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Hisaki Kato levels Joe Schilling with a brutal Superman punch (VIDEO)

Joe Schilling has a reputation as a knockout artist and even told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Beat (via MMAFighting.com), “I just think anybody that says they're gonna stand up with me is just blowing smoke.”Well it seems unheralded Hisaki Kato didn't stand for that sort of talk Friday night. In his U.S. debut at Bellator 139, the Japanese fighter landed a nasty Superman...
Via The Other Paper
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dana White says John Dodson to challenge Demetrious Johnson

UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani revealed Wednesday that, according to UFC president Dana White, John Dodson is the next in line to challenge flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. No date has been decided yet for the title rematch. Helwani went on to say, however, that the champion told him personally that he would like it to happen at UFC 191 in Las Vegas, on Sept. 5. The two first...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ovince Saint Preux wants Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson in August

UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani reported Tuesday that, according to UFC 205 pound contender Ovince Saint Preux's coach Joey Zonar, the surging light heavyweight wants to follow up his first round KO win over Patrick Cummins earlier this month with a fight in his home of Tennessee on Aug. 8. If OSP has his way, he'll not just fight on that Nashville UFC card, he'll do it against a former...
Via Fox Sports
April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Eager to return to action, Siyar Bahadurzada fights on for the Afghan people

According to a UFC Tonight report from Ariel Helwani, UFC welterweight Siyar Bahadurzada fell awkwardly before his last fight, back at UFC 168, and injured both his labrums and biceps. As a result, the Afghan fighter couldn't wrestle, punch or kick leading up to his contest against John Howard in late 2013. After losing a decision, he tried rehabilitating the injuries with physical...
Via Fox Sports
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic Re-Signs With UFC

One of the biggest free agent busts in UFC history is about to give it another go inside the octagion. On Tuesday, UFC president Dana White confirmed with reporter Ariel Helwani that heavyweight Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (pictured) has decided to rejoin the UFC. Filipovic, now 40, made his claim to MMA fame for his epic Pride FC scraps in Japan. He finally signed with the UFC...
Via 5thRound.com
January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

MMA Interview: CM Punk Talks When He Will Debut In UFC, WWE’s Reaction To His Jump To UFC

We noted earlier today that Ariel Helwani spoke with CM Punk during the FOX Sports 1 UFC 181 post-show. Helwani caught up with Punk backstage again on Saturday night for a second interview with MMAFighting.com. Here are the highlights: -Punk said it was surreal being with UFC. He said a lot of fighters who don’t have to be cool with him have been very friendly and welcoming...
Via Wrestling News Depot
December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

UFC On The Brink Of Russian TV Deal

In a new interview on ‘The MMA Hour’ radio show the UFC’s Chief Global Officer Garry Cook has revealed that the promotion are on the brink of a television deal in Russia. “We’re just about to announce a television deal in Russia. 55 million households,” Cook told Ariel Helwani. “We’ve never done an event in Russia. The growth is all of that, a global business is...
Via Fight Of The Night
November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

War Machine joked about killing Christy Mack if they broke up (Video)

War Machine may have just been joking when he talked about killing Christy Mack if they broke up, but his words may have contained some truth and foreshadowing in light of recent events. War Machine and Mack joined Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour” for an interview on July 30, 2013, to promote War Machine’s […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Dillashaw-Barao rematch appears to be headed for UFC 177 in Vegas

It looks like ‘The Baron’ will get a shot a bringing the gold back to Brazil soon after all. UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani was the first to report, and multiple sources have since confirmed that UFC officials are extremely close to announcing T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao 2 as the main event of UFC 177. If so, this would mark Dillashaw’s first title defense since scoring what...
Via Fight Booth
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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