Jan Blachowicz: Born To Fight

That level was where Blachowicz was expected to be as soon as he made his UFC debut in 2014. With a 17-3 record and wins over UFC vets Sokoudjou, Mario Miranda and Houston Alexander, Blachowicz made an immediate impression with his sub-2:00 finish of Latifi, and it was assumed that the train would keep rolling to the top of the division.  But there were detours, mainly a 1-4 stretch in 2015-17 that stopped any momentum he had. Yet beginning with an October 2017 submission of Devin Clark, Blachowicz found his…

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Tracy Cortez Does Everything For Family

Debuting in Sao Paulo against a Brazilian is a tough task, but it’s a task that Cortez is thrilled to take on. Melo recently made her debut at UFC Mexico City against bantamweight contender Irene Aldana. Despite dropping the contest against Aldana, Melo showed that she is more than happy to scrap with the best. Cortez believes that this fight is a great opportunity to prove to the UFC, other fighters and fight fans that she deserves to be in this position. It’s the perfect test for Cortez and she…

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Jacare Is Feeling Happy And Dangerous

He’s also able to eat again. Not like a fat kid, but better than he has in the lead-up to a fight. “The weight cut stressed me because I have to lose too many pounds and I cut that stress out from my life right now and I feel great to fight at light heavyweight,” said Souza. “It’s a great opportunity for me to fight against a tough fighter and I’m ready. I’ve got something for him and I believe I will win this fight.” Moving to 205 pounds has…

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QUINTET Ultra: Gilbert Melendez | UFC

Fronted by Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz, Gilbert Melendez and Jake Shields, the Skrap Pack was the collective face of Strikeforce for unrelenting striking, legendary brawls, unshakable toughness, short fuses and a dissatisfaction with taking a fight to decision. “I think there’s an attitude that we have or a culture or a mindset,” Gilbert Melendez said. “Nate (Diaz) says it all the time, ‘kill or be killed’ and we’re the type of guys when we compete we come right at you and we try to finish a fight and we come…

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Randy Brown Is Always Ready For A Surprise

“For me, I like to simplify things,” Brown said. “I kind of just focus on getting better. The surprises come with anything that can happen in there. That’s what’s maybe my biggest surprise, thinking that you’re one place, but then the fight happens. Like my coach always says, ‘It’s not what you expect it to be. It just is what it is.’ That’s just that. You’re not always in control as much as you think you are.” Going with the flow helped Brown secure a TKO win over Bryan Barberena,…

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Jared Gordon Got His ‘Mojo’ Back

“I felt like when I had those two losses, like, ‘Oh, my career is over,’” Gordon said. “But I got a new contract, and then I won in June, and now I’m fighting Charles Oliveira, who is ranked No. 13 in the world, so I’m doing what I have to do to get to where I have to go. So for me, this is my opportunity, and this is my time.” Gordon admitted he “played it a little safe” in his last fight, but it was enough to get a…

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UFC Sao Paulo Fight By Fight Preview

Fighting for the first time in just under a year, “Shogun” Rua makes his return to action in a showdown with short-notice Scottish replacement Paul Craig in Saturday’s co-main event. Rua has maintained a light schedule over the last number of years, competing five times in the last five years, posting four wins, including a split decision win over Anderson. Most recently, the former PRIDE standout collected a third-round stoppage victory over Tyson Pedro, showing that while he’s certainly in the twilight of his career, he still has something left…

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UFC Unfiltered Episode 341: Anthony Smith & Edmen Shahbazyan

First, fresh off a big win at UFC 244, Edmen Shahbazyan joins to talk about his goal of being the youngest UFC champ in history and his manager — Ronda Rousey. Then, Jim calls in from Los Angeles to talk about Zabit vs Kattar, Matt’s relationship, and realizes he’s watching a show that Phoenix is in. Finally, Matt and Phoenix catch up with Anthony Smith to talk about the light heavyweight division, including what went into Jon Jones choosing Dominick Reyes as his next opponent. Anthony also discusses his beef…

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UFC FIGHT PASS TO PRESENT QUINTET ULTRA

LAS VEGAS and TOKYO – UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports, and QUINTET, the innovative five-on-five grappling promotion, today announced details for QUINTET Ultra, an unprecedented event featuring the most iconic brands in MMA history competing against each other in a submission-grappling tournament for the first time ever.  QUINTET Ultra will stream live from Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas on Thursday, December 12, exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. QUINTET Ultra will follow the traditional QUINTET ruleset in which four teams,…

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