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UFC 181 Results: Lawler Wins Title, Pettis Impressive in Defense

UFC 181 came to us from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday night.   The main card was kicked off by lightweight fight between Abel Trujillo and former Ultimate Fighter competition winner Tony Ferguson. Trujillo came out strong in round one, dropping Ferguson with an overhand right. Though he couldn’t capitalize, Trujillo was able to score a ...

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Audio: CM Punk Joins UFC, Details and More on Signing

Brian and Michael are back on Sunday morning to talk about the big announcement of CM PUNK signing with the UFC, some details about his signing and when he could fight, the UFC’s decision to bring him in and the reaction to him, comparisons to Brock Lesnar and more. Subscribe to Between The Ropes on iTunes so you automatically get ...

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CM Punk Joins UFC, Will Debut in 2015

It’s clobbering time. The UFC has signed former professional wrestler CM Punk to a contract. The promotion announced Saturday night that it reached an agreement with Punk, 36, and that he is expected to make his mixed martial arts debut in 2015. “The idea of being able to step in the Octagon and find out what’s inside myself, and test ...

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UFC Announces Exclusive Uniform Deal with Reebok

UFC had been looking to make a deal for an official uniform and today the MMA company made it official with Reebok becoming the exclusive outfitter for the company. Here is the press release regarding the partnership: REEBOK STEPS INTO THE OCTAGON® GLOBAL FITNESS BRAND AND MMA GIANT UFC® ENTER INTO LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP December 2, 2014 – Canton, MA – ...

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Behind Scott Coker, Bellator Taking Steps Forward to Compete with UFC

Bellator MMA is in no position to overtake the UFC for supremacy in the mixed-martial arts world anytime soon. However, recent evidence shows that the Viacom-owned promotion may have finally found the right formula for claiming a solid slice of the pie. When former Strikeforce head Scott Coker took over day-to-day operation of Bellator, in June of this year, we ...

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UFC 180 Recap: Werdum Blasts Hunt for to Win Interim Heavyweight Title

Fabricio Werdum used a knee to the face and eighteen strikes on the ground to finish Mark Hunt and claim the Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship in UFC 180’s main event, Saturday night in Mexico City. Hunt scored two knockdowns thanks to his heavy right hand, but Werdum showed why he finds himself the top contender to Cain Velasquez’s UFC Heavyweight ...

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Just Like UFC, Brock Lesnar Absence Now Hurting WWE

In pro wrestling, fantasy often imitates reality. In fact, when used most effectively, real-life beefs (Bret Hart/Shawn Michaels, The Rock/John Cena) translate into engaging, believable in-ring action. Sometimes, however, this emulation is hurtful. Such is the case with current WWE Champion Brock Lesnar. Lesnar is a freak athlete, on a historical level. So much so that he nearly secured a ...

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UFC 179 Recap: Jose Aldo Holds off Chad Mendes

Jose Aldo survived an early onslaught from a very game Chad Mendes and went on to retain his UFC Featherweight Championship by unanimous decision in the main event of UFC 179, Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mendes scored the first knockdown of the contest, dropping the champion with a left hook, but Aldo responded with a knockdown of ...

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Cain Velasquez Injured, Mark Hunt Gets Title Shot at UFC 180

It’s been a bad year for the UFC when it comes to main events and top fighters.  Georges St. Pierre has been out due to his “retirement” and then blowing out his knee.  Anderson Silva has been sidelined all year after his leg was shattered into a thousand pieces.  And it’s seemed like countless main event fights have been scrapped due ...

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War Machine Case Even Darker, Attempts Suicide in Jail

With no major events this weekend, a seemingly slow MMA news week received a morbid entry earlier today. Currently sitting in Clark County Jail in Las Vegas awaiting trial for the attempted murder of his former girlfriend porn star Christy Mack, and her friend Corey Thomas, former UFC and Bellator welterweight Jon ‘War Machine’ Koppenhaver attempted suicide by hanging earlier ...

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UFC Fighter Cody Gibson Learns Hard Lesson in Viral Video

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas…unless you’re UFC bantamweight Cody Gibson, and you live in a universe where TMZ exists. Days following his UFC 178 submission defeat at the hands of Manny Gamburyan, Gibson decided to drown his sorrows at a local watering hole. For years, combat athletes have had to deal with tavern tough guys looking to test ...

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UFC Releases Video of Tim Kennedy, Yoel Romero Backstage at UFC 178

You can’t really blame Tim Kennedy for being upset following what happened at UFC 178. Sure, he got knocked out by Yoel Romero in the third round of their bout but this was after he dominated the second round.  In fact, he almost scored a TKO before Romero was saved by the bell.  And when it was time for the ...

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Jim Ross Talks Battlegrounds MMA Event, Bucket List and WWE

Legendary announcer Jim Ross talks about the upcoming Battlegrounds MMA 8-man weliterweight tournament airing October 3 live on pay-per-view which he will be announcing, getting an opportunity to broadcast MMA for the first time, working with Chael Sonnen as his broadcast partner, the tournament style of the show, if he thinks he will get any negative feedback considering his wrestling background, doing ...

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Weidman Injured, Hendricks-Lawler II to Headline UFC 181

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is out of UFC 181 after injuring his hand in training,  Now, the show will be headlined by the long-awaited rematch between welterweights Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler. Weidman was scheduled to defend his championship against Vitor Belfort on the Dec. 6 which will now be rescheduled for another date. Instead, it will be Hendricks ...

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Wanderlei Silva Retires, Blames UFC for Decision

After a combustable and controversial few months, Wanderlei Silva has had enough and decided to retire from the sport of MMA. And the reason: according to Silva, it’s because the UFC turned his fans on him. “I am stepping down from the ring,” announced the former PRIDE Champion in a video on YouTube.  “After today, Wanderlei Silva will not fight ...

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Bellator Announces Tito Ortiz And Stephan Bonnar Opposite UFC 180, Scuffle Ensues After Fight Announcement

During tonight’s Bellator 123, the promotion announced that Tito Ortiz will be facing Stephan Bonnar at Bellator 131 on Saturday, November 15th from the Valley View Center in San Diego, California, which is opposite of UFC 180 from Mexico City, Mexico. In a press release from Bellator, Ortiz said he hates Bonnar and is a phony. “This fight is as ...

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UFC Fight Night 50 Results: “Jacare” Souza Taps Out Gegard Mousasi To Highlight Action Packed Main Card

There was a lot of anticipation heading into Friday night’s UFC Fight Night 50 as the main card was expected to feature fireworks. That is exactly what we got. In the middleweight main event in where the winner could get the next shot at the UFC middleweight championship, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza defeated Gegard Mousasi by third submission via guillotine choke. ...

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Jim Ross to Make MMA Announcing Debut

Jim Ross has been talking for a while now on his website and Twitter that he would like the chance to broadcast MMA.  Well, he’s getting his chance. JR will be on the call for the “Battlegrounds MMA” event that will air live on pay-per-view from Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 3.  His broadcast partner for the one night, eight-man welterweight ...

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UFC Fight Night 50 Countdown Show

UFC Fight Night 50 takes place on Friday night from the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut. In the main event is a rematch featuring top ranked middleweight as Jacare Souza battles Gegard Mousasi. The co-main event features top ranked heavyweight Alistair Overeem facing off with Ben Rothwell. Prior to UFC events, the company releases a countdown show and this ...

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UFC 177 Recap Show: TJ Dillashaw Reigns Supreme

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UFC 177 took place on Saturday night from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. In the main event, TJ Dillashaw retained the UFC bantamweight championship defeating late replacement Joe Soto. The co-feature had Tony Ferguson beating Danny Castillo by split decision in lightweight action. In today’s podcast Steve and BetweenTheRopes.com contributor Nathan McCarter recap Saturday’s show, what happens with ...

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