As Stockholm prepares excitedly for the return of the UFC, one man is guaranteed to remain as cool and calm as ever. Icelandic welterweight standout Gunnar ‘Gunni’ Nelson, known for his austere nature and unique fighting style, will step into the Octagon as a UFC headliner for the first time against the fearsome Rick ‘The Horror’ Story.
Coming off an impressive submission win over Zak Cummings in the co-main event in Dublin, Gunni is familiar with the added pressure of being at the top of the card. However, this time around he won’t have team mate Conor McGr … Read the Full Article Here
Somewhere down the line, Dominick Cruz could become the answer to a really unique UFC trivia question:Name the only fighter to win the same title twice without ever actually losing the belt?This weekend, nearly three years after he last crossed the threshold into the Octagon and seven months after vacating the UFC bantamweight title, Cruz is set to finally make his return, squaring off with Takeya Mizugaki in the final preliminary card contest at UFC 178.His path from the top of the division to an extended stay on the sidelines has been traced extensively during his hiatus and it got to a poin … Read the Full Article Here
James Krause has been counted out before.The scrappy Missouri-based fighter has spent his entire mixed martial arts career proving the doubters wrong and persevering where many believed he would fail. Yet, there have been junctures where setbacks and low spots have occurred, and it has been in those moments when the rangy lightweight has proven his resilience. Great runs lined with impressive showings have given way to rough patches and projected success hasn’t come to fruition, but throughout it all Krause has kept fighting.His is a classic story of how expectation and realiza … Read the Full Article Here
Anytime, anyplace, anywhere.Those words are thrown around quiet loosely in the fight business as those looking to pick a squabble or land a particular matchup tend to toss the phrase around in the direction of anyone who will listen. While the meaning is self-explanatory, the motivation to use it is to project the idea that a fighter will face anyone put in front of them no matter the circumstance…no matter the situation. Yet there is very much a business side to combat sports and the details of how a fight comes together are the ultimate trump card in any situation. That is u … Read the Full Article Here
That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for the first autumnal edition of the Downes Side! Way more fun than raking leaves, I dare say it’s nearly twice as enjoyable as apple picking. Sweeter than your favorite pumpkin spiced latte, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday for UFC 178. In the main event of the evening, flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson defends his title against Chirs Cariaso. The co-main event of the night brings as much hype as a championship fight as Donald Cerrone tries to make Eddie … Read the Full Article Here
The Topps Company, Inc. and the UFC® announced today that UFC bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw has been named its brand ambassador for Topps’ UFC products. During his title defense at UFC 177 last month, Dillashaw earned his third straight win of 2014 and received a “Performance of the Night” bonus that etched his name in the UFC record books as the first fighter in UFC history to earn two fifth-round stoppage victories. As the Topps ambassador, Dillashaw’s autographed trading cards will be featured in all upcoming Topps UFC releases including the new Topps UFC … Read the Full Article Here