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

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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 ... Read More »

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

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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 ... Read More »

CM Punk Joins UFC, Will Debut in 2015

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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 ... Read More »

UFC Announces Exclusive Uniform Deal with Reebok

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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 – ... Read More »

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

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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 ... Read More »

Just Like UFC, Brock Lesnar Absence Now Hurting WWE

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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 ... Read More »

UFC 179 Recap: Jose Aldo Holds off Chad Mendes

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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 ... Read More »

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

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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 ... Read More »

UFC Fighter Cody Gibson Learns Hard Lesson in Viral Video

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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 ... Read More »

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

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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 ... Read More »

Weidman Injured, Hendricks-Lawler II to Headline UFC 181

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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 ... Read More »

Wanderlei Silva Retires, Blames UFC for Decision

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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 ... Read More »