Ultimate Fighter 18 Winner Julianna Pena Suffers Horrific Knee Injury, Could Be Out For Two Years

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Julianna Pena was the most recent winner of The Ultimate Fighter winning the 18th season defeating Jessica Rakoczy in the finale. Pena was scheduled to have her first fight since winning the show against Jessica Andrade at UFC 171. The fight will no longer be taking place as Pena tore her ACL, MCL, LCL, Meniscus and hamstring while in a training session at Sik-Jitsu Fighting Systems in Spokane, Washington.

UFC President Dana White stated on Twitter that Pena could be out for up to two years.

An opponent has been found to fight Andrade as fellow TUF 18 alum Raquel Pennington stepped up and took the fight.

UFC 171 takes place on Saturday, March 15th at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The main event for the show features Johny Hendricks battling Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight championship.

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Dana White On The WWE Network Airing PPV’s: “It’s Ridiculous”

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The UFC debut their online digital network called “Fight Pass” at the beginning of this month. Then about three weeks ago, the WWE announced that they will be debuting the WWE Network digital network starting on Monday, February 24th. Each network will cost $9.99, but with the WWE Network you have to buy it six months at a time instead of paying for it monthly.

Fans of both products have made the correlation between the UFC and WWE product. You can make that case for sure considering UFC fans are WWE fans and vice versa.

UFC president Dana White has been repeatedly asked about the WWE Network at various UFC shows and has been complimentary in wishing the WWE luck with their network.

During a media luncheon yesterday to promote UFC 169 that takes place on Saturday night, White was asked about whether Fight Pass will ever air live pay-per-views like the WWE will be doing.

“It’s ridiculous. I hate to sound like I’m attacking the WWE or de-value what they did because Vince McMahon, say whatever you want and he’s always smashing us and talking s—t about us, but I will tell you this – I was watching WWE I was a little kid and Vince was the commentator in WWE. This guy has been kicking ass, breaking rules and doing things that people said he couldn’t do over and over and over again. Now I’m older I don’t get the whole thing, it doesn’t work for me, but what he’s able to do, the ratings he’s able to pull and the things he’s done and when I look at his model and he’s basically taking everything in and de-valued it. Saying everything we do is worth $10. That doesn’t make sense to me,” White said during a media luncheon on Monday.

“If he pulls in 2 million subscribers, he’s crushing it. So it’s a risky move, it’s a crazy move, but Vince has been doing risky, crazy s—t since the beginning of time. If anybody can do it, maybe Vince can do it.”

“If he pulls in 2 million subscribers, he’s crushing it. So it’s a risky move, it’s a crazy move, but Vince has been doing risky, crazy s—t since the beginning of time. If anybody can do it, maybe Vince can do it.”

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Some of the quotes were obtained from FoxSports.com.

The NFL Asks The UFC To Leave Super Bowl Media Day, Compares Them To Pro Wrestling

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The NFL’s Super Bowl takes place this Sunday at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The game features the AFC champion Denver Broncos battling the NFC champions Seattle Seahawks.

Typically on Tuesday’s during Super Bowl week, media day takes place where all credentialed media comes and asks the players and coaches about the big game.

The UFC is holding their annual Super Bowl card this weekend as UFC 169 takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey headlined by title fights featuring Renan Barao defending his UFC bantamweight championship against Urijah Faber. In the co-feature, Jose Aldo defends the UFC featherweight championship against Ricardo Lamas.

UFC reporter Megan Olivi was attending media day in conjunction with the company interviewing Denver Broncos players and asking them to pose with a UFC title belt. An NFL official by the name of Dennis Kayser, who is the Senior Director of On-Field Operations for the league saw Olivi and a cameraman and asked what she was doing.

Olivi told Kayser, “The UFC title belt, “Want to hold it?”

Kayser told her no and asked them to leave telling Olivi, “We don’t want this around here,”. “This is wrestling stuff, right? Yeah, we don’t want that associated with us and this event. This is the NFL.”

Olivi told Kayser that the UFC is MMA and they are corporate partner with Fox Sports and flagged down Fox Sports NFL reporter Jay Glazer to tell Kayser who they are. Kayser listened to what Glazer said and were eventually allowed to stay.

Kayser then told Olivi, “Alright, but only do it with players on the floor. No podiums.”

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Some of the information was from NJ.com.

UFC on Fox 10 Post-Fight Press Conference (Video)

UFC on Fox 10 took place last night from the United Center in Chicago, IL. The main event featured Benson Henderson defeating Josh Thomson by a controversial split decision. The co-feature had Stipe Miocic defeating Gabriel Gonzaga by unanimous decision.

BetweenTheRopes.com was live at the post-fight press conference featuring Henderson, Thomson, Miocic, Donald Cerrone, Alex Caceres, Jeremy Stephens and Eddie Wineland.

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UFC on Fox 10: Chico Camus Discusses His “Falling Out” With Roufusport (Video)

Chico Camus defeated Yaotzin Meza in bantamweight action last night at UFC on Fox 10. Camus discusses the victory, what’s next for him at 135 pounds, the “falling out” with the Roufusport gym and more.

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Donald Cerrone Brutally Knocks Out Adriano Martins (Video)

Donald Cerrone stated during the week that he wanted to fight six times in 2014. He is off to a great start to the year. Cerrone started the year with a bang as he knocked out Adriano Martins in the first round with a brutal head kick.

Watch the video above with the brutal knockout.

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UFC On Fox 10 Bonuses: Alex Caceres Nets Two Fight Night Bonuses

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UFC on Fox 10 just commenced from the United Center in Chicago, IL. In the main event, Benson Henderson defeated Josh Thomson by split decision and in the co-main event Stipe Miocic defeated Gabriel Gonzaga by unanimous decision.

At the post-fight press conference, it was announced that fight night bonuses went to Donald Cerrone for “Knockout of the Night” with his victory over Adriano Martins. Alex Caceres won “Fight and Submission of the Night” for his win and fight over Sergio Pettis. The Wisconsin native, Pettis also received the award for “Fight of the Night” as well.

Caceres netted $100,000 total for his two bonuses, with Cerrone and Pettis scored $50,000.

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UFC On Fox 10 Results: Benson Henderson Defeats Josh Thomson By Controversial Split Decision

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Benson Henderson had a lot to prove heading into the main event of tonight’s UFC on Fox 10 against Josh Thomson. Henderson lost the UFC lightweight title to Anthony Pettis at UFC 164 in August and desperately needed a win.

Round 1

The fight starts with Henderson peppering the jab. Henderson lands a head kick. Henderson comes for a hook and Thomson is able to get his back and takedown Henderson. Thomson takes Henderson’s back trying for a rear naked choke, but Henderson is blocking it. Henderson gets up, but Thomson still has his back. Henderson is able to muscle out and get Thomson in the clinch. Thomson reverses and Henderson reverses back and lands a takedown. Thomson gets right up. Henderson has a standing head and arm choke and takes down Thomson who gets up. Thomson slams Henderson to end the round.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 1 for Henderson

Round 2

The round starts landing a couple jabs and then presses Thomson into the cage and in the clinch. Thomson lands a couple knees and almost reverses the clinch. Referee John McCarthy separates them. Thomson presses Henderson into the cage and lands a takedown and has his back. Henderson gets back up. Each guy is circling each other and Henderson presses Thomson into the cage lands a combination and then a moment later a punch/body kick combination.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 2 to Henderson.

Round 3

Henderson lands a superman punch and that knocks Thomson down. Thomson gets back up, but Henderson takes him down and then Thomson gets up. Henderson lands a body shot to clinch Thomson as Thomson reverses and back in the middle of the cage. Henderson tries a body kick and Thomson attempts a takedown, but Henderson reverses. A body kick is blocked by Thomson, who takes down Henderson who pops back up as the round comes to a close.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 3 for Henderson.

Round 4

The round starts with a body kick and left hand by Henderson. Thomson lands a takedown and working inside the guard. Henderson attempting a triangle choke, but Thomson gets out. Thomson has Henderson in a guilliotine, but Henderson gets up and scores a takedown. Thomson gets to his feet, but Henderson has his back. Thomson reverses and they are back in the middle. Both guys swing and miss. Henderson misses a right hook, Thomson scores a takedown and has Henderson’s back. Henderson gets back up with Thomson on his back.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 4 for Thomson.

Round 5

The final round starts with both guys circling each other as Henderson lands a body shot and Thomson misses a right cross. Henderson lands a leg kick. Thomson lands a right hook. Thomson lands a straight right and trips Henderson. Henderson lands an outside leg kick and then a body shot. Thomson blocks a body kick and pushes Henderson into the cage and has his back. Henderson reverses into the clinch. Both guys reverse the clinch and back in the middle.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 5 and the fight to Henderson.

The judges score it (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) and the winner by split decision to Benson Henderson as he defeats Josh Thomson.

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UFC On Fox 10 Results: Stipe Miocic Batters Gabriel Gonzaga

This was a big fight for Stipe Miocic tonight at UFC on Fox 10 in the co-main event against Gabriel Gonzaga . Miocic came off the biggest win of his career and needed to keep that momentum going.

Round 1

The fight starts with Gonzaga throwing a jab and then an inside leg kick. Gonzaga lands an overhand right and Miocic throws a left. A double jab by Miocic and Gonzaga throws a jab an outside leg kick. Another overhand right by Gonzaga . A right hook/left hook combination by Miocic. Crisp jab by Miocic and a right hand lands as well. A high kick lands by Gonzaga. An overhand right by Miocic misses as the round ends.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 1 for Gonzaga.

Round 2

Miocic looks more crisp to start the round throwing some jabs and a leg kick. Gonzaga tries a takedown, but is stuffed. Miocic pumping the jab away at Gonzaga. A head kick attempt by Gonzaga is blocked by Miocic. Couple jabs and an uppercut landed by Miocic. A takedown attempt by Gonzaga was stuffed. Miocic throws an outside leg kick and Gonzaga attempts a takedown and is rebuffed by Miocic. Miocic lands a few more punches to end the round.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 2 for Miocic.

Round 3

The final round begins with an outside leg/right hand combination that staggered Miocic for a moment. A straight right hand by Miocic connects. Gonzaga goes for another takedown and is blocked by Miocic. A high kick by Gonzaga connects. Miocic pushes down Gonzaga. Gonzaga tries to get up but  Miocic takes him down to the ground.. Gonzaga trying to bait Miocic in. Miocic lands some ground and pound and gets Gonzaga in side control. Miocic lands numerous ground and pound and some elbows. Gonzaga gets back up and lands an overhand right as the round and fight ends.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 3 and the fight for Miocic 29-28.

The judges agreed with us as Stipe Miocic defeats Gabriel Gonzaga by unanimous decision (30-27×2, 29-28).

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UFC On Fox 10 Preview Show

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UFC on Fox 10 takes place tonight from the United Center in Chicago, IL. The main event will feature former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson facing off with former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson. In the co-feature, it is a battle of heavyweights as Stipe Miocic will battle former UFC heavyweight title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga.

Steve talkes to ESPNChicago.com MMA analyst Ray Flores as the guys break down tonight’s show. The guys also go over what the buzz is like in Chicago, discuss the latest news in MMA and more.

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UFC on Fox 10′s Benson Henderson: It Didn’t Take Long To Get Over The (Anthony) Pettis Fight

We talk to lightweight Benson Henderson who fights Josh Thomson in the main event of UFC on Fox 10. Henderson discusses whether he considered not taking the fight close to his wedding, how long it took him to get over the loss to Anthony Pettis and more.

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UFC on Fox 10′s Donald Cerrone Says Cole Miller “Is A Turd The UFC Ain’t Flushed Yet”

We talk to lightweight Donald Cerrone who fights Adriano Martins on the main card of UFC on Fox 10. Cerrone discusses his favorite winter extreme activities, why he wants to fight six times in 2014 and more.

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UFC on Fox 10′s Stipe Miocic Doesn’t Feel Gabriel Gonzaga Is A Step Down In Competition

We talk to heavyweight Stipe Miocic who fights Gabriel Gonzaga in the co-main event of UFC on Fox 10. Miocic discusses the Cleveland Browns, what this fight does for him in the heavyweight division and more.

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Dana White Previews “The Fighters” And Says He “Used To Beat The Living S**t Out Of Tito Ortiz (Video)

UFC President Dana White spoke last night at a media screening of his reality show, “The Fighters” in which White is the executive producer. White, executive producer of this show and The Ultimate Fighter Craig Piligian, and famed boxing trainer Peter Welch describe the background of the show, why they chose Boston for the show, a stabbing incident led to a person being off the show, his amateur boxing career, the backstory behind the proposed boxing match with Tito Ortiz and much more in this two part video below.

You can watch “The Fighters” tonight starting at 9 p.m. ET on the Discovery Channel.

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Full Episode of UFC On Fox 10′s “Road To The Octagon”

It is fight week as the UFC has the first Fox show of 2014 on Saturday night. UFC on Fox 10 takes place on Saturday night from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The main event of the show features former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson battling former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson.

Before every Fox show, the UFC airs a show called “Road to the Octagon” that highlights the featured matches on the show. The episode features the Henderson vs Thomson fight, heavyweights Gabriel Gonzaga and Stipe Miocic and lightweights Donald Cerrone and Adriano Martins.

Check out the show at the top of the page.

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UFC Fight Night 35 Bonuses: Luke Rockhold Highlights Bonus Winners

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It was a good night for Luke Rockhold tonight at UFC Fight Night 35. The former Strikeforce middleweight champion notched his first UFC victory with TKO victory over Costas Philipou.

To make the night even better, at the UFC Fight Night 35 post-fight press conference UFC President Dana White announced as part of the fight night bonuses Rockhold won $50,000 for his “knockout of the night” win over Philipou.

Other bonuses went to Cole Miller for his “submission of the night” win over Sam Sicilia and Yoel Romero and Derek Brunson for their “fight of the night”.

Each of those fighters also won $50,000.

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UFC Fight Night 35 Results: Luke Rockhold Crumbles Costas Philipou

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A lot of hype was surrounding Luke Rockhold when he entered the UFC. The California native entered the organization as the Strikeforce middleweight champion. He felt very confident in his UFC debut against Vitor Belfort last May and felt a win would secure him a title shot. Belfort had other plans as he added Rockhold to his hit list winning by first round knockout.

His main event tonight at UFC Fight Night 35 against Costas Philipou was a make or break fight for Rockhold and we were going to see how he good he really is. Rockhold made that definitive statement that he is a force in the middleweight division.

Round 1

The fight begins with both circling the cage exchanging jabs. Philpou throws a outside leg kick and Rockhold lands a kick to the body. Rockhold lands a right hook and Philipou lands a shot of his own. Philipou lands a right hand and Rockhold lands a high kick. Rockhold lands another high kick and Philipou lands a right hand. Rockhold lands a right jab and lands a body kick that crumbles Philipou and the referee Herb Dean stops the fight.

Luke Rockhold defeats Costas Philipou by TKO at 2:31 of Round One.

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UFC Fight Night 35 Preview Show

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UFC Fight Night 35 takes place on Wednesday from the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia. The main event will feature former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold facing Costa Philippou.

Steve talks MMAOddsBreaker.com Managing Editor Brian Hemminger as the guys breakdown Wednesday’s main card.

The guys also discuss the Dominick Cruz injury and whether he should retire from the sport. Steve and Brian also discuss Urijah Faber being inserted into the main event of UFC 169, the Nate Diaz/UFC situation and much more.

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