sam Sicilia’s whereabouts earlier this month, but maybe they should have. In Connecticut, far across the country from his Spokane home base, the featherweight prospect was preparing his friend and teammate Michael Chiesa for his fight against Joe Lauzon at UFC Fight Night on September 5.Forget the fact that Sicilia has his own fight – in Japan no less – this Saturday against Katsunori Kikuno. This was just as important, but when asked about it, he doesn’t see it as a big deal, just something friends do for one another.“We’ve g … Read the Full Article Here

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The UFC heavyweight division got a major shakeup for the second straight week in the official rankings after Andrei Arlovski finished Bigfoot Silva by TKO at Fight Night Brasilia.
Arlovski, the former UFC heavyweight champion, won his second-straight inside the Octagon and he did so in dephastating fashion. The rankings panel took notice and voted “The Pit Bull” up seven spots to No. 7 in the heavyweight division, passing the likes of Roy Nelson, Ben Rothwell and Alistair Overeem.
Silva, who was ranked at No. 4 going into Fight Night Brasilia, dropped all the way to No. 9, allo … Read the Full Article Here

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When The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America debuted it was hard to deny the amount of talent and experience sitting on the Mexican side led by UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. His squad of featherweights and bantamweights had far more fights than their Latin America counterparts against higher level competition, with many of the competitors regularly training at top gyms in Mexico, as well as many of them working with some of the best camps in America as well.   In other words, Fabricio Werdum’s team was fighting an uphill battle from the first day the show started filming. … Read the Full Article Here

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Alex Caceres isn’t down in the dumps following his July loss to Urijah Faber. It wasn’t his finest hour, but at 26, he knows it’s part of the process in this sport. Hopefully, you win more than you lose, and you’ll never find out where you’re at until you test yourself against the best in the game.Faber, a man who has never lost a non-title fight, qualifies as one of the best bantamweights on the planet. It’s a reason why when the UFC 175 bout was announced, many wondered if Caceres, who had gone unbeaten in his previous five fights, was in too deep. He lost … Read the Full Article Here

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Fortaleza featherweight Godofredo Pepey made it two furious finishes in a row Saturday at the Ginásio Nilson Nelson in Brasilia, Brazil, as he followed up his knockout of Noad Lahat in March with a first-round submission of Dashon Johnson in UFC Fight Night prelim action.There was plenty of posturing and not enough punching in the first three and a half minutes of the bout before Johnson got the fight to the mat. But as soon as it hit the deck, all hell broke loose, with Pepey responding to the slam with a triangle armbar attempt. Johnson tried to escape, but Pepey just tightened ever … Read the Full Article Here

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UFC Brazil Managing Director Grace Tourinho was joined at the Fight Night Brasilia post fight press conference by Andrei Arlovski, Bigfoot Silva, Gleison Tibau, Francisco Trinaldo, Leonardo Santos, Jessica Andrade, and Godofredo Pepey.
Pepey and Arlovski each earned performance bonuses for their finishes at Fight Night Brasilia. Tibau vs. Piotr Hallmann was awarded fight of the night honors. All four fighters earn an extra $50k for their efforts.
Igor Araujo had to be taken to the hospital following his TKO loss to George Sullivan. After an MRI, Araujo is said to be in good condition and sho … Read the Full Article Here

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